King’s dream rekindled on MLK Day

King’s dream rekindled on MLK Day

Rebecca Neipp

Pictured: Eddie Thomas IV delivers an impassioned speech on the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday. Also pictured is Melissa Coleman Constant, who helped organize the community event. — Photo by Laura Austin ------ "Let us all hope that the dark clouds of racial . . . Read Full Story >>

Rain, rain — don’t go away!

Rain, rain — don’t go away!

Pooling water on local roadways appears to be the only unwanted side effect of the downpour on Monday and Tuesday. Two days of abundant rain this week brought in .89 inches of precipitation — the normal allotment for a typical January. Tamera Walters from the . . . Read Full Story >>

Locals pursue dream of equality

Locals pursue dream of equality

Rebecca Neipp

“I like to believe the opportunities for racial equality are present, but too often ‘we’ as a nation don’t take advantage of them. Unfortunately, we continue as a culture to allow our race, our social economic status, our political and religious affiliations divide us as . . . Read Full Story >>

Memory Lane...

Memory Lane...

Mary Gonder (left), later Adler, issues the first-ever marriage license from Ridgecrest City Hall to Marilyn Clark and Jerry Gentry. — Photo circa 1963, courtesy of the Mary Adler collection . . . Read Full Story >>

Children’s Hour  to feature  mountain animals

Children’s Hour to feature mountain animals

“Our Mountain Animal Neighbors” is the topic of the next Children’s Hour, scheduled for Friday, Jan. 19, at 10:30 a.m. at the Maturango Museum. “The children will be introduced to many of the animals that live in the Sierra Nevada,” said a spokesperson. “Through stories . . . Read Full Story >>

Jan. 16 meeting showcases filmmaker

Jan. 16 meeting showcases filmmaker

By NICK ROGERS Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert The Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert will hold its first meeting of the New Year on Tuesday, Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Historic USO Building. The featured speaker will be documentarian . . . Read Full Story >>

Donate Life – our journey to the Rose Parade

Donate Life – our journey to the Rose Parade

By Cyndi Whitehead News Review Contributor Our journey started last summer when we applied for our son, Eddie Mason, to have a floragraph on the Donate Life’s Rose Parade float. We lost our son in June of2011 from a kidney disease, 20 days prior to . . . Read Full Story >>

  Baby  Ryleigh helps  ring in  New Year

Baby Ryleigh helps ring in New Year

Ridgecrest Regional Hospital’s first baby of 2018, Ryleigh Rose Root, is cuddled by parents Karen and Paul. Ryleigh was born at 5:34 a.m., New Years Day, at 5 pounds, 10 ounces and 19 inches, and is a welcome addition to the California City couple’s five . . . Read Full Story >>

National ‘Remembering Our Fallen’ memorial stops in Ridgecrest

National ‘Remembering Our Fallen’ memorial stops in Ridgecrest

Pictured: Patriot Guard Riders and emergency service vehicles escort the “Remembering Our Fallen” exhibit down China Lake Boulevard. The memorial will remain on display through Jan. 25. — Photo by Laura Austin ****** By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer “Some day soon, perhaps in . . . Read Full Story >>

’Day of Unity’ celebration is Jan. 15

’Day of Unity’ celebration is Jan. 15

The Ridgecrest community is invited to “A Day of Unity,” an annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration hosted by Victory Baptist Church. The event features speakers and performers who pay tribute to Dr. King and his monolithic contributions to the civil rights movement. The . . . Read Full Story >>

Local Boy Scouts honored for achieving Eagle rank

Local Boy Scouts honored for achieving Eagle rank

Kevin Wonnacott, who completed his Eagle Scout project on Aug. 4, was recognized in a Court of Honor on Dec. 27. A family history enthusiast, Kevin chose to clean headstones, take pictures of and geo-tag them and then extract the data from the pictures onto . . . Read Full Story >>

Local Boy Scouts honored for achieving Eagle rank

Local Boy Scouts honored for achieving Eagle rank

Mark Christopher Ahlin, who achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in late September, celebrated the achievement at his Dec. 30 Court of Honor. He chose to have a bone marrow donor drive with Be The Match in honor of his late grandfather who passed away . . . Read Full Story >>

Volunteers needed for senior tax help

The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, the nation’s largest volunteer-run tax preparation service, is seeking volunteers to assist seniors in the coming tax season. The service is open to low- to middle-income taxpayers 60 and older who are looking for help filing their 2017 income-tax forms. Volunteers . . . Read Full Story >>

WACOM announces events

WACOM has announced several upcoming events for January and February. On Tuesday, Jan. 9, the organization will host its monthly luncheon at 11 a.m. at Paradise Cove Community Center. The $15-per- person cost includes a soup-and-salad lunch, as well as entertainment by an Elvis impersonator. . . . Read Full Story >>

Tortoise Club to meet Jan. 8

The Ridgecrest Tortoise Club will kick off the New Year with a special program Monday, Jan. 8, by Heather Ponek of the Bakersfield Chapter of the California Turtle and Tortoise Club. She will present information on tortoise food, including things that are good to plant . . . Read Full Story >>

RVAC seeks help in bringing Vietnam Wall  to Ridgecrest

RVAC seeks help in bringing Vietnam Wall to Ridgecrest

The Ridgecrest Veterans Advisory Council wants to bring “The Moving Wall: A Vietnam Veterans Museum” to Ridgecrest. The traveling half-sized replica of the famed memorial is tentatively scheduled for display in our city from June 28 through July 2. The cost of bringing the memorial . . . Read Full Story >>

Chamber seeks input for community calendar

The Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce, working in conjunction with businesses and organizations including the IWV Economic Development Corporation and the Ridgecrest Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, is attempt to re-launch its community calendar. “This will be a community-wide events calendar for all the goings-on in . . . Read Full Story >>

Resolution Run is Jan. 1

Resolution Run is Jan. 1

The Over the Hill Track Club and the Pack Rats will co-host the annual Resolution Run on Monday, Jan. 1, starting at the dirt parking lot south of Cerro Coso Community College. Signups start at 8 a.m., with the start at 9 a.m. “The course . . . Read Full Story >>

Marrone promoted to Captain

Marrone promoted to Captain

Ryan Marrone of the Ridgecrest Police Department is “pinned” by his wife, Sherrie, while son Gaven and Chief Jed McLaughlin (background) look on. Capt. Marrone was promoted to his current rank as a host of family, friends and colleagues watched Tuesday evening at City Council . . . Read Full Story >>

So much to celebrate

— Brian Cosner, writer Lying in restless anticipation for hours, enjoying the sounds of singing and the company of my family, having the chance to get away for a while — the Christmas season means a lot of different things to me, and the things . . . Read Full Story >>