Beautification project brings tress to IYK

Beautification project brings tress to IYK

Inyokern Airport Manager Scott Seymour (left) and Operations Manager Joe Foster plant 80 trees as part of a beautification project. Seymour said that Earth Landscaping sold the trees — including palo verde, mesquite, desert willow and flowering plum varieties — to the district at cost. . . . Read Full Story >>

Houchin offers plasma collection in the IWV

Houchin offers plasma collection in the IWV

Carlena Russom (left), collections charge nurse for Houchin Blood Bank, preps Claudia Reichers for a plasma donation during the monthly blood drive on June 20. Houchin recently began offering plasma collection as a part of its monthly visits to the Indian Wells Valley. Houchin comes . . . Read Full Story >>

Leadership Ridgecrest holds  first-ever graduation ceremony

Leadership Ridgecrest holds first-ever graduation ceremony

The inaugural graduating class of Leadership Ridgecrest is honored during a gala banquet Friday night. Kern County 1st District Supervisor Mick Gleason, one of the driving forces behind establishing the program to train the next generation of leaders in the Indian Wells Valley, delivered a . . . Read Full Story >>

Opening ceremonies set for Vietnam Moving Wall

A series of ceremonies to welcome the Vietnam Moving Wall, a half-scale replica of the national monument to casualties of the Vietnam War, will be held in Freedom Park. Master of Ceremonies Nick Coy of the Veterans Advisory Council will present special presentations on Thursday, . . . Read Full Story >>

IWVYB season comes to a close

IWVYB season comes to a close

First baseman Alan Winterly prepares to catch a pickoff throw as Connor Auld tries to get back to the base. The Red Sox ultimately beat the Rockies 7-0 to win the Pony-Colt Championship game on June 9. — Photo by Laura Austin ------ By WILLIAM . . . Read Full Story >>

Optimist Club hosts "Big Horse Event"

Optimist Club hosts "Big Horse Event"

Five-year-old Asher Doss takes a ride in a horse-drawn cart pulled by Desert Rose (aka Dezi), and led by C&C Stables volunteer Lyn Stallings. The Optimist Club hosted its “Big Horse Event” on Saturday, providing 70 eligible children with the opportunity to visit the stables . . . Read Full Story >>

Murphy demonstrates patriotism, volunteerism

Murphy demonstrates patriotism, volunteerism

American Legion Auxiliary Junior Member Brianna Murphy delivers 200 patriotic pillow cases to residents of the Barstow Veterans Home. Brianna, with the help of her adopted grandmas, earned the Girl Scout Gold Award by completing her project. During delivery she spent time with the veterans . . . Read Full Story >>

"Hawaiian Soiree" event designed to support Internat’l Day

A Hawaiian Soiree will be held Saturday, June 30, at 6 p.m. in the patio room of the Homestead Restaurant. The event is a fundraiser for the International Community Day celebration, planned for Sept. 14. “Everyone is invited to attend this fun experience,” said Matthew . . . Read Full Story >>

First Baptist Church welcomes new pastor

First Baptist Church welcomes new pastor

First Baptist Church of Ridgecrest welcomed new pastor Mathew Pope and his wife, Victoria, to the church this month. A church spokesperson described Pope as a vibrant pastor who is completely committed to Jesus and who believes in providing Christian love and devotion to all . . . Read Full Story >>

Lions installs new members

Lions installs new members

Ridgecrest Lions Club welcomes new members, installed by District Governor Steven Morgan (second from right). Pictured from left are Amy Vanderpool, Hurley Vanderpool Jr.,Michael Spahn and Scott Miller. Not pictured are new member Stephen Birdwell and returning member Hurley Vanderpool Sr. “There is no greater . . . Read Full Story >>

Calvary hosts vacation bible school

Calvary Chapel of Ridgecrest will host a Vacation Bible School June 25-29 from 5-8:40 p.m. at 210 E. Springer Ave. The theme of this year’s VBS is “Splash Canyon,” and is open to children age four through fifth grade. “We invite kids from that age . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Our Country ’Tis of Thee’ is July 4

‘Our Country ’Tis of Thee’ is July 4

Tami Hill helps Gideon Goodman put the finishing touches on his costume in preparation for the dress rehearsal of “Our Country ’Tis of Thee.” — Photo by Laura Austin ------ For those looking for a patriotic way to kick off the 4th of July, producers . . . Read Full Story >>

Mud Run is this weekend at fairgrounds

Mud Run is this weekend at fairgrounds

The China Lake Desert Chief Petty Officers’ Association is partnering with the Desert Empire Fairgrounds to host the annual Mud Run on Saturday, June 23, at 6:30 a.m. “We are producing one frolicking, fitness-testing, feel-good event,” said an event spokesperson. The family-friendly 5K run/walk includes . . . Read Full Story >>

Humane Society to hold fundraiser

Humane Society to hold fundraiser

The Indian Wells Valley Humane Society will hold a fundraising “Dolly Adoption Tea Party” on Sunday, June 24, from 1-3 p.m. in the Desert Valleys Federal Credit Union Community Room. The $20 admission provides each young lady in attendance with light refreshments as well as . . . Read Full Story >>

Kathy Armstrong’s community legacy remembered

Kathy Armstrong’s community legacy remembered

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Mark Hoppus, frontman of hugely-popular pop punk band Blink-182 and longtime supporter of HSUMD, honors Armstrong during a celebration at the Historic USO Building. — Photo by Laura Austin ------ Ridgecrest lost one of its most high-profile matriarchs last week with the passing of Kathy . . . Read Full Story >>

Finding Fatherhood: a Father’s Day reflection

Finding Fatherhood: a Father’s Day reflection

Rebecca Neipp

William Stephens Sr. and his children (clockwise, from top left) William Jr., Makayla, Kayden, Hailey and Jordan. — Photo by Laura Austin ------ For many children, the mother and father who raise them set the tone and template for how they bring up their own . . . Read Full Story >>

Chamber honors members, community

Chamber honors members, community

Rebecca Neipp

Solomon Rajaratnam of the Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce presents Burroughs High School graduate Grant Vigneault with the chamber’s Youth Award. — Photo by Laura Austin ------ A packed house at the SpringHill Suites banquet room gathered Tuesday to honor members of the community and the . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Pictures of Us’ return

In anticipation of the upcoming 75th anniversary celebration of the Navy’s presence in the Indian Wells Valley, the Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert will screen episodes of “Pictures of Us II” Saturday, June 16, at the Historic USO Building. The acclaimed series by . . . Read Full Story >>

Prostate cancer survivors to meet

The Prostate Cancer Survival Group will meet Monday, June 18, at 7 p.m. in the Mechtenberg Conference Center of the Ridgecrest Regional Hospital. The video program, delivered by Dr. Jeffery Demanes of University of California, Los Angeles, will address advances in radiation therapies, including Brachytherapy . . . Read Full Story >>

Lighthouse holds 24-hour prayer rally

Lighthouse holds 24-hour prayer rally

The Lighthouse, at 111 Balsam St., will hold a 24-hour prayer rally starting Friday, June 15, at 7 a.m. “We would love for all and anyone to join us as we pray for our families, cities and world,” said Tara Packer of the Lighthouse. “We . . . Read Full Story >>