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 By Jon Hammond    Local News    January 8, 2022 

Grasshoppers: summer is the season for Atakapizhi

One summer morning I was in Antelope Canyon, south of Highline Road, gathering willow shoots with...

 
 By Jon Hammond    Local News    January 8, 2022 

Jimmy Phillips and living in a tent at a labor camp

When I was born in Bakersfield at Kern General Hospital in 1941, my mother was only 17 and my dad...

 

A Norman Rockwell time machine: 80 year-old scrapbook

When I was a little boy, one of my favorite things to look at on my family's old Tehachapi farm was...

 

Uninvited guests and a lucky guess

I had gone to see an early movie in Lancaster with my friend Manney Cowan one summer Saturday, and...

 

Bobcat: a quiet predator that blends into the landscape

On a warm, sun-drenched autumn morning in the Tehachapi Mountains, a tawny predator jumps up from...

 

Nice kitty, good kitty, just stay where you are. . .

I was running on a dirt road in the mountains near Tehachapi Mountain Park early one morning, about...

 

Coyote Gourds: hardy wild gourds with a freakishly large root

There is a remarkable native plant that can be found growing mostly unnoticed in the Tehachapi Mount...

 

Warren Johnson, master of the Linotype monster

For more than 30 years when the Johnson family owned the Tehachapi News, the newspaper was typeset...

 

Dr. Sam Conklin: a long but unexpected career as a physician

For some people, their career and life trajectory seem almost predetermined, as they follow in...

 

How THS got an Honors program – thanks to the talented and unforgettable Kathryn Errecart

I started playing piano when I was three years old, and played constantly after that. I was going to...

 

Station 11 at Keene: helicopters and elite wildland firefighting

One of Kern County's most strategically important fire stations is the little-known Keene Fire Stati...

 

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They say money talks, and they're right: it mostly just says, "Goodbye." – American Folk...

 

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"Ma'am, I have a powerful hankerin' to take you out to dinner if you ain't taken." – Hod Welden...

 

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"I'd always believed that a life of quality, enjoyment, and wisdom were my human birthright and...

 

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"We're gonna have a hard time ever being happy if we aren't thankful for what we already have." ...

 

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"That ceiling isn't glass; it's a very dense layer of men." – Anne Jardim Dr. Anne Jardim was one...

 

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"When you appreciate what you have, what you have appreciates in value." – Robert A. Emmons...

 

The flight of the ancients continues. . .

Among the most interesting insects to be found in the Tehachapi Mountains, or anywhere for that...

 

Bob Freeman: a Tehachapi boy through and through

My family, the Freemans, arrived in the Tehachapi Valley 140 years ago when my grandparents, Farmer...

 

Elk in Tehachapi: where did they come from?

Among the most charismatic – and largest – wildlife in the Tehachapi Mountains are the American...

 

Oh my God, there's a child on the tracks!

A Southern Pacific Railroad Fireman named James Rolls risked his life in an attempt to save a little...

 

Catching jackrabbits for the LA dog tracks

When my brother Lawrence and I were teenagers in the 1930s, we used to work for old Bill Browning...

 

The time of acorns: late summer marks the start of acorn season

Now that summer is beginning to look towards the coming autumn, oak trees in the Tehachapi Mountains...

 

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"Anything north of the 210 freeway is Northern California." – Cal Fire Captain While in town to...

 

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"I wasn't born in Tehachapi, but I chose to live here for years, and that counts for something."...

 

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