• An adult Monarch nectar-feeds on a Lantana flower.

    Pen in Hand: Good news for the Monarch butterflies

    After years of bad news about the declining population of Monarch butterflies (Danaus plexipus), there has finally been some glad tidings this year: The estimated number of Monarchs that overwintered in Oyamel fir trees in Mexico increased dramatically in 2016, with as many as 200 million monarchs

  • From left, TVAA members and gallery volunteers include Jenny Zur, Gale Caldwell, president, and Monica Lindsey.

    Gallery 'N' Gifts: Same corner, same commitment for 37 years

    Located on the same corner in historic downtown Tehachapi since 1979, Gallery ‘N’ Gifts will observe its 37th anniversary during First Friday, Sept. 2, from 5 to 8 p.m. The public is invited to join members to celebrate the milestone. Sponsored by the Tehachapi Valley Arts Association, Gallery ‘N’

  • The Trinity Alps pack string was used to help fight fires in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest.

    Ride the Winds: Mules help assist firefighters

    California always seems to suffer from wildfires this time of year. It is an expensive business, but the state has somewhat of a little-known secret weapon when it comes to fighting fires. It’s the pack mule. The US Forest Service has used them for decades to haul equipment and vital supplies in

  • Christal and Jason Wheeler perform at the Farmers Market.

    Auditions to be held for 'Best of Broadway' production

    Christal Wheeler, director of the BeeKay Theatre production of “Treasure Seekers,” is seeking individuals interested in private auditions for an upcoming production. “Best of Broadway” will be featured in late March and early April at the BeeKay Theatre. Since moving from Susanville to Tehachapi,

  • St. Malachy's offers opportunity to grow in faith

    Every person’s life journey is a true adventure, from conception onward to eternity. There are twists and turns, valleys and mountains, setbacks and blessings. Lots of surprises! The Catholic Church offers an open invitation to inactive Catholics and curious non-Catholics alike to explore life’s


  • Jerry G. Hartley, 1938-2016

    Jerry G. Hartley, 1938-2016

    Jerry G. Hartley went home in his sleep, to be with his Lord and Savior, on July 14, 2016. He was the owner of Tehachapi Rooter Service. A memorial will be held on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016, at 4 p.m., at Canyon Hills Assembly of God, Bakersfield, in the Fireside Room, 7001 Auburn St., Bakersfield.

  • Kathleen Marie Stratton, 1947-2016

    Kathleen Marie Stratton was called to her eternal home by God on July 28, 2016. She was 68. Born Dec. 2, 1947, to Stanley and Eve Potorski in Burbank, she graduated from Burbank High School and later from medical assistant school. She worked the majority of her career in the health care field,

  • Miguel Angel Ybarra, 1925-2016

    Miguel Angel Ybarra passed away in a Bakersfield hospital with his family at his side, on Aug. 23, 2016. He was 91. There will be an all-night vigil service beginning at 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016, at Villa La Paz in Keene. The funeral service will be held at Villa La Paz on Monday morning, Aug.

  • Doris Lorraine Solis, 1931-2016

    Doris Lorraine Solis, 1931-2016

    Doris Lorraine Solis passed away Aug. 18, 2016. She is reunited in Heaven with her oldest son, Bruce Jr. and her brothers and sisters, Donald, Butch, Sue and Shirley. Doris was born on March 28, 1931, in Hot Springs, Ark., to Delbert and Ethel Rood. She was the oldest of four sisters and two

  • Helga Rolin, 1932-2016

    Helga Rolin, 1932-2016

    Helga was born on Sept. 25, 1932 in Franzensbad Czechoslovakia (Sudetenland) prior to the beginning of World War II to Karl and Adelheide Markus. During the end of the war she, along with her brother, two sisters and other family members escaped the advancing Russian troops by crossing into


  • Letter to the editor: High school thanks volunteers

    Tehachapi High School would like to thank the following volunteers for their enormous help at our back to school orientation. Our volunteers were: Carrie Austin, Katie Beauchamp, Matt Bernacchi, Laura Lundberg, Sue Mackay, Becky Mason, Jackie Murphy, Fatma Noormohamed, Agustos Ramos, Suree Riggs,

  • Letter to the editor: Consider logic regarding Walmart

    Catherine Solange, you have presented some interesting points in your argument (letter to the editor, Aug. 24) against Walmart having a store in Tehachapi, but unfortunately your premises are nothing more than ad populum (appeal to the popular opinion), and ad misericordium (appeal to pity)

  • 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