Kicinski discusses water, encroachment

Kicinski discusses water, encroachment

UPDATE: Sections of this article have been removed for inaccuracies. See future editions for further clarification. By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority Chair Ron Kicinski addressed members and guests of the Ridgecrest Exchange club Wednesday afternoon where he fielded . . . Read Full Story >>

Kern officials propose shift in HSR funding

Kern officials propose shift in HSR funding

By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer Following Gov. Gavin Newsom’s tepid criticism of California’s High Speed Rail project, more conservative leaders are calling for abandonment of the project — with some of Kern County’s highest-ranking electeds calling for financial support to be redirected toward . . . Read Full Story >>

Abandoned house fire under investigation

Abandoned house fire under investigation

A burned-out abandoned triplex sits in the 100 block of Sunset Street. Kern County and China Lake Fire Departments responded to the Monday night fire with assistance from the Ridgecrest Police Dept. The building was reportedly scheduled for demolition. The cause of the fire is . . . Read Full Story >>

Kern DA pushes back on  death penalty suspension

Kern DA pushes back on death penalty suspension

Rebecca Neipp

Conservatives across the state of California have objected to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s executive order on Wednesday to suspend the death penalty. Among the many Kern officials who released statements by press was Kern County District Attorney Cynthia Zimmer, who announced when she took an oath . . . Read Full Story >>

Kooima: ‘The work is not slowing down’

Kooima: ‘The work is not slowing down’

Rebecca Neipp

The keynote speaker at the IWV Economic Outlook Conference, presented Feb. 28 by the Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce, told his listeners to be prepared to be “bored” by more of the same trends in the future. “If this is boring, I’ll take boring!” said Harlan . . . Read Full Story >>

Capt. Dale: ‘From where I  sit ... it’s going to be positive’

Capt. Dale: ‘From where I sit ... it’s going to be positive’

Rebecca Neipp

The overall projections presented at the Feb. 28 Indian Wells Valley Economic Outlook Conference were optimistic about continued growth this year — and the message from Capt. Paul Dale, commanding officer of the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake. “I’m here to tell you — . . . Read Full Story >>

Council to  discuss public  works projects

Council to discuss public works projects

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Discussion and action items on the Ridgecrest City Council’s March 20 agenda include several items for various public works projects including the Ridgecrest Senior Center and intersection/crosswalk improvements. The council is asked to approve a change order of . . . Read Full Story >>

Groundwater presentation is March 20

The public is invited to preview a draft report on the Hydrogeological Conceptual Model of the Indian Wells Valley groundwater basin on Wednesday morning, before Thursday’s IWV Groundwater Authority meeting. The HCM includes more than 1000 wells, monitoring data from the Kern County Water Agency . . . Read Full Story >>

Work Ready program returns

The Work Ready program will return to Indian Wells Valley teens and young adults looking to enter the workforce. The five-week training program will be held Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the SpringHill Suites, beginning March 30 and continuing through May 5 . . . Read Full Story >>

Valley thrives in booming economy

Valley thrives in booming economy

Rebecca Neipp

Dr. Mark Schniepp addresses attendees at the IWV Economic Outlook Conference — Photo by Laura Austin ------ “I could not find a better time economically in our history. This may be the best time we have ever known.” Dr. Mark Schniepp of California Economic Forecast . . . Read Full Story >>

Charter to pursue  new program, petition

Charter to pursue new program, petition

Rebecca Neipp

Officials of Ridgecrest Charter School announced this week that the school will refocus its attention on launching a new petition, postponing its appeal to the California State Board of Education, previously scheduled for next week. “We have always planned for fighting for the existence of . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Atmospheric river’ drenches valley

‘Atmospheric river’ drenches valley

An oversaturated desertscape west of Jacks Ranch Road is waterlogged after constant rain earlier this week. — Photo by Laura Austin ------ By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer “No need to panic! As you may have noticed, there is water falling from the sky. . . . Read Full Story >>

Hospital to purchase Liberty

Hospital to purchase Liberty

By REBECCA NEIPP, News Review Staff Writer Ridgecrest Regional Hospital announced this week that it has entered into a letter of intent to purchase Liberty Ambulance. The official announcement follows RRH Chief Executive Officer Jim Suver’s unofficial announcement at last week’s IWV Economic Outlook Conference. . . . Read Full Story >>

Health Fair is tomorrow at Kerr McGee

Health Fair is tomorrow at Kerr McGee

Rebecca Neipp

Hundreds of residents check out dozens of vendors at a previous Health Fair, hosted by Ridgecrest Regional Hospital — News Review file photo ------ One highlight of Ridgecrest Regional Hospital’s Health Fair, held tomorrow from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kerr McGee Center, . . . Read Full Story >>

City looks at ‘fraud check’ options

City looks at ‘fraud check’ options

Rebecca Neipp

Despite an overall positive audit of city finances, the findings of which were presented to the Ridgecrest City Council at Wednesday night’s meeting, the council voted to contract for “fraud check” services to further protect itself. Ken Pun, managing partner of the Pun Group, presented . . . Read Full Story >>

Motor Trend magazine features Southern Sierra backdrop

Motor Trend magazine features Southern Sierra backdrop

Our world-renowned view of the Southern Sierra Nevada got a little more famous this week as Motor Trend magazine unveiled its cover featuring Inyokern Airport runways with our beautiful mountain backdrop. (Oh, yeah, there was also something about the vehicles parked on the blacktop that . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy rep here on March 12

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced mobile office hours in Ridgecrest on Tuesday, March 12, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Ridgecrest City Hall. “This time provides an opportunity for constituents in the local community to conveniently visit and share concerns on important issues and current events . . . Read Full Story >>

Rediscovering Wonderland

Rediscovering Wonderland

Rebecca Neipp

Falling down the rabbit hole has never felt so enriching as experiencing it through the antics of 50 talented local children, who will bring “Alice in Wonderland Jr.” to life this weekend. The beauty of Ridgecrest Musical Enrichment Society’s selection for this year’s Rising Stars . . . Read Full Story >>

‘The future of Kern County is here’

‘The future of Kern County is here’

Rebecca Neipp

Kern County Supervisors Mick Gleason and Zack Scrivner update attendees at the EOC — Photo by Ian M. Terry ------ County leadership outlined extraordinary opportunities — both under way and on the horizon — to start the IWV Economic Outlook Conference with an unprecedentedly positive . . . Read Full Story >>

Charter school board outlines new opportunity

Charter school board outlines new opportunity

Rebecca Neipp

Ridgecrest Charter School officials outlined a potential resolution for keeping the facility going, despite the threat of closure pending a decision this month by the California State Board of Education. The state board will convene March 13-14 to weigh dual recommendations by state committees and . . . Read Full Story >>