• Antelope Valley Astronomy Club's annual Star-B-Cue picnic and Star Party will be held Saturday and Sunday, July 11 and 12, at Brite Lake Recreational Facility.

    Astronomy Club to host annual 'Star' events July 11-12

    The Antelope Valley Astronomy Club, in partnership with the Tehachapi Valley Recreation and Park District, will hold its annual “Star-B-Cue” picnic, followed by a public “Star Party” beginning at dusk on Saturday, July 11, until dawn the next morning on July 12. The event will be held at Brite Lake

  • Dancers of the Dance Craze Recital who performed at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center included Ameline Garcia, Kaylee Rivers, Kayla Winchell, Lilyana Smith, Daelyn Winchell, Tyller Hensler and Alexa Moore.

    Dance Craze hosts 'A Red Carpet Affair'

    The Lancaster Performing Arts Center filled as 96 dancers waited excitedly for their turn to dance at a recital held last month by The Dance Craze of Tehachapi. From 2-year-olds dressed in a pink, sparkly tutus to a 7-year dancer tying her pointe shoes, they were all anxious to show the audience

  • Biologist and large animal expert Fiona Nelson will be the guest speaker at the next series event of the Summer Sunsets at Triassic Vineyards on July 8.

    'Summer Sunsets' to feature zoologist Fiona Nelson July 8

    Triassic Vineyards will be featuring Fiona Nelson, a world-famous zoologist and resident of Bear Valley Springs, at it's next event in the Summer Sunset series on Wednesday, July 8, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Nelson's program will be a presentation about Technical Large Animal Rescue (TLAER)

  • Chris Byrd of Myra Loma earns a score of 68, which gave him the lead at the time, at the Bad Bulls at the Tehachapi Rodeo Grounds.

    Bad Bulls packs in large, enthusiastic audience

    Bad Bulls and good times went hand-in-hand on the Fourth of July. The grandstand at Tehachapi Event Center and Rodeo Grounds was packed to near capacity Saturday night, July 4 for the 16th annual Bad Bulls riding tour and fireworks display that followed. Four Star Rodeo of Cottonwood was the

  • Gwladys Peterson, President of the American Legion Auxiliary, and Richard Swanson make holiday favors to be sold during the July 4 celebration in Central Park. The money will go to support the picture gallery of veterans.

    American Legion helps celebrate our freedom

    Members of the American Legion Auxiliary made up patriotic pinwheels and other red, white and blue favors in the early morning hours of the July 4 celebration in Central Park. The volunteers worked in the pavilion that was adorned with pictures of local military service people.


  • Arthur Lee Cole, Jr., 1935 - 2015

    Arthur Lee Cole, Jr., passed away on July 4, 2015. He was 80 years old. There will be an interment service held at Bakersfield National Cemetery, Arvin, on Monday, July 13, at 12:30 p.m. Please call Wood Family Funeral Service for information, (661) 822-6897. For condolences, please visit

  • James Lesley Adams

    James Leslie Adams, 1951 — 2015

    James Leslie Adams, born Oct. 27, 1951, passed away on May 25, 2015 in Humboldt County. A longtime Tehachapi resident, he established several businesses including Adams Roofing, The Juicy Bean and Java Hut coffee shops and Mountain Motorcycles. A free-spirit, Jim enjoyed the ocean, talking about,

  • Bervick Wesley Holmes, Jr., 1941 - 2015

    Bervick Holmes, Jr. passed away in his home in Tehachapi on July 5, 2015. He was 73. A viewing will be held at 9:30 a.m., on July 13 at Tehachapi Mountain Vineyard Church, 502 Pinon St., Tehachapi. A funeral service will follow at 11 a.m., in the church. Bervick will be interred at Tehachapi

  • Kenneth Elwin Rooker

    Kenneth Elwin Rooker, 1950 — 2015

    Ken Rooker, 65, was granted his angel wings on June 1, 2015. Ken was born on Feb. 11, 1950, in Portland, Ore., to Elwin and Elsie Rooker. He graduated from North Torrance High School in 1968 and completed a four-year apprenticeship with the Sheet Metal Worker's International Association, Local

  • William Woodrow Austin, Jr., 1946-2015

    William Woodrow Austin, Jr., 1946-2015

    William Woodrow Austin II (Woody) passed on to return to God at his home on June 23, 2015, after a valiant battle with cancer. He was born to Roberta Marie Pedroni and William Woodrow Austin I on Aug. 12, 1946, in Salisbury, N.C. Woody attended and graduated from high school in Pacific Grove. He


  • Claudia Elliot, Tehachapi News Editor

    Water and Tehachapi; looking back and forward

    It was the day after my 22nd birthday, a cold Tehachapi afternoon, with the wind biting the hands and faces of all those gathered on the embankment above the freshly excavated ground that would become Jacobsen Reservoir, also known as Brite Lake.

  • Claudia Elliot

    Now and Then: Healthcare key to economy

    Elsewhere in this week's paper you'll find a 16-page pull-out section we've prepared to commemorate the creation of the Tehachapi-Cummings County Water District 50 years ago. That was a momentous occasion, but we have something of near-equal proportion facing the community right now,

  • Claudia Elliot

    Now and Then: Setting the record straight

    It's not often that we encounter a sports story that is controversial. Usually we just report the results with some highlights of the game. Unlike many newspapers, we have the luxury of only covering one high school sports program and I have to admit that we can get a little too parochial

  • Now and Then: Time to look at how we handle policing

    Last week I wrote about two important components of the infrastructure we look to government to provide -- or at least to manage in a way that makes it practical for us all -- water and waste (also known as sewer or septic, although the septic has largely been unmanaged locally except through

  • Claudia Elliot

    Now and Then: Water and sewage: what's not being said

    Here's the bottom line about water and sewage: we all want clean, fresh water to come out of the tap when we turn it on and we want to be able to flush our toilets without worry about whether what we've just flushed is going to come up in the yard -- and we really don't want to have