• TPD Chief Kent Kroeger explains the details of a bank robbery at a Bank of Sierra branch  in Tehachapi and how citizens tackled the suspect and held him until law enforcement arrived.

    Bank robber thwarted by citizens who tackled him in the street

    TEHACHAPI — A man on federal probation who robbed a Bank of Sierra branch on Tuesday was tackled by customers and held on the ground until officers arrived, the city's police chief said. Ultimately, 59-year-old Michael Brian Taylor of Tehachapi was arrested on suspicion of bank robbery at the

  • This is an office operated by Tehachapi-based Benz Sanitation, Inc.

    Waste Management plans to buy eastern Kern sanitation operation

    One of the country’s largest waste service companies is in the process of buying Tehachapi-based Benz Sanitation Inc. and its two sister companies, Tehachapi Recycling Inc. and Benz Propane Co. Inc. The buyer, Houston-based Waste Management Inc., said Monday it expects the sale to close

  • Jeff Eklund of Provost & Pritchard Consulting talks about possible water rate increases for Golden Hills CSD customers.

    Golden Hills CSD looks at possible water rate increase

    With drought conditions forcing mandatory water conservation, many agencies are losing revenue. The Golden Hills Community Services District is no exception. “In the past six years, water usage has dropped dramatically,” said Jeff Eklund of Provost & Pritchard Consulting. “That means revenues

  • Construction is ongoing at the new Tehachapi Hospital.

    On the ballot: Measure H, for hospital affiliation

    Text of Measure H: In order to maintain access to hospital emergency in-patient, surgical, radiology, laboratory, dietary, anesthesia, and obstetrical/gynecology services, shall Tehachapi Valley Healthcare District enter into a long term lease, not to exceed 30 years, for use, operations and

  • Local veterans share what Memorial Day means to them.

    WATCH VIDEO: Veterans mark Memorial Day

    It’s not a day for sales and barbecues. It’s not a day for running to the lake. Instead, Memorial Day is about remembering the fallen soldiers, the American patriots who have sacrificed life and limb for their country. Reporter Key Budge presents a special video report in which he talked with

  • Civic Calendar: Get involved in your community

    City of Tehachapi City Council meets first and third Monday at 6 p.m. at the Claude L. Wells Center, 300 S. Robinson St. Next meeting June 6. Agenda at Tehachapi Unified School District Board meets the second and fourth Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Claude L. Wells Center, 300 S.

  • From left, Sue Lewis, Emergency Department manager, Patricia The, LVN, and Juliana Kirby, Chief Nursing Officer.

    Hospital announces DAISY Awards

    Two nurses were honored by Tehachapi Hospital and the DAISY Foundation for their service to the community. Patricia Tye and George Roberts received the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses during a special ceremony kicking off Nurses’ Week on May 6. Tye is a licensed vocational nurse working

  • Meadowbrook Park groundbreaking, bike racks coming soon

    The Tehachapi Valley Recreation & Park District announced a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the beginning of the upgrades to Meadowbrook Park. TVRPD Manager LeAnn Williams said the date is June 6 at 10 a.m. “The contractors finally will begin work on the park,” she said. “There is a

  • Steve Bsharah has been named the new principal for Monroe High School in the Tehachapi Unified School District.

    Monroe High gets new principal

    Steve Bsharah has been named the new principal for Monroe High School in the Tehachapi Unified School District. Bsharah had served as the Tehachapi High School assistant principal since July 2013. Prior to coming to Tehachapi, Bsharah worked at Delano High School where he taught multiple Advanced

  • TVRPD Maintenance Supervisor Nolan Ferdinand points out one of the damaged trees at Philip Marx Park that needs to be removed.

    Several damaged trees to be removed from Central Park

    Some trees will go missing but they will be replaced by better, healthier versions. The Tehachapi Valley Recreation & Park District board members voted to hire Tip Top Arborists to cut and remove seven trees in Philip Marx Central Park that were deemed dangerous. “This is our flagship park

  • Bear Valley Springs resident Tony Hayman caught this big cat walking past his home on San Juan Drive on May 15 at 6:15 a.m.

    WATCH VIDEO: Another mountain lion sighting in Bear Valley Springs

    Bear Valley springs resident Tony Hayman shared a trail camera photo he got of this mountain lion walking through his yard on the 24400 block of San Juan Drive near Bear Valley Road. The photo showed the cat walking by on Sunday, May 15 at 6:15 a.m.  The Bear Valley Springs Association shared

  • Kern County Sheriff’s deputies seized nearly a half-pound of methamphetamine Wednesday, May 18, in the 900 block of Mulberry Street.

    KCSO nabs half-pound of meth in search of Tehachapi home

    Kern County Sheriff’s deputies from the Golden Hills substation seized nearly a half pound of methamphetamine valued at close to $4,000 while serving a search warrant the afternoon of Wednesday, May 18, in the 900 block of Mulberry Street in Tehachapi. “We had a search warrant for the house and

  • At left is Stallion Springs Sgt. Gary Crowell, with his Distinguished Service Medal as presented to him by department Chief Mike Grant.

    Stallion Springs honors two of its finest

    The Stallion Springs community honored its police chief and sergeant during a May 17 meeting.  Chief Mike Grant and Sgt. Gary Crowell received awards from the Stallion Springs Community Services District Board of Directors for the “accomplishments and commitment they have made to the job and

  • Bear Valley Police Department

    On the ballot: Measure G, for Bear Valley Springs police service

    Text of Measure G: To maintain police services, may the Bear Valley Community Services District increase the voter-approved annual special tax on each parcel within the District, for the limited purpose of paying salaries and benefits to Bear Valley Police Department personnel, by $167, from $80