Cedar Fire now top priority in U.S.

Cedar Fire now top priority in U.S.

Rebecca Neipp

With a burgeoning perimeter and a growing list of recommended and precautionary evacuations, the Cedar Fire is now the top priority for collaborating firefighting agencies across the country. “This is a colossal fire. California and the Western United States have sent assets to help manage . . . Read Full Story >>

Last chance to weigh in on casino

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Local buzz about a prospective Indian gaming casino in Ridgecrest has picked back up as the time nears for the Ridgecrest City Council to vote on a land sale to the Timbisha-Shoshone Tribe. Casino advocates continue to emphasize . . . Read Full Story >>

Ag industry ‘targeted’ in new state legislation

Rebecca Neipp

“Agriculture is not crop production as popular belief holds — it’s the production of food and fiber from the world’s land and waters. Without agriculture, it is not possible to have a city, stock market, banks, university, church or army. Agriculture is the foundation of . . . Read Full Story >>

Scott O’Neil to head 9-11 flag parade

Scott O’Neil to head 9-11 flag parade

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The annual Parade of 1000 Flags is just around the corner and this year’s grand marshal is former Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division Executive Director Scott O’Neil. The parade will be on Saturday morning, Sept. 10. Rep. . . . Read Full Story >>

Groundwater JPA meets

The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority met Thursday afternoon to discuss administrative matters prior to formally setting up a Groundwater Sustainability Agency for the IWV groundwater basin. The Joint Powers Authority, consisting of the city of Ridgecrest, the counties of Kern, Inyo and San Bernardino . . . Read Full Story >>

Fuller opposes ‘job killer’

SACRAMENTO — This week, Senate Republican Leader Jean Fuller announced that she opposes Senate Bill 32 (Pavley, D-Agoura Hills) and made the case to protect jobs in California. SB 32 would require the California Air Re-sources Board to ensure that statewide greenhouse gas emissions are . . . Read Full Story >>

Editorial: Stop. Look. Listen.

Stop. Look. Listen. It’s a cautionary measure that we were taught from early childhood. This bit of wisdom seems to be lost on our city government in its frenzy to stage a casino at the front gate of China Lake. If this measure is carelessly . . . Read Full Story >>

Casino land-sale vote imminent

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The possible sale of city property adjacent to the China Lake front gate to the Timbisha-Shoshone Tribe for an Indian Gaming Casino was a closed-session item during Wednesday night’s city council meeting. The item triggered public comment on . . . Read Full Story >>

Harmful algae detected in Kern, Isabella

Rebecca Neipp

With the discovery of harmful algae in parts of Lake Isabella and Kern River, Kern County Department of Public Health issued a notice this week warning residents and visitors to avoid contact with and consumption of water impacted by the blue-green cyanobacteria. “The algae bloom . . . Read Full Story >>

Cedar Fire prompts mountain home evacuations

Cedar Fire prompts mountain home evacuations

Rebecca Neipp

A fire that broke out Tuesday in the Greenhorn Mountains has spurred another series of evacuations in Kern County, with the communities of Alta Sierra, Slick Rock and Shirley Meadows being urged to flee from the Cedar Fire. At press time, the fire had burned . . . Read Full Story >>

Remembering Mark Vargas: hero at home and abroad

Remembering Mark Vargas: hero at home and abroad

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Ridgecrest residents mourn the loss of Corpsman Mark Vargas, 2nd Class Petty Officer U.S. Navy, who died Aug. 5. The father of two, combat veteran and hometown hero died at home just days before his 31st birthday. Mark, . . . Read Full Story >>

City, water board candidates confirmed for ballot

By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer With closure of the filing period for locally elected offices, Kern County Elections Division officials have confirmed candidates for all six races, although only three of those will be decided on the November General Election ballot. In the . . . Read Full Story >>

Memorial wall comes to Ridgecrest

Memorial wall comes to Ridgecrest

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The local chapter of American Legion Riders will serve as an escort for the Remembering Our Fallen memorial wall, coming to Ridgecrest on Saturday, Sept. 3. Like last year, the wall will be on display at the Kerr . . . Read Full Story >>

Editorial: Equal representation?

For months, mutual water companies and the East Kern County Resource Conservation District have been pleading for “meaningful participation” in the management of our groundwater basin. These pleas have been blatantly and constantly rejected by our elected officials, who will make up the Groundwater Sustainability . . . Read Full Story >>

Toxicity levels spark increased precautions

Rebecca Neipp

Testing has confirmed dangerous toxins in the water near Kissack Cove at Lake Isabella, according to a press release this week from the Kern County Public Health Department. Last week, the department issued a warning about potentially harmful blue-green algae found at Kissack Cove, as . . . Read Full Story >>

RPD talks public safety tax

Police say legislation will create more challenges for law enforcement By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Ridgecrest Police Chief Ron Strand and Capt. Jed McLaughlin addressed the Ridge-crest Exchange Club last week to discuss a proposed successor to the Measure L tax, which will . . . Read Full Story >>

School is back in session!

School is back in session!

Pierce Elementary Principal Pam Barnes greets Lashanntii Johnson on her first day of school on Tuesday morning. -- Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

Mayor reconsiders casino location

Mayor reconsiders casino location

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Things have been pretty quiet regarding the proposed Indian gaming casino coming to Ridgecrest since the Ridgecrest City Council voted 3-2 to approve a Municipal Services Agreement with the Timbisha-Shoshone tribe in June after many weeks of heated . . . Read Full Story >>

Hospital to relaunch senior services program

Hospital to relaunch senior services program

Rebecca Neipp

When senior citizens, and the families who support them, lost their lifeline to respite care, insurance advocacy, tax assistance and other help provided for decades by Senior Services of I.W.V., Ridgecrest Regional Hospital stepped in to help. With a grant in hand, a newly appointed . . . Read Full Story >>

Public ejected from committee discussion

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The City Ad Hoc Finance Committee met Wednesday, Aug. 10, to discuss splitting Public Works Director and City Manager Dennis Speer’s workload. But the meeting was reported to have been “abruptly” cut short when Speer said the main . . . Read Full Story >>