• The annual Wiener Run will be among the many activities to be featured at Philip Marx Central Park on Monday, July 4. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., with the race to commence at 9:30 a.m.

    Fireworks, fun and festivities slated for July 4 holiday

    Tehachapi will offer a full day of patriotic fun this 4th of July holiday, with festivities planned for the entire family. The City of Tehachapi, Tehachapi Valley Recreation & Park District and numerous other local organizations have put together an exciting Independence Day celebration. As a

  • Red Soil took home the first place purse in last year's Battle of the Bands competition.

    Battle of the Bands to heat up Central Park in toe-to-toe jams

    Tehachapi Valley Recreation & Park District will present its 2nd annual Battle of the Bands on Saturday, June 25, at Philip Marx Central Park, located at the corner of Mojave and East E streets in Downtown Tehachapi. The battle kicks off at 3 p.m. The competition will stiffen in its second

  • California Quail chicks cross a walkway with a father quail keeping watch over them.

    Natural Sightings: A quail school class takes an outing

    David H. Brands took this photo at his house in West Golden Hills of an unusually large group of California Quail (Callipepla californica) chicks crossing a walkway with a father quail keeping watch over them. If you look carefully you can count 36 young quail, which may have come from as many as

  • Kern County Fire Capt. Rod Pyle, right, and firefighter Zach Harris watch the approaching flames of a wildfire off Tucker Road a few years ago.

    Pen in Hand: Wildfire is fierce and merciless, and the season is upon us

    The Kern County Fire Department’s June 15 deadline for fire hazard reduction has passed and we are now officially into our fire season. But with the warmer and drier conditions we have experienced in recent years, it has become evident that wildfires can occur virtually year-round in sunny

  • Jill Barnes Nelson & Goldie

    Ride the Winds: Horses can have allergies like people

    Some horses can have allergic reactions to a variety of things. Most are treatable and manageable. One of the most common types is called Urticaria, or hives. It’s usually caused by insect bites to which some horses are hypersensitive. Treatment usually consists of giving the horse an


  • Peter F. Hatman, 1925-2016

    Peter F. Hatman, 1925-2016

    Peter F. Hatman lost his fight to stay on this earth on Sunday, June 19, 2016, in Tehachapi, Calif., at the age of 91. His cremated remains will be interred at a private service at Bakersfield National Cemetery on June 27, 2016. Peter was born on Feb. 2, Groundhog Day, in New Britain, Conn., in

  • J. Hunter Johnson, 1944-2016

    James Hunter Johnson, 72, died Thursday, June 16, 2016, at his place of residence in Tehachapi, Calif. There will be a Celebration of Life to be held at Wood Family Funeral Service on Wednesday, June 29, 2016, at 11 a.m. He was the son of the late Will Johnson and the late Baby Cecilia Jefferson

  • Elia Imelda Snow, 1955- 2016

    Elia Imelda Snow, 1955- 2016

    Elia went to be with the Lord on June 18, 2016, at her home, surrounded by her loving husband, Larry, and family. She fought a very courageous battle with cancer for many years. Services will be held at Wood Family Funeral Service in Tehachapi on Friday, June 24, 2016. A viewing will be held from

  • Christine Joan Fath, March 14, 1948 — June 12, 2016

    Christine Joan Fath, March 14, 1948- June 12, 2016

    Our Angel got her wings. Our much-loved Chris went to sleep peacefully Sunday night with Peggy and Sonja by her side and Annie at her feet. She was also surrounded by loved ones over the weekend. Her family is so large and friends so many that we cannot mention everyone here. She will certainly

  • Raymond Merle Stewart, 1924-2016

    Raymond Merle Stewart, 1924- 2016

    Raymond M. Stewart, 91, died peacefully in his Bear Valley Springs home on June 4, 2016. Services will be held at the Congregational Church on June, 13, 2016. The viewing will begin at 1 p.m., followed by the funeral service at 2 p.m. Ray was born July 18, 1924, to Harry W. Stewart and Mildred E.


  • Letter to the editor: Let's stop horrible killing of dogs

    The number of active dog rescue organizations in Tehachapi shows how much we love our pets. Sadly, I need to make everyone aware of the Annual Dog Meat Eating “Festival” in China on June 21. Pets are stolen, strays are rounded up and Korean Mastiff puppies raised in tiny cages to keep their “meat”

  • Letter to the editor: Thanks to the good people of Mountain Meadows

    My husband, James Crow, passed away suddenly on June 1. I would like to thank you all for your kindness. Some gave flowers, some gave money, some gave an apple tree. Many offered their condolences. I want to say thank you for all the kindness you showed at this time of great sorrow. James cared

  • Katie, of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, accepts a check from Pat.

    Community Voices: Christina's 2nd fundraiser a great success

    Christina’s 2nd annual Fundraiser for Pancreatic Cancer research was very successful in raising $11,162.71. As Christina’s parents, we hand carried a check issued by Major Jason E. George VFW Post 12114 for that amount to the offices of Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in Manhattan Beach on Friday,

  • Letter to the editor: In reference to an unneighborly encounter

    It is not my nature to inconvenience others. I am a disabled veteran. I am very conscientious about how I treat the people I served — with respect and dignity — to the best of my ability. I parked my car in a spot where it appeared that it would not interfere with anyone, not certain if I was