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  • Notable arrest

    Jul 6, 2024

    Over the past few months, the Tehachapi Police Department has received numerous complaints regarding a police vehicle driving recklessly in various locations throughout the City of Tehachapi. On June 20, officers were dispatched to the area of Tk's Pizza and Burger King for the same type of call. Upon arrival, officers located the vehicle, an older model Crown Victoria, which appears to be an auctioned police vehicle from a Southern California police agency, in the parking lot of Burger King on...

  • Ron Hayton, the wizard of rattlesnakes

    Jon Hammond, contributing writer|Jul 6, 2024

    There is a longtime Bear Valley Springs resident who has caught and safely relocated not dozens, or even hundreds, but literally thousands of rattlesnakes over the course of his life. His name is Ron Hayton, and he started catching rattlesnakes under his grandfather's tutelage when he was only five years old. Ron, 79, is a retired L.A. County fire captain, and decades ago he started the Snake Guys snake relocating service, providing free assistance for area residents. Ron's volunteer efforts...

  • Coffee with the Chief, June 27

    Jun 22, 2024

    On Thursday, June 27, and again on Thursday, July 25 from 7:30 to 9 a.m., Tehachapi Police Chief Richard Standridge invites the community to join him and his command staff at Mountain Coffee House, 120 S. Mill St., Tehachapi, for Coffee with the Chief. Following the local tradition of Coffee with the Mayor and Coffee with a Cop events, Chief Standridge would like to make himself available for a conversation and a cup of coffee in a nice, relaxed atmosphere. Mountain House Coffee is a perfect...

  • Boys and Girls Club Week

    Pat Doody, staff writer|Jun 22, 2024

    At their June 17 meeting, the Tehachapi City Council declared the week of June 24-28 as Boys and Girls Club Week. The week has been celebrated nationally since 1941 recognizing the valuable service the clubs bring to communities. They instill youth with the confidence that they can succeed at anything they put their mind to. Their programs promote academic success, healthy lifestyles, good character and citizenship. The clubs help ensure young people have a safe, supportive place to spend time...

  • Pickleball group lessons

    Jun 22, 2024

    The City of Tehachapi and the Tehachapi Valley Recreation & Park District announce new Pickleball Group Workshops will be held during July at the new TPD Pickleball Courts on C Street. Professional Pickleball Instructor Glenda Love will teach a four-week Beginner Pickleball Workshop on Mondays beginning July 8 through July 29, a four-week Intermediate Pickleball Workshop on Tuesdays beginning July 9 through July 30, and a four-week Cardio Live Drills Group Class on Wednesdays beginning July 10...

  • Celebration of Life: Donald A. Trumble, June 15, 1937 – June 1, 2024

    Jun 22, 2024

    Donald Trumble of California City, California passed away peacefully in the presence of his wife of 20 years, Mary Trumble, on June 1. Don was the chief of police in Tehachapi from about 1980 to around 1987 when the department went to the Kern County Sheriff's. He is survived by his daughter Renee Colonna and family of Rosamond, California; his daughter Angelique Trumble and family of Idaho; his son Don and his wife Frannie Trumble and family of Boulder City, Nevada and daughter Janelle...

  • City conducts study of area parks and recreational facilities

    Pat Doody, staff writer|Jun 22, 2024

    Before the City of Tehachapi planned its first two ventures into public recreation, the pickleball courts at the police station and the 5-A-side soccer field at the newly opened Valley Park, they began an assessment into the recreation facilities available throughout the Greater Tehachapi Area from all providers including programs, facilities and operations. To save public funds, the city staff undertook a comprehensive analysis of each recreational entity within the Tehachapi area with a focus...

  • Grand theft arrests

    Jun 8, 2024

    On May 25, officers from the Tehachapi Police Department were dispatched to 400 Tucker Rd. (Walmart) to investigate a report of grand theft from the business. Walmart employees described the suspects and suspect vehicle to responding officers. Officers located the suspect vehicle in the 1100 block of West Tehachapi Boulevard. The suspects contacted were identified as Kenneth Tyrone Thomas (43), Stephanie Ann Morgan (36), Shantel Denise Taylor (29), Malaysia Rene Coleman (40) and Ingrid Darasha...

