Secretary of Defense visits

Secretary of Defense visits

Rebecca Neipp

With the unveiling of President Obama’s 2017 budget request just days away, China Lake stands to gain support thanks to its forward-focused work, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter reported after getting an inside look at operations at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division Tuesday afternoon. . . . Read Full Story >>

2015 Baby Parade is out!

2015 Baby Parade is out!

Come into the News Review to pick up your copy of our 2015 Baby Parade! Copies are only 50 cents. Pictured: Jasmann Kalypso Lynn Gilliam, daughter of Kassie Joy Parsons and Jamar Gilliam . . . Read Full Story >>

Outrage over jail  closure

Outrage over jail closure

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Members of the public and the Ridgecrest City Council expressed their shock and outrage following the Kern County Sheriff’s Office press release on Wednesday afternoon announcing closure of the Ridgecrest Jail. The item was brought up during the . . . Read Full Story >>

Budget review paints bleak picture

Rebecca Neipp

The plummeting price of oil and the impact of a historic drought have left Kern County — whose economy is built on oil and agriculture — on the brink of a financial crisis, with staff scrambling to preserve its most critical services. And a report . . . Read Full Story >>

Sudden storm triggers outages

Sudden storm triggers outages

Vehicles navigate temporarily flooded streets after a rainstorm this weekend. Unusually warm winds on Saturday brought heavy rains and high winds on Sunday. China Lake Meteorologist Tamara Walters said that her office recorded about a third of an inch of rain, in addition to winds . . . Read Full Story >>

Spotlight on ‘Tomato Man’

Spotlight on ‘Tomato Man’

By KELLY COSNER, News Review Staff Writer “Tomato Man” Scott Shacklett’s local celebrity is about to be thrust into the national spotlight as the well-known farmer is set to make an appearance in an ad campaign for Freschetta brand pizza. Shacklett’s path to fame starts . . . Read Full Story >>

Go-FundMe campaign to save ’Oz House’

Go-FundMe campaign to save ’Oz House’

A campaign to save the Church-street structure colloquially known as the “Oz House” has been circulating on social media this week, saying the property will be sold at auction Feb. 9 if $6,400 is not raised immediately. According to a Go-FundMe page owned by Gene . . . Read Full Story >>

Suspect arrested for assault with deadly weapon

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest Police Depart-ment arrested a suspect for reportedly threatening two separate victims, one with a knife and the other with a handgun, over the course of several days. According to an RPD press release, on Friday, Jan. . . . Read Full Story >>

Secretary of Defense visits NAWCWD

Secretary of Defense visits NAWCWD

The C-32 that landed Tuesday afternoon at China Lake carried Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, along with an entourage that include members of the national and international media. Carter’s message to the press, and his visit to the Dust Devils at VX-31, will be featured . . . Read Full Story >>

‘An irreplaceable national treasure’

‘An irreplaceable national treasure’

Rebecca Neipp

An entourage of retired, high-ranking military and political officials on a mission to champion unique capabilities in national defense praised the groundbreaking work, as well as the unique geography, at China Lake after a series of meetings, tours and public appearances earlier this week. “You . . . Read Full Story >>

Preserving peace through strength

Preserving peace through strength

Rebecca Neipp

“If you wish for peace, prepare for war.” Although the ancient concept can be traced back to fourth-century philosophers and has been embraced for more than 15 centuries by civilizations around the globe, it’s an idea that seasoned leaders fear may be falling out of . . . Read Full Story >>

Teachers express concerns about pay

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Desert Area Teachers Associ-ation President Barbara Walls and other teachers spoke out about teachers’ salaries during last week’s meeting of the Sierra Sands Unified School District Board. “Tis the season for recruiting teachers,” said Walls. “Unfortuna-tely for this . . . Read Full Story >>

40 percent chance of rain Sunday

40 percent chance of rain Sunday

Storm clouds over the Sierra Nevada hint at the potential for more precipitation for the Indian Wells Valley. The 10-day forecast from the National Weather Service predicts a 40-percent chance of rain on Sunday, though temperatures are not expected to drop enough to bring snow. . . . Read Full Story >>

Agencies lean toward public-only GSA

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer No fewer than three local and county agencies are deep in discussion regarding the formation of the Indian Wells Valley basin’s Groundwater Sustainability Agency. The Kern County Board of Supervisors, Ridgecrest City Council and Indian Wells Valley Water . . . Read Full Story >>

General fund tracking OK

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council has been receiving monthly finance reports from Finance Director Tyrell Staheli, and as of November, the city’s year-to-date finances are “on track,” said Staheli during last week’s council meeting. Staheli’s report included details on . . . Read Full Story >>

Stalled library initiative goes before board

Rebecca Neipp

An initiative for a one-eighth-of-a-cent sales-tax increase county- wide to augment library funds will appear before the Kern County Board of Supervisors at its next meeting, Tuesday, Feb. 2, in Bakersfield. After apparently differing interpretations of the legal requirements for creating and circulating a petition . . . Read Full Story >>

Are you ready for a flood?

Rebecca Neipp

In light of National Weather Service warnings that this El Niño year could be the wettest on record for this area, public safety agencies are collaborating on a plan to deal with the potential impact, and educating the public on how they can be prepared . . . Read Full Story >>

Clarification, update on groundwater JPA

BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Last week the News Review mistakenly announced that the Kern County Board of Supervisors had passed a resolution proposing the use of Joint Powers Authority legal structure to form a groundwater agency for the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Basin. . . . Read Full Story >>

City bids farewell to Myers, Laky

City bids farewell to Myers, Laky

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer During the meeting of the Ridgecrest City Council on Wednesday, Jan. 20, Ridgecrest Police Department Sgt. Michael Myers and Canine Officer Laky were honored upon their retirement from the force. “We are very, very sad to see you . . . Read Full Story >>

The rain is falling all around

The rain is falling all around

It took less than a fifth of an inch of rain, as recorded by the China Lake Weather Office, to flood the intersection of Drummond and French avenues after Tuesday’s storm. -- Photos by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>