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Local band Blue Mountain Tribe was honored at the 16th annual Native American Music Awards held on Sept. 17, at the Seneca Allegany Casino in Allegany, NY. The band's first CD, "All Our Relations," was among 16 NAMA winners this year. Nominated by individuals directly involved in recording, …

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Jessica Martin took this photo of a pair of American Elk (Cervus canadensis nelsonii) bulls jousting in Stallion Springs. Bull Elk typically spend their time in amicable bachelor herds until the rutting season begins in late summer and autumn, and then previous friendships are placed on hold…

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Apple picking season is once again upon us, and local growers have already opened their orchards to offer some of the best tree-ripened apples in the country. Despite the statewide drought, the growers are reporting a pretty good year.

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We need help at the BeeKay! Our productions require a score of committed people to stage. They are all volunteers, who do it for love, not money. But they are not the only volunteers who are essential to the success of our theater.

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Tehachapi Community Theatre will present "Twelve Angry Jurors" at the BeeKay Theatre. This courtroom thriller is directed by Rick Gould, a frequent fixture of TCT productions, and is scheduled to open on Friday, Sept. 30.

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Ask anyone who’s been to Bakersfield’s Gospel Fest in the last few years and they’re sure to sing praises about the experience. And Adventist Health's San Joaquin Community Hospital’s seventh annual gathering of music, worship and community outreach on Oct. 2 should be no exception.

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The City of Tehachapi is once again promoting its Adopt-a-Landscape program. According to a city news release, this 12-month program encourages businesses, organizations, families and individuals to sponsor the landscape maintenance of areas within the city limits.

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New and returning members of American Association of University Women were welcomed at the Annual Fall Luncheon, which is the beginning of the 2016-17 year for Tehachapi Mountain Branch. They were welcomed by President Jeannette Crounse, who outlined the goals for the new year.

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At some stage of horse ownership, you will come across a horse that doesn't like to be clipped. Whether it's around the face, or the legs, a lot of horses are frightened of clippers.

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This month is prostate cancer awareness month and the Prostate Cancer Information Group of Tehachapi has been fortunate to have a number of guest speakers, including Ken Hammer of Bakersfield and Bill Walters from the Ridgecrest prostate Cancer group. Additionally, Dr. Kim Horowitz, a local …

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Oregon State University has announced that Julia M. Whelan, of Tehachapi, has made the scholastic honor roll for the summer term. Whelan is an undergraduate of university exploratory studies.

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As of the beginning of August, Mark and Brenda Bixler have joined in the ministry of the Tehachapi Church of Christ that meets at 401 S. Mill Street. The Bixlers have worked with churches in Germany, Montana, Washington and Santa Clarita.

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Tehachapi High School's Student of the Month for September is Cody Murphy. In educational circles, Murphy is what we call an "all-around student." Not only is Murphy an excellent student, but she also is involved in ASB and FBLA activities while also managing to dance competitively. She is a…

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Grace Fellowship Church is raising funds to support recent and future mission projects through a multi-family yard sale on Saturday, Oct. 1 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at 21416 Mountain Drive in West Golden Hills.

  • BY JON HAMMOND Contributing columnist

A nature soundtrack of the Tehachapi Mountains could contain many different sounds, but one of them would have to be the familiar "Come-BACK-here!" assembly call of California Quail (Callipepla californica). And if it was a video, it should certainly include some footage of quail, especially…

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Local band Blue Mountain Tribe received a NAMA award for the Best Blues Recording at the 16th annual Native American Music Awards held Saturday at the Seneca Allegany Casino in Allegany, N.Y. The band's first CD, "All Our Relations," was among 16 NAMA winners at this year's awards ceremony.

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Stan and Janet Tehee submitted this photo of their Golden Retriever, Harley, when he was trying to interact with a young California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus) that was hanging around outside Stan and Janet's Bear Valley Springs home.

  • BY SUZANNE WILLIAMS Contributing writer

The Tehachapi Lions Club is gearing up for its Christmas for Seniors of Tehachapi Service Project. The purpose of this project is to brighten the holidays for our low-income, isolated and/or homebound seniors in our community who have no family in the area and who otherwise would not enjoy t…

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Mary Beth Garrison was the guest speaker at the Tehachapi Lions Club on Sept. 15. Garrison is the ambassador for the community outreach program Energy Update California and is the executive director of Community Clean Sweep.

Tehachapi Idol wrapped up Sept. 11 with the three winners of the 10-week competition determined by a panel of judges.

