Surgeon General comes to Kern

Surgeon General comes to Kern

Rebecca Neipp

Our country’s leader in public health made an appearance in Bakersfield Monday afternoon for a tour, roundtable discussion and press conference addressing the outbreaks and management of COIVD-19 in Kern County. “The reason I came here was, number one, to help everyone understand what’s going . . . Read Full Story >>

Supervisors push back on new goal

Supervisors push back on new goal

Rebecca Neipp

As Kern County leaders navigate the convoluted path toward reopening, the Board of Supervisors pushed back this week against what some expressed was an arbitrary penalty from Gov. Gavin Newsom that will further delay lifting restrictions on public and commercial sectors. On Aug. 28, Newsom . . . Read Full Story >>

Candidate forums start Wed.

Candidate forums start Wed.

Rebecca Neipp

The first of three candidate forums will be held Wednesday, Sept. 23, to give contenders of the IWV Water District Board of Directors an opportunity to air their platforms and views before the voting public. The IWV Economic Development Corp., Ridgecrest Area Association of Realtors . . . Read Full Story >>

City wants groundwater exploration

City wants groundwater exploration

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer After a two-week delay, the Ridgecrest City Council addressed Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority matters for the first time since the GA’s approval of a controversial “groundwater replenishment” fee. “What I’m hoping to see after that hot-button issue . . . Read Full Story >>

Treasures destroyed, threatened by fire

Treasures destroyed, threatened by fire

Rebecca Neipp

As 17,000 firefighters continue to battle 25 major wildfires — which have burned more than 3 million acres, destroyed thousands of structures and claimed at least 25 lives — the impact of the closest fires remain evident, if diminished, for residents in the Indian Wells . . . Read Full Story >>

Castleberry gets 11-year sentence

Castleberry gets 11-year sentence

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer After pleading no contest last month to a felony charge of voluntary manslaughter, Richard Castleberry, 32-year-old Ridgecrest resident, was sentenced Sept. 14 to 11 years in prison. Castleberry was arrested last year after punching Luis Fernando Vargas Quintero . . . Read Full Story >>

Death of Inyokern woman ruled homicide

Death of Inyokern woman ruled homicide

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Kern County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of 62-year-old Inyokern resident Susan Laurie Alfson after the Kern County Coroner’s Office ruled her death a homicide. According to a KCSO release, Alfson’s remains were discovered in her . . . Read Full Story >>

Fires spark closures, prohibitions

Fires spark closures, prohibitions

Rebecca Neipp

REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer A record-breaking wildfire season has prompted the closure of all 18 National Forests in the state of California. U.S. Forest Service rangers announced the closure of eight forests on Monday, and closed the remaining 10 on Wednesday, citing extreme . . . Read Full Story >>

District adapts to new metrics

District adapts to new metrics

Rebecca Neipp

REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff WriterAlthough Sierra Sands Unified School District reported a slight dip in enrollment at the beginning of this year, the traditional metric for gaging attendance has changed with the implementation of Distance Learning. Because students are no longer arriving at a . . . Read Full Story >>

Residents aim to  ‘defeat water  replenishment fee’

Residents aim to ‘defeat water replenishment fee’

BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Indian Wells Valley residents are continuing to collect referendum signatures in an attempt to protest the recent groundwater replenishment fee approved by the IWV Groundwater Authority last month. Organizers have until Sept. 20 to collect the desired 2,000 signatures . . . Read Full Story >>

Community Garden promotes healthy living

Community Garden promotes healthy living

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest Community Garden will open next weekend after months of grueling work by members of Holistic Divine Innovations and dozens of community volunteers. The grand opening and fall planting day will be September 19, 9 a.m.-noon, and . . . Read Full Story >>

A call to ‘care for each other through the turbulence’

A call to ‘care for each other through the turbulence’

Nearly two decades later, most of us who were alive to remember it still recall exactly where we were when it became apparent, on Sept. 11, 2001, that our country was under attack. Two aircraft had flown into the World Trade Center in New York . . . Read Full Story >>

DUI checkpoints continue

DUI checkpoints continue

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest Police Department is holding another DUI checkpoint tonight from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. the following morning. The department’s DUI saturation patrol over Labor Day weekend netted 22 arrests – 11 of which were for impaired . . . Read Full Story >>

COVID-19 hinders 9-11 parade, but our spirit endures

COVID-19 hinders 9-11 parade, but our spirit endures

This year, the year of 2020, our community will not have 1,000 flags flying at Freedom Park. The bag pipes will not be playing. And the drums will not be beating. This is the first year since 2006 that locally we have been unable to . . . Read Full Story >>

Four new record-high temps

Four new record-high temps

Rebecca Neipp

The Indian Wells Valley recorded four new record-high temperatures, according to official data collected by the China Lake Weather Office. Tamera Walters, lead forecaster, said that Sept. 3 through Sept. 8 were originally predicted to break decades-old records. “Due to the smoke, we did not . . . Read Full Story >>

Fires spark more closures, prohibitions

Fires spark more closures, prohibitions

Rebecca Neipp

Rangers from the U.S. Forest Service announced temporary closures and increased prohibitions in Southern California wilderness during our record-breaking wildfire season. “Most of California remains under the threat of unprecedented and dangerous fire conditions with a combination of extreme heat, significant wind events, dry conditions, . . . Read Full Story >>

New ‘Blueprint’ for reopening

New ‘Blueprint’ for reopening

Rebecca Neipp

A new four-tiered system, detailed metrics and a more easily navigable state COVID dashboard were part of the “Blueprint for a Safer Economy” unveiled by Gov. Gavin Newsom last Friday. While officials have expressed appreciation for the added clarity in adaptations and requirements for reopening . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Cottage industry’ ordinance approved

‘Cottage industry’ ordinance approved

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council approved a “cottage industry” ordinance Wednesday, which would allow residents to secure permits with the county to operate home cosmetology or food businesses. “This sounds like the city finally has a good recommendation,” said . . . Read Full Story >>

Mountain communities evacuated as SQF Complex Fire surpasses 45,000 acres

Mountain communities evacuated as SQF Complex Fire surpasses 45,000 acres

Smoke advisories remain in effect, as the Sequoia National Complex Fire eclipses 45,000 acres. The Castle and Shotgun fires, whose flames were sparked by lightning last week, have combined into what officials are now calling the SQF Complex Fire. A growing perimeter, wind, dry temperatures . . . Read Full Story >>

Pool options considered

Pool options considered

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The city’s Parks, Recreation & Quality of Life Committee is pursuing options for a new public pool for Ridgecrest. “There’s a grant being pursued for up to $8.5 million that could be used for a pool,” reported Councilmember . . . Read Full Story >>