Democratic club will honor Ron Carter tomorrow

Democratic club will honor Ron Carter tomorrow

The High Desert Democratic Club will still hold its non-political annual Christmas Party 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20 at the Heritage Club House. The gathering will be in honor of the late Ron Carter. "It is with deep sorrow that we all morn the loss . . . Read Full Story >>

Drought relief bill stuck in Senate

Drought relief bill stuck in Senate

Rebecca Neipp

While the rain brings welcome relief to drought-afflicted California, local elected officials are expressing concern that without policy reform, the state will not be able to protect one of its dearest resources. At the heart of the political conflict are the tiny smelt that live . . . Read Full Story >>

Welcome rain breaks up dry spell

Rebecca Neipp

While politicos fight for drought relief at the federal level (see related story, this page), Mother Nature continued to sprinkle the equivalent of manna from heaven over the Indian Wells Valley. According to measurements taken at the China Lake airfield, Friday’s storm brought 21-hundreds of . . . Read Full Story >>

Salvation Army needs food, toy donations

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Salvation Army provided Thanksgiving dinners for more than 800 families this year, and it hasn’t slowed down with Christmas just around the corner. Workers at the Salvation Army are assembling food baskets and toy packages for 900 . . . Read Full Story >>

Businesses still adapting to boulevard

Businesses still adapting to boulevard

By CALEB STOTTLEMEYER News Review Correspondent Ridgecrest Boulevard, home to some of our town’s oldest businesses, has recently seen some major renovations which seem pleasing to the eye. However, many owners of businesses along the boulevard reported losing substantial business during the long period of . . . Read Full Story >>

School board swears in members

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer When the Sierra Sands Unified School District board met Thursday, Dec. 11, the latest members were sworn in. Incumbents Kurt Rockwell and Amy Castillo-Covert were welcomed back to the board as was former boardmember Tim Johnson. Bill Farris . . . Read Full Story >>

In-Shape employees save member’s life

In-Shape employees save member’s life

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Monday evening, Dec. 8, was business as usual for In-Shape regular Anthony Ferrini until he lost consciousness and went into cardiac arrest in the weight room. Thanks to the life-saving actions by several In-Shape employees and a fellow . . . Read Full Story >>

Stores cited in tobacco sting

On Saturday, Dec. 6, Kern County Public Health Services and the Ridgecrest Police Department conducted a tobacco sting operation of 37 local businesses as part of underage tobacco use prevention. According to police reports, officers successfully purchased tobacco from Drive Thru Dairy, Minit Shop, Ridgecrest . . . Read Full Story >>

Appointments, construction on agenda

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council meets tonight, 6 p.m. at City Hall. The council will discuss new appointments as well as multiple construction projects, both ongoing and new. Mayor Peggy Breeden is required to seat a new planning commission . . . Read Full Story >>

New content offered in monorail book

Just in time for holiday giving, a brand-new edition of “The Epsom Salts Monorail. The American Magnesium Company Monorail in San Bernardino County, Califor-nia,” by Archaeology Curator Alexander K. “Sandy” Rogers, arrives in the Maturango Museum Gift Shop this week. “Our Publications Committee is delighted . . . Read Full Story >>

China Lake expansion clears hurdle

Rebecca Neipp

A piece of legislation that would expand the borders of Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake was voted through the U.S. House of Representatives last week. The proposal transfers the defunct Cuddeback Gunnery Range to NAWS to “enhance existing test and evaluation operations and to . . . Read Full Story >>

City welcomes new councilmembers

City welcomes new councilmembers

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Mayor Peggy Breeden and Councilmembers Eddie B. Thomas and Michael Mower officially swore to support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of California as city leaders during last Wednesday’s meeting . . . Read Full Story >>

Juveniles arrested for motorcycle theft

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Three juvenile males, 17, 14 and 12, were arrested last week as suspects in last Thursday’s theft of three dirtbike motorcycles. Officers of the Ridgecrest Police Department were dispatched to Desert Sport Center on China Lake Boulevard where . . . Read Full Story >>

DCOA presents ‘Christmas in Ridgecrest’

The Desert Community Orches-tra will present its annual holiday concert, “A Christmas in Ridge-crest,” Saturday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. at the James Monroe Middle School gymnasium. The community is invited to come and enjoy popular holiday classics and traditional Christmas carols as well as . . . Read Full Story >>

House votes on drought relief

At press time the U.S. House of Representatives was scheduled to vote on legislation that would provide emergency relief to California to deal with impact from the drought. Bakersfield Republican Kevin McCarthy, recently re-voted in as the House majority leader, co-authored the bill to provide . . . Read Full Story >>

Murder attempted in Red Mountain

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Strather Eldon Wise, 46, of Red Mountain was arrested Nov. 30 for assault with a firearm and attempted murder in Red Mountain on Highway 395. According to police reports, the incident escalated from a civil dispute Wise had . . . Read Full Story >>

City Hall hosts Christmas tree-lighting

City Hall hosts Christmas tree-lighting

Children gleefully circle the community Christmas Tree outside City Hall shortly after the tree-lighting ceremony on Sunday. The event, hosted by newly seated Mayor Peggy Breeden, also included caroling and the unveiling of Christmas Tree Lane, featuring trees decorated by local service clubs. -- Photo . . . Read Full Story >>

Great Strides fundraiser ’resounding success’

Great Strides fundraiser ’resounding success’

Sandra and Joe Lana walk their daughter Melanie “Rose” during the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Great Strides walk last Saturday. The Lanas and the rest of the “Breathe 4 Melanie Rose” team came from Porterville to participate in the event. Event coordinators are calling the event . . . Read Full Story >>

Last week’s storm brings welcome rain

Last week’s storm brings welcome rain

Artistic view of a semitruck through a windshield depicts last week’s storm, which brought more than an inch of welcome rain to the Indian Wells Valley. According to officials in the China Lake Weather Office, that constitutes about a quarter of the valley’s average annual . . . Read Full Story >>

Dog Park opening ceremony is this week

Dog Park opening ceremony is this week

By SUSAN BURGESS News Review Correspondent They say every dog has its day. For local canines, that day is this Friday, Dec. 12, when Kern County’s first dog park officially opens with a brief ceremony. The celebratory event, scheduled for 10 a.m. in the northwest . . . Read Full Story >>