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“R ope the W ind, Ride the Mountain ” “Rope Wind, T he 48 th Ann ual Tehac ha pi Mountain FFesti esti Annual ehacha hapi estivv al TM Summer’s end is calling in Tehachapi’s annual Mountain Festival. What a perfect time to join your neighbors and invite friends to Tehachapi to have a weekend full of fun. Mountain Festival draws 30 to 50 thousand people to the Tehachapi community. With Central Park as the hub of Mountain Festival with live music, arts & crafts, food booths, lots of fun children activities – including

bounce houses and carnival – it’s easy to forget there’s so much more happening outside the park. Take time to visit the gem & mineral show, the biannual quilt show, and take in a bit of history at the local museum. Don’t miss the parade, the PRCA rodeo and be sure to visit local crafters in the Railroad Park and musicians playing all over town. Look for The Loop’s Complete Guide to Mountain Festival, on stands

August 11th which will include a schedule and map of events for the entire weekend. While Mountain Festival harkens summer is drawing to a close it definitely is not the end of fun for the Tehachapi community – we still have many events throughout late summer, fall and winter. Stay in the Loop by picking up future issues!


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Business Spotlight - Tehachapi Hydroponics Tilting at Windmills – The Power Players Part II Day Dreams • The Butcher’s Wife Fun Page Memories of the Mayor Adopt-A-Pet • Wrangler Round-up • Horse Events Meet Your New Neighbors • Shag said, Dining Hot Spots Guide Aviation Camp...Future Pilots! • Bob - “the Wine Guy” Dining Hot Spots Guide Spotlight The Fez Cafe • Do-It-Yourself Debugging Mulberry Memories The Forde Files - Healthcare & Wind Stay in the Loop event calendar Business Directory • Classifieds “I Can Make That Vegan!” • Dr. Brady the Spine Guy A Minister’s Musing • LaBella Offers Summer Delights BeeKay Theater - spotlight on talent Lost in the Stars • From the City Manager Tehachapi Manor • Yoga 101 Mark the Collision Guy • How to Fight Fair On The Bright Side Jennifer’s Terrace • Mortgage Matters Windswept Ranch • Loop ‘round the World

THE LOOP Next issue will be on stands Saturday, August 20, 2011 Deadline is August 12, 2011 Publisher: Claudia Henson

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Fresh Veggies and Herbs Year Round Tehachapi Hydroponics, your new indoor gardening center, is now open inside Old Towne Nursery at 20861 Valley Blvd. Experienced indoor gardeners will enjoy the multiple types of growing media, nutrients, lights, ballasts and more from trusted brands like Hydrofarm, Foxfarm and General Hydroponics. Beginners who are just getting started in hydroponics will find easy to use kits and helpful advice. Everyone can now save the trip to Bakersfield. What is Hydroponics? Hydroponics is the cultivation of plants in nutrient solutions rather than in soil. The idea of growing in a nutrient solution may seem like something out of a science fiction movie. However when in fact, hydroponics has its origins in the United States space program where experiments have been performed to perfect the growing of nutritious food for astronauts. Many of the common vegetables that you buy in the grocery store like tomatoes, lettuce and cucumbers, are likely to have been grown hydroponically. Outdoor gardens and farms are subject to lots of unknowns, from erratic weather to pollution and contaminants in the air and water. Indoor growing removes those unknowns, allowing you to control every aspect of the growing cycle of your plants. Hydroponics is the most productive way to grow fresh, organic produce at home for increased food security and health. Growing indoors is particularly well suited to Tehachapi’s mountain climate as it extends the growing season to year round and allows for harvesting during any of our four

seasons. An indoor garden makes sense now more than ever. The last two springs in Tehachapi have been very unpredictable with late cold snaps ruining most outside gardens. In fact, if you recall, we had heavy sleet three weeks after our normal “safe to plant” day of Mother’s Day! A hydroponic, or indoor garden, can help to hedge against or negate the effects of unpredictable weather, because it is not exposed to the large fluctuations in temperature or the elements. Add in the skyrocketing prices of fresh produce, especially in winter time, and it just makes sense. Anyone with a corner, a closet or a window sill can have fresh veggies and herbs all year round. Get started with a small set up in a window sill and be amazed by a productive, fast growing garden filled with nutritious organic vegetables. Imagine cutting fresh lettuce and tomatoes for a salad from your garden without even stepping outside or getting your hands dirty! Your own indoor garden is the ultimate in “grown local”. Stop by and we will show you all of the available options. We can provide you with a step by step plan and all of the supplies to get started gardening indoors. Our experts make it easy to master your new gardening environment. Come in today and you can start harvesting fresh tasty vegetables in a few short weeks. Find us online at www.t-hydro.com or stop by Tehachapi Hydroponics at 20681 West Valley Boulevard, (inside Old Towne Nursery) Tehachapi, CA 93561. Open Mon. through Fri. 9 a.m.to 6 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sun 10 a.m.to 4 p.m. Phone 661-822-7925.

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The Loop newspaper welcomes veteran journalist Tina Forde, whose Forde News Service now provides special features to us under the banner The Forde Files. Forde, a journalism graduate of the University of Colorado, has written in a free-lance capacity for numerous daily and weekly newspapers, magazines and the AP and UPI wire services. She specialized in international multisport events, covering summer and winter Olympic Games, Pan American Games and world championship events in rowing, soccer and cycling. Forde raised five children during her 30-year residence in Malibu, California. She currently lives in downtown Tehachapi just a block from The Loop office. Tina will be substitute teaching in the Tehachapi Unified School District beginning this year.

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We’ve hidden an image of Jade that looks Sam won a free dog wash at Canine Creek. like this somewhere in this issue. If Thanks to Canine Creek for donating the prize! you locate it and enter our Where’s Jade game, you may win a free dog Jade is service puppy in training. She is wash at Canine Creek and/or a being raised by Melissa from Billingsley surprise gift from a local business. Veterinary Clinic for Canine Companions for Can you Independence. To enter, email IfoundJade@TheLoopNewspaper.com find me? Official Rules: No purchase or payment is with your name, address, phone number, and a necessary to participate. Odds of winning will short description of where you found Jade. depend on the number of correct entries received; We will have a drawing and no prize will be awarded if no valid post the winner’s name on http:// entries are received. There will be no www.facebook.com/ substitutions for the prize(s). By theloopnewspaper and in the Aug. participating, each participant agrees 20, 2011 issue of The Loop. to these Official Rules. The winner for ourJuly 23rd issue was Ms. Sam Brown. Sam says, “Page 12 in the Chalk on the Walk 2011’.


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Tilting at Windmills Part II

The Power Players The second in a series of articles examining the many aspects of the growing wind energy business in the Greater Tehachapi Area.

In the 1 st century AD, the Greek engineer Heron of Alexandria used a wind-driven wheel to power an organ. This was the earliest known instance of using wind to power a machine. In the two thousand years since then, windmills have been used to mill grain (hence the name windmill) for food production, to pump water and, in recent years, to generate electricity. The latter — though often referred to by the general public as windmills — are actually known as wind turbines.Wind turbines generate power, and power generates money The allure of that money is bringing big business to Tehachapi, but just who are the “power players” in the Tehachapi wind business? Make no mistake: the biggest power player by far is Southern California Edison (SCE) who executed power purchase agreements for up to 1,500 megawatts (MW) or more of power generated from new projects to be built in the Tehachapi Pass Wind Farm area. The 2006 contract more than doubles SCE’s wind energy portfolio and includes more than 50 square miles of

wind parks in the Tehachapi region, which is triple the size of any other existing U.S. wind farm. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) initiative to upgrade the transmission out of Tehachapi (known as the Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project) began in 2008 and is expected to be completed

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APPOINTMENT TO TEHACHAPI CITY COUNCIL The Tehachapi City Council will be considering appointing one member to the City Council to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of D. Shane Reed effective July 12, 2011. The term of office will expire in November 2012. Interested persons must be registered voters and reside within the City limits. Applications may be obtained at Tehachapi City Hall, 115 South Robinson Street, or on the City website www.tehachapicityhall.com. All applications must be returned to Tehachapi City Hall by 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 31, 2011. The City Council will consider the applications during the Tehachapi City Council meeting to be held on Tuesday, September 6, 2011, at 6:00 p.m. Denise Jones, City Clerk CITY OF TEHACHAPI

by Robert Lugibihl

by 2012. In other words, the CPUC ordered SCE (who no doubt gladly complied) to install 25.6 miles of 500 kilovolt transmission lines connecting SCE’s Antelope Substation in Lancaster to a new “Windhub” Substation west of Mojave in Kern County. According to the CPUC, this initiative was enacted “to deliver wind-generated electricity to

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help meet California’s renewable energy goals.” It was this “Windhub” creation initiative by the CPUC which has opened the door to further regional wind power development. Multiple projects that are being installed to utilize that capacity, it is these projects which feed into the new Windhub Substation and impact the Tehachapi area. Renewable energy giant Terra-Gen Power (which itself is owned by ArcLight Capital Partners, “a leading energy investment firm” and Global Infrastructure Partners, “an independent infrastructure fund”) closed a $1.2 billion financing deal in July 2010 with partners that included Google, Citibank , Barclays Capital , and Credit Suisse . Terra-Gen’s Alta Wind Energy Center (AWEC) is located in the Mojave Desert, is set to be the largest wind project in the world. Besides Terra-Gen, there are currently enough Windhub projects in various stages of development to make your head spin. Since funding figures for all of the projects are not readily available, the best way to establish the size of the power players in the Tehachapi wind energy game is to analyze acreage use which can be obtained via the Kern County Planning Department. To the left is a graph to give some perspective on the sizes of the top five Windhub projects. Keep in mind that Terra-Gen’s massive amount of acreage is the grand total of their various individually named projects. In two weeks, “Part III: The Ups & Downs – How wind farms may be helping or harming our community.”

Calling all Council Candidates by Robert Lugibihl After a four week hiatus, the Tehachapi City Council convened once again at the BeeKay Theater on Monday, Aug. 1 at 6 p.m. to address a varied array of topics including liquor licenses, rodeo ground usage and, most importantly, appointing a replacement for former Councilman Shane Reed who resigned on July 12. The owner and bar manager of the new Dog House Saloon on Tehachapi Blvd appealed to the Council for a “finding of public convenience and/or necessity” to grant them a liquor license for their business which opened Friday, Aug. 5. Citing the proliferation of establishments in the area that serve alcohol, Councilwoman Linda Vernon didn’t see the convenience or necessity of yet another such venue and dissented, but Council members Phil Smith and Susan Wiggins assented and the license was granted. Antelope Valley Youth Rodeo Association (AVRYA) Vice President Jeremiah Soto addressed the board in the hopes of having the $600 usage fee for the Tehachapi Rodeo Grounds waived for the AVYRA’s rodeo event there on Sept. 17 and 18. City Manager Greg Garrett recommended approving the organization’s use of the grounds but not the waiving of the fee due to the City’s current budget restrictions. Councilman Phil Smith commented that $600 was not a lot of money for the City and that this event was for the benefit of children and motioned to waive the fee. Councilwoman Wiggins agreed and seconded the motion and the AVRYA was granted use of the rodeo grounds at no charge.

Utility Manager Jon Curry requested that the Council approve a Memorandum of Understanding between the City of Tehachapi and the Kern Council of Governments (KCOG) which would enable Tehachapi to participate in a greenhouse gas reduction plan study funded by a $1.1 million grant from SCE to KCOG. As one of five cities participating in the study, Tehachapi would receive $13,000. The request was unanimously approved. Mayor Ed Grimes calmly and professionally dispensed with a citizen who demanded a costly ($55,000 according to Councilwoman Wiggins) special election to replace the departing Mr. Reed, after which City Attorney Tom Schroeter stated that Reed’s position must be filled within 60 days of his resignation. The Council agreed that a special election would not be in the City’s best interest due to the high cost and decided to appoint a replacement for Reed from a pool of applicants. Councilwoman Vernon motioned to advertise for the position in the local papers with a submission closing date of Aug. 31 at 5 p.m. Phil Smith seconded the motion and ads will be placed. Qualified Tehachapi residents should take note and apply for the position through the City. Although the recipients were not present at the meeting, Mayor Grimes announced that Certificates of Recognition were presented to Tehachapi residents Rachel Rudd and Austin Kalb. Councilwoman Vernon closed the session with congratulations to Main Street Executive Director Lori McKenzie for “a wonderful evening and successful event” with the recent International Wine & Beer Walk.


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Daydreams No Matter Where You Go, There You Are If you think you will stop seeing that Have you ever noticed that certain people have the same kind of things happen to them all person, or going to that place where these feelings come up, think again. No the time? Perhaps it is being matter where you go, there you are. accused of cheating, jealousy, It’s your very own personalized, difficult teachers, or fights with constant complaint. When you hear friends and family. They never yourself saying such things, turn it they are to blame. It is always around. Instead say something like, everyone else. You may hear them “I will make some time tomorrow to say “Why does this always go skating.” Don’t say or think, “I happen to me? It’s not fare.” am never good enough.” Instead say, No matter where you go, “I am enough.” So much of what we there you are! It doesn’t matter if think is affected by what we say. I you move to a different school. cannot say that loud enough or too You will attract the same people Charisse Rudolph many times. Don’t say, “My family with the same lessons to teach you. ~The Leadership can’t afford that.” Instead say, “My It is The Way Of The World. What family works hard, and I am going to are you thinking about? What are find a way to afford what I want.” Say, “I may you saying over and over in your head? What have received a failing grade on this paper, but are you visualizing? What is your fear? Until you get it right, the lessons will reoccur over and on the next one I am going to do better!” Then do, “The Way of the World.” Turn passion into over. action. You can do anything as long as you Think about a constant complaint that focus on the daydream you are trying to you have. Think about it, and say it out loud. You are not going to like this, but that complaint achieve. Practicing, “The Way of the World,” will turn your constant complaint around so keeps you small. It keeps you a victim of the that it works for you, instead of against you. circumstance. It doesn’t allow you to get past If you missed the column on, “The Way the situation. It is your reason for not having the of The World.” Which is the main way to have life you want. It keeps you from accomplishing a life you love, you can find it in my new book, your goals or daydreams. It makes you believe you are not responsible for your life. You might “Words Hit Hard as a Fist, With 18 Tips on How to STOP being Bullied.” It is finally think it is something that is happening to you available and there will be ten copies available that you cannot control. Time is one example. at the Tehachapi League’s Writers Festival, at You might say, “ I don’t ever have enough time the museum, noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 6. The to do the things I want.” But no one has time. pancake breakfast will kick off the event, from You have to make it. You may find yourself 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Also, my first book written saying, “What ever I do is never good enough.” for kids, “The Secret Daydream,” will be If that is what you think, you are right and you available, and Rhonda Brady will read it. It is never will be. Or you could say, “Life is so unfair. No one understands the way I feel.” Let’s about, “The Way of The World.” (It is, “The Secret,” for children.) throw a pity party. Yuck! It makes me Visit my website at www.theleadershiplady.tv uncomfortable just saying those things. Until the next time, “To Thy own self be true.” Todays Quote: ~Things you think you are unable to bear, you cannot only bear, but can change and improve.~ Next column, Pre-imposed Obstacles. Great News: 20 copies of Words Hit Hard as a Fist, has been purchased by The L.A. Unified School District for a Charter School Summit, being held Aug, 5th & 6th at The Pasadena Convention Center.

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Surf ‘n Turf by Tomi Nuckolls and Leslie Reynolds The term “Surf ‘n Turf” has been around a long time. It is in reference to a meal combining beef, pork or lamb (turf) with fish, shrimp or mollusks (surf). The combined flavors are a delight to the taste buds when properly prepared! The following is an awesome recipe I think you will love and only takes about a half hour to make! Add a nice side dish of steamed rice or egg noodles and you are ready to feast! Oh…and don’t forget the wine!

Surf ‘N Turf Dinner (Recipe yields 2 servings) Ingredients • 2 teaspoons onion finely chopped • 1 garlic clove, minced • 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided • 1 tablespoon butter, divided • 2 tablespoons beef broth • 8 medium shrimp peeled and deveined • 2 teaspoons fresh parsley minced • 2 (6 ounce) beef tenderloin steaks, 1-1/2 to 2 inches thick

Directions 1. In a Tony & Tomi Nuckolls, small skillet, sauté Butcher & Wife the onion and garlic in 1-1/2 teaspoons oil and 1-1/2 teaspoons butter until tender. Add broth; cook and stir for 1 minute. Add the shrimp; cook and stir until shrimp turn pink, about 3-5 minutes. Stir in parsley. Cut a pocket in each steak; place three shrimp in each pocket. Cover remaining shrimp and broth mixture; keep warm. 2. In a large skillet, heat remaining oil and butter over medium-high heat. Add steaks; cook until meat reaches desired doneness (about 10-13 minutes for medium), turning once. Top with reserved shrimp and broth mixture. The Butcher Shop now carries flash frozen, high quality fish such as: Salmon, Tuna, Ahi, Cod, Halibut, Shrimp, Clams and more! Come on down and get your ingredients for “Surf ‘n Turf”!

