Fall Fair opens tonight

Fall Fair opens tonight

Rebecca Neipp

New attractions, returning favorites and an unparalleled concert lineup promise family fun during the Desert Empire Fairgrounds Fall Fair, returning Friday through Sunday, Oct. 18-20. DEF Executive Director Chip Holloway said that the popular event was originally scheduled to move forward on the theme “Family . . . Read Full Story >>

Newsom signs late-start bill

Newsom signs late-start bill

Rebecca Neipp

On the final day of California’s legislative session, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law a bill that would mandate a later start to the school day for the state’s middle- and high-school campuses. The bill, which is scheduled for implementation by the start of the . . . Read Full Story >>

State GOP chair to  speak here

State GOP chair to speak here

The Ridgecrest Republican Women, Federated, will host Jessica Patterson, new chair of the California Republican Party, at its Friday, Oct. 25, luncheon at noon at Casey’s Steaks and Barbecue. The millennial Latina made headlines when she became the first woman elected to lead the Golden . . . Read Full Story >>

GA needs ‘serious discussion about finances’

GA needs ‘serious discussion about finances’

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority met Thursday to discuss budget options and address its more than $1-million deficit. While details were not available at press time, members of the IWV Water District – a GA member agency . . . Read Full Story >>

Cannabis measures approved for March primary ballot

Cannabis measures approved for March primary ballot

Rebecca Neipp

Two initiatives aimed at overturning Kern County’s ban on medical marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated areas will appear on the March Primary Ballot. The measure passed 4-0 Tuesday by the Kern County Board of Supervisors endeavors to begin a blank slate for applicants, while the initiative . . . Read Full Story >>

Blanton crowned BHS Homecoming Queen

Blanton crowned BHS Homecoming Queen

Newly-crowned 2019 Homecoming Queen Jocelyn Blanton receives a congratulatory hug from last year’s winner Enyssa Armendariz as Jocelyn’s fellow cheerleaders and proud father Joseph Blanton look on. The Burros lost their game to the Oak Hill Bulldogs. Tonight they play against undefeated Serrano. Their final . . . Read Full Story >>

Balsam St renovation breaks  ground

Balsam St renovation breaks ground

THE SIERRA PROJECT – Local real estate investment and development company The Sierra Project is proud to announce its latest and largest project yet: a total facade transformation in the heart of downtown Ridgecrest. Numbers 126, 128, 130 and 132 Balsam Street (better known as . . . Read Full Story >>

Kern Foundation solicits grant applications

Rebecca Neipp

Local nonprofit agencies looking to improve their fundraising capabilities are invited to submit applications for a Jumpstart Fundraising Technical Assistance Grant Opportunity, offered through the Kern Community Foundation with support from the county board of supervisors. “Jumpstart is truly a public-private partnership in growing philanthropy . . . Read Full Story >>

On the wings of a Superfortress

On the wings of a Superfortress

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer “Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.” — Leonardo Da Vinci Hundreds congregated last week to . . . Read Full Story >>

Local agencies get quake relief

Rebecca Neipp

Local agencies benefitted from the majority of nearly $115,000 in earthquake relief grants awarded last Friday by the Kern Community Foundation. “It is exactly three months to the day since the first of three large earthquakes and countless aftershocks struck Ridgecrest, China Lake and surrounding . . . Read Full Story >>

Thousands welcome Doc back to IYK

Thousands welcome Doc back to IYK

Rebecca Neipp

One of only two remaining flightworthy B-29s, and a former “celebrity” aircraft of the Indian Wells Valley, was welcomed by thousands of fans during a two-day stay at Inyokern Airport. The B-29 Superfortress, nicknamed “Doc,” was one of about 4,000 of that model built during . . . Read Full Story >>

TAC mulls over latest pumping limitations

TAC mulls over latest pumping limitations

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The latest iteration of proposed groundwater pumping limitations was discussed last week by the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority’s Technical Advisory Committee. As presented, the “sustainable yield allocations” eliminate virtually all agricultural pumping in the valley. “The attached . . . Read Full Story >>

Junior Livestock show, auction next week

Junior Livestock show, auction next week

By KELLY COSNER News Review Correspondent When the iconic Ferris wheel and Tilt-a-Whirl arrive and alter the familiar skyline at the Desert Empire Fairgrounds next week, so too will arrive the lesser-seen sheep, steers, pigs, goats and other familiar farm animals in preparation for the . . . Read Full Story >>

NAWS fined for waste handling

NAWS fined for waste handling

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Oct. 3 a settlement with the Department of the Navy for improperly managing hazardous waste at the Naval Air Weapons Station in China Lake. Under the agreement, the federal facility will pay a $23,700 penalty. “It is critical for . . . Read Full Story >>

College to participate in ShakeOut

College to participate in ShakeOut

Cerro Coso Community College will participate in the Great California ShakeOut on Oct. 17, at 10:17 a.m. “Following the recent earthquakes in Ridgecrest, now more than ever it is important that we be prepared,” said a spokesperson. “The college uses this opportunity to practice how . . . Read Full Story >>

Reflections on  earthquake impact

Reflections on earthquake impact

By DR. DAVID OSTASH, SSUSD Superintendent Sometimes things happen in life that feel as though they happen “to us.” At first, that is exactly the way we felt in Sierra Sands Unified School District in the immediate aftermath of the July 4 and 5 earthquakes, . . . Read Full Story >>

Ogas gets fourth ‘Life-Saver’ award

Ogas gets fourth ‘Life-Saver’ award

Rebecca Neipp

Between his swearing into the Ridgecrest Police Department as an officer on July 2018 and now, Michael Ogas’ decisive actions have saved the lives of four people. “I don’t know if this has ever happened in our department before — not with one officer in . . . Read Full Story >>

Concert association calling it quits

By LAURA LEIGH MONTEREY News Review Correspondent In an apparent attempt to stem the tide of rumor, Indian Wells Valley Concert Association President Julius Botelho announced, prior to the Julian G concert Thursday at the Ridgecrest Church of the Nazarene, that the organization is bowing . . . Read Full Story >>

Relay for Life starts tomorrow

Relay for Life starts tomorrow

Hundreds of community members are anticipated to attend this year’s Relay For Life, which kicks off at 9 a.m. on Saturday at the Cerro Coso Community College track. The annual fundraising event is sponsored by the American Cancer Society and raises thousands of dollars each . . . Read Full Story >>

Gleason will not seek third supervisor term

Gleason will not seek third supervisor term

Rebecca Neipp

Kern County 1st District Supervisor Mick Gleason confirmed this week that he will not seek a third term at the end of 2020. However, he said he will stay in Ridgecrest. “I’m not going anywhere.“I was enjoying the job completely. Things are going really well. . . . Read Full Story >>