IWVGA questions Water District leadership

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer After a contentious year of IWV Groundwater Authority (GA) – IWV Water District relations, GA board members and staff discussed the upcoming position of board chair and are considering skipping over the district and rotating back to Kern . . . Read Full Story >>

RRH celebrates National Rural Health

RRH celebrates National Rural Health

Ridgecrest Regional Hospital Jayde Glenn – Americans gather on the fourth Thursday of November to give thanks. But on the third Thursday, a lesser-known national observance celebrated the selfless service and community-minded spirit of providers and employees in rural healthcare. In the following series, Ridgecrest . . . Read Full Story >>

Local businesses host free Thanksgiving dinner

Local businesses host free Thanksgiving dinner

By LAURA QUEZADA News Review Staff Writer If you are looking for a Thanksgiving meal head to Leroy Jackson Park at 2pm on Thanksgiving Day. All you need to bring is your plate. Turkey and all the fixings will be served but folks are welcome . . . Read Full Story >>

CL breaks ground on 13th MILCON of Earthquake Recovery Program

CHINA LAKE – Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command (NAVFAC) Officer in Charge of Construction (OICC) China Lake hosted its ninth groundbreaking ceremony on November 8, for the $220 million Michelson Laboratory Complex aboard Naval Air Weapons Station (NAWS) China Lake, as part of the $2.7 . . . Read Full Story >>

A time to look up and be thankful

It is good that we as a people have set aside a day of Thanksgiving. A day of feasting and celebration, a time of gathering together with family and loved ones, a time to stop and count our blessings and be grateful. This past year . . . Read Full Story >>

Two killed in plane crash near Garlock on Friday

Two killed in plane crash near Garlock on Friday

By LAURA Austin News Review Staff Writer A plane crashed Friday afternoon, killing two people. Kern County Sheriff and Fire Departments responded to the scene upon reports of a aircraft crash at 2:45pm. On arrival, the first responders found the remains of a crashed aircraft . . . Read Full Story >>

Two SSUSD students pass weekend before Thanksgiving

Sierra Sands Unified School District Superintendent Dr. David Ostash – We are deeply saddened to report that two of our students, a Senior from Mesquite High School and a Junior from Burroughs High School, passed away last weekend.  We extend our deepest heartfelt sympathy and . . . Read Full Story >>

CLMF auction successful in raising funds for operations, new construction

CLMF auction successful in raising funds for operations, new construction

China Lake Museum Alice Campbell – After taking time off during COVID 19 restrictions, the traditional China Lake Museum Foundation Dinner Auction was held again for the 20th year at the Kerr McGee Center. The number of attendees was down, to about 260, but the . . . Read Full Story >>

Type 1 Diabetes: Warning signs to watch for in children

Ridgecrest Regional Hospital Jayde Glenn –There is no way to prevent or cure Type 1 Diabetes, which affects about 200,000 American children. But knowing the warning signs can result in managing the disease and allowing individuals who carry the diagnosis to live full and happy . . . Read Full Story >>

CL breaks ground on Radiographic Building, earthquake recovery

CL breaks ground on Radiographic Building, earthquake recovery

CHINA LAKE – Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command (NAVFAC) Officer in Charge of Construction (OICC) – China Lake hosted its eighth groundbreaking on Oct. 26, on the $53 million Radiographic Building, within the China Lake Propulsion Laboratory Complex aboard Naval Air Weapons Station (NAWS) China . . . Read Full Story >>

DOD Employees publicly demonstrate opposition to COVID-19 mandates

DOD Employees publicly demonstrate opposition to COVID-19 mandates

By Patricia Farris, News Review Publisher A number of Department of Defense employees have been demonstrating their opposition to the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for the last several weeks, every weekday near the China Lake gate. A spokesman for the group, Reid Stevens, stated clearly that . . . Read Full Story >>

Physician addresses diseases of despair in COVID fallout

Physician addresses diseases of despair in COVID fallout

Ridgecrest Regional Hospital Jayde Glenn –Among the many serious impacts of the long COVID pandemic are the mental and emotional issues — sometimes called ‘Diseases of Despair’ — that came in its wake. With this week’s observance of Stress Awareness Day (the third Wednesday of . . . Read Full Story >>

Mammoth Mountain now open

A record breaking storm brought epic rainfall to the Eastern Sierra recently. Tuesday morning of last week, Mammoth and much of the region awoke to a world transformed with almost a foot of new snow. The snow reached down to the Long Valley floor and . . . Read Full Story >>

Ridgecrest’s California Welcome Center grand opening Nov. 6

Ridgecrest’s California Welcome Center grand opening Nov. 6

CALIFORNIA WELCOME CENTER - RIDGECREST – Ridgecrest opened the 21st California Welcome Center, joining statewide network on November 6, 2021 at 10AM The Ridgecrest Area Convention and Visitors Bureau received designation from Visit California to become a California Welcome Center (CWC) in 2019, with plans . . . Read Full Story >>

Valley’s first winter storm brings high winds followed by rain

Valley’s first winter storm brings high winds followed by rain

This week’s weather roared in like a lion on Monday and it appears that it will go out like a lamb. According to China Lake Flight Weather Forecaster, Davin Lacuesta, the maximum winds at China Lake on Monday were 44 mph with gusts up to . . . Read Full Story >>

COVID booster eligibility expanded

COVID booster eligibility expanded

Ridgecrest Regional Hospital Jayde Glenn – Since the CDC has expanded eligibility, anyone with the Comirnaty/Pfizer, Moderna or Janssen (J&J) vaccines are now eligible for boosters. For the third consecutive two-week reporting period in a row, case numbers and positivity rates from RRH tests have . . . Read Full Story >>

School board approves staff COVID-19 mitigation plan

School board approves staff COVID-19 mitigation plan

By Patricia Farris News Review Publisher In a discussion with Sierra Sands Unified School District (SSUSD) Superintendent Dr. David Ostash, this week. Ostash stated the position of the SSUSD board regarding the COVID mandates by the state. “We will meet individually with staff members we . . . Read Full Story >>

Family fun at the Desert Empire Fair

Family fun at the Desert Empire Fair

“The best event and the highest attendance we have had since I have been here,” said Chip Holloway, Executive Director for the Desert Empire Fair. Holloway said, we invested $55,000 on free entertainment. Getting food vendors was a challenge with us as it was across . . . Read Full Story >>

Fatal movie-set accident in New Mexico – bitter memories in Ridgecrest

Fatal movie-set accident in New Mexico – bitter memories in Ridgecrest

By ELIZABETH BABCOCK, Local Historian SPECIAL TO THE NEWS REVIEW “I woke up in the middle of the night thinking about the shooting on the set of “Rust” and how similar it was to the Wayne Carpenter death we experienced 50 years ago.” – Liz . . . Read Full Story >>

Fair Time, DEF: Family, fun, food and farm animals

Fair Time, DEF: Family, fun, food and farm animals

By LAURA QUEZADA News Review Staff Writer Live music, comedians, racing pigs, a demolition derby, barrel racing, wandering entertainers, fair food and vendors are just a few of the ways to be entertained at the Desert Empire Fair from October 22 to 24. “Five dollars . . . Read Full Story >>