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 By Jon Hammond    Local News    June 25, 2022 

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...

 

Joan Johnson: a Mother's Day remembrance of a wonderful lady

Since this is The Loop's Mother's Day issue, I decided that I would honor an amazing lady who was a...

 

Ed Grimes: from foster child to Mayor

When Ed Grimes first came to live in Tehachapi in 1950, the odds in life were heavily stacked...

 

Spring: the season of babies

Now that spring has arrived in the Tehachapi Mountains, we will start seeing babies of all...

 

Pollinator plants: gardening to attract butterflies and more

Would you like to make your garden or yard more interesting and colorful? Then I highly recommend...

 

Terry Edwards: 'Warrior of the Century'

Terry Edwards was the definition of a superfan. He was the undisputed "Warrior of the Century."...

 

Miner's Lettuce: the most easily foraged plant of all

This is the time of year when it looks like tiny lily pads have suddenly appeared in shady spots nea...

 

Blaine Stevens: when a roll of barbed wire becomes a wheel

My family first came to the Tehachapi area in the early in 1930s, when my maternal grandparents Fred...

 

Spring wildflowers: a show of color

Spring wildflowers in the Tehachapi Mountains are abundant during wet years, and scarce during dry...

 

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Did you ever grow anything in the Garden of Your Mind? You can grow ideas, in the Garden of Your...

 

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One Fourth of July we were sitting there watching the parade go by our old house on Tehachapi...

 

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A day spent riding the range is a day you hate to see end. Time stops when you get on a horse, and...

 

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There was once a sizeable French presence in Kern County, and among the identifiable French miners...

 

George Novinger: a life of adventure and service

Many people throughout the Tehachapi area, Southern California and points much farther afield were...

 

Jon Lantz: a Tehachapi boy helps create the wind industry

I started dating Helen Owens in May of 1982. She is the youngest daughter of Kelcy and Margie...

 

So, when does it snow in the Tehachapi Mountains?

It's been reassuring this winter for longtime Tehachapi residents to see snow still lingering on...

 

Alice Rankin Beard: a Kern County girl is courted by a dashing Air Force pilot

Alice Rankin Beard was born at home in 1915 in the long-vanished town of Isabella in the Kern River...

 

CCI: Down on the yard! Down on the yard!

In 2001, I took a job at the California Correctional Institution in Cummings Valley as a...

 

Randall Preserve protects Tehachapi open space

Those who love open space and wildlife were delighted recently to learn that The Nature Conservancy...

 

Grasshoppers: summer is the season for Atakapizhi

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

 

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...

 

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