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The Tehachapi Unified School District has announced the recipients of Teacher of the Year and Classified Employee of the Year for 2019. Recipients will receive their awards at the annual honor banquet during Employee Recognition Week in May at Jacobsen Middle School.

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The Tehachapi Police Department arrested three people on suspected misdemeanors during the week of Feb. 4-10. No felony arrests were reported.

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In 1972, I sold my first box of Girl Scout cookies, Thin Mints, for $1. A lot has changed since then, such as the names of the cookies. Samoas are now called Caramel deLites. Do-si-dos are now called Peanut Butter Sandwich. Savannah Smiles have changed both in name and design, and are now called Lemonades. Thin Mints ... well, nothing has changed because you can't improve on the name or the design as it remains the top-selling Girl Scout cookie variety.

The Kern County Sheriff's Office Tehaqchapi Citizens Service Unit is looking for a few more volunteers. The current group has 18 members, and during the last year, volunteered in excess of 5,700 hours, an average of 300 hours per volunteer. The required number of hours per volunteer is about…

Community members with mental health issues, the homeless or those battling substance abuse are successfully using a program called Smart911, helping the local Tehachapi Police Department to be aware of any health condition, so when emergency assistance is needed, they will be better equipped.

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The Tehachapi Police Department arrested 11 people on suspected misdemeanors and three people on suspected felonies during the week of Jan. 28-Feb. 3.

Kern Radiology's acquisition this week by Los Angeles-based RadNet will result in 173 layoffs in Bakersfield and Tehachapi effective April 1, according to an official letter that leaves open the possibility that some or all of those employees will be rehired.

Local Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts of America will canvass Tehachapi neighborhoods this week for canned food donations. Food cans collected from community doorsteps will be gathered and turned over to the local Salvation Army for food bank distribution.

The Tehachapi Police Department arrested 10 people on suspected misdemeanors and one person on a suspected felony during the week of Jan. 21-27.

The new year has arrived and, as the city manager, I have the privilege of spending some time in the coming weeks bragging about the accomplishments over the last 12 months in our soon-to-be-released 2018 Annual Report.

The Franchise Tax Board (FTB) is now accepting 2018 state tax returns. FTB encourages taxpayers to discuss individual tax situations with a professional tax preparer to help understand the impacts of federal tax law changes and relief after natural disasters.

The Tehachapi Police Department arrested nine people on suspected misdemeanors and seven people on suspected felonies during the week of Jan. 14-20.

Personnel and other resources are headed for eastern Kern as part of a growing push to diversify the area's economy and protect its employment base in the event either of its two military bases were to suddenly close.

Members of the public and others who penned an argument against Measure R — the $43 million bond measure that failed in November — addressed the Tehachapi Valley Recreation & Park District at the Jan. 15 board meeting, asking if members of the board would consider changing from an appoin…

Local businesses and large corporations need people to fill their positions and keep up the economy. Ever wonder how many people work in the city of Tehachapi, Cummings Valley, Stallion Springs, Bear Valley, Palmdale, Boron or other outlying areas to provide for their families?

The Tehachapi Park and Ride is officially open and ready for use. Construction of the more than 100 parking spaces is complete, with shelters above benches coming within the next month.

Visitors to Tehachapi may soon have another lodging option — Marriott Towneplace Suites, a new three-story hotel slated to be built on the corner of Magellan Drive between Capital Hills Parkway and Athens Street. It is also very close to the new Adventist Health Tehachapi Valley hospital.