Base repair costs might top $2B

Base repair costs might top $2B

By J.D. SIMKINS, Republished courtesy of the Navy Times Twin Independence Day weekend earthquakes and thousands of aftershocks rocked the California hamlet of Ridgecrest, buckling roads, igniting fractured natural gas lines and breaking home furnishing. Those tremors didn’t spare Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, . . . Read Full Story >>

Audit reveals new ‘Motor Voter’ flaws

Rebecca Neipp

The Department of Motor Vehicles came under further fire last Friday when an audit released by state officials showed nearly 84,000 duplicate voter registration records and more than 170,000 mistakes in partisan affiliation associated with the “Motor Voter” program. Auditors reviewed more than three million . . . Read Full Story >>

Dr. Lucy Jones briefs SSUSD

Dr. Lucy Jones briefs SSUSD

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Popular seismologist and science communicator Dr. Lucy Jones made a surprise local appearance when she videoconferenced in during Sierra Sands Unified School District’s all-hands meeting Monday morning at the Kerr McGee Center. Jones patiently stood by in her . . . Read Full Story >>

SBA recovery office opens at Kerr McGee

SBA recovery office opens at Kerr McGee

Rebecca Neipp

Disaster recovery assistance for local residents and business owners who suffered from the July 4-5 earthquakes is now available through the Small Business Administration, which opened an office at the Kerr McGee Center, operating from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays. Because of the . . . Read Full Story >>

Faller honored on first day of school

Faller honored on first day of school

Rebecca Neipp

A fallen hero who paid the ultimate sacrifice was honored on the 40th anniversary of his death by a school that now bears his name. The staff, students and families of Faller Elementary School held a ceremony on Aug. 13 — incidentally the first day . . . Read Full Story >>

Council to hear cinema proposal

Council to hear cinema proposal

Rebecca Neipp

A public hearing on the proposed development of a 10-screen cinema on a property at China Lake Boulevard and Rader Avenue will be on the agenda of the next Ridgecrest City Council meeting, held Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers. The hearing . . . Read Full Story >>

Republican  Women meet Friday at noon

Republican Women meet Friday at noon

The Ridgecrest Republican Women will host City Manager Ron Strand at a meeting Friday, Aug. 16, at noon at Casey’s Steak and BBQ. The cost of the luncheon is $18 per member and $20 per nonmember. Reservations should be made with President Monique Vanzee by . . . Read Full Story >>

Dem Club to meet Sat.

The Democractic Club of the High Desert will kick off the season with a meeting on Saturday, Aug. 17, at 11:30 a.m. at the China Lake Buffet. Kern County Democratic Club Chair Ricky Perez will be the guest speaker. The public is invited to attend. . . . Read Full Story >>

SBA approves disaster loans

SBA approves disaster loans

Rebecca Neipp

On Aug. 7, Acting Administrator Christopher Pilkerton of the Small Business Administration announced a disaster for residents of Kern and San Bernardino counties following the destructive earthquakes that occurred July 4 and 5. The declaration of emergency by SBA follows federal, state, county and city . . . Read Full Story >>

School meal prices increase

School meal prices increase

Rebecca Neipp

Students buying meals at school this term will see a 25-cent increase in prices. According to Kristen Groves, director of the Sierra Sands Unified School District Superintendent nutrition program, student prices for breakfast will be $2 each for elementary schoolers and $2.25 for middle- and . . . Read Full Story >>

Concert raises thousands for earthquake victims

Concert raises thousands for earthquake victims

Grady Baker and Ryan Woods of local band “Throttle” perform during Soundstorm’s Earthquake Relief Concert at the Desert Empire Fairgrounds on Saturday. Several other local bands performed at the event, where attendees and donors helped raise more than $11,000 for those impacted by the earthquakes. . . . Read Full Story >>

Lighting District formally approved

Lighting District formally approved

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer After last month’s robust discussion on the city’s landscaping and lighting fees for new developments, the Landscaping and Lighting District for Tract 6908 – a development on the southwest corner of Downs Street and Drummond Avenue – was . . . Read Full Story >>

Volunteers beautify new Richmond site

Volunteers beautify new Richmond site

Rebecca Neipp

When the Richmond Elementary School family learned that the school had just a few weeks to move to a new campus, scores of volunteers added their efforts to that of the countless contractors working around the clock to make it happen. Sierra Sands Unified School . . . Read Full Story >>

Police catch car thief

Police catch car thief

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Ridgecrest police pfficers have arrested a suspect for reportedly stealing a pickup truck from its owner’s residence earlier this month. According to a release from the Ridgecrest Police Department, officers responded to the theft in the 200 block . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy to hold mobile office

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy will hold mobile office hours Tuesday, Aug. 13, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the city clerk’s office at Ridgecrest City Hall. “A staff member from McCarthy’s office hosts each mobile office held throughout California’s 23rd Congressional District,” said a spokesperson. “This . . . Read Full Story >>

What is the city’s vision?

What is the city’s vision?

By SCOTT O’NEIL, IWV Economic Development Corp. I am a morning person and usually wake up at 4 a.m. On a recent morning, I found myself lying there reflecting on the earthquakes and the damage we have incurred. The city has identified $100-million-plus in needed . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: School year start delayed for Richmond, Gateway

To the Editor: School year start delayed for Richmond, Gateway

The following letter has been circulated to the staff and families of Gateway and Richmond elementary schools in the Sierra Sands Unified School District. Ever since the two major quakes of July 4 and 5, all available resources have been focused on the district’s recovery . . . Read Full Story >>

Are you prepared for when disaster hits?

Almost a year before the historic earthquakes hit Ridgecrest, disaster preparedness expert Robert OBergfell posted the following scenario in September 2018 for hundreds of social media followers. In this second part of the series, we see Jane’s perspective. Keep reading the News Review for the . . . Read Full Story >>

Pilot killed in Rainbow Canyon

Pilot killed in Rainbow Canyon

Rebecca Neipp

China Lake and Ridgecrest joined the naval aviation community in mourning when they learned yesterday of the death of a Super Hornet pilot assigned to the “Vigilantes” Strike Fighter Squadron based at Naval Air Station, Lemoore. “In accordance with Department of Defense policy, the identity . . . Read Full Story >>

Quake relief  concert Saturday

Quake relief concert Saturday

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley will be treated to a different sort of rocking this weekend – in the form of Soundstorm’s Earthquake Relief Concert on Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Desert Empire Fairgrounds. Nino Agostinacci of “Throttle” with . . . Read Full Story >>