El Nino showers continue

El Nino showers continue

The Indian Wells Valley sees unseasonably cool, wet weather for spring. According to China Lake Weather Forecaster Tamera Walters, the cumulative rainfall for the month, so far, is about 1.17 inches — breaking records for at least the last 25 years. “The cooler weather and . . . Read Full Story >>

RRH recognizes employees of merit

RRH recognizes employees of merit

Ridgecrest Regional Hospital recognized employees nominated for the Meritorious Award at a dinner on May 16. “This is the most prestigious award we offer,” said James Suver, RRH CEO. “We are extremely proud of these individuals and the high-level dedication and service they bring to . . . Read Full Story >>

Summer lunch program continues

Summer lunch program continues

The Sierra Sands Unified School District Nutrition Department will once again offer a meal program over the summer. All students ages 18 and younger will be served lunch at no charge during the following times and locations: James Monroe Middle School cafeteria — Monday through . . . Read Full Story >>

Rogers Peak project assessment completed

Rogers Peak project assessment completed

DEATH VALLEY, CA – The National Park Service has completed an environmental assessment of proposed additions and modifications to telecommunications infrastructure on Rogers Peak in Death Valley National Park. Major requested additions are a cell tower and a military radome. Rogers Peak, elevation 9,990 feet, . . . Read Full Story >>

Land purchases help ‘piece together’ Death Valley

Land purchases help ‘piece together’ Death Valley

DEATH VALLEY — The National Park Service has purchased 680.8 acres of private land within Death Valley National Park’s borders. From salt flats to mountain tops, the lands are a stunning addition to the park’s cultural and geological history. “This fills in several holes in . . . Read Full Story >>

Memory Lane ...

Memory Lane ...

Civilian Conservation Corps Camp Inyokern in a photo taken sometime between 1939 and 1941. Black Mountain is barely visible in the background just to the left of center. The photo is by Howard Whitmore of Hollywood, who was a member of CCC Company 3223. Among . . . Read Full Story >>

Larry Fox — ‘can do’ in construction and photography

Larry Fox — ‘can do’ in construction and photography

By ELIZABETH BABCOCK, Ridge Writers Longterm Ridgecrest resident Larry Fox combined a can-do Seabee attitude and a love of photography to make memorable contributions to World War II and to this community. He was born in 1920 in Bennion, Utah. When he was 13, the . . . Read Full Story >>

Bees abuzz with pollinating prolonged blooms

Bees abuzz with pollinating prolonged blooms

One of hundreds of bees gathers pollen from a Mesquite tree on the west end of the Indian Wells Valley — whose unseasonably heavy spring rains appear to be prolonging the blooms on local plants — Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

Ann Alpers — language skills essential to WWII

Ann Alpers — language skills essential to WWII

By ANDREW SOUND, Ridge Writers When the United States entered World War II, Anne Sheffer was a young teacher in Pennsylvania. Creation of the WAVES gave her the chance to serve her country by joining the Navy. She had a degree in French, so an . . . Read Full Story >>

Peace Corps takes Whiteley to Kosovo

Peace Corps takes Whiteley to Kosovo

Stephanee Whiteley of Ridgecrest has been accepted into the Peace Corps, and will depart for Kosovo on May 25 to begin training as an education volunteer. Whiteley is the daughter of Michele and Carl Whiteley of Ridgecrest and a graduate of Burroughs High School. She . . . Read Full Story >>

Transport plane moves to new China Lake Museum home

Transport plane moves to new China Lake Museum home

China Lake Museum volunteers, assisted by Teresa’s Auto Body, China Lake Police Department and Ridgecrest Police Department, help move a T39D transport plane off base. The plane will join other aircraft on display at the museum’s new location on Las Flores Avenue, just east of . . . Read Full Story >>

Buzz Covington – when he talks, G.I. Joe listens

Buzz Covington – when he talks, G.I. Joe listens

By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL, Ridge Writers “Action!” called the director of the Paramount Pictures blockbuster GI. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, but not before Chief Warrant Officer John R. “Buzz” Covington had seen plenty of it in his own right. After graduating from Burroughs High . . . Read Full Story >>

Dr. Jones reflects on practicing medicine in the Third World

Dr. Jones reflects on practicing medicine in the Third World

Rebecca Neipp

A decade into his third “career” in medicine, Dr. Robert Jones shared with Ridgecrest Exchange Club his surgical experiences in the Third World. “I’ll take you on a brief tour of where I’ve gone, what I’ve done, what I’ve seen — and hopefully you’ll enjoy . . . Read Full Story >>

Denny Kline – the write stuff

Denny Kline – the write stuff

By DENNIS KLINE, Ridge Writers As soon as I turned 17, I “joined the Navy to see the world.” The military draft was still active and President Eisenhower had declared that every male American owed service to his country. Following graduation from high school, I . . . Read Full Story >>

American Legion to host Memorial Day services

American Legion to host Memorial Day services

American Legion Riders stand at attention during last year’s Memorial Day services. The annual observance will be held this year on Monday, May 27, at 10 a.m. at Desert Memorial Park. The American Legion Post 684 will once again host the event, as well as . . . Read Full Story >>

Academy spotlights Jacob Haw

Academy spotlights Jacob Haw

Former resident Jacob Haw, son of Johnny and Maida Haw of Ridgecrest, was recently featured in a periodical for the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Following his graduation from Burroughs High School, Jacob Haw was accepted into the Operations Research and Computer Analysis program at the . . . Read Full Story >>

China Lake Museum auction is tomorrow

China Lake Museum auction is tomorrow

Rebecca Neipp

The China Lake Museum Foundation hopes to get a boost for Phase II construction funding during its annual fund-raising dinner-auction, held tomorrow, May 11, at 4:30 p.m. in the Kerr McGee Center. “Usually we use the proceeds from the auction for operational costs, but this . . . Read Full Story >>

National Poppy Day is May 24

National Poppy Day is May 24

Members of the Ridgecrest City Council (background) honor LuAnne Capazzi (left front) of the American Legion Auxiliary and this year’s “Miss Poppy” Hollie Woodstock (right front) in recognition of May 24 as National Poppy Day. “Poppies symbolize the sacrifice of our United States service members . . . Read Full Story >>

Smith reflects on mothering, mentoring

Smith reflects on mothering, mentoring

Rebecca Neipp

Welsh poet George Herbert said that “One good mother is worth a hundred schoolmasters.” But for some women, their life’s work is an intertwining of the two roles. With two grown children, and a 39-year career in education coming to a close at the end . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Ride of Silence’ is next Wednesday

‘Ride of Silence’ is next Wednesday

Rebecca Neipp

Scores of cyclists will conduct a quiet processional through arterial streets in Ridgecrest on Wednesday, May 15, in observance of the worldwide Ride of Silence. The High Sierra Cyclists are sponsoring the local event to raise awareness of cyclist rights on public roadways, while honoring . . . Read Full Story >>