Convalescent plasma comes to RRH

Convalescent plasma comes to RRH

Rebecca Neipp

In the absence of an FDA-approved treatment for COVID-19, local healthcare providers are encouraging those who have recovered from the illness to consider donating plasma to others coping with the disease. “This is really a ‘good news’ story, of sorts,” said Celia Mills, administrator of . . . Read Full Story >>

Concerns about  ‘replenishment’  fee continue

Concerns about ‘replenishment’ fee continue

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer While the impending groundwater replenishment fee was not on Wednesday night’s Ridgecrest City Council agenda, a member of the public raised concerns about the significant burden it will place on local ratepayers. “I’m a little disappointed this subject . . . Read Full Story >>

Candidates flood local races

Candidates flood local races

Rebecca Neipp

While the official filing period for local candidates closes today, several races could be extended by five business days if incumbents do not complete the process by deadline. Filing closed last night for the two-year mayor seat and the two available four-year seats on the . . . Read Full Story >>

Child predators arrested in sheriff sting

Child predators arrested in sheriff sting

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Over the course of several months, detectives from the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit arrested 15 suspects in an undercover operation targeting online child predators. Among the suspects, ages 21-54, were California Department of Corrections and . . . Read Full Story >>

School to begin Aug. 17

School to begin Aug. 17

Rebecca Neipp

Sierra Sands Unified School District Board of Education held a special meeting Thursday to amend its academic calendar to change the first day of school to Monday, Aug. 17. According to district reports, the administration negotiated new contracts with the unions “to allow for additional . . . Read Full Story >>

Questions remain after special education update

Questions remain after special education update

Rebecca Neipp

Sierra Sands Unified School District held a Town Hall meeting last week to address concerns about how its 700 students with special needs will be supported in the new distance learning model, which all 5,200 students will begin the year with. Officials from the state . . . Read Full Story >>

Stagecoach Fire still growing

Stagecoach Fire still growing

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Multiple agencies and nearly hundreds of personnel are working around the clock to contain the Stagecoach fire, which originated Monday, Aug. 3 near the Kern County community of Havilah, about nine miles south of Lake Isabella. “As firefighters . . . Read Full Story >>

Kern numbers soar, IWV cases stabilize

Kern numbers soar, IWV cases stabilize

By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer The number of COVID-positive residents in the county continues to increase, with the average number of new daily cases averaging in the hundreds, according to Kern County Public Health Department Director Matt Constantine. He told the Ridgecrest City . . . Read Full Story >>

Water District: replenishment fee is premature

Water District: replenishment fee is premature

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Valley residents can expect numerous increases to their water bills in the coming months and years due to the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority’s sustainability efforts. The GA has hundreds of millions of dollars worth of potential projects . . . Read Full Story >>

Distance Learning 2.0

Distance Learning 2.0

Rebecca Neipp

Five months into continually changing public health and educational guidance for the COVID pandemic, local school officials report that they have hammered out a more cohesive model for “Distance Learning 2.0,” which we are mandated to adhere to for at least the start of the . . . Read Full Story >>

Races for mayor, council filling up

Rebecca Neipp

At press time, a total of eight candidates had pulled papers to run for the three available seats on the Ridgecrest City Council. Vying for the two-year Mayor seat, in order of their filings, are Thomas Wiknich, Eric Bruen, Christian West and Lindsey Stephens (currently . . . Read Full Story >>

Living with COVID

Living with COVID

Rebecca Neipp

As political and social division surrounding COVID continue to rend our community, our healthcare providers have lamented how members of the public did not see the trauma that privacy protections prohibit them from sharing. This week, the community at large got its first high-profile glimpse . . . Read Full Story >>

One killed in 395 head-on collision

One killed in 395 head-on collision

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer A collision on US Highway 395 early Thursday morning left one dead and another injured according to a release from the California Highway Patrol Mojave office. The accident occurred around 2:10 a.m. just south of the South China . . . Read Full Story >>

Ongoing flux strains us all

Ongoing flux strains us all

Rebecca Neipp

The constantly changing status of operations, and shifting state guidelines, is a source of frustration for businesses, services providers and citizens as Kern County numbers drive Ridgecrest and other communities back to the penalties for landing on the state’s “monitoring list.” Months ago, Gov. Gavin . . . Read Full Story >>

The testing paradox

The testing paradox

Rebecca Neipp

Counties that report dramatic increases in positivity rates for COVID-19 infection are subject to closures and restrictions in order to help contain outbreaks. But new guidelines for screening, in light of a nationwide shortage of test kits, mean that only those presenting symptoms will qualify . . . Read Full Story >>

Schools  forced into  online start

Schools forced into online start

Rebecca Neipp

With the anticipation of Kern County landing on the state’s “monitoring list” starting today (see related story: news-ridgecrest.com/news/story.pl?id=0000011612), Sierra Sands Unified School District Board of Education held a special session Tuesday night to move forward with plans for the mandated distance-learning model to be implemented . . . Read Full Story >>

GA  approves  fee hike

GA approves fee hike

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Valley water users will see another increase to their water bills, with more increases to come, after the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority approved a groundwater extraction fee increase – from $30 to $105 per acre foot – . . . Read Full Story >>

Grocery Outlet is now open

Grocery Outlet is now open

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer After a one-week delay, Ridgecrest’s Grocery Outlet officially opened its doors to the public on Thursday, July 23. The bargain market is a place where shoppers can find overstocked, discounted grocery goods of all kinds. “Our groceries cost . . . Read Full Story >>

Candidates file for local races

Candidates file for local races

Rebecca Neipp

Candidates have begun to trickle in for the six offices up for election this fall. Anyone seeking office for Ridgecrest Mayor, Ridgecrest City Council, IWV Water District Board of Directors, Sierra Sands Unified School District Board of Trustees, the IWV Airport Board of Directors or . . . Read Full Story >>

Murder victim identified

Murder victim identified

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Emergency personnel responded to a house fire June 30 in the 500 block of Cottonwood Drive, where they recovered the body of Vickie Lynne Ryno-Smith, 54, identified earlier this month by the Kern County Sheriff’s Office. After investigations . . . Read Full Story >>