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Nine-year cancer survivor Mary Van Blake gives the same advice to all women: "Get out there and get those mammograms!"

  • BY TIM TRUJILLO Contributing writer

Friends of the Tehachapi Depot, the organization that operates the Tehachapi Depot Railroad Museum, is happy to announce the election of Keith Sackewitz as its new vice president.

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Adventist Health Tehachapi Valley will host its annual Health and Resource Fair on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 8 a.m. to noon, at Tehachapi Valley Recreation and Park District's West Park Activities Center, located at 490 W. D St.

  • BY PHYLLIS BELCHER Contributing writer

Tehachapi has the most generous and giving people of anywhere. That was the message Michelle Vance gave to Kiwanis members when she spoke about the Gran Fondo. As the economic development coordinator for the City of Tehachapi, she is responsible for this bicycle race event. She said it could…

  • BY ROBYN THOMPSON Contributing writer

The Bear Valley Springs Cultural Arts Association is preparing a confluence of family fun at the RB Orchard, located off Highline Road at Casey Drive. This perfect storm of activities will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25. And get this: Admission is free, but worth twice th…

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“It is simple, really. With James Lee you get great songs, great guitar playing, great voice and a gifted comedian as well. You are in for a very entertaining evening.” — Village Voice

A horse's acute sense of hearing allows him to detect danger, communicate with other horses and respond to vocal cues. Even the direction of a horse's ears imparts a world of information. It lets you know where his attention is focused.

  • BY JON HAMMOND Contributing columnist

As a student of the Tehachapi area's history, I am always fascinated by the changes and transitions that take place over the years — the ebb and flow of human endeavor. Our valleys are currently experiencing one of many agriculture renewals, this time with a startling expansion in the cultiv…

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Al Crisalli Jr. took this photo of a Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) standing next to Brite Lake. These largest of shorebirds are a common sight in the Tehachapi Mountains, and will make appearances even at very small bodies of water.

  • BY DARLA A. BAKER dbaker@tehachapinews.com

REDO doesn't just sell refurbished furniture. It inspires healing, one soul at a time. The showroom is filled with one-of-a-kind pieces that are distressed, but in the most beautiful of ways.

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Children of all ages gathered along Green Street on Saturday for the annual Kids Day at Tehachapi Museum. Sponsored by the Tehachapi Heritage League, the children were treated to all kinds of fun, including demonstrations and hands-on opportunities to create cool things.

Most of us buy hay for our horses on a regular basis. We’ve all experienced getting a batch of bad hay that has a lot of sticks or is very dry. But we’ve also had good hay that had just the right amount of moisture and is firmly packed.

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Choir members and shared nativities are still being sought for the Tehachapi community Christmas Crèche. The Crèche is a free event in which the community will be able to share the Christmas spirit. This will be a place where people of all ages and denominations can come together to celebrat…

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On a beautiful Saturday evening with a light breeze to cool the air, Tehachapi attracted around 100 people to come join the Tehachapi Gandy Dancers Square Dance Club for the Dance Under the Stars at the Skating Rink.

  • Suzanne Williams, Contributing writer

Each year, Lions clubs around the world proudly sponsor the Lions International Peace Poster Contest in local schools and youth groups. This art contest for kids encourages young people worldwide to express their visions of peace, tolerance and international understanding.

  • Chris Paschke, Contributing writer

September's First Friday event at Gallery 'N' Gifts was not only a celebration of its 37 years of business, but also that of a father and daughter's love of art in "Wood & Watercolor," the current show on exhibition at Tehachapi Valley Arts Association.

  • Suzanne Williams, Contributing writer

The Tehachapi Lions were honored to receive a visit from District 4-L1 Governor Grace Joe at their Sept. 1 meeting.

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New and returning members of American Association of University Women will be welcomed at the Annual Fall Membership Luncheon on Saturday, Sept. 17, at 11 a.m., at Woods Pavilion, 323 W. F St. AAUW Tehachapi Mountain Branch President Jeannette Crounse will introduce the various officers who …

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The Kern County Library wants to remind children and families that September is Library Card Sign-Up Month. A library card is among the most important school supplies available, giving community members access to databases for language-learning and research, test prep materials, access to th…

  • BY DARLA A. BAKER dbaker@tehachapinews.com

Nannette Keller always knew that she would be a designer. This passion and enthusiasm for fashion design has never wavered for the Michigan native. Her ultimate dream of owning her own design company was realized with her creation of the Nannette Keller Collection.