Leaders protect Navy innovation

Leaders protect Navy innovation

Rebecca Neipp

As an increasingly constricted federal budget drives the reduction in Department of Defense funding, local Navy leadership grapples with how to prevent those cuts from having a negative impact on DOD’s long-term ability to cultivate an environment that promotes innovation. Decades ago, the end of . . . Read Full Story >>

Critics question urgency in IWV water solution

Rebecca Neipp

While the outcome of yesterday’s Kern County Board of Supervisors discussion of an interim urgency ordinance declaring a moratorium on agriculture was unknown at press time, attendees of last week’s groundwater meeting point to a recent revelation that they say refutes any justification for Kern . . . Read Full Story >>

Businesses struggle because of boulevard project

Businesses struggle because of boulevard project

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer With the prolonged road construction on West Ridgecrest Boulevard, businesses along that strip are reporting that they are struggling to recover from heavy financial losses. Some are now faced with new challenges regarding how to help customers navigate . . . Read Full Story >>

Candidate comments raise concerns

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Comments made by Christina Witt during an Oct. 19 school board candidate forum raised some concerns, and some eyebrows, about the validity of her run for office. During the televised KZGN forum, co-host Al Huey asked the candidates . . . Read Full Story >>

Two killed in aircraft accident

Rebecca Neipp

While authorities investigate a possible cause for an aircraft that crashed near Garlock Road, killing the two pilots on board, the loss has left the local aviation community shaken. On Friday morning, just after 10 a.m., Kern County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the scene . . . Read Full Story >>

Yates wins international award for IYK records

Yates wins international award for IYK records

Rebecca Neipp

Electronic aviation pioneer Chip Yates made headlines again when his world records — set last fall at Inyokern Airport — earned him distinction from national and international aviation societies. The Federation Aeronautique Internationale, the world air sports federation, awarded Yates the Louis Bleriot Medal for . . . Read Full Story >>

China Lake Community Day well attended

China Lake Community Day well attended

Thousands of residents came out to China Lake Saturday for a rare glimpse of the Naval Air Weapons Station. Officials waived the required badging for NAWS’ second annual Community Day event, which included a car show, military displays, children’s activities, food, entertainment and more. - . . . Read Full Story >>

What’s on your ballot?

Most Indian Wells Valley voters have by now received their sample ballots (and in many cases, their absentee ballots) that outline the ballot items that will determine federal, state and local leadership, as well as several state initiatives. According to staffers in the Kern County . . . Read Full Story >>

Creepy clown travels through town

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer “Oh, yes. How hilarious it is to laugh at clowns — the painted jesters of the dying circus industry. Very funny, Jim. I get it.” — Robert California, The Office In what can only be described as the . . . Read Full Story >>

Valley  mourns passing of  Knemeyer

Valley mourns passing of Knemeyer

Rebecca Neipp

With the Oct. 15 death of China Lake pioneer Frank Kneyemer, the community lost a leader who helped define the mission that would inextricably link the Indian Wells Valley and its residents with the protection of our national security for decades. Many a China Lake . . . Read Full Story >>

Community speaks out at council meeting

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Last week’s meeting of the Ridgecrest City Council saw an especially active public comment section, with several community members approaching the dais to speak on economic development opportunities, road construction, even the public comment section itself. First up . . . Read Full Story >>

RearAdm. Moran to speak to alliance today

Rear Adm. Mike Moran, commander, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, will address the China Lake Alliance today, Oct. 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Victoria’s at the Heritage. Moran assumed command here in August 2013 after a long career in naval aviation . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Dine with Candidates’ on Friday

The Democratic Club of the High Desert will host a “Dine With Your Candidates” dinner Friday, Oct. 24, at 6 p.m. at Victoria’s at the Heritage. Cost is $12 per person, if tickets are purchased by tomorrow, Oct. 23, and $14 per person if purchased . . . Read Full Story >>

Community Day is Saturday

CHINA LAKE — On Saturday, Oct. 25, citizens of the Indian Wells Valley will have a rare opportunity to attend the annual Community Day at the Naval Air Weapons Station, China Lake. Gates will be open to visitors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — . . . Read Full Story >>

Fair is a success

Fair is a success

“The best fair we’ve seen in years!” said Mike Leming, Desert Empire Fairgrounds CEO. The community came out in droves for the fall fair last weekend. An estimated 11,000 to 12,000 people were in attendance, according to Leming. Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

Seen around the Indian Wells Valley

This young bear, weighing in around 150 pounds, was spotted on Brown Road north of Inyokern on Sunday. According to a witness, the bear was looking for food near a residence off Neal Ranch Road and subsequently stopped to nap on the property. After a . . . Read Full Story >>

More road construction ahead for city

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Construction on Ridgecrest Boulevard is in its final stages, but that massive task has paved the way for more street reconstruction throughout Ridgecrest. Tonight, the Ridgecrest City Council will address an agenda item to approve a contract to . . . Read Full Story >>

Lars ‘Longrider’ Nielsen visits IWV

Lars ‘Longrider’ Nielsen visits IWV

By FREDRICK GARY HARELAND News Review Correspondent Ridgecrest was recently visited by Danish touring cyclist Lars Nielsen, who was my guest for the third time in as many years. His most recent visit was to speak to the members and guests of the Los Angeles . . . Read Full Story >>

IYK gets $1.4m for fuel farm, passed over for DOT grant

INYOKERN AIRPORT — The good news outweighed the bad by neary one million dollars at last week’s board of directors meeting for Inyokern Airport. According to General Manager Scott Seymour, the board approved the highest responsible bidder to put in a $1.38-million fuel farm at . . . Read Full Story >>

Mojave marks anniversary of historic trek into space

Mojave marks anniversary of historic trek into space

By REBECCA NEIPP, News Review Staff Writer Last week, a coalition of international visionaries, pioneers and entrepreneurs gathered at Mojave Air and Space Port to celebrate the 10th anniversary of SpaceShipOne’s historic trek into space — the first time a privately built, funded and piloted . . . Read Full Story >>