On the wings of a Superfortress

On the wings of a Superfortress

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer “Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.” — Leonardo Da Vinci Hundreds congregated last week to . . . Read Full Story >>

Fall Fair opens tonight

Fall Fair opens tonight

Rebecca Neipp

New attractions, returning favorites and an unparalleled concert lineup promise family fun during the Desert Empire Fairgrounds Fall Fair, returning Friday through Sunday, Oct. 18-20. DEF Executive Director Chip Holloway said that the popular event was originally scheduled to move forward on the theme “Family . . . Read Full Story >>

Drought- tolerant plant sale scheduled

The Eastern Kern County Resource Conservation District will hold a drought-tolerant plant sale Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Desert Empire Fairgrounds. Those who preordered can pick up plants from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Other shoppers will be allowed to peruse plants from 12:30-3:30 p.m. . . . Read Full Story >>

Sunset Campground opens for season

Sunset Campground opens for season

Sunset Campground in Death Valley National Park is now open, bringing the 10th of the park’s 12 sites back to operation. “Texas Springs Campground and Stovepipe Wells Campground will remain closed until sufficient temporary National Park Service employees can be hired to keep them maintained,” . . . Read Full Story >>

Wreaths Across America to return to Ridgecrest

The Panamint Springs Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution will bring the Wreaths Across America program back to Ridgecrest this year to lay wreaths on the graves of veterans at rest at Desert Memorial Park. A wreath may be sponsored by an individual, organization . . . Read Full Story >>

Thousands welcome Doc back to IYK

Thousands welcome Doc back to IYK

Rebecca Neipp

One of only two remaining flightworthy B-29s, and a former “celebrity” aircraft of the Indian Wells Valley, was welcomed by thousands of fans during a two-day stay at Inyokern Airport. The B-29 Superfortress, nicknamed “Doc,” was one of about 4,000 of that model built during . . . Read Full Story >>

Junior Livestock show, auction next week

Junior Livestock show, auction next week

By KELLY COSNER News Review Correspondent When the iconic Ferris wheel and Tilt-a-Whirl arrive and alter the familiar skyline at the Desert Empire Fairgrounds next week, so too will arrive the lesser-seen sheep, steers, pigs, goats and other familiar farm animals in preparation for the . . . Read Full Story >>

Cancer Center brings services home

Cancer Center brings services home

Rebecca Neipp

With the opening of the Cancer Center at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, those battling cancer can get the majority of their treatments without leaving the comfort and support systems of their home town. RRH CEO Jim Suver conducted a needs-assessment survey in our community in 2016. . . . Read Full Story >>

Cancer warrior practices power of positivity

Cancer warrior practices power of positivity

Rebecca Neipp

“Everyone says that attitude is everything when it comes to fighting cancer,” said Amanda Diaz, diagnosed at age 30 with breast cancer. “I have delved down deep, trying to understand how being positive can affect someone’s healing. Maybe it comes from a chemical released in . . . Read Full Story >>

Relay raises tens of thousands for cancer research

Relay raises tens of thousands for cancer research

Walkers at the Relay For Life – many of them dressed to fit the ’80s theme – kick off this year’s annual event which raises money to fight cancer. The fundraiser took place at Cerro Coso Community College where hundreds participated and raised almost $90,000 . . . Read Full Story >>

Police association goes pink for October

Police association goes pink for October

Rebecca Neipp

Building on a tradition started last year, the Police Employees Association of Ridgecrest will hold a fund-raising campaign in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness — this year benefitting 31-year-old Amanda Diaz. Last year the Ridgecrest Police Department kicked off its first campaign in honor of . . . Read Full Story >>

Open Studio Tour tickets now available

The Maturango Museum is selling tickets, in its store and online, for its annual Open Studio Tour, running Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 19-20, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. “The Open Studio Tour is a wonderful way to meet many of our local artists . . . Read Full Story >>

Emergency prep is topic at HSUMD

The Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert will discuss emergency preparedness at its Tuesday, Oct. 15, meeting at 7 p.m. at the Historic USO Building. Linda Harris and Daren Masten of So Cal Corporate Growth Partners will present the basics of preparedness and discuss . . . Read Full Story >>

Following faith in the fight against cancer

Following faith in the fight against cancer

Rebecca Neipp

“People who get cancer in their bones don’t usually get better,” said Julie Ertl. “I shouldn’t be here. Every doctor I talked to said I had a couple of months. That was two years ago.” Every woman’s fight against breast cancer is different. Because Ertl . . . Read Full Story >>

Rural health offers free screenings

Rebecca Neipp

As part of the annual observance, health- care providers across the nation are offering reduced-cost screenings as an added incentive for women to get tested for breast cancer. “We would never want someone to forego a screening because they can’t afford the cost,” said Michelle . . . Read Full Story >>

Fall Fair returns Oct. 18

Fall Fair returns Oct. 18

Rebecca Neipp

New attractions, returning favorites and an unparalleled concert lineup promise family fun during the Desert Empire Fairgrounds Fall Fair, returning Friday through Sunday, Oct. 18-20. DEF Executive Director Chip Holloway said that the popular event was originally scheduled to move forward on the theme “Family . . . Read Full Story >>

Ogas gets fourth ‘Life-Saver’ award

Ogas gets fourth ‘Life-Saver’ award

Rebecca Neipp

Between his swearing into the Ridgecrest Police Department as an officer on July 2018 and now, Michael Ogas’ decisive actions have saved the lives of four people. “I don’t know if this has ever happened in our department before — not with one officer in . . . Read Full Story >>

Relay for Life starts tomorrow

Relay for Life starts tomorrow

Hundreds of community members are anticipated to attend this year’s Relay For Life, which kicks off at 9 a.m. on Saturday at the Cerro Coso Community College track. The annual fundraising event is sponsored by the American Cancer Society and raises thousands of dollars each . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Doc’ scheduled to land at IYK Monday

‘Doc’ scheduled to land at IYK Monday

Rebecca Neipp

When a West Coast tour was announced for “Doc” — the B-29 Superfortress that sat for decades at China Lake, and was later restored by hundreds of volunteers before being shipped to its new owners in Wichita, Kan. — residents who had followed or contributed . . . Read Full Story >>

Poker Run supports the fight against breast cancer

The “Save the Ta Tas Poker Run” will be held Saturday, Oct. 12, beginning at 11 a.m. at Furys Sports Bar on Inyokern Road. After signing up, participants will head to the second stop at the Trona Elks Lodge, then on to the third stop . . . Read Full Story >>