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  • Helicopter 407 was among first responders to a grass fire reported on Highline Road. Preliminary investigation findings are that the fire was caused by illegal M-80 explosive fireworks.

    Officials say fireworks cause of Highline fire

    The Kern County Fire Department received multiple calls reporting a grass fire on the south side of Highline Road, approximately 1/4 acre west of Dennison Road, Sunday afternoon at 12:20 p.m. Upon arrival, fire crews found burning approximately 1/4 acre of grass and brush at a moderate rate of

  • Free spay/neuter offered to low income, pit bull owners

    Basic Needs Foundation has developed a pilot program to offer free spay or neuter services to eligible owners of 52 pit bulls or mixed pits. The program was originally started in California City to assist pet owners of pit bull breeds who could not afford to have their animal fixed, however it has

  • Tehachapi Unified School District Superintendent Susan Andreas-Bervel(R)  and Tehachapi High School Athletic Director Pat Snyder flip pancakes and turn sausages at the Warriors Pancake Breakfast on July 4.

    Pancakes a hot item at the July 4 celebration in Central Park

    Thousands and thousands of pancakes have been served to hungry people on the Fourth of July over the past 15 years. This year again, the pancakes were going like hotcakes. “It takes a lot of people to get this organized,” said Ed Grimes, one of the Tehachapi Warrior's Booster Club's

  • Work programs help local students

    It's cultivating the future. That's what Glen Orr said of the different workforce initiatives currently in place in the Tehachapi Unified School District. He reported that the different programs are helping students once they go out into the work place or go to college. “These different

  • John Martin, general manager of the Tehachapi-Cummings County Water District, reported the district is joining a joint authority to find new ways to increase the water flow to Central and Southern California.

    Local district will help fund water planning

    A new group from Kern County is forming to possibly help deal with the Delta Smelt situation, hoping to come up with a plan that could send more water to central and southern California. The Tehachapi-Cummings County Water District voted on June 17 to enter into a South Valley Water Resources

  • 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

  • Fighting back from breast cancer, Mary Van Blake was among the many survivors to walk the first lap at the Coy Burnett Stadium in the 2014 Relay For Life.

    Relay For Life kicks off July 11

    This year, the American Cancer Society celebrates the 30th anniversary of its signature fundraiser, Relay For Life. The Tehachapi Relay for Life will begin with the opening ceremony at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 11, at Coy Burnett Stadium, 706 E. Tehachapi Blvd. This year's theme will be

  • Tehachapi-Cummings water district staff get raises

    The Tehachapi-Cummings County Water District recently gave a cost-of-living adjustment to all its employees. The vote for the one percent increase was 4-1, with board member James Pack voting no. Pack said after the June 17 meeting that he voted against the increase because for the the past three

  • Tehachapi Valley Recreation and Parks District Director Matt Young describes how outdoor activities impacts lives at the Greater Tehachapi Economic Council meeting on July 1.

    Outdoor activities impact lives and the ecomony

    Parks and recreation departments aren't just for a walk in the park. “A good recreation department can impact the local economy,” said Matt Young, Manager of the Tehachapi Valley Recreation and Park District. “It can bring money into a city as well as bring families into a community. A good

  • Eugene Suski, Chief Executive Officer of the Tehachapi Valley Healthcare District, talks about the upcoming public hearings concerning the new hospital at the recent Greater Tehachapi Econcomic Development Council meeting.

    Healthcare district to hold public hearings on hosptal partnership

    The public soon will be able to get information and voice their opinions on the proposed partnership between the new hospital and a separate healthcare company. The Tehachapi Valley Healthcare District is hosting public hearings at the Hospital Conference Room, 109 W. “E” St., on July 13, 14, 15

  • The drought is likely the cause of more bears finding their way into neighborhoods. Wildlife experts advise the public not to leave food or water for bears as that is likely to encourage them to stay in areas where they are not safe.

    What you need to know about bears as human contacts increase

    Kern County saw a dramatic spike in bear activity in 2014, as California Department of Fish and Wildlife staff responded to 108 black bear sightings within the Bakersfield city limits. In just a two-month period (September through November of 2014), biologists and wildlife officers relocated eight

  • 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