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 >>

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 >>

Meet the Candidates: Ron Kicinski

Meet the Candidates: Ron Kicinski

Ron Kicinski, an Indiana native, has lived in Ridgecrest with his wife Sharon Girod since 1987. He graduated from Indiana’s Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology before the oil industry brought him to California. “I feel like I have an obligation to the community,” said Kicinski. “I’ve . . . Read Full Story >>

Meet the Candidates: Andrew Guetzkow

Meet the Candidates: Andrew Guetzkow

Andrew Guetzkow (rhymes with “let’s go”) is a newcomer to the valley, arriving in Ridgecrest in 2016. An attorney of 10 years with a background in water, he now works at China Lake managing compliance and regulatory programs. Guetzkow lives here with his wife and . . . Read Full Story >>

Meet the Candidates: Chuck Griffin

Meet the Candidates: Chuck Griffin

Chuck Griffin was born and raised in Ridgecrest where he raises his six children and nine grandchildren with his wife Rhonda. Griffin said he’s always wanted to serve his community. He is a former IWV Youth Football president and Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce boardmember. Prior . . . Read Full Story >>

Meet the Candidates: Charles "Chuck" Cordell

Meet the Candidates: Charles "Chuck" Cordell

“Basically born here,” Charles “Chuck” Cordell has lived in Ridgecrest since 1955 when his dad was stationed at China Lake with the Marine Corps. “I’ve been involved with the A-Team, BHS Boosters, Friends of the Fair, Salvation Army – all kinds of nonprofits,” said Cordell. . . . Read Full Story >>

Meet the Candidates: Mallory Boyd

Meet the Candidates: Mallory Boyd

Mallory Boyd, an engineer who held a senior technical leadership position at China Lake until his retirement in 2016, has lived in the valley since 1953. Since then he served on the board of directors of both the China Lake Alliance and China Lake Museum . . . 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 >>

Meet the Candidates: Thomas Wiknich

Meet the Candidates: Thomas Wiknich

Rebecca Neipp

Thomas Wiknich said that he wants to restore relationships between the city and council to the days when the public had more say in the issues. “When I first got involved, I was new to Ridgecrest,” he said. He moved here in the 1980s to . . . Read Full Story >>

Meet the Candidates:  Christian West

Meet the Candidates: Christian West

Rebecca Neipp

Christian West has lived here most of his life, and wants to make a difference — particularly for the young people who live here. “Basically, I’ve lived her for 26 years. I got my first job at Fastrip at 14. I graduated from Burroughs High . . . Read Full Story >>

Meet the Candidates:  Lindsey Stephens

Meet the Candidates: Lindsey Stephens

Rebecca Neipp

Lindsey Stephens is at the end of her first four-year term on the City Council, but decided this election to run for the two-year mayor seat. “I waited a long time to pull papers because I was waiting to see what the makeup would look . . . Read Full Story >>

Meet the Candidates: Eric Bruen

Meet the Candidates: Eric Bruen

Rebecca Neipp

Eric Bruen came to Ridgecrest when he was 27 years old. Sixteen years later, he has built up operations at Desert Valleys Credit Union, a family, and relationships with people who have encouraged him to get more involved. “I didn’t know anybody, and the first . . . Read Full Story >>

Forums, endorsements and statements, oh my!

Forums, endorsements and statements, oh my!

Rebecca Neipp

With more than a month before voters choose who they will support for local offices in the November General Election, set for Tuesday, Nov. 3, the spotlight on our candidates is already burning bright. Candidate forums for contenders on IWV Water District Board of Directors, . . . Read Full Story >>

County urges more resident testing

County urges more resident testing

Rebecca Neipp

Kern County officials published a statement Wednesday urging more residents to test for coronavirus — an act which they say will both help slow the spread of the illness as well as improve our chances of advancing into a category allowing more relaxed restrictions and . . . Read Full Story >>

Meet the Candidates: Solomon Rajaratnam

Meet the Candidates: Solomon Rajaratnam

Rebecca Neipp

Solomon Rajaratnam has been living, working and raising a family in Ridgecrest for more than 20 years. “And I have been involved in the community from Day One.” His service includes membership in the China Lake Rotary Club, seats on the boards of Ridgecrest Chamber . . . Read Full Story >>

Meet the Candidates: Steven Morgan

Meet the Candidates: Steven Morgan

Rebecca Neipp

Steven Morgan moved to Ridgecrest in 1984, when he was brought here by the Navy. He purchased a home in the community in 1987, and worked as an air traffic controller before retiring. His service to the community includes four terms on the City Council, . . . Read Full Story >>

Meet the Candidates: Kyle Blades

Meet the Candidates: Kyle Blades

Rebecca Neipp

Kyle Blades was appointed to the City Council several months ago, and reported a palpable tension in council chambers. “You could read it in the room. Feel it in the air.” After his brief time on council, which was preceded by a stint on the . . . Read Full Story >>

Meet the Candidates: Lori Acton

Meet the Candidates: Lori Acton

Rebecca Neipp

Lori Acton said that she is running for City Council, “because I’ve did it before for four years, so I know how it works.” Her background includes serving as a field representative for former Supervisor Jon McQuiston, working at her father’s business, working at a . . . Read Full Story >>

Supervisors decry moving target

Supervisors decry moving target

Rebecca Neipp

Kern County finally hit the target numbers outlined in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s “Blueprint for a Safer Economy.” But because of a last-minute adjustment that inflated our case numbers and positivity rate, our communities will not be able to move into the “Red Tier” that relaxes . . . Read Full Story >>