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  • Ron Hayton, the wizard of rattlesnakes

    Jon Hammond, contributing writer|Jul 6, 2024

    There is a longtime Bear Valley Springs resident who has caught and safely relocated not dozens, or even hundreds, but literally thousands of rattlesnakes over the course of his life. His name is Ron Hayton, and he started catching rattlesnakes under his grandfather's tutelage when he was only five years old. Ron, 79, is a retired L.A. County fire captain, and decades ago he started the Snake Guys snake relocating service, providing free assistance for area residents. Ron's volunteer efforts...

  • A Winchester Model 1894 owned by only Native people

    Jul 6, 2024

    The late Nuwä elder Harold Williams had a Winchester Model 1894 lever-action carbine, the kind made famous by actor (and eventual Bear Valley Springs resident) Chuck Conners on the show The Rifleman. This gun, developed by famed firearm designer John Browning, became the one of the most popular non-military rifles ever made, with the millionth model being presented to President Calvin Coolidge in 1927. The particular firearm owned by Harold Williams was first seen in the possession of a Nuwä I...

  • 4th of July happenings in Bear Valley Springs

    The Loop, staff|Jun 22, 2024

    There will be four days of Independence Day Celebration in Bear Valley Springs, a gated community in the Greater Tehachapi Area. The 4 days will be Thursday, July 4; Friday, July 5; Saturday, July 6; and Sunday, July 7. The 33rd Annual Independence Day Parade begins at 10 a.m. on the 4th. Hot air balloon rides are scheduled for July 4, 5, and 6 at 5:30 a.m. The Firecracker 5K Run will be on Saturday, July 6 at 7:30 a.m. Craft and activity booths, food and exhibit booths will be available at Cub...

  • Renaissance Faire in BVS

    Mark LaCiura, contributing writer|Jun 22, 2024

    A great crowd showed up for the 2024 Bear Valley Springs Renaissance Faire, put on by the Bear Valley Springs Cultural Arts Association. There was lots to see, including period-style live music, fencing, jousting, sword/shield competitions and more. I enjoyed the music group "The Nightingales," especially their cover version of "Da Full Rigged Ship." Terri and Kathleen from the "The Nightingales" will perform with the TPOPs Orchestra for the 4th of July celebration at 11 a.m. in Central Park....

  • City conducts study of area parks and recreational facilities

    Pat Doody, staff writer|Jun 22, 2024

    Before the City of Tehachapi planned its first two ventures into public recreation, the pickleball courts at the police station and the 5-A-side soccer field at the newly opened Valley Park, they began an assessment into the recreation facilities available throughout the Greater Tehachapi Area from all providers including programs, facilities and operations. To save public funds, the city staff undertook a comprehensive analysis of each recreational entity within the Tehachapi area with a focus...

  • Rock events in Tehachapi

    Diane Farnsworth, contributing writer|Jun 22, 2024

    From a child bringing home a pocket full of rocks to the adult on a quest for the illusive rare find, rockhounding is a popular hobby for many, and Tehachapi is no exception. Started in 1985 by a group of local rock hounds, the Tehachapi Valley Rock and Mineral Society is an active 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to educating members and the local community about geology and lapidary arts. The club meets every fourth Thursday at the Senior Center in Downtown Tehachapi and often features guest speakers on how to find meteorites, the l...

  • Emergency plumbing: what to do when you have a leak

    John Nelson, owner of John The Plumber, contributing writer|Jun 8, 2024

    A plumbing leak can quickly escalate from a minor inconvenience to a major disaster, causing significant damage to your home and possessions. Knowing how to handle an emergency leak can save you hundreds of dollars in repair costs and prevent extensive water damage. Here are some crucial steps to take if you encounter a plumbing leak, brought to you by John The Plumber. 1. Know your main water shut-off valve The first and most important step in any plumbing emergency is to stop the flow of...

  • California Flannelbush: lighting up the hillsides

    Jon Hammond, contributing writer|Jun 8, 2024

    If you drive through the narrows of Banducci Road these days, between Brite Lake and the Alps Drive entrance to Alpine Forest, you'll see that the hillsides to the south are alight with the bright yellow blossoms of one of the Golden State's most epic shrubs: California Flannelbush (Fremontodendron californicum). A couple of hundred scattered shrubs, the size of old apple trees in an abandoned orchard, are glowing with the bright lemon yellow of their waxy flowers. The Flannelbush branches are...

