Democratic Club to host candidates

The Democratic Club of the High Desert will host some of the candidates for the City Council and Mayor races at its next meeting, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 20, at 10:30 a.m. at Charlie’s at the Clarion Inn. The guest speakers will include former councilmember . . . Read Full Story >>

RidgeProject auction raises funds, spirits

RidgeProject auction raises funds, spirits

The RidgeProject attracted a lively and giving crowd at its dinner-auction on Saturday night. According to Ann Charlon, one of the event organizers, about 160 attendees helped raise an estimated $22,000 toward the cause. RidgeProject volunteers host several community clean-up days each year, targeting blighted . . . Read Full Story >>

Vigil is tomorrow night

A somber observance of 9-11, and a ceremony to honor the memory of those who lost their lives on that day, and in the days following, will be held tomorrow, Sept. 11, at dusk at Freedom Park behind City Hall. The keynote speaker for the . . . Read Full Story >>

Painting the town  red, white and blue

Painting the town red, white and blue

Pictured are the military and civilian flagbearers who marched down China Lake Boulevard Sept. 6, ending up at Freedom Park for the Remembrance Field ceremony following the?Parade of 1000 Flags. Military and political dignitaries, along with bagpiper Chris Cooper (right) and the Burroughs High School . . . Read Full Story >>

BMX park in the works

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Youth Advisory Committee is working with the city to provide a new bike park to meet local BMX enthusiasts’ needs. Current rules restrict BMXers from using the local skatepark, and community members approached the city council for . . . Read Full Story >>

Drought brings exceptional changes

By JAMES SIMMONS News Review Correspondent Now termed “the 100-year drought” by some California water managers, the state’s epic dry period has sent reservoir storage volumes to historic lows, ruined recreation and agriculture enterprises and steamrolled some strong environmental groups’ leverage as new water supply . . . Read Full Story >>

Clark says group used his name illegally

Rebecca Neipp

The sight of Mayor Dan Clark’s name, and that of the city of Ridgecrest, on a letter to Gov. Jerry Brown supporting restrictive gun legislation created a tempest locally among those objecting to Clark taking a position allegedly out of step with many of his . . . Read Full Story >>

Veterans’ Stand Down coming

Linda Saholt

Veterans and those who support them will want to mark their calendars for Friday, Sept. 26, when the third annual Ridgecrest Veterans Stand Down will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kerr McGee Center, 100 W. California Ave. “A lot of vets . . . Read Full Story >>

Candlelight Vigil is Thursday, Sept. 11

Candlelight Vigil is Thursday, Sept. 11

The Remembrance Field observance culminates in a touching candlelight vigil on Thursday, Sept. 11, in memory of those who lost their lives in the attacks of 9-11. Photos by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

Community builders come together

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer RidgeProject, a community-minded organization that focuses on improving our city’s appearance and growing pride in its citizens, invites all local citizens to join friends and neighbors to help make our city a more beautiful place at the second . . . Read Full Story >>

Community colors run red, white and blue

Community colors run red, white and blue

A testament to the community’s deeply held sense of patriotism will be on dynamic display for this weekend’s Parade of 1000 Flags, part of the Ridgecrest Exchange Club’s Remembrance Field tribute to the fallen of 9-11. “More than 1,000 flagbearers are committed to march in . . . Read Full Story >>

Decorated hero to lead parade

Decorated hero to lead parade

By THERESA GOLDSTRAND News Review Correspondent Former Marine corporal Miguel Madrigal knows first-hand the cost of freedom. In 2010 he saved a fellow Marine while under fire in Afghanistan, survived an improvised explosive device blast, recovered from his injuries and completed his military obligation. His . . . Read Full Story >>

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 >>