Petition calls for Brown act

Rebecca Neipp

While Gov. Jerry Brown is cracking down on Californians for their everyday water use, a groundswell of critics are saying that citizens have done their part in conserving water — and now it is up to state leadership to resolve the dysfunction that exacerbated the . . . Read Full Story >>

Asst. sec.  addresses future of China Lake

Asst. sec. addresses future of China Lake

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Former China Laker and Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations and Environment Dennis McGinn addressed a handful of attendees at the China Lake Alliance’s April 22 luncheon. One topic of discussion was Base Realignment and Closures. . . . Read Full Story >>

Progress made on bill for Burroughs and Murray construction projects

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer State Sen. Jean Fuller’s Senate Bill 111 will be heard by the Senate Appropriations Committee this Monday, April 27. The bill is crucial to the “safe and adequate” construction and modernization of the Burroughs High School and off-base . . . Read Full Story >>

April showers

April showers

Ominous clouds and thunder over the waiting desert ultimately result in two brief but welcome rainstorms throughout the Indian Wells Valley Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. -- Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

$1.6-m fuel farm going in at IYK

$1.6-m fuel farm going in at IYK

Rebecca Neipp

The 1.6-million-dollar project for a new fuel farm at Inyokern Airport broke ground last week, with crews removing outdated infrastructure and preparing the way for modernized equipment. General Manager Scott Seymour called the project the silver lining to the loss of commuter air service at . . . Read Full Story >>

Manzanar artifacts pulled from auction block

Manzanar artifacts pulled from auction block

By LIDDY BUTLER, News Review Correspondent Plans to auction off artifacts from the Manzanar National Historical Site north of Lone Pine were thwarted last week when the Manzanar Ad-Hoc Committee for the historical site and other groups and individuals joined forces and threatened to file . . . Read Full Story >>

Super Walmart could break ground soon

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Ridgecrest may finally get its Walmart Super Center by next year, according to Attorney Matthew Nelson, who represented Walmart at last week’s meeting of the Ridgecrest City Council. The council held a public hearing to adopt an environmental . . . Read Full Story >>

Robbery caught on tape

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest Police Depart-ment is seeking the public’s help in identifying suspects in a robbery last week. Multiple views of surveillance footage are available for review on The News Review’s Facebook page. Sunday night, around 9:45 p.m. a . . . Read Full Story >>

Land use: what passed and why

Land use: what passed and why

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer After several months, half a dozen public forums and numerous iterations, Kern County’s proposed changes in land use will come to a vote of the Board of Supervisors on May 13. But the plan’s multiple, and sometimes conflicting, . . . Read Full Story >>

Family,  friends  mourn loss of BHS senior

Family, friends mourn loss of BHS senior

Rebecca Neipp

In the wake of a tragic accident that claimed the lives of two teenagers and seriously injured two others, family and friends of Myranda Kiaha of Ridgecrest honored the life of a young woman who will be remembered for her desire to keep everyone around . . . Read Full Story >>

CSD votes for annexation

Rebecca Neipp

A proposal for annexation of the Community Services District to the Indian Wells Valley Water District was unanimously approved by CDC at its April 9 board meeting. President Ron Farris cited the district’s poor financial situation, imminent loss of its only employee with the technical . . . Read Full Story >>

Water district votes to reduce watering days

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Indian Wells Valley Water District General Manager Don Zdeba gave the IWVWD board a briefing during last Monday’s regular meeting on Gov. Jerry Brown’s April 1 executive order in response to -what many are calling an unprecedented drought . . . Read Full Story >>

Ridgecrest robotics teams earn distinction

Ridgecrest robotics teams earn distinction

Rebecca Neipp

Great successes in recent robotics competition has proved that local youngsters can more than hold their own against their California peers. Last year John Paul of New Directions Technology Inc., a local company founded by Cedric Knight to provide innovative solutions through technology, obtained funding . . . Read Full Story >>

Girls turn disappointment into victory

Girls turn disappointment into victory

After being edged out of the California High Desert Middle School League Championships by a fluky mechanical failure, three Immanuel Christian School eighth-graders made a stunning comeback at last month’s All-Girls VEX showcase competition — where they faced the top-performing young ladies of robotics from . . . Read Full Story >>

McGinn to address alliance

The China Lake Alliance will host Dennis McGinn, assistant secretary of the Navy for energy, installations and environment, at its luncheon on Wednesday, April 22, starting at noon. McGinn, a Naval Academy graduate, is a former China Laker who served as an operational test pilot . . . Read Full Story >>

Local biker injured in crash

By LIDDY BUTLER News Review Correspondent A local motorcyclist was seriously injured in a traffic collision on Saturday, April 11, near the intersection of Las Flores Avenue and Sanders Street. According to reports by the Ridgecrest Police Department, 29-year-old Christopher Lee Glenn of Ridgecrest, riding . . . Read Full Story >>

SNORT test scheduled today

CHINA LAKE — A supersonic aerodynamic inflatable decelerator design verification test is scheduled for today between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division’s Super-sonic Naval Ordnance Research Track. The backup date is April 18. This test will be conducted . . . Read Full Story >>

Local teens killed on Hwy 395

Rebecca Neipp

An early-morning crash Wednesday on Highway 395 claimed the lives of three, including two local teenagers, according to reports from the California Highway Patrol. CHP reported that 23-year-old Erica Greif of Reno, Nev., was driving her Volkswagen southbound on 395 near Searles Station shortly after . . . Read Full Story >>

Call to action to revive Desert Memorial Park

Call to action to revive Desert Memorial Park

By LIDDY BUTLER News Review Correspondent When Laura Vitale recently went to visit her mother’s grave at Desert Memorial Park, and saw that the grass and vegetation were brown and dead, she decided to call the owners, Holland & Lyons Mortuary, to find out why. . . . Read Full Story >>

Gleason stresses importance of land-use plan

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Groundwater sustainability was the topic of conversation when Kern County 1st District Supervisor Mick Gleason addressed the Ridgecrest Republican Women, Federated. In the face of state-mandated water use restrictions and resource-management regulations, he outlined for his listeners a . . . Read Full Story >>