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 >>

Boy Scouts participate in Flag Day ceremony

Boy Scouts participate in Flag Day ceremony

Dakoda Deem of Boy Scout Troop 291 retires a flag during the Ridgecrest Elks Lodge’s annual Flad Day ceremony. -- Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

Awareness group calls city to action on increased drug addictions

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer “I am here because our youth are dying,” said Deborah Smith of Ridgecrest Addiction Awareness. “If you look out into this crowd, you will see pictures and faces of people who are impacted by drugs in this town.” . . . Read Full Story >>

Chamber honors business, community leaders

Chamber honors business, community leaders

Rebecca Neipp

Members and guests of the Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce honored community achievers and incoming leadership at its annual installation and awards ceremony, held Tuesday at SpringHill Suites. In addition to the routine swearing-in and recognitions, outgoing chair Janis Bottorff chose to bestow a seldom-appropriated Chairman’s . . . Read Full Story >>

 Father figure at home, on campus

Father figure at home, on campus

Rebecca Neipp

With an abundance of exemplary father figures in our community, it’s hard to narrow our focus to just one. In the hopes of unearthing some unsung gem from among those who interact with our children on a daily basis, we solicited input from Sierra Sands . . . Read Full Story >>

Veterans Advisory Council raising funds for Stand Down

Veterans Advisory Council raising funds for Stand Down

Michael Addison and Tracy Cooper volunteer during last weekend’s fund-raiser for the Ridgecerst Veterans Advisory Council, which is planning its annual Veterans Stand Down for September. Watch future editions for more details. -- Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

Library  offers fun  summer  activities

Library offers fun summer activities

By TIMMY NEIPP II News Review Correspondent Anyone who thinks that libraries are just a place to check out books may not have visited the Ridgecrest Branch Library very recently. According to Charissa Wagner, library associate, the local community resource center is a place to . . . Read Full Story >>

Kerr McGee Center transforms  into indoor playground for summer

Kerr McGee Center transforms into indoor playground for summer

By TIMMY NEIPP II News Review Correspondent The desert heat is picking up, and parents are scooting their kids into the Kerr-McGee Center to play in their summer playground while keeping out of the sun. Councilwoman Lindsey Stephens came up with the idea before she . . . Read Full Story >>

Lake Isabella reaches pre-drought levels

Lake Isabella reaches pre-drought levels

With an estimated 1 million acre feet of water rolling down the Southern Sierra Nevada this summer, the water in Lake Isabella has resurged to pre-drought levels — even with an active diversion plan underway by the Army Corps of Engineers. Watch next week’s edition . . . Read Full Story >>

Flag Day Observance: Richmond honors U.S. Colors — all year round

Flag Day Observance: Richmond honors U.S. Colors — all year round

By JAYME KINARD News Review Correspondent Each year, June 14 is set aside to honor Flag Day — a celebration of the Old Glory and its symbolism of independence and unity. At Richmond Elementary School, the students and staff members show their respect and commitment . . . Read Full Story >>

Don’t  forget  pool  safety  this summer!

Don’t forget pool safety this summer!

By TIMMY NEIPP II News Review Correspondent Now that school is out, and summer has finally arrived, many families are looking to beat the heat in the pool. However, officials offer the following reminders for keeping everyone safe and healthy on the deck and in . . . Read Full Story >>

Forest roads slow to open

SEQUOIA NATIONAL FOREST — The summer season is upon us in the Giant Sequoia National Monument and Sequoia National Forest. Many of the roads accessing popular trailheads and high mountain vistas are still closed due to hazards. Forest personnel are busy removing these hazards as equipment . . . Read Full Story >>

Maturango Museum offers fun,  educational opportunities this summer

Maturango Museum offers fun, educational opportunities this summer

By TIMMY NEIPP II, News Review Correspondent Maturango Museum has always been a favorite gathering place for local families, who add to the high volume of visiting traffic. But with school out of session, the museum is ramping up activities that cater to local residents. . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Senior Prom’ brings  together residents of all ages

‘Senior Prom’ brings together residents of all ages

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer “I’m ready to cut a rug,” said one of the residents of High Desert Haven, as she stood there in her elaborate prom dress, waiting for the band to start playing. Not all of the residents of the . . . Read Full Story >>