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Articles from the February 17, 2018 edition

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Air mail, special delivery

It was a sunny day on May 19, 1938 when my eldest brother, Everett Davis, drove my sister, Evelyn, my brother Buster and myself to the local airport in my father's 1928 Hupmobile. I had asked to go...

 

Treat your garden now to prevent weeds and bugs

Pre emergent or post emergent A pre emergent herbicide is a product that prevents seed germination. So if you are trying to prevent weeds from growing, put down a product like "Amaze" or "Weed...

 

Destination Imagination inspires Students

There's a house in Bear Valley that twice a week hosts a gathering of school kids working on their projects. These projects stand a good chance of getting them into an international competition. Many...

 

If I sell a property at a gain, do I owe tax?

The answer is maybe! Only tax law is strange enough to have three different answers to the same question. Let us wade through the murky water together and I will give you some examples of different...

 

My gypsy stories

And the gypsies dance and the gypsies sing and the gypsies holler and they stamp their feet to the music, fala lalala, la la la, fala lalala la laah! When I was a wee child, I asked my mom why my stom...

 

Meet Your New Neighbors

Gene and Pat Coker moved into their mountaintop home in Bear Valley Springs last November. They had spent the last five years living in Ojai, a little town about 10 miles inland from Ventura. Before...

 

The Spaceship Company updates Rotarians

At their Feb. 1 meeting at Steampunk restaurant, the Tehachapi Rotarians were treated to an audio visual presentation by Enrico Palermo, Executive Vice President of The Spaceship Company. The...

 

How (and why) to measure computer performance

How do we tell if a computer is fast or if it's faster than that computer over there? What's fast anyway? We need an objective way to measure a computer's speed overall, and it would be nice to break...

 

Are you prepared?

Disasters seem to be a weekly occurrence, if not daily. We hear it over and over – Are you prepared? Are you ready for the BIG ONE? Do you have your 3-7 day supply of food and water? Do you have you...

 

Council focuses on transportation/finance

In a presentation before the Tehachapi City Council on Feb. 5, Robert Ball from the Kern Council of Governments outlined the Kern Region Active Transportation Plan (ATP). He said that with the...

 

Pamela Wildermuth donates 'Summer Rain' to the BVS Spring Art Show

Pamela Wildermuth is an artist in Bear Valley Springs who has the great luck to live in a beautiful area and to create beautiful art. Her specialty is "equine art" and she has painted or drawn...

 

The tax benefits of your retirement savings plan – Part 2

Tax deferred is not the same as tax free. "Tax free" means that no income taxes are due at all. Some employer-sponsored savings plans, like Roth 401(k)s, Roth 403(b)s, and Roth 457s, can generate...

 

Wild rice

Wild rice is actually the grain of a species of grass. The plants grow in shallow water in small lakes and slow-flowing streams. Often only the flowering head of wild rice rises above the water. The r...

 

'Folk-Rock' duo Ryanhood returns Feb. 23

In the 1970s, some folksingers, including Bob Dylan, began to "plug-in" and "amp up" like the rockers. Now, pop music is coming full circle as many rock 'n' rollers un-plug. For instance, the two...

 

38th Annual California City Desert Tortoise Days

The City of California City and California City Art Commission are very proud to host the 38th Desert Tortoise Days on Saturday, April 28, 2018, from 10:30 to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 29 from...

 

'The Importance of Being Earnest' is a hit!

Opening night had our BeeKay audience bring in standing ovations to Tehachapi Community Theatre's presentation of "The Importance of Being Earnest", directed by Kenny Chugg and produced by David Steel...

 

Options for first time home buying

To a lot of people buying a home seems impossible. Looking at the prices of homes can be overwhelming, especially if you are a first time home buyer. What many first time home buyers don't know is...

 

It's Kim Fahey's world.

Kim Fahey made a big splash in the news three years ago when Los Angeles County, citing building code violations on his Acton property, ordered his fanciful structures – including a huge treehouse...

 

What's Up in Stallion Springs?

Fred Rowan has been appointed by the Stallion Springs Board of Directors to complete the term of Vince McLaughlin who resigned in late October. Rowan was selected by the Board from the three candidate...

 

Children provide inspiration

We must be an example for our children. This was the message Jim Pendleton shared with the Kiwanis Club at their recent meeting. He became a single parent when his daughter was seven years old. That w...

 

Back to the moon and on to Mars

The 2019 National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) budget "reflects confidence that America will lead the way back to the moon," Acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot said Feb. 12. In...

 

Will this be the first aircraft on Mars?

It's not a scaled down model or a toy – Tina Cunningham holds a 32-inch "winglet" that engineers at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base hope will be the first aircraft...

 

MarsFest 2018

I'm planning to visit Mars the weekend of Feb. 23 to 25. Well, at least a reasonable facsimile. You see MarsFest 2018 is going to be taking place in Death Valley that weekend. I guess that Death...

 

Golden Hills School Science Fair

Golden Hills School held their annual science fair on January 31, 2018. We had a record 258 projects entered. Congratulations to the kids and parents for taking on a big project and completing it....

 

Pulling the strings to enhance local theater

David SteeleReed was drawn back to Tehachapi by the community arts and friendly faces in town. The Tehachapi native moved to Seattle for two years, but found the cold, wet climate not to his liking....

 

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