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  • Tuesday, Dec 30 2014 04:06 PM

    Black and white landscapes featured at gallery

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    TVAA's Gallery 'n Gifts welcomes fine art photographer Jim Tucker as featured guest artist for the leadoff First Friday of 2015, from 5 to 8 p.m. on Jan. 2, located at 100 W. Tehachapi Blvd. The event will feature a reception spotlighting Tucker's intriguing black and white photographs.

  • Tuesday, Dec 30 2014 04:05 PM

    Christian Store to feature musicians on First Friday

  • Tuesday, Dec 30 2014 02:42 PM

    'Princess Kim' auditions set

    Have you ever wanted to step into the spotlight? Show off your pipes and your moves? The historic BeeKay Theater stage is waiting for you.

    This coming May, Tehachapi Community Theater will present the West Coast premiere of Princess Kim, an award-winning family musical by famed children's book author Maryann Cocca-Leffler. Join directors Monica Nadon and Dave Shacklock at the Second Space, 431 W. "J" St., at 6 p.m. on Jan. 16, and at 10 a.m. on Jan. 17 for auditions. Callbacks will be held at 2 p.m., on Jan. 18.

  • Tuesday, Dec 30 2014 02:41 PM

    AAUW picks a winner

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    Dr. Susan Hall was the winner of a year's pass for two to attend movies at the Hitching Post Theater. The pass was donated to American Association of University by Will Viner to raise funds for local scholarships. He has made this donation to AAUW for several years and helps make it possible for the group to continue as a leader in providing help to Tehachapi students.

  • Wednesday, Dec 24 2014 08:13 AM

    Pen In Hand: Long-tailed Weasels

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    From time to time when I'm outside in the Tehachapi Mountains, I spot what at first glance looks like a skinny ground squirrel running across the ground, but within a second or two it becomes apparent that I'm actually seeing a hyperactive little masked predator: the Long-tailed Weasel (Mustela frenata).

  • Tuesday, Dec 23 2014 11:15 AM

    Blue Mountain Tribe goes ‘viral’ with release of first CD

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    Rising up from the Transverse Ranges of the grand Tehachapis is local band Blue Mountain Tribe with the release of the band’s first CD.

  • Tuesday, Dec 23 2014 09:45 AM

    With one restored truck comes many restored memories

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    The old '52 Dodge pickup came to rest in the backyard of his mother's home. The weeds grew around the coachwork, marking time, as the years passed by. James Haubruge hated to let the old truck go; it held many sentimental memories of when he and his father, Ach, would fill up the bed and take it on dump runs "back in the day."

  • Tuesday, Dec 23 2014 09:44 AM

    Secured property tax bills mailed

    Kern County Treasurer and Tax Collector, Jackie Denney, announced the recent mailing of approximately 390,000 real property tax bills totaling more than $1.1 billion for the fiscal year 2014-15. These bills represent taxes levied by Kern County, schools, and other taxing agencies within Kern County and provide revenue for their operating funds.

    The first and second installments are due on Nov. 1 and Feb. 1, 2015, and become delinquent if not paid by Dec. 10 and April 10, 2015, respectively. Various methods of payment are available:

  • Tuesday, Dec 23 2014 09:44 AM

    Your property tax bill may be going up more than the normal 2 percent

    Some California homeowners may receive a much larger property tax bill than they anticipated this year. Homeowners who saw lower tax bills during the recent decline in housing values may receive higher property tax bills as property values recover.

    Why is this happening? When housing prices rise, Proposition 13 allows a maximum 2 percent annual increase in the property's taxable value for inflation. This value is known as the "factored Proposition 13 value." When housing prices decline, Proposition 8 allows a temporary reduction of the property's taxable value to reflect the current market value. Because a Proposition 8 reduction is only temporary, it requires the taxable value to be reviewed annually and increased, or decreased, to reflect that year's current market value (as of January 1 each year). Thus, when the housing market crashed, Proposition 8 enabled some homeowners to receive significant temporary assessment reductions resulting in lower tax bills. As housing prices increase, however, a home's taxable value that had been lowered by the assessor under Proposition 8 may increase more than 2 percent if its market value increased more than 2 percent. The increased value, however, may not exceed the factored Proposition 13 value.

  • Tuesday, Dec 23 2014 09:43 AM

    Gandy Dancers host square dance class graduation

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    The Tehachapi Gandy Dancers Square Dance Club hosted the graduation of several students on Dec. 10. Seven students were graduated from the Mainstream and Plus level classes. Those students were Lewis Brown, Mary Dufrain, Mark Dufrain, Brenda Johnston, George Johnston, Gwladys Peterson and Nina Russell.

  • Tuesday, Dec 23 2014 09:41 AM

    A prayer for Christmas

    It's Christmas again, a special day observed by most in a festive way. But tinsel and trim with presents at morn' can confuse the date our Lord was born. There is no harm in gifts and mirth, they add joy to the earth. Still a truth about this merry season is that we celebrate for the wrong reason.

    Ask children you meet today to give their views of Christmas day, realizing answers like trains or jumping ropes reveal their fondest and highest hopes. Some may grin and also say, "We have a big dinner and get to play making lots of noise trying out all our new toys!"

  • Monday, Dec 22 2014 03:29 PM

    ‘Christmas Spectacular’ at Golden Hills Elementary

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    The kindergarten classes of Mrs. Ross, Ms. Smith and Mrs. Smith performed “Christmas Spectacular” to a standing room only audience on Dec. 18 at Golden Hills Elementary School. The 66 students sang, played hand bells, danced and wished all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. The play was videotaped by Mr. and Mrs. Apperson.

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