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  • Rotary presents books to area kindergarteners

    Susan Andreas-Bervel, contributing writer|Jul 6, 2024

    A favorite project of the Rotary Club of Tehachapi is the annual Kindergarten Book Giveaway. At the end of the school year, Rotarians visit kindergarten classrooms throughout the community and present the students with a personalized book to take home and keep. This project has been sponsored by Rotary for many years, and the students often look forward to receiving their special book, just like their older brother or sister. A project like this takes a lot of people helping to make it happen....

  • All-American 4th of July Festival

    Jun 22, 2024

    The City of Tehachapi is proud to host the All-American 4th of July Festival, presented by Kaiser Permanente and WM on Thursday, July 4. Community members are invited to attend this family-friendly festival with vendors, food, games, live music and more. The main festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Philip Marx Central Park, as well as related activities happening all throughout the day and all around town. The day kicks off with the Ed Grimes Memorial Pancake Breakfast at 8 a.m....

  • Thoughts on Pride

    Mel Makaw, contributing writer|Jun 22, 2024

    June is Pride Month, a month-long focus on LGBTQ+ pride and history and celebrations. Some people wonder why a Pride Month is necessary today, but I think those people must not be paying attention. Sure, we've come a long way as far as equal rights and acceptance are concerned, but we have a long way yet to go. Just read any comments on social media when someone mentions something about being gay or trans – there is still a lot of hate and bigotry in the world, even right here in our little c...

  • Update on the Tehachapi Murals Project

    The Loop, staff|May 28, 2024

    The murals in Downtown Tehachapi are in need of repair. The most obvious is the 1915 Green Street Dance mural on Tehachapi Blvd., across from Railroad Park. Unfortunately, the binding agent on the mural is failing and the stucco is falling. As a result, it needs to be removed. This led to the creation of the Tehachapi Murals Project, which will evaluate each mural, and have them cleaned and resealed by the end of fall. Current members of the Tehachapi Murals Project are Charles White, Lyn...

  • Kohnen's celebrates 20 years in Tehachapi

    Claudia Baker, staff writer|Apr 20, 2024

    Since 2004, Kohnen's has been a beloved staple of Tehachapi, offering delicious sandwiches on freshly baked bread and a fabulous selection of baked goods, from savory to sweet. Over the years, the bakery has remained a thriving business, adapting with the times while retaining its charm and quality. Prior to their relocation to Tehachapi 20 years ago, owners Thomas and Colleen Kohnen ran a successful business in Ojai for 14 years. Their journey into small business ownership began when Thomas, tr...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • MOAH's 'Formation'

    Mel Makaw, contributing writer|Feb 3, 2024

    A new art show has recently opened at Lancaster's Museum of Art and History (MOAH), and it's a good one. I really enjoyed viewing the various artforms when I went down there a couple of weeks ago. Called "Formation" the show features a number of ceramic sculptures and wall displays and offers some very unique pieces. The show runs through April 14, so you have plenty of time to see it if you're so inclined. Nine different artists are featured, including Kiel Johnson, Kevin Kowalski, Galia Linn,...

  • Lancaster's MOAH: 'Framework'

    Mel Makaw, contributing writer|Sep 30, 2023

    The City of Lancaster has done a complete turnaround over the years in making their downtown a destination in itself. On Lancaster Boulevard, the area's main thoroughfare, there are no empty storefronts now; trees line the center of the street's pull-in parking spaces, murals decorate many buildings' walls and even store windows, and crosswalks are marked with colored patterns on the pavement. My day trippin' pal Leila and I were there a week ago to visit MOAH (the Museum of Art and History,...

  • Remembering the day

    Pat Gracey, contributing writer|Aug 19, 2023

    Few would elect to be in a major disaster, but if you've experienced one, there is a kinship with those who also shared the catastrophe that creates a lasting camaraderie. People sometimes ask, "What were you doing when Kennedy was shot?" The same question about Sept. 11, 2001. Many just call it 9/11. We all remember events such as those but as time passes, and the people who were there also pass, the event itself dims. Franklin Roosevelt said that the attack on Pearl Harbor is a date that...

