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I remember singing old Christmas carols when I was growing up. My family did not go to church, but we sang at school, Christmas carolers came to our house and we even sang carols at the annual Hughes Aircraft Christmas party. Do you miss those songs that used to give our hearts such joy?

The United States Air Force Auxiliary, Civil Air Patrol, Squadron 46 Tehachapi is proud to announce that Cadet Drew Robles has achieved the rank of Cadet 2LT and the Mitchell award. This is a remarkable achievement met by only about 15 percent of cadets. It takes hard work, perseverance and …

EMB Martial Arts is a martial arts location like no other. They offer lessons for all ages with classes for both adults and children. Classes for seniors are also provided with age-appropriate instruction.

The Sand Trap’s grand opening is at noon Dec. 14! Come on over and check out the new entertainment in town. Food will be available for purchase from The Poke Express, and we offer many drink options.

Many years ago I rebelled against the easy and safe choice for gifts. I don’t know how many pairs of socks ties, and cologne/perfume we would get and give. The most dreaded gift to receive from one of my family members was the many times regifted five-pound fruitcake.

Tehachapi Treasure Trove, located in the heart of historic downtown Tehachapi, has something for everyone! Featuring the retail outlets for Alari Jewelry Design (custom work, repairs and watch batteries), Karen’s Yarn and Needlecraft Supplies, Mountain Music, and Tehachapi Art Center Supplie…

Primo’s is not just burgers! There are extensive menu choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Once you’ve had the “Primo Experience” you’ll be back again and again to try more from Primo’s menu.

Big Papa’s has the finest steaks in town and a great menu for both lunch and dinner. The “Lunch Special” is the “2 For $20” (offering two entrees with chips and salsa). Big Papa’s has their very own “impossible burger” (the vegan option), in addition to sandwiches, wraps, salads and veggies.

Herb Kelley and the Chuckwagon Cafe are the real deal when it comes to home cookin’. Herb doesn’t skimp on portions or quality; from making fresh biscuits and gravy every day, to tenderizing and breading his own chicken fried steaks.

Tabatha and James were married five years and wanted to start a family of their very own. Having suffered three miscarriages, they knew they needed to look another direction to grow their family. They joined Koinonia Family Services hoping to adopt one or two children under 3 years old.

Brite Creek Farm offers organically grown vegetables, grassfed beef, pastured poultry, eggs and unique artisan baked goods and gifts in the beautiful setting of Brite Valley. Open year-round to serve our local community, we are excited to have a fun selection of gifts for your holiday shoppi…

Murphy’s Diesel & Auto Repair has been owned by Jeff and Paula Murphy since 2016. ASE certified staff provide repair services to commercial and residential clients in Tehachapi. With its diagnostic equipment and experienced mechanics, they are ready to service all your vehicles, every ma…

Rachel & Hans Kahl moved to Tehachapi full time about 10 years ago. The quiet train community seemed like the perfect location for their train store. So they decided to open a second store in Tehachapi, and move their warehouse as well. Being a destination store, customers visit from aro…

When you think of ProTech Auto Service, you obviously think of auto repair and service. But Richard Traugh has been immersed in both auto repair and coin collecting most of his life. His father owned and operated Dick’s Coin Shop in Bakersfield for many years and his stepfather was a mechani…

South Street Service Center opened last August, but it is not new to Tehachapi or to auto repair. In fact, the West family has a proud history in auto racing. Dave West was the engineer who oversaw Howard Keck’s Indy Car and helped the team win many races.

Jose Guevara’s dream came true in 2017 when he opened Gold Mountain Sports Tavern. He wanted a place where people can enjoy finger food, beer on tap and play pool with room for a DJ and dancing. With 22 specialty burgers to choose from, steaks, pizza, chicken fried steak, fish and chips, sou…

Skylark North is a full-service glider flight school, located at Mountain Valley Airport in the beautiful Tehachapi Valley. Open Wednesday through Monday, we offer sailplane rides, instruction and rentals. Whether you're ready to take your first glider flight or are an experienced glider pil…

Sheridan’s Home Furnishings, owned and operated by Virginia Sheridan since 2013, is located in downtown Tehachapi at 114 W. Tehachapi Blvd., next to Kelcy’s Restaurant and across from the Railroad Depot.

