Manzanar auto tour closes for chip seal

Manzanar auto tour closes for chip seal

MANZANAR NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE — Beginning Monday, April 6, portions of Manzanar’s one-mile frontage road and 3.2-mile auto tour road will be closed for chip sealing. The tour road will be closed for 24 hours while the frontage road and parking lot will have partial . . . Read Full Story >>

"Bear Hunting" season is upon us

"Bear Hunting" season is upon us

More than 30 bears were on display for neighborhood “Bear Hunt,” coordinated by resident Tami Piatt. The Richmond kindergarten teacher and mother is one of many locals who is participating in the latest trend in social-distance-friendly interaction. First she papered the homes on adjoining streets . . . Read Full Story >>

Rains bring wildflowers of every color

Rains bring wildflowers of every color

In an efforts to make up for Maturango Museum’s canceled wildflower exhibit, we are highlighting nature’s seasonal display. A year ago today, Short Canyon was blossoming in every color of the rainbow (pictured). According to Sherry Brubaker, one of the resident wildflower experts at Maturango, . . . Read Full Story >>

Focus on what’s important ...

Focus on what’s important ...

As thousands of residents “shelter in place” as part of the effort to slow a COVID-19 outbreak in the Indian Wells Valley, people – including someone who lives near this brick wall along Mahan Street — are finding unique ways to communicate humor and solidarity . . . Read Full Story >>

Square Print, Papa  Johns feed heroes

Square Print, Papa Johns feed heroes

Rebecca Neipp

“True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.” — Arthur Ashe The outbreak of COVID-19 brought a new class of heroes to the forefront of . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Feed Where There is Need’ takes off

‘Feed Where There is Need’ takes off

Rebecca Neipp

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s executive order for Californians in non-essential industries to stay at home meant that millions of wage-earners were left with financial uncertainty. “Our community is somewhat unique in that many people in our workforce will continue to receive paychecks,” said Bill Farris, proprietor . . . Read Full Story >>

Chalk your Walk!

Chalk your Walk!

Christina MacGregor and her daughter, Ariadne, sit next to lifelike drawing of Harry Potter on their family driveway. The mother of five, along with her children, drew pictures and wrote messages for their neighbors to enjoy as part of Crayola’s “Chalk the Walk” initiative — . . . Read Full Story >>

Many hands make light work

Many hands make light work

Debbie Benson cuts out 100 cloth masks to donate to caregivers of senior citizens, starting with those at High Desert Haven. “This started out as a conversation between me and my sisters,” she said. Social media posts began putting out requests for cloth masks that . . . Read Full Story >>

Death Valley amends operations again

Death Valley amends operations again

In response to the latest executive order from Gov. Gavin Newsom, Death Valley National Park is once again modifying its operations to support federal, state and local efforts to slow the spread of the COVID-19. The latest from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention . . . Read Full Story >>

HSUMD announces cancelations

The Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert announced that, for the safety of its patrons and volunteers, all events at the Historic USO Building will be canceled until May 15. Canceled events include Open Mic Night, Classic Movie Night, Concerts on Film, the monthly . . . Read Full Story >>

Textbook recommendations available for public inspection

Selected instructional materials being considered for adoption by the Sierra Sands Unified School District are available for public inspection. The instructional materials will support the subject area of Science for grades K-12. The recommended textbooks are the result of an extensive review process which involved . . . Read Full Story >>

Kern foundation provides relief

Kern foundation provides relief

The Kern Community Foundation has established a COVID-19 relief fund to provide aid to the region. The announcement came following the county’s declaration of an emergency in order to protect the most vulnerable residents and the potential impacts of the coronavirus epidemic. “One hundred percent . . . Read Full Story >>

Local realtors adapt practices to maintain ‘social distance’

Local realtors adapt practices to maintain ‘social distance’

The Ridgecrest Area Association of Realtors announced this week that members are putting new protocols in place in support of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s executive order to self-isolate in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19. “Realtors and our clients are an important part of a . . . Read Full Story >>

Mission Bank offers reprieve

Mission Bank offers reprieve

Mission Bank, which has a branch in Ridgecrest, announced this week modifications to its loan-payment program. “Temporary payment relief will be offered to borrowers in response to the widespread effects of the COVID-19 crisis,” said a spokesperson. Impacted customers will be able to defer payments . . . Read Full Story >>

Stores open early for seniors

Stores open early for seniors

In order to protect seniors during the coronavirus epidemic, local Stater Bros. (pictured) and Dollar General stores will open their doors at 7:45 a.m. to serve customers 65 and older. Albertsons on North Norma Street will open early from 7-9 a.m. — Photo by Laura . . . Read Full Story >>

Open air offers plenty of room for social distancing

Open air offers plenty of room for social distancing

Teachers from Monroe and Burroughs, along with their families, take advantage of a break in the cold weather to get some exercise on the walking path along College Heights Boulevard. While social-distancing protocols to inhibit spread of the coronavirus have invoked the closure of many . . . Read Full Story >>

"In like a lion ..."

"In like a lion ..."

March may have come in like a lion, but so far we haven’t seen evidence of the lamb yet. Cold, windy, rainy weather trends persist, and will likely continue for the foreseeable future, according to China Lake Weather Officer Tamera Walters. While most of our . . . Read Full Story >>

County libraries close

County libraries close

The Kern County Library, at the direction of the Kern County Administrative Office and Kern County Department of Public Health, in an effort to address the recommendations made by Governor Gavin Newsom and the State of California for COVID-19, will be making significant changes to . . . Read Full Story >>

Death Valley modifies operations

DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK — Death Valley National Park is announcing modifications to operations to implement the latest guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, and local and state authorities to promote social distancing. As of March 18, 2020, all visitor . . . Read Full Story >>

Manzanar  still recruiting for YCC

Manzanar still recruiting for YCC

Manzanar National Historic Site will sponsor an 8-week Youth Conservation Corps program this summer. Youths 15-18 are encouraged to apply, provided they do not reach their 19th birthday before July 31, 2020. YCC team members will work June 8, 2020, through July 31, 2020, earning . . . Read Full Story >>