City to address development concerns

City to address development concerns

Rebecca Neipp

City Manager Ron Strand moved his routine report to the Ridgecrest City Council to the beginning of Wednesday’s meeting to announce a special meeting at City Hall to address concerns about city processes raised by developers in the community. Strand said that on Wednesday, April . . . Read Full Story >>

’There Will Come Small Rain’

’There Will Come Small Rain’

A sudden downpour Tuesday generates a temporary wildflower-rimmed lake at Petroglyph Park. According to the China Lake Weather Office, official measurements from the storm were only 29-hundreds of an inch, though that total varied around the valley. — Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

Citizens express opposition to parks assessment

Citizens express opposition to parks assessment

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council held a public hearing to count the ballots for a parks assessment district on Wednesday night. As the News Review was going to press, City Manager Ron Strand released a statement that the assessment . . . Read Full Story >>

Robotics  team returns  from  nationals

Robotics team returns from nationals

Members of the BHS Robotics Club (from left) are Aidan Murphree, Zeneve Jacotin, Samantha Lail, Lars Bartels, Cameron Thornton and Akif Dhar — Courtesy photo ------ By EMILY ARALAR Burroughs High School Blockbuster The Robotic Burros headed to Iowa for the Vex Nationals competition on . . . Read Full Story >>

Bling makes the cut in his first Masters

Bling makes the cut in his first Masters

Bling assesses a shot during the Masters Tournament — Courtesy photo ------ By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer While the greatest golfer in history was making the athletic comeback of a lifetime during this weekend’s Masters Tournament in Augusta, Ga., the eyes of Indian . . . Read Full Story >>

Denim Day is April 24

Rebecca Neipp

The Women’s Center-High Desert is encouraging residents to “make a social statement with your fashion statement” by wearing jeans with a purpose on “Denim Day,” April 24. The campaign is part of the Women’s Center’s goal to raise awareness and support for victims and survivors . . . Read Full Story >>

Hospital upgrade in jeopardy

Hospital upgrade in jeopardy

Rebecca Neipp

RRH CEO Jim Suver (right) stands with Fred Hawkins on the site of a future hotel, which stands in the planned flight path of the hospital’s new helipad — Photo by Laura Austin ------ Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, after years of effort and more than $2 . . . Read Full Story >>

County office approves REALMS petition

County office approves REALMS petition

Rebecca Neipp

With the Kern County Office of the Superintendent of Schools approval at its April 9 board meeting, Ridgecrest Charter School has been authorized to open under a new format in the coming school year. According to RCS Board President Eric Bruen, the RCS corporation has . . . Read Full Story >>

Community Unity Star Follies raises thousands

Community Unity Star Follies raises thousands

Adam McGee leads an ensemble of ladies in “From Now On” during last weekend’s Community Unity Star Follies. The Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce hosted the variety show, featuring scores of its members lip-syncing popular tunes and raising an estimated $17,000 in the process. — Photo . . . Read Full Story >>

Stetson seeks direction for groundwater plan

Stetson seeks direction for groundwater plan

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer As the deadline for a Groundwater Sustainability Plan looms, the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority continues to explore its options on how to bring our groundwater basin to a sustainable yield. According to state requirements, the Authority has . . . Read Full Story >>

SSUSD unveils new logo

SSUSD unveils new logo

Rebecca Neipp

After 40 years, the Sierra Sands Unified School District gave its logo a facelift — unveiling this week a sleek new graphic as part of an effort to modernize its brand. “A logo by itself means nothing without a quality and service behind it,” said . . . Read Full Story >>

Mountain Man March raises money for women’s shelter

Mountain Man March raises money for women’s shelter

Officers of the Ridgecrest Police Department help raise $2,400 (and counting) for the Women’s Center-High Desert during the Mountain Man March challenge. Individuals collected sponsors to grow out their beards for the cause, and were honored last week for their efforts. Pictured from left are . . . Read Full Story >>

Parks  District  formation on council  agenda

Parks District formation on council agenda

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The final public hearing for a proposed Parks and Recreational Facilities Assessment District will be held during next week’s Ridgecrest City Council meeting on April 17, 6 p.m. at City Hall. The assessment will levy a fee on . . . Read Full Story >>

District  responds to parents’ concerns

District responds to parents’ concerns

Rebecca Neipp

Sierra Sands Unified School District officials have responded to concerns about a substitute teacher after a parent unearthed a history of complaints against a former temporary employee. According to reports circulating through social media, substitute teacher David Whitley was accused of inappropriately touching an elementary-school-aged . . . Read Full Story >>

Local law enforcement honored

Local law enforcement honored

Local heroes accept awards at the annual Respect for Law Dinner, hosted March 29 by local service clubs at Triple T’s Tavern. From left are Ridgecrest Police Officer Jose Barragan, China Lake Police Department Field Training Officer Dalton Ward, Kern County Sheriff’s Deputy Joshua Shotwell . . . Read Full Story >>

Chamber voices  support for building solution

Chamber voices support for building solution

Rebecca Neipp

Following a request to evaluate the confusing and irregular practices in the city’s building and development department, raised at the prior meeting of the Ridgecrest City Council by IWV Economic Development Corp. Executive Director Scott O’Neil , the issue was brought back at Wednesday’s council . . . Read Full Story >>

Survey results in  speed limit changes

Survey results in speed limit changes

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council approved an engineering and traffic survey report on Wednesday that will result in changes – mostly increases – to some speed limits around town. Public Works Director Bard Lower presented the information to council . . . Read Full Story >>

Wildflower exhibit is April 5-7

Wildflower exhibit is April 5-7

Judy Breitenstein (left) and Judy Martin examine some of the hundreds of specimens at the annual Wildflower Exhibit. This year’s event will be held April 5-7 at the Maturango Museum. For information on the speakers and other activities visit maturango.org. The Historical Society of the . . . Read Full Story >>

Death Valley boom benefits Ridgecrest economy

Death Valley boom benefits Ridgecrest economy

Rebecca Neipp

A graph provided by Death Valley National Park rangers shows a slump in traffic in the early 2000s, followed by a steep increase in more recent years. Experts noted that the increase in the last few years is particularly remarkable considering the closure of Scotty’s . . . Read Full Story >>

SSUSD addresses sub accusations

SSUSD addresses sub accusations

At press time, the News Review learned that David Whitley, formerly employed as a substitute for Sierra Sands Unified School District, has been accused by a local parent of inappropriately touching a student. Whitley was allegedly charged (though not convicted) of child molestation while teaching . . . Read Full Story >>