What’s on your ballot?

Most Indian Wells Valley voters have by now received their sample ballots (and in many cases, their absentee ballots) that outline the ballot items that will determine federal, state and local leadership, as well as several state initiatives. According to staffers in the Kern County . . . Read Full Story >>

Creepy clown travels through town

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer “Oh, yes. How hilarious it is to laugh at clowns — the painted jesters of the dying circus industry. Very funny, Jim. I get it.” — Robert California, The Office In what can only be described as the . . . Read Full Story >>

Valley  mourns passing of  Knemeyer

Valley mourns passing of Knemeyer

Rebecca Neipp

With the Oct. 15 death of China Lake pioneer Frank Kneyemer, the community lost a leader who helped define the mission that would inextricably link the Indian Wells Valley and its residents with the protection of our national security for decades. Many a China Lake . . . Read Full Story >>

Community speaks out at council meeting

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Last week’s meeting of the Ridgecrest City Council saw an especially active public comment section, with several community members approaching the dais to speak on economic development opportunities, road construction, even the public comment section itself. First up . . . Read Full Story >>

RearAdm. Moran to speak to alliance today

Rear Adm. Mike Moran, commander, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, will address the China Lake Alliance today, Oct. 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Victoria’s at the Heritage. Moran assumed command here in August 2013 after a long career in naval aviation . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Dine with Candidates’ on Friday

The Democratic Club of the High Desert will host a “Dine With Your Candidates” dinner Friday, Oct. 24, at 6 p.m. at Victoria’s at the Heritage. Cost is $12 per person, if tickets are purchased by tomorrow, Oct. 23, and $14 per person if purchased . . . Read Full Story >>

Community Day is Saturday

CHINA LAKE — On Saturday, Oct. 25, citizens of the Indian Wells Valley will have a rare opportunity to attend the annual Community Day at the Naval Air Weapons Station, China Lake. Gates will be open to visitors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — . . . Read Full Story >>

Fair is a success

Fair is a success

“The best fair we’ve seen in years!” said Mike Leming, Desert Empire Fairgrounds CEO. The community came out in droves for the fall fair last weekend. An estimated 11,000 to 12,000 people were in attendance, according to Leming. Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

Seen around the Indian Wells Valley

This young bear, weighing in around 150 pounds, was spotted on Brown Road north of Inyokern on Sunday. According to a witness, the bear was looking for food near a residence off Neal Ranch Road and subsequently stopped to nap on the property. After a . . . Read Full Story >>

More road construction ahead for city

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Construction on Ridgecrest Boulevard is in its final stages, but that massive task has paved the way for more street reconstruction throughout Ridgecrest. Tonight, the Ridgecrest City Council will address an agenda item to approve a contract to . . . Read Full Story >>

Lars ‘Longrider’ Nielsen visits IWV

Lars ‘Longrider’ Nielsen visits IWV

By FREDRICK GARY HARELAND News Review Correspondent Ridgecrest was recently visited by Danish touring cyclist Lars Nielsen, who was my guest for the third time in as many years. His most recent visit was to speak to the members and guests of the Los Angeles . . . Read Full Story >>

IYK gets $1.4m for fuel farm, passed over for DOT grant

INYOKERN AIRPORT — The good news outweighed the bad by neary one million dollars at last week’s board of directors meeting for Inyokern Airport. According to General Manager Scott Seymour, the board approved the highest responsible bidder to put in a $1.38-million fuel farm at . . . Read Full Story >>

Mojave marks anniversary of historic trek into space

Mojave marks anniversary of historic trek into space

By REBECCA NEIPP, News Review Staff Writer Last week, a coalition of international visionaries, pioneers and entrepreneurs gathered at Mojave Air and Space Port to celebrate the 10th anniversary of SpaceShipOne’s historic trek into space — the first time a privately built, funded and piloted . . . Read Full Story >>

School Board meets tomorrow

The Sierra Sands Unified School District School Board has their monthly meeting this Thursday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held in Council Chambers at City Hall. Among the consent calendar items are resolutions to extend the existing contracts with Mather Bros., . . . Read Full Story >>

School board, water board, assessor candidate forum is Friday

The Ridgecrest Republican Women will host candidates of the IWV Water District Board of Directors, Sierra Sands Unified School District Board of Education and Kern County Assessor-Re-corder races at its Friday, Oct. 17, luncheon at noon at the Clarion Inn. The candidates for water board . . . Read Full Story >>

Adm. Moran to address alliance

Rear Adm. Mike Moran, commander of Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, will address the China Lake Alliance Wednesday, Oct. 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Victoria’s at the Heritage. Moran assumed command in August 2013 after a long career in naval aviation . . . Read Full Story >>

It takes a ‘Village’

It takes a ‘Village’

Residents of and and visitors to Village Retreat enjoy old friends, young talent, seasoned performers and community volunteers during a fund-raiser this weekend for local nonprofit organizations. Jim Gregory, developer of Village Retreat, said that about 500 residents came to the event, and helped raise . . . Read Full Story >>

Supervisors table ag freeze

Rebecca Neipp

An urgency ordinance that would impose restrictions on current and future agricultural operations in the Indian Wells Valley was deemed unfair by the Kern County Board of Supervisors at last week’s meeting. 1st District Supervisor Mick Gleason directed staff on Sept. 16 to bring forward . . . Read Full Story >>

Pedestrian killed in accident

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer A pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle Saturday evening. According to reports, Marvin Wright, 81, was hit while crossing the intersection of Ridgecrest Boulevard and Gateway Drive. He was transported to Ridgecrest Regional Hospital where he . . . Read Full Story >>

Candidate blasts Kern County assessor’s office

Rebecca Neipp

A correction to property values that resulted in a loss of revenue in the Kern County general fund prompted a candidate for the seat of Assessor-Recorder to call out the county office for “dysfunctional management.” Last week, Bakersfield City Councilman Russell Johnson sent a press . . . Read Full Story >>