Lifestyle

  • Diana Palmer took Best of Show for her photo titled "Old Barn Tack Room."

    Winners announced in 'Take Your Best Shot' photo contest

    Tehachapi Valley Arts Association held an awards reception for its annual photo contest at Gallery ’N’ Gifts for February’s First Friday event featuring a display of winners of 2016’s “Take Your Best Shot.” The contest is in its 11th year, and held every February and August. “This community event

  • A Red-shouldered Hawk files in Bear Valley Springs.

    Natural Sightings: A beauty in flight

    Jessica Martin took this photo of a flying Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus) in Bear Valley Springs recently. These beautiful raptors are both smaller and less common than Red-tailed Hawks. They have very distinctive markings, with black-and-white checkered backs and cinnamon red barring on

  • Have a Heart Humane Society will be selling See's Candies and Dewar's Taffy as a Valentine fundraiser.

    Have a Heart holds sweet fundraiser

    Let that special person know how much you care by giving them a sweet treat for Valentine’s Day. Have a Heart Humane Society is raising funds to save more pets by selling See’s Candies and Dewar’s Taffy. “We have one-pound boxes of nuts and chews, soft centers, dark chocolates and milk chocolates.

  • Dory Kline, from the Tehachapi Mountains Search And Rescue, gears up for this year's sole fundraiser for the TMSAH,  the 8th annual Sporting Clay Shoot to be held April 2.

    Time to sign up for 8th annual Sporting Clay Shoot fundraiser

    The Tehachapi Mountains Search and Rescue will hold its 8th annual Sporting Clay Shoot at the Kern County Gun Club on April 2, according to TMSAR Capt. Jeff Snyder, a 25-plus-year member. The Sporting Clay Shoot is open to individuals or teams of four. “If you would like to be on a team and you

  • This male bobcat was hoping for some personal attention from a female that is often seen around the Stallion Springs home of Les and Toshimi Kristof.

    Pen in Hand: Winter is the time for socializing among bobcats

    Bobcats tend not to be very sociable with members of their own kind — aside from mothers with their young, you don't see bobcats together very often, except for mating season, which is actually underway now even though it is still winter. Spring is the season when many mammals tend to produce

Obituaries

  • Juanita "Jenny" Herrera, 1926-2016

    Juanita "Jenny" Herrera, 1926-2016

    Juanita Sanchez Herrera entered into Heaven with the Lord on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on July 12, 1926, in Aguascalientes, Mexico, to Marcelino Sanchez and Santos Hernandez. She became an orphan at age 11 and was then raised by her grandmother, Porfiria,

  • Louie Ursua, 1950-2016

    Louie Ursua, 1950-2016

    Louie Ursua, 65, passed away in his home on Jan. 30, 2016, after a long courageous fight with cancer. He was a lifelong resident of Tehachapi, an Army veteran, and a retired locomotive engineer for Union Pacific Railroad, and is remembered by many for his years of coaching Tehachapi Little League

  • Duane M. Nelsen

    Duane M. Nelsen

    Beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle, Duane M. Nelsen, peacefully entered into eternal rest, after a brief illness, on Feb. 1, 2016, with his wife, Dana, by his side. Duane was born in his family home in Ruthton, Minn. He was an excellent athlete, playing football, basketball

  • Edward Tucker Jr., 1945-2016

    Edward Tucker Jr., 1945-2016

    Edward Walter Tucker Jr. of Bakersfield passed away peacefully at the age of 70 in Westwood surrounded by his wife, Paula, sons and family. Services were held Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Bakersfield. Edward was born in Topeka, Kan., to the late Edward Sr.

  • Kenneth Crowther, 1930-2016

    Kenneth Crowther, 1930-2016

    Ken Crowther, a Bear Valley Springs resident for almost 14 years, passed away peacefully at Antelope Valley Hospital on Jan. 29, 2016. A memorial service will be held at the Wood Family Funeral Service Chapel, 321 W. F St., on Tuesday, Feb. 9, at 2 p.m. For condolences, please visit woodmortuary.

Opinion

  • Letter to the editor: Time to start offering a pothole engineering degree

    Colleges need to start a new engineering degree, and we’ll call it Pothole Engineering. Here in Tehachapi, we have an abundance of them. In fact, potholes are everywhere, and California now ranks 47th in the country as having the worst roads. I recommended the degree to an administrator at Cal

  • Rotarary President Linda Carhart took a moment to thank Chef Mano Lujan and Grey Wolf Winery owners Shirlene and Joe Barton for the wonderful culinary experience they provided for the 3rd annual Wine Pairing Dinner held at The Shed.

    Letter to the editor: Sponsors make Wine Pairing Dinner a success

    The Rotary Club of Tehachapi would like to shout out our thanks to the many sponsors who supported us and made the Jan. 30 Wine Pairing Dinner a success. So, thanks to Alta One, Rep. Kevin McCarthy, Jennifer Williams Personal Financial Management, Scott's Auto Body, Sail Thru Carwash, State

  • Letter to the editor: Heroin is killing young people across the country

    Parents, be aware that heroin is now the drug of choice among teens, and once taken, you are addicted! Drug dealers are hitting the high schools and colleges all across America. It is easy to get, and affordable. Recently on primetime TV, they talked about the epidemic of heroin going on in the U.

  • Letter to the editor: Rotary continues polio eradication despite violence

    On Jan. 13, a horrific bomb attack in Quetta, Pakistan, took the lives of 15 security officers and civilians outside a polio immunization center. As an organization and Secretariat, we offer our heartfelt condolences and express a deep sadness in the wake of this terrorism against the cause of