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Beauty on the wing: the birds of winter

Winter is here, and we have some feathered visitors that we don't see much in the warmer months....

 

Winter has arrived: how cold can it get in Tehachapi?

With the arrival of the Winter Solstice on December 21, we're now officially in winter. So what kind...

 

A Tehachapi wreath from native and heirloom plants

I decided to help get in the Christmas spirit, despite this strange and mournful year, I would make...

 

Rufus Thomas: artist, railroad conductor and delightful human being

Rufus Thomas is a Tehachapi man who had an interesting career, spending 40 years working for...

 

Brite Creek Farm: a family business offering healthy, fresh Tehachapi foods

Most Tehachapi residents noticed that an empty, sagebrush-choked field at the intersection of...

 

From the pool hall to the track gang

I first came to Tehachapi in 1967 when I was offered a job as the assistant signal supervisor in Teh...

 

A ghost dog comes home

One September, we left Tehachapi to go visit Dick's sister Helen Traina in Liggett, California. We...

 

Season of change: Autumn returns to the Tehachapi Mountains

Autumn has returned to the Tehachapi Mountains. Nights have grown cold and days are shorter, though...

 

The High Desert: a living land of beauty and desolation

East of the Tehachapi Mountains lies the Mojave Desert, a 48,000 square-mile expanse that is one of...

 

A lady who remembered when the railroad was being built, and when there was only one house in Tehachapi

My husband and I joined the Southern Pacific construction forces at Caliente [in the early 1870s]...

 

The perils of home brewing

One time I decided to brew some beer at home, so I got some malt extract and made a big batch. When...

 

Elderberries are a wild hidden gift from the mountains

While the cultivated crops ripen in the valleys below, there are some wild fruits growing in the...

 

What is a naturalist? And why are there so many of them in the Tehachapi area?

"I would propose that a naturalist is someone whose curiosity is boundless. He or she is interested...

 

When horsepower was still supplied by horses

My grandfather, who was also named Lance Estes, owned freight wagons and teams of horses, and he...

 

The remarkable Mrs. Katherine Curran Brandegee, botanist adventurer

In June 1884, Katherine Layne Curran (later Brandegee) travelled from Bakersfield to Mojave; the tri...

 

Old Tehachapi Cemetery is a place of quiet history and faded grief

A small knoll overlooking Meadowbrook Park in Golden Hills has long been home to about 30 Tehachapi...

 

Jack Sprague and his tireless efforts to document rock art

When Jack Sprague was 7 years old, he and his dog got caught in a downpour in a portion of Sand...

 

Nisei: A knife at your throat and a hand on your dog tags

My best friend Martin and I were both in the Army during World War II – he was in the European...

 

A bobcat at the Tehachapi Post Office

I went to work at the Tehachapi Post Office one morning a few years ago, and pretty soon one of the...

 

Born at home for the sake of a vote!

I was definitely a surprise to my folks when my mother became pregnant with me – she was 38 years...

 
 By Jon Hammond    Local News    July 4, 2020

Ephedra: The first tea of Tehachapi

A small dark green shrub flourishes in the Tehachapi Mountains, growing among California Junipers...

 

Murray Family Farms: a great Kern County tradition

Although the pandemic has, at least temporarily, caused many changes in daily life, many things...

 
 By Jon Hammond    Local News    June 6, 2020

Bakersfield National Cemetery: Sacred Ground at White Wolf

Moments after the last notes of "Taps" fade away from a lone bugler, you can hear the "ka-KER-ker" c...

 
 By Jon Hammond    Local News    May 23, 2020

Rattlesnakes? Brumation? The snakes are back. . . .

Longer days, warmer temperatures and changing barometric pressure have started bringing about the...

 
 By Jon Hammond    Local News    May 23, 2020

Vic Horton and the YF-12: From Seattle to Bishop in 20 minutes

Although both Louise and Nellie Fickert, who owned the sprawling 25,000-acre Fickert Ranch that...

 

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