Republican Women to host national federation leader

Ridgecrest Republican Women, Federated, will host a national leader in the Republican party at its Friday, April 19, luncheon at noon at Casey’s Steak and BBQ. Guest speaker Carol Hadley is the Region 1 director of the National Federation of Republican Women, member at large, . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy rep here Tuesday

A staff member from House Republic Leader Kevin McCarthy’s office will be in Ridgecrest Tuesday, April 9, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the City Clerk’s office of Ridgecrest City Hall. “This time provides an opportunity for constituents in the local community to conveniently visit and share . . . Read Full Story >>

Kern officials oppose governor on death penalty

Kern officials oppose governor on death penalty

Rebecca Neipp

Kern County elected officials are among those who oppose Gov. Gavin Newsom’s executive order last week to suspend the death penalty — granting reprieve to the 737 convicted murderers on death row in California. Newsom cited the historic contentiousness of the issue, a purported bias . . . Read Full Story >>

Lighthouse founder to address RRFW

Lighthouse founder to address RRFW

Ridgecrest Republican Women, Federated will host Tara Packer of the Lighthouse at its Friday, March 22, meeting from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the banquet room of Casey’s Steak and BBQ. The Lighthouse is a nonprofit Christian ministry that offers a place of prayer and . . . Read Full Story >>

Kern officials propose shift in HSR funding

Kern officials propose shift in HSR funding

By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer Following Gov. Gavin Newsom’s tepid criticism of California’s High Speed Rail project, more conservative leaders are calling for abandonment of the project — with some of Kern County’s highest-ranking electeds calling for financial support to be redirected toward . . . Read Full Story >>

Kern DA pushes back on  death penalty suspension

Kern DA pushes back on death penalty suspension

Rebecca Neipp

Conservatives across the state of California have objected to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s executive order on Wednesday to suspend the death penalty. Among the many Kern officials who released statements by press was Kern County District Attorney Cynthia Zimmer, who announced when she took an oath . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy rep here on March 12

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced mobile office hours in Ridgecrest on Tuesday, March 12, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Ridgecrest City Hall. “This time provides an opportunity for constituents in the local community to conveniently visit and share concerns on important issues and current events . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy calls attention to border crisis

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy issued a statement this week regarding House Joint Resolution 46, which he characterized as an attempt to block President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the country’s southern border. “House Democrats chose today to make a purely political . . . Read Full Story >>

Caltrans announces Towne Pass  curve realignment project

Caltrans announces Towne Pass curve realignment project

The California Department of Transportation, Bishop substation, announced that reconstruction for the Towne Pass Curve Realignment Project has begun. The half-mile project on State Route 190 will run east of Towne Pass in Death Valley National Park. “The project should enhance safety and reduce accidents . . . Read Full Story >>

DMV solvency questioned

DMV solvency questioned

Rebecca Neipp

Problems continue to plague California’s Department of Motor Vehicles, with the latest reports citing possible insolvency issues at the state agency. According to the Legislative Analyst’s Office, a $3.9-billion account used to fund 95 percent of DMV expenses is headed for collapse by the 2021-22 . . . Read Full Story >>

Service Academy Forum set for March 23

Service Academy Forum set for March 23

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy will hold a forum for students in the 23rd Congressional District who are interested in attending U.S. Service Academies. The forum will be held Saturday, March 23, at 11 a.m. at 1115 Truxtun Ave., in Bakersfield. “Our nation’s service academies . . . Read Full Story >>

Fong mobile office is Feb. 27

Assemblyman Vince Fong will hold mobile office hours Wednesday, Feb. 27, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the office of the Ridgecrest Area Association of Realtors, 995 N. Norma St. During staff mobile office hours, constituents will be able to speak representatives about community issues, state legislation, . . . Read Full Story >>

Feds throw down gauntlet for HSR

Feds throw down gauntlet for HSR

Rebecca Neipp

Last week, conservative lawmakers lauded California’s Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom for conceding in his State of the State address the hurdles in completing his predecessor’s dream of a bullet train across California. “There simply isn’t a path to get from Sacramento to San Diego,” he . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy seeks intern applicants

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is now accepting applications for his Summer Internship Program. “Having served as a congressional intern, I found the experience of serving our community and country as a young adult incredibly fulfilling. It propelled me to continue working on behalf of . . . Read Full Story >>

Kern leaders laud Newsom’s stance on HSR

Rebecca Neipp

Kern County elected officials lauded Gov. Gavin Newsom’s comments Tuesday in his State of the State address to end the high-speed rail project, a venture backed by former Gov. Jerry Brown to build a bullet train the length of California. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy . . . Read Full Story >>

Republican Women to host Kicinski

The Ridgecrest Republican Women, Federated, will host a luncheon Friday, Feb. 22, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the banquet room of Casey’s Steaks and BBQ. Ron Kicinski, member of the IWV Water District Board of Directors, will be the keynote speaker. “He expects you . . . Read Full Story >>

Democrats to host Cal City mayor

Democrats to host Cal City mayor

The Democratic Club of the High Desert will host California City Mayor Chuck McGuire at its Saturday, Feb. 16, meeting at 11:30 a.m. at the Homestead. McGuire served on the California City Council for eight years prior to being elected mayor last November. He was . . . Read Full Story >>

State of the County energizes leaders

State of the County energizes leaders

Rebecca Neipp

“The past is a memory — it’s a thought arising in the present. The future is merely anticipated — another thought arising now. What we truly have is this moment.” Kern County 4th District Supervisor David Couch opened his keynote address in the vein of . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy staffer here on Tuesday

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s staff will host mobile office hours in Ridgecrest Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Ridgecrest City Hall. A staff member will be on hand to provide an opportunity for constituents in the local community to conveniently visit and share . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy comments on reopening government

Rebecca Neipp

“Last week Democrats celebrated keeping the status quo,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield Tweeted this week following the three-week deal made to keep the government running until a long-term agreement can be reached. “Meanwhile, 300 Americans die weekly from heroin — 90 percent . . . Read Full Story >>