With Joe Biden stumbling from one catastrophe to another, it seems that he knows about as much about running the United States of America as does Alec Baldwin about handling firearms. Baldwin's incompetence resulted in the tragic death of an innocent young woman and the injury of another person.

I would like to thank the kind folks on Sunday, Nov. 7, who stayed with my truck that was near Village Grill with both doors open and the engine running and no one around. Thank you for calling TPD and waiting for an officer to show up.

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Several litter conscious individuals have happily noted that trash has been picked up on Highway 202. We are fortunate that Caltrans pays for Highay 202 to be picked up, as most of 202 has not been adopted by us locals. It isn’t Caltrans staff who pick up, however. Caltrans is paying groups …

The family of Robert "Bobby" L. Thompson would like to thank our family, friends, church family, Wood Family Funeral and especially the Patriot Guard who did such an amazing job.

Recently every time I went to town down Tehachapi Boulevard, I always ran into a pothole on the westbound side, not real big but enough that I had to bump right through, not enough room to go around especially with oncoming traffic.

Following the U.S. Census every 10 years, redistricting takes place to adjust for population shifts and changes. As we have done every 10 years since Kern became a California county 1866, Kern County is tasked with redrawing our supervisorial district lines again this year. Although this pro…

There are angels in Tehachapi! I was at the Apple Festival where I was handling the money at the booth selling beer and wine. It was extremely windy and rocks held down the stacks of bills. Someone paid with a $50 bill. I was attempting to put it away, when a sudden gust of wind swept throug…

I wanted to say a BIG thank you to the Tehachapi Warriors Football team!! I had a booth at the Apple Festival and I did not have any help to tear down my booth. Suddenly two football players showed up and they kindly helped me get my truck packed up.

We applaud the efforts of the water district to stop the Sage Ranch madness. Finally someone questions the logic of approving endless development in the face of dwindling resources. The City Council, city manager and others seem to be focused on increased tax revenues and similar issues rega…

Democrat Congressional leaders are all over TV sounding the alarm about the catastrophic implications of a government shutdown if the Congress does not raise the debt limit. They keep saying that the only choice is to raise the debt limit so that they can continue to bankrupt the country wit…

Much thanks to Tehachapi News, The Loop, Tehachapi Senior Center "Scoop" newsletter, the local businesses (including seven barber shops) and local Tehachapi Facebook administrators who supported us in getting the news out to our Tehachapi veterans and families about the free Veterans Appreci…

I never thought I would say this, but I miss Kmart. I went to Walmart to get something I really needed, but of course they didn’t have it. So I got a few things and went for checkout and there were no checkers, just the self-checkout.

The bad news for California is rising crime, homelessness, prices, people and businesses leaving the state. The good news is that we still have Gavin Newsom managing this decline in his capable hands. Rest easy, California!

Draped in the beautiful surroundings of the Dorner Family Vineyard, our Evening For Life event, held Saturday, Aug. 28, was a success because of you. The community came together to consume outstanding wines, enjoy time with friends and to fully participate in our silent and live auction.

We need some law enforcement of traffic laws. The influx of people now, and they are out of control, they do not observe traffic speeds, and do not stop at stop signs, and they do not care what they run over.

If you have no backbone when things are tough, then you have no backbone at all. If you wear shirts saying how "brave" you are, and how you'll "defend freedom" while you bow to the worst tyranny America has ever seen, then you will defend nothing. If you won't speak up now then you will prob…

On Aug. 14, 2021 we witnessed firsthand sacrifice and devotion for the sake of others. Cheers to Charity included us as one of the many recipients in their annual fundraising event. What a testament to quality character as they worked endless hours and sacrificed so nonprofits in our communi…

I wanted to write a letter to thank all the residents who drive by the night of July 20. There was what sounded like a cherry bomb going off. I saw the light from the boom. I looked outside my kitchen window that faces Golden Star; there I saw two pile fires. One on each side of road.