  • Officer promoted, Extraordinary Woman recognized

    City of Tehachapi|May 28, 2024

    Officer Andy Orozco was promoted to Senior Police Officer. The promotion was presented by Lt. Justin Ruppert and Orozco's wife pinned his badge. Mary Cunningham, one of the women selected to receive Tehachapi's Extraordinary Women Recognition was honored at Monday's City Council meeting. Mary was unable to make the original presentation made by the City Council at their March 4 meeting. The Tehachapi City Council meets on the first and third Monday of the month at 6 p.m. They are currently...

  • Commission approves auto storage lot

    Pat Doody, staff writer|May 28, 2024

    At their May 13 meeting, the Tehachapi Planning Commission approved the use of a portion of a vacant lot, located at 432-C W. J St., to be used as a storage facility by Nathan’s Towing & Storage as a short-term storage and impound lot. Approximately one half acre of the 28-acre parcel will be used for the fenced and locked storage facility. There are no structures planned for the facility other than a storage unit for towing equipment. Nathan’s primary offices are located in Lancaster and the...

  • Dawn Jones and her beautiful jewelry

    Clare Scotti, contributing writer|May 28, 2024

    It was shopping for trains at Hans' and Rachel's Gold Coast Station that originally brought Dawn Jones and her husband to Tehachapi. After living in a variety of locations and serving her country as a contractor in Washington D.C., Dawn found Tehachapi to be the best combination of all the places she had previously lived. She quickly became inspired by the town's beautiful nature and wildlife and relaunched her jewelry-making business, Dawn Jones Designs. Soon she was crafting earrings,...

  • City to expand BeeKay backstage area

    Pat Doody, staff writer|May 11, 2024

    At their May 6 meeting, the Tehachapi City Council approved a project proposed by the city to add a 15 foot x 20 foot expansion space behind the BeeKay Theatre. The new area will be exterior walls only with other improvements to be decided and financed by the Tehachapi Community Theater organization. It is hoped that this project will solve some of the space problems that have plagued the theater since its restoration in 2006. The city understands that TCT has been able to put money aside to...

  • Theft at Mountain Gardens Nursery & Pet

    Rick Gillies, owner of Mountain Gardens Nursery & Pet|May 11, 2024

    I had several expensive trees taken, early morning on May 5 (possibly late evening on May 4). The big trees were Vanderwolf Pine, Oriental Spruce and Bakeri Spruce, all in 20 gallon pots. They didn’t take the pots, just the trees. If anyone in your neighborhood has just planted trees, or is in the process of landscaping, please check it out. Contact Tehachapi Police Department, (661) 822-2222 with any information. They have a record of the theft. Please help!...

  • Council proclaims National Police Week

    Pat Doody, staff writer|May 11, 2024

    In 1962, President John F. Kennedy originally declared the week of May 15 as National Police Week ... a time to honor those officers who have given their lives in the line of duty. Currently the week is used to give thanks to the men and women who serve daily, putting their lives in jeopardy to protect the community. During their May 6 meeting, the Tehachapi City Council proclaimed the week of May 12 - 18 as National Police Week in Tehachapi. It should be noted that Tehachapi has lost two...

  • New officer sworn in, two new sergeants pinned at Council meeting

    Pat Doody, staff writer|May 11, 2024

    The Tehachapi City Council meets on the first and third Monday of the month at 6 p.m. They are currently meeting at the Police Department Community Room, 220 W. C St....

  • Tehachapi's Wind Festival: let's go fly a kite

    C. Turner, staff writer|May 11, 2024

    Tehachapi celebrated the Wind Festival at Meadowbrook Park on April 20. "Old timers" may remember past wind festivals from many years ago. This year, the Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce and Tehachapi Valley Recreation and Park District brought it back. This event was inspired by parkgoers flying their kites and the value of the wind to our city. Vendors, food trucks and local businesses came out to showcase their products and services. Sim Sanitation donated kites to all the children...

