Breaking News: Yes, that Is Really Snow!

Yes, that Is Really Snow!

Pine Mountain (Monday, May 9, 2011 at 7 p.m.)—Yes, it is the day after Mother’s Day, and yes, this really is the fabled ‘Mother’s Day Snow’ of Pine Mountain—this year a day late, on May …

News of bin Laden’s Death Brings Mixed Responses

News of bin Laden's Death Brings Mixed Responses

By Patric Hedlund

A snapshot from the collective memory of this mountain was triggered by the announcement of Osama bin Laden’s death Sunday night, May 1. Nine and a half years earlier, on December 5, …

Bears Begin to Return

Bears Begin to Return

They’re Baaaack…

We were visited by this black bear Sunday and Monday, April 24-25. These photos were taken from our deck in Pine Mountain on Lassen Way. I gave a blast of a marine air …

Have You Joined The Great Tomato Survey Yet?

Have You Joined The Great Tomato Survey Yet?

Michelle Maga is taking a survey of local gardeners to discover what we can tell each other about our experiences  with common varieties of garden tomatoes in the Mountain Community area. Please click on

Teachers Rally to Help Bring Back 154 Students

Teachers Rally to Help Bring Back 154 Students

Knowing History of District’s Challenges Adds to Understanding of Current Struggle

By Patric Hedlund

To understand what is unique about the struggle facing El Tejon Unified School District, an understanding of events of the last …

Where the Trees Grow Sideways and the Sun Burns Bright

Where the Trees Grow Sideways and the Sun Burns Bright

Fairmont Called ‘Center of Renewable Energy Business’ As Council Considers Dumping Public Access Bylaws

By Patric Hedlund

“There are a lot of gunslingers in the west,” Nat Parker of Oregon-based Element Power told the Fairmont …

COMMUNITY CALENDAR: Upcoming & Ongoing

April and Ongoing

  • May’s Artists of the Month at Work of HeART Gallery are FMHS Art Students. (3011 Mt. Pinos Way, behind the Coffee Cantina 245-3548.)
  • Junior Falcons Football Club meets at Frazier Mountain …

News and Features

Taxpayers Boost Tejon Ranch To Healthy First Quarter

LEBEC (Friday, May 6, 2011)—It seems that conservation pays…very well. Tejon Ranch Company (traded on the New York Stock Exchange as TRC) reported revenue from operations for the first quarter of 2011 (to March 31) ...

Mothers Tell of Kids Killed by Drunk Drivers

Reported by Mitch Wood and Judy Cadman

Students encountered a horrifying scene at 7:30 a.m. Monday, May 2 as school buses pulled into Frazier Mountain High School.

A mangled SUV was tossed up onto the ...

331 Acre Fire On Tejon Ranch

Wildfire season opened with a 331 acre fire on Tejon Ranch about 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27. Kern County firefighters contained the grass fire that is reported to have begun east of Highway 223, ...

Mountain Chamber Says It Will ‘Revitalize’

By Rachel Unell, Michi Knight and Stacey Havener (MCCOC)

The Mountain Communities Chamber of Commerce (MCCOC) is undergoing a revitalization program and the board is excited about providing more value to our members. We are ...

Prom Has Been a Cliffhanger

By Patric Hedlund

As we go to press, the story behind the scenes about paying for the upcoming May 6 senior prom is still a cliffhanger.

Traditionally, the junior class at Frazier Mountain High School ...

Tempests, Tea Cups, And Big Issues in Local Election

Commentary by Patric Hedlund

Big issues are being debated in the midst of the Pine Mountain Club elections this year. Freedom of speech and the right to peacefully assemble—even to have dinner with one’s children ...