Kern slides back into the Purple

Kern slides back into the Purple

After briefly enjoying a step toward normalcy amid COVID-19 closures, the state announced today that Kern, along with 27 other California counties, is moving back into the most-restrictive Purple Tier (Tier I) of the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Six weeks after moving into . . . Read Full Story >>

Tight races mark historic election

Tight races mark historic election

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer A record-high turnout of voters reported on the national scale, coupled with newly implemented election protocols meant to reduce outbreaks during the pandemic, have sowed uncertainty for a number of ballot items from Tuesday’s General Election.  For the . . . Read Full Story >>

Two killed in Hwy 14 crash

Two killed in Hwy 14 crash

A fatal collision on Highway 14 turned into a fiery blaze on Friday evening, Oct. 30. Two of the three cars involved in the crash caught fire shortly after impacting head on. Both drivers were reportedly killed. The driver of the third vehicle, a Ridgecrest . . . Read Full Story >>

Kern COVID status holds

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Kern County Public Health announced Wednesday that the county is still in the “red” tier (Tier 2) of the state’s “COVID-19 Blueprint for a Safer Economy.” It’s been four weeks since the county transitioned from the most severe . . . Read Full Story >>

Former deputy sentenced

Former deputy sentenced

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KERN COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE — District Attorney Cynthia Zimmer announced a significant sentence involving former Sheriff Deputy Logan August, who was accused of stealing marijuana seized by the Sheriff Department. The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Garrett Rice. The Honorable Judge Dulcich . . . Read Full Story >>

Don’t forget to VOTE!

Don’t forget to VOTE!

A local resident drops her 2020 election ballot in the ballot box outside the Ridgecrest Branch Library. The drop off location will be available one more day, Friday from noon-6 p.m., before election day. This close to the election, officials advise against sending ballots through . . . Read Full Story >>

Pool grant discussion continues on Nov. 2

Pool grant discussion continues on Nov. 2

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The city’s Parks, Recreation & Quality of Life Committee meets Monday, Nov. 2, to continue discussing the Statewide Park Development and Community Revitalization Program Grant – the funding opportunity for a new community pool. Meetings are held at . . . Read Full Story >>

Local family wins $250,000 ADT home makeover

Local family wins $250,000 ADT home makeover

By CHRISTINA MACGREGOR News Review Correspondent Ridgecrest residents Jeff and Amber Moffitt received the news of a lifetime when they were told that they and their six children were the winners of the ADT Inc.’s “Pass the Protection” $250,000 home-makeover contest. “We decided to enter . . . Read Full Story >>

Now ... back to the show!

Now ... back to the show!

RIDGECREST CINEMAS — After much anticipation, and what feels like a replay of the film “Groundhog Day,” Ridgecrest Cinemas will be welcoming the community back to its big screens beginning Friday. Nov. 6 – with heightened sanitization guidelines, limited movie schedules and new features. The . . . Read Full Story >>

Kern County remains red for now

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The state announced Tuesday that Kern County has continued to meet “Red Tier” COVID-19 metrics for its third consecutive week, red being the second most-restrictive of four tiers in California’s “Blueprint for a Safer Economy.” The countywide testing . . . Read Full Story >>

Qualified, responsible, fair leadership - a must

I take seriously the endorsement of candidates. And I feel accountable to share my views. Our responsibility as journalists is to study the issues and follow closely the developments and keep our readers informed. In so doing, we have a broader knowledge regarding the accomplishments . . . Read Full Story >>

School District plans for phased reopening

School District plans for phased reopening

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Sierra Sands Unified School District Superintendent Dr. David Ostash announced earlier this week via Parent Square that the district intended to implement its phased reopening plan as early as November now that the state’s COVID restrictions have lessened . . . Read Full Story >>

IWV hosts ‘Run with the Burros, Calif.’

IWV hosts ‘Run with the Burros, Calif.’

By KELLY COSNER News Review Correspondent On Saturday, Oct. 17, the first annual “Run With the Burros, California” was held in Indian Wells Canyon and the adjacent Short Canyon. More than 110 participants turned out for the event with over 35 pack burro competitors from . . . Read Full Story >>

Vote-by-mail ballot updates

Vote-by-mail ballot updates

KERN COUNTY ELECTIONS OFFICE — Sample ballots and vote-by-mail ballots have been mailed to Kern County Voters. Voters who have not received their ballot should contact the election office at 661-868-3590 or 800-452-VOTE or votebymail@kerncounty.com. Sample ballot information is also available on the election website . . . Read Full Story >>

Motorcyclist killed in 395 collision

Motorcyclist killed in 395 collision

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer A motorist was killed Tuesday afternoon in a collision on Highway 395 about 18 miles south of Ridgecrest. According to a release from the Mojave California Highway Patrol office, 44-year-old Victorville resident Cory Lane Hofstetter was traveling on . . . Read Full Story >>

Pilot safe after F/A-18 crash

Pilot safe after F/A-18 crash

Scores of emergency personnel from numerous agencies raced across the valley Tuesday morning in response to a downed F/A-18E Super Hornet just off of Hwy-14 near the Hwy-178 turnoff. The plane crashed just after 10 a.m., setting fire to the surrounding area, which firefighters quickly . . . Read Full Story >>

Republican Women luncheons return

The Ridgecrest Republican Women Federated will resume its standing monthly luncheons, beginning Friday, Oct. 23. The guest speaker will be Mayor Peggy Breeden. The meeting is noon at John’s Pizza. Lunch will be provided from a limited menu and seating will be limited to four . . . Read Full Story >>

Republican Women luncheons return

The Ridgecrest Republican Women Federated will resume its standing monthly luncheons, beginning Friday, Oct. 23. The guest speaker will be Mayor Peggy Breeden. The meeting is noon at John’s Pizza. Lunch will be provided from a limited menu and seating will be limited to four . . . Read Full Story >>

Kern County moves into the ‘Red’

Kern County moves into the ‘Red’

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer For months, many local “non-essential” businesses have had to shutter their indoor operations due to state COVID-19 mandates. But as of Tuesday, Oct. 13, the state announced that Kern County moved from the most-restrictive “purple” tier (Tier 1, . . . Read Full Story >>

Phased school openings could begin as early as Oct. 28

Phased school openings could begin as early as Oct. 28

SIERRA SANDS UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT — Kern County officially transitioned out of California’s most-restrictive Purple Tier today and was placed into the less-restrictive Red Tier under the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy (see related story: http://www.news-ridgecrest.com/news/story.pl?id=0000011902). After a mandatory two-week waiting period, school districts . . . Read Full Story >>