• The Antelope Valley Astronomy Club will host its 6th annual Star-B-Cue at Brite Lake.

    Star-B-Cue to be held at Brite Lake

    On Saturday, Aug. 6, the Antelope Valley Astronomy Club, in partnership with the Tehachapi Valley Recreation & Park District, will hold its annual Star-B-Cue picnic, followed by a public Star Party in the main parking lot, near Pavilions 1 and 2, at the Brite Lake Recreational Facility. The

  • A California Mule Deer comes in to take a drink from a small container.

    Natural Sightings: Just stopped in for a quick drink

    Naturalist Jan Hendricks took this photo at her Bear Valley Springs home of a California Mule Deer (Odocoileus hemionus californicus) fawn coming in to take a drink from a small container that Jan keeps available for local wildlife. Most fawns in our area are born in June and start to be seen in

  • Bunco Night to benefit Norbertine Canonesses

    Bunco enthusiasts (and those who aspire to be) are invited to come join us at Triassic Vineyards on Aug. 3, at 5 p.m. Cost to participate is $25, and all proceeds become part of the upcoming dinner/auction fundraiser on Aug. 27 hosted by the Friends of the Norbertine Canonesses of Tehachapi. All

  • Proposition 47 forum set for St. Malachy Catholic Church

    On Aug. 2, St. Malachy Catholic Church, in conjunction with Faith in Action Kern County and the Kern County Public Defenders Office, will hold a Proposition 47 Forum open to the Tehachapi community. The informational forum will take place at at 6:30 p.m at McMullen Hall, 407 W. E St. Proposition

  • Oak galls sit on the underside of a leaf in Bear Valley Springs.

    Pen in Hand: The gall of these oaks! Strange shapes adorn local trees

    I have recently been sent a few photos by friends, including Toshimi Kristof and Barry Leslie, of strange protuberances they have found affixed to the underside of oak leaves from trees they have growing at their homes. These odd structures are known as galls and are caused by insects. Oaks are


  • Edward Forrest Sampson, 1928 — 2016

    Edward Forrest Sampson passed away on July 23, 2016, in Redding after a courageous battle with lung cancer. Edward was born in Huntington Park on April 7, 1928, to Phillip and Jessie (Herndon) Sampson of Inglewood. Edward was fascinated by nature from a young age. One of the highlights of his

  • Jerry G. Hartley, Nov. 10, 1938 — July, 14, 2016

    Jerry went home in his sleep, to be with his Lord and Savior, on July 14, 2016. He is preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Floris Hartley, and his treasured pets, Lacey and Maxwell. He leaves behind Mechele Monji, his friend, ex-wife, and mother of his son Justin Hartley (Tiffany); son

  • Jose Luis Gutierrez, 1974 — 2016

    Jose Luis Gutierrez of Tehachapi entered into rest on Friday, July 22, 2016, at the age of 41. He is survived by his wife, Jeimy, his three children, parents, and numerous siblings. A Vigil service and recitation of the Rosary will be held on Friday, July 29, at 6 p.m., at The Wood Family Funeral

  • Kenneth Steven Randolph, 1949 — 2016

    Tehachapi resident Kenneth Steven Randolph entered into rest on Saturday, July 23, 2016. He was 67. Surviving Kenny are his son, Steven Randolph; daughter, Crystal Snyder; and sisters, Janet Kane, Kimberly Randolph, and Georgia Hill. A viewing will be held on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, from 10 to 11 a.

  • William (Bill) Kenneth Stewart, 1933- 2016

    William (Bill) Kenneth Stewart, 1933-2016

    Bill Stewart, a dynamic force and personality in Bear Valley Springs (BVS) for more than 40 years, passed away on June 15, 2016, in Los Angeles at the age of 82. He will always be remembered as a generous, fun-loving, hard-working, enthusiastic, larger-than-life character who lived his life to the


  • Letter to the editor: Fly Old Glory with pride

    I appreciate all the American flags that I see in town. Businesses, homes and anywhere the flags are flown need to be vigilant to the condition of the flag. If it shows any wear and tear, the flag should be retired. Call a Boy Scout and they will take care of it for you. Fly your flag with pride

  • Letter to the editor: Veterinary Hospital showed compassion

    Once again we had to make that unwanted but necessary decision for one of our rescues. Once again Tehachapi Veterinary Hospital showed compassion during a difficult time. Thanks to the staff. We also appreciated the shroud. Fred Heerd and family, Tehachapi

  • Letter to the editor: Closing of fire station would be horrible

    Possible Golden Hills Fire Station closing? This would be a horrible thing. Just imagine how many trillions of dollars America sends to holes around the world like Afghanistan, Iraq and the like so they can keep their fire stations open. Another example why our elected officials are flushing this

  • The Terra-Gen Tellers achieved the Sapphire Team Fundraising Club status as the top earners in the 2016 Relay For Life.

    Letter to the editor: Keep up the good work, Relay team

    A three-peat at Relay brings a big shout-out to Team Terra-Gen, which recently repeated as the top fundraising team at the 2016 Tehachapi Relay for Life. Terra-Gen, captained by Carolyn Wiles, also captured top spot in 2014 and 2015. Raising more than $19,000, Terra-Gen helped Relay for Life raise