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
37°
50°
Tue
50°/37°
Showers possible. Highs in the low 50s and lows in the upper 30s.

Chance of Rain: 60%

Sunrise: 07:10:27 AM

Sunset: 05:29:56 PM

Humidity: 67%

Wind: S @ 9mph

UV Index: 2 Low

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy. Low 37F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Wed
36°
62°
Wed
62°/36°
Mix of sun and clouds. Highs in the low 60s and lows in the mid 30s.

Chance of Rain: 10%

Sunrise: 07:10:04 AM

Sunset: 05:30:53 PM

Humidity: 47%

Wind: NW @ 13mph

UV Index: 4 Moderate

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear. Low 36F. Winds NNW at 10 to 15 mph.

Thu
34°
59°
Thu
59°/34°
Sunshine. Highs in the upper 50s and lows in the mid 30s.

Chance of Rain: 0%

Sunrise: 07:09:39 AM

Sunset: 05:31:51 PM

Humidity: 40%

Wind: NE @ 7mph

UV Index: 4 Moderate

Thursday Night

A mostly clear sky. Low 34F. Winds light and variable.

Fri
36°
60°
Fri
60°/36°
A few clouds. Highs in the low 60s and lows in the mid 30s.

Chance of Rain: 10%

Sunrise: 07:09:12 AM

Sunset: 05:32:49 PM

Humidity: 43%

Wind: NE @ 5mph

UV Index: 4 Moderate

Friday Night

Partly cloudy. Low 36F. Winds light and variable.

Sat
35°
63°
Sat
63°/35°
Mix of sun and clouds. Highs in the low 60s and lows in the mid 30s.

Chance of Rain: 0%

Sunrise: 07:08:43 AM

Sunset: 05:33:46 PM

Humidity: 42%

Wind: NE @ 5mph

UV Index: 4 Moderate

Saturday Night

A mostly clear sky. Low around 35F. Winds light and variable.

Sun
38°
65°
Sun
65°/38°
More sun than clouds. Highs in the mid 60s and lows in the upper 30s.

Chance of Rain: 10%

Sunrise: 07:08:13 AM

Sunset: 05:34:44 PM

Humidity: 41%

Wind: ENE @ 5mph

UV Index: 4 Moderate

Sunday Night

A few clouds from time to time. Low 38F. Winds light and variable.

Mon
38°
67°
Mon
67°/38°
Sunshine. Highs in the upper 60s and lows in the upper 30s.

Chance of Rain: 0%

Sunrise: 07:07:42 AM

Sunset: 05:35:42 PM

Humidity: 36%

Wind: SW @ 9mph

UV Index: 4 Moderate

Monday Night

Clear skies. Low 38F. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph.