International Day offers global experience

“You might say the world will be coming to Ridgecrest,” said Matthew Alexander, one of the organizers for the third annual International Community Day celebration, scheduled for tonight, Sept. 14, at 5:30 p.m. in the Kerr McGee Center. “You won’t even need a ticket to . . . Read Full Story >>

Stand Down offers vets more support than ever

Stand Down offers vets more support than ever

Rebecca Neipp

With a week left to finalize participation, organizers of the sixth annual Ridgecrest Veterans Stand Down will offer more support and services than ever to veterans living in and around the Indian Wells Valley. The annual event brings together employers, service agencies and other resources . . . Read Full Story >>

RRH hosts forum on child abuse

RIDGECREST REGIONAL HOSPITAL — RRH recently held a community forum at the SpringHill Suites conference center to discuss the increase in reported child abuse — “a growing concern in the organization and the wider community that serious child abuse is on the rise in Ridgecrest,” . . . Read Full Story >>

Patients find a new way to fight back

Patients find a new way to fight back

Tera Moorehead (left) of Ridgecrest Regional Hospital and Sheena Temple (right) of High Desert Fitness show Mary Lise Trowsdale a new way to battle Parkinsons. Photo by Laura Austin ------ Ridgecrest Regional Hospital has devised a new way for people with Parkinson’s disease to “fight . . . Read Full Story >>

Hundreds attend Sept. 11 remembrance

Hundreds attend Sept. 11 remembrance

More than 1,000 flagbearers carrying the national colors to be planted at Freedom Park, where first responders and dignitaries (pictured) addressed a crowd of some 2,000. The week-long Remembrance Field, presented by Ridgecrest Exchange Club in partnership with NAWS?China Lake, culminated in a candlelight vigil . . . Read Full Story >>

Friends of Library to hold Fall Book Sale

The Friends of the Ridgecrest Branch Library will hold its annual Fall Book Sale the next two Saturdays, Sept. 15 and Sept. 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1301 N. Norma (in the Sierra Vista Center next to China Lake Baptist Church). Members . . . Read Full Story >>

Blessing of the Animals held Oct. 4

The annual Blessing of the Animals will be held Thursday, Oct. 4, at 5 p.m. in the grassy area of Grace Lutheran Church. Pastor Ralph Mueller of Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church, Father Townsend Waddil of Christ the King Anglican Church and Pastor Kristopher Madsen of Grace . . . Read Full Story >>

Prostate cancer survivors meet Sept. 17

The Prostate Cancer Survival Group will meet Monday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. in the Mechtenberg Conference Center of Ridgecrest Regional Hospital. The meeting will feature a panel of survivors speaking about their treatment and recovery involving a radical prostatectomy. Each panelist will also address . . . Read Full Story >>

Kerncrest to host rivers director

The Kerncrest Audubon Society will host a program by Steve Evans on Thursday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m. in the Maturango Museum. Evans is the Wild and Scenic Rivers Program Director for CalWild, or the California Wilderness Coalition. In that capacity, he has been involved . . . Read Full Story >>

Desert Valleys to host biz after hours

Desert Valleys Federal Credit Union will host the next Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours on Thursday, Sept. 20, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The event will offer community members a glimpse into its newest asset – the “Mobile Branch.” “A special reception will be held . . . Read Full Story >>

Children’s hour returns

The Children’s Hour returns to the Maturango Museum, with Docents presenting the next program Friday, Sept. 21, at 10:30 a.m. “Young children and their families can look forward to the monthly programs about our desert and mountain environments — the animals, plants, rocks, and perhaps . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Biker pastor’ to speak at revival

‘Biker pastor’ to speak at revival

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer “What do you have to lose?” said Wayne Cheselka, the ex-atheist “biker pastor” who will speak at the Ridgecrest Church of the Nazarene for its Revival Weekend beginning Friday, Sept. 14. Cheselka – a retired Sergeant of 20 . . . Read Full Story >>

Wine gala  tickets going fast

Wine gala tickets going fast

Tickets are still available for the “Evening Under the Stars … Making Dreams Come True” wine gala, to be held Saturday, Sept. 15, to raise funds for the Ridgecrest Regional Hospital Development Foundation. New Foundation Director Kim Metcalf said the organization still has a few . . . Read Full Story >>

Remembrance wall on display through Sept. 15

Remembrance wall on display through Sept. 15

Ridgecrest Police Officer Erik Hallmark finds Staff Sgt. Brian “Cody” Prosser on the “Remembering Our Fallen” exhibit, now on display at the Kerr McGee Center. Hallmark said that Prosser, a friend from his youth, was killed Dec. 5, 2001, by friendly fire in Afghanistan. The . . . Read Full Story >>

Clouds hint at storm, but fail to deliver

Clouds hint at storm, but fail to deliver

Storm clouds hovering over the Indian Wells Valley Tuesday night bring a little drama to the twilight sky, but leave little in the way of precipitation. According to China Lake Weather Forecaster Tamra Walters, the late-summer season for thunderstorms has been underwhelming. “It’s been an . . . Read Full Story >>

Candlelight Vigil on 9-11  honors fallen heroes

Candlelight Vigil on 9-11 honors fallen heroes

Rebecca Neipp

Residents participate in the annual Candlelight Vigil, held at dusk in Freedom Park on the anniversary of 9-11, in memory of the heroes who gave their lives that day for their countrymen — Photo by Laura Austin ------ On the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 11, . . . Read Full Story >>

Parade of 1000 Flags is Saturday

Parade of 1000 Flags is Saturday

Flagbearers join veterans, dignitaries and musicians for the annual Parade of 1000 Flags, which will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, departing from the Sierra Lanes Plaza — Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

RPD dispatcher Cathy Loren retires

RPD dispatcher Cathy Loren retires

Retiring Ridgecrest Police Department dispatcher Cathy Loren is honored by Jed McLaughlin during Wednesday’s Ridgecrest City Council Meeting. McLaughlin noted that Loren – also a concert pianist and multilinguist – was voted Employee of the Year by the department on two separate occasions and will . . . Read Full Story >>

RGA celebrates fifth anniversary

RGA celebrates fifth anniversary

Team RGA gets into the groove for a routine to Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal.” — Courtesy photo ------ Ridgecrest Gymnastics Academy will kick into high gear Saturday, Sept. 15, in observance of National Gymnastics Day. It’s the 20th anniversary of the observance and the fifth . . . Read Full Story >>

Next BHS game is Sept. 14

Next BHS game is Sept. 14

Burroughs High School varsity kicker in action during a kickoff against Palmdale Knight High School at the Aug. 31 home game. The Burros suffered a 6-28 loss, their third this season, against the Hawks. The Burros return for a home game against the Barstow Aztecs . . . Read Full Story >>