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Voices of Inspiration provided by Nicol Gerstein Navy Cross recipient Marcus Luttrell is keynote speaker for Hoffmann Hospice’s 1st annual Voices of Inspiration dinner and auction, Thursday, September 22, 2011 at the Antelope Valley Hellenic Center in Lancaster. In 2005 Luttrell and fellow Navy SEALs were on an intelligence mission in Afghanistan, when they were ambushed by Taliban forces. The SEALs refused to retreat despite the enemy’s superior numbers. Luttrell was the only one to survive. Sixteen members of special operations forces who came by helicopter to rescue them were shot down and killed. Near death himself Luttrell crawled through the mountains in search of shelter. Afghan villagers found him and cared for him at the risk of their own lives. Five days after the battle, Luttrell was rescued. Luttrell was awarded the Navy Cross for

combat heroism in 2006 and was discharged from the Navy in June 2007. A month later, “Lone Survivor,” Luttrell’s memoir of the battle and his rescue, became a New York Times best seller. At the podium Luttrell will share with his Antelope Valley audience what it takes to become a Navy SEAL and the harrowing story of the battle and his survival. DETAILS: Tickets to Voices of Inspiration are $100. Sponsorship packages are still available for those who want to participate in a private meet-andgreet and/or book signing dessert reception. Funds raised at Voices of Inspiration support the many end-of-life services Hoffmann offers its terminally ill patients and their families in the Antelope Valley. For more information call 661-272-2355 or visit www.hoffmannhospice.org

Wind Energy Benefits East Kern Communities by Bill Deaver The benefits of installing wind turbines and other renewable energy resources are usually measured in terms of helping America free itself from reliance on dirty energy sources and oil from nations whose leaders don’t share our democratic values. As is being demonstrated here in East Kern, the local wind energy industry, which was launched in the early 1980s in the Tehachapi area, also contributes solid economic benefits. The Tehachapi-Mojave Wind Resource Area, which is on its way to becoming the largest wind energy generation resource in the nation, has become a major employer in the region, both during construction and as a source of permanent jobs. In addition to generating clean, nonpolluting energy, those big white blades also pump money into local communities. Completion of Terra-Gen Power’s 720 megawatt project, the first phase of the Alta Wind Energy Center, and others in the region will add nearly $600 million to the local economy during their expected operating life. These dollars include royalties to landowners, payments to employees, and purchase of goods and services locally. They will also add $45 million in annual property tax revenues to the county, schools, and other local government agencies at a time when government services are being slashed, along with sales and other tax revenues. Beginning in 2012, Terra-Gen Power will become the third largest taxpayer in Kern County at an expected $30 million annually. The nearly 300 workers building the Alta project have filled-up rentals in Mojave and

Tehachapi and are spending money in local businesses. In addition, 50 full-time maintenance jobs have been added this past year, also boosting the local economy. The Mojave Air and Space Port is a prime example of the benefits of renewable energy. Huge wind turbine blades and other components are shipped to the airport’s rail yard, unloaded, and trucked to installation sites between Mojave and Tehachapi. The East Kern Airport District, which operates the nation’s first commercial spaceport, earns revenue from leasing their property for the transloading phase of the project. Union Pacific Railroad, which delivers the special cars carrying the components, has extended its track connections to the airport, which will improve the district’s ability to attract and retain businesses which require a rail connection. (The airport district has also installed an innovative new solar project which powers the airport/spaceport’s administration complex). Clean energy In addition to boosting the local economy during a recession, clean wind energy reduces the need to create energy using fossil fuels that emit harmful gases. The Alta Wind Energy Center, once completed, will reduce air emissions on an annual basis by 5.8 billion pounds of carbon dioxide, 28 million pounds of sulfur dioxide, and 13.2 million pounds of nitrogen oxides, the equivalent of taking 446,000 cars off the road. That will go a long way towards cleaningup our air and reducing America’s dependence on foreign oil while creating good jobs and boosting the local economy.

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Memories of the Mayor

My first child about 5 p.m. My wife said, “I think it is time.” I The last memory I mentioned I was going to be a brand new father. What a joy that was. I was said, “Are you sure?” She said, “yes”. I said, “let’s go”. You see we had to travel to busting buttons all over the place. I Bakersfield to Memorial Hospital remember thinking if it was going to and I didn’t want to take any be a girl I would buy her all kinds of chances. She said she was hungry frilly things and my wife would put and wanted to eat something first. I ribbons in her hair and she would be said, “What, are you crazy.” She the cutest thing on earth. If it were a insisted and I got some leftovers boy then I would buy him a pair of out of the fridge and fixed her Levi’s with a T-shirt and he could something to eat. I couldn’t eat stand in the seat holding onto me because I was so nervous. Neither while I drove my car. I figured he one of us had ever experienced this would look just like me and the before, but I must say she was world would be his. In those early days their was no way to determine by Ed Grimes, Mayor much calmer than me. She finally finished and off we went to if it was going to be a boy or a girl. Memorial. When it is your very first child the nine My only thought was she better not have months seems like an eternity. There are doctor appointments, blood tests, eating the right foods, the baby while I’m driving, because I will really go bonkers. We finally made it to Memorial and so many other things. These are the issues after my 100 mile an hour driving. She got that you must go through. I remember thinking, checked in and I went about waiting. You see, “how are going to manage having a new baby” and “we don’t even have furniture for ourselves.” in those days, the father was not allowed in the So we ended up at a used furniture store to buy a birthing room. So you had to wait outside, not knowing what was going on. Finally the nurse lot of the stuff we needed. A used baby crib, and comes out about 12:05 a.m. and announces to a used baby mattress. I remember the smell of me that I have a brand new baby boy. I vinegar and alcohol that we used to wipe down remember saying, “Really a boy,” and the nurse the crib and mattress to make sure it was said, “Yes, at least he has the tools of a boy.” I sanitized. You can never be to careful with used will never forget that. I was so proud. A boy to stuff and we wanted to make sure our baby had call my own. I went home that night the clean stuff. We finally got everything we needed and, with a little bit of paint here and there, ready happiest man in the world, my son Michael Edward Grimes was starting life in the best to go. Now the wait. Every little ache and pain possible way. from my wife did not go unnoticed. I was a Got to go, but remember the glass is always nervous Norvis. half ful. Think positively and God Bless. Finally the day came. It was late afternoon


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Tehachapi Veterinary Hospital

Buy miles for Baby Kaden by Tehachapi Veterinary Hospital & Pet Lodge Join with Tehachapi Veterinary Hospital and Tehachapi Pet Lodge to help a family in need. The “Buy Miles for Baby Kaden” event will be hosted on Sat., Aug. 20, 2011, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Baby Kaden was born in May with cystic fibrosis. His father is a long-time, loyal employee. Baby Kaden requires monthly visits to Children’s Hospital in Madera where he sees his team of doctors, the drive is 330 miles round trip. Our goal is to help his family raise funds for the travel expenses associated with his treatments. We hope you can make this your goal too! We invite you all to come out to the Pet Lodge and have a great time for a great cause! Don’t miss this chance to help a child and family in need! Buy a mile or a few! Purchase delicious bake sale items! Win super prizes in over six raffles including: a gas grill BBQ, boarding & spa packages; $150 in Veterinary services; or Pet Lodge dollars!! Did you know that approximately 30,000 children and adults in the United States have

cystic fibrosis. An additional ten million more—or about one in every 31 Americans— are carriers of the CF gene, but do not have the disease. Since cystic fibrosis affects the lungs of most patients, a large part of the treatment routine is to clear mucus from the airways by using different airway clearance therapies. These therapies use vibrations to help loosen mucus that builds in the lungs. There are also several medicines that treat lung infections and help people with cystic fibrosis breathe better. Cystic fibrosis research is a team effort. Scientists across the world are working to understand and beat this complex disease, with the hope that one or more of the many approaches to therapy will lead to a cure. Call the Lodge for more information at 661-822-6471 or visit us at tehachpivet.com . Buy Miles for Baby Kaden and help him get the treatments that make a difference in every breath he takes! Tehachapi Veterinary Hospital & Pet Lodge Where State of the Art meets State of the Heart.

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Dogs Destructive Habits by Sheri Williams Someone wrote to me about their dogs destructive habits. The Problem: They wrote, every time I leave my house and come back, my dog has found something new to destroy. I give him plenty of toys, but he doesn’t seem interested in those. He only seems interested in destroying my things. What should I do? The Reason: There are two reasons why dogs destroy. One is, if you have a puppy who is teething, they chew on things for pain relief. Two is when adult dogs destroy, it is usually from boredom or frustration. The Solution: If you have a teething puppy, take one of their soft toys. Soak the toy in chicken or beef broth and freeze it. Then give the frozen toy to your dog. The coldness will sooth their aching gums, and the broth will keep them interested in chewing on it, instead of on the leg of your chair. For adult dogs, you can go to the store and get them a beef bone from the butcher. These bones have a lot of marrow in them. Your dog will chew the bone, then try to get the marrow out of the middle. It

will take them hours to do this, depending on the size of your dog and the size of the bone. Oh, don’t cook the bones, because this makes the marrow soft and easy for your dog to get it out. You want to make it challenging. The next thing you can do is go to a pet supply store and get them a “bully stick”. They are usually a few dollars and most dogs love them. Remember to praise your dog when they are chewing on their bone. The final step is to get your dog out of the house. Exercise them. Take them out for an adventure and wear them out. Tired dogs usually don’t have the energy to destroy. Unfortunately, most the sprays they have at the pet stores don’t work, because they evaporate. So those are a waste of money. Giving your dog something they will really like to chew on and exercise will help save your home. I will be starting a basic obedience class on Tuesday, Aug. 20, at 9:30 a.m.. Anyone interested please give me a call at 661-972-1736, or you can e-mail me at: sheriatdogtrain@yahoo.com. Thanks and hope to see you there.

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Welcome to the ADOPT-A-PET Section Many of the an i m a l s u p f o r a d o p t i o n c a n b e s e e n a t : p e t f i n d e r. c o m / s h e l t e r s This Section is in need of support! For years The Loop has generously dedicated two pages per issue to helping local pets in need find homes and in this issue we’ve added to it. Advertisers please call the The Loop today to find out how you can help to support this section. Remember, when thinking about adopting, that the adoption cost is a tax deductible donation! If you find a pet you want to adopt please call the number listed next to the pet or in their rescue’s information.

All Dobie SOS dogs are neutered/spayed, vaccinated, micro-chipped, and have received a veterinary exam. All adopted dogs come with one free bath at Canine Creek and one free grooming at Tehachapi Pet Lodge. You can see all of the Dobie SOS dogs waiting for homes at www.dobiesos.org. 661-886-1721 • dobiesos@earthlink.net

Gracie Gracie is an easy-going, middle-aged special needs Doberman. She has leg pain requiring medication, especially during cold weather. Gracie also takes Proin, which completely controls a leaky bladder. That’s the bad news. The good news is Gracie is very dog-social, obedient, and affectionate. She has a medium energy level and does not require much exercise. She would love to hang with someone when they watch TV or work on the computer. Gracie is active enough to go for walks. She is crate-trained and probably house-broken. She cannot live with cats, but would be fine with the grand kids. She would make a great companion for a senior. We would consider foster placement for Gracie.

London London is a senior Doberman that has been waiting years for a home. It’s too bad because London is a character: he’s very healthy and active and is OK being either Velcro or independent depending on your mood. London is a blue and typical of most blue Dobermans he has lost a good part of his coat, so he need a warm, comfy place to hang especially during cold weather. London is a big strong boy, but he’s obedient and really wants to please. We’d love to see him spend his senior years in a loving home. London cannot hang with male dogs, but should be fine with a social female. He’s not a digger or chewer and he’s not vocal if he’s getting the attention he craves. London is crate-trained.


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ADOPT-A-PET Section STOP Happenings

Tehachapi Humane Society Calendar for August 2011 6 - Adopt-a-Pet Day at Tehachapi Pet Lodge and Outfitters, 20963 Woodford/Tehachapi Road 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. (Summer Hours) 11 – Farmers’ Market Information Table & Dog Adoptions, Downtown Tehachapi, 4 – 7 p.m. (corner near Hitching Post Theater). 15- Monthly Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Tehachapi Humane Society Office, 21600 Golden Star Blvd.(corner of Golden Hills Blvd. & Golden Star Ave.) 18 – Farmers’ Market Information Table & Dog Adoptions, Downtown Tehachapi, 4 – 7 p.m. (corner near Hitching Post Theater). **COMING UP! Annual “Move Your Tails” Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011.

21600 Golden Star Blvd. Tehachapi, CA 93561. Write us at: 21600 Golden Star Blvd., Unit #3. Tehachapi, CA 93581. 661-8230699 (menu #5 for dogs & #6 for cats)

Julie Julie is a spayed two year old mix, probably Chihuahua and Doxie. She is tri colored, and weighs almost 10 pounds. She was at the shelter for two months before we had room and could take her in. She is current on all of her shots, house trained and also crate trained. She gets along with all of her little Foster brothers and sisters. She walks on a leash and likes to ride in the car. We think she might be happier in a home without really young children. Julie is very playful and loving and ready for her forever home. Please come meet her.

Dog obedience classes conducted by Certified Dog Trainer & Behaviorist, Sheri Williams; When: Saturday, Aug. 20 at 9:30 a.m. Where: West Park, on D Street, Why: Your dog will learn to behave, sit, stay, come, down, proper walking, and not to jump.Cost: Tax deductible $80 for a five week class, with a portion of the proceeds donated to STOP. Call 661-972-1736 to attend these important classes that will benefit you and your dog. Contact@thestoppers.org 661-823-4100, menu #2 (dogs); menu #3 (cats)

Alfie Alfie – I’m a young male Schnauzer/Terrier mix, cute as a button, sweet as can be – I’m in; I play well w/the other foster dogs, am a great travel companion & housetrained – What more could you ask for in one convenient location ? Call Lynda at 661-823-4100, menu #2, or 661-821-0518 to meet ‘n greet and adopt adorable me, me, me – Wait for it: Then you can ask, what’s it all about, Alfie .

Nibbles Nibbles – I’m an 10 week young male ChiWeenie mix puppy, full of fun, love ‘n kisses; all I ask is for a family to love me for the rest of my life; might that be wonderful you? To meet/adopt me, call Lynda, at 661-823-4100, #2, or 661-821-0518.

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Edmond is a cat’s cat. Ziggy – I’m a young male Terrier mix, very sweet and loving; please call Lynda at 661-823-4100, menu #2, or 821-0518 to meet and greet and adopt little nine pound me – I hope to be w/you, pronto ~

He is the biggest and the bravest of the litter; very suave and impressive at all times, even with the crooked whiskers and pink nose. You will love him!

Sadie Sadie is a sweet girl. Born April 25, who loves to curl up in a warm lap and be held. Sadie loves to romp and play with her siblings as well as cat toys. She has been vaccinated, litter box trained and will be spayed prior to adoption.

Sammy Hi! My name is Sammy. I am a beautiful Siamese with wonderful markings. There was a time when I was loved. My parents home went into foreclosure due to lack of employment. Imagine my surprise when I came home and could no longer find food, fresh water, and the one thing I miss most....the love from my mother. I truly love to be caressed for extended periods in a kind human’s arms and long to be someone’s devoted companion once again. I am spayed and have received my rabies shot and adult vaccinations.

Sandy Sandy – I’m a young nine pound female Terrier mix, abandoned in the scorching sun, the good news is: STOP is taking good care of me and all I need is a second chance at life w/a forever family. Call Lynda at 661-823-4100, menu #2, or 661-821-0518 to adopt sweet Sandy.


