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Cho'ikizh! What is that? Nuwä names for birds

"Cho'ikizh! Cho'ikizh!" The Nuwä Indian woman heard the familiar call as she sat under a hava...

 

Virginia Sanchez: growing up in Tehachapi, and the war years

Virginia Gonzalez Sanchez was born at home on F Street in Tehachapi on June 23, 1931, the daughter...

 

Rabbitbrush: the golden flowering light of autumn

One of my favorite aspects of living in the Tehachapi Mountains is how vibrant and tangible the...

 

Tootie Anderson: a pioneer girl and community beacon

Leatta "Tootie" Anderson was the definition of a local resident: not only was she raised in...

 

Kevin Cousineau: the self-taught and ingenious man who helped create the wind industry

Kevin Cousineau didn't just participate in the early days of wind energy development in California,...

 

The Lantzes and living in Cameron Canyon

Dae Lantz Jr. and his wife Jean were married in Oklahoma in 1949. Dae's father, Dae Lantz Sr., was...

 

Tules: an aquatic plant anchoring Native culture and wetlands

In any lake, reservoir or pond where water stands year-round in the Tehachapi Mountains, or this...

 

Terry Edwards, the warrior of the century

With Homecoming this past week at Tehachapi High, it's a good time to remember lifelong Tehachapi...

 

Ed Tompkins: Monolith Store owner and school namesake

One of the most familiar and charismatic residents of the Tehachapi Valley was a man named Ed...

 

Mary Gassaway: moving to California in the back of a pickup truck

Mary Gassaway was born in the tiny village of Elizabethtown, Illinois by the Ohio River on...

 

The unique and unforgettable Pinyon Juniper Woodland

For most people, the initials "PJ" are an abbreviation for pajamas, but for those involved with natu...

 

Charlie Hernandez: a Tehachapi boy who worked on the train at Monolith

I was born in Tehachapi on November 7, 1938 to Pedro and Hillaria Hernandez. I was one of nine...

 

American Kestrels: a cute but feisty little raptor

One of the most common raptors in the Tehachapi Mountains is a small falcon that is only a slightly...

 

Gene Kuntsman describes summers working at Rock Creek Pack Station

Beginning in 2010, a Tehachapi resident named Eugen "Gene" Kuntsman began a retirement job which...

 

Bear Valley Pictographs: relocating and viewing ancient rock art

A small group of interested locals hiked to a canyon on Bear Mountain recently to visit a rock art...

 

Ernest Twisselmann: a Kern County rancher-turned-botanist

Ernest Twisselmann was a rancher and the author of A Flora of Kern County, the definitive book of...

 

Ancient Bristlecones: a mountain pilgrimage to the oldest living trees

High up in the White Mountains, about 200 miles northeast of Tehachapi, there is a place unlike any...

 

The life of a Kern County shepherd in 1899

We only hear from the world about two or three times a month because our camp is always off far...

 
 By Jon Hammond    Local News    July 9, 2022

Want a great, inexpensive day trip? Take the weekend Metrolink to LA

If you're looking for an interesting day excursion from Tehachapi, I suggest you consider taking...

 
 By Jon Hammond    Local News    July 9, 2022

Alfredo Yttesen: from the ditches to electronics engineer. And a 12,000 volt shock

"In early 1985, I got a job with Star Electric putting up Bonus turbines at the Arbutus wind park....

 

The history of 4th of July in Tehachapi

Our Fourth of July celebrations are a uniquely American tradition, commemorating the issuing of the...

 

Summer is almost here, and rattlesnakes are back

Now that summer is upon us, snakes are once again stirring in the Tehachapi Mountains, as warmer...

 

Memories of growing up on Cherry Lane

"My Momma loved a recipe. My favorite recipes in her collection are from the neighbors who lived up...

 
 By Jon Hammond    Local News    May 28, 2022

Indian Paintbrush: one of the fairest of them all

Among the most beautiful and eye-catching native wildflowers in the Tehachapi Mountains are members...

 
 By Jon Hammond    Local News    May 14, 2022

Tehachapi orchard history: the glory of great fruit

High quality, great tasting fruit grows on trees today in the Tehachapi area, and has since some of...

 

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