• Jennifer and Guy Williams plead their case to keep Jennifer's Terrace open before the Planning Commission on Feb. 8

    Planning Commission keeps options open for Jennifer's Terrace

    The Tehachapi Planning Commission has recommended that city staff look into the possibility of allowing Jennifer's Terrace to remain open with provisions that the outdoor venue keep noise levels below 70 decibels. City staff is to meet with Jennifer's Terrace owners to work on the details

  • Dean Miller said his sons, Tyler and Christopher, prompted him to seek a way to put the fun back into recess at Tompkins Elementary School by securing a donation of 20 balls. Principal Cheri Belcoe accepted the donated balls on Feb. 4.

    Tompkins receives playground equipment, thanks to single dad and Kmart

    A local, single father of seven children made a big difference in the lives of the 750 children who attend Tompkins Elementary School by delivering a donation of 20 new toy balls after discovering the school had none for children to play with during recess. Dean Miller said it was his two sons,

  • Mary Beth Garrison, president of the Greater Tehachapi EDC, said her board was giving full support to the partnership of Tehachapi Valley Healthcare District and Adventist Health.

    TVHD/Adventist Health affiliation paperwork almost complete

    The resolution to approve the affiliation between Adventist Health and the Tehachapi Valley Healthcare District was postponed again to ensure all the paperwork was completed. “We've finished about 95 percent of all the paperwork,” Director Duane Moats said at a special board meeting Feb. 2.

  • Tehachapi-Cummings Water District changes meeting venue

    The Tehachapi-Cummings County Water District will hold its upcoming meetings at the Golden Hills Community Services District offices beginning this month. The TCCWD will have its first meeting there on Feb. 17, beginning at 4:30 p.m. “Our building is 50 years old and needs some remodeling,” TCCWD

  • GHCSD Director Maryilyn White will head a committee for ideas on the district's 50th anniversary.

    Golden Hills CSD seeks ideas for celebration of 50th anniversary

    The Golden Hills Community Services District board is looking for the public’s input on what a 50th anniversary celebration for the district should entail.  “We need to get the process going,” Board President Larry Barrett said at the Feb. 3 board meeting. “We'd need some ideas.”

  • Civic Calendar: Get involved in your community

    City of Tehachapi City Council meets the first and third Monday at 6 p.m. at the Claude L. Wells Center, 300 S. Robinson St. Next meeting, however, is Tuesday, Feb. 16, because of President's Day. Agenda available at Tehachapi Unified School District Board meets the

  • Kenny Morrill and Darrin Corbin make a huge snow ball at City Park in Tehachapi following the storm.

    PHOTO GALLERY: Snow day photos from our Facebook friends

    January’s last snowfall on Sunday, Jan. 31, was one of the larger storms in recent memory through the drought years. The storm dumped several inches to more than a foot of the white powder in the greater Tehachapi area, causing a “snow day” Monday, Feb. 1, for our local schools. With Highway

  • Jack Potter said he is ready to retire, and will close the doors to Tehachapi's only lawn equipment and small engine service and sales shop.

    Tehachapi Lawn & Garden to close — unless a buyer comes through

    Local residents in need of small engine repair will have to expand their search as Tehachapi Lawn & Garden Equipment is slated to close its doors in as early as a few weeks. With plans to retire, owner Jack Potter said he will be forced to shutter the 15-year-old business if he doesn’t find a

  • Tehachapi Police Lt. Darrel Brown coordinated the free day of training at TPD, which included six local police agencies.

    Community Policing training for Volunteers was hosted by TPD

    The Tehachapi Police Department hosted an introduction to community policing training day for law enforcement volunteers from six agencies in their community room on Wednesday. “What we are really focusing in on here, is getting the community involved in our day-to-day police operations,” Lt.

  • Free state tax assistance available online

    Franchise Tax Board Chairwoman Betty T. Yee is reminding taxpayers that FTB offers a variety of free services online, from electronic filing to requesting a payment plan. “Tax season can be a stressful time,” said State Controller and FTB Chair Yee. “FTB offers an array of online services to make

  • Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood

    Sheriff's substations, jail to close following budget cuts

    The Buttonwillow and Boron sheriff’s substations as well as the Ridgecrest jail will close as a result of the 1 percent budget cuts approved by the Board of Supervisors Tuesday, Sheriff Donny Youngblood said Wednesday. He will also reduce staffing in a number of outlying and other areas. “A 1

  • A four-man crew of Kern County firefighters, along with fire suppression equipment, will remain on scene as piles of pre-cut brush are burned in prescribed burns through Feb. 4 in the mountains of Bear Valley Springs. This crew worked Tuesday night.

    Mountaintop fire turns out to be prescribed burn

    A large orange glow in the mountains to the north of the valley floor was cause for concern among some residents Tuesday night, but it turns out it was a prescribed burn.  The Kern County Fire Department had planned a prescribed burn of brush piles left behind from last fall’s fire reduction

  • In this file photo, Kern County firefighters battle a Kernville house fire caused by an electrical malfunction.

    Fire department staves off $3.25 million in cuts

    Persuaded they’d be jeopardizing lives and property, Kern County supervisors on Tuesday rejected a plan to cut the current fire department budget by $3.25 million and put that money in a reserve fund for next year when times will be tough. But it was clear from pointed comments by the top county