Child predator bust suspects include 3 Ridgecrest residents

Child predator bust suspects include 3 Ridgecrest residents

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer After a months-long undercover operation, detectives with the Ridgecrest Police Department arrested eight suspected child predators, three of whom are Ridgecrest residents. According to a Jan. 15 RPD release, detectives posed as minor children on various social media . . . Read Full Story >>

Vaccinations placed on hold

Vaccinations placed on hold

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer As educators, childcare workers and emergency services personnel were prepping to get the COVID-19 vaccine, Ridgecrest Regional Hospital announced Monday, Jan. 18, that it would pause it’s drive-through vaccination clinic pending an investigation into a specific batch of . . . Read Full Story >>

Community pool grant application approved

Community pool grant application approved

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The city approved a grant application that could land Ridgecrest an $8 million community pool. The Ridgecrest City Council and staff have been working since last year to secure up to $8.5 million of the Statewide Park Development . . . Read Full Story >>

Child killed in collision

Child killed in collision

A 5-year-old boy on a scooter was struck by a car in a single-vehicle collision at the corner of Ridgecrest Boulevard and Gold Canyon Street on Wednesday afternoon. Emergency personnel responded and found the child lying face down on the pavement. Reportedly, he was found . . . Read Full Story >>

Persistent COVID spikes close more businesses

Persistent COVID spikes close more businesses

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The COVID-19 vaccine is beginning to make the rounds for select personnel in Ridgecrest, but new cases are still on the rise to the tune of dozens of cases daily. According to information from Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, RRH . . . Read Full Story >>

Pedestrian killed in Monday collision

Pedestrian killed in Monday collision

A pedestrian was killed early Monday morning in a single-vehicle traffic collision in the 300 block of East Bowman Road. According to a Ridgecrest Police Department release, officers arrived and located the victim, unresponsive and lying near the roadway. Emergency personnel initiated lifesaving measures, but . . . Read Full Story >>

New year, newish GA, same concerns

New year, newish GA, same concerns

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The transition from 2020 to 2021 has been one of change. That will be no different for the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority. Kern County 1st District Supervisor Mick Gleason, who has served as the GA Chair this . . . Read Full Story >>

GA Board to meet

The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority, with some newly appointed members, will meet during its regularly scheduled time on Thursday, Jan. 21, at City Hall. In accordance with COVID guidelines, public attendance is limited to virtual options. For the agenda and attendance instructions see iwvga.org/iwvga-meetings. . . . Read Full Story >>

KCSO investigates suspicious death in Inyokern

KCSO investigates suspicious death in Inyokern

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer A California Highway Patrol officer located a deceased male at the scene of a reported accident at North Oak Lane and Graaf Avenue on the evening of Wednesday, Nov. 25. During the investigation, CHP questioned the nature of . . . Read Full Story >>

Kern slides back into the Purple

Kern slides back into the Purple

After briefly enjoying a step toward normalcy amid COVID-19 closures, the state announced today that Kern, along with 27 other California counties, is moving back into the most-restrictive Purple Tier (Tier I) of the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Six weeks after moving into . . . Read Full Story >>

Tight races mark historic election

Tight races mark historic election

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer A record-high turnout of voters reported on the national scale, coupled with newly implemented election protocols meant to reduce outbreaks during the pandemic, have sowed uncertainty for a number of ballot items from Tuesday’s General Election.  For the . . . Read Full Story >>

Two killed in Hwy 14 crash

Two killed in Hwy 14 crash

A fatal collision on Highway 14 turned into a fiery blaze on Friday evening, Oct. 30. Two of the three cars involved in the crash caught fire shortly after impacting head on. Both drivers were reportedly killed. The driver of the third vehicle, a Ridgecrest . . . Read Full Story >>

Kern COVID status holds

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Kern County Public Health announced Wednesday that the county is still in the “red” tier (Tier 2) of the state’s “COVID-19 Blueprint for a Safer Economy.” It’s been four weeks since the county transitioned from the most severe . . . Read Full Story >>

Former deputy sentenced

Former deputy sentenced

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KERN COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE — District Attorney Cynthia Zimmer announced a significant sentence involving former Sheriff Deputy Logan August, who was accused of stealing marijuana seized by the Sheriff Department. The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Garrett Rice. The Honorable Judge Dulcich . . . Read Full Story >>

Don’t forget to VOTE!

Don’t forget to VOTE!

A local resident drops her 2020 election ballot in the ballot box outside the Ridgecrest Branch Library. The drop off location will be available one more day, Friday from noon-6 p.m., before election day. This close to the election, officials advise against sending ballots through . . . Read Full Story >>

Pool grant discussion continues on Nov. 2

Pool grant discussion continues on Nov. 2

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The city’s Parks, Recreation & Quality of Life Committee meets Monday, Nov. 2, to continue discussing the Statewide Park Development and Community Revitalization Program Grant – the funding opportunity for a new community pool. Meetings are held at . . . Read Full Story >>

Local family wins $250,000 ADT home makeover

Local family wins $250,000 ADT home makeover

By CHRISTINA MACGREGOR News Review Correspondent Ridgecrest residents Jeff and Amber Moffitt received the news of a lifetime when they were told that they and their six children were the winners of the ADT Inc.’s “Pass the Protection” $250,000 home-makeover contest. “We decided to enter . . . Read Full Story >>

Now ... back to the show!

Now ... back to the show!

RIDGECREST CINEMAS — After much anticipation, and what feels like a replay of the film “Groundhog Day,” Ridgecrest Cinemas will be welcoming the community back to its big screens beginning Friday. Nov. 6 – with heightened sanitization guidelines, limited movie schedules and new features. The . . . Read Full Story >>

Kern County remains red for now

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The state announced Tuesday that Kern County has continued to meet “Red Tier” COVID-19 metrics for its third consecutive week, red being the second most-restrictive of four tiers in California’s “Blueprint for a Safer Economy.” The countywide testing . . . Read Full Story >>

Qualified, responsible, fair leadership - a must

I take seriously the endorsement of candidates. And I feel accountable to share my views. Our responsibility as journalists is to study the issues and follow closely the developments and keep our readers informed. In so doing, we have a broader knowledge regarding the accomplishments . . . Read Full Story >>