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Out of the ashes, we shall rise, say Tehachapians on what they did during the quarantine. Local folks have been whiling away the hours getting in touch with their creative sides, and revealing there is no limit to their imagination.

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As a writer, there are so many obstacles that can get in your way. It can be challenging to carve out quiet time to sit at your desk and compose your thoughts. Maybe you don’t even have a desk or a computer of your own, so you find yourself clearing off a space at the family kitchen table to…

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For those with a sense of adventure, mystery and discovery, Cerro Coso Community College is offering archaeology classes via Schedule Zoom this fall. Part detection, part research, and part treasure hunting, the course covers the basic principles of archaeology, studies ancient civilizations…

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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.

Al Crisalli Jr. took this photo of a young Red-tailed hawk perch-hunting from the vantage point of a power pole. Utility poles like this one provide a convenient perch for raptors, especially in areas where trees are sparse or non-existent, but they also pose the risk of electrocution for bi…

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Beverly Lara had a vision for building a Little Red School House as a gathering place for her family celebrations. Located just off the Tehachapi/Woodford Road on the way to the Tehachapi Loop, it will undoubtedly become a local landmark.

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Michael and Jo-Ann Hanna celebrated their 60 wedding anniversary on July 30. The couple have lived in Tehachapi since 1970, where they raised their three sons, Tony, Tim and Paul Hanna, all graduates of Tehachapi High School.

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Cerro Coso Community College is hosting a Veterans Benefit Webinar via Zoom from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, highlighting information on how to enroll as a student and receive military educational benefits.

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During the last half of July, the Tehachapi Rotary Club, now used to telephonic meetings, had some interesting speakers to close out the month.

Eric Williamson took this photo of a Western Gray Squirrel (Sciurus griseus) as it briefly paused on the side of a Blue Oak in West Golden Hills. In another month or two, Gray Squirrels will be busy collecting two of their most important food sources: acorns and pine nuts, both of which cont…

Ever since I was a little kid, I've been interested in old objects and artifacts from earlier eras, especially if they were used in the Tehachapi Mountains. These are tangible remnants of our history, and though the people who once used them are gone and the places have changed, these humble…

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This time in history is forcing us to consider new methods of living. We are looking at life through a new lens regarding our children, our jobs, travel, and outings to restaurants. How do we send our children, our treasures, to school safely? How does a 7-year-old understand social distanci…

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Ashley Whitmore began working for the city of Tehachapi as a part-time clerk when she was 23. Now, at 35, she is administrative manager/deputy city clerk and manager of Tehachapi Municipal Airport.

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Congratulations to Mickaela Tyree and Wesley Schmidt, winners of the 2020 Thunder on the Mountain Car Show scholarships. In an effort to encourage students to enter careers in the skilled trades, TOM looks for scholarship applicants who can articulate their career goals and the plans they ha…

One of my favorite things about living in the Tehachapi Mountains is the seasonal changes and appearances that occur in the natural world. Right now it is the height of summer, and one afternoon last week I went out with a camera to see what I might find.

Lloyd Herziger took this photo at the east end of the Tehachapi Valley of a Greater Roadrunner that had perched on his truck. The Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus) is a member of the cuckoo family. It was given the name “Greater” to distinguish it from a smaller relative, the Less…

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Be Bold, Be Brave, Be Brilliant. That is the theme American Association of University Women has chosen for its new year, which begins now. Officers of AAUW Tehachapi Mountain Branch set three main goals they plan to achieve: promote health awareness; explore options for education; reach out …

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A very obnoxious weed with a pretty name is the Yellow Starthistle. This scourge on the land of the western U.S. was discovered in the Tehachapi area and Bear Valley Springs in 1990 by Chuck McCollough (founder of Triassic Legacy Winery).

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As California hit its highest daily count of confirmed cases of coronavirus over the past week and numbers continue to rise in Kern, Mono and Inyo counties, Cerro Coso Community College announced Thursday it will move on-ground classes to remote delivery for the fall 2020 term.

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The first Tehachapi Symphony Concert will be Sunday, Sept. 13, at Country Oaks beginning at 4 p.m. Rehearsals will begin Tuesday, July 21, at 6:30 p.m. and will be held at the Methodist Church located at 20400 Backes Lane.

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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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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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The Kiwanis Club of Tehachapi speaker for Wednesday, July 22, is city of Tehachapi Economic Development Coordinator Corey Costelloe, who will speak on how the city is helping restaurants adapt to outdoor dining. Costelloe will present the city's economic outlook.

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Cerro Coso Community College is hosting a Veterans Benefit Webinar via Zoom from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, highlighting information on how to enroll as a student and receive military educational benefits at the college.

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Tehachapi native Chad Walker, stage manager for the soft rock duo Air Supply, writes his estimate of the number of acorns in the jar at the Kiwanis Club of Tehachapi booth at the Main Street Farmers Market July 9. Walker is a 2002 Tehachapi High School graduate. He has been with Los Angeles-…

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Country Oaks Baptist Church will present its next Grief Share course from Tuesday, Aug. 11 through Nov. 17 from 6 to 8 p.m.

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The world is living through a truly challenging time. No aspect of public life is the same as it was just a few months ago. Schools, churches, restaurants, stores of all kinds and, yes, entertainment venues have all been impacted by the current health crisis.

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The key to reducing the cost of college is getting the most out of your financial aid offers, but applying for financial aid can be daunting.

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Tehachapi Mountain Democratic Club has new officers, but it had to be done on a Zoom meeting. The club has been unable to have regular meetings since COViD-19 changed the world. They continue to wonder and debate when in-person meetings can resume.

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Musician, music teacher, Tehachapi Symphony Orchestra concertmaster and retired Navy Capt. Gayel Pitchford will speak at the July 8 luncheon meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Tehachapi.

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We need to bring good paying jobs to our district. This includes investing in our infrastructure and community. This is just one of the issues Kim Mangone is promoting as she campaigns to be elected to represent the 23nd US Congressional District. She spoke on a Zoom meeting of Tehachapi Mou…