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Articles from the February 1, 2014 edition

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  • Bob Hoover – A Pilot's Pilot

    Cathy Hansen|Feb 1, 2014

    I have met so many people through the years who talk about the history of Mojave – the L.A. Aqueduct, Southern Pacific Railroad, the gold and silver mines and of course, Mojave Airport. It is always fun to share the rich history of Mojave! I have heard comments and questions like: "I didn't know that Mojave Airport had been a Marine Corps Air Station" or "Why don't we hold the air races at Mojave Airport anymore?" Mojave Airport was constructed by Kern County in 1935 and the dirt strip was used...

  • Playwright's Festival

    Karl Schuck|Feb 1, 2014

    Playwright's Festival open auditions are Feb 1 and 2, 2014. There are eight ten-minute plays in competition, which makes a perfect opportunity for beginning actors of all ages to "give it a try" in a very safe environment. "Tehachapi Community Theatre has presented the fesival for several years to growing popularity. Of the playwrights selected, half are local and half are from Los Angeles County, although locals penned only one fifth of the 45 entries as observed by Executive Director Karl...

  • NASA/JPL Appoints Tehachapi Solar System Ambassadors

    Dale Hawkins|Feb 1, 2014

    Lauren Hollen, retired Tehachapi High School Science Teacher, and I have been selected by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena to represent it and the rest of NASA as Solar System Ambassadors. The program is part of NASA's public education and outreach efforts. It taps the energy and talents of motivated and qualified volunteers from across the nation to bring space exploration to local communities and encourage Americans to pursue education in science, technology, engineering, and math....

  • Personal Defense Readiness and Teen Bully Defense Courses Now Offered at TVPRD

    Feb 1, 2014

    The Tehachapi Valley Recreation & Park District is now offering the Blauer Tactical Systems Personal Defense Readiness (PDR) self-defense course and Teen Bully Defense course. What makes these courses different than any other self-defense course on the market? The answer is simple: It is based on the human body's natural defense system. The training is scientific, yet taught in a way that everyone can easily understand and walk away prepared to defend themselves. Coach Tony Blauer, Founder and...

  • Guy Davis 'In Bed with the Blues' Feb. 9

    The BeeKay Theatre|Feb 1, 2014

    Like many of our Americana "roots" music genres, the blues has morphed many times and in many ways from its acoustic origins in the deltas and cotton fields of the steamy south to the electric rock and roll dance halls, clubs and bars in the rest of the country. It has spawned jazz, soul, R&B, rock and country music. Blues itself has become standardized, fitting nicely into eight bars or 12 bars in minor keys with a set pattern to the lyrics and chord structure, and most always a sense of...

  • A Company of Wayward Saints

    Shanan Harrell|Feb 1, 2014

    The current poster display outside the Beekay Theatre teases you with its circus theme and wacky character lineup and the tag line..."and now for something completely different!" Next up on TCT's lineup of great performances this season is George Herman's award-winning play A Company of Wayward Saints. A Company of Wayward Saints' tells the story of a travelling troupe of actors/comedians who specialize in performing improvisational scenes – a human circus of comedy - to the delight of their a...

  • Opponents lose latest battle in Walmart war

    Tina Fisher Forde, The Forde Files No 63|Feb 1, 2014

    CEQA judge will render final decision The Tehachapi City Council unanimously approved the construction of a 165,000-square-foot Walmart Supercenter at a special meeting Jan. 27 in the Tehachapi High School cafeteria. The matter now moves back to the courtroom of California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Judge Kenneth Twisselman, who, on June 22, 2013, had ordered additional environmental studies on traffic, noise and water. He will rule on the adequacy of those Environmental Impact Report...

  • Healthcare board elects Nixon; Conklin's 10-year presidency ends

    Tina Fisher Forde, The Forde Files No 63|Feb 1, 2014

    In its annual election of officers Jan. 29 in the crowded hospital conference room, the five-member Tehachapi Valley Healthcare District Board of Directors elected Mike Nixon, its newest member, to the position of president. The action ends the 10-year presidency of Dr. Sam Conklin, who will now serve as second vice president. "I've had it for a long time," Conklin said in response to Director Henry Schaeffer's comment that "Dr. Conklin has done a hell of a good job." The board appointed Nixon...

  • Pool re-opening after major repairs.

    Tina Fisher Forde, The Forde Files No 63|Feb 1, 2014

    Lifeguards prepare to welcome public! At their orientation session, the group of nine young lifeguards who will be working at Dye Natatorium when it re-opens to the public Feb. 10 got a pep talk from the heart. "Welcome to the new era of life guarding," Tehachapi Recreation and Park District Manager Matt Young told them. "No other job instils responsibility like life guarding. Your responsibility from day one is public safety. "You're the person people come to and thank for keeping us safe."...

  • Forde Shorts

    Tina Fisher Forde, The Forde Files No 63|Feb 1, 2014

    Money – The Tehachapi Valley Healthcare District cash on hand has gone up for the last two months, with $1,340,000 in the bank as of Jan. 29. Outreach – Formerly a volunteer, Teri Cryer is now a certified crime prevention specialist with the Tehachapi Police Department following training in San Diego. Cryer works with everyone from children to seniors and presents crime prevention programs for businesses. She organizes Senior Day at the movies and put together the "Shop with a Cop" event bef...