  • New refuse rates, city projects approved by Council

    Pat Doody, staff writer|Apr 27, 2024

    Assistant City Manager Corey Costelloe held a public hearing before asking the City Council to approve the new refuse/recycling rates mandated by SB1383 and the organic recycling program to take effect on July 1. City Clerk Ashley Whitmore said that the city had received only 20 letters of protest and one letter of support for the measure. While the program began statewide on April 1, the city had received permission to defer the program to July 1. The proposed rate increase for residential cust...

  • National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, Autism Awareness Month

    Pat Doody, staff writer|Apr 27, 2024

    The Tehachapi City Council meets on the first and third Monday of the month at 6 p.m. They are currently meeting at the Police Department Community Room, 220 W. C St....

  • TPD Pickleball Courts grand opening, May 1

    Apr 27, 2024

    The City of Tehachapi is inviting the community to attend the grand opening and ribbon cutting of four new pickleball courts located in the Tehachapi Police Department parking lot. The ribbon cutting will be on Wednesday, May 1 at 11 a.m. at the Tehachapi Police Department located at 220 W. C St. The first 100 attendees of the event will receive giveaway items, including gifts from Selkirk Sport and Only Pickleball. The public is invited to try out the new courts alongside members of the...

  • Tehachapi: a desirable location for businesses of all sizes

    Corey Costelloe, Assistant City Manager for the City of Tehachapi|Apr 20, 2024

    The City of Tehachapi continues to be the premier economy in Kern County in which to invest, do business and seek a return on investment. From small to large businesses, the City of Tehachapi continues to thrive benefiting from our location, diverse surroundings, full time police force and a dedication to code enforcement and quality of life. The City of Tehachapi benefits from a geographic location that drives traffic from surrounding communities into our shops, service stations, small...

  • Planning Commission approves new 18 home development

    Sarah Mouchet, staff writer|Apr 13, 2024

    On March 8, the Tehachapi City Planning Commission held their regular monthly board meeting at which they brought to vote a special development request by K Hovnanian Homes, who is set to purchase and develop an 18-lot land parcel by Pinon and Fig streets. K Hovnanian Homes intends to build 18 more houses in the same style as their 52-lot development in Tehachapi Hills that are about 90% complete. Due to a rezoning on the land back in 2014, K Hovnanian requires special variances that must be...

  • Council approves advertising policy

    Pat Doody, staff writer|Apr 13, 2024

    At the April 1 City Council meeting, Assistant City Manager Corey Costelloe presented a new advertising policy for the city. Costelloe said the city was proposing a uniform advertising policy that would include promotions at the new Five-A-Side soccer field located in the new Valley Park, the public pickleball courts at the Tehachapi Police Department and the billboards at the airport along Highway 58. The new policies also included guidelines for expanded advertising offerings for events like...

  • Tehachapi Police officers promoted and hired, Employee of the Quarter

    Pat Doody, staff writer|Mar 30, 2024

    The Tehachapi City Council meets on the first and third Monday of the month at 6 p.m. They are currently meeting at the Police Department Community Room, 220 W. C St....

  • Hannah Chung joins City Council

    Pat Doody, staff writer|Mar 30, 2024

    The Tehachapi City Council welcomed their new District 5 representative, Hannah Chung, at the March 18 City Council meeting. After being sworn in, the council stood for a photo. From left are Jeanette Pauer, Mayor Pro-tem Joan Pogon-Cord, Chung and Phil Smith. Mayor Michael Davies was unable to attend the meeting. Chung is no stranger to city government as she was Finance Director for the City of Tehachapi for 20 years before retiring in January of 2022. It was Chung who began the legacy of...

  • What's Up in Bear Valley Springs?

    Linda Coverdale, contributing writer|Mar 16, 2024

    Our valley has lost two noteworthy members in the past few weeks. Eldon (Don) Kordes was well-known as a member of the CSD Board for a few years. He was also very talented as a woodcarver and donated pieces to the Tehachapi Heritage Museum. As a veteran, he will be interred at Bakersfield National Cemetery on April 3 at 10:45 a.m. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Tehachapi Heritage Museum at noon that day. Meanwhile, his carvings will be on display through the month of March at the museum. James Phillips Carmichael has also been lost...

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