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Articles from the April 27, 2024 edition


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  • May events at the Arts Center

    Rebecca Ortiz Johnson, contributing writer|Apr 27, 2024

    Annual 5x5 Art Sale to benefit Rising Star Riders Rising Star Riders (RSR), in conjunction with the Tehachapi Arts Center, presents the annual 5x5 Art Show and Sale on May 3, (the first Friday of May), from 5:55 to 7:55 p.m. All art-sized 5x5 will be sold for $55.55. All sales proceeds and donations are contributed to the Rising Star Riders Foundation. Rising Star Riders is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the needs of children and adults with physical and/or emotional challenges. T...

  • Staying Educated with Cerro Coso Community College

    Clare Scotti, contributing writer|Apr 27, 2024

    In the last few years, residents who regularly drive down the east side of town have noticed some changes happening at 126 S. Snyder Ave. In 2015, Cerro Coso Community College began using the old education center to provide college courses. It all started in one large room, where the faculty and staff worked at one table and offered a handful of classes. Those classes were well received in the community and partnerships blossomed. Cerro Coso created programs at the High School and with the...

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    Apr 27, 2024

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  • Introducing the Great Tehachapi Scavenger Hunt

    Clare Scotti, contributing writer|Apr 27, 2024

    The Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce is hosting a different kind of Scavenger Hunt starting May 1 to encourage residents and visitors to explore Tehachapi and shop local. The beautiful spring weather has the flowers blooming and it’s a perfect time to go on a Tehachapi adventure. The Great Tehachapi Scavenger Hunt is an Instagram competition. Starting May 1, contestants across Tehachapi and beyond are encouraged to participate and complete the hunt. The winning individual or team will w...

  • New refuse rates, city projects approved by Council

    Pat Doody, staff writer|Apr 27, 2024

    Assistant City Manager Corey Costelloe held a public hearing before asking the City Council to approve the new refuse/recycling rates mandated by SB1383 and the organic recycling program to take effect on July 1. City Clerk Ashley Whitmore said that the city had received only 20 letters of protest and one letter of support for the measure. While the program began statewide on April 1, the city had received permission to defer the program to July 1. The proposed rate increase for residential cust...

  • Rotary presents Service Above Self award

    Pat Doody, staff writer|Apr 27, 2024

    The Tehachapi Rotary Club presented a Service Above Self award to South Street Digital at their April 18 meeting for donating the creation of Rotary's annual Kindergarten Books. The books containing facts about each child's life are presented to all kindergarten students in Tehachapi's elementary schools. The children supply the information that is used to create personal books for each child. From left is Audrey Post, Lydia Chaney and Eric Horn. The Rotary Club of Tehachapi is a volunteer...

  • Embracing the spirit of the Pacific Crest Trail: A call to support hikers

    Michael Puffer, contributing writer|Apr 27, 2024

    As spring blossoms into full bloom, so too does the allure of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), beckoning adventurers from far and wide to embark on a journey of discovery, challenge and camaraderie. Stretching a staggering 2,652 miles from the sun-drenched hills of Campo, California, to the rugged wilderness of Manning Park, Canada, the PCT offers an unparalleled opportunity to immerse oneself in the raw beauty of the western landscape. Tehachapi has two trailheads on the PCT. The first is at...

  • Spoil mom this Mother's Day at Simply Perfect Gifts and Decor

    Simply Perfect Gifts and Decor|Apr 27, 2024

    A Mother's Day gift, beyond its material form, is a gesture of love and appreciation tailored to your mom. It's a way of saying "I see you" and acknowledging all she does. A thoughtful gift shows you've paid attention to her interests, hobbies or even the little things that make her life easier. It can be a source of pampering, a reminder of cherished memories or a spark of joy for something new she's been wanting. Ultimately, a Mother's Day gift is a symbol of the love and connection that...

  • What is the right mattress for you and how do you choose?

    TehachaSleep|Apr 27, 2024

    The right mattress for you depends on your sleeping position, body type, and desired materials. Here are some things to consider: Sleeping position Side sleepers should look for a more forgiving mattress that helps relieve pressure on their hips and shoulders. Back and stomach sleepers should look for an orthopedic mattress to help keep their body aligned. Combination sleepers should look for a mattress with a combination of both qualities that have good motion isolation and support. Reducing...

