• The Playwright finalists, winners, directors and actors from TCT Playwrights Festival 2015   gathered for a final bow.

    It’s “In The Bag” for TCT First Place Gold Quill Award 2015

    After a fabulous day of beginning with brunch with Tehachapi Community Theatre's Board of Directors, where all finalists will received a TCT Festival medallion with their name and the name of their play, playwrights viewed the final performance of their festival submissions at the final matinee

  • Drama Day campers are having fun while rehearsing their skit.

    Drama Day Camp offers fun in July

    Tehachapi Community Theatre (TCT) will hold a Drama Day Camp this summer directed by Monica Nadon. “Campers” will have fun while learning the basics of acting for the theatre. Participants will learn theatre games that are not only fun, but help build confidence in performing. Campers will also

  • Henry Martinez will be the Grand Marshall at the Bear Valley Springs' Independence Day parade.

    BVS veterans welcome Henry Martinez

    The Bear Valley Springs Veterans Association is proud to have as a member Henry Martinez. Martinez joined the U.S. Army in June 1944 at the age of 18. After just four weeks of training, he was sent to Europe as a member of the 28th Division, 110th Battalion, Company B. His unit came under attack

  • Square Dancers did the do-si-do and promenade at the Gandy Dancer's Waving the Flag Dance.

    Gandy Dancers host 'Waving the Flag 2015 Dance'

    On a beautiful Sunday afternoon, the Tehachapi Gandy Dancers Square Dance Club hosted the "Waving the Flag 2015 Dance." A total of 34 people attended the dance with members representing the Joaquin Squares from Bakersfield, the Mountain Squares from Frasier Park, the Skirts and Flirts

  • 'DNA' auditions set for July 10, 11 & 12

    The new TCT season is being launched with "DNA" by Dennis Kelly, the story about of a group of teenagers who hang out together. The play begins after a catastrophe where the group’s antics spiraled out of control and, for one poor guy, things ended very badly. The author provides us with


  • William Woodrow Austin, Jr., 1946-2015

    William Woodrow Austin, Jr., 1946-2015

    William Woodrow Austin II (Woody) passed on to return to God at his home on June 23, 2015, after a valiant battle with cancer. He was born to Roberta Marie Pedroni and William Woodrow Austin I on Aug. 12, 1946, in Salisbury, N.C. Woody attended and graduated from high school in Pacific Grove. He

  • Daniel Lynn Peters, 1968 — 2015

    Daniel Lynn Peters, 1968 — 2015

    Daniel Lynn Peters beloved son, brother and father entered this world on Jan. 13, 1968, and unexpectedly departed it on May 12, 2015. Daniel was born and raised in Tehachapi. He proudly served in the U.S. Army, being stationed in Germany and serving in the 1991 Gulf War. After his military service,

  • Rory Todd Turner, 1965 — 2015

    Rory Todd Turner, 1965 — 2015

    Family and friends are mourning the loss of Rory Todd Turner, 50, who was born on March 12, 1965, in Redlands and passed away on June 19 in Tehachapi. Rory moved from Redlands to Tehachapi with his parents and sister in 1969 where he attended school here and worked with his father. Rory returned

  • Donald H. Whitbeck, Jr., 1932 - 2015

    Donald H. Whitbeck, Jr., 1932 - 2015

    Don Whitbeck, Jr. was born on Jan. 1, 1932, to Donald H. Whitbeck, Sr. and Mioma Whitbeck in Oklahoma City, Okla. He married his first wife Janet on Sept. 5, 1954. He lived in Alliance, Ohio, where he attended Mount Union College. He majored in psychology and received his Bachelor’s Degree. He was

  • Ronald Jacob Jensen, 1959 – 2015

    Ronald Jacob Jensen, 1959 – 2015

    Ronald (Ron/RJ) Jacob Jensen, 55, passed away on June 5, 2015, at his home in Tehachapi. He was born in San Jose, to Gerald Jensen and Barbara Baugh (Montgomery) on Sept. 10, 1959. Ron spent his childhood years in Campbell, and then moved to La Crescenta, for his teenage years. During the last 30


  • 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