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ADOPT-A-PET Section Rainbow Rescue is a no-kill, IRS 501 (c) 3 non-profit dog rescue located in California City, CA. “We are committed to helping rescued pets find their new life opportunities” Puppy adoptions at Radio Shack every Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.”. “So many puppy kisses waiting to share with you!!” 760-373-2907 •www.PetFinder.com

Jasper & C asper Casper At only 4 months old, Chihuahua/Doxie Mix, Jasper & Casper will absolutely fill your heart with smiles and complete love the intant they share their sweet puppy kisses with your family! Jasper & Casper both love to share their loving hearts with you following you everwhere and always hoping to cuddle and snuggle being held by you. Both are pen and paper trained, sleep all nite and are quiet, happy and VERY loving & devoted puppies who will probably not grow to be more than 6 lbs. that are so magically perfect for families of all types and ages (especially little children who love to share their snuggles!).

Louie

Have A Heart Humane Society is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit charity that depends on donations and fundraisers for support. We have received a grant from Bank of the Sierra to spay and neuter pets owned by low income families. If you have a pet who needs altering and you can show proof of low income for 2010, please stop by Books & Crannies and fill out our form. We will pay 100% of the vet bill (spay/neuter and pain shot). You will also be required to care properly for the pet following its surgery. We are not liable for any injury or death as a result of the surgery. Our funds are limited so we are accepting pets on a first come, first serve basis. Adoption days are most Saturdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Books & Crannies. 661-750-2261 Email:haveaheart@bak.rr.com, Website:www.Haveahearthumanesociety.org

Ollie Ollie – Neutered Male Siamese mix about 1-2 years old. Ollie is affectionate, good natured and submissive with other cats. He was left behind when is owners moved away. Please call Have-A-Heart Humane society if interest in Ollie.

Louie was saved at 2 months old by Kern County after being raised in in a hoarder’s home and forced to live in a plastic carrier. Louie is now a 4 months old, extremely cute 4 lb. Chihuahua Mix puppy that is wonderful with other pets of all ages following theim everywhere and still a little shy of people but is learning everything we teach him almost instantly trusting our love completely. Louie would love to have children to cuddle with and a playmate companion or his own full time mom/dad.

Max This is Max. He is an easy boy that gets along with everyone. A bit shy at first, but affectionate once he knows you.

Bambi Bambi is a 2 year old female Chihuahua that will absolutely melt into your heart through her soft eyes the moment you meet her! Quiet, sweet, gentle, DEVOTED, loving, playful with other playmates, snuggler & cuddler are only a few of the words to describe Bambi who is absolutely wonderfully perfect for all families especially a single, devoted mom to share their days together. Bambi needs a quiet home with a family who love having her laying in your lap and sharing her very special, warm heart as deeply as her precious heart will love yours.

Marley’s Mutts Zach @ 661-972-3852 or 661-821-1327 or visit MARLEYSMUTTS.COM

Little Chunk Little Chunk, 5-6 year-old, neutered, super-dog/ St. Bernard. It was love at first sight when I met this big boy and that love and appreciation has increased as he spends more time up here at the rescue. You have to see this mammoth moose to really appreciate how gorgeous and special he is. LC (which he responds to) is short for Little Chunk; apparently his dad was Big Chunk. The name kind of fits because he is a very good weight (132lbs) and is not carrying around so much that it puts a strain on his structure. He moves very well and loves to play with the other dogs up here. He has no signs of knee, back or hip problems and is quite light on his feet. The groomers at the Pet Lodge did a great job cleaning him up and removing hundreds of foxtails, many of which were imbedded in his feet. He let them pick the foxtails out one by one and didn’t complain a bit. He has a head the likes of which I have never seen- it is massive. He loves attention which usually consists of me scrunching his face together and wrestling with him on the grass. He does very well with dogs, cats and even farm animals and would make a great family dog, provided you can deal with a little slobber. If you are interested in adopting LC please contact Zach@661972-3852, 821-1327, or visit marleysmutts.com.

He is about 3 years old. He is mostly outdoors. He is neutered and shots are up to date.

Panther Panther is a beautiful black tabby with a wonderful personality. This kitty weighs about 18 lbs and has fur that feels like velvet. Come and meet Panther.

Maddie Maddie is 3-4 years old, Shar Pei(coat), Ridgeback(face), Lab(personality) and Heeler mix, she is good with kids, other dogs and cats as a rule (although she will chase and has killed cats when provoked). She doesn’t bark unless there is something to bark at, she has good manners, doesn’t jump, sits on command and loves to have her belly rubbed. She is great in the house, loves to go for rides and loves to play with other energetic dogs. She has a very short coat that doesn’t shed, so she cannot be an outside only dog, needs to come in the house when weather is cold. Enjoys laying in a dog bed curled up with other warm dog bodies. She is spayed, has had all her shots including Rabies and is Microchipped. Please call Gina 661-822-8440 or Have-A-Heart Humane Society at 661-823-7649 for more info on Maddie. I hate to give her up, but I foster dozens of cats at a time and cannot chance it anymore.


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Wrangler Round-Up The hot days are upon us, so it’s zinc oxide can be used on a horse. Those with a important to keep your horse cool and high SPF (sun protection factor) are probably comfortable. the best. Remember to use it before your horse Your top priority is to make shows signs of a burn. Fly masks sure your horse has plenty of with elongated nosepieces also help. clean, fresh water. The average Some interesting trail riding horse can drink five to seven news. The Triasic Legacy Winery in gallons of water in cool weather Tehachapi has installed some hitching and up to 20 gallons on hot days. posts near the winery, and invites If your feed is especially dry, equestrians to come, tie up and bring which it can be this time of year, lunch. There also are complimentary take the hose and douse the hay BBQs, wine is available for riders and by Jill Barnes your horse is eating at that meal. It a water tub for horses. Nelson shouldn’t get moldy in the short The entrance is on Roost Avenue time it takes to eat and it will give and they ask that riders use the your horse some extra hydration. This is southerly perimeter route to the hitching rails especially helpful if your horse eats cubes or west of the winery. Also please do not ride pellets. across the parking area of the tasting room. For Your horse also might appreciate a shower more info on the winery, go to during high heat times. Some horses just love triassiclegacy.com or call 661-822-5341. being squirted with a hose. The Southern California Ranch Horse If you need to work your horse, check for Association has a clinic and competition on any heat stress. Summer workouts can deplete Aug. 27 and 28 in Murrieta. There will be electrolytes and cause dehydration. If your Open, Amateur and Youth divisions. Overnight horse has a temperature higher than 103o F, it stalls are available. Call Romeo Ramirez 951could indicate heat stress. 674-8399 or go to www.socalranchhorse.com. If you must work your horse on hot days, Trainer Paul Dietz is hosting a probably the best advice is to work early or late Horsemanship & Cattle Working Clinics on in the day. Just keep an eye out that he’s Sept. 23-26 at the Paradise Hills Ranch in getting enough water to drink. Leona Valley. The cost is $375 per clinic. Cow Also with the summer sun comes sunburn. working will have an additional cattle fee. For Like humans horses are susceptible to sunburn, more information e-mail TNT5060@aol.com . especially on the non-pigmented, pink-skinned Don’t forget, if you have any information areas of the body. Sunburn is most frequently to report on the horse community such as: tack seen around the eyes and on the muzzle of pale sales, upcoming events, clinics, raffles, or if or white-faced horses. you’ve won an award, please contact me at There are solutions. Regular sunscreen or 661-878-2932, or jillbn@yahoo.com. Thanks.

Horse Events Around the Area AUG. 12-21 – Cowboy Boot Camp, Sequoia National Forest, 310-377-8834. AUG. 13 – ETI Corral 83 Sycamore Canyon Ride, Tehachapi, Linda Wells, 661-821-2601. John Black & Deborah Abajian EXCA/Horsemanship Clinic, Rancho Pacifica, Temecula, 951-7576879, www.jdequineenterprises.com. AUG. 13-14 — Bear Valley Springs Horsemen’s Association AMA/Open/Mule & Horse Show, BVSEC, Tehachapi, Joan Howard, 661-821-1577. AUG. 20 — John Black & Deborah Abajian EXCA/Horsemanship Clinic, Rancho Pacifica, Temecula, 951-757-6879, www.jdequineenterprises.com. AUG. 24-28 – PCCHA/NCHA Tejon Ranch Cutting Event , www.pccha.com. AUG. 27-28 — SCRH Versatility Ranch Horse Clinic & Competition, Murrieta, 951-674-8399, www.solcalranchhorse.com. AUG. 28 — Tehachapi Dressage Club Show, BVEC, BMountain usin ess D i rTehachapi, e c t oOnderdonk, r y 661-821-0168.

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Tehachapi Humane Society We will be at the Souza Family Vineyards on August 12 as the spotlighted rescue for “Dog Days of Summer”. This is a wine tasting event that is held at Souza to help raise money for local rescues and this month it will be the Tehachapi Humane Society. It’s going to be a lot of fun, and we are looking forward to see everyone out there. The hours are from 3 p.m. til 7 p.m., so come on out and see the beauty. Have a little wine, some snacks (we’ll have some baked goods), socialize and, maybe, meet a dog you will fall in love with. Things are really rolling with our 3rd Annual “Move Your Tails” biking, running and dog walking event. This is going to take place at Brite Lake on Saturday, Sept. 10 and features lots of prizes. We are selling our $500 gas card raffle tickets so be sure to get yours. They sell for $1 for one ticket, $5 for six tickets and are available at our office on Mon. from 11 a.m. til 2 p.m. and at Ranch Service & Supplies during their normal business hours. We are also selling them at Farmers’ Market each Thursday at our table or call us at 661-8230699, menu #8 and we can arrange something. You don’t have to be present to win and we can mail the cards to you if you don’t live locally. These are Chevron gas cards, so they are good anywhere. This year we have some consolation prizes of gift cards for Olive Garden Restaurant, an iTunes card, and Ranch Service & Supply has provided us with a nice gift as well. If you would want to come out and participate in the Dog Walk, we have packets available to enable you to contact

your friends to sponsor your walk. All proceeds go to help Tehachapi Humane Society continue their good works for the animals and the community. If you want to help animals and your community we always need volunteers to help in all the different activities we do, and this is the place to be. Foster homes are desperately needed for cats/kittens and dogs/ puppies, in order for us to find new homes for animals that are waiting for them. Please help if you can. A reminder for our Shot Clinic this month, Dr. Billingsley will be out-of-town that day so it’s cancelled for Aug. She’ll be back for the Sept. clinic.

Super Yard Sale to Help Tehachapi Pets Have A Heart Humane Society is having a super yard sale Fri. Aug. 5 and Sat. Aug. 6 at 20901 La Barranca Ave., Tehachapi. Gate opens at 7:30 a.m. Quality donations are coming in daily from Tehachapi pet lovers. "Last year we surpassed our expectations and raised $3500 and this year our goal is $5000," says Gina Christopher, cat coordinator/Books & Crannies owner. 100% of the proceeds will be used to pay vet bills, buy pet food and purchase equipment and supplies. So far this year the organization has collected two 12 X 12 horse stalls and a garage full of items to sell and still the donations are coming in. In addition to yard sale items, there will be a number of quality antiques and specialized items, several of which will be sold on consignment. In particular, 1800's Vintage woman's clothing, unique burlwood lodge furniture including a sofa, chairs, stools and tables, originally purchased at the Mountain Festival over 20 years ago, etc.


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Meet Your New Neighbors Shane Nelson and her fiance Chris computers, telephones and fax machines! Jakober have come to us from Camarillo, CA. Shane and Chris met while students at Shane is an Equine Veterinarian and found work Davis University. I asked if they met in a class in our area. For those of you not familiar with room, but Shane said no. He had answered an the word, equine is another word ad she had placed looking for a for horse. She is working as a roommate. Shane said he didn’t take Mobile Veterinarian out of the room, but instead asked her out Rosamond. Her territory includes on a date. This eventually brought Acton to Ridgecrest, Antelope them to where they are now: Valley and Tehachapi. Shane says engaged, with a wedding in the near she has serviced some of the future. Welcome, we wish you the animals in Bear Valley Springs since best in your new jobs and in your she started working in her new job. new community. During her internship to Carolyn Still recently moved become an Equine Veterinarian, she from San Antonio, Texas to be with E v i e C a m p b e l l - B e s t her brother in Tehachapi. When in did volunteer work in Peru, Welcome Hostess Nicaragua, and the Hoopa Indian San Antonio she worked as a Reservation in Northern California. Certified Nurses Aide. She had an This volunteer program was through the branch accident that rendered her unable to perform the of the Humane Society called the Rural Area duties of that job, but has since found Veterinary Service. They provide a healthcare something really fulfilling that she can do. She service for horses used in agriculture in needy joined Grace Fellowship Church and found her rural areas. Working in the rural areas of Peru and calling there. She has gotten very involved with Nicaragua was an experience quite different from their program, called “Feed My Sheep”. She working in most areas of the United States. has had some of her own life experiences that There is great poverty and very little water. have enabled her to have great compassion for Shane shared some pictures of the people and some of the people whose needs they may the animals with whom she worked. The animals serve were absolutely emaciated, and very dehydrated. On Mondays and Tuesdays she helps Shane said her team would share their water with with serving breakfast. On Wednesdays and the poor thirsty animals they were working on, Thursdays she helps with serving supper. At and the native people would look at them as each meal time Pastor Rick White, whom though they were crazy. The people were so everyone adores, reads a scripture and prays primitive that they didn’t realize the animals needed for everyone. This is a time of love and water too and, of course, they barely had enough for encouragement for a lot of folks that don’t human consumption. I believe Shane gained a great often get the love and encouragement that we as appreciation for her own native country after working human beings need in order to flourish. Other in such impoverished areas. parts of their mission include providing Chris is an Environmental Chemist and clothing. Carolyn mentioned that the rescue works for the Air Resource Board. His specialty team picks up food provided by Albertsons and is air pollution with the combustion engine. SaveMart, two other great contributors to our Chris was very excited when he and Shane found community. Carolyn is so happy to have been the small community of Tehachapi, because it able to find such a worthy cause in which to be reminded him of the small town he came from in involved. It has given real purpose to her new Aberdeen, South Dakota. Although he has to life here in Tehachapi. Carolyn we welcome spend about half of his time working in you and know our community is a better place Sacramento, he is very happy that he can spend because of you! Also, a great big Thank You to the other half of his time working out of his the many others in our community who are so home in Tehachapi. Thank goodness for giving!

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The Family Life Pregnancy Center’s 3rd please contact Natalie at 661-823-8255. annual dinner and auction fundraiser will be held The Family Life Pregnancy Center exists at the historic Souza Ranch on Aug. 27 from 4 to stand alongside those facing pregnancy at to 8:30 p.m. This year’s theme is Hawaiian pivotal and often difficult times in their lives, Fusion. There will be live music by Saranpa & because every life matters. Our existence is Friends, wine made possible tasting, dinner by countless and a silent volunteers and auction closing the faithful in sections generosity of throughout the donors like you. evening. Don Our purpose is Juan’s Latin to facilitate your Grill will be gifts to the catering the members of our event. community in Already need and we many have thank you for provided that generously opportunity. toward the The Family Center’s auction The historic Souza Ranch will be the location for The Family Life Pregnancy items. To date, Life Pregnancy Center’s dinner and fundraiser on Aug. 27. Center is located the Center has at 112 S. Curry received; two four-day VIP Reno Air Race Street in downtown Tehachapi. Our doors are passes; a Hawaiian retreat - one week private opened from Mon to Wed 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 accommodations on Lanai; a personalized plane p.m. and Thurs 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. We offer ride; a two nights stay in a Mammoth view free pregnancy testing, counseling with condo; a Napa Valley bike tour, wine and dine; volunteers, educational classes, and material sporting event tickets; amusement park tickets; assistance. locally crafted artisans’ jewelry; and so much The Center will be opened during the more! Seating for the event is limited. Tickets Curry Street road construction. Parking is are available for $75 a piece and will not be sold available behind the Center and accessed via at the door. If you are interested in attending, Green Street. ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○

Young Artist Chalk on the Walk Tenth Anniversary is Aug. 13. This Tehachapi tradition is not to be missed. Dozens of artists, of all ages and skill levels, will be painting splashes of color on the sidewalks along Green Street and Tehachapi Boulevard in Downtown Tehachapi. The talent of our local artists is not to be missed. Come see them work starting at 8 a.m. or buy a square and create your own work of art. Completed works will be judged at 2 p.m. and the winners awarded prizes at 3:30 p.m. on the day of the event. Street painting, using pastel chalk as the medium, is an Italian tradition dating back to the 16th century. Here, in this country, Tehachapi will have its own gallery of art for the enjoyment of downtown visitors. If the weather holds, the artwork will be visible for a number of days. Chalk on the Walk is sponsored by Tehachapi Valley Arts Association, Gallery ‘N’ Gifts and Main Street Tehachapi, with

proceeds from the event going to art scholarships and grants for local students. Applications for Chalk on the Walk are available at Gallery ‘N’ Gifts at 100 W. Tehachapi Blvd. The entry fee of $15 includes a four-foot by four-foot square of sidewalk downtown, as well as a Chalk on the Walk Tshirt and a box of 24 professional artist pastels.

