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  • Tehachapi Wind Festival, April 20

    Clare Scotti, contributing writer|Mar 30, 2024

    Mark your calendars for April 20 and the Tehachapi Wind Festival. This fun event, hosted by the Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce and Tehachapi Valley Recreation and Parks District, is celebrating the wind that gives us our reputation and powers our homes. This family-friendly event will have kite flying tournaments, delicious food, vendors, games and more. If you're a local vendor or business and would like to participate or partner with the Chamber on this event, please call (661)...

  • Reviving an icon

    Pat Doody, staff writer|Mar 30, 2024

    Over the last year, sign-maker JR Long has become somewhat of a hero in Tehachapi, beginning with the production of a 100-foot banner depicting the history of Tehachapi and more recently, the painting of the city logo on the iconic water tower in Railroad Park. Long has been a sign maker for 33 years and moved here from Lancaster following COVID, joining his four sons as a Tehachapi resident. His resume as a sign maker includes work for Legoland, Magic Mountain, Knotts Berry Farm, Northrop...

  • A family business that treats everyone like family

    Clare Scotti, contributing writer|Mar 30, 2024

    If you've driven around Tehachapi the last few weeks, you've seen signs for John McCraw Electrical off Highway 202 and around town. You may have even seen utility trucks with the logo driving through the hills. Every time I see these signs, I smile, knowing that John is somewhere in Tehachapi making life better for residents. John McCraw first came into the Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce in November last year, looking to join and expand his thriving electrician business in Santa Clarita to...

  • New wines coming to Tehachapi

    Pat Doody, staff writer|Mar 30, 2024

    In the spring of 2023, a new vineyard appeared in Cummings Valley with the planting of Hochland Wines, a Saar Family Vineyard located on Cummings Valley Road across the street from Tehachapi Wine and Cattle Company. The vineyard is owned by two generations of the Saar family. According to Andreas Saar, part owner, the Saar family name comes from the Saar region of Germany, a wine area that goes back to Roman Empire. Andreas and his wife Sheila came to the United States from Frankfurt in 1998...

  • Extraordinary Women of Tehachapi: Claudia Baker

    Jeanette Pauer, contributing writer|Mar 30, 2024

    On March 4, the City of Tehachapi recognized five women who worked, lived or volunteered in the City of Tehachapi. The city received an overwhelming 70 nominations. Claudia Baker was one of the women chosen to be recognized as an Extraordinary Woman of Tehachapi. In 2001, Claudia Baker started The Loop newspaper with the goal of, "making something happy and creating something special that would bring positive and encouraging news to the community that I love." Claudia started her family-run and...

  • 2024 AV EDGE Navigating Change Recipient

    AV Edge|Mar 30, 2024

    The Navigating Change Award is a leadership award presented by the Antelope Valley Economic Development & Growth Enterprise (AV EDGE). This year's recipient will be celebrated during the Spring Business Summit, which will take place on Friday, April 5 at the AV Fair & Event Center. This prestigious award honors individuals who have demonstrated exemplary leadership through their community service, significantly improving the quality of life for individuals and/or significantly helping...

  • City Council honors five extraordinary women

    Pat Doody, staff writer|Mar 16, 2024

    The City of Tehachapi announced in February that in recognition of March as Women's History Month they were hosting a new Extraordinary Women Recognition and asked for submissions from the public. All nominees had to live or work within the City of Tehachapi. At the March 4 City Council meeting, Community Engagement Specialist Mya Acosta said that the city had received 70 nominations for the recognition. A panel consisting of Acosta, Community Engagement Manager Key Budge and Councilwoman...

  • Economic Development updates

    Sarah Mouchet, staff writer|Mar 16, 2024

    The Greater Tehachapi Economic Development Council (GTEDC) held their monthly meeting on March 6. On the first Wednesday of each month, the Greater Tehachapi Economic Development Council meets in The Village Collective, 120 S. Green Street, at 7:30 a.m. Business owners and community members are invited to attend to get live updates on the business climate in the Tehachapi area. Among the first to present was Corey Torres from Tehachapi Valley Recreation and Parks District (TVRPD), who talked...

