‘We are coming back even stronger’

‘We are coming back even stronger’

“We are in a very positive mood today,” Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division Commander Rear Adm. Scott Dillon told some 500 who gathered to hear an update after last week’s 6.4- and 7.1-magnitude earthquakes rendered their host at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake . . . Read Full Story >>

NAWS Public Works restores utilities

NAWS Public Works restores utilities

Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake sustained damage to multiple facilities, as well as loss of utility services, in the wake of multiple earthquakes. “As many departments work hard to restore the base back to normal working condition, NAWSCL Public Works, in conjunction with the . . . Read Full Story >>

At least 4 fires in wake of earthquakes

At least 4 fires in wake of earthquakes

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer At least four fires broke out in the Ridgecrest area immediately following the earthquakes that shook the high desert during the week of July 4 according to the Kern County Fire Department. Kern County Fire Stations 74 and . . . Read Full Story >>

Water restored to Trona after quakes

Water restored to Trona after quakes

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer “You guys have water today,” announced Searles Domestic Water Co. Manager Audrey Schuyler during a Trona Town Hall on July 10. “I’m very happy to report that.” She said water service was still out for Pioneer Point, but . . . Read Full Story >>

4,000 turn out for Toyota movie night

4,000 turn out for Toyota movie night

In the wake of earthquakes that shook nerves as well as structures, Toyota of Ridgecrest owners Fred and Janelle Etoch wanted to do something to raise the morale of the residents. After only a day to brainstorm and prepare, the resulting contributions and thousands who . . . Read Full Story >>

Desert Valleys continues earthquake relief through loans, donations

Desert Valleys continues earthquake relief through loans, donations

Rebecca Neipp

Desert Valleys Federal Credit Union has raised upwards of $10,000 in relief funds, issued more than 50 low-interest loans and taken multiple truckloads of much-needed donations to the Trona community following the 6.4- and 7.1-magnitude earthquakes that have left many in unliveable conditions. “Our first . . . Read Full Story >>

’Wonderful Company’ donates $10,000 to support Ridgecrest quake relief

’Wonderful Company’ donates $10,000 to support Ridgecrest quake relief

COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM, RIDGECREST — The Wonderful Company, a major Kern County employer, will donate $10,000 to the Indian Wells Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) to assist residents affected by last week’s earthquakes. This funding will be used to provide affected community members with . . . Read Full Story >>

Preliminary reports indicate start of school will not be impacted

Preliminary reports indicate start of school will not be impacted

Rebecca Neipp

“There are many layers to our assessment, and I don’t want to say that I have definitive information, but based on all the preliminary data we have gathered, we believe that school will open on time.” Sierra Sands Unified School District Superintendent Dr. David Ostash . . . Read Full Story >>

Man crushed in suspected quake-related death

Man crushed in suspected quake-related death

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Deputies from the Nye County Sheriff’s Office located a 56-year-old deceased man pinned under a vehicle on July 9 in Pahrump, Nev. Circumstances led investigators to believe that the unnamed man’s death was a result of the 6.4-magnitude . . . Read Full Story >>

VX-9 resumes flight operations at China Lake

VX-9 resumes flight operations at China Lake

By Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Nicholas Burgains, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West CHINA LAKE, California – Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Nine (VX-9) resumed normal flight operations July 10 on Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake (NAWSCL). Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake . . . Read Full Story >>

Earthquake renders China Lake ‘non mission capable’

Earthquake renders China Lake ‘non mission capable’

Rebecca Neipp

Following the 6.4- and 7.1-magnitude earthquakes that rocked Indian Wells and Searles valleys last week, China Lake — virtually on the epicenter of both quakes and thousands of subsequent aftershocks — has been deemed “non mission capable.” While the local Navy installation is not the . . . Read Full Story >>

Sheriff praises first responders, community after massive earthquakes

Sheriff praises first responders, community after massive earthquakes

Rebecca Neipp

Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood, who already made one trip to Ridgecrest following last week’s historic earthquakes, told his listeners Tuesday at the Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce that now the world knew what he and State Sen. Shannon Grove already knew — “where Ridgecrest is!” . . . Read Full Story >>

China Lake assessing earthquake damages

China Lake assessing earthquake damages

Rebecca Neipp

China Lake officials hosted local and national media on a tour to survey some of the damages sustained during last week’s earthquakes. Capt. Paul Dale likened the process of cleaning up after the 6.4-magnitude quake, only to be rocked 34 hours later by a 7.1, . . . Read Full Story >>

City: File your damage reports ASAP

City: File your damage reports ASAP

Rebecca Neipp

As the aftershocks from last week’s destructive earthquakes in and around the Indian Wells Valley begin to subside, the City of Ridgecrest has begun setting up a process for residents to report residential and commercial damages from the quakes. At Sunday afternoon’s Town Hall meeting, . . . Read Full Story >>

Chief, District Attorney warn public about scammers, opportunists

Chief, District Attorney warn public about scammers, opportunists

Rebecca Neipp

As residents of the Indian Wells and Searles Valleys recovery from recent earthquakes, and continue to equip themselves in case seismic incidents continue, Ridgecrest Police Chief Jed McLaughlin and Kern County District Attorney Cynthia Zimmer have advised residents to beware of scammers and opportunists during . . . Read Full Story >>

Town Hall updates residents on available resources

Town Hall updates residents on available resources

Rebecca Neipp

“Where do we go from here?” Ridgecrest Police Chief Jed McLaughlin, who has served as incident commander for the destructive 6.4 and 7.1 earthquakes, as well as the swarm of aftershocks that accompanied them, opened a Town Hall meeting Sunday afternoon with these words. He . . . Read Full Story >>

Mental health experts coming to Kerr McGee

Mental health experts coming to Kerr McGee

Rebecca Neipp

As the aftershocks of last week’s historic 6.4- and 7.1-magnitude earthquakes begin to subside, the Red Cross is helping connect residents coping with lingering stress and anxiety with the help they need. Staff from the Kern County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services are scheduled to . . . Read Full Story >>

Gov. Newsom comes to Ridgecrest

Gov. Newsom comes to Ridgecrest

The earthquakes that continue to rock Ridgecrest and the surrounding areas have prompted California Gov. Gavin Newsom to visit our remote community in order to evaluate the damage and help coordinate emergency response and recovery efforts. On Friday, House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, State Sen. . . . Read Full Story >>

Red Cross to the rescue!

Red Cross to the rescue!

Rebecca Neipp

The Red Cross is about to serve lunch to anyone impacted by the recent earthquakes. Volunteers cooked up a hot meal, courtesy of Salvation Army and the Murray Middle School kitchen, and are about to open the doors of the Kerr McGee Center to anyone . . . Read Full Story >>

Red Cross opens shelter in Ridgecrest, elected officials survey damage

Red Cross opens shelter in Ridgecrest, elected officials survey damage

Rebecca Neipp

The American Red Cross opened a shelter July 5 at the Kerr McGee Center in Ridgecrest to provide emergency shelter to those effected by the residents displaced by the 6.4-magnitude earthquake, as well as foreshocks and aftershocks, that shook the Indian Wells and Searles valleys . . . Read Full Story >>