SSUSD School board forced to relocate due to disruption

SSUSD School board forced to relocate due to disruption

It was not business as usual at the Thursday, September 16, meeting of the Sierra Sands Unified School District Board Meeting (SSUSD). The unwillingness of some attendees to comply with the sign on the entrance of the chamber door that required masking before entering called . . . Read Full Story >>

District discusses Adjudication law suit

District discusses Adjudication law suit

Publishers Note: In last weeks edition of The News Review, we published the portion of the September 13 District meeting that discussed their refusal of the City’s request to finance their portion of the Replenishment Fee. The last part of the meeting related to the . . . Read Full Story >>

GA gives SVM update, seeks more grants

GA gives SVM update, seeks more grants

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority (GA) met September 8 where the board continued discussions on funding an alternative water supply. Water Resources Manager Steve Johnson also gave an update on Searles Valley Minerals’ ability to provide domestic . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Windy,’ ’Freeman’ fires bring heavy smoke to IWV

‘Windy,’ ’Freeman’ fires bring heavy smoke to IWV

An accumulation of heavy smoke from the Windy Fire, and the small Freeman Fire, made for limited visibility and potential health hazards for residents of the Indian Wells Valley and surrounding areas. At 6:30pm Saturday, Kern Co. and BLM Fire Departments responded to a brush . . . Read Full Story >>

‘TikTok’ lures students into theft trend

‘TikTok’ lures students into theft trend

Sierra Sands Unified School District, David Ostash Superintendent We have come to learn that a recent topic trending among children and teens on TikTok is called “Devious Licks” where students steal objects and show off what they’ve taken in their own social media posts. Unfortunately, . . . Read Full Story >>

B-29 ’Doc’ to land at IYK on Oct. 1

B-29 ’Doc’ to land at IYK on Oct. 1

Gates will open for ground and flight deck tours from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 1, Saturday, Oct. 2 and Sunday, Oct. 3. In the afternoon, ground and cockpit tours will be available both days until 4 p.m. Admission for the static display . . . Read Full Story >>

Boosters Available for Eligible Patients

A committee of the Federal Drug Administration has voted unanimously to recommend Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for people 65 years and older, as well as for those with high risk factors. This recommendation is still pending final Center for Disease Control (CDC) approval, however as advertised . . . Read Full Story >>

Water District refuses City’s request to finance fee

Water District refuses City’s request to finance fee

By Pat Farris News Review Publisher This week’s Indian Wells Valley Water District Board meeting took on much the same tone as last week’s City Council meeting. The main topic of discussion was the recent request by the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority (IWVGA) and . . . Read Full Story >>

RRH awaits final approval of CDC  before booster vaccinations

RRH awaits final approval of CDC before booster vaccinations

Ridgecrest Regional Hospital– is awaiting for the Centers for Disease Control to allow the Emergency Use Authorization for COVID-19 boosters, and is beginning to call eligible patients in preparation for when final approval is been granted. According to Dr. Peter Marks of the FDA’s Center . . . Read Full Story >>

Windy Fire exceeds 20,000 acres, 3% contained

Windy Fire exceeds 20,000 acres, 3% contained

The Windy Fire burning on the Tule River Indian Reservation and in Giant Sequoia National Monument, Sequoia National Forest has grown to 21,598 acres with 3% containment as of Sept. 19. The Windy Fire continues to slowly burn towards the southeast, reaching Summit Trail and . . . Read Full Story >>

Community invited to join the Parade of 1,000 Flags

Community invited to join the Parade of 1,000 Flags

By LAURA QUEZADA News Review Staff Writer More than 1,000 community patriots will take to the streets on Saturday at 9:am. This spectacular event will draw people from near and far. It is noted by many as the most patriotic event on 9/11 commemorated anywhere. . . . Read Full Story >>

Council requests District to finance it’s Replenishment Fee

Council requests District to finance it’s Replenishment Fee

In last week’s edition of the News Review, the September 1st meeting of the City Council was partially reported on due to space constraints. The main concern discussed during the six hour long meeting was Item 12 on the agenda. It reads, “Discussion of the . . . Read Full Story >>

Truck-OHV collision under investigation

Truck-OHV collision under investigation

Laura Austin Photo: On September 4, 2021 at approximately 3:20PM California Highway Patrol, Mojave Area officers responded to a traffic collision on SR-14 near Last Chance Canyon Road. A Yamaha Raptor was being driven westbound on Last Chance Road and a Toyota Tundra was being . . . Read Full Story >>

Latest COVID-19 facts

Latest COVID-19 facts

Editors Note: due to a typographical error in last weeks local COVID report, positivity rate stated was incorrect. 93% should have been 9.3% a positivity rate of 1.2%. ———————— Kern County Public Health – There are 1,911 newly reported confirmed cases in Kern County (this . . . Read Full Story >>

Drs. Eric Haseltine and Chris Gilbert to speak at CL Museum

Drs. Eric Haseltine and Chris Gilbert to speak at CL Museum

The China Lake Museum and Foundation is sponsoring Dr. Eric Haseltine and Dr. Chris Gilbert, who are presenting their new book “Riding the Monster: Five ways to innovate inside bureaucracies” on Sept 14 at 6:30 pm at the Marriott Conference Room, 113 E. Sydnor Ave, . . . Read Full Story >>

City Council’s proposal to Water District provokes strong reaction

City Council’s proposal to Water District provokes strong reaction

Pat Farris, Publisher & Erin Higgins, The News Review Staff Writer The monthly meeting of the Ridgecrest City Council on September 1 lasted more than six hours. It was taken up with two major issues: COVID mandates and a proposal by the City Council to . . . Read Full Story >>

French Fire has burned 25,782 acres

French Fire has burned 25,782 acres

The French Fire started on Wednesday, August 18, west of Lake Isabella in Kern County, has now burned 25,782 acres with 43 percent containment. A National Incident Management Team (NIMO) is managing the fire, integrated with California Interagency Incident Management Team 12, and coordinating closely . . . Read Full Story >>

Public Health confirms 511 new cases in County

Public Health confirms 511 new cases in County

Ridgecrest Regional Hosspital, Jayde Glenn– Reports COVID-19 from 08-15-21 - 08-28-21 there are a total of 1,976 positives and (80 new). A 14 day positivity from RRH tests, are 9.3% (up 1.2%) Positives from residents in our community: 1,867 (73 new). In Ridgecrest, 1,622 (69 . . . Read Full Story >>

Cerro Coso requires vaccinations and masks this fall

Cerro Coso requires vaccinations and masks this fall

CERRO COSO COMMUNITY COLLEGE announced that it will require all students and employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by November 1, 2021 and masks are to be worn at all times in its facilities. The announcement follows the Kern Community College District’s Board Resolution . . . Read Full Story >>

Illegal cannabis concerns discussed at Public Lands Roundtable

Illegal cannabis concerns discussed at Public Lands Roundtable

By Christina MacGregor News Review Staff Writer Lorrie Steely came with a mission to the Public Lands Roundtable meeting on Saturday morning, August 21st. She was one of the first individuals on the agenda and had an active audience from those sitting at the meeting . . . Read Full Story >>