District plans for continued growth

District plans for continued growth

Rebecca Neipp

As the chapter closed on 2017, leaders in local government, education, health care and economic development reflected on the successes and defeats of the past year while identifying challenges and opportunities of the coming year. Watch for future installments of this series during the month . . . Read Full Story >>

Grant Vigneault accepted into Naval Academy

Grant Vigneault accepted into Naval Academy

Rebecca Neipp

Out of the millions of American students on track to commence out of high school this spring, just more than 1,100 will follow up with a collegiate-level education at the U.S. Naval Academy. Among that exclusive few is Burroughs High School Senior Grant Vigneault. “Appointments . . . Read Full Story >>

Lions Club to host student speaker contest Jan. 16

Lions Club to host student speaker contest Jan. 16

The Ridgecrest Lions Club invites local students to join their California peers in the 81st annual Student Speakers Contest. This year’s topic is “Integrity and Civility Play What Role in Today’s Society?” Each speech should be expository (persuasive) on a subject related to the topic . . . Read Full Story >>

BHS secures spot at state robotics competition

BHS secures spot at state robotics competition

Pictured: 7422H members with their robot and latest VEX trophy. — Courtesy photo ****** By EMILY ARALAR Burroughs High School Correspondent Competing at the VEX Robotics finals on Dec. 16 at Sultana High School, the Robotic Burros advanced to secure their spot at state-level competition. . . . Read Full Story >>

Cerro Coso offers ‘crime and society’

CERRO COSO COMMUNITY COLLEGE — Ever wonder why people commit crimes? What really is crime? Are crime rates increasing or decreasing? And why? These and many more questions will be explored in a new sociology class being offered by Cerro Coso Community College this spring. . . . Read Full Story >>

Friedman earns distinction at academy

Rebecca Neipp

A local freshman at the Army and Navy Academy in Carlsbad recently earned distinction by making honor roll, and bringing home a trophy from the Rookies Drill Meet. Adam Friedman and several of his fellow cadets traveled Dec. 2 to a meet at Katella High . . . Read Full Story >>

Pink Ladies award nursing students with scholarships

Pink Ladies award nursing students with scholarships

Barbara Martin (center) is surrounded by nursing students who were recently awarded scholarships by the Ridgecrest Regional Hospital Pink Ladies Auxiliary. The Pink Ladies award $500 scholarships to select students seeking careers in nursing. Recipients include Alfie J. Mullins, Kourtney Pott, Kara Olson, Kimberly Tanner, . . . Read Full Story >>

Cracraft signs on with Mesa University

Cracraft signs on with Mesa University

Rebecca Neipp

Pictured: Chase Cracraft (center) signs a letter of intent with Colorado Mesa University. He is flanked by his parents, Lori and Richard, as well as (from left) Coaches Mike Lara, John Bradley and Kevin Martin. -- Photo by Rebecca Neipp ***** Scores of teachers, friends, . . . Read Full Story >>

AAUW to meet Nov. 18

The American Association of University Women will meet Saturday, Nov. 18, at 11:30 a.m. at Grape Leaf Restaurant. After lunch Ridgecrest Regional Hospital CEO Jim Suver will discuss the expansion of services at the hospital, as well as the many support programs offered to seniors . . . Read Full Story >>

District pursues $500K STEAM grant, with revisions

District pursues $500K STEAM grant, with revisions

Rebecca Neipp

Following an outpouring of community input into a grant that would enhance science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics education at the middle-school level, the Sierra Sands Unified School District will present a revised version of its grant application to the Department of Defense Education Activities . . . Read Full Story >>

BHS Band receives $1,500 from Elks

BHS Band receives $1,500 from Elks

Burroughs High School Marching Band Drum Major Katie Johnson (pictured with Director Mark Hatter and the band) accepts a check for $1,500 from Elks Exalted Ruler Robert Anderson. The BHS Music Boosters have been raising money to send the band, choir and orchestra to Hawaii . . . Read Full Story >>

Burros Bits

Burros Bits

By Karina Kelly BHS?Commissioner of Communications As Burroughs is entering November, there is so much planned and so many activities that have already happened. On Oct. 1 Burrough allowed students to take the ASVAB, a test that assesses the skills of students in regard to . . . Read Full Story >>

Beta Sigma Phi helps gear up for ‘Great Strides Walk’

Beta Sigma Phi helps gear up for ‘Great Strides Walk’

The 11th annual Great Strides Walk, which raises money and awareness for the fight against cystic fibrosis, will be held Saturday, Dec. 2, at Cerro Coso Community College track. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., with the walk beginning at 10 a.m. “Cystic fibrosis is a . . . Read Full Story >>

Burros Bits

Burros Bits

By KARINA KELLY BHS Commissioner of Communications As Burroughs is entering Mid-October, there is so much planned for this month and so many activities that have already happened. On October 1st Burrough allowed students to take the ASVAB. A test which assesses the skills of . . . Read Full Story >>

Students gather for Murray’s first flag-raising

Students gather for Murray’s first flag-raising

Hundreds of students and staff at Murray Middle School stand quietly during the Pledge of Allegiance and the national anthem during the first flag-raising at the new campus on Monday. “We are excited with every step toward completion,” said Principal Kirsti Smith. The next big . . . Read Full Story >>

Students have until Nov. 27 to apply for Elks scholarship

Ridgecrest Elks Lodge announced that the deadline for the Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Scholarship Contest is Wednesday, Nov. 27. According to a spokesperson the competition for 500 four-year scholarships begins at the local level before advancing to regional, state and national categories. “Our . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Education vs. incarceration’ is Nov. 3

Michael Dotson and the Project Rebound team will speak about “Education as an Alternative to Incarceration” Friday, Nov. 3, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Cerro Coso Community College gym. The talk will outline Cal State Bakersfield’s program that aims to help formerly incarcerated . . . Read Full Story >>

County, community celebrate opening of Crisis Stabilization Unit

County, community celebrate opening of Crisis Stabilization Unit

Rebecca Neipp

Years of collaborative attempts to bring critical services to Ridgecrest and the outlying areas of East Kern culminated on Wednesday during a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Crisis Stabilization Unit, a joint effort of Kern County and Ridgecrest Regional Hospital. “This is a great day today . . . Read Full Story >>

CDC announces openings

The Cerro Coso Community College Child Development Center announced this week that openings are available for children 18 months to 5 years old. “The program provides free or low-cost child care to eligible parents,” said a a spokesperson. A developmentally appropriate program funded through the . . . Read Full Story >>

Sierra Sands discusses  sixth-grade academy

Sierra Sands discusses sixth-grade academy

Rebecca Neipp

Sierra Sands Unified School District is in the beginning stages of gathering information from the public regarding the establishment of a sixth-grade academy, potentially made possible through a Department of Defense educational grant. At press time the SSUSD Board of Directors was hosting a workshop . . . Read Full Story >>