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John the Plumber chosen to finish hospital plumbing

Local contractor and hometown favorite, John the Plumber has been hired to complete the final plumbing projects at the Adventist Health Tehachapi Valley Medical Center. John Nelson, company owner, is...

 

A tribute to a life well lived

June Eleanor Wakeman Needham passed away on Sept. 7, 2018. She was 96 years old. June was born on June 25, 1922, to parents Harry and Laudra (Bissel) Wakeman in Pontiac, Michigan. She had three older...

 

Rotary Club Fashion Show

Tehachapi Rotary Club held its 2018 fundraising Fashion Show at The Shed on Sept. 12 with sold out attendance – nearly 130 guests – made for a fun afternoon of fashion, food and...

 

Little hearts share their big love for music

Anyone who reads this column probably understands my love of music. Whether the quiet hum of a dulcimer or music that just feels right in the moment, music has always deeply touched me. It's no...

 
 By Pat Doody    Community    September 15, 2018 

Meet Your New Neighbors

Michael and Michelle Wedekind arrived from Okinawa, Japan in August just in time for Michael to begin his job as a procurement specialist at Edwards Air Force Base. They had lived in Okinawa for...

 

Scary smartphone stats

Addiction. There, I said it. People, Americans in this case, are addicted to their smartphones. Not you and me, though; we're fine. Other people, probably someone we know, is addicted. How...

 

New Camp KEEP by The Sea campus opens in Arroyo Grande

On the brink of its 50th anniversary celebration planned for spring 2019, Camp KEEP (Kern Environmental Education Program) has announced it has moved its longtime Cambria campus to Arroyo Grande,...

 

Kids Day at the Tehachapi Museum

The Tehachapi Heritage League presents Kids Day "History is Fun" on Saturday, Sept. 22. There will be many hands-on activities and demonstrations. Kids can try making a quilt square, an origami...

 

Baumgart, Kanstein and The Beekay Mural

The year was 1936. Green Street had just been paved for the first time. We had 15.68 inches of rain that year. Franklin Roosevelt had defeated Alf Landon and was serving his second term as president....

 

Thoughts on 'Incarceration Nations'

Every year the Kern County Libraries recommend one book for all residents to read and discuss around the county. This year’s recommended book is “Incarceration Nations” by Baz Dreisinger. Given...

 

Go Native!

Tehachapi welcomed its sixth Go Native event at Philip Marx Central Park on Sept. 1. This unique event celebrates indigenous culture in California through demonstrations, food, art, music and dance....

 

Brig. Gen. Robert L. Cardenas, USAF

Do you know the feeling of meeting a person and instantly there seems to be a connection? That often happens to me when meeting folks from the aviation community. In 2005, at the Aerospace Walk of...

 

The dangers of encountering elk

What do reindeer and elk have in common? Antlers. Impressively big antlers in some cases. Now, why in an article about elk, would I mention reindeer? The answer to that question is, to introduce the i...

 

Love's gives back to children in need

Love's Travel Stop in Tehachapi is making a lot of changes and helping kids in need along the way. As part of Love's national campaign, the Tehachapi branch is working in partnership with Children's...

 

The remarkable adventure of keys – save money and time

Many years ago my husband and I bought a key machine which was kept in constant use cutting thousands of single and double-cut keys. As more features were added to vehicles to keep them safe we had...

 

The healing power of creativity

"What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity ... something like a good armchair which provides relaxation from physical fatigue." –Henri Matisse. The painter Henri Matisse started...

 

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month: Can ZERO count you in?

We recently caught up with Randy Kam, a Tehachapi dentist who was diagnosed with Stage IV prostate cancer in January 2015. He was a marathoner before his diagnosis, and he remains one even through...

 

Meet Your New Neighbors

It was her new position with Tehachapi Unified School District that brought Lisa Villalpondo and her husband Richard to Tehachapi after having lived in Shafter for many years. They arrived in the...

 

Should you choose Apple or Android for a new phone?

Smartphones running Android by Google, or iOS by Apple, have borrowed (or stolen, see Apple Inc. v Samsung) so many features and design elements from each other that most phones look basically the sam...

 

Freighting on the Desert

I found an article taken from the 1892 "Illustrated Sketches" of Death Valley by John R. Spears discussing the Twenty-Mule Team. Of course, this was from my mother Marion Deaver's extensive files of...

 

Trauma and recovery

My heart is with teachers and students at this time as they begin a new school year. An organization that I have worked with, the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, (www.cmbm.org) has been training teache...

 

Why parks are good for community

I grew up in a small town very similar to Tehachapi. As a kid in Kernville, I felt the importance of having local parks and recreation opportunities. A healthy representation of parks and recreational...

 

Can a blood disorder qualify for Social Security Disability?

Most folks file for Social Security Disability because they are physically unable to work. But for some, it's not the work that poses a threat, but the risk of blood clots or unstoppable bleeding....

 

Hugs abound, thanks to Rotary

Pictured right: This past weekend during Mountain Festival Rotary gave away a children's bike, donated by Kmart. It was won by Emma Howard, age 6. Emma was so excited that she hugged everyone when...

 

Dog Days of Summer

Working dogs and pups-in-training all showed up at Tehachapi Wine & Cattle Company on Saturday, Aug. 25....

 

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