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2013 Year in Review Part II

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Committee members and team captains pose for a photo during July's Relay for Life which raised more than $184,000 in donations. Tehachapi News file photo.

Last week we presented the year in review for January through June 2013. This year we bring you highlights from the second half of the year.

July 2013

* Tehachapi celebrated Independence Day with a parade, fireworks, and other traditional events including bull riding.

* Local residents joined the nation in honoring the memory of 19 firefighters who died in the line of duty in Prescott, Ariz., including the husband of a former Tehachapi resident.

* Dollar General Market began construction on Tucker Road.

* Relay for Life celebrated 10 years, raising more than $184,000 and bringing the total raised for the American Cancer Society to nearly $1.5 million.

* Michelle Fulton won the Tehachapi Idol contest sponsored by Pacino's.

* Work to reconstruct the Sand Canyon bridge was halted after asbestos was uncovered. A detour was put in place requiring Highway 58 travelers to go off the highway and making it necessary for Sand Canyon residents to travel farther to get on Highway 58.

* Foundation work was begun for the new Tehachapi Hospital.

* The Norbertine Sisters hosted a blessing ceremony for their newly completed expansion of facilities off of Water Canyon Road.

* More than 100 Tehachapi old-timers gathered for their annual picnic in Philip Marx Central Park.

Aug. 2013

* "Feed My Sheep," a program that helped provide meals for people in need, was shut down due to code violations.

* "Savor the Flavor" was held in downtown Tehachapi, a fundraiser for the Family Life Pregnancy Center and other local non-profits.

* The Tehachapi Mountain Festival and the Tehachapi Mountain Rodeo Association both celebrated 50 years with events held the third weekend in August.

* Abernathy Collegiate Charter School opened.

* Plans to build a dialysis center in Tehachapi were announced.

* Work continued on Dye Natatorium, but the public swimming pool remained closed.

Sept. 2013

* Golden Hills Community Services District proceeded with plans to manage trash collection with the district.

* The Tehachapi housing market continued to improve with prices up more than 25 percent from the prior year.

* A public hearing on the proposed Walmart project was postponed so the city could complete more environmental study.

* The state continued to grapple with the prison population and considered contracting for use of a private facility in California City to house inmates.

* County Supervisors fired Animal Control Director Jen Woodard and the CEO of Kern Medical Center, Paul Hensler.

* Plans for a "Tehachapi Gran Fondo" cycling event to be held in September 2014 were announced.

* Directors of the Golden Hills Community Services District were served with notices of intent to recall.

* Tehachapi Hospital CEO Alan Burgess announced his resignation.

* Bonnie Shea resigned from the Board of Directors of Bear Valley Community Services District.

* The City of Tehachapi added two motorcycles to its fleet.

* Ruben Andrade was named the first permanent superintendent of Cesar E. Chaves national monument at Keene.

* Vintage warbirds visited Tehachapi Municipal Airport as part of a fun day that included a Tarmac Fun Run.

* Steven Vogel was sentenced to time served and given five years probation after pleading noel contender to a felony charge of contacting a minor to commit a sexual offense.

Oct. 2013

* Reconstruction of the Sand Canyon Bridge hit another problem when defects in concrete pilings were discovered and the detour remained in place.

* A study of Cummings Valley groundwater was being discussed by the Tehachapi-Cummings County Water District.

* The Murals Committee of Main Street Tehachapi determined that the "Loop Mural" would need to be removed. Pieces of the mural were falling and the cost to repair was determined to be too high.

* Members of the Golden Hills Community Services District responded to the recall notice.

* A Canadian vegetable grower began setting up operations in Cummings Valley with plans to build a large greenhouse.

* Gil Grace was sworn in as a new member of the Board of Directors of Bear Valley Springs Community Services District, replacing Bonnie Shea.

* The City of Tehachapi was granted funds by CalTrans to extend Challenger Drive in the Capital Hills area.

* A California Condor was found drowned in a fire department water tank in Bear Valley Springs and it was learned that another Condor had drowned in a tank in the Stallion Springs area earlier.

* Tehachapi residents were among those negatively affected by the federal government shut-down due to budget issues.

* Kern County announced plans to build a season fire station in the Golden Hills area.

* Tehachapi Valley Recreation and Parks District awarded a bid for renovation of the pool and other facilities at Dye Natatorium.

* County Supervisors approved a plan to reduce the number of red lights on top of wind turbines following a deal with the Federal Aviation Administration.

* Tehachapi Police Chief Jeff Kermode announced plans to retire in June 2014.

* Additional county funding allowed Tehachapi Branch Library to be opened an extra day each week.

* A committee was appointed by the City Council to explore possible uses of Hangar 1 at Tehachapi Municipal Airport.

* The City Council decided to sell its four wind turbines.

* Dr. Gary Olsen resigned from the Board of Directors of Tehachapi Valley Healthcare District.

* The City of Tehachapi moved its council and planning commission meetings from the Beekay Theatre to the school board meeting room at Claude L. Wells Education Center.

* The Tehachapi Apple Festival, first of what is expected to be a new annual event, attracted hundreds of people to Railroad Park.

Nov. 2013

* Paul Press, principal of Monroe High, resigned to take a job in Paso Robles.

* Veterans Day was recognized with an assembly at Tehachapi High School.

* The Tehachapi Airport Commission was disbanded by the City Council, replaced by an advisory committee.

* Dollar General Market opened on Tucker Road.

* Tractor Supply Company was under construction on North Mill Street, across from Home Depot.

* Former resident Michael Stainer was named Director of the California Dept. of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Division of Adult Institutions.

* Tehachapi Hospital reopened a refurbished operating room, making it possible for surgeries to be performed locally for the first time in 10 years.

* The Tehachapi Salvation Army was awarded a $100,000 grant by The Bakersfield Californian Foundation.

* Golden Hills Community Services District approved a contract with a a Bakersfield firm to provide trash collection services, subject to a number of provisions including ratification of its powers by the Local Agency Formation Commission.

* The City of Tehachapi was awarded a $1.3 million grant from CalTrans to provide improvements including traffic signals on Tehachapi Boulevard near Love's truck stop.

* Lehigh Cement donated $20,000 to the city's fund to build Freedom Plaza in downtown Tehachapi.

Dec. 2013

* A snowstorm followed by a week of below-freezing temperatures created havoc in Tehachapi, postponing the annual Christmas Parade.

* Officials continued to explore options for customers of a failing sewage treatment plant in the Golden Hills area.

* A new non-profit foundation was established to provide support for Tehachapi Valley Recreation and Parks District.

* The city was exploring ideas for renovation of the old police station as construction continued on the new station on "C" Street (in former Spencer California clothing factory).

* The Local Agency Formation Commission upheld its previous decision to recognized various powers of the Golden Hills Community Services District, including trash collection.

* Assistant General Manager Sandy Janzen of Bear Valley Springs Community Services District announced her resignation.

* The Tehachapi Planning Commission reviewed additional environmental studies and again approved the proposed Walmart project.

* Tehachapi First again appealed the Tehachapi Planning Commission's approval of Walmart.

* Three skateboarders were arrested to trespassing after they cleared snow from ramps at Ollie Mountain skatepark.

* Golden Hills Community Services District announced that they were making an offer for land to house a new seasonal county fire station.

* Derailed train cars were quickly cleared from the track west of Tehachapi.

* General Manager Jeff Hodge announced his resignation from Bear Valley Community Services District.

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