  • J's Hideaway grand opening, March 30

    Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce|Mar 16, 2024

    J’s Hideaway will be celebrating their one-year anniversary at their Tehachapi location and it will be marked by a Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting presented by the Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce. Jaime Karschamroon and her family opened J’s Hideaway last year and have connected with the community in numerous ways. From providing breakfast for local youth sports teams to supporting active military, veterans, policemen, firemen and paramedics, J’s Hideaway has been a wonderful addition to Old Town Tehachapi. Bring the kids and enjoy...

  • Being financially prepared with Bradford, Cox & Madhavani

    Clare Scotti, contributing writer|Mar 16, 2024

    When it comes to making those big financial decisions like preparing to purchase a home or office space, cashing in your 401K or getting ready to invest in a brick and mortar location, it's best to talk the details over with a professional CPA. Tehachapi has many wonderful accounting firms, but today, I want to introduce you to a firm you may not have heard of. Bradford, Cox & Madhavani CPAs has recently opened a Tehachapi branch and they are ready to help. Bradford, Cox & Madhavani opened...

  • Lunch & Learn, March 26

    Clare Scotti, contributing writer|Mar 16, 2024

    Want to learn what AI can do for your business? The Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Lunch & Learn that dives into this topic. At noon on March 26 at the Train Depot Museum, learn about Chat GPT, one of the first AI frameworks created more than two years ago that has helped business owners and marketing professionals engage with audiences. Michael Puffer from Have-A-Heart Humane Society will share with guests his expertise in using this tool and his story as to how it turned...

  • Markos D1 Salon grand opening

    Markos D1 Salon|Mar 2, 2024

    Markos D1 Salon celebrated their grand opening on Feb. 22 at 113 S. Green St., located inside an historic building in Downtown Tehachapi. Markos, CEO, recording artist and model, joined the Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce. Dignitaries from the city and county were on hand to present Certificates of Recognition for Markos D1 Salon's contributions to the community. Tehachapi's young queens were also in attendance, and fans, customers and friends came out to walk on the Markos D1 red carpet....

  • Updates from GTEDC

    Sarah Mouchet, staff writer|Mar 2, 2024

    The Greater Tehachapi Economic Development Committee (GTEDC) met for their first meeting of 2024 on Feb. 7. On the first Wednesday of each month, GTEDC meets in The Village Collective at 120 S. Green St. at 7:30 a.m. In addition to discussing an upcoming year packed full of local events and projects, GTEDC introduced three new board members. Since board member Jim Arnold tragically passed away last November, and Ron Depew, one of GTEDC's founders, lost his battle with cancer last October, two...

  • Watching a dream take shape at Mountain Top Storage

    Clare Scotti, contributing writer|Mar 2, 2024

    Lyndee Richmond sat with her 92-year-old father, Ken Hensler, watching enormous machines moving earth and placing cinder blocks at the construction site on Tehachapi Blvd. Neither one of them could believe that they were watching – after years of anticipation, dreaming and planning, their storage unit project was finally taking shape. It wouldn't be long before customers were filling the new, state-of-the-art units at Mountain Top Storage with valuables. In 2003, Lyndee and her husband, Scott R...

  • State of the City presented at Chamber lunch

    Pat Doody, staff writer|Mar 2, 2024

    The first Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce meeting of 2024 was held on Feb. 20 at PDubs Mountain Bowling in Old Town. Following the fajita buffet, President Clare Scotti introduced the four new members of the chamber board. They are John Knight (Knight Building Services), Kristy Vasquez (Valley Strong Credit Union), Mitchell Abrego (1st Priority Auto Registration) and Julia Pence (6 Pence Bookkeeping). The program was provided by the City of Tehachapi. Before introducing the department heads, City...

  • Meadowbrook Park experiences vandalism

    Jeanette Pauer, contributing writer|Mar 2, 2024

    On Friday, Feb. 16, Tehachapi Valley Recreation and Park District discovered extensive vandalism at Meadowbrook Park. Meadowbrook is a regional park that is owned and maintained by the Tehachapi Valley Recreation and Park District. TVRPD has 11 full-time employees who maintain over 110 acres of parks, each park unique and one of a kind. Additionally, they provide youth athletic programs and family events for the Tehachapi community. Corey Torres, manager of TVRPD, was disappointed by the...

  • Valentine's Wine Walk

    The Loop, staff|Feb 17, 2024

    On Feb. 10 the Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce hosted the first Valentine's Wine Walk since February 2019. The event was sold out....

