• An Anna's Hummingbird perches on a finger while getting a drink of sugar water from a hummingbird feeder.

    Natural Sightings: Lending a finger to help a friend

    Erin and Cody Patters took this photo of an Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna) perched on a finger while getting a drink of sugar water from a hummingbird feeder. Anna’s Hummingbirds are the species most likely to be encountered in the Tehachapi Mountains, and they are regular visitors to feeders.

  • September begins concert season

    Bakersfield Community Concert Association has scheduled five concerts, which will be performed between September and April on Sunday afternoons at the Harvey Auditorium in Bakersfield. A membership fee of only $75 includes admission to all the concerts. The first concert on Sept. 25 features the

  • Jill Barnes Nelson and Goldie

    Ride the Winds: Legal rights in reporting horse abuse

    What do you do if you see a horse you think is being neglected? There are some basic legal rules about horse rescue. You cannot simply climb over the fence to get a closer look at the animal, bring it food or water or lead the animal to a waiting trailer or van. Laws make such conduct criminal.

  • Miss Piggy is one of Gale Grasse Sprague's Nigerian Dwarf milk goats. Sprague will teach a Homesteading 101 Workshop on Aug. 28.

    Upcoming Events: Lots to do in, around Tehachapi

    COMMUNITY Summit Academy Charter School, Free Learning Styles Workshop, Aug. 25, 1 to 2 p.m., Old Towne Pizza, 20430 Brian Way, tailor your child’s education to meet his/her individual needs. Children are welcome, pizza will be provided. RSVP to Kids Yoga Workshop, Aug.


  • Walter J. Weed, 1939-2016

    Walter J. Weed, 1939-2016

    Walter J. Weed, 77, passed away on Friday, Aug. 12, 2016, at his home in Bear Valley Springs. He was cremated at Woods Funeral Home in Tehachapi. Interment and a memorial service are planned for the near future. His ashes will be buried at the military cemetery in Arvin. Walt was born in North

  • Guadalupe Loyd, 1945-2016

    Guadalupe “Lupe” Loyd passed away at her home in Tehachapi on Aug. 4, 2016. She was 70. Services are pending at this time. Wood Family Funeral Service, Inc. was entrusted with her care. For condolences, please visit

  • Agnes Lorene Salo, 1929-2016

    Agnes Lorene Salo, 1929-2016

    Agnes Lorene Salo, 86, died July 21, 2016, in Bakersfield. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016, at First Baptist Church in Tehachapi. Lorene was born in Missouri, raised in Michigan, and followed her sister to beautiful California. In 1950, she met her husband,

  • Scott Andrew Black, 1957-2016

    Scott Andrew Black, 1957-2016

    Scott Andrew Black, 58, passed away at home in Tehachapi, Aug. 9, 2016. His Celebration of Life will be held Friday, Aug. 19, at 11 a.m. at The Woods Pavilion, 323 W. F St., Tehachapi. Scott, son of Delbert and Lennie Black, was born in Long Beach on Sept. 30, 1957. He graduated from Gahr High

  • Marie Berta (VonBerckefeldt) Richardson, 1942-2016

    Marie Berta (VonBerckefeldt) Richardson, 1942-2016

    Marie, “Kitty” as she was known by relatives and close friends, was called to her final resting place and eternal life by her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on July 22, 2016, at 11:30 a.m. She suffered from various ailments over the past six years and was unable to walk or care for herself during the


  • Letter to the editor: Good ideas coming in for how to support youth

    What a wonderful response to Tehachapi’s Mayor Pro Tem, Kim Nixon! The city and community of Tehachapi appears to be ready to embrace the challenge to provide more for the youth in our lovely mountain home. Anyone who hasn’t read the responses, do go to the Tehachapi News website. Do add your own

  • Mick Gleason, chairman of the Kern County Board Of Supervisors, leads a discussion on pending budget cuts recently.

    Community voices: The county remains committed to public safety

    While the County of Kern faces a severe decline in revenue due to an unprecedented loss of oil and gas property tax, make no mistake, the County continues to be dedicated to funding public safety. Public safety is delivered in many forms. We are all familiar with the deputy who arrests the

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

    Letter to the editor: Are you sure you really want a Walmart here?

    Consider yourself a patriotic American? I challenge you to find one thing for sale at Walmart labeled made in the USA. In 2013, Walmart’s low-wage workers cost U.S. taxpayers an estimated $6.2 billion in public assistance including food stamps, Medicaid and subsidized housing. Consider yourself a

  • Letter to the editor: Thanks for picking up tab for us

    Our sincere thanks to the unknown gentleman who treated two ladies, on Monday, Aug. 15, by paying for their meals at Henry’s Cafe. Your gracious and kind deed is sincerely appreciated. Joyce Kimbrell and Lucy Shaughnessy, Tehachapi

  • Letter to the editor: Why do we need all these utility poles?

    I don’t know what is being installed along Tehachapi-Woodford Road, Pinion Canyon and now down my road, but do we really need more utility poles?? They are installing additional, shorter poles next to the already existing ones. I bought this property for the view, not to look through a bunch