KZGN Open House

KZGN-TV?Owner Tom Wiknich (center) and Station Manager Fritz Frieberg (left) give residents an inside look at the studio during an open house last week. Staff and contributors will collaborate to produce a slate of original programming that focuses on local issues. The new station, which . . . Read Full Story >>

BHS grad makes national news on successful space project

BHS grad makes national news on successful space project

By JEANETTE FRANCIS News Review Correspondent Ridgecrest native Galen Hollins recently participated in a Jet Propulsion Laboratory project affiliated with NASA designed to transmit information from the International Space Station to earth. The project made news on Los Angeles station KCAL-9 during a successful demonstration . . . Read Full Story >>

Funding, consultant return on future agendas

Rebecca Neipp

Two items discussed during recent meetings of the Ridgecrest City Council will reappear on future agendas. On July 2 the council, by a 3-2 vote, approved some $2.45 million in funding to Pertexa, CalUAS, EH Group and WEDA for various projects that propose economic development . . . Read Full Story >>

Election season is officially open

Rebecca Neipp

With the opening of the candidate-filing period, election season has officially begun. Candidates in the races for Ridgecrest Mayor, Ridgecrest City Council, IWV Water District Board of Directors, Sierra Sands Unified School District Board of Education, IWV Airport Board of Directors and Community Service District . . . Read Full Story >>

City Council examines term limits

Rebecca Neipp

An examination of the newly imposed term limits for Ridgecrest City Council was among the topics of conversation at last week’s meeting, with City Attorney Keith Lemieux weighing in with a legal interpretation, and Mayor Dan Clark suggesting that new constraints for city leadership could . . . Read Full Story >>

College offers basketball camps

Cerro Coso Community College will offer two co-ed basketball camps this summer to help local youth improve shooting, ball-handling, decision-making, confidence, footwork and leadership skills. The first camp will be held July 14-18, and the second will be held July 18-Aug. 1. Both are open . . . Read Full Story >>

Library to host teen Lego Club

The Ridgecrest Branch Library invites local teens to sign up for its Lego Club event on Saturday, July 19, at 2 p.m. “Teens interested in attending this event are asked to sign up in advance due to limited space and supplies of free-build Legos,” said . . . Read Full Story >>

More VBS opportunities

Church of the Nazarene — “Weird Animals: Where Jesus’ Love is One of a Kind” will be held July 14-18, from 6- 8:30 p.m. and is open to K-5th grade. Call Greg Griffin at 760-375-4433 Calvary Chapel — “Son Treasure Island” will be held July . . . Read Full Story >>

Firecracker 4000 is Friday

The Over the Hill Track Club will host the annjualy July 4 Firecracker 4000. The fun run will start and finish south of Cerro Coso Community College. Signups start at 6:30 a.m., with the race starting at 7 a.m. The 4000-meter course includes a fast . . . Read Full Story >>

In the rearview mirror

In the rearview mirror

At right, members of the pioneering Carr and Pherson families are shown on the Carrs’ Inyokern ranch in 1946. At left are Vernon and Anabel Carr (two of our valley‘s first homesteaders) and Ann Phearson, postmistress at Little Lake. In the front are Norman Carr . . . Read Full Story >>

Servicemembers help out in the community

Servicemembers help out in the community

Sailors, Marines and their families spend Saturday with the congregation of the All?Faith Chapel, assembling patriotic care packages for the residents at Ridgecrest Healthcare Center. Senior Chief Brett Harley of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 31 helped oversee the community service project. Military and civilian . . . Read Full Story >>

Fireworks celebration gets big boost

Fireworks celebration gets big boost

The Ridgecrest Lions Club thanks two Platinum-level sponsors for their $1,000 contributions toward this weekend’s July 4th Community Fireworks Show. Above is the staff of Desert Valley Federal Credit Union. The community is invited to Friday’s celebration (see related story, Page 1). - Courtesy photo . . . Read Full Story >>

Correction

In a June 25 article titled, “FAA honors two aviation legends with Master Mechanic awards,” two facts were unintentionally omitted. In keeping with requirements for eligibility, Harold Jacob Wingfield and T.J. Porter both have a perfect lifetime safety record and have zero enforcement actions taken . . . Read Full Story >>

Commission to consider median art

The Ridgecrest Planning Commission invites the public to give input on a proposed median art project at a July 8, meeting at 6 p.m. in City Council Chambers. According to City Planner Matthew Alexander, the California Department of Transportation is expected to begin next spring . . . Read Full Story >>

Inyokern property owner granted continuance for dust abatement

Rebecca Neipp

Mike McGee, owner of an 80-acre parcel of land was granted a continuance June 24 by the Kern County Board of Supervisors, which acknowledged his progress in mitigating dust that encroached upon properties of the residents in the neighboring Black Mountain Estates. In 2013 a . . . Read Full Story >>

Mayor adds last-minute item to agenda

Rebecca Neipp

At press time, the News Review learned of a last-minute addendum for tonight’s meeting of the Ridgecrest City Council — a resolution to approve a contract with Justin O’Neill to provide special services to the council. When the item was originally aired for public discussion . . . Read Full Story >>

Fireworks, food, fun on the Fourth

Fireworks, food, fun on the Fourth

By CARL AUSTIN III, News Review Correspondent Desert Empire Fairgrounds and the Ridgecrest Lion’s Club are collaborating for a Fourth of July celebration that is bigger and better than ever. For two decades at the fairgrounds, the Lions have sponsored an elaborate fireworks display, which . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy to host barbecue

Rep. Kevin McCarthy has invited all residents of the Indian Wells Valley to an open house and thank-you barbecue next Tuesday, July 1, at Desert Empire Fairgrounds. “I am humbled and honored to have this new leadership position to give us a great voice as . . . Read Full Story >>

City to explore partially funding Pertexa, Cal UAS

The Ridgecrest City Council directed staff — after a grueling seven-hour meeting spent vetting the five applicants for some $1.35 million in economic development funding — to invite two candidates back to the negotiating table to see if terms can be met to partially fund . . . Read Full Story >>

John Ward honored on Tree of Life

John Ward honored on Tree of Life

Honoring John Ward’s 21 years on the corporate board of Ridgecrest Regional Hospital with a donation to the Tree of Life in his name are (from left) Jo Stauffer, Judith Ward, John Ward and Tamara Tilley. All are members of the Ridgecrest Regional Hospital Foundation. . . . Read Full Story >>