Olde Vineyard Charm has made it to the Boulevard. After opening in June of this year, we recently moved to Tehachapi Boulevard. We are now located at 108 Tehachapi Blvd., next to Kelcy’s. We are open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.

Tom Youngblood of Youngblood Customs has been restoring classic cars, trucks and hot rods here in Tehachapi since 2004. He started Youngblood Customs in his garage and has grown to an 11,000-square-foot shop with six employees, located at 20601 Santa Lucia St. in Old Town Tehachapi.

Kelcy’s Restaurant, located in downtown Tehachapi across from the Railroad Depot, has been a Tehachapi tradition for generations of visitors and local residents. New owners husband and wife team Bill Lee and Virginia Sheridan have upgraded the kitchen while retaining the classic charm of the…

Erika Hoenisch Elliot took this photo of a male House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) and a Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) having a little dispute at a bird feeder. Actually, it looks like the Mockingbird on the right is the one with the issue, while the little House Sparrow looks on c…

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The most commonly encountered large wild mammals in the Tehachapi Mountains are undoubtedly our two members of the deer family — California Mule Deer (Odocoileus hemionus californicus) and American Elk (Cervus canadensis nelsoni). While there are other mammals that are seen, like bobcats, bl…

After attracting some 250 people last year, the Tehachapi Library will host its second annual Hogwarts Yule Ball family event from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14 for all wizarding folks (and muggles too).

One of the many joys of Christmas is listening to all the glorious choral music. Come hear the Christmas story presented in music, as the Tehachapi Valley United Methodist Church Choir performs John W. Petersen’s beautiful cantata “King of Kings,” directed by Gayel Pitchford, on Friday, Dec. 20.

The Tehachapi Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Dr. David Newby will perform Friday, Dec. 13, at Country Oaks Baptist Church beginning at 7 p.m. Country Oaks Baptist Church is located at 20915 Schout Road.

“Winterdance,” a Celtic Christmas celebration, will return to Tehachapi for two performances in the BeeKay Theatre on Sunday, Dec. 22. The concert, put on by Fiddlers Crossing, is now in its sixth year. As in past years, two performances will be presented, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Randy Weinstein took this photo in Stallion Springs of a Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) perched on an oak limb. Great Horned Owls are one of the most widespread and frequently encountered owl species in the Tehachapi Mountains, along with the smaller Barn Owls (Tyto alba). There are nin…

Kim Ross’ and Taylor Marquesen’s kindergarten classes at Golden Hills Elementary School put on a Thanksgiving program for family and friends Nov. 21. This annual performance, which includes singing and dancing, always packs the house.

Yes, it’s that time of year again. People in Iceland are preparing for the Jolabokaflod, or the Christmas Book Flood. In Iceland, book publishing tends to focus on the end of the year. But almost everyone gets books for Christmas Eve and spends the evening reading. And I’ve seen books listed…

We're often looking at what's next — When do we have to drop the kids off at school and shuttle them to their next athletic event? What's for dinner? What preparation is needed to deliver that fantastic presentation at work? What's there to do this weekend?

Tehachapi was once a vast, spacious valley with tall, waving grasses, wild game and running streams. Magnificent oaks grew in profusion along with pine and fir. With the Tehachapi Mountains to the south and the tip end of the great Sierra Nevada range to the north, the valley in between was …

All who heard the whistle, felt the vibration and saw the clouds of white and dark smoke knew — business owners' goods would soon be loaded; loved ones would soon see their relatives returning from war; transportation to see another place would be granted — it was the railroad.

Tehachapi's oldest commercial building still stands today at 228 W. Tehachapi Blvd., and predates the 1952 earthquake. Once the old Tehachapi Lumber Company, the building is now home to World Wind & Solar.

Each year in August, Tehachapi celebrates its oldest and longest residents at the Old Timers' Reunion held at Philip Marx Central Park. This year marked the 60th anniversary of the popular picnic with more than 400 attendees.