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 By Jon Hammond    Local News    May 28, 2024 

The biggest Joshua tree

If a tree lives long enough in the right conditions, with a lifespan measured in centuries rather...

 
 By Jon Hammond    Local News    May 11, 2024

The creative artistry of bird's nests

A male songbird darts down onto a sunny patch of bare soil and catches a few small insects in his...

 
 By Jon Hammond    Local News    May 11, 2024

Vine-ripened Tomatoes: the home gardener's delight

The best vegetables for home gardeners to plant are those that are hard to find in stores, like...

 

Bird's Eye Gilia: a beautiful flower with secret markings

This wildflower year in the Tehachapi Mountains may not be a superbloom (whatever that means), but...

 

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"When you're behind the curve, time moves twice as fast." – LeRoy Rice LeRoy is a retired Kern C...

 

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“This is no hill for steppers.” – Sylva Peck Perry Sylva was a pioneering Kern County woman who w...

 

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“Here comes my neighbor – he’s a big wheel. You know what a big wheel is? It’s something that go...

 

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“New churches and new bars in Tehachapi tend to be well-patronized.” – Capt. Richard “Dick...

 

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“Oh how I long to muse on the days of my boyhood, Though four score and three years have fled by s...

 

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“Don’t forget, when you marry someone, you’re not just marrying them, you’re also marrying into th...

 

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“You gotta run with whatcha brung.” – Stock Car Racing Rule This was an early rule in dirt track...

 

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“Living is tricky, like licking honey off a thorn.” – Old Folk Saying...

 

Pogonip: a rare weather condition comes calling on cold nights

This winter and spring we've had the good fortune to have an average amount of precipitation, about...

 

Chia: a useful and unforgettable native plant

You never can tell from one year to the next which wildflowers will benefit most from that winter's...

 

Remembering Big Bob Parker

Bob Parker, 56, was a big-hearted Tehachapi rock and roller who passed away on March 20, 2012...

 

Native Plant Sale: the best local plants are natives

As many of us can attest, the Tehachapi Mountains can be a difficult place to get plants to thrive....

 

The seldom seen: Ensatina salamanders

On a misty Tehachapi night, following rain earlier in the day, a small creature emerges from a...

 

Rosemary is storied herb that you and your garden will love

Rosemary is an attractive, hardy little shrub that many people associate with the Simon and...

 

Kuruvunga Spring: right from the source

A life-giving spring produces clean, clear water every day, filling a couple of small ponds that...

 

Apricot Mallow: a desert native with abundant gorgeous flowers

This loveable plant, like so many others, is known by several different names, including Apricot...

 

Brownie box camera: the source of hundreds of old Tehachapi photos

I have a variety of antique items handed down from my Tehachapi family, but one of my favorites is o...

 

Rosie Hicks, Nuwä basketweaver

Nuwä basketweavers were some of the finest basketmakers in California, a state that historically has...

 

Jim Arnold: Triassic Vineyards owner was an exceptional man of talent and vision

We lost a born leader of a man and a tireless supporter of the Tehachapi Mountains with the recent...

 

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"I was born in a tent – people called them 'canvas cabins' back there – in 1916 in Henrietta, Okl...

 

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“I drove the Grapevine (now Interstate 5) through the Tehachapi Mountains in 1925, hauling f...

 

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