Murder victim identified

Murder victim identified

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Emergency personnel responded to a house fire in the 500 block of Cottonwood Drive on June 30, when they recovered the body of Vickie Lynne Ryno-Smith, 54, identified Friday by the Kern County Sheriff’s Office. After investigations from . . . Read Full Story >>

2020 July 4th Weekend Review

2020 July 4th Weekend Review

For several weeks Kern County has seen an increase in illegal firework activity similar to that being seen across the Nation. During this time the Kern County Fire Department has continued to fully staff its fire stations and prioritize emergency activity. In anticipation of the . . . Read Full Story >>

College to offer FASFA Help

College to offer FASFA Help

The key to reducing the cost of college is getting the most out of your financial aid offers, but applying for financial aid can be a daunting process. It is not too late get federal financial aid for the upcoming fall semester. Cerro Coso will . . . Read Full Story >>

A Bright New Comet is Visible from Ridgecrest

A Bright New Comet is Visible from Ridgecrest

Ralph Paonessa, China Lake Astronomical Society Original posting July 7, 2020 See original link at: http://www.chinalakeastro.org/ Blog/10/go-out-and-see-comet-neowise ———————— Go out and look for bright comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE). Look with the naked eye or binoculars, and try to see it’s beautiful tail. There is a . . . Read Full Story >>

Murder, arson suspect arrested

Murder, arson suspect arrested

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Emergency personnel responded to a house fire Tuesday morning in the 500 block of Cottonwood Avenue – a scene that was later determined to be one of suspected arson and murder. Personnel from the Kern County Fire and . . . Read Full Story >>

Our year since the earthquakes

Our year since the earthquakes

Rebecca Neipp

As citizens of our nation, and the world, collectively muse over the seemingly cataclysmic events of 2020, our community approaches the one-year anniversary of the day our lives were literally and figuratively shaken to the core. After nearly two decades of relative seismic inactivity in . . . Read Full Story >>

Dine-in  option  revoked  in Kern

Dine-in option revoked in Kern

Rebecca Neipp

Citing an increase in the number of positive cases for COVID-19, as well as the rate of positivity in testing, Gov. Gavin Newsom held a press conference Wednesday to say that he was modifying the public health orders that restrict gatherings in California. “The bottom . . . Read Full Story >>

Independence Day fireworks display held on base

Independence Day fireworks display held on base

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley will be treated to a fireworks display Saturday evening, July 4, at 9 p.m., Courtesy of Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake. While base access is still restricted, the display is open to anyone . . . Read Full Story >>

Hospital officials urge caution amid outbreak

Hospital officials urge caution amid outbreak

Rebecca Neipp

As of Wednesday morning, the number of positive results for COVID-19 gathered at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital had leapt from 11 to 33 in the space of a week. And 468 test results, out of 1,697 samples collected, are still pending. Officials of both Immanuel Child . . . Read Full Story >>

Mask up or stay shut down

Mask up or stay shut down

Rebecca Neipp

Updated on July 2, 2020 —————— The best way to contain COVID-19 outbreaks while allowing people to move as freely about the community as possible is to adhere to state mandates for wearing masks while in public. Although healthcare and government officials continue to urge . . . Read Full Story >>

RRH positives trending up

RRH positives trending up

Rebecca Neipp

Updated July 2, 2020 —————— In one week, the number of positive test results for COVID-19 gathered by Ridgecrest Regional Hospital has gone from 13 to 35. Although privacy laws prohibit RRH from divulging patient information, the spike coincides with a positive test result from . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Distracted driving’ patrol Tuesday

‘Distracted driving’ patrol Tuesday

RIDGECREST POLICE DEPARTMENT — Distracted driving is a dangerous and illegal behavior that the Ridgecrest Police Department is working to deter. On Tuesday, June 30, officers will focus their efforts on drivers that are talking, texting, using an app or taking any other action on . . . Read Full Story >>

Council OKs temp. housing

Council OKs temp. housing

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer With $3 billion in rebuild contracts already appropriated for NAWS China Lake in the wake of last year’s earthquakes, the city is looking to brace for hundreds of temporary workers to arrive in the near future – currently . . . Read Full Story >>

Candidate filing  period opens soon

Candidate filing period opens soon

Rebecca Neipp

The filing period for candidates opens July 13 and runs through Aug. 6, for anyone seeking office on the Ridgecrest City Council, IWV Water District Board of Directors, Sierra Sands Unified School District Board of Trustees and IWV Airport Board of Directors. While the qualifications . . . Read Full Story >>

Education funding safe — for now

Education funding safe — for now

Rebecca Neipp

A budget deal struck between Gov. Gavin Newsom and the California Legislature means that most of the K-12 funding remains intact for the next fiscal cycle. However, some funding withholdings and deferred payments will keep districts across the state in a state of flux for . . . Read Full Story >>

Test groups return to Inyokern Airport

Test groups return to Inyokern Airport

Rebecca Neipp

As commercial operations begin to resume across the state, the pent-up demand for staging military testing has triggered an uptick in demand for facilities use at Inyokern Airport. It means a healthy infusion of revenue for our remote airport, said General Manager Scott Seymour, but . . . Read Full Story >>

When are masks required?

When are masks required?

Rebecca Neipp

A week after Gov. Gavin Newsom mandated that Californians wear masks or cloth face coverings outside their homes, many residents are still expressing confusion about who is exempt, and what the consequences are for noncompliance. Statewide, law enforcement agencies have embraced positions that range from . . . Read Full Story >>

The role of monuments in our history, future

The role of monuments in our history, future

As our country grapples with the role that historical monuments play in reminding us of our past, and the influence they have on our future, I allowed my mind to turn to the annual pilgrimage to Manzanar (a virtual “tour,” in order to comply with . . . Read Full Story >>

Local hikers ride out quake on Whitney

Local hikers ride out quake on Whitney

Rebecca Neipp

As Indian Wells Valley residents rolled through a 5.8-magnitude earthquake — from the relatively safe distance of 60 miles away — two local hikers rode it out on Mount Whitney. On Wednesday morning, Ann Rizzardini and her husband James headed up to the Whitney Portal . . . Read Full Story >>

Two hospitalized in head-on

Two hospitalized in head-on

Two Ridgecrest residents were transported for injuries early Saturday morning following a head-on collision on North Brown Road, just south of the US Highway 395 overpass. According to the California Highway Patrol Mojave office, the collision occurred just before 2 a.m. Fred martin, the driver . . . Read Full Story >>