  • Quotes worth sharing

    Jon Hammond, contributing writer|Jun 8, 2024

    "I failed shop class when I was in high school. And then many years later, Chuck Connors, who was my neighbor in Bear Valley, gave me some fence posts and old boards to burn, and instead I made a table out of them. One thing led to another and eventually I was supporting my family by making furniture. So many people go to jobs they don't like, but I love doing this, and getting paid for it is like butter on a biscuit." – Woodie Putnam Woody made furniture in Bear Valley Springs for years for h...

  • Memorial Day Celebration in Bear Valley Springs

    Linda Coverdale, contributing writer|Jun 8, 2024

    On Monday, May 27, a large crowd gathered to pay respect to those who died in service to the nation. The speaker of the day was Navy veteran Greg Hahn, who spoke in honor of several dogs who bravely defended our troops, and were given awards of honor. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Jim Rice, a twice honored Purple Heart veteran. Four honorees were added to the Columns of Honor on that day: James W. Saunders, a U.S Navy veteran who served in Vietnam; Richard B. Padgett, an army veteran who served in Korea; Richard B. Streid, a U.S Navy...

  • Cummings Valley School 8th annual Space Race 5K and Fun Run, May 31

    Cummings Valley School|May 28, 2024

    You can walk, trot, jog or run! Whatever you can do, come and support Cummings Valley School and most of all have fun! All ages are welcome to participate in the 8th annual Space Race 5K and Fun Run. The event takes place on Friday, May 31 at 7:30 a.m. Medals will be awarded to 1st-3rd place finishers in five age groups, from toddlers to senior citizens. This event is sponsored by the Cummings Valley Student Council. Proceeds from the event will support Student Council activities for the children of Cummings Valley Elementary School. All...

  • BVS, now a Purple Heart Community

    Linda Coverdale, contributing writer|May 28, 2024

    Recently, the BVS CSD, under the guidance of VP Martin Hernandez, pronounced our community a Purple Heart Community, honoring Purple Heart recipients James Rice, a double-award recipient, and Pancho Colon. A sign was made to post at the gate to the community to greet all who enter. On May 10, a ceremony took place in which the two named recipients, plus a third who was a previous resident, were honored. David Hernandez was a past Bear Valley Springs member and attended the event. Recently a...

  • Grimmway Farms, Cal Organics Produce Stand re-opening June 1

    C. Turner, staff writer|May 28, 2024

    The fresh organic produce stand will officially be open for business on Saturday, June 1, and run through Aug. 31 (Labor Day weekend). They will have variations of the following produce available for purchase: onions, potatoes, various lettuces, kales, carrots, cilantro, parsley, dandelions, broccoli, corn, beets, radishes, daikon, carrot chips, watermelon and honeydew. They accept cash or check. Go visit them at 23968 Bear Valley Rd., Tehachapi to get your produce, while it lasts! Open on...

  • Elizabeth Ann Searfoss October 19, 1985 – May 8, 2024

    May 28, 2024

    Our beloved daughter, granddaughter, sister, niece, aunt, cousin and friend Elizabeth Ann Searfoss passed peacefully to her heavenly home on May 8 with her mother by her side in Bear Valley Springs, following a courageous four- year struggle with cancer. Elizabeth (Liz) was born Oct. 19, 1985 at Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho to Julie McGuire Searfoss and Colonel Richard Alan Searfoss. From the beginning, Liz faced the many challenges, that stemmed from being born with Kabuki Syndrome,...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • John K. McCraw Electrical has your back

    Sarah Mouchet, staff writer|Apr 27, 2024

    John McCraw is an experienced electrician with 45 years under his belt, and has been a business owner of over 30 years. His first business after receiving his contractor's license in 1987 was John K. McCraw Electrical. They were located in Santa Clarita where John lived for many years. Recently, John and his wife Becky made the move to Bear Valley Springs with their future retirement in mind. His business, John K. McCraw Electrical Tehachapi, started operation earlier this year. While he works...