Chalk on the Walk Tenth anniversary is Aug. 13. This Tehachapi tradition is not to be missed. Participants of all ages have a good time. Photo by Sam White

Loop ‘round the World Don’t miss a single show this season. “Little Shop of Horrors,” directed by Gary Mazzola; A Holiday Play (to be finalized) directed by Monica Nadon; “The Sunshine Boys,” directed by Ruthanne Jennings; “The Lion in Winter,” directed by Mark Fisher; and “Guys and Dolls,” directed by Doug Jockinsen. Season subscriptions are only $65! That is a savings of $10 over the individual ticket prices. Cut out the order form on this page and send in with your check or order online at www.TCTonStage.com Orders will be taken up to Sept. 17.

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Aviation Camp...Future Pilots! by Capt. Connie McCullough, Aerospace Education Officer, Civil Air Patrol, CA Wing, Group AV Camp participants were selected to prepare a Powerpoint presentation for each of the CAP Model Rocketry program stages for the author’s review (to ensure adequate academic coverage). These cadets then instructed on their assigned stage. If a student cadet failed a written test, these cadets would mentor the student until successful. For the seven cadets returning to AV Camp (those who had already completed the model rocketry program and earned their model rocketry badge), a “fun” rocket was purchased that they could build while the student cadets were building their Patriot or two-stage Zenith rockets. The rocket launch took place at Tehachapi Municipal Airport with a 100% success rate. Planning such an event takes time, effort, and creativity. How to provide showers for 24 cadets at a camp with only a single dwelling well and septic sytem is one example. Implementing such an activity requires the same ingredients sprinkled with a whole lot of patience and laughter. “I am henceforth the Kitchen Diva,” announced First Lt. Shawn Steward from the Bakersfield squadron who immediately took charge of the kitchen and food preparation in addition to other duties. Other adults, such as First Lts. Cathi Estes and Patty Henderson of the Tehachapi squadron and residents of Bear Valley, pitched in with serving, clean up, cadet supervision, and transportation. There was a total of 15 senior members participating, with seven staff onsite at all times. Oh, and the shower issue was resolved by taking the cadets to Dye Natatorium to swim and shower. A common refrain among the adults was, “Is it Saturday yet?” However, at the conclusion of AV Camp on Saturday and despite the fatigue on the part of the adults, there were no sweeter words than, “Ma’am, can I come back next year as staff?” Group 6 consists of ten squadrons, from Modesto through the Central Valley to Quartz Hill. Local cadets included: Adam Dyer, Sara Dyer, Jacob Estes, Mathew Estes, Blake Harris, David Henderson, Willow Jenkins, Rusty Cadets trying their hand at flying remotely controlled aircraft with Ken McCullough, and Alex Saranpa. The local squadron of the Civil Air Patrol meets on Tuesday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. at the airport. We are chartered by the U.S. Congress to effect three missions: emergency services, aerospace education, and cadet programs. If interested, please contact Capt. Connie McCullough at Cadets interacting with local pilots after lunch that was provided by the Tehachapi 661-823-0391. Central Valley Group 6 of the Civil Air Patrol in California hosted its 4th annual week– long aviation camp here in Tehachapi on July 2 through 9 with a theme this year of unmanned aerial vehicles. The objectives of AV Camp 2011 were to stimulate the interest of the 24 cadets in aerospace and aviation. The base camp was established in Oak Knolls with daily trips to various locations. Activities included rides in CAP corporate aircraft, viewing the hot air balloons in Bear Valley, remote controlled airplanes, a cadet presentation on the history of UAVs, tours at Edwards AFB, and NASA Dryden (Global Hawk, Predator/Ikhana, Test Pilot School, flight line, museum, etc.), and calculator robots provided by a community outreach engineer from the Flight Test Center at Edwards AFB. The Group also purchased remotely controlled micro helicopters for the cadets to enjoy, one to each squadron represented at camp. Additionally cadets were divided into teams to design and consider the specifications for a remotely controlled aparatus that would move a Cessna 182 in and out of the hangar; each team later reported on their design. A clear highlight of the week was a ride on a US Air Force C-17 on a formation mission. “We were scrambling until the last moment, not knowing if we could pull this off,” laughed Lt. Col. Carol Schaubschlager, Project Officer for the activity, Group 6 Cadet Programs Officer, and Tehachapi resident. “I’m thrilled that the Air Force could provide this incentive ride for our cadets, since it inspired so many of them to pursue a career in aviation or the military.” Model rocketry is an integral and regular activity at all Aviation Camps. Three previous

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Bob - the “Wine Guy”

Down on the farm A fast thank you again to Tehachapi for a In light of all that has transpired over the past several years, including the unusual weather great event, this years Jazz Under the Stars was a big hit and another sell out. Here it is the here in California and a very wet winter farms have fared pretty well, with the exception of the wine word of the day; sweetness, a term often used to describe Bob the Wine Guy… just dairy industry. Of note kidding. The real meaning would be the impact on the is the impression of quality of the more delicate sugary taste in a wine, tree fruit crops such as which can be due to the apricots, cherries, early presence of residual sugar plums and peaches. The or to other sweet-tasting rain and hail during the substances in the wine, early spring left scaring on such as alcohol. much of the cherry crop. Now another family (Who put the ape in gem…Okay, so my Uncle apricot anyway?) by Bob Souza, “The Wine Guy” Luca arrives at the pearly So you ask how sees St. Peter who about the grapes, Okay I’ll tell you. Grapes seem gates and immediately asks, “ Have you ever done to be doing very well. The spring set was very strong, maybe the strongest in many years. This anything of particular merit?” (St. Pete must know the family) So Uncle Luca says, “Yeah I is a good indicator after bud break as to how things will look at harvest this year. As we have can think of one thing. On a trip to South watched the devastation of severe weather such Dakota I came upon a gang of bikers, who were as, tornados, floods, and droughts that have hit so threatening a young woman, and I directed them to leave her alone, but they wouldn’t listen. So, much of the rest of the country, it accentuated just how very special the agriculture industry is I approached the largest and most tattooed here in California. It just points out how thankful biker and smacked him in the face, kicked his bike over, ripped out his nose ring and threw it we should be to be in this special place. I have mentioned before that all states in the on the ground and yelled. ‘Now back off or I’ll kick the snot out of all of you!’ St. Peter was U.S. now produce grapes for wine production; however California produces 90% of all the wine impressed and asked, “So when did this happen?” Uncle answered, “Oh a couple of grapes in the U.S. of A. It’s pretty cool to be a part of that. Temperature, rain fall amounts, soil minutes ago.” Bada Bing. Til next time Bob the Wine Guy saying conditions, and a highly efficient water infrastructure make California unlike anywhere in have a great week! Send in those questions to the world. (Yeah..us) Lastly, this little tid bit, wineguy@souzafamilyvineyard.com California’s central valley again leads all other Abbondanza Fortuna California growing areas and even many states in total farm revenues. Holy moly, this was not true before Bob the Wine Guy and his Patty started growing their vineyard in the Cummings Valley… I’m just saying. So times are indeed tough but this year looks good for the farmers, stay tuned.

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Staying Cool in Summer

The outdoor patio is classy and comfortable with touches like water fountains, statues and awnings.

The FEZ CAFÈ – An Elegant, Mediterranean Dining Experience article and photos by Leslie Reynolds “Ambience” - (am-be-ence) adj. surrounding, encircling, encompassing. That is what the Fez Café has! This beautiful new Mediterranean style restaurant will surround you with class, style, charm and fabulous cuisine. Owners, Ray and Reem Haddad have done a fantastic job of creating an atmosphere of European elegance providing diners with upscale visuals and comforts to delight the senses and relax the mind. Inside dining is enhanced with authentic Mediterranean style décor and colors as well as comfortable seating, elegant china and classical music playing low in the background. Outside, the Fez has created an open air dining patio complete with awnings, umbrellas, fountains, flowers, a fire pit to take the chill off in the evening and even a Hookah for those who desire to indulge in a sweet scented after dinner smoke. The entire patio is enclosed by a low wall with clear class panels so as to provide protection from the cool breeze yet still allow diners visibility of main street activity. A very well thought out and designed atmosphere that is beautiful and inviting, best describes The Fez Café. The Fez Café is located on the corner of Tehachapi Blvd. and Curry St. right next to Tehachapi Automotive, which is also owned by Ray. Rays wife, Reem, had always wanted to run and cook at her own restaurant, so Ray made it happen for her by dividing and remodeling his existing auto repair shop and The Fez Café was born. “After being such a wonderful wife and mother and raising our four children, Aunter, Tamara, Shadi and Shareef, she deserves this.” said Ray of his wife. “It’s her dream come true. Reem is a fantastic cook. Her Baklava pastry is incredible!” Ray and

Reem are originally from Jordan and have lived in the U.S. for many years eventually settling here in Tehachapi. Ray buys almost all of his vegetables locally in Tehachapi and most of his ground beef and rib-eye steaks locally as well as from “The Butcher Shop” which sells only the highest quality Harris Ranch beef. He buys his spices and seasonings from Middle Eastern sources. Ray and Reem hope to have live music and belly dancers perform on their open air patio later this summer and invite the community to come and taste their great cuisine at the up-coming “Taste of Tehachapi” event on Aug. 6. The Fez Café is open Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Call 661-8224085 for reservations or take out.

The Fez Cafe offers Mediterrainian elegance in fine dining.

Tehachapi National Night Out Tehachapi National Night Out. Tehachapi Police Chief Jeff Kermode, Kim Nixonof the Tehachapi Collaborative and Assemblywoman Shannon Grove want to thank the community for a very successful event on August 2 at Central Park. They had 40 agencies and organizations participating with information booths, handouts and activities. Assemblymember Shannon Grove attended this year in support of community safety.

With the recent heat wave, and the impact Beyond that, the only other options are to it can have on your computers, I thought it upgrade your computer’s cooling systems. Heat might be a worth-while venture to take a look sinks are like radiators for your computer and back at one of my previous articles on keeping upgrading the heat sink on your processor can your computer’s improve your performance temperature down. drastically. Adding more powerful One of the running fans to a case can help, but can also threats for technology is make it noisy. You also can only add heat. Letting something get as many fans as your case can allow, too hot can cause it to slow lest you wish to cut holes in the side down, and potentially fail of your computer. There are other altogether. Don’t panic just options, but they begin to get yet though; if your PC expensive. Liquid-cooling for your seems a bit warm and slow, PC is possible, but it’s pricy as well that doesn’t mean it’s going as dangerous: if you spring a leak, to roll over dead this second. your computer’s toast. You can Let’s take a quick look at always change your case to what heat does to something that will allow more fans electronics, and how to and better air-flow, but it becomes a Alexander Kunstmann, protect your PC. chore to have to dis-assemble and A-OK Computers Heat can give all rebuild your PC. One of the other electronics grief. The reason options is to replace some computer being is primarily due to the way electricity components with cooler or more energyflows. If you think of electricity in wires being efficient ones. This is relatively easy, but can like water in a pipe, letting electronics get hot is cost you processing power, money, or both. like adding bends to that pipe. The more angles Sometimes it does work out for the better. the water needs to go through, the more it slows Though expensive, solid-state hard-drives are down. more efficient than normal hard-disk-drives in Dust, heat, and air-flow all work together almost every way. They use less power, to help or hinder a computer. The more dust, generate less heat, and are more reliable, but hair, or anything else you have to clog up a cost far more. computers vents, the warmer it’s going to get. If The bottom line here is get an extra fan or your tower is easily accessible, check it once in two in your system if you need them, but stay a while to see if dust is building up on any small away from costly cooling upgrades unless you crevices on the front or back. What’s on the really need them (like if you’re building a highoutside will usually be better than what’s on the end gaming PC). Keep your computer inside (unless you have filters in your tower). If someplace that has good air-flow, is preferably you you’ve got a laptop, the more fans it has, a bit shady, and be sure to clean it out, the more air it has to move, and the more dust it especially if you have pets and during the will suck up. Laptops don’t have much space summertime (hot days can lead to open inside, so dust cakes up faster than a desktop. windows, which can lead to more dust getting Be sure to check on laptops on a regular basis, in the house, and in your computer). Keeping sometimes as much as once a week depending your system cool and clean won’t just make it on how hot and dusty your environment is, and run faster, it’ll make it last far longer as well. how many fans your laptop has. Air-flow is primarily the root of most The winner for July’s contest is Josh over-heating problems. If a desktop sits under a Vasile. The answer to the riddle will be posted desk, it will be pulling air from the ground to my website, www.aokcomputers.NET (where all the dirt settles), instead of the This month, however, will not have a “middle” of the room. Also, if your PC is contest.Unfortunately, there has been action hidden away inside a desk, it’s probably getting taken that borders “cheating.” hotter than it has to be. A computer can be In order to keep the contest fair, I will loaded with fans and still over-heat if it doesn’t have to write up more definite rules, as well as have somewhere to move all that hot air to. come up with more in-depth & creative Laptops usually pull air from one of two puzzles. places; underneath or in back. If yours happens I hope to have something new to present to you all within the next couple of to pull from underneath, setting your laptop on months.Thanks to all who’ve participated, I a flat surface (instead of what would seem intuitive: your lap) will improve its cooling really enjoyed your answers. abilities greatly.


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“More Smiles at Mulberry Place” by Mary Clyde, Wordsmith Nestled in a quiet, residential area of challenge. “I didn’t learn to cook when I was Tehachapi, Mulberry Place Assisted Living younger and am really thankful that my husband Community is dedicated to providing a beautiful, can cook,” she said laughing. “I can really BBQ home-like setting for its residents. Those who, for because my dad taught me, but I’m a little lost in various reasons, are no longer able to maintain the kitchen. I’m getting better though and their own home. Part of the formula for success sometimes the residents will help me.” here at Mulberry She’s no stranger Place is its cheerful, to working with “at caring staff. risk” individuals. “I Nicole Sandoval used to work with Fatoki is one such teenage boys with cheerful, caring Lori Villaverde (who person. While quietnow is the spoken she is quick administrator at to smile, has a great Mulberry Place) and sense of humor and when Lori came to feels at ease with her Mulberry Place she job and with the told me all about it... I people for whom she decided I wanted to be cares for. part the family there A criminal and I’ve been here for Despite being “kitchen-challenged,” Mulberry Place justice major, Nicole about a year and a caregiver Nicole Sandoval Fatoki puts on a smile as finds her half.” she practices her coffee-making skills. “alternative” career Nicole’s credo is very rewarding. “I love hearing all their stories,” treating residents how she would want to be she said. “They talk about times without cell treated when she gets to be their age. “It’s like phones, about their families, [and] about the work looking into the future of where I’ll be someday – they used to do. I am able to help them when they sort of a preview of aging. Right now we have 16 need an extra hand while sharing in their lives at residents who range in ages from their 80s to the same time.” about 93, so I can learn a lot about getting old. “Not everyone needs the same level of Most of our residents have family close by and care,” Nicole explained. “Some of our residents some of them come to visit every day. It’s always are in various stages of Alzheimer’s and require full a good day for visitors.” assistance. They can’t shower or dress themselves Nicole and her new husband Josh aren’t and they have different level of activities they planning an immediate family, but do want can enjoy. We’ll work on simple puzzles they can children eventually. Her brother James and his do without getting frustrated. Other residents wife Crystal is who are expecting their first child, don’t require as much help and enjoy a good game her sister Jessica, and mother Tina all live in of Bingo or walking in our patio courtyards.” Tehachapi. Eventually she would like to get back Nicole’s duties as a Mulberry Place caregiver into the criminal justice field, but for now she’s include cooking, which has been a bit of a very happy at Mulberry Place.

