Workshop gives voice to concerns

Workshop gives voice to concerns

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer After months of pleas for increased public input, residents representing interests ranging from agriculture to property rights to private well ownership participated in nearly two hours of discussion during a workshop hosted by the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater . . . Read Full Story >>

Fong grills DOF on shady $1B deal

Fong grills DOF on shady $1B deal

By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer The $1 billion in special projects linked with passage of the controversial gas-tax increase approved this month by both houses in the California legislature came into question during an Assembly hearing for SB 132, the proposed budget act . . . Read Full Story >>

Zimmer announces bid for DA

Zimmer announces bid for DA

Rebecca Neipp

Nearly a year before the official opening of the filing period for candidacy, the race for Kern County District Attorney is already shaping up with Cynthia Zimmer, supervising deputy district attorney in charge of gang-related criminal prosecution, announcing her campaign in a Tuesday press conference . . . Read Full Story >>

Fuller brings sobering report from state capitol

Fuller brings sobering report from state capitol

Rebecca Neipp

Just days after stepping down from her historic appointment as the leader of the Republican caucus in the California Senate, Jean Fuller returned to the Indian Wells Valley last week to share an update from the state capitol. However, with Democrats holding a supermajority in . . . Read Full Story >>

‘No sanctuary’ item pulled from agenda

Rebecca Neipp

Kern County Counsel Mark Nations pulled an item relating to “no sanctuary” from the Kern County Board of Supervisor’s May 2 agenda. Sheriff Donny Youngblood has gone on record proposing that the supervisors adopt a resolution declaring Kern a “law and order” county in light . . . Read Full Story >>

Drive-by suspect(s) at large

According to a release from the Ridgecrest Police Department, officers are searching for suspects involved in an alleged drive-by shooting last weekend. Officers were dispatched to a report of multiple shots fired near the intersection of West Upjohn Avenue and South Mahan Street where a . . . Read Full Story >>

Coats faces arraignment

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The 30-year-old Kentucky man accused of breaking into Pierce Elementary School while armed last January faces arraignment in Bakersfield next month. Judge Kenneth Pritchard found probable cause for suspect Brian Coats’ three felony charges during his preliminary hearing . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Aladdin’ is truly magical

‘Aladdin’ is truly magical

By JAYME KINARD News Review Correspondent As the lights dim, proud parents in the audience cheer in anticipation for their little stars to take the stage. There are sounds of footsteps and 63 children appear on stage for this week’s opening of Aladdin at Burroughs . . . Read Full Story >>

Bills could eliminate bail system

Bills could eliminate bail system

Rebecca Neipp

A pair of bills making their way through the state legislature could eliminate the existing bail bond system, leaving public safety officials concerned that this is just the latest in a series of initiatives that have driven up crime in California. Assembly Bill 42, co-authored . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Aladdin’ opens next weekend

‘Aladdin’ opens next weekend

Local young talent will take the community on a magic carpet ride next week, beginning April 27, as it presents “Aladdin KIDS,” an all-youth stage stage adaptation of the beloved Disney classic. The show will be the Ridgecrest Musical Enrichment Society’s second “Rising Stars” performance . . . Read Full Story >>

Groundwater Authority to hold public workshop

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority will hold a public workshop next Wednesday, April 26, 5:30 p.m. at SpringHill Suites. The main topic of discussion will be Article 5 of the board’s bylaws, pertaining to stakeholder participation in . . . Read Full Story >>

Park projects back on track, with cut costs

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Members of the Ridgecrest City Council and city staff were somewhat dismayed earlier this year when all bids for improving Upjohn and Pearson parks were thrown out because of a technical error. But this error appears to have . . . Read Full Story >>

Life after drought: what’s next?

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer With Gov. Jerry Brown declaring an official end to the prolonged emergency resulting from a historic drought in the Golden State, officials are pondering how to move forward with a longterm management plan for water. With record-breaking precipitation . . . Read Full Story >>

Standard’s passing marks loss of valley pioneer

Standard’s passing marks loss of valley pioneer

When William A. “Bill” Standard died on April 9 at the age of 78, our valley lost one of its last survivors to grow up in Brown, a mining and aqueduct construction boomtown north of Inyokern where now only a few patches of cement show . . . Read Full Story >>

Job fair is April 27

The Kern County Department of Human Services will host a series of job fairs throughout the county this month, including one in Ridgecrest on Thursday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Ker McGee Center. “With Kern County’s overall unemployment rate at . . . Read Full Story >>

Reed to address Democrats

The Democratic Club of the High Desert will host Wendy Reed, who is seeking the 23rd District congressional seat in 2018, on Saturday, April 22, at noon in Charlie’s restaurant at the Clarion Inn. Reed has spent 30 years addressing government processes ranging from voting . . . Read Full Story >>

Guest Editorial: The influence of food

Guest Editorial: The influence of food

By BEATRIS ESPERICUETA SANDERS, director, Kern County Farm Bureau Thriving civilizations are the product of opportunity and necessity. The purpose of every civilization throughout all human history is to ensure a full belly for its inhabitants. Since the beginning of time, food has been an . . . Read Full Story >>

MOAB tested at China Lake

MOAB tested at China Lake

The “Mother of All Bombs,” the colloquial name of the massive ordnance air blast weapon dropped by U.S. forces Thursday on an Islamic State tunnel complex in eastern Afghanistan, was tested in China Lake. While the mission was deemed successful by the administration, little details . . . Read Full Story >>

Directors call for public workshop

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority bylaws were again the hot discussion topic during the IWV Water District Board meeting. The IWVGA, now officially the Groundwater Sustainability Agency for the valley, partially approved the bylaws last month, pending . . . Read Full Story >>

State passes $52B tax hike

Rebecca Neipp

A tax hike that will cost taxpayers $52 billion over the next decade was approved with minimum support in both upper and lower houses of the California legislature last week, despite strong opposition from Kern County members. “It is deeply disappointing that legislative Democrats chose . . . Read Full Story >>