  • Happy Mother's Day from Mango Haus Lounge

    Apr 27, 2024

    The Mango Haus Lounge is currently featuring Penne Pesto Pasta (above): penne pasta al dente, tossed in homemade pesto sauce with mixed sundried tomatoes, red onions, grilled zucchini and feta cheese in tomato coulis; and Filet Mignon (below): served with fondant potatoes and mango chimichurri, over mango wine sauce. The Mango Haus Lounge strives to offer the very best ingredients, and will soon feature grass fed meat by a local farm, stay tuned! The Tehachapi Mango Haus Lounge is located at...

  • Mountain Dog Millworks

    Apr 27, 2024

    This beautiful pine mantle with matching corbels was custom made to fit in this local home. Finessed with a burn technique to bring out the wood grain and a glossy finish, the homeowner was thrilled with how the piece turned out. Mountain Dog Millworks can create anything you can dream of to fit into your space and aesthetic. Check out their website www.mountaindogmillworks.com or call them to arrange a consultation (661) 972-9095....

  • 15th anniversary Wild West Wagfest and Fundraiser, May 18

    Marley's Mutts Dog Rescue|Apr 27, 2024

    On May 18, Marley's Mutts is hosting Wild West Wagfest, a 15th Anniversary Celebration and Fundraiser, that features food, live music and a silent auction at Buck Owen's Crystal Palace, 2800 Buck Owens Blvd., Bakersfield. This event is a celebration of Marley's Mutts grassroots efforts and also a fundraiser to sustain programs that benefit the community. Kern County shelters are overwhelmed and unable to provide space for the abundance of stray dogs. Marley's Mutts' goal is to save as many dogs...

  • Father's Day Ride – New cycling event in Tehachapi, June 15

    Brandon Griffith, TMTA, contributing writer|Apr 27, 2024

    The Tehachapi Mountain Trails Association has announced that they are partnering with Fernando Gonzales of Get A Bike bike shop in Bakersfield to host the Fathers Day Ride (FDR) – Tour de Tehachapi on June 15. Fernando has hosted this ride for the past seven years as a fun ride, spread by word-of-mouth. With this partnership, the group plans to make it an official annual event in the spirit of the Tehachapi Gran Fondo that was held in Tehachapi from 2014 to 2017. There will be three routes f...

  • 'Free the Ladybug' event, May 4

    Jessica DeMumbrum, contributing writer|Apr 27, 2024

    This is the second year the Desert Rose Garden Club of California City will be hosting a "Free the Ladybug" event for the kids. About 20,000 ladybugs will be let loose! Last year it was 10,000 and ladybugs were flying and crawling and landing on everybody! There will also be: face painting, rock painting, miniature gardens and a game called, The Ladybug Hustle. The event will be May 4, 10 to 11:30 a.m., at Central Park in California City. Tortoise Days will be starting at noon in the same...

  • GHCSD Board discusses new organic waste pick-up, annual workshop

    Pat Doody, staff writer|Apr 27, 2024

    At their April 18 meeting, the Golden Hills Community Services District opened their public meeting with a report from Joe Torres on the first three weeks of the new three barrel pick up system required by the State of California (SB1383). Torres reported that in the first three weeks he collected 51 tons of green and food waste. Torres said everything started on time. “Kudos to the people of Golden Hills,” said Torres. Joe King noted that the Golden Hills CC&Rs will need to be adjusted to acc...

  • TVHD seeks to replace retiring members

    Pat Doody, staff writer|Apr 27, 2024

    At their April 16 meeting, the Board of Directors of the Tehachapi Valley Healthcare District recognized two of their long-term members who will be retiring May 1. Bill Steele has been on the TVHD board since 1992 and Dwayne Moats since 2012. Moats is moving out of state. The district will begin posting for the vacancies beginning May 1 and they plan to make a decision at the May 21 meeting. Moats position would be for a full four-year term while Steele's would be for the two remaining years of...

  • The focused-distraction of the baseball diamond

    Corey Costelloe, contributing writer|Apr 27, 2024

    I’ve had the pleasure and the honor to play multiple sports throughout my lifetime. I have covered several more as a former broadcaster and journalist, and I have been exposed to several game environments, but for some reason none of them compare to the sanctity of the baseball diamond. I cannot put my finger on it, but even as a kid and an adolescent there was something about the baseball diamond that just made life outside of those fences disappear for a while. This feeling even continued f...

