Stargazing Edition

Stargazing Edition

Rebecca Neipp

“Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.” Theodore Roosevelt’s directive is generally interpreted as a reminder to keep our goals lofty while staying anchored in reality. His own life was certainly exemplary in this respect, and it’s great advice to . . . Read Full Story >>

County considers marijuana regulation

County considers marijuana regulation

Rebecca Neipp

Kern County Board of Supervisors is facing options to ban or regulate commercial cultivation and sale of marijuana, with only a few months to put an ordinance in place before state law is automatically implemented Jan. 1. Most Kern municipalities, including Ridgecrest, have opted to . . . Read Full Story >>

Upgraded campus awaits BHS students

Upgraded campus awaits BHS students

Rebecca Neipp

As the Sierra Sands Unified School District team and partners prepare to open a brandnew campus to Murray Middle School students, some $32 million in renovations are wrapping up across the street at Burroughs High School. “The entire campus has been painted and looks brand . . . Read Full Story >>

Skywatchers await rare eclipse

Skywatchers await rare eclipse

Rebecca Neipp

North Americans have an opportunity to share in a historic astronomical event Monday, Aug. 21, with the first visible solar eclipse in 38 years. “If you have the good fortune to be along the path of totality, stretching from Oregon to South Carolina, you will . . . Read Full Story >>

Mayor begs ‘flexibility’ on IWVGA matters

Mayor begs ‘flexibility’ on IWVGA matters

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer During last week’s Ridgecrest City Council meeting, Mayor Peggy Breeden asked staff and council to find a way to “recognize the flexibility in the process” of Breeden representing the city on the board of the Indian Wells Valley . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy leads bipartisan effort to support ag

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy led a bipartisan coalition of California congressman in signing a letter to leaders in the federal government, urging them to support the state’s agricultural exports with other North American countries. “California’s agriculture industry has played a significant part in our . . . Read Full Story >>

RPD announces citizen academy

The Ridgecrest Police Department is now accepting applications for the 2017 Citizens’ Police Academy. The nine-week program is designed to give members of the community an inside look at local law enforcement. During the academy, students will be introduced to an overview of RPD’s functions . . . Read Full Story >>

Committee delay could cost city tens of millions

Committee delay could cost city tens of millions

By STAN RAJTORA The wastewater fee increase for the new wastewater treatment plant occurred in June 2013. The preliminary wastewater treatment plant design report was released in October 2015. Since 2015 the only progress has been the environmental certification of two sites for the new . . . Read Full Story >>

Boutique aces first flight out of IYK

Boutique aces first flight out of IYK

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Tuesday morning I got ready for the day and left my house as usual around 5:30 a.m. and arrived in Los Angeles a few minutes after 7:00. Well, that’s not entirely true. I rarely leave the house at . . . Read Full Story >>

Community remembers Malik Mallet

Community remembers Malik Mallet

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The community mourns the loss of 21-year-old Malik Mallet, who died in a fatal stabbing over the weekend according to the Kern County Sheriff’s Office. According to the KCSO press release, deputies requested Ridgecrest Police Department officers to . . . Read Full Story >>

District expects as many as 50 new hires

Rebecca Neipp

While this year’s back-to-school buzz has focused largely on the unveiling of $70 million in new construction and improvements when students return to school (see related story, this edition), Sierra Sands Unified School District is also bracing to accommodate an influx of new teachers and . . . Read Full Story >>

Wednesday storm makes striking appearance

Wednesday storm makes striking appearance

Residents of the Indian Wells Valley were delighted by a dramatic lightning show over the northeast horizon on Wednesday evening. According to China Lake Forecaster Tamera Walters, weather systems have mostly hovered over the edges of the valley this week. “But we only registered traces . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Murray Middle School will be ready’

‘Murray Middle School will be ready’

Rebecca Neipp

“We are expecting 650 kids the first day of school, and Murray Middle School will be ready to receive them,” said Ernie Bell, superintendent of the Sierra Sands Unified School District. “This is a really unique milestone for our community, and we hope everyone will . . . Read Full Story >>

Portal offers escape from summer heat

Portal offers escape from summer heat

By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer The dictionary defines “portal” as a gateway or entrance. Perhaps I’ve been too heavily influenced by science fiction, but to me the word has always implied transport to somewhere exotic and unexplored. With the number of days until . . . Read Full Story >>

Council  opposes  extended  alcohol-sales  hours

Council opposes extended alcohol-sales hours

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council met Wednesday evening and unanimously voted to present a letter to Assemblyman Vince Fong opposing a bill that would extend the state’s hours of alcohol sales from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. Councilman Wallace . . . Read Full Story >>

Editorial: We need fair representation

In the fall of 2014, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. For the first time in our state, government was going to have its say in groundwater use. This is not inherently a bad thing – you can even argue . . . Read Full Story >>

Trona crash claims lives of mother, son

Trona crash claims lives of mother, son

Rebecca Neipp

A Sunday evening rollover just north of Trona claimed the life of a 26-year-old Ridgecrest woman and her 6-year-old son. California Highway Patrol officials report that Natasha Sanchez was driving a 1999 Chevy Blazer south on Trona Wildrose Road “at a high rate of speed.” . . . Read Full Story >>

Signs of recent showers decorate the IWV sky

Signs of recent showers decorate the IWV sky

A double rainbow stretches across the entire width of the Indian Wells Valley Monday evening. The long-lasting visual stunner was the principal piece of evidence, along with traces of rain, left by a series of thunderstorms that moved through the valley earlier this week. According . . . Read Full Story >>

Locals  witness,  assist in  fatal 395  accident

Locals witness, assist in fatal 395 accident

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer “There’s a 90-mile stretch of Highway 395 that’s scarier to Ridgecrest-Inyokern residents than any horror flick ever made.” Valley residents were reminded of these harrowing words from a 2006 Bakersfield Californian editorial after a July 17 accident on . . . Read Full Story >>

Water meetings tackle funding opportunities

Water meetings tackle funding opportunities

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority and its Policy Advisory Committee met last week and discussed acquisition of Proposition 1 grant funding to work toward a Groundwater Sustainability Plan for the IWV. In addition to funding discussions, the . . . Read Full Story >>