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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...

 
 By Jon Hammond    Local News    May 23, 2020

The truth about cavalry horses – from a remount wrangler

In 1925, when I was 16 years old, my cousin and I got jobs with the remount unit at Fort Bliss, in E...

 
 By Jon Hammond    Local News    May 9, 2020

David Schulgen: the unexpected journey of a Tehachapi boy from the Marines to wind industry pioneer

David Schulgen, who made a career in the wind industry starting from its early days in the 1980s,...

 

Springtime, Easter and the season of ravens nesting

We usually have a big Easter egg hunt at our old farm on Cherry Lane for the children of family and...

 

Louise and Nellie Fickert: proud and feisty pioneers

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

 

When you shoot a grizzly bear – unsuccessfully

The incident occurred on March 15, 1870, in the mountains of Kern County where John W. Searles was...

 

Dandelions: lighten up, they're more delicious than frustrating

Our ongoing spring storms, and occasionally sunny days in between, have brought out those little...

 

Ravens prefer blue eggs

I had an interesting experience observing a pair of ravens in my orchard. I had gathered some eggs...

 

When there were only two cars and livestock walked through town

In 1914, there were only two cars registered in Tehachapi – one belonged to Phil Marx and the othe...

 

Snowboarding to celebrate his 80th birthday

When I turned 80 years old, I gathered my family together and we went snowboarding at Mammoth...

 

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...

 

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