Easter weekend kicks off with communitywide Easter egg hunt

What could be a better way to kick off Easter weekend than creating or reliving memories during the Ridgecrest Community Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 19, at the Desert Empire Fairgrounds? More than 25,000 candy-filled plastic eggs are set to go with “hunts” divided . . . Read Full Story >>

Scouts continue museum enhancements

Linda Saholt

Eagle Scouts have been making big improvements recently at the Maturango Museum. The most recent such change came from Chandler McCauley, who chose as his Eagle Scout project relocating the museum’s flagpole to the new front of the building, and surrounding it with a nice . . . 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 >>

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 >>

‘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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

AV City of Hope to serve IWV

Because many cancer patients find it difficult to travel long distances for the care they need, City of Hope — in partnership with Antelope Valley Hospital — opened a full-service cancer center in Lancaster on Nov. 18. The brand-new City of Hope/ Antelope Valley Cancer . . . Read Full Story >>

Patin speaks on city recreation programs

Linda Saholt

Jason Patin, supervisor of the Ridgecrest Parks and Recreation Department, spoke recently at the Democratic Club meeting. “I care hugely about the children of this community,” said Patin. “I have always been involved with youth. I feel the former Parks and Recreation Department had the . . . 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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

Girl Scouts set up 5K dog-friendly run

Do you have a four-legged best friend that loves to run? Girl Scout Cadet Troop 56 members have organized a dog-friendly 5K run on Saturday, April 5, the “Me and My Dog 5K Charity Fun Walk/Run.” This is a fundraiser to help the Ridgecrest Animal . . . Read Full Story >>

“For the Love of the Children” Fashion Show

“For the Love of the Children” Fashion Show

A few of the models for the upcoming “For the Love of the Children” Fashion Show, set for April 12 at the Kerr McGee Center, 2-4 p.m., are, from left, Sebastian Lorenz, 17; Monica Lorenz; Stevanee Carmichael, 16; Aaron Nicholson and Yolanda Alexander. The Cherokee . . . Read Full Story >>

Tickets on sale for Autism Awareness auction, dinner

The second annual Evening for Autism Awareness will take place at the Maturango Room at SpringHill Suites April 12 and will include a live auction, hors d’oeuvres, no host bar and live musical entertainment. Doors will open at 6 p.m., and the auction will begin . . . Read Full Story >>

ELKS HONOR WWII VET

ELKS HONOR WWII VET

From left are Ridgecrest Elks Lodge #1913 Veterans’ Chairman and Past Exalted Ruler Sam Brown, World War II Veteran Jack Kirkpatrick and Exalted Ruler Ken Dalpiaz. Brown knew Kirkpatrick lives at High Desert Haven and was unable to attend the Veterans’ Stand Down last September. . . . Read Full Story >>

 Trona revisited, or how I made my ‘Tumbleweed Connection’

Trona revisited, or how I made my ‘Tumbleweed Connection’

By JAMES SIMMONS News Review Columnist It may have taken all 2,000 people in the Searles Valley to stage last weekend’s three-day extravaganza for Trona’s 100th birthday celebration. The event was so well planned and produced that if there were any breakdowns or dropped stitches, . . . Read Full Story >>

Children’s Hour welcomes spring

Children’s Hour welcomes spring

Isabelle Garcia colors her windsock during the March Children’s Hour at the Maturango Museum. The museum’s next Children’s Hour is set for Friday, April 4, at 10:30 a.m. The program “From Seeds to Sunflowers” will introduce children to the wonders of growing flowers. Preschoolers are . . . Read Full Story >>

Update on parking at CCCC

Linda Saholt

In last week’s issue of the News Review, a story appeared on changes in parking regulations at Cerro Coso Community College. Some of the information was obtained from an unauthorized source and was incorrect. Here is the corrected information: If you have been up to . . . Read Full Story >>