• The Trinity Alps pack string was used to help fight fires in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest.

    Ride the Winds: Mules help assist firefighters

    California always seems to suffer from wildfires this time of year. It is an expensive business, but the state has somewhat of a little-known secret weapon when it comes to fighting fires. It’s the pack mule. The US Forest Service has used them for decades to haul equipment and vital supplies in

  • Tehachapi High School Principal Scott Heitman,who led the summer school program, spoke about its success at a school board meeting on Aug. 23.

    Principal reports on summer school success

    For those students needing extra time to fulfill their academic requirements, summer school was a big success. “Most of those taking classes finished more than one requirement,” said Tehachapi High School Principal Scott Heitman, who led the program. “Things went smoothly and worked out well. It

  • TUSD Superintendent Susan Andreas-Bervel presents Service Awards to board members Mary Graham, center, and Jackie Wood.

    Service Awards given to school board members

    The Tehachapi Unified School District honored two of its board members with Service Awards. Superintendent Susan Andreas-Bervel presented the awards to board president Mary Graham for 10 years of service on the school board and Jackie Wood, who has served for 15 years. “It has been a pleasure to

  • 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 Tuesday Sept. 6 because of the holiday. Agenda at Tehachapi Unified School District Board meets the second and fourth Tuesday at 6 p.m. at

  • Fire Station #13 in Golden Hills.

    Golden Hills fire station to remain open

    Even with a hint of smoke in the air from surrounding wildfires, residents of Golden Hills and the local area can breathe a little easier knowing Fire Station #13 will be in service in the coming year. Earlier slated for closure because of severe county budget cuts, the station got a reprieve

  • Golden Hills sets EIR hearing for treatment plant

    The residents of Golden Hills and all interested parties can participate in a hearing on possible environmental impacts of the Golden Hills Sanitation Company/Waste Water Treatment Plant on the area. The special meeting will be at the Golden Hills Community Services District offices at 6 p.m. Sept.

  • Poker Run to benefit two girls

    Shawna Callahan wants people to know that nobody fights alone.  So this year the organization she and husband Dwayne started after her uncle, Robert McCaslin, was diagnosed with cancer, will support two girls.  “We are helping two girls this year, Abigail Segundo and Amanda Broome,

  • An artist's rendition of the proposed Tehachapi Walmart.

    Appeals court upholds Walmart EIR; project can move forward

    Walmart once again looks to be a go in Tehachapi. The Fifth District Court of Appeal in Fresno announced Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 24, that the City of Tehachapi has adequately addressed environmental issues related to the project. The vote of the three-panel judge was unanimous.  A hearing

  • A recent Kern County Board of Supervisors meeting.

    County supervisors approve budget, throw sheriff an extra $1.5 million

    Supervisors approved Kern County’s 2016-2017 budget Tuesday and, for the most part, resisted demands for more money from the Kern County District Attorney’s and Sheriff’s offices. They rejected a request for an additional $630,000 for staffing in the D.A.’s office but agreed to shift $2.8

  • Tehachapi Police Department patrol car in the field.

    KCSO, TPD report 21 arrests for Aug. 15-21

    Tehachapi law enforcement made a total of 21 arrests during the week of Aug. 15 to 21. The Kern County Sheriff's Office arrested three adults in the greater Tehachapi area. The Tehachapi Police Department made a total of 10 arrests, including three adults on suspicion of felony crimes.

  • Richard Peters of Witten Logging pulls back bark from a ponderosa pine looking for western pine beetles to show visitors.

    Kern pine forests ravaged by drought, insatiable beetle

    Milky-white sap bleeds from the ponderosa pine, oozing in globs from old woodpecker-gouged holes and tiny bores left by western pine bark beetles. The pine’s needles have lost their vibrant green, fading to a fatigued olive. The sap, the tree’s natural defense against beetles, has been overcome by

  • Buzz and Marilyn Well sit inside their red 1960 Porsche 356B/T-5 Roadster.

    Thunder on the Mountain roars into town for festival

    Gladys Pearl gazed at the rows of beautifully restored classic and vintage automobiles featured at this year’s Thunder on the Mountain Car and Truck Show held in downtown Tehachapi Sunday. “This takes me back to when I was young,” Pearl said.  Now in its 19th year, Thunder on the