About Us

Radio Station KCHS took to the airwaves in Truth or Consequences (Hot Springs at that time) in 1946 with used transmitter and equipment.

It operated under a progression of owners until December, 1965, when it was purchased from Rex Tynes of Las Vegas, Nevada by the Bairdland Broadcasting Corporation with Neil R. Baird, Sr. as principal owner and manager, his wife Myrna, all the while by his side.

In March 1977 KCHS became the first AM station in the nation using no vacuum tubes in its equipment. An all-solid-state transmitter, recording devices and supporting equipment were installed to establish a landmark in commercial AM broadcasting using all-solid-state equipment during that time.

On March 2, 1967 the first issue of the Sierra County Sentinel was published by the Baird Family, under the Bairdland Broadcasting Corporation.

When first established, the Sierra County Sentinel published 1,000 copies weekly and continued to a circulation of 4,000 in 1979. Currently 4,500 copies are printed each week, and online subscriptions are also available.

The station operated under Baird ownership for more than 35 years. Neil passed away and Myrna remarried G. Patrick Kohs and the two operated the station under GPKMedia.com, which it remains today. Myrna passed away in 2011 and Pat has since retired. Daughter, Frances (Baird) Luna now carries on the family tradition and the station has since added FM simulcasting and on-line streaming. The station was once operated from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. and now runs 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, 365 days a year.

Since its beginning, the Sierra County Sentinel has strived to give its readers unbiased news coverage. On January 1, 2019 the Sentinel became Sierra County’s only newspaper, providing coverage in print and online.

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Day
Temp
Mon
35°
54°
Mon
54°/35°
Showers possible. Highs in the mid 50s and lows in the mid 30s.

Chance of Rain: 90%

Sunrise: 07:00:32 AM

Sunset: 05:01:59 PM

Humidity: 68%

Wind: SSW @ 9mph

UV Index: 1 Low

Monday Night

Rain showers this evening with clearing overnight. Low around 35F. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

Tue
32°
59°
Tue
59°/32°
Abundant sunshine. Highs in the upper 50s and lows in the low 30s.

Chance of Rain: 10%

Sunrise: 07:01:16 AM

Sunset: 05:02:09 PM

Humidity: 47%

Wind: ENE @ 5mph

UV Index: 3 Moderate

Tuesday Night

Clear to partly cloudy. Low 32F. Winds light and variable.

Wed
34°
55°
Wed
55°/34°
Mostly cloudy. Highs in the mid 50s and lows in the mid 30s.

Chance of Rain: 10%

Sunrise: 07:01:59 AM

Sunset: 05:02:21 PM

Humidity: 59%

Wind: SSE @ 7mph

UV Index: 2 Low

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy skies. Low 34F. Winds light and variable.

Thu
33°
57°
Thu
57°/33°
Mainly sunny. Highs in the upper 50s and lows in the low 30s.

Chance of Rain: 10%

Sunrise: 07:02:41 AM

Sunset: 05:02:34 PM

Humidity: 50%

Wind: NNE @ 6mph

UV Index: 3 Moderate

Thursday Night

Mostly clear skies. Low 33F. Winds light and variable.

Fri
36°
63°
Fri
63°/36°
Plenty of sun. Highs in the low 60s and lows in the mid 30s.

Chance of Rain: 0%

Sunrise: 07:03:21 AM

Sunset: 05:02:49 PM

Humidity: 44%

Wind: S @ 5mph

UV Index: 3 Moderate

Friday Night

Clear. Low 36F. Winds light and variable.

Sat
43°
66°
Sat
66°/43°
Sunshine. Highs in the mid 60s and lows in the low 40s.

Chance of Rain: 10%

Sunrise: 07:04:01 AM

Sunset: 05:03:06 PM

Humidity: 49%

Wind: SSW @ 7mph

UV Index: 3 Moderate

Saturday Night

A mostly clear sky. Low 43F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.

Sun
32°
61°
Sun
61°/32°
More sun than clouds. Highs in the low 60s and lows in the low 30s.

Chance of Rain: 0%

Sunrise: 07:04:40 AM

Sunset: 05:03:25 PM

Humidity: 44%

Wind: WSW @ 12mph

UV Index: 3 Moderate

Sunday Night

Mainly clear. Low 32F. Winds NNW at 5 to 10 mph.