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.

Day
Temp
Sat
38°
61°
Sat
61°/38°
A few clouds. Lows overnight in the upper 30s.

Chance of Rain: 0%

Sunrise: 07:01:22 AM

Sunset: 07:27:13 PM

Humidity: 32%

Wind: NW @ 9mph

UV Index: 0 Low

Saturday Night

Mainly clear. Low 38F. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph.

Sun
42°
73°
Sun
73°/42°
Times of sun and clouds. Highs in the low 70s and lows in the low 40s.

Chance of Rain: 0%

Sunrise: 07:00:02 AM

Sunset: 07:27:56 PM

Humidity: 20%

Wind: S @ 18mph

UV Index: 8 Very High

Sunday Night

A mostly clear sky. Low 42F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph.

Mon
42°
73°
Mon
73°/42°
Sunshine. Highs in the low 70s and lows in the low 40s.

Chance of Rain: 0%

Sunrise: 06:58:42 AM

Sunset: 07:28:40 PM

Humidity: 19%

Wind: NW @ 15mph

UV Index: 8 Very High

Monday Night

Mostly clear. Low 42F. Winds NW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tue
54°
78°
Tue
78°/54°
Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 70s and lows in the mid 50s.

Chance of Rain: 0%

Sunrise: 06:57:22 AM

Sunset: 07:29:23 PM

Humidity: 20%

Wind: SSE @ 13mph

UV Index: 8 Very High

Tuesday Night

Considerable cloudiness. Low 54F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph.

Wed
54°
79°
Wed
79°/54°
Cloudy. Highs in the upper 70s and lows in the mid 50s.

Chance of Rain: 0%

Sunrise: 06:56:02 AM

Sunset: 07:30:07 PM

Humidity: 19%

Wind: SW @ 17mph

UV Index: 5 Moderate

Wednesday Night

A few clouds from time to time. Low 54F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.

Thu
50°
79°
Thu
79°/50°
Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 70s and lows in the low 50s.

Chance of Rain: 10%

Sunrise: 06:54:43 AM

Sunset: 07:30:50 PM

Humidity: 21%

Wind: SW @ 16mph

UV Index: 8 Very High

Thursday Night

Mostly clear skies. Low near 50F. Winds WNW at 10 to 20 mph.

Fri
50°
75°
Fri
75°/50°
Times of sun and clouds. Highs in the mid 70s and lows in the low 50s.

Chance of Rain: 10%

Sunrise: 06:53:24 AM

Sunset: 07:31:33 PM

Humidity: 31%

Wind: SSE @ 12mph

UV Index: 8 Very High

Friday Night

Clear skies. Low around 50F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph.