Teachers & students back in the classroom

Teachers & students back in the classroom

By LAURA QUEZADA News Review Staff Writer Walking through an elementary school between sessions tugs at your heart as you remember the carefree days of your childhood when the biggest rule was “Don’t run in the halls.” Extraordinary effort has been put into COVID-19 safety . . . Read Full Story >>

First day back to school a milestone

According to Sierra Sands Unified School District, Dr David Ostash, seeing all our elementary schools open up for in-person instruction today is a milestone in our challenging journey through the pandemic. With our high schools opening to in-person instruction on Thursday, April 8 and then . . . Read Full Story >>

Police honor employees

Police honor employees

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Ridgecrest’s local law enforcement took center stage during Wednesday’s Ridgecrest City Council meeting. A handful of officers, employees and volunteers were presented with awards for their standout performance this last year. Honorees included Ridgecrest Police Department officers Timothy . . . Read Full Story >>

RPD: ‘Drive safe, kids are back in school’

RPD: ‘Drive safe, kids are back in school’

By LAURA QUEZADA News Review Staff Writer Captain Aaron Tucker of the Ridgecrest Police Department says, “It is definitely near and dear to my heart that our streets are safe.” Tucker tells drivers, “The number one thing that we ask drivers to do is to . . . Read Full Story >>

CHP makes DUI arrest

CHP makes DUI arrest

​A suspected drunk driver leaves a blue Cadillac Seville on it’s side off of Highway 14, just south of Last Chance Canyon Sunday evening. According to California Highway Patrol, witnesses reported that the driver (28-year-old Artemio Torres of Los Angeles) fled the scene after the . . . Read Full Story >>

Kern close to orange tier

Kern close to orange tier

​A suspected drunk driver leaves a blue Cadillac Seville on it’s side off of Highway 14, just south of Last Chance Canyon Sunday evening. According to California Highway Patrol, witnesses reported that the driver (28-year-old Artemio Torres of Los Angeles) fled the scene after the . . . Read Full Story >>

Rollover on Jacks Ranch Road

Rollover on Jacks Ranch Road

This Rav4 SUV came to a rest after rolling several times allegedly swerving to miss an animal crossing Jacks Ranch Road at the intersection of Drummond Avenue on Easter Sunday afternoon. The occupant escaped with minor injuries. — Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

Outlook for IWV 2021 Tourism, Filming & Real Estate

Outlook for IWV 2021 Tourism, Filming & Real Estate

This is the last segment covering the 2021 Outlook Conference, as delivered in the keynote address by Mark Schniepp. ———————— Tourism Tourism represents a significant component of the Indian Wells Valley economy. Visitors account for a substantial amount of total spending at local shops, restaurants, . . . Read Full Story >>

Time to find a solution

Surely the hopelessness of the pathway we are on in our efforts to solve our water issue is becoming evident. As more fees are being incurred, fees that will be increasing more and more as hot weather approaches, the protests will increase significantly by the . . . Read Full Story >>

Local churches remain flexible during pandemic Easter Services

Local churches remain flexible during pandemic Easter Services

By LAURA QUEZADA News Review Staff Writer “Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is a recognition and celebration of that event and it is also the continued celebration of the New Day--the eighth day of creation,” says Reverend Wesley Elmore, . . . Read Full Story >>

DKG surprises member on 96th birthday

DKG surprises member on 96th birthday

Marge Anderson on her 96th birthday, with her neighbors dog Moxa who came over to wish her a happy birthday. Members of the local chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, an international honorary teachers’ society, surprised fellow member Marge Anderson on March 23rd. Officers created a . . . Read Full Story >>

Kern County still red

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer As COVID positivity trends continue downward in Kern, the county remains “in the red,” and out of the most-restrictive tier of the state’s reopening framework. Additionally, the state has expanded vaccine eligibility to anyone in many areas. Kern’s . . . Read Full Story >>

All SSUSD students soon to return to classrooms

All SSUSD students soon to return to classrooms

By LAURA QUEZADA News Review Staff Writer “Sierra Sands is really pleased to announce that we reached agreement with our bargaining units, our associations, and have complete agreement on our schedule for the return of in-student instruction for all students in our district,” reports Dr. . . . Read Full Story >>

GA approves more projects, funding still unclear

GA approves more projects, funding still unclear

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The IWV Groundwater Authority approved another of its water reclamation projects earlier this month. The surface percolation replenishment study will investigate how efficiently water infiltrates our soil and replenishes groundwater as well as what areas of the basin . . . Read Full Story >>

One killed in 395 rollover

One killed in 395 rollover

Three people were reportedly transported for injuries sustained from a rollover on Highway 395 Saturday, one of whom succumbed to her injuries at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital. The incident occurred around 1 p.m. just south of Bowman Road. According to preliminary California Highway Patrol reports, the . . . Read Full Story >>

Outlook for IWV 2021 Poverty, Salaries and Employers

Ann Cousineau

This segment in the articles covering the 2021 Outlook Conference, as delivered in the keynote address by Mark Schniepp will include Poverty, Salaries and Employers. -------- Poverty Eastern Kern County has a high rate of poverty, with 18 percent of households living below the poverty . . . Read Full Story >>

Celebrate a glorious Easter

Easter as I remember it growing up in Lancaster California circa mid thirties. I was one of 4 children, the only girl. Easter to me meant getting a new dress. It was referred to as an Easter dress. It came with a new pair of . . . Read Full Story >>

6th-11th Grades, back to school on or before Apr. 19

By LAURA QUEZADA News Review Staff Writer Dr. Dave Ostash, Superintendent of Sierra Sands Unified School District, reports, “At our special board meeting, Tuesday, March 23, The Sierra Sands Unified School District Board of Education unanimously approved a resolution, District Resolution #27. The resolution brings . . . Read Full Story >>

’April’ showers come early

’April’ showers come early

March came in like a lamb, going out like a lion. Stormy weather brought some rainfall to the valley on Tuesday morning. — Photo By Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

"In the Red again"

"In the Red again"

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer After a roller coaster of shutdowns, tiered re-openings and an emergency shelter-at-home order as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Kern County has once again crawled from the dreaded “Purple” tier of California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy . . . Read Full Story >>