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Mighty Kern ready to rumble

Caution! High up in the Southern Sierra Nevada Mountains near Mount Whitney, at an elevation of 13,608 feet, the Kern River begins its journey through the mountains to the San Joaquin Valley,...

 

Tehachapi real estate market loves the sunshine

The Tehachapi housing market should pick up when the sun shines. While pricing remains stable, “the market has been a little flat,” Lorri Busse, Realtor with Access Real Estate and president of th...

 

Campaigning door-to-door at CCI?

Policy positions by several presidential candidates have re-awakened a push in California to grant prison inmates and parolees the right to vote. Currently in California, felons in prison (not jail)...

 

Water board approves Kiwanis project; WaterFix nixed

Following an executive order from Governor Gavin Newsom, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) is throwing out plans for twin water tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and...

 

Hi-speed rail work continues

The California High-Speed Rail project appeared to be careening toward oblivion when California Governor Gavin Newsom said in his Feb. 12 State of the State address that "Currently, there simply...

 

State population growth slows

Mark Schniepp of the California Economic Forecast reports that California's population growth between 2018 and 2019 was the lowest since records have been kept, beginning in 1900. The rate of growth...

 

City, water district study sustainable water supply project

The Tehachapi-Cummings County Water District board of directors has authorized the district to work with the city of Tehachapi to explore the development of a self-sustaining water recycling system...

 

Forde Shorts

Tehachapi-Cummings County Water District Manager Tom Neisler reported to the district board on April 17 that agriculture customers have started irrigation operations. The district expects to import...

 

Representatives petition for space agency site

Six members of Congress from California are campaigning to site the proposed Space Development Agency in the military areas of Edwards Air Force Base and the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake. At...

 

Cool information from the Ag Expo

Learned at the recent Ag (Agriculture) Expo at Tulare: The Animal Legal Defense Fund is a national nonprofit organization of legal professionals and law students who work to protect animals through...

 

'Young Frankenstein' packs the BeeKay

"Put. The candle. Back." During one performance of Tehachapi Community Theatre's (TCT) musical "Young Frankenstein," a member of the audience was heard to say, "It feels good to laugh." The...

 

Space Policy Directive-1: To the moon, soon!

The proposed NASA 2020 budget of $21 billion is a ticket to the future. "We are thrilled with the budget," NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, a 43-year-old former Navy pilot, said at a televised...

 

Authors share advice, encourage novice writers at BVS forum

A “Meet Our Local Authors” forum, organized to help novice authors navigate the tough process of writing and publishing, filled the community room at Oak Tree Country Club on Feb. 24. Sponsored...

 

Authors share advice, encourage novice writers at BVS forum

A "Meet Our Local Authors" forum, organized to help novice authors navigate the tough process of writing and publishing, filled the community room at Oak Tree Country Club on Feb. 24. Sponsored by...

 

Grand Jury: Tehachapi water district 'state of the art'

The Special District Committee of the 2018-19 Kern County Grand Jury has given the Tehachapi-Cummings County Water District (TCCWD) accolades, calling the district "state of the art" in its report tit...

 

Forde Shorts

Keeps getting better – The city of Tehachapi will be debt-free in two years, Tehachapi City Manager Greg Garrett told the Greater Tehachapi Economic Development Council on Feb. 6. "The budget is...

 

Healthcare district, Guild struggle to define roles

The volunteer organization that helped sustain the old Tehachapi Hospital by purchasing hundreds of thousands of dollars of medical equipment since 1975 is redefining its relationship to the Tehachapi...

 

Teardown? Healthcare board weighs fate of old hospital

The Tehachapi Valley Healthcare District board of directors is asking the public to offer ideas regarding future use of the old hospital on West E St. The 64-year-old structure needs significant...

 

Sacramento water torture. Who will fix the WaterFix?

The transition from the Jerry Brown to the Gavin Newsom gubernatorial administrations is creating uncertainty among water agencies as to the direction of the complicated WaterFix plan. "We had a...

 

STEAM Center: Students fly the Space Shuttle

The Tehachapi STEAM Center is a 21st Century resource that is ready to open a world of technology and art to local students, but for one little detail. There's not enough electricity going into the bu...

 

Schools: County offers to help district gets report cards

Two new trustees joined the Tehachapi Unified School District (TUSD) Board of Trustees on Dec. 11 as Mary Graham, who served on the board for 12 years – nine as president – ended her tenure on...

 

AF 412 Test Wing donates books

The 412 Test Wing at Edwards Air Force Base donated 370 books from the base library to the Tehachapi Unified School District on Dec. 17. The donation is the second delivery of surplus material to the...

 

Strategic plan: Water district defines its future

The Tehachapi-Cummings County Water District is finalizing a strategic plan that will be a blueprint for successive generations of administrators of the public wholesale water agency. "When the board...

 

Kiwanis rocks! For the children

Ybarra installed the Tehachapi board on Oct.13. Kiwanis rocked Centennial Plaza at Main Street Tehachapi’s Halloween Trunk or Treat event as the music of president-elect Bill Bettis of MusicMX and...

 

Forde Shorts

Ouch – half a percent – The Wasco Union High School District needed 55 percent approval in the Nov. 6 election to pass a $40.5 million bond measure that would have built a new gymnasium and aquati...

 

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