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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

Papa John’s grand opening

Papa John’s grand opening

Hundreds waited in line for their chance to receive free pizza for a year at the Papa Johns grand opening on Saturday at 11 a.m. Each of the first 100 customers who purchased a large pizza at regular price will receive one free pizza every . . . Read Full Story >>

Supervisors host forum on meth abuse

Rebecca Neipp

A local coalition against methamphetamine abuse will gather at the Kern County Board of Supervisors’ Jan. 5 meeting for an informational forum on the impact of drug abuse in the county. The forum begins at 9 a.m. Members of Kern Stop Meth Now Coalition will . . . Read Full Story >>

Knights to serve free Christmas dinner

The Knights of Columbus, Father John Crowley Council, will serve its 21st annual free community dinner on Christmas Day from noon until 4 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall. The Knights invite “those who would be alone, in need, or who would just like . . . Read Full Story >>

Dog park grand opening

Eagle Scout Michael Hannafin (with scissors) cuts the ribbon at the grand opening of Ridgecrest’s new dog park with Supervisor Mick Gleason (to the right of the blade) and members of the Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce. The park is located at the northwestern end of . . . Read Full Story >>

Dr. David Ledesma, chiropractic sports physician

Dr. David Ledesma, chiropractic sports physician

Dr. David Ledesma opened his chiropractic practice here in Ridgecrest in 2012. Ledesma grew up between Trona and Ridgecrest and played sports at Burroughs High School and in college. “I have always been interested in sports medicine,” said Ledesma. “I’m pleased to be able to . . . Read Full Story >>

Stay healthy during the winter season

Posted on Sutter Health Mills-Peninsula Health Blog Sept. 16, 2014 The H1N1 pandemic in 2009-2010, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates, 60.8 million people got the flu, almost 275,000 were hospitalized and about 12,500 died from flu complications. While it’s hard to . . . Read Full Story >>

WACOM donates to women’s shelter pantry

WACOM donates to women’s shelter pantry

The WACOM Thursday Bridge Group shows off nonperishable food items members donated to help stock the pantry at the Women’s Center-High Desert. From left are Jeanne Scovotti (shelter director) and group members, Gwen Campbell, Sue Moulton, Carole Poppen, Ann McCubbin, Pat Kleinschmidt, Sondra Drake, Pat . . . Read Full Story >>

Rotary donates to Monroe Middle School

Rotary donates to Monroe Middle School

Members of the China Lake Rotary Club donate toner cartridges to the teachers, staff and students of James Monroe Middle School. “In the past few years, the district has been forced to significantly reduce spending in all areas — including funding for supplies for students . . . Read Full Story >>

Bakersfield Republican to speak Dec. 19

Ridgecrest Republican Women, Federated will hold its luncheon and installation of officers for the years 2015-16 on Friday, Dec. 19, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the banquet room of the Clarion Inn. “We are honored to have Dr. Dean Haddock, Chairman of the Kern . . . Read Full Story >>

Literacy Council to honor Joy Young

The Literacy Council of Indian Wells Valley will honor Joy Young’s lifetime of service to the volunteer organization during a Dec. 18 open house from 10 a.m. to noon in the Crossroads Community Church He-Brews room. “Ms. Young has worked tirelessly for more than 40 . . . 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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

Papa John’s offers free pizza for a year

Papa John’s Pizza will have its grand opening celebration this Saturday, Dec. 13, at 11 a.m. According to its Facebook page, the company is giving the first 100 in-store customers who order a large pizza at full price one free pizza every month for a . . . Read Full Story >>