  • Democrats hear from veterans

    Phyllis Belcher, contributing writer|Apr 27, 2024

    Tehachapi Mountain Democratic Club will recognize veterans at their May 2 meeting. Travis Tazelaar and Rick Hegdahl, directors for VoteVets will speak to the club via Zoom. This format has enabled the club to hear from highly knowledgeable leaders from diverse locations. VoteVets is an organization established in 2006 to support progressive veterans, military families and their civilian supporters. It is the first organization of its kind and the largest. There are over one and a half million supporters in the United States. VoteVets uses...

  • What's Up in Bear Valley Springs?

    Linda Coverdale, contributing writer|Apr 27, 2024

    With the departure of Charles Jensen from the CSD Board and the BVS community, the vacancy called for another board member. The remaining members of the board decided to appoint a new board member, rather than run an election. A call went out for applicants. On April 11, five contenders applied for the position. They were David Bouchard, Don Johnson, Michael Lewis, Paul Paparella and Leana Mitchell. Each of these candidates were interviewed in public before a full house of Bear Valley residents. President John Grace, VP Martin Hernandez and...

  • What is better, a will, or a trust?

    Diana Wade, LDA|Apr 27, 2024

    A trust will streamline the process of transferring an estate after you die while avoiding a lengthy and potentially costly period of probate (in California if you have assets like a house, and it is worth more than $166,000, there will be a probate in most circumstances). However, if you have minor children, creating a will that names a guardian is critical to protecting both the minors and any inheritance. Deciding between a will or a trust is a personal choice, and some experts recommend...

  • Tehachapi school to receive summer revamps

    Sarah Mouchet, staff writer|Apr 27, 2024

    The Tehachapi Unified School District held their regular monthly board meeting on Apr. 9. Topics of this meeting included exploring the creation of a district-wide student cell phone use policy, the official passing of the 2024-25 school year calendar and a long list of summer revamp projects happening across the district. The TUSD 2024-25 school year will run from Aug. 14 to June 12 with eight reserved snow days. Students returning in the fall will be greeted by refreshed, repainted and remodeled campuses and classrooms due to the district’s s...

  • Library Audio Sale, Spring Book Sale

    Mark Fisher, contributing writer|Apr 27, 2024

    If you enjoy CDs, DVDs and audiobooks, the Friends of the Library are having a pop-up Audio Sale at the Golden Hills CSD Yard Sale on Saturday, May 4 from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is a "Bag" sale where you can fill up a bag with CDs, DVDs and audiobooks for just $5 a bag. The funds generated from all Friends of the Library Book sales go to support programs for children, youth and adults. This includes programs like the upcoming Summer Reading Challenge. As a reminder, the Friends of the...

  • Bear Valley Springs roadside trash pickup, May 11

    Laurie Rude-Betts, contributing writer|Apr 27, 2024

    On a beautiful spring day, a dozen people showed up to display their pride for the community by picking up roadside trash from the BVS gate to State Route 202. We "picked up" the biggest piece of trash ever: a crushed water tank! Those taking part were Greg Chick, Jane Tanaka, Mike Coughlin, Linda Coverdale, Greg Hahn, Doug Kirkpatrick, Ingrid Lindquist, Melanie McDavid, Sheri and Mitch McDiffett, Kathy Underwood and Laurie Rude Betts. Please join us on our next pickup, Saturday, May 11, at 9...

  • Blowin' in the Wind

    Midge Lyndee, Book Review|Apr 27, 2024

    I love the song "Blowin' in the Wind," written and first sung by Bob Dylan, then performed by many folk icons including Peter, Paul and Mary and Joan Baez. The words and melody weave between war, freedom and peace, asking and answering its own questions. How many roads, how many years, how many tears? The answers are both obvious and intangible at the same time, intangible as the wind. The Tehachapi Wind Festival at Meadowbrook Park was promoted for April 20 as a family affair of kite flying, ga...

  • Successful women is AAUW topic

    Phyllis Belcher, contributing writer|Apr 27, 2024

    Four members of American Association of University Women described their paths to success at the recent AAUW meeting. Each one described the twists and turns her life had taken and how often they had to change course. When Cindy Marble, program vice president, introduced Nancy Williamson, she declared before her speech that all the women in the room were successful. This led to instant applause. Other speakers in the program were Jackie Fickel, Catherine Carr and Catherine Sjostedt. The women al...

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