• By KIM NIXON Contributing writer

This year promises to be one filled with activity and opportunity to participate in supporting our Tehachapi Police Department. The Tehachapi Police Foundation was founded in 2016 to support and build relationships between the police department and the citizens of Tehachapi. Also, the founda…

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The major goal of Kiwanis is to improve the lives of children. This was the motivation for the club to donate $200 to the Friends of the Library (Tehachapi) for purchasing books or other items for the children's library. A check was presented to Librarian Marie Smith, who spoke to the group …

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The responsibilities and procedures of the Kern County grand jury were explained to American Association of University Women at their recent monthly meeting.

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The Bear Valley Springs Cultural Arts Association is gearing up for the 34th Annual Spring Art Show, which will run from the opening gala on March 25 through April 1. The show will be held at the Oak Tree Country Club at 29500 N. Lower Valley Road in Bear Valley Springs.

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A truly remarkable human being and one of Tehachapi's most giving community leaders has left our ranks after a great and productive life: the supremely capable Louise DeZan Mantoth, 95, who was known mostly as Lou Mantoth or simply "LuLu," died on Jan. 5. She had still been living in her own…

  • BY SHARRON LETSON Contributing writer
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Baby dolls, action figures, Nerf ball sets, scooters and stuffed animals. These toys and many others were all flying off the shelves at the Tehachapi Kmart as delighted second and third graders from local schools ran through the aisles on Dec. 21.

  • BY DEBORAH HAND-CUTLER Contributing writer
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Among the blueblood bands of bluegrass music, Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys, of course, will always be the King. But the four-piece band The Special Consensus is certainly one of the crown princes. Tehachapi will be treated to a second royal visit by this Nashville-based band on Saturda…

  • BY RIANE MENARDI MORRISON For Tehachapi News
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Local quilter Yvonne Fuchs will have three of her works featured at QuiltCon 2018, an international modern quilt show that takes place Feb. 22 through 25, in Pasadena. QuiltCon is held each year by the Modern Quilt Guild, a nonprofit organization that supports and encourages the growth and d…

  • By JON HAMMOND For Tehachapi News

Julie Girado Turner took this photo in her front yard in West Golden Hills of a herd of California Mule Deer (Odocoileus hemionus californicus). While a group of deer can often consist of just a couple of does and their fawns, at other times these smaller family units come together and form …

  • By JON HAMMOND For Tehachapi News

Tehachapi residents have long prized the beauty that awaits when you walk outside at night and look up. The night sky can be a sea of bright stars during the dark of the moon, and the moon itself creates some stunning scenery during different phases. There are several times a year when the n…

  • By JON HAMMOND For Tehachapi News

Sandy Williams took this photo of an American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) that was perched near a walking path in Bear Valley Springs one morning recently. Kestrels are the smallest and most colorful of North American falcons, and were formerly known as "Sparrowhawks," though they tend to eat…

  • By GALE CALDWELL Contributing writer

Tehachapi Valley Arts Association and Gallery ‘N’ Gifts are excited to announce their 13th annual photo contest. Submissions will be accepted at Gallery ‘N’ Gifts between Jan. 22 and 29 with a First Friday Awards reception to be held Feb. 2 from 5 to 8 p.m.

  • By SUZANNE WILLIAMS Contributing writer

The Tehachapi Lions Club invites high school age students to participate in the 81st annual Student Speaker Contest on Feb. 15. The contest provides an opportunity for competitive public speaking among high school students on a subject of vital interest to the contestants and to the American…

  • By DEBORAH HAND-CUTLER Contributing writer

Fiddlers Crossing is starting the new year with some old-style American music Saturday, Jan. 12 when jug band icon Jim Kweskin performs in concert. Kweskin is best known as a singer and leader of the Jim Kweskin Jug Band. The band was active in the Boston area in the 1960s, modernizing the s…

  • By GENE DALLACHIE Contributing writer

The AARP Foundation is now offering, for this year, free tax assistance and preparation through its Tax Aide program. This service will begin Feb. 5 and continue through April 13.