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earning a Masters in Business Administration from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. In California, he became a Certified Public Accountant. Before landing in Bakersfield (where he still lives), Demont was an executive with by Tina Forde Dole Foods in Latin America and South America. He was responsible for pineapples Joe Demont, the chief financial officer of Directors have increased district revenue and bananas. the Tehachapi Valley Healthcare District, is over the course of four years while He arrived in Bakersfield with given to exuberance. maintaining its high level of Dole in 1990 as CFO of the table “This is historic!” he proclaims as he patient care. The finances just grapes division. gives his financial report to the district’s needed a sensible six-point He also spent time in Montana board of directors. “Never before have we program. with a start-up pasta company. seen this!” From a low of $600,000 four Adding some more eminence to There’s no dry number-crunching with years ago, more than $8.5 million in the MS, MBA and CPA behind his Joe. This is exciting stuff. cash is sitting in the district’s name, Demont recently added He really loves working with all that account at the Bank of the Sierra, Joe Demont FACHE – Fellow American College loose data, shaping it up, giving it form and and getting fatter by the day. of Healthcare Executives. depth and dimension and contour... and life! Using carefully constructed sentences, New Yorker The program he makes it all understandable. Demont joined the healthcare district as “This is all meaningful stuff,” Demont Suddenly, the mathematically challenged CFO in September of 2007, three months said recently in an interview with Forde of us get it! after Burgess took the CEO reins. News Service. “It’s all public. The audit will He’s a native New Yorker who grew up be available Sept. 21. I’ll present it to the Account growing in Chelsea on the west side of Manhattan. board then.” Demont can afford the exuberance. A graduate of the Polytechnic Insitute of Over the course of four years, he said, Following a strict fiscal regimen, New York with a Master of Science in “We’ve done a lot of things right.” Demont, Chief Operating Officer Alan Technology and Communications, he left the The six-point program consisted of: Burgess and the five-member Board of big city at 24 to attend business school,

Healthcare district in good financial health

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1. Follow parity-based pricing ensuring that the medical goods and services the district provides are competitively priced. 2. Improve payer contract administration and management. “Many insurance contracts contained outdated and obsolete provisions. They were terribly one-sided and favored the payer. We pursued Operation Closer Look, a comprehensive hsopital-wide program that looked at every payer contract.” Gains became apparent within two years. 3. Practice labor optimization – “Making sure we’re properly staffed for the services we provide.” 4. Close unprofitable business lines and business segments. The district closed the money-losing radiology service in California City. 5. Improve analytics. “The numbers are metrics-driven,” Demont said. This means “command and control of all that happens in the hospital. Before, there was not adequate measurements. 6. Carry out improvements in capital projects, medical equipment and training staff. “The single-slice CT scanner was so old it belonged in a museum,” Demont said. The Continued on next page.

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district was able to purchase a new 16-slice CT scanner “with the wonderful help of the ladies of the Tehachapi Hospital Guild, who provided $300,000.” Dedicated volunteers selling used goods at the Guild Thirft Shop generated that hefty amount. The district added $400,000 for the purchase of the machine. “It improved patient care,” Demont said. “CT volumes have skyrocketed as doctors are referring here instead of sending their patients to Bakersfield. Medical practictioners have increased confidence in our ability to provide quality care.”

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METRICS

“Those are the six ingredients for the turnaround,” Demont said. “Every day we get faster, better, quicker.” What will the healthcare district do with that pile of cash in the bank? It is a vital cushion in case of overruns in the construction of the new hospital, Demont said. It can buy state-of-the-art equipment and provide operating funds in the event payments from the state are delayed. Next Forde Files: Hospital and bond status report. Multi-year X-ray of healthcare district finances (right) - Tehachapi Valley Healthcare District Chief Financial Officer Joe Demont updates the district’s fiscal picture every day. Shown, the Aug. 2, 2011 report.

County planners approve wind project on Tehachapi’s eastern ‘line in the sand’ by Tina Forde The Kern County Planning Commission, in a 5-0 vote July 28 in Bakersfield, approved a wind energy project on Tehachapi Willow Springs Road at Highline Road that may establish the boundary of industrial wind turbine development in one area of the Tehachapi Valley. Division Chief Craig Murphy, delivering the staff report to the commission in the Supervisors Chambers at 1115 Truxtun Ave., said that while the project is a logical extension in the largest wind resource area in the United States, because of the presence of Mountain Valley Airport, “There is no potential for more turbines farther west. This would fill the last portion of land for that beneficial use.” Murphy clarified later that “no more turbines to the west” refers to that specific area and that each application is reviewed on its own merits. The proposed Clearvista Wind Project is located on 226 acres east of Tehachapi Willow Springs Road and south of Highline Road (where Highline turns to dirt east of Tehachapi Willow Springs Road). The applicant is Pannon Design and Development; the land owner is Petar Mladenovic, who several years ago had planned to build houses on the site. City of Tehachapi Community Development Director David James thanked the commission for responding to the city’s concerns, saying he was not there as a proponent or an advocate of the project but to represent the interests of the city as well as various communities, “including Sand Canyon.” “I am encouraged by Murphy’s comment/ opinion that the project may represent the westernmost wind energy development,” James said. “There is a tremendous amount of anxiety

in the Tehachapi region,” James said. He credited the cancelled Pahnamid (Tehachapi Mountains) project “for bringing the community together once and for all. It seemed that maybe the industry was a little bit out of control.” The community, he said, “needs a clear sense of where the wind is to be allowed, and we want to be part of that process, not, 20 years down the road, saying ‘What in the world happened?’” The city wants to see the industry flourish, he said, and at the same time see the wishes of the community taken into consideration, so everyone “can relax and the two can co-exist.” Smaller turbines The commission cleared the way for the Clearview turbine development by approving a zone change to add Wind Energy (WE) to the present Agriculture zoning. Since it is a zone change issue, the matter will go before the Kern County Board of Supervisors on Sept. 13 for final action. Mladenovic had applied to construct 14 turbines of a maximum height of 500 feet in two parallel rows. The Federal Aviation Administration, Murphy said, has determined that the maximum height should be from 200 to 218 feet. Tall structures are potential flight hazards. In a compromise worked out with county staff, Mladenovic agreed to build 33 smaller turbines at 0.6 megawatts each. The larger number of smaller turbines would produce the same power – 40 megawatts – as the

original plan. The height of the proposed turbines, orignally at 393 and 492 feet, will be reduced to 186 feet. The smaller turbines are a reversal of the trend toward ever-larger installations. Murphy said the FAA and Edwards Air Force Base weighed in on the issue. He said the county staff concluded that while the Edwards would rather not see WE zoning near flight areas, “this project and existing airports can co-exist.” Stephen Rudin of Sand Canyon and Janice Hagen Armstrong of Tehachapi spoke against the Clearview project. Armstrong said the Air Force opposes the project and that people are concerned. “At some point it has to stop.” Armstrong said. “The Air Force did give us a letter indicating they were concerned,” Kern County Planning Director Lorelei Oviatt said. Oviatt said the Air Force concluded “It would be better not to have it (the wind development) there.” It was a difficult determination to balance the rights of the applicant property owner and the rights of a private airport, she said. Phil Rudnick, speaking in support of Clearview, said, “We can only build wind farms where the wind blows. It’s come into conflict where the people live. In Tehachapi it’s both a blessing and a curse.” Kelso Valley In another wind farm vs. gliderport matter, a dozen residents of Kelso Valley (in the mountains northeast of Tehachapi in the Jawbone area) and Tehachapi drove a long

way to support Philippe Athuil, who bought the private Kelso Valley Airport in 2004. Athuil is in the process of improving and realigning the runways. The commission approved his Conditional Use Permit, 5-0, after supporters and sailplane pilots said the facility is vital for flight safety, public safety and navigation and adds to the international lure of the area’s incomparable soaring conditions. Phil Rudnick and his son Daniel, who own nearby land slated for wind turbine development, expressed concern that the airport would one day be designated as public or quasi public, which would restrict wind energy development. Sand Canyon pleas Public speakers battling the Helo wind energy project in Sand Canyon addressed several non-agenda items. The Helo Sand Canyon Draft EIR for the project is in preparation. Shelly Young asked if the members of the Planning Commission were planning to make a trip to the Sand Canyon site. “I’m a resident there. We’re very concerned,” Young said. “Bringing the entire commission is a logistical public issue,” Oviatt said. Kim Biggs said the planning department had not contacted the proper representative of the Kawaiisu tribe, which inhabited Sand Canyon in historic and current times, when the Notice of Preparation was released. “Will you be notifying the proper Native American contacts?” Biggs asked Oviatt, who said she would look into it. “I can hear the noise through the vent,” said Penny Melko of Sand Canyon of the new turbines built near her home. “I sleep with a pillow over my head. This has got to stop...It’s not just disruptive, it is ruining our lives. Turbines belong on the high seas.”


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Friends of the Tehachapi Depot announce Lucky Winner! Submitted by: Sheryl Bovi, Gift Shop Coordinator for (FOTD) Pacific prior to the City of Tehachapi being awarded the keys to the building back in 2006. It has been in storage pending this recent fundraiser promoted by FOTD. The fundraiser turned out to be a huge success and reaped some much needed funds earmarked for the ongoing operations and maintenance of the museum facility. On behalf of our many dedicated volunteers and others who helped organize this effort, we’d like to extend our sincere appreciation and heartfelt thanks to everyone who took a “chance” and purchased tickets for this cause. We’d also like to invite everyone to visit the Tehachapi Depot Railroad Museum during our hours of operation: Thursday through Monday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Closed Tues. and Wed.). You can always count on our gift shop having new and interesting railroad related gifts, collectibles and souvenirs to choose from for our railroad enthusiasts. Plus we’re always adding historical artifacts to our permanent display collection. Hop on board and come see for Ken Williams wins a delightful railroad crossing sign. yourself!

Congratulations to local resident Ken Williams, winner of the Southern Pacific railroad crossing sign recently awarded by Friends of the Tehachapi Depot (FOTD). This original sign was donated to FOTD by Union

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“Happenings round town” Saturday, August 6

Saturday, August 13

Tehachapi Heritage League’s Pancake brunch to kick off Writers Festival. 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. 822-8152.

Tehachapi Heritage League’s Old Fashioned Country Fair. Green St. at the Tehachapi Museum. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 8224180.

Tehachapi Heritage League’s Kern Festival of Writers at the Museum. Noon to 4 p.m. 310 S Green St. 8228152. Sunday, August 7 TVRPD’s Old Timer’s Picnic at West Park. 822-3228. Knights of Columbus 2nd Annual Car Show. Northwest corner of Mill and West E Streets. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 9724388. Thursday, August 11 Farmers Market. Live Music, Food, Beverages, Shopping and more. Downtown Tehachapi on Green St. 4 to 7 p.m. 822-6519.

TVAA’s Chalk on the Walk Sponsored by Tehachapi Valley Arts Association, Gallery ‘N’ Gifts and Main Street Tehachapi. 822-6062. Thursday, August 18 Mountain Festival Pet Parade. Read Park. 6:30 p.m. 822-4180. Farmers Market. Live Music, Food, Beverages, Shopping and more. Downtown Tehachapi on Green St. 4 to 7 p.m. 822-6519. Friday, Saturday, Sunday, August 19 - 21 Mountain Festival. See The Loop Festival Guide in the August 12 issue for all the delightful activities. 822-4180.

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Vintage Photos at the Historic Errea House Dress up in our vintage clothing and have your own old fashioned picture taken at the Historic Errea House. This will be a memory that your family will cherish for years to come. The pictures will be taken by professional photographer Vicky Hoffman of Insight Photography on August 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the Old Fashioned Country Fair.. For an appointment, please call Deanna at 661-821-4821.

Saint Malachy’s Annual Fiesta by Pat Gracey

Plans are underway for the Annual Parish Fiesta at St. Malachy Church grounds on August 7 from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. The event, which bears the title, “Good Times and Fun Times Fiesta”, promises to have food and game booths, jewelry and photo art, plus arts and crafts for those attending. The traditional “white elephant” sale will feature items to please all ages. Continuous music will be played during the day with a variety of live entertainment groups performing. There is room for dancing and it is encouraged. Father Joel Davadilla and parishioners of St Malachy’s, cordially invite community members to come and enjoy this year’s event. Father Joel states, “it is a good time to share friendships and come together as brothers and sisters to ‘catch the spirit’ that exists in our city in the mountains.”

Tehachapi Karaoke Schedule City Slickers – Every Tuesday and Thursday, 7 to 10pm. DJ Emma. 1001 W. Tehachapi Blvd. 822-4939. Moose Lodge – Every Monday and Thursday. Phyllis Fisher and Travis. 5 p.m. till ? 123 West “F” St. 822-3889. VFW – Every other Saturday starting June 4. 7 to 11 p.m. Eric’s Karaoke DJ. 221 W. Tehachapi Blvd. 822-7500. Domingo’s Mexican Restaurant 20416 Hwy 202. 822-7611. Wednesdays - Karaoke.

Medical Terminology Course Offered in Tehachapi The Kern County Regional Occupational Program (KCROP) is offering a Medical Terminology course in Tehachapi and is open to persons age 16 and over. The course will start on Monday, August 22, 2011 and run Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. until January 11, 2012. Medical Terminology is a course designed to introduce students to the medical language used in hospitals, clinics and medical offices. It also serves as a pre-requisite for students interested in taking KCROP’s Medical Front and/or Back Office programs and is the basis for many other careers in the medical field. This course is articulated with Bakersfield College for college credit. The terminology program offers a basic approach to word analysis that applies to the continual learning of new terminology. This class offers an anatomy and physiology systems approach. It also covers prefixes, suffixes and word roots - the foundation of the medical “language”. There is a book fee, payable in cash only on the first night of the class. Interested individuals may contact the Kern County Regional Occupational Program (KCROP) at 661-824-9313 for more information. ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○

Sand Canyon “Tail Gate” Swap Meet coming up The Sand Canyon Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting a “Tail Gate” swap meet fund raiser on Saturday, August 27, 2011 from 7 a.m. to noon at the Tehachapi Sportsman Club Gun Range in Sand Canyon. All sellers are welcome. A donation to the SCVFD of 20% of sales is suggested from sellers. Following the swap meet a BBQ pot luck social gathering will be held at the same location from noon to 3 p.m. This event is being held to raise funds for the SCVFD and provide an update to members and interested Sand Canyon property owners and residents on the activities and issues of the SCVFD. For more information call Bernice Romo at 661823-7238

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Local Entertainment Calendar Schedules are subject to change. Please contact the venues to confirm. The Apple Shed. 233 E. Tehachapi Blvd. 823-8333 1st Thursday - Ron Kelbaugh - Multiple Genres 1st Friday-Will James and Maria - Celtic & Traditional 1st Saturday - Jo Stone-Piano Music 1st Sunday - Moving On - Multiple Genres 2nd Thursday - Ron Kelbaugh - Multiple Genres 2nd Friday - Geezers - Folk Music 2nd Saturday - Guy & Debbie Martin - Acustic Guitar and Vocal 2nd Sunday - Craig Shaw - Folk Music 3rd Thursday - Ron Kelbaugh - Multiple Genres 3rd Friday - Tony Vice – Country Music 3rd Saturday - Mountain Pass Oldies 3rd Sunday - Moving On – Multiple Genres 4th Thursday - Ron Kelbaugh - Multiple Genres 4th Friday - Max Valentino – Acoustic Guitar 4th Saturday - Pat Strong - Country/Ballads 4th Sunday - Craig Shaw - Folk Music + 5th Thursday - Ron Kelbaugh - Multiple Genres 5th Friday - Art Larsen - Classic Clarinet 5th Saturday - Craig Shaw - Guitar City Slickers Restaurant & Saloon. 1001 W. Tehachapi Blvd. 822-4939. Fridays - DJ Saturdays - Live Music

Don Juan’s Grill 20700 South St. 822-6612 Wednesdays – Live Music, Marc Weber Fiddlers Crossing. For reservations call 661-823-9994. Saturday, August 6 – Soulful singer/ songwriter Jill Knight. $15.