  • Markos D1 dazzles on Green Street

    Pat Doody, staff writer|Feb 3, 2024

    On Thursday, Feb. 22 from 4 to 6 p.m., the Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce will celebrate the Grand Opening of their newest chamber member, Markos D1 Salon located at 113 S. Green St. in Downtown Tehachapi. Markos D1 has been distributing his brand of makeup and cosmetics since 2009. He is a Latin American singer and celebrity stylist who has a team of extensively trained hair artists located all over the world. His main headquarters is located in Dubai and he currently has boutique salons in...

  • Chamber's nonprofit luncheon

    Sarah Mouchet, staff writer|Feb 3, 2024

    On Jan. 16, the Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce held their first monthly luncheon of the year in the American Legion Hall. This month featured a nonprofits showcase, where local nonprofits set up booths around the perimeter of the room for luncheon attendees to visit before availing themselves of a delicious catered meal from Red House BBQ. Members were invited to fill out a stamp card by visiting each booth for a chance to win a free article in The Loop newspaper about their business....

  • Starting at the Pinnacle

    Clare Scotti, contributing writer|Feb 3, 2024

    This edition of Chamber Chat is brought to you by the generous sponsorship of Pinnacle Surveying & Engineering Services, who is one of our sponsors for the Valentine's Wine Walk. Established in Bakersfield in 2001 by Robert Craig, Pinnacle Surveying & Engineering Services has completed thousands of projects across California, Texas, Colorado, Idaho and Utah. From residential to commercial, construction and public works, government to industrial energy, renewable energy and agricultural, and...

  • California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce selects Bakersfield to host Statewide Convention

    Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce|Feb 3, 2024

    The California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce (CHCC) has announced that Bakersfield will be the host city for its 45th Annual Statewide Convention. The convention will take place from Aug. 21-23 at the Bakersfield Marriott located at the Convention Center. The Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (KCHCC) will co-host the event. The CHCC's Annual Statewide Convention is a significant event that brings together over 1,250 executives, entrepreneurs, corporate leaders, community leaders and...

  • Jay Hyatt Sprague February 10, 1938 – December 15, 2023

    Feb 3, 2024

    Jay Hyatt Sprague, born Feb. 10, 1938 in Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania, passed away in his sleep at home in Tehachapi on Dec. 15, 2023. In 1955, along with his father and mother "Red" and Goldie Sprague, Jay left his hometown of Jersey Shore to land in Anaheim, California. While employed as a security guard at the Bellflower Roller Arena, Jay met his future wife, Sylvia, after she and another young lady collided on the rink. Jay picked Sylvia up off the floor first. On March 14, 1959, the two began...

  • Why every thriving community has a Chamber of Commerce

    Clare Scotti, contributing writer|Jan 20, 2024

    Each week we hear the same question: What is a chamber of commerce and what does it do? Well, I thought this was the perfect opportunity to share a little insight as to what a chamber of commerce is and why successful communities have them. The concept of various businesses joining together in a mutual effort to increase commerce has its beginnings in Europe. Primarily as a defensive tactic, traders banded together for protection against common enemies and to establish policies to govern trade....

  • The Wine Walk is back in Tehachapi, Feb. 10

    Clare Scotti, contributing writer|Jan 20, 2024

    Tehachapi has been yearning for the return of the Wine Walk, and we at the Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce are excited to announce that it is back! Armed with knowledge from those who organized previous events and partnerships with the Tehachapi Mountains Wine Growers Association, Discover Tehachapi Tours, The Loop newspaper, the City of Tehachapi and Rancho Raviri Almonds, the Feb. 10 Tehachapi Valentine's Wine Walk is going to be an incredible event! This wine walk will feature local...

  • Kern County 2023 – Year in Review

    Zack Scrivner, Supervisor, District 2|Jan 20, 2024

    Now that 2023 has come to an end, as your Second District Kern County Supervisor, I want to share with you some of what we at the county has accomplished over this past year, and what the residents of Kern County have to look forward to in 2024. Over the past decade, the county has been impacted by significant fiscal challenges, which has resulted in reduced budgets, difficulty in staffing key positions and fewer investments in public services and amenities. I know the impact of this has not...

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