• News Briefs: Soaring workshop, crime log

    Soaring workshop to be held at airport The 35th annual Experimental Soaring Association Western Workshop will be held Sept. 4 through 7 over the Labor Day weekend at the Mountain Valley Airport in Tehachapi. Dedicated in memory of Bruce Carmichael, George Applebay and John Ashford, the workshop

  • From left, City Manager Greg Garrett looks on as Corey Torres, TVRPD aquatics manager, receives the defibrillator donated to Dye Natatorium Pool by Harvey L. Hall, founder and president of Hall Ambulance Service, Arnold Thomas, assistant operations manager, Mike Zapiain, paramedic field supervisor, and Joshua Sanders, paramedic.

    Hall donates lifesaving device to Dye Natatorium

    Harvey Hall, founder and president of Hall Ambulance, donated an automated external defibrillator to the Tehachapi Valley Recreation and Park District for use at the Dye Natatorium Pool during an Aug. 27 ceremony. The donation is part of Hall Ambulance’s community outreach program. According to

  • Kolesar's U Pick Orchard is open for picking on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    It's apple picking time! Warm weather prompts early season

    Apple seekers, now’s the time to pick Tehachapi’s homegrown treat.  Due to unseasonably warm weather, the picking season has started early this year for some local orchards, such as Kolesar's U Pick Orchard. “Years ago we started picking season in October and ended in November, but this

  • Open house set to discuss Sand Canyon exit closure

    CalTrans will host an Open House to discuss information on construction work for the eastbound exit for the Sand Canyon Bridge Project on Highway 58. The Open House is at Willow Springs Estates community meeting room located at 14566 E. Tehachapi Blvd. from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 3. The meeting will be

  • Civic Calendar: You're guide to community involvement

    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

  • Some of the materials that will be used for the WET program, which is a collaboration between the school district and the Tehachapi-Cummings County Water District.

    School, water district team up on water conservation studies

    Two local entities are taking the plunge together when it comes to water conservation education. The Tehachapi-Cummings County Water District is offering water conservation training classes called WET to teachers in the Tehachapi Unified School District. The teachers will be able to incorporate

  • Bridget Saphiloff

    School nurse honored with memorial benches

    It was a celebration of life to a dedicated nurse. Bridget Saphiloff, a long-time nurse for the Tehachapi Unified School District, was honored with memorial benches along Tehachapi Boulevard last week. Saphiloff worked for the school district for more than a dozen years before her death last year.

  • Golden Hills CSD passes budget

    The Golden Hills Community Services District unanimously approved its budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year at an Aug. 20 meeting. “This probably is the leanest budget we’ve ever approved,” said GHCSD President Kathy Cassil. “It was a commitment to savings.” Board members Marilyn White and John

  • The Tehachapi Valley Recreation& Parks District is looking for a new district manager to replace Matt Young, who left the area.

    Recreations and Parks looks for new manager

    The Tehachapi Valley Recreation & Parks District board is looking for a new manager, rather than appointing one on an interim basis. In a special meeting Aug. 24, the board members approved reviewing applications that already have been submitted for the job. A new district manager is needed to

  • GHCSD board member Larry Barrett reviews items that would be in a Letter of Intent to possibly buy the Golden Hills Sanitation Company.

    Golden Hills looks into buying sanitation company

    After years of trials and tribulations, the Golden Hills Sanitation Company could have new owners in the future. The directors of the Golden Hills Community Services District voted, 4-1, to write a Letter of Intent to possibly purchase the sanitation company for $1. Director Ed Kennedy voted no

  • Man convicted of malicious damage to railroad track

    A Kern County jury returned a guilty verdict Monday against a man who damaged a railroad track last year. The jury found Daryl Stempfley guilty of a felony charge of malicious damage to a railroad track, according to a District Attorney’s office news release. It also found him guilty of a

  • 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