• Mountain Meadows CSD has openings for GM and director

    The Mountain Meadows Community Services District has openings on its staff and board. The Board of Directors announced at a meeting on June 25 that the district is taking applications for a part-time general manager as well as looking for a fifth director to fill an open seat. Those interested can

  • Drones disrupt emergency operations

    BOISE, IDAHO — After members of the public flying drones disrupted wildfire operations in southern California twice this week, federal, state, and local wildfire managers are again urging the public not to fly Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), often referred to as “drones,” within or near wildfires

  • On June 29, Chief Brian Marshall and Deputy Chief John Silliman of the Kern County Fire Department delivered a new Helitender 408 to the crew at Keene Helibase. Chief Marshall said that the vehicle drove up the grade to Keene with ease. The Helitender is a support vehicle that transports additional crew members and gear. It responds to assignments with the helicopter. Later that afternoon, Helicopter 407 lifted to the Mesa Fire in Lompoc with seven personnel on board. Helitender 408 responded on its first mission with additional crew and equipment to support Helicopter 407 and its operations.

    Firefighters receive support vehicle at Keene Helibase

    On June 29, Chief Brian Marshall and Deputy Chief John Silliman of the Kern County Fire Department delivered a new Helitender 408 to the crew at Keene Helibase. Chief Marshall said that the vehicle drove up the grade to Keene with ease. The Helitender is a support vehicle that transports

  • Keep your pets safe this 4th of July.

    Keep your pets safe this 4th of July

    Kern County Animal Services is encouraging residents to take preventative measures during July 4th celebrations to ensure that pets remain at home, safe, healthy and happy. Pets often become frightened and frantic by the noise and commotion of July 4th celebrating due to excited voices, loud music

  • "Red Soil" won the Tehachapi Valley Recreation and Park District's Battle of the Bands held Saturday at Central Park.

    'Red Soil' wins top prize in Battle of the Bands

    It turned out to be a beautiful day for Tehachapi Valley Recreation and Park District's very first Battle of the Bands, held Saturday afternoon at Philip Marx Central Park in Downtown Tehachapi. The competition featured three musical acts — Red Soil, Mudfish and Rafael Alcalde. A panel of

  • July 4 will be celebrated in Tehachapi with plenty of old-fashioned events, including a fireworks show by the City of Tehachapi on Saturday, July 4. As a reminder, no personal fireworks are allowed anywhere in the Tehachapi area.

    Tehachapi offers patriotic, fun-filled 4th of July

    Tehachapi will offer a full day of patriotic fun this 4th of July holiday, with festivities planned for the entire family. The City of Tehachapi, Tehachapi Valley Recreation and Park District and numerous other local organizations have put together an exciting Independence Day celebration. The

  • This brush fire was first reported Wednesday as it advanced toward a Cummings Valley residence, located a short distance from the main gates of the California Correctional Institution at the end of Highway 202.

    Fire in Cummings Valley quickly extinguished

    A home was in danger Wednesday morning when fire broke out on a hilside next to the California Correctional Institution’s main gate, located at the end of Highway 202. The fire broke out at about 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, July 1. The first crew to arrive was Engine 916, staffed by the CCI's

  • Jeff Eklund, a consultant for Provost & Pritchard, explains the details of a grant proposal for the Golden Hills Community Services District.

    Golden Hills to apply for grant for new well and pipelines

    The Golden Hills Community Services District may soon have a pipeline to a new well near the east side of Tehachapi. The district has contracted Provost & Pritchard Consulting Group in Bakersfield to help with a grant application to the California Department of Water Resources. The grant would

  • Funding goals reviewed by school board

    The new funding regulations of the Local Control Accountability Plan for school districts are complicated. These regulations determine how state money will be spend and sets goals for that spending. The Tehachapi Unified School District officials presented what it is doing to meet those

  • School district updates job descriptions

    The Tehachapi Unified School School District Board of Trustees has approved updated job descriptions for some positions. At the June 23 board meeting, the board approved the description for the Dean of the Independent Learning Academy, the Coordinator of Instruction and Technology, and the

  • School board will meet only once in July

     The Tehachapi Unified School District announced it will have only one regular meeting in July. That date will be July 28 at the Claude L. Wells Center on 300 S. Robinson St., beginning at 6 p.m. “With school out, we don't have as much regular business,” said Superintendent Susan Andreas-

  • Kern County Sheriff's Office has secured funding for the purchase of 304 Automatic External Defibrillators, 235 of which will be placed in patrol vehicles to assist officers with cardiopulmonary resuscitation of persons in cardiac distress.

    Sheriff patrol officers to receive Automatic External Defibrillators

    The Kern County Sheriff’s Office has had several Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) within the Sheriff’s Training Facilities for over four years and has recognized the need for a Sheriff’s Office-wide AED Program. In early 2014, the Sheriff’s Office included AED training to all sworn staff

  • Tehachapi Valley Healthcare District attorney Scott Nave reported that the district will hire consultants to help with paperwork associated with possible partnership with Adventist Health for the new hospital.

    Health district to hire consultants for partnership paperwork

    The Tehachapi Valley Healthcare District will hire consultants to help complete all the paperwork for the proposed partnership with Adventist Health. Scott Nave, attorney for the healthcare district, said the consultants are needed to review the financial aspects as well as the final rental

  • City may owe money to Kern County schools office

    The Kern County Superintendent of Schools Office has sent the City of Tehachapi a letter stating it might be owed some money relating to past Redevelopment Agency funding. The City Council met in closed session on June 18 to discuss the matter with the city attorney. “Many cities are receiving

  • Tehachapi Unified School District Board President Mary Graham gives the oath of office to new board member Norman Haughness before the June 23 meeting.

    Haughness appointed new board member of the school board

    Norman Haughness was selected as the new member of the Tehachapi Unified School District board. He was sworn in at the meeting on June 23. Haughness was a provisional appointment selected by the current board after interviews. The board voted to do an appointment rather than hold special election,