4,000 turn out for Toyota movie night

4,000 turn out for Toyota movie night

In the wake of earthquakes that shook nerves as well as structures, Toyota of Ridgecrest owners Fred and Janelle Etoch wanted to do something to raise the morale of the residents. After only a day to brainstorm and prepare, the resulting contributions and thousands who . . . Read Full Story >>

Desert Valleys continues earthquake relief through loans, donations

Desert Valleys continues earthquake relief through loans, donations

Rebecca Neipp

Desert Valleys Federal Credit Union has raised upwards of $10,000 in relief funds, issued more than 50 low-interest loans and taken multiple truckloads of much-needed donations to the Trona community following the 6.4- and 7.1-magnitude earthquakes that have left many in unliveable conditions. “Our first . . . Read Full Story >>

’Wonderful Company’ donates $10,000 to support Ridgecrest quake relief

’Wonderful Company’ donates $10,000 to support Ridgecrest quake relief

COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM, RIDGECREST — The Wonderful Company, a major Kern County employer, will donate $10,000 to the Indian Wells Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) to assist residents affected by last week’s earthquakes. This funding will be used to provide affected community members with . . . Read Full Story >>

Red Cross to the rescue!

Red Cross to the rescue!

Rebecca Neipp

The Red Cross is about to serve lunch to anyone impacted by the recent earthquakes. Volunteers cooked up a hot meal, courtesy of Salvation Army and the Murray Middle School kitchen, and are about to open the doors of the Kerr McGee Center to anyone . . . Read Full Story >>

DeAngelis says farewell to DART after 26 years

DeAngelis says farewell to DART after 26 years

Rebecca Neipp

After more than 26 years with Desert Area Resources and Training and 16 years as its leader, Virginia “Jinny” DeAngelis, Ph.D., is retiring July 1 as chief executive officer of DART. “I will miss the daily interactions with our clients and staff, and my work . . . Read Full Story >>

Sherman Pass Road reopens for summer

KERNVILLE RANGER DISTRICT — This winter’s welcome and vital snowpack has delayed the opening of some major forest recreation access roads and trails. One of those major access roads is the Sherman Pass Road on the Kern Plateau of the Sequoia National Forest. Sherman Pass . . . Read Full Story >>

Maturango: small museum, big impact

Maturango: small museum, big impact

By CHRISTINA MACGREGOR, News Review Correspondent Sometimes it’s the littlest gems that shine the brightest. The Maturango Museum was founded in 1962, and since then it has been a wonderful cultural and educational resource to Ridgecrest residents and those who visit the area. It showcases . . . Read Full Story >>

Burroughs Class of ’74 plans reunion

The Burroughs High School Class of 1974 are planning a 45th reunion celebration — open to members and friends of that graduating class — on Saturday, Aug. 10, at the Historic USO Building. The event will be held from 5-10 p.m., and will include a . . . Read Full Story >>

Pageant is generational tradition

Pageant is generational tradition

Rebecca Neipp

This year’s presentation of “Our Country ’Tis of Thee” — the annual Fourth of July pageant that tells the story of America’s history through catchy music, lively dances and colorful costumes — will return to its former venue, welcoming community members back to the Burroughs . . . Read Full Story >>

Fireworks celebration Saturday at fairgrounds

Fireworks celebration Saturday at fairgrounds

Rebecca Neipp

The Independence Day Remembrance Fireworks Show will be hosted tomorrow, June 29, at Desert Empire Fairgrounds. For decades, the annual Fourth of July fireworks celebration was a labor of love for the Ridgecrest Lions Club. Last year, members sadly announced that because of ballooning costs . . . Read Full Story >>

Navy museum open on Fourth of July

Navy museum open on Fourth of July

The China Lake Museum will be open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 4. Dr. Bob Smith will conduct free rocket demonstrations, and kids of all ages are invited to participate in a Bike Rodeo free of charge. Visitors can participate in a . . . Read Full Story >>

Rare weather observed Monday evening

Rare weather observed Monday evening

Rebecca Neipp

A weather outburst on Monday evening that kicked up massive amounts of sand and wind left locals wondering if Ridgecrest had just experienced a haboob — a violent, oppressive windstorm common in the desert. “A haboob is similar to what we experienced in terms of . . . Read Full Story >>

Fireworks and Entertainment Event is June 29

Fireworks and Entertainment Event is June 29

RIDGECREST LIONS CLUB — The Ridgecrest Lions Club, with assistance from Ridgecrest Shoutouts, has announced that the Independence Day Remembrance Fireworks show will return to the Desert Empire Fairgrounds June 29. Beginning at 3 p.m., local bands “Jade’s Trick,” “Throttle” and “Seeing Ravens” will be . . . Read Full Story >>

There and Back Again: a Mom’s Tale

There and Back Again: a Mom’s Tale

By CHRISTINA MACGREGOR, News Review Correspondent I have five children who are 8 months, 2, 4, 5, and 7 years old. On top of trying to juggle nap time, diaper changes, snacks, grocery shopping and the basics of being a mom, I also want to . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Duel in the Desert’ this weekend

‘Duel in the Desert’ this weekend

The Desert Empire Fairgrounds is once again hosting the “Duel in the Desert” motorcycle race Saturday, June 22, at 7:30 p.m. “This is one of the most exciting events we have, drawing riders from all over Southern California, the local area and even some ringers . . . Read Full Story >>

July 4th pageant set

July 4th pageant set

“Our Country ’Tis of Thee” will once again offer a patriotic kick-off to local Fourth of July celebrations, with a performance on Thursday, July 4, at 10 a.m. in the Burroughs High School Parker Performing Arts Center. The musical pageant, written by Ruth Roberts and . . . Read Full Story >>

Stevens celebrates 103rd

Stevens celebrates 103rd

Longtime local resident Jo Stevens celebrates her 103rd birthday with friends and staff of Cheryl’s Diner in Kernville on Monday, June 17. “Jo enjoyed her usual lunch of a Reuben sandwich, shoe-string fries and homemade pecan pie,” said Nancy Lewis. “We at Cheryl’s Diner have . . . Read Full Story >>

Beecroft awarded for Women’s Center service

Beecroft awarded for Women’s Center service

Carol Beecroft and Karen Stone of the Women’s Center are honored by Mayor Peggy Breeden and the city of Ridgecrest during a Ridgecrest City Council meeting last month. “Our community is a safer place having Carol Beecroft at the helm of the Women’s Center-High Desert,” . . . Read Full Story >>

Quilt Guild to hold Stitch-In

The Hi Desert Quilt Guild will hold a Stitch-In Saturday, July 20, in the Chapel of the Salvation Army. Doors open at 9 a.m. and members will stay until 2:30 p.m. Guild members Sara Campbell and Peggy Murphy will host the event for those who . . . Read Full Story >>

Library reps local authors

Library reps local authors

Ridgecrest Branch Librarian Charissa Wagner shows a display dedicated to books written by local authors. The works of 17 writers with local ties are available for anyone with a library card. Since they are not listed in the library’s electronic catalogue system, ask a librarian . . . Read Full Story >>