  • Finding comfort in grief: join the 'Good Grief Group'

    Jeff Kaplan, Senior Pastor, Shepherd of the Hills, contributing writer|Apr 13, 2024

    Have you lost a loved one? Losing someone special is never easy. Whether it’s due to death, divorce or other unfortunate circumstances, the pain runs deep. You’re not alone in this journey of grief. Enter the “Good Grief Group.” What is the “Good Grief Group?” It is a compassionate community where you can find solace and support as you navigate the complex emotions of loss. Here’s what awaits you: 1. Learning from shared experiences: Connect with others who have walked the same path. Their stories and insights can provide comfort. 2. M...

  • April wildflower drives

    Mel Makaw, contributing writer|Apr 13, 2024

    It's finally April and that means wildflower season. I'm hoping for a super bloom close to home this year, thanks to all the rain we've had this winter. Of course, you never know – it takes a combination of elements to make a very good year, including temperatures and wind, as well as rainfall, and they must all line up at the right time and in the right order. But no matter what, whether a super bloom or not, we're sure to see a variety of wildflowers this spring. In the lower elevations, l...

  • Keeping it clean with Sim Sanitation

    Clare Scotti, contributing writer|Apr 13, 2024

    It was June 30, 2007 when PJ Simunovich opened Sim Sanitation in Tehachapi. His family-owned business specializes in septic systems, and rentals of portable toilets and fencing. But, he had no idea how far the business would go. Now, he and his team travel all across Kern and Los Angeles counties for clients. From jobs as large as working with Edwards Air Force Base and the Tehachapi and Lancaster prisons, to providing needed facilities for weddings and little league events, there is never a dul...

  • What's Up in Bear Valley Springs?

    Linda Coverdale, contributing writer|Apr 13, 2024

    One thing this community offers in abundance is dance opportunities. On Wednesday and Sunday evenings in the Oak Branch Saloon, line dancing takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. The beauty of line dancing is that you do not need a partner. You can just get out on the floor and dance. And dancing is good for the brain. Sunday nights are for more advanced dances. Wednesdays, on the other hand, some instruction is involved if you come across a dance you don’t know, or if you are just beginning. Swing dancing appeals to many. It does require a partner, a...

  • Anselmo – a vaquero

    Pat Gracey, contributing writer|Apr 13, 2024

    In the early 1800s, the entire San Joaquin Valley of Central California was populated by the Native Americans of that region. The larger portion of the population were Yokut, but there were a significant number of alternate tribes in the area. The Gold Rush and the influx of settlers and miners were to inevitably displace the natural residents of the area. It was not to the Native Americans' advantage as there was bloodshed and broken treaties. The resistance continued for decades with...

  • Pogonip: a rare weather condition comes calling on cold nights

    Jon Hammond, contributing writer|Apr 13, 2024

    This winter and spring we've had the good fortune to have an average amount of precipitation, about 11.5 inches worth of rain and snow. And though we have had snow, it was a pretty mild winter without exceptionally low temperatures, so we had almost no examples of an unusual weather condition called pogonip. The word pogonip is derived from a Shoshoni word for this phenomena, and it refers to what is basically frozen fog that forms on exposed surfaces during very cold, windy nights. The result...

  • The Hippie offers a 'world of wellness' with mushroom extracts

    Healthy Hippie Trading Co.|Mar 30, 2024

    In the quaint corners of Tehachapi lies a hidden gem, the Healthy Hippie Trading Co., where the wonders of nature converge with wellness. Nestled within the Old Town area at 20418 Brian Way, this haven curated by Sarah Rose offers a bounty of health treasures, including the locally beloved Bear Valley Mushrooms. Bear Valley Mushrooms, crafted with care and passion, offer a gateway to a world of wellness through mushroom extracts. While the idea of mushrooms might conjure images of savory dishes...

  • Wesley Vaughan Fenton February 18, 1994 – March 1, 2024

    Mar 30, 2024

    Lifelong Tehachapi resident, Wesley Vaughan Fenton, passed away tragically on March 1. Wesley grew up attending Bear Valley Church and went to many camps and youth activities. As an adult, he proclaimed his Christian faith by having "Forgiven" and "Born Again" tattooed knee-to-ankle on each shin. Wesley enjoyed outdoor activities. He loved playing golf, baseball, football and basketball. He also spent a lot of time at the pool in the summer. His passions were playing at the lakes, fishing, hikin...

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