• Chris Byrd of Myra Loma earns a score of 68, which gave him the lead at the time, at the Bad Bulls at the Tehachapi Rodeo Grounds.

    Bad Bulls packs in large, enthusiastic audience

    Bad Bulls and good times went hand-in-hand on the Fourth of July. The grandstand at Tehachapi Event Center and Rodeo Grounds was packed to near capacity Saturday night, July 4 for the 16th annual Bad Bulls riding tour and fireworks display that followed. Four Star Rodeo of Cottonwood was the

  • Gwladys Peterson, President of the American Legion Auxiliary, and Richard Swanson make holiday favors to be sold during the July 4 celebration in Central Park. The money will go to support the picture gallery of veterans.

    American Legion helps celebrate our freedom

    Members of the American Legion Auxiliary made up patriotic pinwheels and other red, white and blue favors in the early morning hours of the July 4 celebration in Central Park. The volunteers worked in the pavilion that was adorned with pictures of local military service people.

  • Broderick Crowder, 1-1/2, gets ready for the Kids Parade at the July 4th celebration at Central Park

    Kids Parade adds lots of color to the holiday

    The Kids Parade had lots of participants, most decked out in red, white and blue, the colors of the day on July 4. The parade began at the back of Central Park on C Street, down along Robinson Street, and finished on E Street with Tehachapi High School football players bombarding some of the kids

  • Ready, set, go. The weiner dogs are off an running at the 5th Annual Weiner Dog Race on July 4 in Central Park

    Weiner Dog race sparks excitement

    The 5th Annual Weiner Race was a big success on the Fourth of July. There were some 50 Weiner dogs or Dachshunds of all shapes and sizes participating in a race in Central Park. And they all had cheering sections. “This is a really great turnout,” said Michele Vance, who works for the City of

  • The Playwright finalists, winners, directors and actors from TCT Playwrights Festival 2015   gathered for a final bow.

    It’s “In The Bag” for TCT First Place Gold Quill Award 2015

    After a fabulous day of beginning with brunch with Tehachapi Community Theatre's Board of Directors, where all finalists will received a TCT Festival medallion with their name and the name of their play, playwrights viewed the final performance of their festival submissions at the final matinee


  • William Woodrow Austin, Jr., 1946-2015

    William Woodrow Austin, Jr., 1946-2015

    William Woodrow Austin II (Woody) passed on to return to God at his home on June 23, 2015, after a valiant battle with cancer. He was born to Roberta Marie Pedroni and William Woodrow Austin I on Aug. 12, 1946, in Salisbury, N.C. Woody attended and graduated from high school in Pacific Grove. He

  • Daniel Lynn Peters, 1968 — 2015

    Daniel Lynn Peters, 1968 — 2015

    Daniel Lynn Peters beloved son, brother and father entered this world on Jan. 13, 1968, and unexpectedly departed it on May 12, 2015. Daniel was born and raised in Tehachapi. He proudly served in the U.S. Army, being stationed in Germany and serving in the 1991 Gulf War. After his military service,

  • Rory Todd Turner, 1965 — 2015

    Rory Todd Turner, 1965 — 2015

    Family and friends are mourning the loss of Rory Todd Turner, 50, who was born on March 12, 1965, in Redlands and passed away on June 19 in Tehachapi. Rory moved from Redlands to Tehachapi with his parents and sister in 1969 where he attended school here and worked with his father. Rory returned

  • Donald H. Whitbeck, Jr., 1932 - 2015

    Donald H. Whitbeck, Jr., 1932 - 2015

    Don Whitbeck, Jr. was born on Jan. 1, 1932, to Donald H. Whitbeck, Sr. and Mioma Whitbeck in Oklahoma City, Okla. He married his first wife Janet on Sept. 5, 1954. He lived in Alliance, Ohio, where he attended Mount Union College. He majored in psychology and received his Bachelor’s Degree. He was

  • Ronald Jacob Jensen, 1959 – 2015

    Ronald Jacob Jensen, 1959 – 2015

    Ronald (Ron/RJ) Jacob Jensen, 55, passed away on June 5, 2015, at his home in Tehachapi. He was born in San Jose, to Gerald Jensen and Barbara Baugh (Montgomery) on Sept. 10, 1959. Ron spent his childhood years in Campbell, and then moved to La Crescenta, for his teenage years. During the last 30


  • Claudia Elliot, Tehachapi News Editor

    Water and Tehachapi; looking back and forward

    It was the day after my 22nd birthday, a cold Tehachapi afternoon, with the wind biting the hands and faces of all those gathered on the embankment above the freshly excavated ground that would become Jacobsen Reservoir, also known as Brite Lake.

  • Claudia Elliot

    Now and Then: Healthcare key to economy

    Elsewhere in this week's paper you'll find a 16-page pull-out section we've prepared to commemorate the creation of the Tehachapi-Cummings County Water District 50 years ago. That was a momentous occasion, but we have something of near-equal proportion facing the community right now,

  • Claudia Elliot

    Now and Then: Setting the record straight

    It's not often that we encounter a sports story that is controversial. Usually we just report the results with some highlights of the game. Unlike many newspapers, we have the luxury of only covering one high school sports program and I have to admit that we can get a little too parochial

  • Now and Then: Time to look at how we handle policing

    Last week I wrote about two important components of the infrastructure we look to government to provide -- or at least to manage in a way that makes it practical for us all -- water and waste (also known as sewer or septic, although the septic has largely been unmanaged locally except through

  • Claudia Elliot

    Now and Then: Water and sewage: what's not being said

    Here's the bottom line about water and sewage: we all want clean, fresh water to come out of the tap when we turn it on and we want to be able to flush our toilets without worry about whether what we've just flushed is going to come up in the yard -- and we really don't want to have