Owens fire winds down after burning nearly 2K acres

Owens fire winds down after burning nearly 2K acres

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Heavy smoke began rolling down the mountains just northwest of Ridgecrest on Saturday, May 1. Initially mistaken to be dust clouds by some, glowing flames were visible by evening – alerting the valley to what authorities are calling . . . Read Full Story >>

Burroughs High School senior: glad to be back in the classroom

Burroughs High School senior: glad to be back in the classroom

By LAURA QUEZADA News Review Staff Writer Bryce Hill had been back in the classroom for in-person learning for a little over two weeks when we spoke to him last week. We were following up to see how his expectations of returning to the classroom . . . Read Full Story >>

Lifetime resident remembers early days here

Lifetime resident remembers early days here

By LAURA QUEZADA Staff Writer The News Review Debbie Benson, best known as the Executive Director of the Maturango Museum, is also a lifetime resident and an active grandmother. “In the morning I still have a first grader in my care as we are getting . . . Read Full Story >>

New report indicates slower groundwater decline in valley basin

New report indicates slower groundwater decline in valley basin

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The annual report for the valley’s Groundwater Sustainability Plan suggests that the Indian Wells Valley groundwater table is declining on average by some 8 inches per year – in stark contrast to the 1.5- to 2-foot figure that . . . Read Full Story >>

Ogas receives 5th life-saving award

Ogas receives 5th life-saving award

Officer Michael Ogas of the Ridgecrest Police Department was recognized with his fifth life-saving award at Ridgecrest City Council Wednesday night. Police Chief Jed McLaughlin reported that Ogas responded to a suspected overdose where he started rescue breathing procedures until Liberty Ambulance and Kern County . . . Read Full Story >>

Ridgecrest area sees 28 COVID deaths

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Kern County is matching state-wide trends of decreased COVID-19 positivity, but will remain in the “moderate” orange tier of the State’s reopening framework for the time being. The county’s adjusted case rate is down from 3.4 to 2.8 . . . Read Full Story >>

BHS teacher finds ease with in-person reentery

BHS teacher finds ease with in-person reentery

By LAURA QUEZADA News Review Staff Writer Kelly Jacotin, Biology, Earth Science, and Conceptual Physics teacher at Burroughs High, had been back to teaching in-person for two and a half weeks when we spoke last Monday. We were following up on her expectations and concerns . . . Read Full Story >>

State on road to fully reopen

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Kern County residents are among the 88 percent of Californians in the “moderate” orange tier of the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy framework. With all counties out of the “widespread” purple tier and less than 12 percent . . . Read Full Story >>

Inyokern fire claims buildings, cars, more across several acres

Inyokern fire claims buildings, cars, more across several acres

Laura Austin photo: Thick black plumes of smoke drew firefighters to a fire covering several acres in Inyokern Monday morning. The blaze occurred near the intersection of 3 Pines Canyon Road and North Owens Peak Street. High winds fanned the flames as buildings, vegetation, cars . . . Read Full Story >>

New Eagle Scouts recognized

New Eagle Scouts recognized

Laura Austin photo: Matthew Garcia, Noah Riendeau, Adrian Riendeau and James Chase (Chris Carter Not Pictured) were recognized for their accomplishments at an Eagle Scout Court of Honor. The ceremony was held on the Cerro Coso College campus, Saturday, April 24. . . . Read Full Story >>

Bluejackets to be awarded Apr. 30

Bluejackets to be awarded Apr. 30

The Bluejacket Awards Ceremony will be held at 10 AM on April 30th during a slightly modified ceremony this year, due to social distancing implementations prompted by COVID-19. The awards, normally presented during a Navy League dinner, will be made available to the awardees during . . . Read Full Story >>

Local tow truck drivers pay respects to Nick Pokol

Local tow truck drivers pay respects to Nick Pokol

Laura Austin Photo: Nick Pokol a longtime resident and driver for Pro Tow and Recovery, got his wish, which was to be carried to the cemetery on the back of a tow truck. Nick road in style to his resting place via the back of . . . Read Full Story >>

Publisher’s Note

This abstract is from the 2004 David Williams Indian Wells Valley Hydrology Reoprt. According to some recognized hydrologists, this is the most recent, most complete peer-reviewed study available. ———————— In the interest of finding a solution to the water dilemma that this valley currently faces, . . . Read Full Story >>

Teacher & student give good report, 2 weeks in class

Teacher & student give good report, 2 weeks in class

By LAURA QUEZADA News Review Staff Writer Melissa Yoshizu, first grade teacher at Las Flores Elementary School and her daughter, Alina, a fifth grade student at Las Flores had been back in school for two weeks when we spoke this Monday. We thought it would . . . Read Full Story >>

BHS band recognizes seniors at concert

BHS band recognizes seniors at concert

The Burroughs High School Band, under the direction of Mrs. Amber Petersen, held its “Senior Night” concert on Friday, April 16, on the BHS football field. The concert featured performances by the symphonic band, jazz band and drumline with special recognition given to the band’s . . . Read Full Story >>

SSUSD plans for 8th & 12th grade graduations

SSUSD plans for 8th & 12th grade graduations

Dr. David Ostash SSUSD Superintendent reviews current progress of the district and announces plans for upcoming graduations. “We opened all our schools to in-person instruction, starting with elementary schools on April 5, high schools on April 8, and middle schools on April 12.  Although I . . . Read Full Story >>

RPD makes several busts in recent months

RPD makes several busts in recent months

Ridgecrest Police Officers have seized several pounds of suspected methamphetamine, .8 pounds plus 170 pills of suspected fentanyl, three firearms and more than $10,000 in cash. “Nocturnal, proactive enforcement activities, such as traffic stops and probation/parole searches, have resulted in numerous arrests and contraband seizures. . . . Read Full Story >>

CHP seeks hit-and-run suspect

CHP seeks hit-and-run suspect

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL – On March 29, 2021, at approximately 2203 hours, tragically, Mr. David Chavarria Fernandez of Sylmar, California was struck and killed by an unidentified driver on northbound state route 14, north of Camelot Boulevard in . . . Read Full Story >>

City proclaims ‘Historic District’

City proclaims ‘Historic District’

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Historic USO and other historically significant buildings in the area are officially part of Ridgecrest’s “Historic District” according to a City Council proclamation on Wednesday, April 21. “We believe these buildings represent the historical nature of our . . . Read Full Story >>

 KCPH updates new death statistics

KCPH updates new death statistics

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Kern County Public Health released a wave of press releases earlier this week. While much of the news is positive, the county is announcing COVID death numbers “as enough data accumulates to prevent identification of the deceased,” says . . . Read Full Story >>