Staff preps for start of new year

Staff preps for start of new year

Rebecca Neipp

Administrators and teachers collaborate in a series of professional development workshops this week. — Photo by Laura Austin ------ With the start of the new school year just days away, Sierra Sands Unified School District Superintendent Ernie Bell reflected on the challenges and opportunities that . . . Read Full Story >>

Water district continues rates discussion

Water district continues rates discussion

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Water District Board of Directors will hear a presentation on budget-based rate structures during its monthly meeting on Monday, Aug. 13. The district continues to weigh its options before implementing a scheduled three-percent rate . . . Read Full Story >>

RPD investigates  local toddler death

RPD investigates local toddler death

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest Police Department is investigating the death of a young child last month. Aydan Whitehead McGowen, almost two years old, died in the hospital after being found unresponsive at his home. According to reports, officers responded to . . . Read Full Story >>

Filing questioned for absent candidate

Rebecca Neipp

UPDATE: After going to press Thursday, the News Review learned that Council candidate Mike Neel dropped out of the race following events at city hall where he was allegedly attempting to bully the city clerk according to sources at City Hall. Additionally, Council Incumbent Mike . . . Read Full Story >>

Community ‘Fills the  Bus’ for local schools

Community ‘Fills the Bus’ for local schools

Former Richmond Elementary School Teacher Mrs. “Paz” Pasztalaniec collects school supply donations from shoppers leaving Walmart on Saturday. — Photo by Laura Austin ------ By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Local volunteers helped collect a busload of school supplies for the upcoming school year . . . Read Full Story >>

Chamber to  host public  works director

Chamber to host public works director

The Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce will host Bard Lower, director of public works for the city of Ridgecrest, at its Tuesday, Aug. 14, luncheon at noon at the Historic USO Building. Lower promises an update on road projects in the city. “He oversees not just . . . Read Full Story >>

Veteran housing info meeting is Aug. 17

The Ridgecrest Veterans Advisory Council will host an informative meeting at the Kerr McGee Center, Friday, Aug. 17, 11 a.m. The topic will be opportunities available through Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing. Christopher Difilippo of Bakersfield will explain the program and answer questions. “The VASH program . . . Read Full Story >>

Millions secured for energy, water

Millions secured for energy, water

Rebecca Neipp

Dave Janiec of China Lake Alliance (left) and Scott O’Neil of IWC Economic Development Corp. address the media Thursday morning about the newly approved funding. — Photo by Laura Austin ------ Legislation passed through both the U.S. House and Senate this week includes a provision . . . Read Full Story >>

Water District board nominates GA reps

Water District board nominates GA reps

Directors of the Indian Wells Valley Water District discuss their representation on the IWV Groundwater Authority during a workshop meeting on Tuesday morning. — Photo by Laura Austin ------ By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Indian Wells Valley Water District Director Peter Brown will . . . Read Full Story >>

Historical Society unveils historic fire horn

Historical Society unveils historic fire horn

From left former volunteer firemen Lew Allbright (with 28 years of service) and Larry Rizzardini (with 17 years) plus sterling craftsmen Tony McCoy, Skip Gorman and Ramon Cazares celebrate the renovation and display of a historic emergency firehorn that perched on a side roof of . . . Read Full Story >>

City wades through Pinney Pool legal issues

City wades through Pinney Pool legal issues

Sgt. John Pinney Memorial Pool, closed last year due to insufficient funds for maintenance and ADA compliance. — Courtesy Photo By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer While construction of the city splash pad is back on track, officials at City Hall are still trying . . . Read Full Story >>

Back to School!

Back to School!

Members of the Burroughs High School Music Boosters convened Wednesday evening to welcome incoming band, orchestra and choir students. More than 100 students and parents were treated to ice cream and orientation by Director Mark Hatter and his small, but hardworking, group of volunteers. Music . . . Read Full Story >>

China Lake history comes to life in ‘Project Camel’ talk

China Lake history comes to life in ‘Project Camel’ talk

Technicians packing a "Fat Man" test shape at China Lake Salt Wells Pilot Plant, a highly secret facility of the Manhattan Project, circa 1945. Bomb-shape drops and explosives and explosive-lens development and production were part of Project Camel at NOTS. — Courtesy Photo The China . . . Read Full Story >>

Local races filling up

Rebecca Neipp

At press time, Kern County Elections officials were spending their last day in Ridgecrest gathering candidate filings for local races, as the Aug. 10 filing deadline neared. So far, incumbents Amy Covert, Tim Johnson and Kurt Rockwell — are the only candidates who have filed . . . Read Full Story >>

RPD seeks  parolee

RPD seeks parolee

The Ridgecrest Police Department is seeking the public’s help in locating Hector Madueno, 37, for a felony probation warrant and a misdemeanor hit-and-run/driving under the influence warrant. According to the department, Madueno is on probation for prior evading-arrest charges and is out of compliance of . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy staffer here Tuesday

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy will hold mobile office hours in Ridgecrest Tuesday, Aug. 7, from 1-2 p.m. at City Hall. A staff member from McCarthy’s office will be on hand to provide an opportunity for local constituents to conveniently visit and share concerns on . . . Read Full Story >>

Attorney: GA ‘crossed the line’

Attorney: GA ‘crossed the line’

Ridgecrest City Attorney Keith Lemieux confers with Mayor Peggy Breeden during last week’s meeting of the Groundwater Authority. — Photo by Laura Austin ------ By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer City Attorney Keith Lemieux addressed an ongoing Ralph M. Brown Act compliance issue with . . . Read Full Story >>

’Fill the Bus’ is August 4

’Fill the Bus’ is August 4

Community members will once again endeavor to “Fill the Bus” to help gather much-needed school supplies to help teachers and students start off the new school year. Churches and service organizations are teaming up for the drive, scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 4, from 8 a.m. . . . Read Full Story >>

Groundwater Authority passes pump fee 3-1

Groundwater Authority passes pump fee 3-1

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer A monthly groundwater pumping fee was formally approved last week by the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority. Acting as the Groundwater Sustainability Agency for the IWV, the Authority passed the $30-per-acre-foot fee to cover a $930,000 funding gap . . . Read Full Story >>

PACT: volunteers critical to public safety

PACT: volunteers critical to public safety

Rebecca Neipp

Police and Community Together Coordinator Andy Pudgorski talks about the important role volunteers play in supporting the Ridgecrest Police Department. — Photo by Laura Austin ------ In a landscape where criminal trends across the state are climbing and budgets are increasingly impacted, Ridgecrest remains one . . . Read Full Story >>