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
Tue
45°
75°
Tue
75°/45°
Sunshine. Highs in the mid 70s and lows in the mid 40s.

Chance of Rain: 0%

Sunrise: 07:18:58 AM

Sunset: 06:27:29 PM

Humidity: 13%

Wind: SE @ 7mph

UV Index: 6 High

Tuesday Night

A clear sky. Low near 45F. Winds light and variable.

Wed
46°
79°
Wed
79°/46°
Sunshine. Highs in the upper 70s and lows in the mid 40s.

Chance of Rain: 0%

Sunrise: 07:19:47 AM

Sunset: 06:26:24 PM

Humidity: 23%

Wind: E @ 7mph

UV Index: 6 High

Wednesday Night

A mostly clear sky. Low 46F. Winds NNW at 5 to 10 mph.

Thu
36°
67°
Thu
67°/36°
Sunny. Highs in the upper 60s and lows in the mid 30s.

Chance of Rain: 10%

Sunrise: 07:20:37 AM

Sunset: 06:25:19 PM

Humidity: 27%

Wind: NNE @ 19mph

UV Index: 6 High

Thursday Night

Clear skies. Low 36F. Winds NNE at 15 to 25 mph.

Fri
36°
59°
Fri
59°/36°
More sun than clouds. Highs in the upper 50s and lows in the mid 30s.

Chance of Rain: 20%

Sunrise: 07:21:26 AM

Sunset: 06:24:16 PM

Humidity: 36%

Wind: NNE @ 11mph

UV Index: 6 High

Friday Night

Mainly clear. Low 36F. Winds NNW at 5 to 10 mph.

Sat
40°
71°
Sat
71°/40°
Sunshine. Highs in the low 70s and lows in the low 40s.

Chance of Rain: 10%

Sunrise: 07:22:16 AM

Sunset: 06:23:13 PM

Humidity: 31%

Wind: S @ 10mph

UV Index: 6 High

Saturday Night

Clear. Low around 40F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.

Sun
44°
78°
Sun
78°/44°
Mainly sunny. Highs in the upper 70s and lows in the mid 40s.

Chance of Rain: 0%

Sunrise: 07:23:07 AM

Sunset: 06:22:12 PM

Humidity: 25%

Wind: SSW @ 11mph

UV Index: 5 Moderate

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy skies. Low 44F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph.

Mon
42°
68°
Mon
68°/42°
Plenty of sun. Highs in the upper 60s and lows in the low 40s.

Chance of Rain: 0%

Sunrise: 07:23:58 AM

Sunset: 06:21:12 PM

Humidity: 30%

Wind: SSW @ 12mph

UV Index: 5 Moderate

Monday Night

Clear skies. Low 42F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.