Runaway Big Rig Injures 11 On Grapevine

Runaway Big Rig Injures 11 On Grapevine

By Patric Hedlund with Katy Penland

A runaway big rig carrying corrosive hazardous materials on the northbound Grapevine section of Interstate 5 hit 10 passenger vehicles and sent 11 people to hospital at about 12:50 …

School Board Votes to Challenge State Law

By Gary Meyer

In December a new member was added to the 2009 El Tejon Unified School District Board of Trustees, but before the board changed composition, the 2008 board voted four to one at …

50 Students to a Classroom?

ETUSD May Have To Cut $300,000 More

Reported by Katy Penland and Patric Hedlund

Despite El Tejon Unified School District’s largely successful efforts to tighten its budget for several years in a row, ETUSD—like most …

COMMUNITY CALENDAR: Upcoming & Ongoing

Send Mountain Community events to

Thursday, Jan. 8

  • Congressman Kevin McCarthy mobile office hours 10-11 a.m. Family Resource Center, 3015 Mt. Pinos Way, Frazier Park. (661) 327-3611.
  • AARP meeting 12 p.m. Frazier …

Prevailing Winds: An Essay about the New(s) Year

Prevailing Winds

Commentary by Patric Hedlund

[First published in the January 2009 issue of The Mountain Pioneer]

Our nation—the entire global community of nations—went spinning off the tracks of an economic Magic Mountain roller …

News and Features

Pine Mountain Town Hall: Preparing For Wildfire

By Connie Baldin

On Friday, Jan. 9 from 7-9 p.m., in the Condor room, the Pine Mountain Town Hall meeting will explore “wildfire on the mountain and what is being done to prepare for it.”


Neighbors Question Cuddy Valley Camp Expansion Plans

By Patric Hedlund

Marco and Kim Bucio of Pine Mountain have sent their children to the pine-studded Bethel in the Hills Pentecostal summer camp in Cuddy Valley for a dozen years. Although the Pentecostal Fellowship ...

VA Awards $3.5 Million For National Cemetery

WASHINGTON—The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has awarded more than $2.8 million to develop the first phase of the Bakersfield National Cemetery in Arvin. Several members of the Frazier Park Chapter of Veterans of Foreign ...

New Law Protects Journalism Advisers

California’s adviser protection law went into effect January 1, 2009. It protects a school district employee from being “dismissed, suspended, disciplined, reassigned, transferred, or otherwise retaliated against” for solely acting to protect a pupil’s speech, ...