Congratulations 2016 graduates!

Congratulations 2016 graduates!

Former Gateway Elementary School Gators, now Burroughs High School graduates, parade through their former stomping grounds May 23, inspiring young ones with their milestone achievement. The seniors turned their tassels Friday night at the BHS Football Stadium. Come on in to the News Review office . . . Read Full Story >>

SSUSD honors staff, supporters

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Sierra Sands Unified School District honored several staff members and community volunteers with service awards during last week’s meeting of the SSUSD Board of Education. Represen-tatives of the Ridgecrest Musical Enrichment Society accepted Community Service Awards and . . . Read Full Story >>

Armstrong tradition  ends, legacy continues

Armstrong tradition ends, legacy continues

Rebecca Neipp

As the final Matt Armstrong Memorial Tournament plays out this weekend at Burroughs High School, friends and family — and a following of thousands that has developed over the years — will bring closure to an event that has honored the memory of a beloved . . . Read Full Story >>

Community leaders let loose for Star Follies

Community leaders let loose for Star Follies

From left, James Bell, Chip Holloway and Darrell Eddins (as Earth, Wind and Fire) lip sync to “September” during last weekend’s Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce Star Follies. According to Janis Bottorff, chair for the signature event, 54 community leaders from nearly every industry performed, jazz, . . . Read Full Story >>

Teachers accept school district’s latest offer

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer “It is the end of a very difficult year of negotiations, but it is, thankfully, finally over.” That was the sentiment of Desert Area Teachers Association Vice President Vanessa Vaughn regarding teacher salary negotiations for the Sierra Sands . . . Read Full Story >>

Assembly candidate addresses state issues

Assembly candidate addresses state issues

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Vince Fong, district director for House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and 34th District Assembly candidate, addressed the Ridgecrest Republican Women last Friday to discuss his campaign platform and answer questions from the public. Water, the economy and crime . . . Read Full Story >>

Memorial Day service is Monday

Memorial Day service is Monday

The American Legion and Auxiliary will join Veterans of Foreign Wars and other service groups to host the annual Memorial Day services on Monday, May 30, 10 a.m., at Desert Memorial Park. Starting this weekend, volunteers will erect a small cross at the grave of . . . Read Full Story >>

Fuller opposes firearm bills

SACRAMENTO — Senate Republican Leader Jean Fuller issued the following statement after last week’s votes on firearms bills: “These firearms bills are an attack against law-abiding citizens and their Second Amendment right rather than addressing the criminal activity and behavior that is taking place on . . . Read Full Story >>

Waste Management to purchase Benz

Officials of Waste Management confirmed this week that the company is in the process of purchasing all assets of Tehachapi-based waste hauler Benz Sanitation. Waste Management spokesperson Eloisa Orozco said the company plans to retain all “eligible” Benz employees and maintain service with little or . . . Read Full Story >>

Indian casino MSA approved 4-1

Indian casino MSA approved 4-1

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer After five public discussions, several of which ran for five-plus hours, the Ridgecrest City Council voted 4-1 to approve in concept a Municipal Services Agreement with the Timbisha Shoshone tribe, bringing the city one step closer to being . . . Read Full Story >>

Wiknich issues call to action to keep jail open

Wiknich issues call to action to keep jail open

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writers While the potential of an Indian gaming casino coming to Ridge-crest has dominated the discussions at City Hall lately, the public apparently hasn’t forgotten that our local jail will be closing by the end of June because of . . . Read Full Story >>

Graduation ceremonies begin

Graduation ceremonies begin

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer “It’s been an outstanding year for our district,” said Sierra Sands Unified School District Superinten-dent Ernie Bell. Local students and teachers are counting down the days to the end of the school year – and they’re almost there. . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Fight for Emily’s Big Heart!’

‘Fight for Emily’s Big Heart!’

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer A local family was rocked with the news that one of their members, 11-year-old Emily Heimsoth, was diagnosed with familial hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Emily’s mother Melissa Henderson (who also has six other children) and stepfather Richard Henderson received the . . . Read Full Story >>

Dem Club to meet tomorrow

The Democratic Club of the High Desert will hold its monthly meeting Saturday, May 21, at noon at Charlie’s at the Clarion Inn. Speakers will be former Mayor Steven Morgan and Roy Parris. Morgan serves on the Indian Wells Valley Airport Board and the Measure . . . Read Full Story >>

Resurfacing to wrap early June

The Ridgecrest Public Works Department has announced additional road work scheduled for the week of June 1 according to a press release sent out May 16. On the heels of some extensive road resurfacing announced earlier this month, the department’s Street Maintenance Division, with contractor . . . Read Full Story >>

Lyons looks back on military, civilian service

Lyons looks back on military, civilian service

Rebecca Neipp

Looking back on 65 years of working full-time in the military, civilian and private sector have taught Jack Lyons the important role patriotism and service plays in the defense of a nation. “There are very real threats in the world. I don’t know if the . . . Read Full Story >>

Casino vetting continues at lengthy  Town Hall meeting

Casino vetting continues at lengthy Town Hall meeting

Advocates and adversaries of the proposed casino continue to speak out; city and tribal representatives discuss law enforcement, location and the possibility of a ballot measure By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The proposed Indian casino was the sole item of discussion at a . . . Read Full Story >>

County, water district oppose well moratorium

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Water District board has passed a motion to oppose California Senate Bill 1317, a bill aiming to halt additional well drilling in basins designated as critically overdrafted, such as the IWV. The board’s unanimous . . . Read Full Story >>

Teen killed in collision

Teen killed in collision

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Tragedy struck on the I-5 Friday, May 6 when a local teen was killed in a car accident. According to a release from the California Highway Patrol, James Stewart, 18, was killed when his vehicle was rear-ended by . . . Read Full Story >>

Gov. makes water restrictions permanent

Rebecca Neipp

Gov. Jerry Brown issued an executive order this week to make permanent the temporary water-use restrictions imposed last year to mitigate the impact of California’s historic drought. Record-low levels of rainfall and snowpack prompted Brown in January 2014 to declare a state of drought emergency. . . . Read Full Story >>