County approves EDC request

County approves EDC request

Rebecca Neipp

With opportunities of potentially $4 billion in earthquake recovery funding, along with growing contributions to defense, aerospace and energy, IWV Economic Development Corp. Executive Director Scott O’Neil asked the Kern County Board of Supervisors for three action items expressing support for the mission at China . . . Read Full Story >>

Bulk  water  station  issues  persist

Bulk water station issues persist

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer It’s been about four months since the Indian Wells Valley Water District put in its new bulk water station in Ridgecrest Heights, but water haulers are continuing to experience billing and accessibility hurdles when it comes to getting . . . Read Full Story >>

Bill restricting contract labor passes state legislature

Rebecca Neipp

A bill restricting the classification of workers as independent contractors has passed both houses of the California State Legislature, and now awaits only a signature from Gov. Gavin Newsom, who has already expressed support for the bill. Authors of the bill expressed an interest in . . . Read Full Story >>

Wastewater  fund tops  $27 million,  plan still  not public

Wastewater fund tops $27 million, plan still not public

Rebecca Neipp

Now that a tentative agreement between Ridgecrest and the Department of the Navy has reportedly been delivered to the Pentagon for review and approval, a citizen is asking for a copy of that plan. “We started negotiations back in 2012. It’s been seven long years. . . . Read Full Story >>

Local schools observe Patriot’s Day

Local schools observe Patriot’s Day

Inyokern Elementary School staff and students look on while the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake Color Guard raise a flag on Patriot’s Day, Sept. 11. The remembrance ceremony also included recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, singing of the National Anthem, reading of the . . . Read Full Story >>

Kern leaders unite to improve safety

Kern leaders unite to improve safety

Rebecca Neipp

Kern County leaders have thrown their support to the “Reducing Crime and Keeping California Safe” initiative, scheduled for the 2020 General Election ballot, which addresses a series of state initiatives that public safety officials say have ultimately contributed to the increase in crime across the . . . Read Full Story >>

Realtor group offers 150K in relief grants

Realtor group offers 150K in relief grants

The Ridgecrest Area Association of Realtors has received $150,000 in earthquake relief funds for Indian Wells Valley and Trona residents recovering from July’s 6.4- and 7.1-magnitude earthquakes. The local office received a grant from the National Association of Realtors Realtor Relief Foundation, which was established . . . Read Full Story >>

EMT recalls fateful accident

Rebecca Neipp

An article published in last week’s News Review, detailing the story of a woman who survived a tragic accident as an infant and later discovered her rescuers, has continued to develop as one of the first responders reflected on his own perspective of the harrowing . . . Read Full Story >>

Rescued baby grows up, finds her saviors

Rescued baby grows up, finds her saviors

Rebecca Neipp

In 1993, two good samaritans helped save the life of a baby trapped in a burning car. A scrap of the News Review, telling the first part of the story, was one of the only possessions she had tying her to the accident that claimed . . . Read Full Story >>

Community mourns Ted Lemon’s passing

Community mourns Ted Lemon’s passing

Rebecca Neipp

A man remembered by his loved ones for his generous heart, passion for music and love of community passed away Aug. 28, 2019. He was 58. “My dad had an unparalleled sense of kindness,” said his son, 30-year-old Adrian. “I have not met a single . . . Read Full Story >>

Two rescued from home fire

Two rescued from home fire

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer When law enforcement personnel responded to a fire Friday, they extracted two Ridgecrest residents from the blaze, one of whom was arrested on suspicion of arson. According to press releases from California Highway Patrol and the Ridgecrest Police . . . Read Full Story >>

Community bleeds red, white, blue

Community bleeds red, white, blue

Rebecca Neipp

The community’s patriotic spirit will display its colors — red, white and blue — as the annual Parade of 1000 Flags flows through our arterial streets on Saturday morning. Since 2005, the Ridgecrest Exchange Club has brought to Freedom Park the “Remembrance Field” as a . . . Read Full Story >>

Trustee gives history of school funding

Trustee gives history of school funding

Rebecca Neipp

While earthquake recovery efforts play out in the background, the steady growth of Sierra Sands Unified School District has leadership planning for a facilities plan that will meet the needs of the future as well as those of the present. After a gradual decline in . . . Read Full Story >>

Lightning storm heralds fall’s approach

Lightning storm heralds fall’s approach

Early risers on Thursday awoke to a vivid thunder-and-lightning storm, captured near the intersection of Rader and Sunset around 6 a.m. by Edward Czajka. His custom-made lightning triggers activities when his camera detects radio frequency interference from nearby bolts. “Shortly after this capture, the storm . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy mobile office is Tuesday

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy will hold mobile office hours in Ridgecrest on Tuesday, Sept. 10, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Ridgecrest City Clerk’s Office, 100 W. California Ave., second floor. “A staff member from McCarthy’s office hosts each mobile office held throughout California’s 23rd . . . Read Full Story >>

Murder suspect apprehended

Murder suspect apprehended

Rebecca Neipp

Five days after the victim of a shooting succumbed to his wounds, Ridgecrest Police Department detectives and officers apprehended the suspect, who had fled the scene of the crime. Shortly after midnight on Aug. 22, police responded to a report of shots fired near the . . . Read Full Story >>

Stephens questions Hayman about GA

Stephens questions Hayman about GA

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer During his update to the Ridgecrest City Council on groundwater matters, Councilmember Scott Hayman was met by a barrage of questions from Mayor Pro Tem Lindsey Stephens. Stephens raised concerns about a proposed scenario that would heavily restrict . . . Read Full Story >>

Supes pass budget

Supes pass budget

Rebecca Neipp

With the passage of its fiscal year 2019-20 budget on Tuesday, the Kern County Board of Supervisors reached the “highly anticipated end to a four-year strategy to resolve deficits stemming from property-tax declines.” When oil prices plummeted in 2015, the board approved using reserve funds . . . Read Full Story >>

Board announces retirement

Board announces retirement

CERRO COSO COMMUNITY COLLEGE — CCCC President Jill Board announced Aug. 22 that she will retire from her position in June 2020. The announcement marks a milestone in her more-than-30-year career in higher education in California. When Board became the seventh president of the college . . . Read Full Story >>

Felon arrested on weapons  charge

Felon arrested on weapons charge

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest Police Department arrested a suspect for unlawful firearm possession, according to a release from the department. Officers reportedly contacted 40-year-old Ridgecrest resident David Haynes at approximately 11:30 p.m. while they were on patrol Sunday, Aug. 25. . . . Read Full Story >>