On falling, and staying, in love

On falling, and staying, in love

By KATHRYN GARCIA COSNER News Review Correspondent Darren and Emily Smith sat down for breakfast at their favorite restaurant Monday morning — the same thing they’ve done every Monday morning for the last two years. This habit is one of many commitments the couple has . . . Read Full Story >>

More fees, metering  planned for GA

More fees, metering planned for GA

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority will meet for the first time since sending the valley’s Groundwater Sustainability Plan to the state for approval. The Department of Water Resources will decide if the plan will sufficiently and equitably . . . Read Full Story >>

Flowering buds herald ’Indian Spring’

Flowering buds herald ’Indian Spring’

Are flowering buds and visiting bees a sign of early spring in the Indian Wells Valley? “I guess it depends on your definition of ‘spring,’ but I would say this is the typical ‘Indian Spring’ we see every year about this time,” said Tamera Walters, . . . Read Full Story >>

Conference offers updates, network opportunities

Conference offers updates, network opportunities

Rebecca Neipp

For more than two decades community leaders have gathered for the annual IWV Outlook Conference to hear updates on current economic trends and opportunities and mingle with some of the most engaged community leaders. The Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with its sponsors, will . . . Read Full Story >>

Chess tournaments hone scholarship, character

Chess tournaments hone scholarship, character

Rebecca Neipp

Putting the ‘extra’ in ordinary: a celebration of the unique, the unexpected and the exemplary people and experiences in the Indian Wells Valley. This installment continues a series that will explore some of the hidden delights in our high-desert hometown. —————— “Chess is possibly the . . . Read Full Story >>

Fong to speak here

Ridgecrest Republican Women Federated will host Assemblyman Vince Fong at a Friday, Feb. 28, meeting at noon at Casey’s Steaks and BBQ. Fong is once again running on the March 3 ballot to represent the 34th Assembly District. Reservations are required, as a large turnout . . . Read Full Story >>

Local man facing child molestation, pornography  charges

Local man facing child molestation, pornography charges

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer After receiving a tip from from the Internet Crimes Against Children task force, police last month arrested a Ridgecrest man who is facing felony child molestation and child pornography charges. While the investigation is still ongoing, the Ridgecrest . . . Read Full Story >>

Spotlight on the candidates: Phillip Peters

Spotlight on the candidates: Phillip Peters

Rebecca Neipp

With our low-density population, remote location and statistically insignificant contributions to county revenue streams, the Indian Wells Valley has developed a historical sense of underrepresentation in a county dominated by oil, agriculture and a center of government located on the other side of a mountain . . . Read Full Story >>

Spotlight on the candidates: Daures Stephens

Spotlight on the candidates: Daures Stephens

Rebecca Neipp

With our low-density population, remote location and statistically insignificant contributions to county revenue streams, the Indian Wells Valley has developed a historical sense of underrepresentation in a county dominated by oil, agriculture and a center of government located on the other side of a mountain . . . Read Full Story >>

Casino, housing resurface at council

Casino, housing resurface at council

Rebecca Neipp

During the Wednesday night meeting of the Ridgecrest City Council, which began with a routine agenda of items for action and discussion, housing for low-income families and the advancement of the casino project both resurfaced for discussion. City Attorney Lloyd Pilchen addressed the city’s Jan. . . . Read Full Story >>

Monroe observes ‘Kindness Week’

Monroe observes ‘Kindness Week’

By KELLY COSNER News Review Correspondent James Monroe Middle School hosted “Kindness Week,” spearheaded by Counselor Robin Gabriel, in conjunction with the national “Great Kindness Challenge” to improve school culture. “Some of the benefits of this event include increasing the students’ feelings of being cared . . . Read Full Story >>

Cinema brings back Academy Award series

Cinema brings back Academy Award series

n Ridgecrest Cinemas keeps the big screen alive for our small community By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Remember when the advent of television brought an end to the movie industry? Or when people stopped going to movies because of the home video market? . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy rep here Feb. 11

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy will hold mobile office hours in Ridgecrest on Tuesday, Feb. 11, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the clerk’s office of City Hall. “This time provides an opportunity for constituents in the local community to conveniently visit and share concerns on important . . . Read Full Story >>

Council OKs casino project

Council OKs casino project

Rebecca Neipp

After nearly four years and deep-seated controversy, the casino proposed for development in Ridgecrest appears to be moving forward. “The city of Ridgecrest and the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe are pleased to announce a resolution of all disputes between the tribe and the city,” reads a . . . Read Full Story >>

Proposed budget  could yield $500K  deficit for SSUSD

Proposed budget could yield $500K deficit for SSUSD

Rebecca Neipp

In the days and weeks that followed Gov. Gavin Newsom’s budget proposal, public agencies have been analyzing how those projections will impact their bottom lines. For education in general, the Legislative Analyst Office and other advocates have predicted that trends of increasing mandates without proportionate . . . Read Full Story >>

Grand Jury reports on IYK  earthquake damage, response

Grand Jury reports on IYK earthquake damage, response

Rebecca Neipp

The Kern County Grand Jury released a report Wednesday after investigating operations at Inyokern Airport — primarily as they relate to the damages sustained from recent earthquakes, as well as the role the installation played in disaster response and recovery efforts. “At the time of . . . Read Full Story >>

New geothermal opportunities explored

Rebecca Neipp

An article published last week in the Los Angeles Times highlighted an initiative of the Bureau of Land Management to release 22,000 acres for potential development of geothermal projects — bringing to light a local asset and renewing discussion on industrial development in the region . . . Read Full Story >>

Love in Action aims for ‘neighborliness’

Love in Action aims for ‘neighborliness’

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Local volunteers gathered at a residence on West Robertson Road last week to help clean up the property. The project was coordinated by “Love in Action,” an effort by local churches and community members to better the community . . . Read Full Story >>

RPD urges sober driving on Sunday

RPD urges sober driving on Sunday

“Don’t get flagged this Super Bowl season — designate a sober driver!” said Sgt. Tony Brown of the Ridgecrest Police Department. RPD is reminding fans attending Super Bowl parties to get safe rides home after the game, which airs Sunday, Feb. 2. “If you plan . . . Read Full Story >>

Scouting for Food is Sat.

Scouting for Food is Sat.

The Southern Sierra Council Desert District of the Boy Scouts of America will conduct its annual “Scouting for Food” drive on Saturday, Feb. 1, in the Ridgecrest area. Local Boy Scout troops and packs will collect nonperishable food items from 9 a.m. to noon at . . . Read Full Story >>