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By Tina Fisher Cunningham
Fisher Forde Media 

Ford Shorts

The Forde Files No. 202


November 23, 2019

Above California Buckwheat (Eriogonum fasciculatum), the main source of wild nectar for honeybees in the Tehachapi area, and a popular plant for revegetation projects. There are 34 species of the Buckwheat genus in Kern County -- the best represented genus in Kern County. (Thank you, Jon Hammond).

Fly by battery

– John Joyce of Rosamond reported at the Nov. 14 East Kern Economic Alliance meeting at the California City Arts and Community Center that builders have installed the engines in NASA's electric battery-powered experimental X-57 Maxwell airplane. The Rosamond community broke ground Nov. 8 on a revitalized $15 million water reclamation plant, which will recharge cleaned-up water into the ground, providing a credit of 1,000 acre feet (AF) of groundwater a year. Previous adjudication had cut the Rosamond community pump rights from 3,000 AF a year to 400 AF a year.

Speaking of electricity

– Jey Lacey and Cal Rossi of Southern California Edison said the company is taking a "granular look" at their circuitry to avoid the recent shutdown misery and to accommodate the needs of rural communities.

More room

Tehachapi Economic Development Director Corey Costelloe said the hospital-adjacent Towneplace Suites by Marriott pulled permits on Nov. 14.


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