Groundwater rights shifted to state

Rebecca Neipp

When Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law yesterday morning a series of sweeping regulations on groundwater extraction, conservative leaders decried the historic shift of property rights and local authority to Sacramento officials. “Groundwater is an extremely important resource for many communities and farmers throughout California, . . . Read Full Story >>

County readies EIR for IWV land use changes

By JAMES SIMMONS News Review Correspondent The county of Kern continues to develop and refine its effort to change land uses in the Indian Wells Valley. The county’s project is called the Indian Wells Valley Land Use Plan, a proposal to address growing reductions of . . . Read Full Story >>

Water district endorses $7.5 billion projects bond

Rebecca Neipp

The Indian Wells Valley Water District Board of Directors voted at its Sept. 8 meeting to support a $7.5 billion water bond measure, which will appear on the General Election ballot in November, that proposes to improve the state’s water storage and other infrastructure. The . . . Read Full Story >>

Ridgecrest City Council meets tonight

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Ridgecrest’s potential support of the Kern Citizens for Energy coalition is up for discussion at tonight’s City Council meeting, 6 p.m. in the City Hall council chambers. The KCE is a group of small-business owners, nonprofits, local legislators . . . Read Full Story >>

Petroglyphs rise in prominence as festival nears

Petroglyphs rise in prominence as festival nears

Rebecca Neipp

As the time for the inaugural Petroglyph Festival nears, tributes to Native American rock art are proliferating in two- and three-dimensional forms on storefronts, medians and gardens. Promoters of the event are preparing to showcase the region’s rare concentration of historic artistry to invitees from . . . Read Full Story >>

DEF board meets tomorrow

The Desert Empire Fair’s Board of Directors will meet Thursday, Sept. 18, at 6 p.m. in the board room at the Fairgrounds. Among the items on the agenda are a space for public comment, manager’s report, Events Planning Promotion and Marketing Committee reports on fair . . . Read Full Story >>

Veterans’ Stand Down is Friday

Linda Saholt

This year’s Veterans’ Stand Down will be bigger than last year’s event. “We now have 61 providers. Last year we had 54,” said Nick Coy, one of the event organizers. The Stand Down is set for this Friday from 9 a .m. to 2 p.m. . . . Read Full Story >>

Democratic Club to host candidates

The Democratic Club of the High Desert will host some of the candidates for the City Council and Mayor races at its next meeting, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 20, at 10:30 a.m. at Charlie’s at the Clarion Inn. The guest speakers will include former councilmember . . . Read Full Story >>

JoAnn has grand opening

JoAnn has grand opening

JoAnn Fabrics and Crafts opened its doors last week to a crowd of hundreds, who had lined up around the building. The store also made a $2,000 contribution to Pierce Elementary School, accepted by Principal Pam Barnes and Superintendent Ernie Bell (at left). Also pictured . . . Read Full Story >>

RRWF to host mayor, council candidates

The Ridgecrest Republican Women, Federated, will host candidates running for Ridgecrest Mayor and City Council at the club’s Friday, Sept. 26, luncheon. The program begins at noon in the banquet room of the Clarion Inn. According to a spokesperson, a question-and-answer period will be held . . . Read Full Story >>

Clark says group used his name illegally

Rebecca Neipp

The sight of Mayor Dan Clark’s name, and that of the city of Ridgecrest, on a letter to Gov. Jerry Brown supporting restrictive gun legislation created a tempest locally among those objecting to Clark taking a position allegedly out of step with many of his . . . Read Full Story >>

Drought brings exceptional changes

By JAMES SIMMONS News Review Correspondent Now termed “the 100-year drought” by some California water managers, the state’s epic dry period has sent reservoir storage volumes to historic lows, ruined recreation and agriculture enterprises and steamrolled some strong environmental groups’ leverage as new water supply . . . Read Full Story >>

BMX park in the works

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Youth Advisory Committee is working with the city to provide a new bike park to meet local BMX enthusiasts’ needs. Current rules restrict BMXers from using the local skatepark, and community members approached the city council for . . . Read Full Story >>

RidgeProject auction raises funds, spirits

RidgeProject auction raises funds, spirits

The RidgeProject attracted a lively and giving crowd at its dinner-auction on Saturday night. According to Ann Charlon, one of the event organizers, about 160 attendees helped raise an estimated $22,000 toward the cause. RidgeProject volunteers host several community clean-up days each year, targeting blighted . . . Read Full Story >>

Toddler found dead

Police responded to the 1900 block of West Ward Ave. when a toddler was found face down and unresponsive in a bathtub of water. A resident believed to be the child’s grandmother called the police at 5:48 p.m. Rescue personnel arrived and started CPR on . . . Read Full Story >>

City officials address rumors about Super Walmart groundbreaking

Rumors about the coming Super Walmart have been around for years. Now unofficial sources have confirmed that the project will break ground soon. “Walmart has selected a site at the corner of Bowman and China Lake, and we have been working with Walmart’s engineering team . . . Read Full Story >>

Painting the town  red, white and blue

Painting the town red, white and blue

Pictured are the military and civilian flagbearers who marched down China Lake Boulevard Sept. 6, ending up at Freedom Park for the Remembrance Field ceremony following the?Parade of 1000 Flags. Military and political dignitaries, along with bagpiper Chris Cooper (right) and the Burroughs High School . . . Read Full Story >>

"Joseph" still on for one more weekend

"Joseph" still on for one more weekend

Steven Farris as Joseph (right) and Dr. Larry Cosner as Jacob are joined onstage by sons and daughters of Israel during a scene in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat.” Audiences still have a chance to see the performance on Sept. 10, 12 and . . . Read Full Story >>

Vigil is tomorrow night

A somber observance of 9-11, and a ceremony to honor the memory of those who lost their lives on that day, and in the days following, will be held tomorrow, Sept. 11, at dusk at Freedom Park behind City Hall. The keynote speaker for the . . . Read Full Story >>

Decorated hero to lead parade

Decorated hero to lead parade

By THERESA GOLDSTRAND News Review Correspondent Former Marine corporal Miguel Madrigal knows first-hand the cost of freedom. In 2010 he saved a fellow Marine while under fire in Afghanistan, survived an improvised explosive device blast, recovered from his injuries and completed his military obligation. His . . . Read Full Story >>