Saturday, August 13 – Women on the Move, benefit concert for “Women For Women.” $20. Friday, August 19 – Stacey Earle & Mark Stuart. Americana $15. 20700 South St. 822-6612 Wednesdays – Live Music, Marc Weber La Bella Italian Bistro. 209 S. Green St. 822-7419 1st Friday- Moving On - Multiple Genres 1st Saturday - Blue Rose - Country + 2nd Friday - Alicia Hansen - Violin 2nd Saturday - Geezers - Folk Music 2nd Sunday - Ron Kelbaugh - Gospel 3rd Friday - Moving On - Multiple Genres 3rd Saturday - Craig Shaw - Folk Music 4th Friday - Pat Strong - Country/Ballads 4th Saturday - Jug Band - Mood Music 4th Sunday - Ron Kelbaugh - Gospel 5th Friday - Craig Shaw - Guitar 5th Saturday - Moving On - Multiple Genres Senior Center. 500 E. “F” St. 822-5412. Tuesdays - Bingo Tehachapi Mtn Pub 20717 South Street - 822-0788 Saturdays - DJ Tehachapi Christian Store 108 E. Tehachapi Blvd. 822-0626 Fridays – Live Music at Centennial Plaza Veterans Hall. 125 E. “F” St. 303-3454. Fridays - Bingo VFW. 221 W. Tehachapi Blvd. 822-7500. Fridays - Live Music Wine & Cheese Cellar. 695 Tucker Rd. 822-6300. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays - Live Music

Friends of NRA Computer Course in Dinner and Auction Mojave for Adults

If you’re an outdoorsman or outdoorswoman, an evening of fun, good food, and fellowship awaits you at the annual NRA dinner and auction. Event highlights include raffles and hot-andheavy auction action for camping, shooting and hunting items, specially commissioned artworks, and, of course, many, many desirable firearms of all types. Dinner will be that central California staple, a man-sized Tri-Tip BBQ. A full bar will also be available. This year’s banquet will be held on the evening of August 13, at the new Benz headquarters building in Tehachapi. This is a nonprofit fund-raising event, the proceeds from which are donated entirely to the NRA Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization, used for fostering conservation efforts in the local Tehachapi area and throughout California, and for the education of our youth, the target shooters and hunters of tomorrow. For tickets and more information on how you can become a part of this worthwhile activity, contact Bob or Joan Naumann at 661-821-5233. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

The Kern County Regional Occupational Program (KCROP) will offer a free three month Beginner to Intermediate Computer Course in Mojave starting Thursday, August 25, 2011. Students will be ushered into an introduction of Microsoft Office software programs, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint and will be shown fundamental and intermediate computer techniques. Also, Internet basics, photo downloading, important programs to utilize and e-mailing techniques will be taught. Students that pass the course will receive a Certificate of Completion. This course is designed for adults aged 18 and over. Classes will be held every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. for approximately 12 weeks. Those adults interested can call the KCROP Office for more information and to get on the list to enroll in the class at 661824-9313.

Concerts in the Park

Live Music during Farmers Market, Centenial Plaza, Thurs., Downtown. 4 to 7 p.m.

August 7 – Country in the Park August 14 – Jazz in the Park For more info contact TVRPD, 822-3228

Aug 11: Guy & Debbie Martin (standards) Aug 18: Movin On (acoustic country +) Aug 25: Lauren Alexander & Max Valentino


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comes in a box), and cookies (because man can I am not sure what your life is like during not live on health food alone). I have no idea the week, but mine is a self-induced experiment where this stuff comes from, it appears like in mayhem. I have stacked up so many magic. When questioned Mr. activities that I rarely have a GGB blames GGB Jr. Kids moment to breathe. Here’s the theses days. thing, I love it! I know there are 24 Some of you may think I get usable hours in every day and I up early just to harass Mr. GGB don’t want to waste any of them. I and mess with his lunch, that is have a bucket list so large, 4 year not true. Well maybe partly true. old children are not sure how it can As Mr. GGB will begrudgingly all be done. I hate the idea of tell you, he does feel better sleeping, what if I miss something? throughout the day when he has a You just know something fabulous healthy lunch. Once I make his is going to happen the moment I lunch, take away his toaster doze off. The totally rad pastry (Where does he get this I may have an insane life, but I Go Green Bunny stuff?) and replace it with cherish every second of it. oatmeal; it’s time to start my day. Here is how a day in the life of This includes: work; bookkeeping; billing; this bunny goes. I get up very early. The hour running; volunteer work for whichever cause I when most people are asleep, or look at the am on that day; Talking to Baby GGB ten clock and think they have scored because they times on the phone (she is grown but likes to get to sleep longer. I get up this early because I keep me in the loop of every detail of her life); need to get Mr. GGB ready for work. It’s not home; second run/workout; cleaning; dinner; just because I love him, though that is part of it. the social engagement I have RSVP-ed to, that The bigger reason is, left on his own, he will Mr. GGB had forgotten and/or claims I never make what I call the yellow lunch. This lunch told him; home; bed; and reading. That’s a slow only consists of food that has no primary day! Some days just get crazy! colors in it. An example of this is, cheese (he You might ask how I get all this done? still eats this), potato chips (he considers these Okay you may not ask, but I’m going to tell a vegetable), and corn chips (previous reasons) you just the same. Bunny Juice! The elixir of an snack apple pie (“ For the fruit honey, for my life, the gogo juice, the nectar of the gods (I the fruit.” Some kind of goop that is frozen and have no actual proof the gods drank this). The magic potion of the tired, weak and over booked. I am talking about power smoothies! Oh sure you can go to those chain smoothie stores and try to save time, but they are loaded with so much sugar you might as well eat a candy bar. Do not go get a candy bar and say I told you to! For a simple smoothie, all you need is: a blender; and some fresh fruits; veggies; and some soy/nut milk, coconut, or juice. It’s a great way to clean out your fridge. I am going to give you a couple of my favorite recipes. One that Mr. GGB says is the only one anyone in their right mind would make, and the second is the smoothie I drink every day.

your muscle will spasm into a “charlie horse” Are you a weekend warrior? There is a 5 K run coming up soon, I would or cramp. This is not a good thing if you want to be a contender. like to take a few minutes of your During the race or game you time to talk about how you should must hydrate your body with fluids. prepare for the event, and how you This can be plain water or any should take care of yourself during number of sports drinks, such as and after the event. Gatorade. It is most important to With any activity that is going hydrate before, during and after the to put your body under considerable race. When you run you perspire, stress you must make sure that you and when you perspire you lose have done the necessary preparation fluid, minerals and electrolytes. to get you through the event without If it is sunny and hot, wear any injury. Getting a chiropractic checkup before you start any by Terry Brady, D.C. some sort of hat or head covering to keep your head cooler. A loose preparation ensures that your body fitting T-shirt helps to cool you because when is in balance and free from subluxations. Many you perspire and the T-shirt gets wet the air professional and amateur athletes use chiropractic care to maximize their performance. flowing around you acts like a swamp cooler Preparation time will vary somewhat, depending and lowers the temperature around your upper body by several degrees. on many factors such as age, experience, fitness At the end of the race, you need to “warm level, general health and weight to name a few. down” by continuing to move around and Starting to prepare well in advance of the event and progressing slowly is very important. slowly let your body and your blood circulation get back to normal. If you neglect to Begin by doing short run/walk sessions with accompanying short wind sprints to acclimatize “warm down”, you face the possibility of lactic acid building up in the muscles, which will lead your body and try to peak for the upcoming to painful muscle cramps. event. If you are not a seasoned runner or not in Warming up properly, before each practice good condition you may feel painful and achy and before your run, is also very important. for a few days after the activity. If there is no Blood circulation through your body, especially tissue damage from strains or sprains the in the large muscles of your legs allows you to discomfit should ease in a few days. finish the race game or any sporting event for After your race or activity, make it a habit that matter. to go to your chiropractor and have him check When muscles work hard they produce lactic acid. If the blood supply is inadequate, the you over and make sure you are ready for next week’s events. lactic acid will build up to a critical level and

Green Like a Bunny Smoothie

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(This is not really green, it’s actually purple)

Ingredients: • 2 cups spinach • 1 beet with the greens • 2 carrots • 2 stalks of celery • ¼ a head of purple cabbage • 1 zucchini • 1 yellow squash • 2 cups kale • 2 cups chard • 1 lime • 5 stalks of asparagus • a chunk of horseradish roots • 1 scoop of pea protein • 2 tablespoons of either ground hemp seed of ground flax seed For this you’ll need a juicer. I highly recommend getting one. They are not that expensive and I bet you get a lot of use out of it. It’s fun for the whole family! Juice all the above veggies, throw in blender with protein and ground seed, give it a whirl and enjoy. This smoothie is not for the occasional juicer, it is pretty hard-core stuff, but I swear by it’s powers.

Mr. GGB’s, “I’m a Big Sissy Smoothie” • 1 cup spinach. He has no idea this is in it • 1 tablespoon almond butter or sunflower butter • 1 scoop pea protein • 2 tablespoon hemp seed or ground flax • ½ banana • 1 cup light chocolate almond milk • Ice cubes Blend together and serve. If your morning is too crazy, make it the night before, fill an ice cube tray with the smoothie, pop them out in the morning and throw in a sealed bottle. When you feel that afternoon crash, protein up! Note from Mr. GGB: I drink my Sissy Smoothie out of a dirty mug with a skull and crossbones on it. As always, if you have any questions, suggestions, requests, or just to say hi! Email

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A Minister’s Musing “The one who dies with the most toys wins.” by Rev. Diane Gallo Ryder During the past few years, new phrases have entered our vocabularies and our conversations as we try to make sense of our current economic downtown. Phrases such as “foreclosure,” “reverse mortgage,” “upside down,” and “short sale” apply to the most basic of human needs: our need for housing. The human sorrow hidden within such phrases is enormous. Like most pastors I can name many financially desperate families: Grandparents whose grown children and grandchildren have moved in with them; unwanted cross-country moves and the displacement of children, all of which measure the human disruption such phrases imply. Also hidden within those phrases are assumptions rarely challenged or even examined in our consumerist society or such as: each nuclear family needs its own home; the purpose of life is to accumulate the most things in the shortest time; or, in the ironic words from a few decades ago which I have seen printed on t-shirts and drinking classes, beach towels and doormats: “The one who dies with the most toys wins.” Not one of the world’s great religions subscribes to the “most toys” theory. In fact every religious faith I know, with the possible exception of the so-called prosperity preachers so popular on television today, teaches that it is our inner peace and not our outer accumulations that are the measure of a good life. A corollary is that sharing makes us happier than hoarding. In a book by Lynn Schooler entitled Walking Home, he describes an alternate view of housing embraced by the Tlingit Indians of the Alaska coast. He writes: “…building a house was the most important

event in a Tlingit’s life. Enormous amounts of labor were required to cut, transport, form, and fit the huge timbers used to construct artfull structures, which might be fifty feet wide and sixty feet deep and provide a living space for up to fifty people. The planks, split with mallets and wooden wedges from huge old-growth trees, could be thirty feet long, two or three feet wide, five inches thick, and free of knots for their entire length. To be able to marshal the manpower and resources necessary to build such a structure was a sign of great wealth, as were the intricate carvings and paintings that decorated every surface…From choosing the house site, which required formal consultation with representatives from every clan involved, to the cutting of trees and their transport…to the carving of the logs…each act had a requisite ceremony, which [observers] described as being ‘in every sense a religious observation,’ meant to honor the spirits of the Tlingit’s ancestors. Upon the house’s completion, an enormous potlatch [celebration] was held that often involved the builder’s giving away the remainder of his wealth.” What can we learn from the Tlingists which would be consistent with religious values? Would we think of our houses differently if we dedicated each stage of their construction with a religious ceremony? Would we build different houses if we were building for our neighbors, too? What would our houses look like if we knew that upon their completion we would empty our bank accounts and give away the remainder of our wealth? Thoughts to ponder if we believe that our houses, like everything else in our lives, reflect our religious values.

Orchard Days Returns to Tehachapi August 20 through August 27 Following the success of the first Orchard Days event this past May, the Orchard Shopping Center located on Tucker Road will be hosting another week of promotions and special discounts offered by The Orchard’s participating businesses. Kicking off with the 48th Annual Tehachapi Mountain Festival on Saturday, Aug. 20, Orchard Days will culminate on Saturday, Aug. 27 with a fun-filled day in the Orchard Shopping Center parking lot that will include a blood drive with the Houchin Blood Mobile, food vendors, pony rides,

music, a $50 cash drawing and more. The Orchard Shopping Center offers a unique shopping experience offering a variety of retail and service establishments. “Orchard Days” is designed to promote local Tehachapi businesses by encouraging shoppers to visit each location and pick up an Orchard Days promotion card which will be entered into the cash drawing. There will also be door prizes and a free BBQ meal for blood donors. We look forward to seeing you at this fun and exciting first ever Tehachapi event!

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Summer is here and so is our summer special: Fresh Zucchini Parmesan. Yum! Zucchini fresh from my own personal garden. We have also been featuring a couple of appetizer specials: fresh Bruchetta served with toasted bread; and Caprese Salad made with fresh mozzarella, basil and a slice of roma tomato. You can also stop by and cool off with an iced latte. Enjoy the air conditioning and relaxing atmosphere. Drop by 209 S. Green Street any evening after 4:30 p.m. for Tehachapi’s best Italian food. Always fresh like homemade and from scratch in my kitchen from my own original recipes. Also try our fresh gourmet pizza, it takes a little longer than others, but it’s worth the wait. Choose one of our popular Italian staples like: Chicken Parmesan; Spaghetti and Meatballs; Fettuccini Alfredo; or Cannelloni. If you are a vegetarian or vegan, come on over, we have a great selection of dishes for you too like:

Pasta Primavera; Angel Hair Fresco; or our hot and gooey Eggplant Parmesan. Every dinner entrée is served with fresh house salad and garlic bread at no additional charge. Choose one of our original recipe like homemade salad dressings or upgrade to our Tuscan Onion Soup, Spinach Salad or Caesar Salad for only $2 more. Every Friday and Saturday evening we feature live music by local musicians including The Pat Strong Trio, The Geezers, Craig Shaw, Alicia Hansen, Movin’ On, and Blue Rose. We also have Gospel Sundays every second and fourth Sunday with Ron Kelbaugh, performing a mix of gospel, soft rock and ballads. After you’ve tried all the rest. Come back to the best, Tehachapi’s oldest Italian restaurant. Since the owner of La Bella is also the executive chef at La Bella, the food is the same consistently delicious fare that has always been served at La Bella.

Edward Jones Branch Ranks No. 1 in Client Service Excellence for the Region Ben Graham and Melissa Brown of the financial services firm Edward Jones in Tehachapi recently received the firm’s Client Service Excellence award for being the Number One client service provider in their region and in the top 25 percent of client service providers in the country. ”We are honored to receive this award,” Graham said. “The Client Service Excellence award is special because it is a direct reflection of the relationships we have with our clients.” Edward Jones’ managing partner Jim Weddle added, “Ben and Melissa are outstanding members of the Edward Jones team. While all of our associates understand the value of client service, it’s obvious that they have been striving to provide the best service for their clients.” This honor was bestowed upon the team based on results of a survey in which random clients were asked to rank the service they received from teams of their local Edward Jones branch offices. Edward Jones provides financial services for individual investors in the United States and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm’s business, from the types of investment options offered to the location of branch offices, is designed to cater to individual investors in the communities in which they live and work. The firm’s 12,000-plus financial advisors work directly with nearly 7 million clients to understand their personal goals — from college savings to retirement — and

create long-term investment solutions that emphasize a well-balanced portfolio and a buy-and-hold strategy. Edward Jones embraces the importance of building longterm, face-to-face relationships with clients. The firm helps them to understand and make sense of the investment options available today. Edward Jones, which ranked No.11 on FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” in 2011, is headquartered in St. Louis. The Edward Jones web site is located at www.edwardjones.com, and its recruiting web site is www.careers.edwardjones.com. Member SIPC.

