7.1 quake changes our  face, not our fabric

7.1 quake changes our face, not our fabric

Rebecca Neipp

Capturing the impact of high-magnitude earthquakes on our remote desert community is like viewing aftershocks plotted on a map — it’s difficult to zero in on even the largest focal points without seeing the cascade of overlapping ripples blossoming around them. Two weeks after historic . . . Read Full Story >>

District hears early damage report

District hears early damage report

Rebecca Neipp

What was originally scheduled as a workshop to craft a 10-year master facilities plan for Sierra Sands Unified School District turned into a report and discussion on damages sustained from July 4-5 earthquakes. Following suit with local, county, state and federal government agencies, the SSUSD . . . Read Full Story >>

City retains counsel for tribal arbitration

City retains counsel for tribal arbitration

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council met in closed session Wednesday to discuss pending litigation with the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe. While details were sparse, City Attorney Keith Lemieux announced the city’s decision to retain outside counsel regarding the matter. Earlier . . . Read Full Story >>

Chief speaks today at noon

The Ridgecrest Republican Women Federated will meet Friday, July 19, at noon at Casey’s Steak and BBQ to hear a brief about the aftermath of the earthquakes. Ridgecrest Police Chief Jed McLaughlin will discuss lessons learned and outline current needs, and take questions from the . . . Read Full Story >>

Property  crimes  reported  after quake

Property crimes reported after quake

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Officers of the Ridgecrest Police Department responded to two property-crime incidents the week of July 4, within days of the large earthquakes that hit Ridgecrest. Officers responded to Sage Mart on the corner of Downs Street and Drummond . . . Read Full Story >>

Zion adventures: filthy hands, clean heart

Zion adventures: filthy hands, clean heart

A retelling of a faraway Neipp Family adventure Seven summers ago, our family went on an ambitious 8-day driving tour of 12 national parks and monuments in the U.S. southwest. We drove 1,800 miles across six states — it was the trip of a lifetime. . . . Read Full Story >>

50 years later:  Space is still calling

50 years later: Space is still calling

By LAWRENCE N. COSNER JR., MD, News Review Columnist I grew up at Naval Ordnance Test Station, China Lake. Sure, it’s now called Naval Air Weapons Station, but I’ll always think of my childhood home as NOTS. And outer space was very important to all . . . Read Full Story >>

‘We are coming back even stronger’

‘We are coming back even stronger’

Rebecca Neipp

“We are in a very positive mood today,” Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division Commander Rear Adm. Scott Dillon told some 500 who gathered to hear an update after last week’s 6.4- and 7.1-magnitude earthquakes rendered their host at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake . . . Read Full Story >>

NAWS Public Works restores utilities

NAWS Public Works restores utilities

Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake sustained damage to multiple facilities, as well as loss of utility services, in the wake of multiple earthquakes. “As many departments work hard to restore the base back to normal working condition, NAWSCL Public Works, in conjunction with the . . . Read Full Story >>

At least four fires follow quakes

At least four fires follow quakes

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer At least four fires broke out in the Ridgecrest area immediately following the earthquakes that shook the high desert during the week of July 4 according to the Kern County Fire Department. Kern County Fire Stations 74 and . . . Read Full Story >>

Trona recovery progresses

Trona recovery progresses

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer “You guys have water today,” announced Searles Domestic Water Co. Manager Audrey Schuyler during a Trona Town Hall on July 10. “I’m very happy to report that.” Hundreds of Searles Valley residents, still reeling from the 6.4- and . . . Read Full Story >>

4,000 turn out for Toyota movie night

4,000 turn out for Toyota movie night

Rebecca Neipp

In the wake of earthquakes that shook nerves as well as structures, Toyota of Ridgecrest owners Fred and Janelle Etoch wanted to do something to raise the morale of the residents. After only a day to brainstorm and prepare, the resulting contributions and attendance of . . . Read Full Story >>

Desert Valleys offers loans, grants, donations to survivors

Desert Valleys offers loans, grants, donations to survivors

Rebecca Neipp

By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer Among the local businesses leading the charge toward recovery is Desert Valleys Federal Credit Union — which has raised more than $40,000 toward donations, wrote 80 low-interest loans to members, and as of this week announced a new . . . Read Full Story >>

’Wonderful Company’ donates $10,000 to support Ridgecrest quake relief

’Wonderful Company’ donates $10,000 to support Ridgecrest quake relief

COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM, RIDGECREST — The Wonderful Company, a major Kern County employer, will donate $10,000 to the Indian Wells Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) to assist residents affected by last week’s earthquakes. This funding will be used to provide affected community members with . . . Read Full Story >>

Reports indicate start of  school will not be delayed

Reports indicate start of school will not be delayed

Rebecca Neipp

“There are many layers to our assessment, and I don’t want to say that I have definitive information, but based on all the preliminary data we have gathered, we believe that school will open on time.” Sierra Sands Unified School District Superintendent Dr. David Ostash . . . Read Full Story >>

Nevada man crushed in suspected quake-related death

Nevada man crushed in suspected quake-related death

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Deputies from the Nye County Sheriff’s Office located a 56-year-old deceased man pinned under a vehicle on July 9 in Pahrump, Nev. Circumstances led investigators to believe that the unnamed man’s death was a result of the 6.4-magnitude . . . Read Full Story >>

VX-9 resumes flight operations at China Lake

VX-9 resumes flight operations at China Lake

By Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Nicholas Burgains, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West CHINA LAKE, California – Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Nine (VX-9) resumed normal flight operations July 10 on Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake (NAWSCL). Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake . . . Read Full Story >>

NAWS makes progress toward full operability

NAWS makes progress toward full operability

Rebecca Neipp

Following the 6.4- and 7.1-magnitude earthquakes that rocked Indian Wells and Searles valleys last week, China Lake — virtually on the epicenter of both quakes and thousands of subsequent aftershocks — was deemed “non mission capable.” On July 9, Naval Air Weapons Station Commanding Officer . . . Read Full Story >>

Sheriff praises first responders, community after massive earthquakes

Sheriff praises first responders, community after massive earthquakes

Rebecca Neipp

Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood, who already made one trip to Ridgecrest following last week’s historic earthquakes, told his listeners Tuesday at the Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce that now the world knew what he and State Sen. Shannon Grove already knew — “where Ridgecrest is!” . . . Read Full Story >>

China Lake assessing earthquake damages

China Lake assessing earthquake damages

Rebecca Neipp

China Lake officials hosted local and national media on a tour to survey some of the damages sustained during last week’s earthquakes. Capt. Paul Dale likened the process of cleaning up after the 6.4-magnitude quake, only to be rocked 34 hours later by a 7.1, . . . Read Full Story >>