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What's Up in Bear Valley Springs?


August 15, 2020

Parents and teachers are stressing over the issue of how school will be starting again. It has been a tough row to hoe for parents unaccustomed to teaching their children at home, tough for the children not being around their playmates and now, scary for the teachers, concerned about the virus spreading if the students are back in school. There is no easy answer.

The Tehachapi Unified School District has decided that, for now, classes in the classrooms will be on hold.

This is the season that Yellow Star Thistle starts to appear. It is a non-native species that is dangerous for horses and humans alike, especially on the trails. Laurie Rude-Betts and Donna Grier have been educating the valley for years.

Last month, I had mentioned that the CSD was committed to do a summer hire to help mow the road sides. Unfortunately, that plan has fallen by the wayside, as the vehicles need two occupants, and with the virus, it isn’t allowed.

The CSD Board will have two vacancies to fill in November. We had only two candidates to fill those seats, Charles Jensen and John Grace. However, one more person has come forward, as of this writing – Kathy Kneer. This is good news as we now have the opportunity for a debate and to vote. One more has tentatively signed up, Steve Miles. With only two candidates to fill the two seats, those first candidates would have filled the position automatically. Stay tuned for notification of a debate with the candidates.

And speaking of elections, the BVSA Board recently had an election in which two incumbents, Monique Herbst and Peggy Berman-Smith were reinstated, and Todd Lander of much previous experience, has been voted back onto the Board. Congratulations to all, and thank you.

The Whiting Center Lobby is now open for from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Saturday for the following purposes:

• Sports League sign-ups, including summer t-ball and baseball camp

• Fishing and boat permits and guest passes

• Making appointments with the rangers for the shooting range

• Campground reservations

• Answering any questions

Bear Valley Springs is a private gated community in which the residents pay an annual association amenities fee. To participate in the above events, a non-member or non-resident must arrange with a friend or family member in the community for a guest pass that would permit them to engage in the activities. Guest passes will be checked.


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