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What if the world came together during the month of April and turned on their Christmas lights at night in solidarity? We would be saying that everyone supports and are heartfelt for those who have passed away, those currently infected by the virus and all those who have put themselves in ha…

Well folks, as we approach the third week of our isolation, and being housebound, are we starting to panic? I have ventured out a couple of times to buy groceries, only to find many of the shelves empty. No toilet paper, no bread, and no meat at all in the meat case at Walmart. What is going…

Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order outlining safety procedures and practices for the state of California. A part of that order was the inclusion of 16 sectors of industry that are deemed essential to the nation's infrastructure. Airports and flight schools are among those sectors.

Yes, Leonard Pitts, there still is a place called 'us'; it's in Bear Valley Springs, California, in a network of volunteer caregivers using a platform called Next Door to do grocery shopping for elderly shut-ins (a growing number now) without compensation expected; and that's saying somethin…

On the subject of pandemics, whether you grew up in the era of 1950s panic in the streets, 1965's the Satan bug; 1971's the andromeda strain or 1995's outbreak, you’ll know that Hollywood did one hell of a job in fictionally pre-programming us for what we are experiencing right now.

For the past five years, Kern Community Foundation has been steadfastly committed to strengthening Kern County’s nonprofit sector. We know that despite the critical role they play in making our community a better place, too many nonprofits lack the necessary reserves and resources to weather…

At Adventist Health, our highest priority is the care and safety of our patients and staff. We have highly trained infection prevention practitioners who closely follow the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the public health department. We closely monitor patie…

It's pretty hard to get people thinking clearly at the best of times. But in these dark panic in the streets times, it's all but impossible, especially when the masses are fighting over toilet paper and suspecting everyone around them who even coughs or sneezes as being a deadly virus carrier.

Maybe it has been a long time since you have adopted or rescued a new pet. In the time you had your prior dog, you have probably forgotten how scared he was and how long he took to settle into your home. You have also probably forgotten how panicky you felt, especially that first night — thi…

The first duty of the president is to protect the people of this country. This duty is vitally important when dealing with threats like the coronavirus because of its potential to become a pandemic. It is impossible to protect us if we don’t know who is entering our country and where they ha…

In 2008, we taxpayers were led to believe that a $9 billion bond would be enough to finance a high speed rail system from Los Angeles to San Francisco. We were dumb enough and naive enough to believe it, but we should've known better because cost overruns on bond projects of this magnitude w…

I will be a new resident of Tehachapi soon, and I am so enthusiastic about the new urban greening grant for planting trees in Tehachapi. Everyone will agree that this will make the city more beautiful and more healthful and just a good place to live.

I would like to reply to Brian Scott's complaint against the oil industry (Tehachapi News, Feb. 12). For well over a century, Kern County's oil industry has provided tens of thousands of jobs, and provided billions in tax revenues to local government and schools, along with financial support…

Our weak-kneed politicians in California have done nothing to protect us citizens from crime. They pass gun control laws to basically disarm us, yet turn right around and pass milk toast laws to stop crimes like pornography, spanking kids in schools and allow plea bargaining in our courts so…

Well folks, it was just 102 years ago, back in 1918, that the world had the worst influenza pandemic known to man here in the United States. It spread worldwide. It started in the U.S. armed forces, It was caused by the H1N1 virus. It is said that as many as 500 million people caught the flu…

I enjoyed reading Jon Hammond's article about barbed wire (Tehachapi News, Feb. 12). The wires pictured were collected and mounted by my late husband, Thurman Belcher. He had other wires which he mounted on two burlap covered boards. A picture of an owl on burlap, painted by one of his stude…

Forty years ago, my wife and I moved to Tehachapi from Woodland Hills. Unfortunately, there was no soccer at the schools in Tehachapi nor soccer for adults. In a few short years, we soon rectified that situation and signed up about 400 players.

I was happy to see when I drove by Kmart today that someone had taken away the bed mattresses that had been dumped by the back loading dock. When I looked at the front of the store, I saw a transient with his dog and grocery cart sleeping in the warm winter sun. I have nothing against homele…

One of the benefits of being city manager is interaction with the public and, more importantly, with the local organizations that support our city with their work and services to residents. One of those groups is the Tehachapi Senior Center, an organization that provides a multitude of servi…

During the last week of January, Jacobsen Middle School held a Kindness Week. The goal of this week was to show kindness each day during the week in various ways. On Wednesday, during each lunch break, the students had the opportunity to make Valentine cards for our veterans, and more than 1…

The Jan. 29 edition of Tehachapi News carried a screed by our representative on the Kern County Board of Supervisors, Zack Scrivner, whining about the governor taking action to prepare California for a new energy economy. We will all die, humanity will be wiped out, if we don't do something …

It seems that there have been a lot of pets on the loose lately. At Have A Heart Humane Society’s resale shop, Rescued Treasures, we have had an interesting phenomenon in recent weeks. Each day, there have been six to eight stray dogs brought into our shop by kindhearted people who have foun…

In response to the letter, “California is beyond saving” (Wilbur Wells, Jan. 29), where it is proposed that “maybe Kern County should take the initiative to protect us from further predatory actions by Sacramento by leading a movement to secede from California and form a new state.”

On a recent trip to Las Vegas, I noticed that the Nevada Department of Transportation uses blinking, left hand amber lights to expedite traffic on left hand turns, and reduce traffic backups at intersections.

The state now has more than $1.5 trillion in debt and unfunded pension liabilities. Despite this, the Democrat super majority in Sacramento keeps spending money like drunken sailors and now wants to throw $1 billion at the homeless problem and create a $4.1 billion slush fund to cover the co…

Tehachapi Valley Wrestling Club would like to thank our wonderful community for supporting their first spaghetti all-you-can-eat dinner. The dinner was held Jan. 15 at VFW Post #5948. Thank you for your support and providing us a great location.

The city of Tehachapi is proud to present our 2019 Year in Review. The annual printed publication recaps the accomplishments and major initiatives by the various departments within our organization. It’s a top-level view of what is being done on your behalf.

There I was, driving like a maniac around town a few days before the first snow, looking for a pair of 2T snow pants for my daughter. This town did not have any. I had to resort to good old Amazon. I would like to give my town my business, but it is hard as a parent.