Casino  issue packs Town Hall

Casino issue packs Town Hall

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The City Hall Council Chambers were filled to capacity and beyond as nearly 400 members of the public came out for a Town Hall meeting to learn more about the city’s plans to host an Indian casino and . . . Read Full Story >>

Negotiations go on as end of year draws near

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Salary negotiations are still the hot topic for meetings of the Sierra Sands Unified School District Board, with teachers, parents and students turning out to advocate for a pay increase for teachers. “Teachers are feeling very undervalued right . . . Read Full Story >>

More than 100 musicians, fans turn out for Battle of the Bands

More than 100 musicians, fans turn out for Battle of the Bands

RayBand performs during Retro Records’ Battle of the Bands Saturday night. About ten bands participated, playing to more than 100 music fans who crowded the venue throughout the evening. The Barstool Saints won the competition, splitting the $250 prize pool with runner-up group Duendes. -- . . . Read Full Story >>

Vietnam vets sought for 50-year observance

By DIANA REGIER News Review Correspondent “Vietnam Veterans — We Want You!” The Panamint Springs Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution is putting out the call for an event the chapter is planning in honor of the men and . . . Read Full Story >>

GSA representation concerns vetted

GSA representation concerns vetted

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Representatives from the De-partment of Water Resources and the State Water Resources Control Board attended a public meeting earlier this month to discuss the formation of a Groundwater Sustainability Agency and answer questions from the public in regard . . . Read Full Story >>

IYK grant update today

Indian Wells Valley Airport District President Paul Valovich will host a meeting today, April 29, at noon at Inyokern Airport to hear the final status of the local Department of Transportation grant that could help restore commuter air service. According to General Manager Scott Seymour, . . . Read Full Story >>

Hospital — still growing,  expanding services

Hospital — still growing, expanding services

Rebecca Neipp

“Our hospital has come a long way since Dr. Drummond,” said Dana Lyons, longtime resident and chair of the Ridgecrest Regional Hospital board of directors, who addressed the High Desert Democratic Club at its recent gathering. Dr. Thomas Drummond built the original hospital in 1945, . . . Read Full Story >>

20th Armstrong tournament will be the last

20th Armstrong tournament will be the last

The 20th annual Matthew Armstrong Memorial 5-A-Side Soccer Tournament, held each year on Memorial Day weekend, will be the last. The tournament, a labor of love for the family and friends of the 17-year-old Burroughs High School soccer player who died unexpectedly in 1996, feeds . . . Read Full Story >>

Students, vets address affordability

SACRAMENTO — California students and disabled veterans stood with the Senate Republican Caucus at a press conference this week to address 11 Senate Republican bills aimed at making California more affordable. “There’s no question that California has become a very expensive place to live,” said . . . Read Full Story >>

Council tables casino amid outcry

Council tables casino amid outcry

Rebecca Neipp

Members of the public overwhelmingly opposed a plan to put a casino outside the front gate of China Lake at Wednesday’s meeting of the Ridgecrest City Council, which was scheduled to vote on the controversial item five days after the plan was unveiled to the . . . Read Full Story >>

Public still questions details as GSA moves forward

Public still questions details as GSA moves forward

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley groundwater basin has been designated by the state to be in critical overdraft, despite recent data from the IWV Water District displaying well activity that is drastically different than what was published in last . . . Read Full Story >>

IYK still seeks matching funds as deadline nears

Rebecca Neipp

“We’ve talked about this for years — getting airline service back at Inyokern,” said Indian Wells Valley Airport District President Paul Valovich. “It seems like we are finally getting close. But like most things, it is going to come down to money.” The IYK team . . . Read Full Story >>

Community chats with law enforcement over coffee

Community chats with law enforcement over coffee

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Nearly a dozen law enforcement officers responded to Starbucks on China Lake Boulevard Friday morning, April 15…for their “Coffee With a Cop” community event. Conversations ranging from the controversial jail closure to the day’s weather could be overheard . . . Read Full Story >>

Community mourns  passing of  Dr. Karoll

Community mourns passing of Dr. Karoll

Rebecca Neipp

The passing of Dr. Richard Karoll, who helped deliver upwards of 6,000 babies into the world and treated untold thousands more, is being mourned by his family, friends, colleagues, patients and countless others whose lives he touched over the course of his 40-year career in . . . Read Full Story >>

House moves closer to proposed state water solution

Washington, DC – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy released the following statement on passage of the House Appropri-ations Committee fiscal year 2017 Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropria-tions bill, which includes legislative provisions pushed by McCarthy, Interior Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Ken Calvert, Appropriations . . . Read Full Story >>

Guest Editorial: Casino issue demands long, careful thought

Guest Editorial: Casino issue demands long, careful thought

Until Wednesday night’s Ridgecrest City Council meeting, I was generally very pleased with the performance of our city government. However, the handling of the casino initiative was so egregiously wrong that it deserves further comment. Obviously, work to bring a casino to Ridgecrest has been . . . Read Full Story >>

Sheriff makes jail closure official

Rebecca Neipp

Despite months of public outcry, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood’s insistence that his department had no other funding op-tions for the Ridgecrest jail culminated this week when he announced that the facility will close at the end of the fiscal year, June 30. The issue . . . Read Full Story >>

IYK seeks donations, letters of support

IYK seeks donations, letters of support

Rebecca Neipp

With the deadline looming for a grant that could help restore local air service, Inyokern Airport General Manager Scott Seymour said that he is looking to the community for matching funds and letters of support for the Small Com-munities Air Service Development Program application, due . . . Read Full Story >>

Questions concerning Todd Report resurface during water meeting

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer At the Indian Wells Valley Water District Board of Directors meeting on Monday, the board discussed General Manager Don Zdeba’s public response to the News Review’s editorial “We must challenge assumptions.” During the discussion, the public expressed concern . . . Read Full Story >>

Arson suspect in custody

Arson suspect in custody

When police and firefighters responded to a fire near the Elks Lodge on Monday evening, April 11, they found a trailer fully engulfed in flames near the west wall of the parking lot. According to a press release, the Ridgecrest Police Department arrested an arson . . . Read Full Story >>