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To me it has become apparent that the vision of the high-speed rail is being driven by money minions. They seem only able to see the eventual dollars they can pocket by the process, not what's best for the greater good. The "vision" needs to be one that is self-sustaining for two, three or m…

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I watched the Adam Sandler move "Click" with my family recently and the concept was so fascinating and applicable to our times today. In "Click," Sandler gets a "Universal" (magic) Remote Control that he can use to "mute" his sister-in-law, fast-forward boring things, pause his life, etc... …

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The sixth grade students and science teachers at Jacobsen Middle School would like to thank the Tehachapi Valley Gem and Mineral Society for their generous donation of earth science supplies. Thank you, Ron Myrick and Bob Papac, for coming to our school and bringing us the wonderful rock kit…

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Every senator who protects the filibuster is guilty of protecting a Jim Crow relic that was used to block civil rights legislation for decades. There’s simply no way to get around its sinister legacy.

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Hello Tehachapi. I've been all over California over the decades. From the top to the bottom and side to side, looking to see if a good community exists. I've seen terrible cities, like Bakersfield and plenty, plenty of others. Places of little to no planning. Not a thought or care seemingly.…

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Friday evening of Memorial Day weekend, I was on my way to Home Depot driving east on Red Apple Avenue, just about through the big signal-light intersection with Highway 202 and about to begin that drunken maze of curbs and lane changes that start at that intersection and continue, with Walm…

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Caltrans has recently had roadside trash picked up along Highway 202 from the four-way stop to Tucker Road. This was a big project, as the amount of litter was considerable, particularly in the area of Old Town. I was embarrassed to think that visitors to our area were seeing the pride of Te…

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Cat and kitten season has begun and there is no shortage of beautiful cats and kittens to adopt! The COVID-19 pandemic has had an effect on the cat population in several ways — first of all, the usual number of spay and neuter clinics were cut way back due to prolonged closures, rise in the …

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The Sand Canyon Volunteer Council sponsored a roadside cleanup of approximately four miles of Sand Canyon Road on Sunday, May 23. There was a great turnout of volunteer community members with 20 people showing up on a Sunday morning to each clean a half a mile of road. This spring the roadsi…

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With another Memorial Day here, we should remember that, in the entire history of the United States of America, only 7 percent of all Americans have served and defended this great country as a part of our military forces. The other 93 percent enjoy the freedoms and liberties provided by the …

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Someone hit an elk by Cub Lake. Please post a note. Bear Valley Springs is a quiet community. Speedy drivers must slow down. It could be a child or person next time. Also, it was a hit-and-run. This heartless person needs to be more cautious.

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To all those born between 1946 to 1964, we already know how lucky we were… when we were all growing up in the '50s and '60s, our elders used to say, “I wish I were your age,” and all because of the higher quality of life and opportunities that those before us never had.

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The cute little resale shop that benefits Have A Heart Humane Society has finally almost returned to its original days and hours! The COVID situation took its toll on everyone and shut us down completely for several months, then limited our open days, and now we feel safe enough to be open W…

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It was good news last week when the Paycheck Fairness Act passed in the House of Representatives. The bill gives women the ability to successfully challenge pay discrimination, and it gives employers the incentive to comply with the law. Women are almost half the labor force and make up the …

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The past six years as the local coordinator for Wreaths Across America has introduced me to the most amazing people in the Tehachapi area. The veterans groups, the local businesses, children who have dropped a handful of change into my donation bottle to all of the citizens who have donated …

On Wednesday, April 7, I was honored by a parade of patriotic Americans to celebrate my 90th birthday and Korean military service. I wish I could personally thank each member of the Patriot Guard Riders and their magnificent machines, the 5150 Dieselz Truck Club and the many community member…

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It's very simple. Fully open all the schools so that those people who are not afraid to LIVE LIFE can go, and those who are scared to live can do whatever else they want to do, like people have always done forever!