• This smiling gentle giant will smile no more on family barbecues and festivities held at Philip Marx Central Park, as it was cut down Aug. 17. Today, its whereabouts are unknown.

    ‘Avenue of Faces’ hits the chopping block

    The City of Tehachapi lost one of its most iconic assets last week when a parks official ordered the removal of the so-called Spirit Trees from Philip Marx Central Park. Known as The Avenue of Faces, the trees were carved by chainsaw artist Kent Holmgren, and have become a popular attraction for

  • News Briefs: Auto theft investigation, crime log and more

    Auto theft investigation leads to arrests On Aug. 20, officers from the Tehachapi Police Department were dispatched to the area of Valley Boulevard and Dennison Road regarding a report of a stolen vehicle. Officers discovered that a 2009 GMC Sierra Pickup had been stolen from the open field in the

  • Kristi Kerr, with her husband Ryan Kerr, and their two children, bow their heads in prayer at the memorial service for her father, dentist Dr. David Markiewitz, who authorities believe was murdered by Benjamin Ashley. At left is Kerr's younger brother Jonathan Markiewitz and his wife.

    Family, friends remember slain Tehachapi dentist

    Dr. David Markiewitz was a jack of all trades, according to the ones who knew him. A respected dentist, an impressive baseball player, an amateur geologist and miner, a writer, golfer and hunter. To his family, he was a loving and supportive husband and father. To the community of Tehachapi, he was

  • Greg Gallion, president and chief executive officer of Houchin Community Blood Bank, welcomed donors upon arrival at a donor appreciation event.

    Houchin recognizes donors at appreciation dinner

    Every drop of blood counts — and in the case of the people of Tehachapi, all 475 units donated in the last year matter.  Residents who have rolled up their sleeves and taken a needle or two for the nonprofit Houchin Community Blood Bank were honored Aug. 12 at a Donor Appreciation

  • Bear Valley Springs Community Services District General Manager David Edmonds said the district's board might close the post office.

    Going the way of the Pony Express? Bear Valley post office could close

    Just like the Pony Express, the Bear Valley Springs Post Office could become a thing of the past. The directors of the Bear Valley Community Services District are trying to cut costs and the post office is on the chopping block. The facility most likely will not be run by the district by next year.

  • The house at 202 Bartlett Court has been boarded up and painted pending a decision concerning receivership.

    Bartlett house boarded and posted

    The house that has been the topic of concern because of multiple code infractions has been boarded up. Police Chief Kent Kroeger reported at the Aug. 17 Tehachapi City Council meeting that an abatement warrant was issued for the house at 202 Bartlett Court. City officials have discussed at

  • A new Hampton Inn is proposed for the Capitol Hills area.

    New hotel on the drawing board for Capital Hills

    Plans are in the works to build a new hotel near the new hospital in the Capital Hills area. A Hampton Inn, part of the Hilton company, is proposed in the area of Challenger Drive.  “We’re going to be the best hotel in Tehachapi,” said hotel chain representative Raju Verma. “It will be

  • City Council changes meeting date because of Labor Day holiday

    The City of Tehachapi will hold its next City Council meeting Sept. 8 instead of Sept. 7 because of the Labor Day holiday. The meeting also will not be held at the Claude L. Wells Center on 300 S. Robinson St. because of a conflict with the Tehachapi Unified School District, which holds meetings

  • Get involved: Your civic calendar

    Civic Calendar City of Tehachapi Meetings held at the Claude L. Wells Center on 300 S. Robinson St. City Council usually meets first and third Monday at 6 p.m, but the next meeting will be Sept. 8 at the Bee Kay Theater because of the holiday. Agenda available at Tehachapi

  • Mary Lou Corpus-Zamudio and Mayor Pro Tem Kim Nixon

    Advocate honored for work with kids

    Mary Lou Corpus-Zamudio was honored by the Tehachapi City Council for advocate work with abused and abandoned children in the city.  “She has just completed some 30 hours of training and has become the voice for these children,” said Mayor Pro Tem Kim Nixon. “She will work with the courts in

  • Aleeya Cooper, 15, was given the city's Outstanding Youth Award by Tehachapi Pro Tem Mayor Kim Nixon.

    Youth recognized for helping during floods

    Aleeya Cooper, 15, a member of Police Explorers, was recognized for her help in the community during the recent flooding brought by heavy rains. For her efforts, Tehachapi Pro Tem Mayor Kim Nixon presented Cooper with the city’s Outstanding Youth Award. “Aleeya helped out at the Red Cross shelter,

  • TVHCD Chief Financial Officer Chet Beedle

    Tehachapi Valley Healthcare District budget looks strong

    The Tehachapi Valley Healthcare District budget for the end of the fiscal year is looking good. Chief Financial Officer Chet Beedle said the district's gross revenues were higher than what was budgeted. “Our cash flow has been good and we received additional money in some settlements,” he

  • City seeks grant for new Park & Ride site

    There soon could be a new Park & Ride area in Tehachapi. The City of Tehachapi is looking to apply for a grant that would move the current park and ride site from the area near Kmart to a bigger spot across from the old Ace Hardware Store at an estimated cost of $1.49 million. Jay