Kern heat wave turns deadly

Kern heat wave turns deadly

Rebecca Neipp

Even as the Kern County Department of Public Health was pushing out information about extreme heat warnings from the National Weather Service, at least one death in the county has been attributed to insufficient protection from the heat. The Kern County Coroner’s office confirmed that . . . Read Full Story >>

GSA grows policy committee membership

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority approved most of the Policy Advisory Committee membership during the authority’s regular meeting last week. The IWVGA board has long stated that its Policy and Technical Advisory Committees would be doing the . . . Read Full Story >>

Diversion plan holds as Isabella rises

Diversion plan holds as Isabella rises

Rebecca Neipp

A resurgence of water in Lake Isabella has been a welcome sight to many who have watched levels plummet during the last few years of California’s historic drought. But that abundance of water has been accompanied by expressions of water- and dam-related safety concerns from . . . Read Full Story >>

California passes largest-ever budget package

California passes largest-ever budget package

Rebecca Neipp

Amid Republican objections to the content and the process, California lawmakers passed the state’s largest-ever budget last week by approving a $183.2-billion package that conservatives say will increase costs without providing an equitable boost in services to the average citizen. The new budget includes provisions . . . Read Full Story >>

New leadership, goals for chamber

New leadership, goals for chamber

By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer After nearly three years without an executive director, the Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce will be bringing a new leader on board July 17, when Suzette Caufield takes the helm. “Suzette has a good feel for the chamber’s mission . . . Read Full Story >>

Strand named as interim city manager

Strand named as interim city manager

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council voted unanimously on Wednesday to name Police Chief Ron Strand as interim city manager, effective July 1. Strand will fill the role for nine months or until a permanent replacement is found. In March . . . Read Full Story >>

Wildfire on 178 nearly contained

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer More than 600 fire-fighting personnel continue to work through extreme temperatures to contain what is being called the “Highway Fire” along Highway 178 in the Kern River Valley, according to the U.S. Forest Service. The blaze began fewer . . . Read Full Story >>

Guest Editorial: Taxpayers deserve to know where their dollars go

By ASSEMBLYMEN VINCE FONG and TOM LACKEY In so many ways technology has fundamentally changed and disrupted major industries forever. The speed of innovation coming out of our state has impacted every aspect of our everyday lives — the way in which we take in . . . Read Full Story >>

Attack shakes lawmakers, country

Attack shakes lawmakers, country

Rebecca Neipp

Many congressional offices — both capitol and district — remain on lockdown in the wake of a bizarre shooting on Capitol Hill that left five wounded and the suspect dead. Early Wednesday morning, GOP members of Congress were practicing for a charity baseball game between . . . Read Full Story >>

Boy Scouts participate in Flag Day ceremony

Boy Scouts participate in Flag Day ceremony

Dakoda Deem of Boy Scout Troop 291 retires a flag during the Ridgecrest Elks Lodge’s annual Flad Day ceremony. -- Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

‘We need to have a voice’

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority met Thursday morning, where one of the closed session items was the public employee appointment of a Water Resources Manager. Directors of the IWV Water District touched on the item briefly during . . . Read Full Story >>

TAB funds — Downs Street or Pinney Pool?

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The city has roughly $1 million left in Tax Allocation Bond funds to allocate to economic development or infrastructure projects. During the last Ridgecrest City Council meeting, council and the public debated the best use of the remaining . . . Read Full Story >>

Suspect ID’d in officer-involved shooting

Suspect ID’d in officer-involved shooting

Rebecca Neipp

Following a recent officer-involved shooting incident that left one dead, officers of the Ridgecrest and Taft police departments are awaiting the results of an investigation by the Kern County District Attorney’s Office to see if the use of force was justified. “I can’t speak for . . . Read Full Story >>

Awareness group calls city to action on increased drug addictions

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer “I am here because our youth are dying,” said Deborah Smith of Ridgecrest Addiction Awareness. “If you look out into this crowd, you will see pictures and faces of people who are impacted by drugs in this town.” . . . Read Full Story >>

Chamber honors business, community leaders

Chamber honors business, community leaders

Rebecca Neipp

Members and guests of the Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce honored community achievers and incoming leadership at its annual installation and awards ceremony, held Tuesday at SpringHill Suites. In addition to the routine swearing-in and recognitions, outgoing chair Janis Bottorff chose to bestow a seldom-appropriated Chairman’s . . . Read Full Story >>

Water District looks at new fines

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Water District Board of Directors discussed its Water Shortage Contingency Plan on Monday. The board plans to update the plan with Ordinance 101 to comply with California Senate Bill 814. SB 814 went into . . . Read Full Story >>

 Father figure at home, on campus

Father figure at home, on campus

Rebecca Neipp

With an abundance of exemplary father figures in our community, it’s hard to narrow our focus to just one. In the hopes of unearthing some unsung gem from among those who interact with our children on a daily basis, we solicited input from Sierra Sands . . . Read Full Story >>

Rotarians to host Groundwater Authority manager

Rotary Club of China Lake will host Alan Christensen, chief deputy of the Kern County Administrative Office and general manager of the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Sustainability Agency, at its Wednesday, June 21, luncheon at noon at the Clarion Inn. Prior to his current duties, . . . Read Full Story >>

Lake Isabella reaches pre-drought levels

Lake Isabella reaches pre-drought levels

With an estimated 1 million acre feet of water rolling down the Southern Sierra Nevada this summer, the water in Lake Isabella has resurged to pre-drought levels — even with an active diversion plan underway by the Army Corps of Engineers. Watch next week’s edition . . . Read Full Story >>

DA investigates officer-involed shooting

DA investigates officer-involed shooting

Rebecca Neipp

At press time, the Kern County District Attorney’s office was investigating an officer-involved shooting that occured shortly before the News Review went to press on Thursday. According to reports from the Ridgecrest Police Department, which were also discussed at a press conference that followed the . . . Read Full Story >>