IWV basin makes ‘critical’ list

IWV basin makes ‘critical’ list

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer A draft report reclassifying the Indian Wells Valley groundwater basin as “critically overdrafted” has left residents and elected officials pondering the impact this new designation will have on efforts to meet new state water mandates while still protecting . . . Read Full Story >>

Ridgecrest to show its true colors

Ridgecrest to show its true colors

On Saturday, Sept. 5, the city will be adorned in red, white and blue as more than 1,000 American flags are paraded through our main thoroughfares. Ridgecrest Exchange Club and the Naval Air Weapons Station are joining forces to commemorate the 14th anniversary of the . . . Read Full Story >>

Shooting victim ID’d

Shooting victim ID’d

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Coroner’s Office has publicly identified the victim of an Aug. 11 shooting as Daniel Olivas, 33. Olivas died from multiple gunshot wounds and is suspected to have been shot by Pedro Ortiz, who has not yet been . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy to serve as grand marshal

McCarthy to serve as grand marshal

U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy will return to Ridgecrest next weekend to lead the motorcade and give a keynote address following the Parade of 1000 Flags. . . . Read Full Story >>

Welfl rewarded for tip

Welfl rewarded for tip

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Gary Welfl was working at his family’s store, Brady’s Mini Mart on Highway 14, on Saturday afternoon, Aug. 15. It was just like any other Saturday until a wanted man stepped into his world. “I knew who he . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Dream’ cast lights up stage

‘Dream’ cast lights up stage

Adam Curry (left, front), Craig Bradley (right, front) and the rest of their thuggish ilk set this tavern scene for a rollicking song-and-dance number from Disney’s “Tangled” as part of the Ridgecrest Musical Enrichment Society’s “Once Upon a Dream” variety show. The show opened last . . . Read Full Story >>

Drought yields severe fire season

Rebecca Neipp

With nearly 100 wildfires burning in the western United States, the historic drought has been identified as a factor in this year’s calamitous fire season. Tyler Townsend, information officer for the Kern County Fire Department, noted that although county resources have been deployed to help . . . Read Full Story >>

Police look into series of mail thefts

The Ridgecrest Police Depart-ment is investigating a series of mail thefts from homes in the area of West Mariposa Avenue and South Sanders Street, according to a press release from the RPD. The police did not release the content or value of the mail that . . . Read Full Story >>

Deficit is more than $742K

The discovery of a deficit in the recently passed city budget turned out to be higher than originally reported, with the Ridgecrest City Council learning at Wednesday night’s meeting that the city is $742,000 in the red. Tyrell Staheli, who has been performing the duties . . . Read Full Story >>

Manhunt ends in our backyard

Manhunt ends in our backyard

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The 18-day manhunt for murder-kidnapping suspect Benjamin Peter Ashley came to an abrupt end when the wanted man was shot and killed after an altercation with deputies from the Kern County Sheriff’s Office on Aug. 15. Ashley was . . . Read Full Story >>

Local jail, libraries spared in budget cuts

Rebecca Neipp

The Ridgecrest Jail appears to have escaped the chopping block and library services got a small bump in funding when the Kern County Board of Supervisors approved the 2015-16 budget earlier this week. Following County Administrative Officer John Nilon’s January declaration of a fiscal emergency, . . . Read Full Story >>

Fires blaze across California

Fires blaze across California

More than 100 Kern County firefighters, including the one pictured helping battle the Gasquet Complex blaze, have been deployed to support local and regional blazes as 96 large wildland fires burn in the Western United States. With drought conditions hastening the fires, military support has . . . Read Full Story >>

From our Nation’s Capitol

From our Nation’s Capitol

By HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER KEVIN MCCARTHY One of the pressing issues facing our nation and the world before Congress is our concerns with the agreement with Iran that is being put forth by the Obama administration. Despite the continual concessions the Obama administration made to . . . Read Full Story >>

Ortiz now wanted for homicide

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The still-unnamed victim from last week’s shooting succumbed to his critical injuries Friday, Aug. 14. according to the Ridgecrest Police Department. The department is now treating the case as a homicide investigation. The suspected shooter, Pedro Ortiz, is . . . Read Full Story >>

Survey gages Internet use

In an effort to form a comprehensive understanding of the need for reliable and adequate Internet connections in the Indian Wells Valley, the Broadband Action Team has launched a survey to establish the user input that will help drive community solutions. “The main goal of . . . Read Full Story >>

Pertexa chosen to collaborate with consortium

PERTEXA — Pertexa Health-care Technology, Inc., a next-generation medical technology company headquartered in Ridgecrest, was recently chosen to join other high-profile tech firms to innovate in the U.S. Army’s $1.3 billion medical initiatives. Pertexa will collaborate with primary contractor SCRA Applied R&D to create the . . . Read Full Story >>

Council stunned by $600K deficit

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer During the home stretch of last week’s meeting of the Ridgecrest City Council, City Manager Dennis Speer delivered some alarming news, surprising both the council and the public. “We learned last week that our budget is not balanced,” . . . Read Full Story >>

Two fatal car accidents on Hwy 395 in as many days

Two fatal car accidents on Hwy 395 in as many days

The remains of a Kia rests roadside after colliding with a PG&E truck (overturned, behind to the right) on Highway 395 Wednesday afternoon. According to a press release from the California Highway Patrol, the driver of the Kia, a 25-year-old Lancaster resident, was traveling southbound . . . Read Full Story >>

Seed bugs invade IWV community

Seed bugs invade IWV community

By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer As tiny black bugs descend upon the valley in droves, residents whose properties have been invaded ponder where the insects came from, whether they are harmful and, perhaps most importantly, when they will go away. Although one expert . . . Read Full Story >>

Manhunt in Kelso Valley continues

Manhunt in Kelso Valley continues

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Law enforcement officials are more than two weeks into their search for a suspected kidnapper and murderer in the Kelso Valley area. The most recent evidence has identified the subject as Benjamin Peter Ashley, 34. Ashley has a . . . Read Full Story >>