Navy museum moves into town

Navy museum moves into town

New modular buildings moved last week onto the?China Lake Museum’s new property east of the Maturango Museum. Watch coming editions for new developments! -- Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

College to screen ‘Fantastic Beasts’

College to screen ‘Fantastic Beasts’

Cerro Coso Community College will host a free screening of “Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them” on Thursday, July 27, at 8:15 p.m. in the Luis Miro Sculpture Garden. This spin-off of the Harry Potter franchise jumps back in time to explore the wizarding . . . Read Full Story >>

New film to screen at Manzanar

New film to screen at Manzanar

Shizuko Okazaki’s parents put her and her sister to bed in their Manzanar barracks the night of September 24, 1942. The next morning, the girls awoke to find their mother dead and their father taking his last breaths. Fred Okazaki had murdered his wife Frances . . . Read Full Story >>

Where are they now? -- Ala Tiatia

Where are they now? -- Ala Tiatia

Ala Tiatia (second left of center) made his debut at the Old Globe Theater in San Diego this summer in their production of “Guys and Dolls.” Tiatia was one of only eight residents of Southern California cast alongside the New York-based Broadway regulars — many . . . Read Full Story >>

Where are they now? -- Andy Konopak

Where are they now? -- Andy Konopak

Bob Cole Conservatory Chamber Choir, which includes Andy Konopak of Ridgecrest, celebrates another worldwide victory this summer by earning top honors at the Internationaler Chorwettberwerb in Spittal an der Drau, Austria. The Cal State Long Beach-based choir was the only American ensemble invited to compete . . . Read Full Story >>

Track club donates to Murray Cross Country

Track club donates to Murray Cross Country

Over The Hill Track Club Race Co-Director Jeff Andrus (center back) presents a check for $950 to Murray Middle School Cross Country Coach Rob Tomlinson. The donation is a portion of the proceeds from the Inyokern 10-Miler plus a matching donation from the OTHTC. The . . . Read Full Story >>

Local youth complete leadership seminar

Local youth complete leadership seminar

From left, Paige Bradford, Adele Anderson, Hayley Green, Bryce Amster and Hayley Weik, past and present students of Burroughs High School, attended the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Seminar June 15-18. The mission of the seminar is to inspire and develop a global community of youth . . . Read Full Story >>

Rotary gives to St. Michael’s food pantry

Rotary gives to St. Michael’s food pantry

The Rotary Club of China Lake donates $250 to the St. Michael’s Episcopalian Church Food Pantry. The Rev. Helen Harper (center) accepts the donation from her husband, Rotarian Barry Johnson, as well as Rotarian Mary Lundstrom. -- Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July!

The Lions gear up for this year’s fireworks display at the Desert Empire Fairgrounds. Pick up a copy of the paper to see our holiday greetings and feature articles on upcoming community celebrations in honor of Independence Day. -- Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

Lake Isabella visitors urged to be cautious

Lake Isabella visitors urged to be cautious

Rebecca Neipp

A public advisory has gone out again this summer for potentially harmful algal blooms in Kern waterways. “Yes, this is similar to last year,” said Kern County Public Health Services Public Relations Officer Michelle Corson, who issued a warning when the mysterious blue-green algae was . . . Read Full Story >>

Johnson wins Emmy for Erskine coverage

Johnson wins Emmy for Erskine coverage

Rebecca Neipp

While the marks of the Erskine fire are still heavily felt by the residents and responders to the most devastating blaze in Kern County history, the vivid reporting of David Johnson captured the scene for countless viewers to bear witness to their story. Almost exactly . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Actors on Writing’ program is July 6

The Thursday, July 6, Ridge Writers meeting will feature a panel of Master Mystery Productions actors, past and present, at 6:30 p.m. at Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church. The public is invited, and admission is free. “Striving for emotional connection with readers is so important,” said Donna . . . Read Full Story >>

Community Spotlight: Rebecca McCourt

Community Spotlight: Rebecca McCourt

By JAYME KINARD, News Review Correspondent For the last several weeks, we at the News Review have been shining a light on some the dedicated and talented residents who work behind the scenes to continue improving the safety of our country and the quality of . . . Read Full Story >>

Kern heat wave turns deadly

Kern heat wave turns deadly

Rebecca Neipp

Even as the Kern County Department of Public Health was pushing out information about extreme heat warnings from the National Weather Service, at least one death in the county has been attributed to insufficient protection from the heat. The Kern County Coroner’s office confirmed that . . . Read Full Story >>

Diversion plan holds as Isabella rises

Diversion plan holds as Isabella rises

Rebecca Neipp

A resurgence of water in Lake Isabella has been a welcome sight to many who have watched levels plummet during the last few years of California’s historic drought. But that abundance of water has been accompanied by expressions of water- and dam-related safety concerns from . . . Read Full Story >>

"The Lighthouse" opens on Balsam Street

"The Lighthouse" opens on Balsam Street

Supporters of “The Lighthouse,” formerly known as RiHop (Ridgecrest House of Prayer) hold a prayer walk down Balsam Street early Saturday morning as the group moves into its new location at the corner of Balsam Street and Ridgecrest Boulevard. -- Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

How to spot, prevent elder abuse

Rebecca Neipp

Throughout June advocates for senior citizens join our nation in a month-long observance of elder abuse awareness. Susan Bodner, head of the recently re-established Senior Services of the Indian Wells Valley, said that this is unfortunately a grave concern in our community. “Elder abuse is . . . Read Full Story >>

MatchBack preps for  July 1  launch

MatchBack preps for July 1 launch

With mounting enthusiasm generated through social media and a successful kickstarter campaign, MatchBack is eagerly anticipating the July 1 unveiling of a new marketing video and designs relating to a new local venture. Ridgecrest native Aaron Podell, a successful entrepreneur since 1999, is on the . . . Read Full Story >>

Classic movie experience returns

Classic movie experience returns

By TIMMY NEIPP II News Review Correspondent As we near the halfway point of the summer, the “Summer of Movie Magic” is in full swing at the Historic USO Building Hosted by Nick Rogers, the classic family movies are drawing crowds in search of low-cost . . . Read Full Story >>

Community Spotlight: Celese Sanders

Community Spotlight: Celese Sanders

By JAYME KINARD, News Review Correspondent Celese Sanders is the director of a local opera guild that performs in Death Valley, a mother of three, a successful small-business owner and a board member of the Ridgecrest Charter School. She has lived in Ridgecrest for the . . . Read Full Story >>