Farmer’s Market moves to Ridgecrest Cinemas

Farmer’s Market moves to Ridgecrest Cinemas

Rebecca Neipp

The farmer’s market could return to the Indian Wells Valley as early as Saturday, Aug. 22, if the Ridgecrest Cinemas team can continue to recruit new vendors. On Aug. 2, Ridgecrest Farmer’s Market owners Michael and Tonya Schroeder posted on their Facebook page the key . . . Read Full Story >>

Walker tribute  unveiled near  Rainbow Canyon

Walker tribute unveiled near Rainbow Canyon

Rebecca Neipp

Just shy of the one-year anniversary of the crash that killed a Navy test pilot, officials from the military and the National Park Service completed a project to pay tribute to Lt. Cmdr. Charles Z. Walker near the site of his accident. On July 31, . . . Read Full Story >>

County cleanup draws support from Ridge Project

County cleanup draws support from Ridge Project

Rebecca Neipp

A last-minute campaign for a virtual cleanup around Kern County got a shot of local support when Gary Charlon, founder of “Ridge Project,” agreed to help engage the local network for participation. In past years, Kern County Public Works has organized large gatherings to target . . . Read Full Story >>

NAMI sets family training

The Kern County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will offer family-to-family education for those living with an individual suffering from chronic mental illness. The free course will be offered via zoom for eight weeks, with sessions from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesdays starting . . . Read Full Story >>

EKCRCD holds modified meeting

The Eastern Kern County Resource Conservation District has modified participation for its Aug. 11 meeting, and will maintain COVID-19 restrictions as long as they last. The regular meetings will be on the second Tuesday of each month at the Ridgecrest Field Office for the Bureau . . . Read Full Story >>

Salvation Army contributes to Hunger Free Campus

Salvation Army contributes to Hunger Free Campus

Salvation Army helps restock the barren shelves of Cerro Coso Community College’s “Hunger Free Campus pantry. “The donation will directly benefit college students in need,” said a CCCC spokesperson. The Salvation Army supplied fresh produce, canned goods and healthy frozen items to the program that . . . Read Full Story >>

Grocery store donates to RPD

Grocery store donates to RPD

Officers Laura Kenney, Briana Stangle and Det. Patrick Harlow of the Ridgecrest Police Department receive donations of disinfectant wipes from Albertons on North Norma St. “A big shout-out and even bigger thank you to Gina and Christina at Albertsons,” the department announced on Facebook. “Your . . . Read Full Story >>

Manzanar offers extended ‘virtual pilgrimage’

Manzanar offers extended ‘virtual pilgrimage’

Manzanar National Historic Site will join other National park Service sites and Japanese American Memorial Pilgrimages as a part of “Tadaima: A community Virtual Pilgrimage” held through Aug. 16. The program will run continuously for nine weeks, with new content provided daily. Access is free . . . Read Full Story >>

Quilt guild to meet Thursday via Zoom

The Hi Desert Quilt Guild will meet via Zoom Thursday, Aug. 6, at 6:30 p.m. Guest quilter Mel Beach will present a virtual “Dare to Dye” trunk show. Beach is a quilter-teacher-lecturer based in San Jose who adds a modern, textured, and colorful twist to . . . Read Full Story >>

Living with COVID

Living with COVID

Rebecca Neipp

As political and social division surrounding COVID continue to rend our community, our healthcare providers have lamented how members of the public did not see the trauma that privacy protections prohibit them from sharing. This week, the community at large got its first high-profile glimpse . . . Read Full Story >>

Beach Meadow trip is Aug. 1

Beach Meadow trip is Aug. 1

“Seriously — let’s head for the hills! The Kern Plateau Meadows are currently as lush as I’ve ever seen them,” said Janet Westbrook, Maturango Museum tour guide who continues to lead pandemic-modified field trips to nearby attractions. The next trip will be held Wednesday, Aug. . . . Read Full Story >>

High Desert Haven gets wild visit

High Desert Haven gets wild visit

Bracelet Margarita of the California Breakfast Burritos makes a morale-boosting visit to the residents of High Desert Haven. “They have been there many times and are always a welcome sight,” said a spokesperson. Pictured are Karin Usko and Renee Hatcher with Betty and Scotty Boyle. . . . Read Full Story >>

Stargazers treated  to rare sighting

Stargazers treated to rare sighting

Comet Neowise is visible over the northwestern horizon, just after sunset, for just a few more days before disappearing for the next 6,800 years into the outer reaches of our solar system. Neowise was discovered last March. At the beginning of the month, the comet . . . Read Full Story >>

NAMI sets family training

The Kern County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will offer family-to-family education for those living with an individual suffering from chronic mental illness. The free course will be offered via zoom for eight weeks, with sessions from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesdays starting . . . Read Full Story >>

A Bright New Comet is Visible from Ridgecrest

A Bright New Comet is Visible from Ridgecrest

Ralph Paonessa, China Lake Astronomical Society Original posting July 7, 2020 See original link at: http://www.chinalakeastro.org/ Blog/10/go-out-and-see-comet-neowise ———————— Go out and look for bright comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE). Look with the naked eye or binoculars, and try to see it’s beautiful tail. There is a . . . Read Full Story >>

Independence Day fireworks display held on base

Independence Day fireworks display held on base

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley will be treated to a fireworks display Saturday evening, July 4, at 9 p.m., Courtesy of Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake. While base access is still restricted, the display is open to anyone . . . Read Full Story >>

Desert Valleys gives 2021 fireworks campaign a boost

Desert Valleys gives 2021 fireworks campaign a boost

Rebecca Neipp

With the confluence of challenges presented by earthquakes and COVID-19, the Ridgecrest Lions Club announced that this year’s fireworks celebration would be deferred to next year. However, longtime champion of the event Steven Morgan noted that the organization and its supporters are channeling their efforts . . . Read Full Story >>

KCFD: ‘You light it, we write it’

KCFD: ‘You light it, we write it’

By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer Kern County Fire Department and Kern County Sheriff’s Office will once again team up this weekend to prevent the possession and use of illegal fireworks use, according to a press release. The sheriff’s office noted that it has . . . Read Full Story >>

Death Valley  reopens in phases

Death Valley reopens in phases

DEATH VALLEY — Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and state and local public health authorities, Death Valley National Park is increasing recreational access according to the park’s phased reopening plan. The National Park Service is working servicewide with . . . Read Full Story >>

RRH honors Dr. Ferguson

RRH honors Dr. Ferguson

The Ridgecrest Regional Hospital Board of Directors honors Dr. Earl Ferguson for his accomplishments and years of service with a new leaf on the RRH Foundation Tree of Life in his name. Pictured from left are Boardmember Dr. Lawrence Cosner, CEO James Suver, Ferguson and . . . Read Full Story >>