City Council examines term limits

Rebecca Neipp

An examination of the newly imposed term limits for Ridgecrest City Council was among the topics of conversation at last week’s meeting, with City Attorney Keith Lemieux weighing in with a legal interpretation, and Mayor Dan Clark suggesting that new constraints for city leadership could . . . Read Full Story >>

Election season is officially open

Rebecca Neipp

With the opening of the candidate-filing period, election season has officially begun. Candidates in the races for Ridgecrest Mayor, Ridgecrest City Council, IWV Water District Board of Directors, Sierra Sands Unified School District Board of Education, IWV Airport Board of Directors and Community Service District . . . Read Full Story >>

IYK budget reflects activity, growth

IYK budget reflects activity, growth

INYOKERN, CA — A 50-percent leap in revenue and a slate of projects that will continue infrastructure improvements at Inyokern Airport were depicted in the budget for fiscal year 2014-15 passed this week by the Indian Wells Valley Airport District Board of Directors. “We had . . . Read Full Story >>

Funding, consultant return on future agendas

Rebecca Neipp

Two items discussed during recent meetings of the Ridgecrest City Council will reappear on future agendas. On July 2 the council, by a 3-2 vote, approved some $2.45 million in funding to Pertexa, CalUAS, EH Group and WEDA for various projects that propose economic development . . . Read Full Story >>

BHS grad makes national news on successful space project

BHS grad makes national news on successful space project

By JEANETTE FRANCIS News Review Correspondent Ridgecrest native Galen Hollins recently participated in a Jet Propulsion Laboratory project affiliated with NASA designed to transmit information from the International Space Station to earth. The project made news on Los Angeles station KCAL-9 during a successful demonstration . . . Read Full Story >>

KZGN Open House

KZGN-TV?Owner Tom Wiknich (center) and Station Manager Fritz Frieberg (left) give residents an inside look at the studio during an open house last week. Staff and contributors will collaborate to produce a slate of original programming that focuses on local issues. The new station, which . . . Read Full Story >>

Council to revisit funds for economic development

Rebecca Neipp

Potential awarding of grants to proponents looking to diversify the local economy will once again be up for discussion at tonight’s meeting of the Ridgecrest City Council, held at 6 p.m. in council chambers. At the June 18 meeting, the council heard from five applicants . . . Read Full Story >>

Fireworks, food, fun on the Fourth

Fireworks, food, fun on the Fourth

By CARL AUSTIN III, News Review Correspondent Desert Empire Fairgrounds and the Ridgecrest Lion’s Club are collaborating for a Fourth of July celebration that is bigger and better than ever. For two decades at the fairgrounds, the Lions have sponsored an elaborate fireworks display, which . . . Read Full Story >>

KMC plan makes painful progress

By JAMES SIMMONS News Review Correspondent Kern County’s effort to place its county hospital and primary trauma center into a new independent authority is encountering a difficult birthing process. The county board of supervisors sees that the best chance for the money-hemorrhaging Kern Medical Center . . . Read Full Story >>

WD leaders focus on people, work, infrastructure

Rebecca Neipp

Top military and civilian leaders at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division released a white paper last week outlining their objectives and strategies for weathering downturning budgets without losing critical capabilities. Their analysis was prepared for Under Secretary of Defense Frank Kendall, who toured the . . . Read Full Story >>

New captain shares love of country, mission, small-town life

New captain shares love of country, mission, small-town life

Rebecca Neipp

After only four months at the helm of the Naval Air Weapons Station, Capt. Rich Wiley has by all accounts acclimated to his new role as steward of one of the Navy’s largest assets —and his new life in a remote, desert community — like . . . Read Full Story >>

Mayor adds last-minute item to agenda

Rebecca Neipp

At press time, the News Review learned of a last-minute addendum for tonight’s meeting of the Ridgecrest City Council — a resolution to approve a contract with Justin O’Neill to provide special services to the council. When the item was originally aired for public discussion . . . Read Full Story >>

Famous Footwear to open July 16

Famous Footwear to open July 16

Famous Footwear announced that its new store — located in the former Mervyn’s building in the Ridgecrest Towne Center — will be open to local shoppers as of July 16. The dedicated shoe store is one of three new businesses opening up in the long-empty . . . Read Full Story >>

Main Gate closed until November

CHINA LAKE — Within the next week or two, the Main Gate into China Lake from Inyokern Road will be closed until sometime in November for roadwork and guardshack modifications.  The contractor will start staging efforts June 30, placing temporary construction signage and traffic control . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy is new Majority Leader

Rebecca Neipp

The meteoric political ascent of Bakersfield Congressman Kevin McCarthy continued last week when House Republicans chose their former whip as the new Majority Leader. McCarthy replaces Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia, whose loss to an obscure candidate in the June primary sent shockwaves through the . . . Read Full Story >>

County park starts last phase of work

County park starts last phase of work

You may have noticed a wide stretch of raised dirt in the new section of LeRoy Jackson Park, at the corner of French Street and China Lake Boulevard. An expansion project for the county park is being done in stages, to be completed this fall. . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy the next Majority Leader?

Rebecca Neipp

The shifting political landscape that resulted from Virginia Republican Eric Cantor’s shocking loss in the primary election has left Kern County’s own Kevin McCarthy — currently serving as the Republican Whip — as the favorite to replace Cantor as majority leader in the House of . . . Read Full Story >>

Economic funding on the table

Rebecca Neipp

Among the items facing the Ridgecrest City Council at tonight’s regular meeting are funding requests ranging from $147,000 to $1.5 million to generate economic development opportunities in the city (see related article, this page). In 2009 the city of Ridgecrest procured some $24 million from . . . Read Full Story >>

Concerns aired at town hall-style meeting

Rebecca Neipp

With the city facing a tight timeline to finish reconstruction of Ridgecrest Boulevard, City Engi-neer Loren Culp facilitated a forum last week at Desert Valleys Federal Credit Union conference room that allowed contractors and the impacted business owners to share information that could help find . . . Read Full Story >>

California legislators pass budget

Rebecca Neipp

Both houses of the California legislature passed a $156.4-billion state budget — at the 11th hour — that has been hailed by state leaders as a compromise for the economically recovering state. The lack of support from Republican legislators, and outright criticism from local leaders, . . . Read Full Story >>