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 By Jon Hammond    Local News    March 28, 2020 

Raccoons: clever and curious masters of the night

As I drove slowly through the quiet, older residential streets east of Downtown Tehachapi, my...

 

Gary Davies: a veteran and Tehachapi native who finds therapy in wood carving

Gary Davies is a lifelong Tehachapi resident and military veteran who has found solace and...

 

Life on Old Town Road at the White Feather Ranch

Our family moved to Tehachapi in 1930 when my parents, Julius and Jeanne Fritz, swapped their home...

 

The case of the missing earring

When my daughter Teagan was born, her father gave me a pair of 1-carat diamond earrings to...

 

Pat Gracey: a switchboard operator when there were only 200 phones in the Tehachapi Mountains

There aren't many Tehachapi residents left who remember the days when almost every phone call made...

 

Where's Tehachapi's beer allotment? Gone to Monolith

I used to sell a lot of beer when I owned the Monolith Store. It was all Acme brand – about as...

 

Well, technically it is true

I was out irrigating a five-acre alfalfa field that we had at our place on Cherry Lane, moving...

 

Bladderpod: a unique and incredibly tough shrub you've seen but didn't notice

While driving home from Bakersfield on the back way (Bena Road) between Edison and the Arvin Cutoff...

 

The Last Teacher at the Keene School

It was late August, 1966 on a very hot afternoon when my husband and I pulled into Tehachapi for the...

 

Firefighting on Bear Mountain in July, 1908

A fire at Bear Mountain destroyed much feed and valuable timber. The fire started near Sycamore...

 

Growing up in Cummings Valley at the turn of the 20th Century

I lived in Cummings Valley with my family. I was born on my Grandfather Ocana's ranch on December...

 

Icicles: like glass prisms suspended from Tehachapi roofs

Small footsteps crunch on the surface of the snow. The young face looks up at the house, and a...

 

Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. And he lives next door.

 When I was around 11 years old a lady moved in next door to us. I became friends with her oldest d...

 

Tehachapi's original Board of Directors

There's a group of regulars who come into Kelcy's twice a day at about 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. I call them...

 

A 400-pair telephone cable cut through. Could it get any worse? Why yes, it could. . .

At about 10 a.m. on April 13, 1992, a backhoe operator working on the City of Tehachapi's new sewer...

 

On winter nights the ancient ones awaken: The magic of Nuwä storytelling

Short, cold days and long frosty nights. When the sun went down, the land grew dark. There were no...

 

The constable who didn't carry a gun

“Louie Boden was a lawman in Tehachapi for 36 years, from 1915 until his death in 1951. He relied...

 

Drought and a female Indian rain shaman

The Kawaiisu had achieved preeminence as rain shamans. The rainmaker, or more accurately,...

 

The case of the missing chicken

We liked to have our chickens be able to roam around our property. One of our roosters disappeared...

 

Biggest snowstorm in decades

Newer Tehachapi residents who have wondered what it was like back in the old days, when there used...

 

Just inches away from California Condors and Golden Eagles

I was involved in the early days of the California Condor Recovery program, prior to the capture of...

 

A World War I escape from a German POW camp

My Dad was in the British Army during World War I. When he was only 19, he got captured by the...

 

Tehachapi skies regularly produce strange and gorgeous lenticular clouds

While Tehachapi is rightfully known as the Land of Four Seasons, it could also be known as the Land...

 

First Christmas in Tehachapi, 1937

Actually, a first remembered Christmas for me, a member of the Davis Family, was in the desert town...

 

Smacked by an unexpected predator

I was up on a hilltop overlooking Hart Flat, cleaning up some branches and deadwood for firewood....

 

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