Innovative culture alive and well

Innovative culture alive and well

Rebecca Neipp

As growing threats continue to emerge on the global scene, the U.S. military must adapt to an increasingly complex environment. “Everything we must do must contribute to the increased lethality of our military,” Secretary of Defense James Mattis recently told defense leaders. “I think China . . . Read Full Story >>

The fair is here!

The fair is here!

The annual Desert Empire Fair returns this evening, running from 4 p.m. to midnight at the fairgrounds. Rides, entertainment and other crowd-pleasing activities continue Saturday from noon to midnight and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m. For ticket information or schedule of events, visit desertempirefair.com. . . . Read Full Story >>

Use it or lose it —  Seymour recounts how  we lost air service

Use it or lose it — Seymour recounts how we lost air service

Rebecca Neipp

Just a few months after regaining air service, the Indian Wells Valley Airport Board of Directors voted, after a closed-session discussion last Thursday, to terminate its contract with Boutique Airlines. “No one likes to fail, but this one hit me really hard,” said IYK General . . . Read Full Story >>

IWVGA seeks grant funds as costs continue to add up

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority met Thursday morning to consider approving a grant application for Proposition 1 funding – money to help Groundwater Sustainability Agencies across the state halt the decline of groundwater levels as required by . . . Read Full Story >>

Class of 2020 takes Powder Puff championship

Class of 2020 takes Powder Puff championship

Burroughs High School’s lady sophomores dominate the field during Wednesday night’s Powder Puff championship. The Class of 2020 reigned over the gender-bending event, with the boys in that class also securing victory in the cheerleading competition. Homecoming events culminate with tonight’s coronation and game at . . . Read Full Story >>

Sierra Sands discusses  sixth-grade academy

Sierra Sands discusses sixth-grade academy

Rebecca Neipp

Sierra Sands Unified School District is in the beginning stages of gathering information from the public regarding the establishment of a sixth-grade academy, potentially made possible through a Department of Defense educational grant. At press time the SSUSD Board of Directors was hosting a workshop . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy announces STEM app challenge

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced last week that he is participating in the 2017 Congressional App Challenge for students who reside or attend school in California’s 23rd District. “The STEM students of today will guide our country toward a strong tomorrow,” said McCarthy. He . . . Read Full Story >>

Local virtuoso to present original compositions

Local virtuoso to present original compositions

Rebecca Neipp

After an exuberant debut last month of his Sonata for Clarinet and Left Hand Piano, local concert pianist Patrick Rindt will return to center stage for the first time in more than a decade on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 11 and 12 — this time . . . Read Full Story >>

Spielman to speak to Republican Women

Ridgecrest Republican Women Federated will host Kern County District Attorney Candidate Scott Spielman at a luncheon today, Oct. 20, at noon in the Clarion Inn banquet room. Spielman is a former sergeant in the Army, where he worked as a military police officer at the . . . Read Full Story >>

Kern leaders meet Pence in Mojave

Kern leaders meet Pence in Mojave

Rebecca Neipp

A culture of innovation and collaboration that facilitated the birth of the commercial space industry in our own backyard vaulted into prominence Tuesday when Vice President Mike Pence toured Mojave Air and Space Port. “The work accomplished in Mojave fulfills this administration’s dream to keep . . . Read Full Story >>

Smoke advisory issued for Eastern Sierra

Smoke advisory issued for Eastern Sierra

By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer The Kern River Ranger District of the Sequoia National Forest issued a smoke advisory Thursday, warning about forecasts of fine particulate matter clouding the skies over nearby communities. “Smoke from Northern California will impact San Joaquin Valley and . . . Read Full Story >>

Air service in trouble?

Air service in trouble?

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Inyokern Airport may be burning through the grant funds that keep its current commuter air service afloat. This news came during Tuesday’s Indian Wells Valley Water District meeting during General Manager Don Zdeba’s report. According to Zdeba, . . . Read Full Story >>

CL Alliance to hear Rear  Adm. Corey

CL Alliance to hear Rear Adm. Corey

The China Lake Alliance will host Rear Adm. Brian Corey, commander of Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, on Tuesday, Oct. 17, at 11:30 a.m. in the Maturango Room of SpringHill Suites. “There will also be information about the recent change of the corporate name, . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy lauds per diem increase

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, in a statement released last week, applauded the DOD Defense Travel Management Office for rectifying a regulatory discrepancy in the per diem rate for temporary-duty personnel traveling to the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake. Effective Oct. 1, the per . . . Read Full Story >>

East Kern loses critical program

East Kern loses critical program

Rebecca Neipp

East Kern appears to have been cut out of a program designed to give children access to comprehensive dental care, much to the dismay of advocates serving communities for the last 11 years through the Kern County Children’s Dental Health Network. The program, which operated . . . Read Full Story >>

RMES presents a carol for all seasons and ages

RMES presents a carol for all seasons and ages

Rebecca Neipp

“A Christmas Carol: The Musical” delivered everything I’ve come to look for in our vibrant community theater scene — a luminescent cast, soaring vocals, toe-tapping dance routines, a pitch-perfect orchestra and a flawless set. It’s a tale so well known it can’t be spoiled — . . . Read Full Story >>

Terror in Vegas strikes home

Terror in Vegas strikes home

By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer As our nation mourns the most deadly mass shooting in modern history, community residents are left stunned by the near misses witnessed by scores of local citizens who were on the scene of Sunday’s tragedy in Las Vegas. . . . Read Full Story >>

Assistant D.A. speaks to Rotary

Assistant D.A. speaks to Rotary

Rebecca Neipp

The tragic consequences of impaired driving and increasing challenges in maintaining public safety were among the key topics addressed by Scott Spielman, assistant D.A. in the Kern County District Attorney’s Office, when he spoke to the China Lake Rotary Club members and guests at Wednesday’s . . . Read Full Story >>

Deciphering the bureaucratic ‘alphabet soup’

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer For anybody trying to follow local developments regarding groundwater management, it can be a bit like staring at a bowl of alphabet soup. The IWVGA (Indian Wells Groundwater Authority) is a GSA (Groundwater Sustainability Agency) tasked with forming . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Christmas Carol’ offers story of redemption

‘Christmas Carol’ offers story of redemption

Rebecca Neipp

I have seen a future Full of darkness, All the darkness of my heart! At my door A world in need of kindness. From man’s kindness, I departed! All the hours of my days And years I’ve wasted! All the joy and love I never . . . Read Full Story >>