School District plans for phased reopening

School District plans for phased reopening

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Sierra Sands Unified School District Superintendent Dr. David Ostash announced earlier this week via Parent Square that the district intended to implement its phased reopening plan as early as November now that the state’s COVID restrictions have lessened . . . Read Full Story >>

IWV hosts ‘Run with the Burros, Calif.’

IWV hosts ‘Run with the Burros, Calif.’

By KELLY COSNER News Review Correspondent On Saturday, Oct. 17, the first annual “Run With the Burros, California” was held in Indian Wells Canyon and the adjacent Short Canyon. More than 110 participants turned out for the event with over 35 pack burro competitors from . . . Read Full Story >>

Vote-by-mail ballot updates

Vote-by-mail ballot updates

KERN COUNTY ELECTIONS OFFICE — Sample ballots and vote-by-mail ballots have been mailed to Kern County Voters. Voters who have not received their ballot should contact the election office at 661-868-3590 or 800-452-VOTE or votebymail@kerncounty.com. Sample ballot information is also available on the election website . . . Read Full Story >>

Motorcyclist killed in 395 collision

Motorcyclist killed in 395 collision

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer A motorist was killed Tuesday afternoon in a collision on Highway 395 about 18 miles south of Ridgecrest. According to a release from the Mojave California Highway Patrol office, 44-year-old Victorville resident Cory Lane Hofstetter was traveling on . . . Read Full Story >>

Pilot safe after F/A-18 crash

Pilot safe after F/A-18 crash

Scores of emergency personnel from numerous agencies raced across the valley Tuesday morning in response to a downed F/A-18E Super Hornet just off of Hwy-14 near the Hwy-178 turnoff. The plane crashed just after 10 a.m., setting fire to the surrounding area, which firefighters quickly . . . Read Full Story >>

Republican Women luncheons return

The Ridgecrest Republican Women Federated will resume its standing monthly luncheons, beginning Friday, Oct. 23. The guest speaker will be Mayor Peggy Breeden. The meeting is noon at John’s Pizza. Lunch will be provided from a limited menu and seating will be limited to four . . . Read Full Story >>

Republican Women luncheons return

The Ridgecrest Republican Women Federated will resume its standing monthly luncheons, beginning Friday, Oct. 23. The guest speaker will be Mayor Peggy Breeden. The meeting is noon at John’s Pizza. Lunch will be provided from a limited menu and seating will be limited to four . . . Read Full Story >>

Kern County moves into the ‘Red’

Kern County moves into the ‘Red’

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer For months, many local “non-essential” businesses have had to shutter their indoor operations due to state COVID-19 mandates. But as of Tuesday, Oct. 13, the state announced that Kern County moved from the most-restrictive “purple” tier (Tier 1, . . . Read Full Story >>

Phased school openings could begin as early as Oct. 28

Phased school openings could begin as early as Oct. 28

SIERRA SANDS UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT — Kern County officially transitioned out of California’s most-restrictive Purple Tier today and was placed into the less-restrictive Red Tier under the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy (see related story: http://www.news-ridgecrest.com/news/story.pl?id=0000011902). After a mandatory two-week waiting period, school districts . . . Read Full Story >>

Haseltine autobiography hits shelves

Haseltine autobiography hits shelves

By BRUCE AULD News Review Contributor Dr. William A. Haseltine, a scientist, businessman, author, philanthropist and 1962 graduate of Burroughs High School, published his autobiography, “My Lifelong Fight Against Disease,” on Oct. 15. One might assume, now in his mid 70s, he would be enjoying . . . Read Full Story >>

Homicide in Death Valley

Homicide in Death Valley

DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK — A suspect has been arrested for a fatal shooting that occurred in Death Valley National Park. Zachary Salyer, 34, of Amargosa Valley, Nev., called Nye County Sheriff’s Office at approximately 7:15 on the morning of Sunday, Oct. 11, to state . . . Read Full Story >>

Community pool meeting scheduled

The city’s Parks, Recreation & Quality of Life Committee will hold a special meeting Tuesday, Oct. 20, to continue gathering public input for a Statewide Park Development grant which could help the city fund a new community swimming pool. The meeting will be held outdoors . . . Read Full Story >>

Indoor reopenings on track

Indoor reopenings on track

Rebecca Neipp

“We have fantastic news: this morning the state is going to announce that Kern County does meet the metrics for Tier 2 in all of our categories.” If progress toward driving down transmission of COVID-19 continues along current trend lines, the county could advance as . . . Read Full Story >>

Searles, Mojave Pistachio sue GA

Searles, Mojave Pistachio sue GA

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer As of last week, both Searles Valley Minerals and Mojave Pistachios have filed lawsuits with the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority, alleging that the GA is unfairly forcing them out of business. After years of tension between the . . . Read Full Story >>

Campaign  funding  reported

Campaign funding reported

Rebecca Neipp

With the Tuesday, Nov. 3, General Election less than a month away, information on local races continues to come before the public. With 17 candidates seeking offices on four different government boards, those choosing to spend above the $2,000 have submitted records for the first . . . Read Full Story >>

City pursues $8.5 million grant for pool

City pursues $8.5 million grant for pool

Rebecca Neipp

Community stakeholders gathered at Tuesday evening’s Quality of Life meeting in Ridgecrest City Council Chambers, where members of staff, council and public discussed the prospect of securing a slice of the $395.3 million available through the Statewide Park Program to fund a new community swimming . . . Read Full Story >>

Edwards air show includes IWV flyover

Edwards air show includes IWV flyover

Rebecca Neipp

With the cancelation of the air show originally planned for Columbus Day weekend — the first to be staged at Edwards Air Force Base since 2006 — event planners are modifying the aerial demonstrations so that those living in and around the aerospace corridor can . . . Read Full Story >>

Public urged to get flu shot

With flu season upon us, Kern County Public Health is urging residents to get a flu shot in order to prepare for the potential effects of a “twindemic” of influenza and COVID-19 during the fall and winter months. A free clinic will be held in . . . Read Full Story >>

Headway made on Sequoia fire

Headway made on Sequoia fire

Earlier this week, U.S. Forest Service rangers announced that the Sequoia Complex fire, which had climbed to more than 160,000 acres, had achieved 65 percent containment. “The public is reminded to stay vigilant when returning after a wildfire,” said a forest service official. “As residents . . . Read Full Story >>

Six months later ...

Six months later ...

Rebecca Neipp

People say hindsight yields 20/20 vision. But so far, our vision in 2020 seems to be rife with precedents impossible to calculate in real time. From a public health perspective, Ridgecrest appears to have been spared the acute losses experienced by some communities. In Kern . . . Read Full Story >>