Record-breaking snow falls on Thanksgiving

Record-breaking snow falls on Thanksgiving

Rebecca Neipp

Desert dwellers know that a White Christmas is an unlikely wonder. A White Thanksgiving, until this year, was pretty much assumed to be impossible. But last Thursday, as much as four inches of snow fell — and stuck! — on most parts of our valley. . . . Read Full Story >>

City Hall tree lighting is Saturday

City Hall tree lighting is Saturday

Christmas comes to City Hall with a tree-lighting ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 7. Once again, holiday festivities will begin at 4 p.m. with a Candy Cane Hunt, hosted by the Youth Advisory Committee. Volunteers will be on hand to present crafts, games, music and baked . . . Read Full Story >>

Santa’s Art Shop kicks off holidays

Santa’s Art Shop kicks off holidays

By REBECCA NEIPP, News Review Staff Writer As Black Friday fades into memory, scores of artisans and their hand-crafted gifts will converge this weekend when Santa’s Art Shop comes to the Desert Empire Fairgrounds. “When you step inside the fairgrounds, you are entering a Christmas . . . Read Full Story >>

‘I determined that I would never  forget … and I still haven’t’

‘I determined that I would never forget … and I still haven’t’

Rebecca Neipp

Traditionally the News Review has used the anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day to recount stories of the men (and women) who were serving their country on that fateful day. On this 78th anniversary of the event, even those who were just 18 years old during . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Lives of Service’ on  sale at local stores

‘Lives of Service’ on sale at local stores

Many years in the making, the new Ridge Writers book “Scenes from Lives of Service: Stories From Veterans Living in the Northern Mojave Desert” has just arrived and is on sale at Red Rock Books, Maturango Museum, and the Historical Society of the Upper Mojave . . . Read Full Story >>

Burros beat Palmdale Falcons

Burros beat Palmdale Falcons

Burroughs senior Toren Vice shoots past the Palmdale Falcons defense during the second Varsity Burros Basketball game of the season Friday, Nov. 22. The Burros won the nonconference game 52-46, bringing their overall record to one win, one loss. For more scores, statistics and schedules, . . . Read Full Story >>

Tiny house workshop set

Cerro Coso Community College will host an information session Thursday, Dec. 5, from 2-4 p.m. in the Lecture Center in anticipation of the upcoming Tiny House-Earthquake Shelter Workshop. The workshop, planned for February, will show those who are interested what’s possible and guide them through . . . Read Full Story >>

Landfill announces holiday closure

The Kern County Public Works Depart-ment accounced that all county landfill sites will be closed Nov. 28-29 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, Dec. 25 in observance of Christmas and Jan. 1 in observance of New Year’s Day. For regular facility hours of operation, see . . . Read Full Story >>

Late Jim Brown memorialized through RRH Foundation’s Tree of Life

Late Jim Brown memorialized through RRH Foundation’s Tree of Life

Jean Brown, front and center surrounded by her children and grandchildren, gather in honor of her late husband Jim Brown to make a donation in his memory to the Ridgecrest Regional Hospital Foundation’s Tree of Life. Over the past few years the foundation has assisted . . . Read Full Story >>

Thanksgiving sparks gratitude

Rebecca Neipp

As we enter into the season of thanksgiving, we solicited input from our community to reflect the stories of gratitude that arose out of our historic earthquake sequence. Following a 6.4-magnitude quake on July 4 and a 7.1 on July 5, the community rallied to . . . Read Full Story >>

More rains expected next week, potential for snow

More rains expected next week, potential for snow

Rain, accompanied by thunder and lighting, descends on the Indian Wells Valley Wednesday morning. According to China Lake Weather Officer Tamera Walters, the airfield logged only about .06 inch of precipitation, but weather stations around town reported as much as .2 inches. “In terms of . . . Read Full Story >>

CLMF celebration takes us back

CLMF celebration takes us back

Scores of attendees — many in the vibrant fashions of the celebrated era — came out to celebrate “China Lake in the 1960s,” hosted last week by the China Lake Museum Foundation. Guests were treated to music, refreshments, entertainment and stories of technological achievements from . . . Read Full Story >>

Hundreds compete in High Desert Classic

Hundreds compete in High Desert Classic

Cyclists in Pro, Expert and Sport classes compete in the Ridgecrest Desert Classic, hosted by High Sierra Cyclists Saturday. Hundreds of riders on three courses converged at Cerro Coso Community College to cycle through the nearby Rademacher Hills. — Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

Memory Lane ...

Memory Lane ...

Mary Kelley, Liz Seney and Ron Gondor cavort in the snow in winter 1949. This lighthearted moment of valley residents celebrating a rare snowfall was donated to the Maturango Museum by Mary (Kelley) Adler. (P.S. The 10-day weather forecast shows a chance of snow next . . . Read Full Story >>

Applicants sought for speaker contest

The Ridgecrest Lions Club will once again host its student speaker contest for grades 9-12. This year’s theme is “Homelessness in California: What is the Solution?” Students will present their speeches on Jan. 23 at 6 p.m. Winners from the local contest will advance to . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Santa to a Senior’ drive launches

The Ridgecrest Area Association of Realtors once again launches its “Santa to a Senior” drive, which collects gift donations for local seniors who are lonely, isolated or financially challenged this holiday season. Traditionally RAAR receives hundreds of requests for contributions for seniors at Bella Sera, . . . Read Full Story >>

Thompson’s death prompts look at history

Thompson’s death prompts look at history

By PATRICIA FARRIS News Review Publisher Memorial services for Robert Hoskins Thompson will be held today, Nov. 15, at 11 a.m. at Inyokern Methodist Church. He was last of the third generation of the pioneering family who founded Inyokern. His grandfather, Robert Richardson Thompson, and . . . Read Full Story >>

Community observes Veterans Day

Community observes Veterans Day

The Rev. James Dowd, chaplain of Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, addresses scores of attendees at the Monday Veterans Day program at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ship 4084. Dowd, during his keynote address, discussed the debt of gratitude owed by U.S. countrymen to . . . Read Full Story >>

Auxiliary seeks names of overseas troops for holiday packages

The American Legion Ladies Auxiliary is seeking names of servicemen and -women in service overseas who will not be home for the holidays. Auxiliary members will fill boxes with treats and comfort items. Anyone who would like to suggest recipients can send names to lkcapazzi@mchsi.com . . . Read Full Story >>

Death Valley announces fee-free days

Death Valley announces fee-free days

Death Valley National Park officials announced that visitors have five opportunities to see the natural attractions without paying the typical fee. “We are excited to see park visitors enjoy Death Valley National Park with reduced costs for their trip,” said Death Valley National Park Superintendent . . . Read Full Story >>