Proposal could raise pay for China Lakers

Rebecca Neipp

A proposal that would increase pay boundaries for local federal employees is now open for public comment. If the proposal is approved, Kern County would be included in the Los Angeles area, and federal employees, including those at China Lake, would be eligible for as . . . Read Full Story >>

Dog Park to be displaced

Dog Park to be displaced

The new dog park, located at the northwest end of LeRoy Jackson Park, has become a popular place for residents and their furry friends to escape the summer heat. The project was completed earlier this year as the Eagle Scout project of Michael Hannafin. A . . . Read Full Story >>

Chief: community partnership helps public safety

Rebecca Neipp

State policies that have closed prisons, reduced time served, decriminalized whole classes of felonies and watered down sentencing guidelines have created increasing challenges for those tasked with maintaining public safety. “The good news is that we did manage to see a decrease in crime by . . . Read Full Story >>

IWV Baseball brings hundreds to Ridgecrest

IWV Baseball brings hundreds to Ridgecrest

Mikey Petrovich catches the ball for the Ridgecrest Sidewinders during last weekend’s All-Star tournament, hosted by the Indian Wells Valley Youth Baseball league. Rod Nutter of IWVYB said that the tournament yielded an economic boost for the community by bringing 10 teams, and about 120 . . . Read Full Story >>

NASA offers glimpse of unlimited possibilities

NASA offers glimpse of unlimited possibilities

Rebecca Neipp

With expanding missions that extend beyond the reaches of Planet Earth, NASA’s Community College Aerospace Scholars program has broken through even the sky as the limit for future careers. One local student who got a first-hand look at these options recently returned from the program . . . Read Full Story >>

Family searches for missing local teen

Family searches for missing local teen

On Thursday morning, family of a missing 14-year-old put out a plea on Facebook for help in locating the missing girl. J.J. Maher said in her message that her daughter, Jacoba Alexandra Maher, has been missing since Friday, June 19, around 4 p.m. The family, . . . Read Full Story >>

Council OKs increased sewer fees

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council, during its June 17 meeting, voted to approve another sewer rate hike, June 17. The 50-percent increase was the third annual increase set in place since the 2013 hearing under the previous council. “We . . . Read Full Story >>

McGee’s progress OK’d by county

The Kern County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to accept the level of progress toward mitigating dust created by an Inyokern pistachio orchard now under development. The issue arose more than a year ago when a contractor, hired by property owner Mike McGee, scraped the . . . Read Full Story >>

District unveils late-start Wednesdays

District unveils late-start Wednesdays

Rebecca Neipp

This week’s announcement of an adjusted start time on most Wednesdays in the up-coming school year has been identified by Sierra Sands Unified School District officials as a creative solution to accurately assessing student needs and an opportunity for real-time sharing of resources and information . . . Read Full Story >>

Gleason announces intent to run again

Gleason announces intent to run again

Rebecca Neipp

Retired Navy captain-turned-politician Mick Gleason said that he is committed to seeking a second term representing the 1st District on the Kern County Board of Supervisors. “I personally believe there is a value to me running again, I think there are some things I can . . . Read Full Story >>

Valley snapshot

Valley snapshot

A local roadrunner with a discarded morsel of food in his mouth pauses just long enough for his portrait. Based on the speed of his subsequent getaway, we can only presume there was a coyote in hot pursuit. -- Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

Police chief to address RRWF today

Police chief to address RRWF today

The Ridgecrest Republican Women, Federated, will host Ridgecrest Police Chief Ron Strand at its Friday, June 19, luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the banquet room of the Clarion Inn. Strand said that he will discuss the challenges facing law enforcement officials, as well . . . Read Full Story >>

Letters of support needed for school construction bill

Rebecca Neipp

Local legislators and officials of the Sierra Sands Unified School District are urging residents to write letters of support for a bill that could provide the matching funded needed to release some 55 million in federal dollars allocated to rebuild Murray Middle School and improve . . . Read Full Story >>

Father’s Day Spotlight

Father’s Day Spotlight

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer “Being a father is very special, as I know it is in any father’s eyes,” said Ernest Bell, Jr., superintendent of Sierra Sands Unified School District and local father of three. Every father, mother and child knows that . . . Read Full Story >>

Teen goes missing near Kernville

Teen goes missing near Kernville

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer A teenage girl went missing near Kernville, Calif. last weekend and the Kern County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in locating her. Amber Woolwine, a 16-year-old white female, was last seen Thursday morning, June 11, . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy lauds passage of defense appropriations

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Kevin McCarthy released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed legislation to fund our military: “Last week the House of Representatives passed an appropriations bill for the Department of Defense, which funds American men and women who serve in . . . Read Full Story >>

Oviatt named in conspiracy claim

Rebecca Neipp

Kern County’s top two industries are embroiled in a legal complaint filed last week by an agricultural coalition that claims San Joaquin Valley oil companies illegally injected contaminated water into the ground and that accuses state and county officials of collaborating in an attempt to . . . Read Full Story >>

How do you grow a community?

Rebecca Neipp

A common theme that kept arising as a hurdle to local attempts at economic development was that, historically, stakeholders’ efforts have lacked cohesion and focus. Overcoming that very deterrent was the purpose behind Wednesday night’s inaugural Town Hall meeting to discuss economic development. Some 50 . . . Read Full Story >>

Keeping cool in the community pool

Keeping cool in the community pool

Youngsters beat the summer heat at the city’s John Pinney Memorial Pool. See www.ca-ridgecrest.gov for open swim hours. Future editions of the News Review will feature additional recreational opportunities this summer for children and adults! -- Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

Community members honored at Chamber luncheon

Community members honored at Chamber luncheon

Honorees display their petroglyph-themed statuettes during the annual Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce Community Awards luncheon on Tuesday, June 9. From left are Denny Kline (Beautification Award), Lorelei Oviatt (Chairman’s Award), Melissa Olivarez (Ambassador of the Year), Jinny DeAngelis (outgoing board member), Cherish Rindt (Volunteer Service . . . Read Full Story >>