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The Beekay Theater – Spotlight on Talent by Leslie Reynolds audiences delight to the various roles he has When I was a kid I loved playing “make played at the Beekay Theater. I am in awe of believe”. I sang and danced for my family and his acting ability and I truly believe this young friends every chance I got! When I was in man is going places in the world of theater, school, I had a part in every school play and should he pursue it. loved singing in the choir as well. In my late I asked TCT Director Gary Mazzola how 20s I discovered “Karaoke” and to this day I he felt about working with Spence in live still love “performing” for a crowd. theater. He had this Then one day, to say, “Spence is a about two years ago, natural talent and my good friend wonderful to work Walter “Hop” Buck with onstage, we started hounding me never have to ask about trying out for him to speak up or a part in a musical/ be inventive as he is play at our local very exuberant, Beekay Theater. I expressive and was a bit comedic as well as a apprehensive, but I pretty good singer. finally gave in to his If anything, I have incessant pleading to “reel him in” and whining.He was every now and then making me crazy! so he doesn’t over I auditioned for shadow the rest of a tiny part in the cast! He is a “Godspell” and got Cambria and Spencer in Taming of the Shrew very talented young it! Yikes! I man.” I interviewed Spence last week and thought…now what? Well, three months of asked him to tell me more about himself and his rehearsals later, we performed our show at the aspirations. Here’s what he had to say…in his Beekay and it was a blast! own words! Live theater is very different then acting in My story… by Spence! “I was born and a filmed movie or video and it is much more raised in Bakersfield, and moved to Tehachapi challenging than singing karaoke off a monitor. at age 12. I first started “performing” when I Oh Yeah…you got to really know your part was five. Whenever my parents would put on and the words to everything! Lines and songs “Fantasia”, I would pull out the foot rest, climb and dance, oh, and where to be in the next on it, and pretend to conduct the orchestra like scene, etc. When it all comes together on I was Leopold Stokowski. I was one of the opening night, it’s just so rewarding…and fun! class clowns in the elementary school I went to “Hop” passed away recently, but I’m so in Bakersfield, Olive Knolls Christian School. It glad he shared his love of the theater with me! I was actually because of that school that I will never forget him. God bless you Hop! I’ve developed my sense of humor. At that age, I stayed involved in the theater and made some considered the classroom more of a workshop new friends and I must say…There is some for my comedy instead of a higher institute of amazing talent right here in Tehachapi! learning. The problem was, I would often finish One stand out thespian in particular is 20 my work before everyone else would, and that year old Spencer Frederick. To say this would still leave 10 minutes before recess. So, I young man is talented is an understatement! He would start recess a tad early. If the teacher is so outgoing and bold in his presentation on gave me a mild scolding while the students were stage. He truly “owns” his character and

Oh, What a Morning by Maria Werth My plan was to sleep in a little today because I had a grueling schedule, Sunday, July 17, 2011. I had to play for the TPOPs Concert in the Park, then drive through Carmegeddon (Los Angeles) to get my nephew home after the concert. Little did I know, the day would become even more complicated when my Dad woke me up and said someone had stolen his truck. Yikes, here in sweet little Tehachapi – right out of our driveway! I couldn’t believe it but, then again, he did leave the key in the truck and forgot to lock the door last night. I called 911 and in a very short amount of time Officer Stacy Arabelo arrived to take the report. I started to think about what was in the truck and remembered that Dad left his wallet in the truck too. After a few phone calls, we discovered that his credit card had been used at both Denny’s in Mojave and also the Faststrip gas station. After the officer left, Dad asked me if we could take a drive down to Mojave. I was going to go anyway just to talk to the manager and see if they had the criminal(s) on camera. We headed down to Mojave and stopped at Denny’s. I was apprehensive

because the parking lot was full and they would be busy and not want to bother with us. Boy, was I wrong. They were so gracious and helpful – I was so amazed at the service we received. The manager immediately pulled the info from the camera and in a matter of minutes, we were told that the female (who accompanied a man they weren’t familiar with) was a frequent customer, and another waitress told me the street that she lived. So off we went. I didn’t think in a million years we would find the truck sitting right in the driveway of the woman’s home, but there it was. Of course, my dad wanted to go over and get his truck but we couldn’t do that. We had no idea where the keys were and if these folks had weapons, or what they were up to. It was rumored that they were known drug addicts. So we called the police and I was put in touch with Kern County Sheriff Dispatch. They told me an officer would respond. So we waited, and waited. I called my sister for consolation and she was outraged that we were sitting in front of a house with a stolen vehicle and no officer had responded. I called again and then called Officer Arabelo. He told me that he was coming down because

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fighting the urge to smile, then my joke/antic was decent. If I got sent to the principal’s office while everyone else was laughing hysterical, then I just delivered a keeper. Acting career: When I was nine my parents enrolled me in a theater arts summer program in a rundown studio building in Bakersfield. While I thought it was fun, I didn’t really get interested in acting until my parents set me up for an audition of “Annie Jr.” for Spotlight Theater, where I was given the part of Drake, the butler of Mr. Warbucks. After feeling the rush of being onstage in front of an audience for the first time, I knew I was hooked. Several kids productions later, I moved to Tehachapi. From there, it was high school play after high school play. At age 17, I was introduced to Tehachapi Community Theater by my friend, Cambria Hynes. David Reed and Michael Gossage were holding auditions for “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”, of which I auditioned for and got the role of Aldredo Pirelli, an Italian barber and con man. From there, I became a member of TCT and have been in five shows with the group so far and rehearsing for the next show now. List of shows with TCT: “Around the World in 80 Days”Detective Fix “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare”- Himself/Various Roles “Alice in Wonderland”- The Mad Hatter “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”- Hysterium (First Musical)) “Taming of the Shrew”- Hortensio (Now rehearsing for the musical) “Little Shop of Horrors” as… Orin - the sadistic dentist! On a personal note, the main reason I’m so attracted to theater and acting is not because it fulfills that nagging “Look at me! Look at me!” complex that every class clown “suffers” from. For me, acting means putting on a character, and for that brief time you’re on that stage, you ARE that character. You forget about what is going on in your life, all your troubles, your doubts, everything. It can either be uplifting, or it can make you appreciate your life a little more. For example, when I played Hortensio, as over-the-top as I made him, it made me thankful that I wasn’t that creepy in real life. Stand up comedy career: When I was 11,

my dad bought me three comedy albums: “Class Clown” by George Carlin; “Let’s Get Small” by Steve Martin; and “Bill Cosby Is a Very Funny Fellow…Right!” by…Well, Bill Cosby. Up until then, the only humor and jokes I knew came from Bugs Bunny and a book of dumb blonde jokes I always carried with me (at that age, I thought dumb blonde jokes were as bad as insult humor could get). So hearing Bill Cosby’s light humor, Steve Martin’s insane antics and George Carlin’s keen observation into the class clown was mindblowing, even for an 11-year-old who couldn’t help but giggle whenever I listened to the “7 Words You Can’t Say on Television”, which, to this day, is my biggest comical influence. I started performing standup comedy at 17 during Open Mic Night at Mama Hillybean’s. I started out doing tribute work to George Carlin. I began using my own material in Lancaster/ Palmdale at small open mic nights. It surprises a lot of people who know me that I often do biting, cynical humor, but when you look at whom my influences are (Lewis Black, Patton Oswalt, and George Carlin); it kind of makes my humor a little better. Future plans: I am enlisting in the Coast Guard, where I hope to go into Public Affairs. After my tour of duty is complete, I have every intention of going to a theater arts college to double major in Theater Arts and English. With that done, I hope to move to New York City and see what goes from there. If theater does not work for me, I hope to go into teaching theater in high schools and someday colleges. Final thoughts: Moving to Tehachapi and meeting all of these tremendous, talented people was the best thing to happen to me thus far in my life. My friends and family have been very supportive about the good choices I’ve made, and I’m going to miss all of them when I ship out in October.

Mojave sheriff weren’t able to respond. They said that they were short staffed. (Now the Mojave substation was walking distance from this house if you can believe it.) About 30 minutes after we had found the truck, Officer Arabelo arrived. He was alone and had no one for backup. He is about to approach a drug house and three people walked out of the house. (We were parked a safe distance down the road in case of complications.) The people spoke to the officer and then went back into the house. Then one apparently disappeared out the back door. We were told that he just got out of jail. Gee I wonder if he’s the guilty one. The woman who the Denny’s folks identified becomes a very “cooperative witness” because she just got out of jail too. (How do these people find each other – is there a criminal dating service out there?) She gives the officer the name of the crook that stole the truck and used the credit card at Denny’s. She also told the officer that he stashed some stuff in the attic before he took off. The officer was able to recover my Dad’s wallet, credit card, ATM card, pink slip, insurance card, etc. in the attic stash. The highway patrol responded as backup but, by this time, the alleged car thief had scurried out the back door. About an hour after all of this was going down, Mojave sheriff

arrived and assisted with the search. What a morning. We were so relieved to go home and get the truck towed back to Tehachapi. We were lucky enough to recover that truck within about three hours from the time it was discovered stolen. Most people are not that lucky and we were very grateful to the Tehachapi Police Department (Officer Stacy Arabelo), California Highway Patrol, and the amazing helpful staff of Denny’s of Mojave!

“Theatrics are my life…and nothing will curb the 10-year-old class clown inside me. ... And you can quote me on that! …Thanks Spence!... I just did! If you have not yet seen a live theater production at the Beekay Theater, then you are missing out! Go to www.tctonstage.com for more information on upcoming shows!


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Lost in the Stars

From the City Manager

Golden Fleece Back in the 70s and 80s, Senator William material around a black hole, they looked at Proxmire a Democrat from Wisconsin gave out how light affected atoms of different Golden Fleece awards to organizations that he substances. They found some narrow ranges of felt were wasting taxpayer money. That is, they light (in particular X-Rays) that reacted to very were fleecing the taxpayers. particular elements. Thus they Often the awards would go to could tell what elements might be in groups doing research he couldn’t a star by seeing the reaction in their see the point in. There are instruments. politicians and pundits (and their Fair enough. Some cool followers) today that still try to science. They spent a little more denigrate science research that thought on the matter and realized sounds like a waste of time and they could generate specific money like calling volcano reactions to X-Rays here on Earth monitoring “wasteful spending”. with the right materials. Such as At least Proxmire was capable of gold or platinum. And what kind of backing down. At least when use did they come up with for their by Mark confronted by a scientist Carl new knowledge? “Doc” Fisher Sagan, with much more Cancer treatment. X-Rays are popularity than he had. used in radiation therapy for cancer. But it The original golden fleece came from the tends to be unfocused and still causeS damage ancient (really ancient, Homer thought it was to healthy cells. With their new idea, they could old) myth about Jason and the Argonauts. In get a few atoms of gold into the cancer and then that story Jason had to quest for something expose the body to the narrow range of X-Rays called the golden fleece so that he could become that react with gold to generate electrons just in king of his homeland. As with many myths, the cancer. Damaging far fewer of the people reading the tale look deep into it to try surrounding cells. Hopefully making the to see what real world events might have treatment more effective and safer. inspired the story. All too often, when we are given a lesson Most of the interpretations seem to go in history, we follow a single narrative through back to the learning of some kind of technology. a sequence of events. That isn’t really how the Many believe it refers to an agricultural world works. Things are connected in strange technology. Popular contenders include sheep ways that might never be expected. So never husbandry (the fleece part) or grain growing (the judge a book by its cover and never judge the golden part). All are reasonable possibilities. quality importance of a scientific work by its Personally I like another, where it represents title. It may just end up saving your life. sluice mining of gold. Where sheepskins were If you would like to let me know what you placed in the sluices to capture the gold dust think, send me an email at from the water (both golden and fleece related). mathnerde+loop@gmail.com. If you would like Just recently – astronomy researchers may links to additional information visit my blog at have brought back a “golden fleece”. In a desire http://mathnerde.blogspot.com/. to understand what elements make up a star or

Handcrafters Wanted This year local crafters will have an opportunity to sell their wares at Railroad Park August 20 and 21, which is Mountain Festival weekend. Over this weekend 30,000 visitors are expected to visit Tehachapi. The Tehachapi Valley Arts Association has made arrangements for vendors to set up at Railroad Park (the corner of Tehachapi Boulevard and Robinson Streets in Downtown Tehachapi). Only handcrafted merchandise may be sold. The Handcraft Festival will be held on August 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and August 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Applications may be

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obtained at Gallery’ N Gifts, 100 East Tehachapi Boulevard or online at <www.galleryngifts.com>. For additional information call 661-822-6062. Please note that applications are also available for the Fall Harvest Faire to be held at Railroad Park and the Railroad Depot Park on September 17 and 18 (this is also a hand crafter only event). Applications may be obtained at Gallery’ N Gifts, 100 East Tehachapi Boulevard or online at <www.galleryngifts.com>. For additional information call 661-822-6062

The TVAA handcraft fairs at Railroad Park are always fun for residents and visitors alike. Photo provided.

“City Manager Memo” It is amazing how fast time seems to hosted a wonderful National Night Out in fly. While I know it has been a long time Central Park that drew hundreds to learn since my last “City Manager Memo” it about neighborhood and personal safety. has not been for lack of activity among The Chamber of Commerce has also been city staff and others. In working hard to prepare for fact, too many things have another great Tehachapi occurred during the last Mountain Festival to be held several months to even try August 20-21. The Heritage to capture in an article and League, Friends of the Depot I see that as a testament to and Main Street Tehachapi the great city staff, have all been hard at work community groups and creating memorable activities citizens in this community. and events that enhance our Even though I can’t quality of life and the address everything, I’m Tehachapi Society of Pilots Greg Garrett, excited to share with you will be hosting the 9 th Annual some of the happenings Celebration of Flight at the City Manager around town over the past Tehachapi Airport on few weeks as well as some of the September 24. It’s for all of these opportunities that will be coming our way reasons, and many others just like them, in the near future. that I am proud to be the City Manager of One of the largest and most visible Tehachapi. projects are the continued improvements Lastly, there are a few other on Curry Street and other locations in important bits of information I’d like to downtown. This grant funded project will capture and relay to you. First, our increase the beauty of downtown, Tehachapi Police Department celebrated enhance pedestrian access and will also its fourth year in June. We have an add some very important underground amazing team within the Police infrastructure that will benefit the City Department that strives every day to for years to come. There is no doubt that implement a community oriented policing this project has caused inconveniences program. Second, we have been impressed but generally speaking, they have been by the amount of use that our beautiful understood and we appreciate the Centennial Plaza is receiving downtown. community’s cooperation. It has truly become a gathering point for We have also repainted the majority all kinds of groups and we are excited to of the straight traffic lines throughout the see that continue. Lastly, with school fast City, broken ground on a multi-million approaching I’d like to thank the dollar grant funded Wastewater Treatment Tehachapi Unified School District for Upgrade, and have steadily worked to their hard work in educating our children. reduce the fire hazard within the City They do a fantastic job. limits through our weed abatement As always, if you ever have any program. questions or comments regarding anything City staff members have not been the happening in the City of Tehachapi, I only people in the community working encourage you to call me at 661-822-2200 hard. In fact, that is far from the truth. or contact me at The Tehachapi Collaborative recently ggarrett@tehachapicityhall.com.


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Elma and her daughter Nancy are visiting in Elma’s private room.

A Home In The True Sense of the Word The Tehachapi Manor is a business born from my personal experience of losing a father to Alzheimer’s. I watched, heartbroken, as he was shuffled through the big, impersonal business of assisted living homes. I was helpless to do anything about the woefully inadequate system, except move him from one bad home to another. After seeing him and several other loved ones treated so badly in their final years, I resolved to do something about it. I converted my home the home in which I raised my five children and ran a daycare in for fifteen years into the home I would have wanted my dad to spend the last years of his life. Tehachapi Manor is a home in the true sense of the word, and we are a family. We eat around a dinner table and my residents stay in the rooms my children grew-up in, without a trace of institutionalization, while still meeting the residents needs with full wheelchair accessibility and converted doorways, bathrooms, etc. All in order to accommodate those with limited mobility. We are situated in Oak Knolls on two acres,

with a beautiful view of the Tehachapi valley and we take full advantage of our country setting. While the residents all have cable in their rooms and access to telephone and internet, we spend the majority of our time at Tehachapi Manor pursuing fulfilling interests: raising orphaned kittens for Have a Heart Humane Society, gardening, sing-alongs with Elma our resident pianist, Skyping loved-ones, target practice with pellet guns, weekly field trips, and the list goes on and on. My professional staff has over thirty years of experience in caretaking. We accommodate a wide range of special needs patients, and offer competitive pricing comparable to local facilities. However we stand alone in our personal care and compassion toward our residents. We offer private and shared rooms and also have a suite available for couples. We are accepting applications now. So, if you are considering assisted living for your loved one make us your first stop. Gve us a call at 661-822-7885.

