• Michael Lane pointing out highlights in the new program.

    Senior Center hosted Commission on Aging

    Tehachapi Senior Center hosted the monthly Commission on Aging with commissioners from throughout Kern County attending lunch with the seniors last week. Following lunch, commissioners heard a presentation on enhanced services by Michael Lane, administrator for the Alzheimer's Association.

  • Melanie Malcome, general manager for Del Taco (left), presented Barbara Ann Adams with a $25 gift certificate to the local eatery, who was named "Queen of All Moms" for 2015 in Tehachapi News' annual Mother's Day contest as a result of an essay written by her son, Paul Adams. Barbara also received a $100 gift certificate from Tehachapi News good at any sponsoring business. General Manager Malcome said the Del Taco will award a gift certificate for Father's Day as well.

    'Queen of All Moms' receives Del Taco gift card

    Melanie Malcome, general manager for Del Taco, presented Barbara Ann Adams with a $25 gift certificate to the local eatery, who was named "Queen of All Moms" for 2015 in Tehachapi News' annual Mother's Day contest as a result of an essay written by her son, Paul Adams. Barbara

  • TJ Nichols, 7th grade, left, and Leilani Moringlane, 6th grade, both won first place in the Individual Medley competitions of the 45th annual Middle School Mathematics Field day held May 2.

    JMS students win at County’s Math Field Day

    A group of 6th and 7th grade students practiced weekly during lunch to get prepared for the 45th annual Middle School Mathematics Field Day held May 2. Kern County Superintendent of Schools (KCSOS) sponsors the annual event hosted by Bakersfield’s Liberty High School where hundreds of middle school

  • The Whiskey Jam band will be the first to highlight the opening of Main Street Tehachapi's Farmers Market on June 4. The band will perform classic rock and country from 4 to 7 p.m.

    Farmers Market music lineup announced

    Main Street Tehachapi has entered into an agreement with Fiddlers Crossing to provide music for the Farmers Market, which will take place on Thursdays, from 4 to 7 p.m., beginning June 4 through Aug. 13. The popular local acoustic music venue has scheduled the performers that will provide high-

  • Tehachapi Freemason Larry Tuma (right) received his "Mason of the Year" award from Illustrious Frank Loui, 33¼, Sovereign Grand Inspector General of California on May 20, in Bakersfield.

    Tuma honored as Mason of the Year

    On May 20, Larry Tuma, Tehachapi Lodge No. 313 F. & A. M., was honored at a dinner hosted by the Bakersfield Scottish Rite as “Mason of the Year”. The Scottish Rite holds the event annually to honor outstanding Masons from all over Kern County. Tuma was one of eight Masons honored that evening.


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    Anthony "Tony" Mason, Jan. 1, 1954 — May 17, 2015

    Anthony Charles Mason, 61, passed away on Sunday, May 17, 2015 in Tehachapi. Anthony was born in San Bernardino to Charles and Julie Mason. Anthony leaves behind his loving wife of 20 years, Jeanine; two stepchildren, Candra Scarola, Jerry Scarola and his wife Marianne; two daughters, Amy Keller

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    Willabelle Moore

    Willabelle Moore, age 91, passed away on Monday, April 13, in Fair Oaks. She was born in Orafino, Neb. She married Rolland Moore in 1943, and together they had five children, David, Jane, Mary, Ann and Paul. They have 14 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren. Willabelle was preceded in death

  • Norma Ashby Mauterer

    Norma Ashby Mauterer, Oct. 9, 1915 — April 17, 2015

    Norma Ashby Mauterer was born on Oct. 9, 1915 in Woburn, Mass. In 1919, when Norma was just 4 years old, her parents loaded everything they owned in the car and headed out to Los Angeles where they eventually settled in Eagle Rock. As a child, she loved to dance and was enthralled with her ballet

  • John Talmage King, Jr, May 14, 1928 - May 19, 2015

    John Talmage King, Jr, May 14, 1928 - May 19, 2015

    Longtime Tehahcapi resident and founder of Tehachapi Community Theater, John Talmage King, Jr., 87 of Tehachapi passed away at his home on May 19, 2015. John was born to John Talmage King and Hazel Josephine (Siegfriend) King on May 14, 1928 in Greensburg, Pa. John spent his early years in

  • James Thomas Doss, 1964 - 2015

    James Thomas Doss, 50, a 10-year resident of Tehachapi, passed away on May 19, 2015. Next week's edition of the Tehachapi News will include a complete obituary. The service date and time is yet to be determined. Please call Wood Family Funeral Service for information, (661) 822-6897. For


  • 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