Local killed in triple homicide

Local killed in triple homicide

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Ridgecrest resident Junior Alfonzo Contreras, 23, was shot and killed in a triple homicide late Aug. 6 in an East Bakersfield apartment complex. Contreras was one of four victims who were gunned down by masked assailants. Other victims . . . Read Full Story >>

Ballot shapes up for November

Rebecca Neipp

By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer County and city clerks have announced the final list of candidates for local offices on the November 2014 ballot. The most crowded races involve the six candidates seeking the two-year mayor seat on the Ridgecrest City Council and . . . Read Full Story >>

Carter named to Measure L Committee

Rebecca Neipp

The Ridgecrest City Council appointed Robert Gould — a China Lake Rotarian and retired engineer — and Ron Carter — a former councilman and retired principal — to fill two vacancies on the Measure L Citizens Oversight Committee. After several failed attempts to pass a . . . Read Full Story >>

City Council hires special consultant on 3-2 vote

Rebecca Neipp

The Ridgecrest City Council voted 3-2 at its Aug. 6 meeting to hire Justin O’Neill for special consulting services to the council. The item has been under discussion for several months and has been tabled for numerous reasons during that time. Public concerns included the . . . Read Full Story >>

Parade reveals IWV community’s true colors

Parade reveals IWV community’s true colors

Ridgecrest will roll out with a splendor of red, white and blue Saturday, Sept. 6, as 1,000-plus flagbearers move through the streets carrying our national banner. “This is our seventh year putting on this spectacular patriotic event,” said Pat Farris, who coordinates the parade as . . . Read Full Story >>

Kern River Valley fire continues from Monday

Kern River Valley fire continues from Monday

Helicopter fights the Way Fire in Kern River Valley. The fire — which began Monday afternoon — had burned more than 3,000 acres and was at zero percent containment. Residents in portions of Kernville and Wofford Heights have been evacuated to Lake Isabella, where the . . . Read Full Story >>

Staples closing — this time for good

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Rumors of our local Staples store being closed were confirmed earlier this week. Store Manager Tamara Tuipala said the Ridgecrest location will permanently close its doors at noon on Sept. 20. Earlier this year, Staples’ corporate office announced . . . Read Full Story >>

City announces Ridgecrest Blvd. closure

A spokesperson for the city of Ridgecrest announced Monday that the portion of West Ridgecrest Boulevard between Balsam Street and China Lake Boulevard will be closed. Traffic will be detoured to Las Flores Avenue. The closure is a requirement of Caltrans, according to city officials. . . . Read Full Story >>

Seymour tells of efforts to restore IYK air service

INYOKERN AIRPORT — “We have hurtled a huge milestone in pursuit of restoring commuter service at Inyokern Airport,” said Scott Seymour, general manager. After IYK lost commercial air service in November 2013, the airport hired Sixel Consulting to find another vendor to provide connecting flights . . . Read Full Story >>

RRH takes over Ridgecrest Healthcare

RRH takes over Ridgecrest Healthcare

Rebecca Neipp

As of Aug. 1 the management of Ridgecrest Healthcare Center has been transferred to Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, which signed a 10-year lease on the facility after the former out-of-town operators declared bankruptcy. In the last decade the nursing home has seen several changes of management . . . Read Full Story >>

Twelve vie for three seats on city council

Rebecca Neipp

As candidates continue to trickle in for local races in the November General Election — and with only two days left to qualify for candidacy — the overwhelming number of challengers are seeking one of the three available seats on the Ridgecrest City Council. By . . . Read Full Story >>

Public input invited on economic dev.

Rebecca Neipp

The public is invited to give input on funding agreements for three projects that propose economic development at tonight’s 6 p.m. meeting of the Ridgecrest City Council, held in Council Chambers at City Hall. The draft agreements, which are still awaiting final approval from the . . . Read Full Story >>

Seven apply for Measure L positions

Rebecca Neipp

Two vacancies on the Citizens Oversight Committee for Measure L are expected to be filled tonight by the Ridgecrest City Council at its regular business meeting. The two-year terms are up for current Chair Michael Petersen and member Phil Salvatore. The ap-pointments made by council . . . Read Full Story >>

World travelers marks marital milestone in high desert

World travelers marks marital milestone in high desert

By SUSIE BURGESS News Review Correspondent After driving through 80 countries, on six continents and across 115 international borders, how does a young couple pick the perfect spot for a destination wedding? If the couple is Domi Hocher and Zainab Staubmann, they return to their . . . Read Full Story >>

Whitford preps for ’Bay to Bay’ ride for Multiple Sclerosis

Whitford preps for ’Bay to Bay’ ride for Multiple Sclerosis

Dave Whitford (inset) addresses High Sierra Cyclists before the group rides the Inyokern Loop. In October, he will be riding 100 miles in the Bike Multiple Sclerosis Bay to Bay Tour to benefit the Pacific South Coast Chapter of the National MS Society. Whitford was . . . Read Full Story >>

Supervisors oppose state water bills

Rebecca Neipp

The Kern County Board of Supervisors voted last week to oppose two bills moving through the state legislature that could further complicate for county governments the mitigation of California’s convoluted water woes. State Senate and Assembly authors are working with the governor’s office on AB . . . Read Full Story >>

Water District steps up education

By JAMES SIMMONS News Review Correspondent Enhanced education efforts on water conservation to comply with the state’s new emergency regulations are the primary recommendations from the Water Management Committee to the board of the Indian Wells Valley Water District. Meeting July 31, the committee deliberated . . . Read Full Story >>

County sets scoping meeting for land use

By JAMES SIMMONS News Review Correspondent The Kern County Planning and Community Development Depart-ment is beginning a process that will produce changes to the existing Kern County General Plan and the Indian Wells Valley Specific Plan. The county also envisions changes to existing zone classifications . . . Read Full Story >>

Fuller gives sobering capitol update

Fuller gives sobering capitol update

Rebecca Neipp

While our polarized state legislature continues to seek solutions to the drought crisis, high unemployment and a too-slowly recovering economy, state Sen. Jean Fuller reported to members and guests of the Ridgecrest Republican Women Federated last week what she is doing in Sacramento to fight . . . Read Full Story >>

Six vie for mayor

Rebecca Neipp

Six candidates have filed an intent to campaign for the two-year mayor seat on the Ridgecrest City Council. Current Mayor Dan Clark has publicly stated that he will be moving in a few months, leaving his seat to be contested by the following challengers: • . . . Read Full Story >>