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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...

 

Quotes worth sharing

"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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"Indian Summer weather in Tehachapi, with warm gentle days and cool nights, can be as sweet as the...

 

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"Life is easy; it's music that's hard." – Dave Bouldin Dave Bouldin is retired from the fire...

 

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"Time, industry, hard work, patience and a large number of donkeys and mules will overcome all...

 

Tehachapi Oldtimers Reunion: an uncommon and joyful event

The annual Tehachapi Oldtimers Reunion was held on Aug. 1, and more than 425 people gathered in...

 

Looking back on the terrible Blackburn Canyon Fire

As the West in general, and California, of course, experience another devastating wildfire year in...

 

Having babies in Tehachapi before there were doctors

I was born in Cummings Valley on Dec. 21, 1907. We didn't have no doctors here. You had to go to...

 

Finding his fortune in Tehachapi

When I was 17, in about 1905, I went to work for Nick Williams of Walker Basin, driving a horse and...

 

When a stunt to impress girls goes bad

When I was 16, I worked for the Tehachapi News taking photos and writing, and I was the sports...

 

The train crash of 1883

The railroad through the Tehachapi Mountains, completed in 1876, is a vital thoroughfare for freight...

 
 By Jon Hammond    Local News    May 22, 2021

Warmer weather and the return of rattlesnakes

Last year at about this time Claudia White, the publisher of The Loop newspaper, asked me to write...

 
 By Jon Hammond    Local News    May 8, 2021

90 days of spring to savor

We are now in the middle of spring in the Tehachapi Mountains, and despite an extremely dry winter,...

 

Spring: the Season of baby animals

Spring has now permeated throughout the Tehachapi Mountains, from the lowest elevation foothills at...

 

Butterflies of Tehachapi: a symphony of beauty on the wing

Many butterflies can often be found in the Tehachapi Mountains during the warmer months, as...

 

Rankin Ranch: an undiscovered jewel

One of the most unique and memorable experiences you can have in California is available just 31 mil...

 

The Great Train Trip: an amazing Tehachapi train ride became reality on a spring day in 2011

It was 10 years ago that I was able to take a trip that once happened multiple times every day, but...

 

Wind Wolves Preserve: big, beautiful and close-by

The largest non-profit nature preserve on the West Coast is located in Kern County, just a little...

 

Working in temperatures of 160 to 180 degrees, and getting shot with a 12-gauge slug

I went to work at the cement plant at Monolith in about 1954. I became a 2nd class welder, and I...

 

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