  • Saddleback Butte and AV Indian Museum State Parks

    Mel Makaw, contributing writer|Aug 19, 2023

    Where can you find a Swiss Chalet styled building, decorated with American Indian style images, built into a rocky butte in the middle of the desert? I'll tell you where: east of Lancaster, that's where. Driving down CA-14 in Lancaster, I've seen the signs for the Indian Museum and Saddleback Butte State Park many times, indicating an exit onto Avenue K. I've driven down K a few times, but I've never driven far enough until one recent Sunday when I was determined to check both state parks out....

  • The Mother Road Museum in Barstow

    Mel Makaw, contributing writer|Aug 5, 2023

    Every time I go from Tehachapi to Laughlin, I pass through Barstow to get on Interstate 40, which parallels a section of the historic Route 66. Occasionally I get off the newer highway system and drive on the old pavement painted with the Highway 66 markings. The story of Route 66 – and driving on the famous old highway – has always fascinated me. I've been on all parts of that road many times in my lifetime on cross-country trips, and I love the feelings of nostalgia it evokes. Some his...

  • A quick trip to Ojai

    Mel Makaw, contributing writer|Jul 22, 2023

    My friend Leila wanted to visit friends – Sandy and Baruska – in Ojai the other day, and I was delighted to be invited to join her. We took off about 9:30 in the morning and got to her friend's home, right in the center of Ojai, about 12:30. I know Ojai is a great destination for many reasons, but I also want to mention how much love the drive there. Once you get to the I-5 at Gorman you're in some pretty magnificent mountains... and, it should be mentioned, a whole lot of traffic. That doesn't...

  • The rest of the story

    Pat Gracey, contributing writer|Jun 24, 2023

    There used to be a radio program whose host gave news as it was supposed to have happened. After telling the tale, he would then say, "...and now, for the rest of the story." He would then give some interesting facts that completed the tale. His name was Paul Harvey. I'm no Paul Harvey but it seems that when I hear someone telling a story about an experience of a local or long past happening, I often remember a little tidbit that was left out of the tale and I want to add it. Usually, I try to...

  • Bud Lutge: a remarkable man who first came to Tehachapi when FDR was President

    Jon Hammond, contributing writer|Jun 10, 2023

    When Bud Lutge first started coming to Tehachapi in 1936, in many respects it was like another world from the Tehachapi of today: there were only about 1,000 people living in town and perhaps two hundred more in all the outlying areas combined, just a few roads were paved, and Bud's father Harry Lutge owned a 1,200-acre cattle ranch that stretched from Highline Road all the way up Water Canyon and encompassed the small lake and all the property now belonging to the Norbertine Associates of St....

  • Hot Off the Press! TN 1920

    Pat Gracey, contributing writer|Apr 15, 2023

    While doing some research at Beale Library back in 1987, a mere 27 years ago, I could not resist copying some events listed in the old 1920 Tehachapi News. The temperatures occasionally skip a day. I searched ahead for February and March. Often people say, "We've never had weather like this in January before." Note the 79 degrees on Jan. 18, 1920. Maybe it's not global warming, after all? We could just say, "Yes, we have." Mostly though, I read of citizens' lives 94 years ago. Fortunately I...

  • Changes in Randsburg

    Mel Makaw, contributing writer|Feb 18, 2023

    Last summer I made a daytrip to Randsburg specifically with the goal of getting a chocolate malt at the General Store there. The town (and the store) has long been a favorite destination of mine as I've been visiting it semi-regularly for over 30 years. Something about the "living ghost town"-in addition to the yummy chocolate malts – just fascinates me. Over the years I've met several different owners of the General Store, but so much of it remained the same that it's always been like a step b...

