Community mourns sudden passing of beloved teacher

Community mourns sudden passing of beloved teacher

Rebecca Neipp

Pictured: The late Ann-Marie Vargas and her husband, Fernando, on their wedding day, circa 1997. ***** Shockwaves reverberated through the community last week when news circulated of the sudden death of Ann-Marie Vargas, who passed away at home in her sleep on Dec. 6, 2017. . . . Read Full Story >>

California on fire

California on fire

“California’s fire season now lasts all year long.” Such was the solemn observation of one firefighter, who noted that there has been little reprieve for those battling scores of wildfires across the state in 2017 alone. With the Thomas Fire in Ventura eclipsing 100,000 acres . . . Read Full Story >>

DA clears officers involved in shooting

DA clears officers involved in shooting

Rebecca Neipp

The Kern County District Attorney concluded, in a report released Dec. 1, that the actions of Ridgecrest Police Det. Bill Groves and the other six officers involved in the shooting of Oscar Junior were justified. “I am not surprised at the findings, but I am . . . Read Full Story >>

McLaughlin  sworn in  as chief

McLaughlin sworn in as chief

Rebecca Neipp

As this edition was going to press, Jed McLaughlin was being officially sworn in as the chief of the Ridgecrest Police Department, a role he has been filling in a temporary capacity since his predecessor Ron Strand was appointed city manager. The ceremony was held . . . Read Full Story >>

Children’s Christmas Parade is Saturday morning

Children’s Christmas Parade is Saturday morning

Festively dressed Girl Scouts greet thousands of spectators during a previous Elks Children’s Christmas Parade. This year’s annual event, with the theme “Hometown Christmas — Past, Present and Future,” will be held Saturday, Dec. 9, at 9 a.m. The announcer will be posted at the . . . Read Full Story >>

Burros play  their hearts  out — and  capture ours

Burros play their hearts out — and capture ours

Pictured: Brock Mather, one of the co-captains of the Burroughs High School varsity football team, leads the Burros in prayer during last Friday’s championship game against the Aquinas Falcons. — Photo by Laura Austin ***** By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Thousands filled the . . . Read Full Story >>

Water District  meets Monday

Water District meets Monday

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Water District will meet Monday evening, 6 p.m. While agenda information was not available at press time, district representatives have said that data from the recent SkyTEM fly-over survey would be available for review . . . Read Full Story >>

Council addresses infrastructure,  groundwater

Council addresses infrastructure, groundwater

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Wednesday night the Ridgecrest City Council got its first chance to use its new electronic-voting system. However, the system worked only long enough for council to approve the consent calendar. When it came to approving the allocation of . . . Read Full Story >>

It’s a great day to be a Burro!

It’s a great day to be a Burro!

By DIANA REGIER News Review Correspondent As someone who recently returned to Ridgecrest, many of the current residents do not know me and they probably have no knowledge of my family. But my roots go deep. As a daughter and granddaughter of the Tharp family, . . . Read Full Story >>

Road to victory returns home

Road to victory returns home

Pictured: Burroughs High School football defenders take down the Mayfair Monsoon offense during last week’s semi-final, which the Burros won 31-14 to put them in Friday’s CIF championship game against Aquinas High School Falcons. — Photo by Laura Austin ***** By CHASE CRACRAFT, News Review . . . Read Full Story >>

‘No merit’ to FPPC complaint against mayor

‘No merit’ to FPPC complaint against mayor

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The state Fair Political Practices Commission has declined to pursue a complaint filed against Mayor Peggy Breeden last month regarding her vote of support for the city to withdraw from the Property Assessed Clean Energy financing program. The . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Westworld’ seeks extras for local shoot

‘Westworld’ seeks extras for local shoot

Rebecca Neipp

“Ready for your close-up? If you’ve always wanted to appear on television, now might be your chance!” So reads the casting call from HBO’s popular series “Westworld,” which will be filming in Ridgecrest during the month of December and is looking for hundreds of extras . . . Read Full Story >>

Pearl Harbor survivor Cunningham still remembers

Pearl Harbor survivor Cunningham still remembers

By DIANA REGIER News Review Correspondent As we close in on the 76th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the last known survivor living in Kern County took time to share his vivid memories of that fateful day with this reporter. Lake Isabella . . . Read Full Story >>

Community  mourns loss  of Joe McKenzie

Community mourns loss of Joe McKenzie

Rebecca Neipp

Pictured: The late Joe McKenzie (center) playing violin with the Desert Community Orchestra. — Photo by Laura Austin ***** With the passing of Joe McKenzie this weekend, the community lost a pillar of faith, family, music and innovation. His loved ones will gather this Saturday, . . . Read Full Story >>

City Council to meet Wednesday

City Council to meet Wednesday

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council will hold a public hearing during it’s regular meeting Wednesday, Dec. 6, 6 p.m. at City Hall to approve Community Development Block Grant funds for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. The public will have a . . . Read Full Story >>

Pre-game bonfire rally is Thursday

Pre-game bonfire rally is Thursday

SHERMAN E. BURROUGHS HIGH SCHOOL — For the first time in decades, we will have a bonfire rally this Thursday evening beginning at 7:30 PM (weather permitting). All of the permits have been submitted and permission has been granted for this event. The team’s theme . . . Read Full Story >>

Balas family counts blessings

Balas family counts blessings

Pictured: Joe, Shannon, Kendal, Macey and Payton Balas. — Courtesy photo ***** By CHRISTINA MACGREGOR News Review Correspondent Shannon Balas is feeling especially grateful for her blessings this Thanksgiving. Although the loss of a child and a battle with cancer are among the trials that . . . Read Full Story >>

GA proposes plan amid  fiscal uncertainty

GA proposes plan amid fiscal uncertainty

Come December, committees of the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority should get a clear view of long-term tasks and requirements in order to adequately advise the water resources manger in crafting a Groundwater Sustainability Plan for our valley. But with grant funding from the state . . . Read Full Story >>

It’s Turkey Time

It’s Turkey Time

Kelly Cosner of Far Haven Farm enjoys the twilight of her friendship with Tom the Turkey before he and his feathered brothers are “redistributed” to local families — who will enjoy a much shorter, if perhaps more savory, relationship with the birds on Thanksgiving Day. . . . Read Full Story >>

Burros advance after another blowout

Burros advance after another blowout

Pictured: Burroughs High School wide receiver Antonio Ramirez (#23) heads for a touchdown with the help of his teammates during the Burros’ 32-7 victory against the St. Anthony Saints of Long Beach. This is BHS’s third consecutive, and similarly decisive, victory. The Burros will face . . . Read Full Story >>