Veterans address Democratic Club

Linda Saholt

Nick Coy, chair of the Veterans Advisory Council and co-organizer of the Ridgecrest Stand Down — coming in September — addressed the members of the High Desert Democratic Club during their meeting on Aug. 20. Coy is a Vietnam veteran and works at the Military . . . Read Full Story >>

Stars line up for Parade of 1000 Flags

Stars line up for Parade of 1000 Flags

As the Parade of 1000 Flags nears, military heroes, Navy leaders and elected officials are getting ready to join more than a thousand local flagbearers in paying tribute to the fallen of 9-11. What started more than a decade ago with the Ridgecrest Exchange Club’s . . . Read Full Story >>

Portions of RC Blvd still closed for repairs

Portions of RC Blvd still closed for repairs

While Ridgecrest Boulevard is closed between China Lake and Balsam for repairs on the street light, the segment between Balsam and Norma is closed to through traffic. City officials ask patrons to use alternate access points to businesses when possible. Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

Realtor: growth, water policies not in sync

During the public comment portion of the last meeting of the Ridgecrest City Council, local realtor Carole Vaughn suggested that the city consider whether its attempts to attract economic development were out of sync with its stance on solving the apparent water shortage. Vaughn said . . . Read Full Story >>

BMX enthusiasts want access to skate park

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer During the public comment portion of last week’s meeting of Ridgecrest City Council, several members of the community approached the stand to speak on the treatment of BMX bikers at the Ridgecrest skate park. According to local BMX . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Way Fire’ no longer a threat

‘Way Fire’ no longer a threat

Rebecca Neipp

After scorching some 4,000 acres over the course of the week — and triggering evacuations in the mountain communities of the Kern River Valley — the Way Fire has nearly reached containment and is no longer threatening homes, according to officials in the latest brush . . . Read Full Story >>

Lillys celebrate 40th anniversary

Lillys celebrate 40th anniversary

Chris Lilly and Vicki Fritchman Lilly celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary Aug. 9, 2014, followed by a week together at Lake Tahoe. Chris has been self-employed for 25 years as a plumber at PVC Plumbing and Mechanical and Cardinal Plumbing in Ridgecrest. He completed two . . . Read Full Story >>

Cheerleader to spend New Year in London

Cheerleader to spend New Year in London

Linda Saholt

Burroughs High School Senior Brooke Lester, 18, has been chosen as one of 500 cheerleaders in the nation to participate in the All American Team in the annual New Year’s Parade in London, England. “You will be cheering along with 10,000 other performers before a . . . Read Full Story >>

KZGN to host candidate forums

New local TV Station KZGN announced several candidate forums for local races in the coming election season. Forums will be moderated by Ridgecrest Talk co-hosts Al Huey and Robert Eierman. Each forum will last about an hour and a half and will allow candidates to . . . Read Full Story >>

Kern River Valley fire continues from Monday

Kern River Valley fire continues from Monday

Helicopter fights the Way Fire in Kern River Valley. The fire — which began Monday afternoon — had burned more than 3,000 acres and was at zero percent containment. Residents in portions of Kernville and Wofford Heights have been evacuated to Lake Isabella, where the . . . Read Full Story >>

Seymour tells of efforts to restore IYK air service

INYOKERN AIRPORT — “We have hurtled a huge milestone in pursuit of restoring commuter service at Inyokern Airport,” said Scott Seymour, general manager. After IYK lost commercial air service in November 2013, the airport hired Sixel Consulting to find another vendor to provide connecting flights . . . Read Full Story >>

City announces Ridgecrest Blvd. closure

A spokesperson for the city of Ridgecrest announced Monday that the portion of West Ridgecrest Boulevard between Balsam Street and China Lake Boulevard will be closed. Traffic will be detoured to Las Flores Avenue. The closure is a requirement of Caltrans, according to city officials. . . . Read Full Story >>

Parade reveals IWV community’s true colors

Parade reveals IWV community’s true colors

Ridgecrest will roll out with a splendor of red, white and blue Saturday, Sept. 6, as 1,000-plus flagbearers move through the streets carrying our national banner. “This is our seventh year putting on this spectacular patriotic event,” said Pat Farris, who coordinates the parade as . . . Read Full Story >>

City Council hires special consultant on 3-2 vote

Rebecca Neipp

The Ridgecrest City Council voted 3-2 at its Aug. 6 meeting to hire Justin O’Neill for special consulting services to the council. The item has been under discussion for several months and has been tabled for numerous reasons during that time. Public concerns included the . . . Read Full Story >>

Carter named to Measure L Committee

Rebecca Neipp

The Ridgecrest City Council appointed Robert Gould — a China Lake Rotarian and retired engineer — and Ron Carter — a former councilman and retired principal — to fill two vacancies on the Measure L Citizens Oversight Committee. After several failed attempts to pass a . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Manure Madness’ deeds available

‘Manure Madness’ deeds available

All the King’s Horses of Robison Ranch representatives will be selling “Manure Madness” deeds for $5 each in the second-annual fundraiser for children suffering from trauma or who have special needs. Each donor can purchase a randomized plot of land in the arena where winners . . . Read Full Story >>

HSUMD plans ‘poker run’ event

“The Indian Wells Valley boasts a rich history of motor-sports.  Legendary shops and gara-ges have built sweet rides of all types, and daring individuals or teams have raced them across the state and the country,” said a spokesperson for the Historical Society of the Upper . . . Read Full Story >>

Local son becomes admiral

Local son becomes admiral

By FREDRICK GARY HARELAND News Review Correspondent Among recent flag officer assignments was one that should resonate with valley residents: Capt. Steven L. Parode, selected for the rank of rear admiral (lower half), will be assigned as director of intelligence for the U.S. Strategic Command, . . . Read Full Story >>

Spice Symphony plans opening tomorrow

Spice Symphony chef and proprietor Negar Sultana told the News Review that, pending final inspections, the new Indian food restaurant on South China Lake Boulevard is set to open to the public on Thursday. “We had a lot of work to do to get everything . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Bike & Build’ cleans up fairgrounds

‘Bike & Build’ cleans up fairgrounds

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Desert Empire Fairgrounds were abuzz earlier this month as volunteers from the Bike & Build organization pitched in to clean up the grounds. Bike & Build is a nonprofit organization whose participants cycle across America and help . . . Read Full Story >>