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At the January meeting of American Association of University Women, Marti Sprinkle recalled how she and Evelyn Seaman were instrumental in establishing Tehachapi Mountain Branch.

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At their first Zoom meeting of 2021, the Rotary Club of Tehachapi hosted speaker Col. Randel (Laz) Gordon, vice commander of the 412th Test Wing at Edwards Air Force Base, where he leads about 9,500 civilian and military personnel in the developmental testing and evaluation of more than a do…

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In celebration of the birth of Scottish National Poet, Robert Burns (Jan. 25, 1759 - July 21, 1796), Fiddlers Crossing will present a live online concert featuring Scottish traditional artists Jim and Susie Malcolm, via Zoom, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31.

Looking to continue fostering art in the community, the Arts Council of Kern has put out the call for 2021 grants. With applications due Jan. 31, Kern arts organizations, nonprofits or other organizations involved in arts-related activities are invited to apply.

Al Crisalli Jr. took this photo of a California Mule Deer buck as it trotted across the dawn ground on a frosty morning in Stallion Springs.

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What better way to welcome a new year than to create a lovely calendar celebrating the many beautiful sites which are home to Tehachapi? Local artist Judith Campanaro is offering a collection of 12 original paintings featuring Tehachapi and capsulized in a 2021 calendar.

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Just as readers are hungry for their next great read, authors are always seeking an audience for their stories. Writer and content marketing specialist Bill Belew and his 12-year-old daughter, Mia, understand this well. They were frustrated by what they found to be “a lack of books for prete…

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Tehachapi Mountain Democratic Club, during its January meeting, looked at results of the 2020 election to understand how they might improve chances of winning Assembly and Congressional seats in the next election. Paul Mitchell, founder of Redistricting Partners, presented his analysis of th…

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Are you 18 or older? Do you like the outdoors? Do you like doing something worthwhile for others? Then Tehachapi Mountain Search and Rescue, an all-volunteer unit, would like to invite you to join us.

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Barbara Novinger took this photo of a Tehachapi sunrise from her parents' home on Old Town Road. Her parents are George and Anne Marie Novinger. George was a much-loved principal of Tehachapi High from 1983 to 1993, and the two of them created and operated The Apple Shed for many years.

The turn of a calendar year, when a new one begins and the old one enters into our history books, is pivotal. It is when two years touch, but can never overlap, and time briefly balances on a fulcrum before tipping into the latest year.

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For several months, the rhinestone tiaras waited patiently to be hoisted upon the heads of Tehachapi's newest queens. The coronavirus may have changed the way the 2020 pageant was traditionally held, but a pageant was held nonetheless. 

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On assignment for this year's New Year's Eve photo, I was standing before the Tehachapi Town Clock watching for the hands to reach midnight. The date on the clock said the town incorporated in 1909. That’s 112 New Year's Eves.

Tehachapi Mountain Democratic Club will meet via Zoom at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, to learn how votes changed from 2018 to 2020 in California and Kern County. They will also hear an analysis of votes cast in the 2020 presidential election as compared to 2016. This can help members plan for fu…

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This year's fundraiser for pancreatic cancer research was once again successful. During a year filled with challenges that our country and people faced, we were amazed at the continuing generosity of the people and businesses of our community. We received donations in memory of Harriet Clend…

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Shut down since March 15, the Tehachapi Community Theatre players have been unable to perform at the BeeKay Theatre due to COVID-19 restrictions. This has been especially painful for me and the cast of "Nunsense" as the play was completely rehearsed and ready to go April 19.

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One of the great things about living in Tehachapi is that it snows occasionally, which is not a common occurrence in Southern California. The transformative beauty of a white blanket of snow covering our familiar landscape is always attractive, but there is something magical about having sno…

Xia Weekley took this photo of a complete rainbow in the Tehachapi Valley on Thursday morning, Dec. 17. Xia explains the circumstances of her photo: "There was a mist and it turned into rain, and after that I saw a bit of a rainbow and was so excited! Then I turned onto Sage Lane and I got a…

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On Dec. 10, the Tehachapi Rotary Club welcomed Robin Robinson of CityServe. After 31 years as a pastor at Canyon Hills Church in Bakersfield, Robinson moved into a new role in the Bakersfield community with CityServe. This nonprofit has been coming together for the last two years to serve Ke…

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Send your images of life in the community to editorial@tehachapinews.com with a caption and your name. They will appear in a photo gallery online, and we will do our best to publish them in print.

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On Friday night, Dec. 11, District 3’s 14th annual Howdy Forrester Scholarship was awarded to Tehachapi fiddler B. J. Zheng. The award consists of $1,000 scholarship, plus a plaque and having the winner’s name also inscribed on the perpetual plaque, which is exhibited at the fiddle contest e…

The elk that can be found in Bear Valley Springs, Stallion Springs and in a slowly increasing wide area are a source of enjoyment and amazement for Tehachapi residents as well as visitors. Mostly the sightings are of bull elk, but the cows are, of course, key to the health and continuation o…

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The Rotary Club of Tehachapi has announced its scheduled delivery of food boxes to local seniors has been delayed from Thursday, Dec. 17, to Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 22 and 23, due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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“You are never too old to grow a new dream.” This was the message Dr. Marilyn Schlitz delivered to members of American Association of University Women when she spoke at the group’s December meeting on Zoom.

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Holiday shoppers had the opportunity to purchase Christmas gifts while helping to raise funds for the Tehachapi Museum on Saturday during a pop-up sale in the Errea House Gardens.

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The Tehachapi Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. David Newby, will perform Friday, Dec. 11. Due to Kern County's COVID-19 restrictions, the concert cannot be attended in person. Instead, it will livestream on Facebook at 7 p.m., so you can view it from the comfort of your own home.

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A dozen hearty souls greeted the windy morning on Dec. 2: Cherokee and JD Daniel, Dana Carpenter, Linda Coverdale, Linda and Rick Florez, Carol and Bob Hellyer, Joan Howard, Ingrid Lindquist, Kathy Underwood and myself.