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RPD holds 2nd annual Shop with a Cop
The early morning hours saw Walmart filled with Ridgecrest Police Department officers and children browsing the aisles – mostly in the toy department – as RPD held its second-annual “Shop with a Cop” program on Saturday.
California jewelry store robbery thwarted after owner's nephew pulls out gun
A California jewelry store owner’s nephew pulled a gun on suspects as the two men allegedly tried to rob his uncle’s store, according to reports. The suspects, caught on video, allegedly tried to stab owner Jean Boujekian during the attempted robbery at Vana Watch and Jewelry in South Pasadena on Fr
Remember, Honor, Teach: Wreaths Across America reaches Ridgecrest
With the holiday season ongoing, members of the Ridgecrest community took time to remember those who served. Wreaths Across America, an annual nationwide event dedicated to remembering the fallen, honoring those who serve, and teaching the value of freedom, reached Ridgecrest for the first time Satu
Bizarre Police Pursuit of Suspected Stolen Ambulance Ends in Hesperia
A patient got out of his restraints and allegedly stole an ambulance Sunday, leading police on a pursuit on the 15 Freeway from the Lake Elsinore area up the 15 Freeway and concluded in Hesperia, according to the Inland California Highway Patrol.
Meet the Desert Community Orchestra
The Desert Community Orchestra performs its annual Christmas Concert Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, at 7 p.m. at the Parker Performing Arts Center at Burroughs High School. Doors open at 6 p.m. The theme for this event is “A Christmas in Ridgecrest” and will also feature the High Desert Pipers and The Hol
California Abandons Text Message Fee Intended to Fund Programs for Underserved Residents
California regulators no longer plan to tax text messages. The California Public Utilities Commission said a new FCC ruling prevented the state from levying a tax on text plans. The state hoped to add new monthly fees onto wireless customers’ bills to increase funds for programs that bring connectiv
Dispatches from Skip Gorman's Audioblog
– “Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up.” A young fellow from ABC-23 Bakersfield dropped by my shop last week to shoot a story about Ridgecrest’s efforts to help lessen the carnage on State Highway US-395. The producer, reporter and on-screen personality, Brandon Johansen, was alerted to our US-39
Southwest passenger claims airline forced her to leave pet fish at airport
A California woman is claiming a Southwest Airlines agent forced her to leave her pet fish at the airport last Wednesday. Lanice Powless, a University of Colorado student, was flying to California from Denver International Airport when she said a Southwest Airlines employee informed her that she wou
California utility, under scrutiny over massive wildfire, falsified pipeline safety records for years: regulators
One of California’s largest utilities company was accused Friday of falsifying safety documents for the state’s natural gas pipelines for years, even after it was blamed for a 2010 pipeline explosion that killed eight people.
Woman Attacked by 3 Dogs in California
A woman suffered serious injuries and had to be airlifted to a hospital after she was attacked and mauled by three dogs in the unincorporated Riverside County area of Anza Saturday.
Report Rips Expensive Decisions in California Wildfire Fight
When a wildfire burned across Big Sur two years ago and threatened hundreds of homes scattered on the scenic hills, thousands of firefighters responded with overwhelming force, attacking flames from the air and ground.
No, you can't smoke hemp (and other things to know now that it will be legal)
(CNN)Congress voted this week to legalize the cultivation of hemp in the US after months of debate and negotiation between lawmakers. Hemp legalization was tucked into the 2018 farm bill, a massive piece of legislation that also addresses issues such as nutrition, conservation, trade, energy and for
All Evacuation Orders Lifted in Deadly Camp Fire
The remaining residents who fled from the deadliest wildfire in California history were allowed to return to their home Saturday and assess the damage. All evacuation orders were lifted in Paradise more than a month after the fire broke out Nov. 8, killing at least 86 people and destroying 14,000 ho
Kamala Harris’ DOJ received misconduct claim involving aide months before she left: report
Sen. Kamala Harris insisted earlier this month that she was “unaware” of the harassment allegations against her top aide during her time as California’s Attorney General, but the agency that she oversaw: California's Department of Justice was informed about the complaint three months before she exit
Calif. Man Who Thought He Was 'Fat' Had a 77-Pound Tumor
Hector Hernandez thought he was "fat." Then he received some shocking news: What he thought was stomach fat was actually a 77-pound cancerous tumor. "I just thought I was fat," said Hernandez of Downey, California. "I’ve always been a big guy, so I didn’t really put too much worry into it."
DI welcomes Jennings as new reporter
The Daily Independent on Monday welcomed Lauren Jennings to its staff as its new community and education reporter. Jennings comes to Ridgecrest from Orange County, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism at California State University, Fullerton. There, she wrote sports and features for
California customs agent found guilty of conspiring to smuggle drugs for LA to Chicago
A federal customs officer accused of hiring a trucker to smuggle large quantities of drugs across the country has been found guilty in Los Angeles, according to reports. Manual Salas, 52, was convicted of federal conspiracy charges Thursday, along with his 50-year-old ex-wife Sayda Orellana. She was
Chamber of Commerce luncheon Dec. 11
Join the Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, Dec. 11, from noon until 1 p.m. at the Historic USO Building, 230 W Ridgecrest Blvd. December’s luncheon hosts “ Sound Bytes,” featuring some of the Chamber’s newest members. Enjoy a tasty meal prepared by Pizza Factory, who will offer chicken wings, salad, a
California's chief justice says bail overhaul will continue with or without the new law
California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye on Tuesday defended a landmark new state law abolishing money bail, saying it was crafted to ensure courts “do not judge a person based on the size of their wallet or what they have access to in someone else’s wallet.”
Rand Water District holds 1st meeting since grand jury report
JOHANNESBURG – The Rand Community Water District met for the first time since the Kern County Grand Jury released its findings report on Wednesday at the Rand Communities Water District Office.