‘60 Minutes’ spotlights micro drones

‘60 Minutes’ spotlights micro drones

Rebecca Neipp

China Lake’s contributions to national defense were showcased on a national stage Sunday evening, when “60 Minutes” aired an in-depth report on the successful test of a game-changing drone technology being worked on by the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division. CBS National Security Correspondent . . . Read Full Story >>

Blue Angels pay site visit

Blue Angels pay site visit

Rebecca Neipp

After more than a year of anticipation, this week’s site visit from members of the Blue Angels and their support team ramped up enthusiasm for their March 18-19 performance at China Lake — the Navy’s first public airshow in nearly three decades. “The entire Naval . . . Read Full Story >>

Public invited to ‘Day of Unity’

Public invited to ‘Day of Unity’

By JEANETTE FRANCIS News Review Correspondent The public is invited to attend “A Day of Unity,” a celebration of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in observance of the federal holiday established in 1983 to honor his life and contributions to the civil . . . Read Full Story >>

Gov. unveils budget

Rebecca Neipp

After years of steady progress toward building up a rainy-day fund for fiscal emergencies and reducing the $27-billion shortfall inherited by Gov. Jerry Brown, this year’s budget proposal includes a risky $2-billion deficit. Brown, a Democrat, has been mostly praised for his moderate fiscal approach . . . Read Full Story >>

Coats facing three felony charges

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Brian Coats, the 30-year-old Kentucky man who was arrested Jan. 6 near Pierce School with multiple firearms in his possession, underwent a felony arraignment last week and has another pre-preliminary hearing on Feb. 23 at 10:30 a.m. in . . . Read Full Story >>

Fong assembles  military  caucus

Fong assembles military caucus

Rebecca Neipp

Newly elected Assemblyman Vince Fong, who was sworn into office last month spent his first official visit to his district in Ridgecrest, meeting with community leaders last Friday. “I always love coming to Ridgecrest,” he told a crowd of members and guests of the Ridgecrest . . . Read Full Story >>

On lost treasures and opportunities

On lost treasures and opportunities

When I heard last year that a flash flood had wiped out the roads and infrastructure at historic Scotty’s Castle, I kicked myself for not making the journey sooner with my family. Although we’ve made the trip to Death Valley many times, the proximity seemed . . . Read Full Story >>

O’Neil to bring future-focus to EDC

O’Neil to bring future-focus to EDC

Rebecca Neipp

“A long time ago I came into touch with who I am — and I’m a builder,” said Scott O’Neil, who started this week in his new position as executive director of the IWV Economic Development Corp. and the China Lake Alliance. “I finally realized it . . . Read Full Story >>

Armed suspect arrested near school

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest Police Depart-ment arrested an armed suspect who allegedly broke into Pierce Elementary School Wednesday morning. Arriving at Pierce at about 7 a.m., officers arrested Brian Coats, 30, a resident of Kentucky. When officers contacted Coats, he . . . Read Full Story >>

Dynamic weather ushers in New Year

Dynamic weather ushers in New Year

Rebecca Neipp

While the welcome rain that ushered in the New Year may not indicate an end of the drought, Meteorologist Tamera Walters says that big-picture weather discussions indicate that California may be edging toward a more normal weather pattern. “If you look at where we are . . . Read Full Story >>

China Lake makes national news

Residents of the Indian Wells Valley are encouraged to tune in, or set their DVRs, to “60 Minutes” on Sunday, Jan. 8, at 7 p.m. to see the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division at China Lake. CBS News national security correspondent David Martin and . . . Read Full Story >>

Ridgecrest welcomes first baby of 2017

Ridgecrest welcomes first baby of 2017

Tom and Ali O’Gara enjoy their New Year’s baby. The couple welcomed daughter Frankie Rose O’Gara into their family at 5:34 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 1. Baby Frankie, weighing in at 6 lbs. 12 oz., made her appearance two weeks early — in time to . . . Read Full Story >>

Looking back at 2016 — a year in review

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The year 2016 was an eventful one. While the News Review touched briefly on some of the national (and international) tragedies and triumphs in its last editorial, the year was busy here in the valley as well. After . . . Read Full Story >>

Community to celebrate MLK life, legacy

Community to celebrate MLK life, legacy

The public is invited to attend “A Day of Unity” on Monday, Jan. 16, a celebration in observance of the national Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday, dedicated to remembering the life and contributions of Dr. King to human rights and equality. Speakers will include Ridge-crest . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy rep to come to IWV

Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy will hold mobile office hours in Ridgecrest Tuesday, Jan. 10, at 10 a.m. in the city clerk’s office of City Hall. Field Representative Keenan Hochschild will meet with local constituents to hear their concerns on important issues and current events and . . . Read Full Story >>

Manson in Bakersfield hospital

The local region is once again sharing a link with infamous cult-leader Charles Manson, whose role in a string of grisly murders — and countercultural teachers — has kept him in the headlines for decades since his imprisonment. The 82-year-old inmate of Corcoran State Prison, . . . Read Full Story >>

Come pick up a copy of our 2016 Christmas Greeting edition

Come pick up a copy of our 2016 Christmas Greeting edition

Santa and Mrs. Claus, as seen in the recent Elks Children’s Christmas Parade, make a rare appearance in Ridgecrest. For more holiday coverage, pick up a copy of our 2016 Christmas Greeting edition. -- Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

Benz is under scrutiny — again

Rebecca Neipp

The Kern County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to block the sale of Tehachapi-based waste hauler Benz and directed staff to take steps toward a forensic audit and investigation of claims that Benz falsified records, overcharged customers, exposed the public to hazardous waste and underpaid . . . Read Full Story >>

Intermittent showers this week brought with it rainbows...

Intermittent showers this week brought with it rainbows...

Intermittent showers this week brought with it rainbows, including this vibrant one found over the northwest side of the Indian Wells?Valley. According to Tamera Walters of the China Lake Weather Office, forecast models are predicting more rain tonight and tomorrow morning, with snow falling on . . . Read Full Story >>

New council approves com. appointments

New council approves com. appointments

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer A quorum of the Ridgecrest City Council met Wednesday evening for the last time before taking a break for the holidays. Councilmembers Eddie Thomas and Mike Mower were absent and the three-member council wrapped up the meeting in . . . Read Full Story >>