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Kern County firefighters received a call of a motor home on fire in the parking lot of the Fairfield Inn & Suites Marriott located at 422 Tehachapi Blvd. early Monday, just after midnight.

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Lots of readers reacted to our initial report about impending cuts to staffing at rural fire stations, including the one in Stallion Springs. Here are a smattering of comments left on the Tehachapi News Facebook page, with some light editing for clarity. Read more about this — and comment on…

  • BY JAMES BURGER jburger@bakersfield.com
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The first Kern County budget battle of 2017 is simmering behind the scenes: whether to cut staffing at nine rural fire stations — including the one in Stallion Springs — to save $2 million to $3 million.

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Tehachapi Mayor Pro-Tem Susan Wiggins administered the oath of office to new police officer Sean Caudillo at a council meeting on Jan. 17.

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Tehachapi Mayor Pro-Tem Susan Wiggins' idea of making the city a kinder place is progressing, as she has procured signs to implement the project.

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  • BY NICK SMIRNOFF For Tehachapi News
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A Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight train traveling east struck the back end of a semi trailer truck at the Tehachapi Boulevard and Monolith crossing around 5 a.m. Friday. The train pushed the semi nearly a quarter of a mile down the tracks as the engineer brought the train to a halt.

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The California High-Speed Rail Authority will hold an open house meeting in Tehachapi to discuss and gain feedback regarding the high-speed rail route from Bakersfield to Palmdale.

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It's finally official. Tom Neisler is the new general manager for the Tehachapi Cummings-County Water District.

  • BY DARLA A. BAKER dbaker@tehachapinews.com
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Crowds showed up for free coffee and signature menu items at Dunkin' Donuts for its official grand opening Wednesday, Jan. 18. The restaurant, located at 540 Tucker Road, opened in late December.

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With the new year come new labor laws, some of which went into effect Jan. 1. However, other laws will not be effective until later in the year.

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In anticipation of snow this weekend, the Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce has postponed its Installation and Recognition Gala until Feb. 4.

  • BY NICK SMIRNOFF For Tehachapi News

A public storage unit and its contents were destroyed by fire Sunday morning and several neighboring units on each side had extensive smoke damage, according to fire officials.

It may take a little longer than previously expected for the new Tehachapi hospital to open.

  • BY DARLA A. BAKER dbaker@tehachapinews.com

Mano and MeiMei Lujan say family is most important in their lives, even if that means having to give up one of their restaurants. On Dec. 21, the Lujans made a Facebook announcement that they would close The Shed as of Christmas Eve. Although it was a very painful decision to make, Mano said…

The Tehachapi City Council will hold its next regular meeting at the Tehachapi Police Station, Room 220, 220 W. C St. instead of the Claude L. Wells Center, 300 S. Robinson St. because of a scheduling conflict.

Many residents have been complaining about having little to no service from AT&T in downtown Tehachapi and surrounding areas for the past week.

  • By JAMES BURGER jburger@bakersfield.com

The Kern County Administrative Center on Truxtun Avenue will soon be "hardened," most of its entries sealed to all but employees and public access funneled through a security checkpoint on the first floor.

  • By JASON KOTOWSKI jkotowski@bakersfield.com
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The accused gunman in a deadly love triangle accepted a plea agreement Monday that will send him to prison for 25 years and four months in exchange for testifying against a woman who allegedly plotted with him in killing her husband in Tehachapi more than two years ago.

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A funeral fund has been set up at Bank of the Sierra for Baron Brian Smith, the 8-month-old baby who sheriff's officials say died Jan. 2 in Tehachapi while in the care of a Washington man, Tobin Phillips, 20, who was dating his mother.

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A woman authorities believe to be part of a deadly love triangle was arrested Friday and taken into custody on $3 million bail, two and a half years after her husband was killed in a railway building in Tehachapi.