Easter service correction

The News Review published incorrect times for the Church of the Nazarene’s Easter services. Sunday school will be at 9 a.m. with the Easter service at 10 a.m. April 20. There will be no evening service. . . . Read Full Story >>

County grants continuance for dust abatement

A pathway for resolution has been established for the 14-month conflict between homeowners of Black Mountain Estates in Inyokern and a developer who failed to prevent the sand and dust from his property from pouring down on his neighbors. The clash dates back to February . . . Read Full Story >>

Bill would expand China Lake holdings

Last week Rep. Kevin McCarthy introduced a resolution that would help expand land holdings and operations of the Naval Air Weapons Station at China Lake. According to a statement from McCarthy’s office, the proposed legislation would permanently withdraw the public land used by the base, . . . Read Full Story >>

Patin selected for parks and rec position

By JESSICA WESTON News Review Correspondent City Manager Dennis Speer has confirmed the selection of Jason Patin as recreation supervisor for the city of Ridgecrest. Although Patin was already acting as interim supervisor, his selection for the permanent position was not a foregone conclusion, according . . . Read Full Story >>

Cal UAS — the path forward

Rebecca Neipp

With a continuously changing political landscape that has altered the face of Cal UAS over the last several months, Eileen Shibley recently outlined how the effort has reinvented its organizational structure and mission to adapt to that environment. Chief among those developments is its new . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Not in Our Town’ movement gains momentum

Ann Cousineau

Organizers scrambled for additional chairs Friday afternoon to accommodate an unexpected number of people showing up for the second “Not in Our Town” meeting called by Kern County 1st District Supervisor Mick Gleason. The gathering brought together 36 church leaders and others interested in a . . . Read Full Story >>

Easter egg hunts this weekend

Easter egg hunts this weekend

Easter bunny to pay weekend visits to Ridgecrest — RCA?Church (see Page 6 for details) and Exchange Club of Ridgecrest (see Page 2 for details) will each be hosting community-wide Easter Egg hunts. Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

WHAT A WEEKEND!

WHAT A WEEKEND!

Josh Garcia, 8, uses a magnifying glass to study one of the hundreds of wildflower specimens on display Friday through Sunday at the Maturango Museum’s Wildflower Exhibit. His brother Tony, 5, waits his turn. For additional photographs of a weekend packed with events focused on . . . Read Full Story >>

Rare ’Blood Moon’ appearance

Rare ’Blood Moon’ appearance

A rare blood moon (shown in various phases, as seen from the Indian Wells Valley) captivates sky gazers in the wee hours of Tuesday morning. The total lunar eclipse peaked just after 1 a.m. for West Coast viewers. Tuesday’s eclipse was the first in the . . . Read Full Story >>

Council to discuss budget, fire services

By JESSICA WESTON News Review Correspondent Updated budget projections for FY 2013-14 and a resolution approving a service agreement for fire services are on tonight’s agenda for the Ridgecrest City Council meeting, 6 p.m. in City Council Chambers. Finance Director Rachelle McQuiston will present updated . . . Read Full Story >>

DEF — no fall fair this year?

Linda Saholt

The Desert Empire Fairgrounds is in serious financial difficulty. According to Mike Leming, DEF manager, there’s a 50-50 chance the Desert Empire Fair won’t be held this year. If there is a fair, it might be the last one. “This is going on our third . . . Read Full Story >>

RRH CEO discusses Affordable Care Act

Linda Saholt

More than seven million Americans have signed up for health plans under the Health Care Reform or Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”), according to an April 2 Internet story attributed to the Washington Post. Signed into law on March 23, 2010, the act . . . Read Full Story >>

Streets, parks come out as top goals

By Jessica Weston News Review Correspondent Implementing and funding the Pavement Management System and improving parks and sports facilities tied as the most popular goals for the city of Ridgecrest, at least according to 25 attendees in a straw poll as part of the strategic . . . Read Full Story >>

City survey still going on

By Jessica Weston, News Review Correspondent If you haven’t weighed in on Ridgecrest’s Strategy Survey for 2014, there’s still time. The 25-question survey by Vice Mayor Chip Holloway and Social Media Consultant Justin O’Neill is available at www.ridgecrest-ca.gov/government/strategy-survey-2014 and at www.surveymonkey.com/s/RidgecrestStrategySurvey2014. The survey is also . . . Read Full Story >>

Chip Yates Joins Shannon Grove at campaign fundraiser Thursday

BAKERSFIELD, CA -- Chip Yates, designer, builder, and pilot of the world’s fastest electric airplane will be the special guest at Assemblywoman Sannon Grove’s gala fundraiser Thursday evening, April 10 in Bakersfield. Shannon Grove stated, "I’m honored to have Chip Yates who is a local . . . Read Full Story >>

Follies "20th Century Fox Mambo"

Follies "20th Century Fox Mambo"

Debbie Corlett and company perform a lively rendition of the 20th Century Fox Mambo before one of the largest-ever audiences or the Community Unity Star Follies, presented by the Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce. Community leaders dressed up to dance and lip sync to a variety . . . Read Full Story >>

Wildflower Festival arrives

Wildflower Festival arrives

Remember how fragrant sand verbena used to carpet the desert at this time of year? You can still enjoy lush clusters of this beautiful desert plant (as pictured) just to the west of the Ridgecrest landfill. While you’re at it, visit the multiple wildflower-themed events . . . Read Full Story >>

Animal shelter charity run-walk

Animal shelter charity run-walk

Members and furry friends of Girl Scout Cadet Troop 56 participate in the “Me and My Dog 5K?Charity Fun Run-Walk” held last weekend to raise money for the Ridgecrest Animal Shelter. Information on the total funds raised will be reported in a future edition. Photo . . . Read Full Story >>

Council OKs company for utility audit

By Jessica Weston News Review Correspondent The Ridgecrest City Council voted last Wednesday to approve the selection of Utility Cost Management LLC to conduct a one-time utility usage and billings audit. City utility costs top $400,000 annually according to a staff report, and the audit . . . Read Full Story >>

Windstorm blows through IWV

Windstorm blows through IWV

Rebecca Neipp

High winds that pummeled the Indian Wells Valley last Wednesday left a brown fog hovering over the valley, closed major highways and caused some property damage. But officials report that early mobilization of law enforcement and volunteers helped avoid any major traffic accidents. “If you . . . Read Full Story >>