  • Not a robot, slow phones

    Greg Cunningham, owner of Tech-hachapi|Feb 18, 2023

    There you are, entering your information into a form on a website when suddenly you have to check a box that reads, "I am not a robot," and then there's a visual thing you need to do to continue. So, what's that all about? Computer programs are great at doing repetitive tasks quickly, even robotically. Indeed, we have specialized computer programs called bots, which is short for robots, that are great at doing repetitive tasks quickly. These bots are so good that websites need a way to be positi...

  • A thank you letter to the City of Tehachapi

    Rebecca Ortiz and Mark Kamerer, contributing writers|Dec 31, 2022

    At the end of the year, many of us received a beautiful letter detailing what a successful year our families have had. In this letter, successes, as well as opportunities for growth, are examined and discussed. For the members of the Tehachapi Arts Center, the City of Tehachapi is our family, therefore this letter and thank you is addressed to you, our beloved city and family. Dear Family, It's been a great and challenging year for the Tehachapi Arts Center. We have experienced so many changes...

  • Doin' what comes naturally

    Pat Gracey, contributing writer|Oct 29, 2022

    My mother used to like the song, "Smiles." It described how smiles can make you happy and even make you blue. Also, smiles that drive away the tear drops as the sunshine drives away the dew. Then, there are smiles that have a tender meaning that the eyes of love alone can see. Then it says, and I quote: "But the smile that fills my heart with gladness is the smile that you give to me." Looking at The Loop newspaper I enjoyed reading Scott Ware's article about local folk smiling and speaking to...

  • The Kern Valley Museum

    Mel Makaw, contributing writer|Oct 29, 2022

    Kernville is like a magnet for me – I love making day trips into the whole Lake Isabella area for a variety of reasons, and many of them are in Kernville – and once I get started it's hard to stop. The town of Kernville is full of history and present-day activities, including river rafting and kayaking, fishing, wading in the river, camping, hiking, and shopping. The small downtown area features a number of antiques shops and gift shops, and of course there are great places to eat and drink as...

  • The flood of 1932 (part 2)

    Pat Gracey, contributing writer|Oct 1, 2022

    Continued from our Sept. 17, 2022 issue. (I wrote an account of the 1932 flood over 30 years ago for the Tehachapi News. I was lucky to find someone who had been in Keene when the waters washed away people, houses and even buried a Santa Fe Engine, as well as washed a Southern Pacific engine off the tracks . I carefully kept notes after talking to Walter Hicks, who was in Keene during the whole thing. I have not added anything to enhance the story; only the facts told me at that time, by Walter...

  • Pride memories and a thank you

    Mel White-Mel Makaw, contributing writer|Jun 25, 2022

    As I mentioned before, and as you probably know from countless mentions on television and social media, the month of June is Pride Month. It's a month long focus on LGBTQ+ pride and history, but most of the big celebrations are traditionally held on the last Sunday of the month, to commemorate the Stonewall Uprising in 1969. A little history: In the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar on Christopher Street in New York City, as they had done countless...

  • Miracle on the Mountain banquet for women in recovery

    Tanya Joham, staff writer|Jun 11, 2022

    The Sisterhood of the Crooked Crown (SOCC) is a local nonprofit, fiscally sponsored by the United Way of Kern County. Their mission is to bring hope to women in recovery. The organization is currently comprised of a board of dedicated women, headed by President Liz Hartgrove. Hartgrove explained the main value the SOCC is to promote a practice of women supporting women. "We're here to straighten another woman's crown without telling the world that it was crooked," she said. Before moving to...

  • Joan Johnson: a Mother's Day remembrance of a wonderful lady

    Jon Hammond, contributing writer|Apr 30, 2022

    Since this is The Loop's Mother's Day issue, I decided that I would honor an amazing lady who was a devoted mother and raised her own two children here in Tehachapi, but she also provided motherly support and was a role model to countless other local kids. Her name was Joan Johnson. Joan (pronounced jo-anne) was married for 67 years to Tehachapi boy Dick Johnson, whose father Walter published the Tehachapi News for many years. Joan helped at the family business for decades, since Walter later...

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