  • By JON HAMMOND For Tehachapi News

J. E. Hand took this photo of the sky over Tehachapi at about 5:30 p.m. Dec. 22, when a strange gaseous white cloud was visible. This ephemeral effect resulted from the launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base near Lompoc.

  • By PHYLLIS BELCHER Contributing writer

Lyndsey Wolfe thought it would be fun to live in Spain for a year. Now it's 10 years later, and she still lives there. She comes home to Tehachapi twice a year to visit her parents, George and Elizabeth Wolfe. Both of them are Kiwanis members, and they asked their daughter to tell the club a…

  • By JON HAMMOND For Tehachapi News

There are a variety of terms that are used to describe California's different plant communities, and these can be confusing: chaparral scrub, coniferous forest, riparian woodland, valley oak savanna, etc. From time to time I'm going to be explaining some of the most prominent habitat types f…

  • By SUSANNA MONETTE

First Friday Fun Fest will be celebrated at Tehachapi Treasure Trove on Friday evening, Jan. 5, from 5 to 8 p.m. The Treasure Trove will be exhibiting work done by students from our varied selection of classes. Join us to support the students, enjoy food and wine and listen to music by Art L…

  • By PHYLLIS BELCHER Contributing writer

What is the purpose of the Kern County grand jury? How are jurors chosen, and are they compensated for their time?

  • By JON HAMMOND For Tehachapi News

Al Crisalli Jr. took this photo of an American Coot (Fulica americana) swimming in the morning sunlight at Brite Lake. Coots are ubiquitous water birds that can be found even in the smallest and most obscure ponds in the Tehachapi Mountains.

  • By BRENDA JOHNSTON Contributing writer

The Tehachapi Gandy Dancers Square Dance Club held a food drive and collected several canned and non-perishable food items to donate to the local Salvation Army Food Bank to help restock some of their shelves during the holiday season.

  • By BRENDA JOHNSTON Contributing writer

The Tehachapi Gandy Dancers Square Dance Club held a toy drive and collected several toys and games to donate to the Kern County Fire Department in Tehachapi to help restock their shelves for their use as first responders during the holiday season and more.

  • By PHYLLIS BELCHER Contributing writer

Porter Underwood spoke to the Kiwanis Club about hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking." He worked in the oil business for more than 30 years and is now retired from Halliburton Energy Services. Since retiring, he has served as a consultant to the energy industry specializing in stimulation rec…

  • By JON HAMMOND For Tehachapi News

One of the most distinctive, unique characters that the Tehachapi area has ever produced passed away in his sleep on Dec. 10. Manney Cowan, 58, was in the log home that he and his wife, Carla, built in Wasilla, Alaska, where they had moved in 2002.

  • By JON HAMMOND Contributing columnist

Irina Piertz took this photo in Stallion Springs of an American Elk bull. Irina says it was about 6:30 on a summer morning when they discovered the largest bull elk in Stallion Springs grazing in their neighbor's yard. Irina says the bull was only about 50 feet away as she quietly took photo…

  • BY DARLA A. BAKER dbaker@tehachapinews.com

This year's judges of the annual Christmas coloring contest for children were put to the test as many wonderful entries were received this year. Dozens of entries were received for each category from Tehachapi's young artists, all vying for the top prizes.

  • BY GAYEL PITCHFORD Contributing writer

Come hear the Christmas story presented in music and words as the Tehachapi Valley United Methodist Church Cantata Choir performs John W. Petersen’s epic cantata “Night of Miracles,” directed by Gayel Pitchford, on Friday, Dec. 22.

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Chris and Megan Bowman are pleased to announce the birth of their third son, Hank Kurtis Bowman. He was born Nov. 21, at 10:22 p.m, one month early. Despite being early, he weighed 7 lbs. 14 oz., measured 19 inches and was healthy and strong.

  • By TIM TRUJILLO Contributing writer

The Friends of the Tehachapi Depot really appreciate Santa’s good work. He shows up every Christmas season and has his picture taken with local little ones.