The new year has inspired some changes in Tehachapi News publications and our website and I'd like to share them with you here.
Of course, the Tehachapi News remains committed to providing you with coverage of local news as well as an opportunity for local clubs and organizations to share their events and accomplishments, as well as these pages -- the Hometown Forum -- where local residents can share their opinion through letters to the editor or guest commentaries.
The News is only one of two weekly publications produced by our staff. The other is The Weekender, which we completely redesigned in early December. The Weekender is published on Friday, with some distribution beginning on Thursday afternoon, and in its redesign has emerged as a lifestyle and entertainment guide for Tehachapi and Southeastern Kern County.
An important feature of The Weekender is a large color photograph on the front with a cover story inside that relates to one of the themes of The Weekender -- arts and entertainment, health, sports and home and garden.
We've had great reaction from individuals and organizations who see the value of being featured on the front of The Weekender and look forward to helping promote those things that add to the quality of life through this forum.
If you don't get The Weekender and would like to have it, please call our office at 823-6828; we're expanding delivery next week to more than 14,000 copies, with delivery to our neighboring communities of Mojave, California City and Rosamond, as well.
An electronic version of The Weekender is available, too. Check our website or Facebook page on Friday mornings for a link.
This Friday's edition of The Weekender contains a bonus -- our newest publication, Senior Scene.
With the Baby Boomers moving into the ranks of senior citizens, the demographics of Tehachapi are changing and we recently noted that 45 percent of residents are seniors or approaching 55 and 38 percent are already retired.
The Senior Scene will be published every other month and you won't want to miss the cover story about a Tehachapi man, Mike Todd, who was an important part of the team for the Red Bull Stratos Mission to the Edge of Space and Supersonic freefall, which made history when Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner flew approximately into the stratosphere over New Mexico in a helium balloon before free falling in a pressure suit and then parachuting to Earth last October.
We have amazing people here in Tehachapi and many are in the "senior" ranks, so I hope you might suggest some other individuals to be featured in future editions of the Senior Scene.
Also not to be missed is a story by Tehachapi resident Denise Trone about the Disney Dream cruise she took with family and friends last year -- Senior Scene will always feature a travel section and I'm hoping others will share their adventures with our readers.
If you don't catch these stories in the Senior Scene, we will be publishing them on our website later in the week.
We also announced last week that we will publish the popular Tehachapi Visitor Guide in two editions this year -- Spring-Summer on March 22 and Fall-Winter on Oct. 25.
On the drawing board are a few other publishing projects that I think our readers will enjoy.
Last week I shared with you the news that we will begin producing a daily "News@Noon" report on our website, tehachapinews.com. The News@Noon kicks off today and we're really excited about this opportunity to serve the community.
Our staff is small, but we work hard to provide Tehachapi with a complete array of news and information -- whether through our print products or our website.
Thank you for the opportunity to share news of our offerings with you here.
CLAUDIA ELLIOTT is editor of the Tehachapi News. Send email to: email@example.com or call 823-6360.