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
Mon
34°
69°
Mon
69°/34°
Abundant sunshine. Highs in the upper 60s and lows in the mid 30s.

Chance of Rain: 0%

Sunrise: 06:43:38 AM

Sunset: 06:01:39 PM

Humidity: 34%

Wind: WNW @ 16mph

UV Index: 5 Moderate

Monday Night

Clear skies. Low 34F. Winds N at 10 to 15 mph.

Tue
26°
54°
Tue
54°/26°
Mainly sunny and windy. Highs in the mid 50s and lows in the mid 20s.

Chance of Rain: 0%

Sunrise: 06:42:30 AM

Sunset: 06:02:30 PM

Humidity: 21%

Wind: N @ 21mph

UV Index: 5 Moderate

Tuesday Night

A mostly clear sky. Low 26F. Winds N at 10 to 20 mph.

Wed
31°
53°
Wed
53°/31°
Abundant sunshine. Highs in the low 50s and lows in the low 30s.

Chance of Rain: 0%

Sunrise: 06:41:21 AM

Sunset: 06:03:20 PM

Humidity: 25%

Wind: SSE @ 6mph

UV Index: 6 High

Wednesday Night

Clear. Low 31F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.

Thu
36°
64°
Thu
64°/36°
Plenty of sun. Highs in the mid 60s and lows in the mid 30s.

Chance of Rain: 0%

Sunrise: 06:40:12 AM

Sunset: 06:04:10 PM

Humidity: 23%

Wind: ENE @ 7mph

UV Index: 6 High

Thursday Night

A few clouds from time to time. Low 36F. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph.

Fri
38°
66°
Fri
66°/38°
Times of sun and clouds. Highs in the mid 60s and lows in the upper 30s.

Chance of Rain: 0%

Sunrise: 06:39:01 AM

Sunset: 06:05 PM

Humidity: 21%

Wind: NE @ 7mph

UV Index: 5 Moderate

Friday Night

Mostly cloudy skies early will become partly cloudy late. Low 38F. Winds light and variable.

Sat
44°
71°
Sat
71°/44°
A few clouds. Highs in the low 70s and lows in the mid 40s.

Chance of Rain: 0%

Sunrise: 06:37:50 AM

Sunset: 06:05:50 PM

Humidity: 20%

Wind: SSE @ 12mph

UV Index: 6 High

Saturday Night

Clear skies. Low 44F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.

Sun
44°
73°
Sun
73°/44°
More sun than clouds. Highs in the low 70s and lows in the mid 40s.

Chance of Rain: 0%

Sunrise: 06:36:38 AM

Sunset: 06:06:39 PM

Humidity: 22%

Wind: SW @ 16mph

UV Index: 6 High

Sunday Night

A few clouds. Low 44F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph.