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The Tehachapi Unified School District held its annual Oral Language competition on Dec. 1. Students from Golden Hills and Cummings Valley elementary schools were the big winners.

  • By DARLA A. BAKER dbaker@tehahapinews.com
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"Winter Wonderland" was the theme of the 16th annual Christmas parade held Saturday evening in Tehachapi. Crowds of spectators lined both sides of F Street bundled up in warm jackets, mittens and beanies, as children and adults alike cheered the 32 entries.

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For seven years, Cummings Valley Elementary School has hosted a Holiday Boutique. It's become a true family affair with parents, grandparents and kids all selling treats, handcrafted items and other goodies for holiday giving for the community.

Despite complaints from the public and Director Ed Kennedy that there was no need for a special meeting because the items were not of an emergency nature, the Golden Hills Community Services District directors pushed on and made progress concerning the possible acquisition of Golden Hills Sa…

Beginning next year, the Golden Hills Community Services District will have new hours.

The Golden Hills Sanitation Company will conduct smoke testing of the sewer lines in Golden Hills from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 13.


According to Kern County Treasurer and Tax Collector Jordan Kaufman, the first installment of Kern County property taxes will become delinquent if not paid by 5 p.m., Monday, Dec. 12. In order to avoid a 10 percent late penalty, property tax payments must be made in person or postmarked on o…

  • BY JASON KOTOWSKI jkotowski@bakersfield.com

Whether playing basketball, participating in church activities or delivering turkey dinners to the homeless on Thanksgiving, Leslie Balderrama loved being a part of the small mountain community of Tehachapi.

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Longtime Tehachapi resident, firefighter, father and friend Patrick Campbell was memorialized Saturday at Shepherd of the Hills Church in Cummings Valley, well within sight of his mountaintop home he called the "cabin."

  • By NICK SMIRNOFF For Tehachapi News

Tehachapi’s local American Legion Auxiliary, along with Tehachapi’s Veterans Collaborative Services, put together holiday care packages for local Tehachapi residents serving on deployment during the holidays.

Fees for accessing various city services will now be based more on the time it takes employees to perform those duties.

Trees in Bear Valley Springs have become more susceptible to bark beetle infestation and death after five years of extreme drought across the state, but the Kern County Tree Mortality Task Force is working to curb potential dangers that may arise from the dead trees.

David Villarino-Gonzalez has been involved in some way with Cesar Chavez and his cause for more than 40 years. He worked as volunteer, then later made about $5 a week.

KEENE — The Cesar Chavez National Monument is nestled in the mountains, just off highway 58 near Tehachapi. The park is an historic site where Chavez, founder of the United Farmer Workers of America, established his headquarters as he helped farm workers organize for a better life with bette…

The Tehachapi City Council approved an interim ordinance prohibiting several uses of marijuana within the city until more concrete legislation is adopted by the state.

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A Celebration of Life was held Saturday for Chelley Kitzmiller, founder of Have a Heart Humane Society and author of romance novels. Kitzmiller passed away the morning of Sunday, Nov. 6, in Bakersfield after a brief battle with cancer.