When I visit my mom, I sleep in the spare friendly and kind. Some completely ignore bedroom. You know the one. It’s at the end of you, as if you are invisible. Some are the hall with the door perpetually closed. No extremely attractive and some are just one enters that forsaken space unless they’re downright repulsive. One is particularly loud lost, broke or family. At select points in time, I and obnoxious. One thinks he is the smartest have been all three. The room is fitted with the guy in the room and wants everyone to know bedroom suite from Levitz Greatest Hits, it. One has overconsumed adult beverages circa 1977: white faux bamboo veneer and is touching everyone inappropriately. Mediterranean with matching nightstands One is so shy, even with the mask, she and mirrored dresser. An explosion of can barely lift her head. One is purple and green flowers on a polysupersexy, dancing provocatively blend tufted quilt serve as bedspread and taunting the men. One is (with matching shams, ‘natch). A overweight, sad, and depressed. papasan chair and wicker One sparkles and is the delight bookshelf complete the of all she encounters. One is ambiance, although I keep pouting – seems he wanted hoping the shag rug from the to leave but his partner den will land here someday didn’t. You observe all the soon. As I read by the masked guests with light of the pole lamp, I curiosity and probably by Yogashanan sense my mood ring a heavy dose of turn from a restless beige to a calm, loving, judgment. Then, at the magic midnight hour, relaxed powder blue. everyone removes their masks and you While recently staying in my mother’s discover that they are all….you. Time Machine, I did my meditation practice A traditional Buddhist practice asks the sitting on the bed, facing the mirrored closet question, “What is your original face? What doors. When the session ended, I gently opened was your face before your parents were my eyes to gaze upon the mirrors. In my post born?” In meditation, I’ve contemplated my meditation fuzz, I could barely make out a original face, before my parents were born. It’s shape of a body sitting on the bed. . (If only a real mind-bender that makes for intriguing my eyesight could be like it was in the ‘70s.) I reflection. I have no answers, mind you, but I could eke out a lump of flesh, tufts of hair, enjoy the inquiry. color of pajamas, but no detail. I softly stared I’m thinking of throwing a masquerade at the familiar outline but could not decipher meditation session and inviting all my content or detail. I could not distinguish my comrades from the Watts parable. I’ll make it a own face. My face had been distorted, like on sleepover and we’ll party in the “Salute to the 60 Minutes when someone is being interviewed 70s” spare bedroom, while gazing at our and they don’t want their identity revealed. blurred-out skull fronts. We’ll contemplate our My face was just a blur on the front of my original faces. I’ll also invite my parents, and skull. Anderson Cooper, in his deliciously tight ask them to wear their costumes from before black t-shirt, was nowhere around. they were born. I spent some time with the odd experience I’m breaking out the fondue set and of perceiving my body but not my face. Who is Fresca. This is gonna be a mind blower. that watching me in the mirror? I can see her vaguely and I’m fairly confident it’s me but, without that familiar face, can I be sure? Who am I without my face? I’m smiling on the inside, I can feel the muscles moving, but there’s no visual evidence of my grin. Am I grinning? How much do I depend on my face to define and express who I am? Am I my face? Who’s in there? I am reminded of a parable put forth by Alan Watts to describe the greater “self”. Imagine you are at a masquerade party with countless others dressed in all manner of costumes and disguises. You’re having a grand old time with all the revelers. You dance, play games, and laugh. Some of the guests are

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Mark the Collision Guy

Finally, One-Day Car Repairs Are Here! Tehachapi Collision Center is now offering Williams. There are a couple of reasons for this change. Express Scratch Repairs. You ask, “What’s The first one is for convenience. We can that?” Well, it’s a service that we complete for now buy all of our materials locally at Napa cosmetic-type repairs in one day or less. instead of having to go to You drop your vehicle off in Bakersfield. The second reason is the morning, and we have your for you. Teaming up with Napa vehicle ready by the end of the and our new paint manufacturer, work day. This makes for a very Tehachapi Collision Center can quick and efficient repair. We now offer a national paint and understand that our customers are repair warranty. The last reason leading very busy lives. On top of is that Martin Senour has that, the economic downfall has developed beneficial products that really crunched everyone’s bank help us in the area of cycle time, accounts. This means that most of by Mark Torres, i.e. the amount of time taken to us have had to cut back on expenses Tehachapi Collision Center repair a vehicle measured from the including rental coverage, on our moment that the keys are dropped insurance policies. So this Express off, to when the vehicle is delivered. Scratch Repair is just for you. The average cycle time for this region is You may wonder about the quality of 12.3 days. Who can afford to wait that long? repair in completing a one-day express repair. Not too many of us. Tehachapi Collision Let me assure you that our repair quality will Center always aims for a lower cycle time. We not be jeopardized. In fact, when efficiency know that you need your vehicle. This is why increases, quality does too. Efficiency is the we have developed this express repair. So, if we number one key to this repair. Our efficiency is give you a ride to work in your damaged car and measured in the type of product that we use. then we can pick you up from work in your Recently, we have added a new tool to our tool box-our new paint line. We now use Martin repaired car. What are you waiting for? Give us a call at 661-822-5997. We’re here to serve you. Senour paints, a sister company to Sherman

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How to Fight Fair by Malinda Alsop, IMFT Are there really RULES for fighting? Well maybe just some guidelines for discussing topics that you disagree about as a couple. When a conflict is handled constructively, the relationship gains strength and moves in a positive direction. This also benefits those around you (children, family and friends). What better gift can you give your children than the ability to resolve conflict and increase harmony in the home? The following are a set of rules that has been very helpful to people I’ve worked with in counseling. According to Nathan Cobb, Ph.D. (www.nathancobb.com), these are the basic rules for “fair fighting”. It takes practice and patience to develop the skills necessary to follow these guidelines, but it is worth it. Rule #1: No Degrading Language This only leads to defensiveness and intensifies the conflict. Plus it’s difficult to repair hurtful words. Rule #2: No Blaming As with namecalling, this triggers defensiveness in your partner and takes away the focus from finding a successful solution to the current conflict. Rule #3: No Yelling A sarcastic tone of voice and aggressive body language can be perceived as yelling. If your partner asks you to stop yelling take a breath and change the way you are speaking. Rule #4: No Use of Force Pushing, shoving, grabbing, hitting, punching, slapping, restraining, throwing, or breaking things is unacceptable. Not only is this illegal, it shuts down a valuable discussion. Rule #5: No Talk of Divorce

Threatening to leave can be hurtful and manipulative. Plus it takes the focus off of the issue at hand and implies that you cannot solve your problems. Rule #6: Define Yourself, Not Your Spouse Talk about how you feel, what you want and what is important to you. Avoid speaking for your partner. Ask clearly for what you want in specific and concrete terms. Rule #7: Stay in the Present Keep your focus on what can be done today to resolve the issue at hand and go forward. The past is over and it’s not helpful to rehash it. Rule #8: Take Turns Speaking Listening requires focus on what the other is saying. You cannot do this if you are speaking also. You don’t have to agree with what your partner says, just let them know your understand their perspective. Rule #9: When Necessary, Use Time Outs This will prevent your emotions from highjacking your ability to think clearly. Take a walk or try a breathing exercise to clear your mind and regain control of your emotions. Set a time to resume the discussion when you both feel calmer. These rules take practice, practice, practice. However the improvement in your relationship is well worth the effort, leading to mutual understanding each other’s perspective, increased cooperation and a greater feeling of closeness. We, at Tehachapi Wellness Center can help you develop the skills necessary to improve your ability to address problems and find solutions with your partner. Call us at 661-822-8979.


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August 6 – 20, 2011

On The Bright Side

So many memories on the BeeKay wall

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I am a big fan of Main Street’s historic us. Personal stories and memories were shared murals in town; I have been since the first one of the old BeeKay, when it was a movie theater was painted on the Ace Hardware wall back in the 30s and 40s, and I love depicting the earthquake of 1952. those old stories. Some of the When the dancing mural was being people in the mural were pictured planned (the one on Tehachapi the way they looked when they Boulevard, next to what used to be lived in Tehachapi and used to go to the auto parts store and is now the movies at the BeeKay. Prime Signs), I tried to sign up to There were all sorts of get my parents’ pictures on that perspectives and stories. Some mural (images of real people were people were pictured as they look to be used to illustrate the historic now (but dressed in period outfits), dancing scene). I was too late, and some of the people pictured though, and was put on a waiting weren’t even alive when the BeeKay by Marilda list for the next opportunity. originally opened. As for my folks, Mel White The wait was over when the they moved to Tehachapi in the midBeeKay mural was planned, and I 80s; I had them pictured as they didn’t hesitate. In fact since my folks were not were in recent years because that’s how most big on dancing (Mom was, Dad not so much) locals knew them. No matter how anyone is and they both liked movies and theater, this pictured on the mural, it’s all about seemed like a better fit anyway. Add that to the remembering the people who make up fact that I’ve been in a play in the BeeKay, Tehachapi. All of the people, young or old are a which my folks would have loved; it all came part of ever-ongoing Tehachapi’s history. together quite nicely. It’s an honor for me to have my folks in When the painting on the mural was that mural, and it’s a great tribute to all the good started by artist Colleen Mitchell-Veyna and people who are pictured on the BeeKay wall. son, Brice Venya (who had done the Native The mural itself is something wonderful and American mural on the side of the Hitching unique something for visitors and residents Post Theater some years ago), I chose not to go alike to enjoy as they may pause awhile in the by and see it; preferring instead to wait for the park to rest or even to have a picnic. finished picture. I know some people went by It’s an awesome historic mural, with daily, and some offered the artists personal visions of a bright future implied. It’s a bright pointers on the images of people they knew. and welcome addition to Tehachapi’s everSome people, on the other hand, didn’t even changing landscape and I thank Charles White know that their picture was being painted as the Historic Murals Committee, the City of part of the mural. They got a royal (and rather Tehachapi , and the artists for it. emotional) surprise when they went to the It’s also a very special personal and longmural dedication! lasting connection to Tehachapi for me, for now I did go by Centennial Park when the I can see my folks, smiling and enjoying mural was completed, before the dedication, themselves, any time I want to in downtown and spent a few moments just sitting on a Tehachapi. They loved this little mountain bench taking it all in. I was so blown away by town, and now they are a visual part of its the life-like rendering of my parents – and history and its current times. other people I knew – that it brought tears to I can’t help but think that wherever they my eyes. As I sat there, I could almost hear the are now, they are smiling to be remembered in people pictured, waiting in line for movie this way; along with all the others pictured on tickets, giggling, whispering and passing time the BeeKay wall. with smiles on their faces. © Marilda Mel White has been looking on I went to the dedication ceremony on July the bright side for various publications since 30. A day after what would have been my 1996; she welcomes your comments at parent’s 66th anniversary, were they still with morningland@msn.com.

Due to the resignation of Rachel Rudd on July 13, 2011, the Tehachapi City Council will consider appointing one member to the City of Tehachapi Planning Commission. This appointed commissioner will complete the term that expires on June 14, 2014. The Planning Commission develops and maintains the general plan; develops such specific plans; periodically reviews the capital improvement program of the City; recommends to the City Council plans for the regulation of the future growth, development and beautification of the City in respect to its public and private buildings and works, streets, parks, grounds and vacant lots; recommends to the City Council plans, consistent with the future growth and development of the City, in order to secure sanitation and proper service of all public utilities, shipping and transportation facilities; and recommends to the City Council, for approval or disapproval, tentative maps or proposed subdivisions of land. Applications are available at City Hall, 115 South Robinson Street, or by downloading the application at www.tehachapicityhall.com. All applications must be returned to the Tehachapi City Hall by Wednesday, August 10, 2011, at 5:00 p.m. The City Council will consider the applications during the Tehachapi City Council meeting to be held on Monday, August 15, 2011, at 6:00 p.m. Denise Jones, City Clerk City of Tehachapi

Mel’s parents on the wall mural of the BeeKay. Photo by Sam White


August 6 – 20, 2011

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Free Vegetable & Flower Seeds! Jennifer’s Terrace English Garden and Mountain Gardens Nursery are fighting to end hunger in the United States with home and community gardens. One in six Americans goes hungry every day, so we want to see one garden growing for each family. To reach this goal, we are giving you free seeds for a fall garden and please share what you grow. Visit Jennifer’s Terrace at the 2011 Tehachapi Food & Wine Festival, schedule a complimentary garden and landscaping consultation and receive your free seeds! With a big enough garden, some say you can reduce your weekly grocery bill by $30. This is inspiring even if you only have a small space! So, plant seeds and go big! It’s time for a real garden plot

everyone! Jennifer’s Terrace is a tranquil english garden venue. This 2,700 square foot facility is a versatile space and an excellent choice venue rental. Amenities include, but are not limited to: a fully-equipped kitchen; an air-conditioned interior; a gazebo; outdoor heaters; a dance floor; a stage for karaoke or band, a complete audio service and sound system (mic, receiver, and mp3 capability); dressing rooms; and ample street parking. Call to schedule a tour. Walk-ins are always welcome. An Event Coordinator will assist you with all facets of planning and assure your event is a success! Jennifer’s Terrace is located at 413 South Curry Street in Tehachapi. Please call us at 661-822-5808

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Mortgage Matters

Prepare Your Kids to Buy Their First Home by Tammy Engel, Mortgage Advisor

then paid in full would do the trick. Some of the You don’t want your kids to miss out on local credit unions still offer secured credit today’s housing market opportunities; limits that might be a good start. everything is different since you bought your Deferred student loans won’t really house. Here’s a primer on how to position your accomplish what we’re after, and adding your young adults for their first home loan. kids to your credit accounts as an “authorized So far I haven’t written a home loan for user” no longer carries the same weight it used anyone under age 19, but theoretically an 18 to for loan qualification. year old’s signature could be binding on the Capacity has to do with how much purchase agreement contract. “consistent” income is earned in relation to the Sound loan underwriting decisions have house payment plus outstanding debt. We’re always been based on the three C’s: Credit, looking for a two year job history, backed up capacity, and collateral. Sometimes you also with tax returns. For those recently graduated hear about the fourth C being “cash”. There are from school, sometimes six months on the new still opportunities for 100% financing so the job works for qualifying. Most of the time, “cash” piece is pretty easy to overcome. unless it’s a salaried position, we want at least a However if your kid has established their own full year of employ after graduation. savings account, so much the better. Remember, if they’re earning commissions or We’ve been beating you over the head with bonuses, those won’t be counted until two the idea that a good credit score is the golden year’s tax filings have occurred. ticket to getting a mortgage approval. There’s a On the collateral front: Help give your bit more to it than that. Not only does your kids a realistic picture of what their first home kid need to have enough credit profile to will be like. Bargain prices don’t always buy a generate three credit scores, but those scores turn-key house and bank foreclosures need to be based on sufficient data. Some firstsometimes smell bad. Lenders usually require time buyer loans require the scores be made up the seller to repair “health and safety” issues, of at least three tradelines, each reporting for at but sometimes an imagination and some elbow least one year. grease are needed to turn their first house into I’m talking to lots of young folks who their first home. can’t pass this threshold. You might encourage Have the conversation now so your kids your kids to open a credit line or two (or three) can qualify for “The American Dream” of home now in order to properly season. We’re not ownership while things are still historically talking about incurring huge amounts of debt: A affordable. $300 credit limit used every six months for $20 Tammy Engel is your local Mortgage Advisor and is the only lender in Kern County authorized to display the Lending Integrity Seal of Approval. Call her at 661-822-REAL to explore home loan pre-qualification.


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Windswept Ranch

Unforgettable Tours by Diana Frieling

Tours at the ranch are always unpredictable: Each guide or docent has basic facts about the animals. Then they do their own research to learn more. Each has a favorite animal. So they tend to linger a little longer at one pen or the other. Each, as time goes on, has his/her own personal stories of interaction with the animals. The “yak ladies” love to tell of the “great yak round-up” when yours truly left the gate unchained and we spent the day chasing yaks through the desert! What a scene. Yak everywhere and a crew of women in their 60s pursuing them! Over the years we have had a few escapes: When our bison Valentine escaped, the dogs barked all night. Somehow I managed to sleep through it. In the morning, however when I heard the dogs bark, I opened the back door to see what was going on. There stood Valentine! He reached his head through the door, grabbed a bag of carrots and went back to his pen. When Myrrh-y, our 10 year old camel gets out, he heads for the cooler: Myrrh-y has a 7up a day habit! The zebra just like to fly through the desert when they get out. Our mini horses even think they are wild! However in the end, they all come back. So do our visitors. We love seeing “old friends” coming back for a visit. Maybe they come back because each visit is a little different. Not only do we add animals, but we add adventures. A couple of weeks ago, we hit a record fifty-six people visiting on a Saturday! The last visitor of the day was a woman named Kathleen from Santa Cruz. She came from Los Angeles, where she was attending a conference. She felt the need to get out of the city, but because the Interstate 405 was closed for the

Baby alpaca (cria) at Windswept. weekend, she ended up on Interstate 5, and somehow found her way to Mojave where she stopped at Denney’s for lunch. Kathleen then picked up a copy of the Loop to read while she waited for her food. On the back page she found our ad for the ranch and decided to take a tour. It turned out to be a tour she would never forget: Near the end of the tour, Kathleen and her guide were treated to the birth of an alpaca (called a “cria”). It was an unusual birth, as alpacas are usually born in the morning, and afternoon births are signs of problems. So it was that Kathleen became a part of the ranch’s team: She and one of the volunteers worked to set up a pen to isolate momma and her little one. Then it was my turn to administer life saving medications and help the little one survive its first few hours. Several volunteers remained long after closing to see how the baby was doing. So did Kathleen. In fact when feeding time came, she hopped in the truck and helped feed 163 animals! Hey I said that tours are unpredictable. We are here every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., hoping to create an unforgettable tour for you. Come on out and make some memories!

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Katrina Kuntsmann is abroad going to school. She is seen here taking time to keep up on hometown news. You can see London in the background. Thanks for sharing.

August 6 – 20, 2011


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