Santa’s Art Shop is here

Santa’s Art Shop is here

By BRENT CLARK PALMER News Review Correspondent Santa Claus will be at the Desert Empire Fairgrounds this Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3 and 4, to headline Santa’s Art Shop, celebrating its 39th year. “We are looking forward to a spectacular weekend with thousands of visitors . . . Read Full Story >>

IWVGA approves policy committee structure

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority met earlier this month to further discuss its committee roles in forming a Groundwater Sustainability Plan for the IWV. The board approved the membership list for its Policy Advisory Committee, which would . . . Read Full Story >>

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

The first snow of the season in the Sierra Nevada was just a light dusting, and long-range weather models show that we will not have a typical wet winter, according to meteorologist Tamara Walters. “An Arctictype system came over the mountains, and with just enough . . . Read Full Story >>

‘I would have enlisted immediately …’

‘I would have enlisted immediately …’

By DIANA REGIER News Review Correspondent For much of the world, the war that would become known as World War II began in 1938 with Hitler’s invasions, with affected nations subsequently declaring war in 1939. Yet, for most Americans war started with the Japanese attack . . . Read Full Story >>

Grand Jury reports findings on city inquiry

Rebecca Neipp

The Kern County Grand Jury released a report Wednesday following an inquiry “into the operations and management of the city of Ridgecrest,” ultimately recommending no actions. The report includes background information, findings and comments — all of which appear either positive or neutral — regarding . . . Read Full Story >>

Last chance to enter Christmas parade

The 47th annual Elks Children’s Christmas Parade is fast approaching and participants are still invited to join in the celebration. The deadline for entering the parade is Tuesday, Dec. 6. “This year’s theme is ‘Dancing in a Winter Wonderland.’ We encourage as many entries as . . . Read Full Story >>

Protect your property this holiday season

Rebecca Neipp

As local stores offer specials to draw out holiday shoppers this weekend, Ridgecrest Police Department officials said they will also be bracing for the increase in theft that typically comes with the season. “It’s important to protect your property at any time, but especially this . . . Read Full Story >>

Two fires claim multiple structures Monday

Two fires claim multiple structures Monday

Two fires destroyed multiple structures in Ridgecrest and the surrounding area on Monday. Above a blaze claims a home in the 200 block of South American Street. KCFD received the call around 5 a.m. and responded to a fully involved garage fire that ultimately caused . . . Read Full Story >>

O’Neill PR  tasks tabled  by council

O’Neill PR tasks tabled by council

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council discussed a request to task Special Projects Consultant Justin O’Neill of O’Neill Dynamics with public relations-related work to “advise staff and council on public relations strategy.” The item was tabled until council’s Dec. 7 . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Shop Small’ this weekend

Rebecca Neipp

While national chain stores are bracing for the long lines and door busters that typically come with Black Friday, the Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce is reminding local residents to “Shop Small.” That slogan does not refer to the size of purchases or even the size . . . Read Full Story >>

Salvation Army spreads cheer to hundreds of local families

Salvation Army spreads cheer to hundreds of local families

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Salvation Army gave out food for more than 300 Thanksgiving meals to local families in need this week, but it’s only the beginning of “kettle season” for the charitable organization. The Salvation Army bell ringers have popped . . . Read Full Story >>

Rojas search yields no  remains,  new leads

Rojas search yields no remains, new leads

Rebecca Neipp

A local search for the remains of a Long Beach woman who disappeared in 2000 yielded no evidence of the missing woman, but led investigators to new leads in the recently reopened case. Long Beach Police Department, investigators collaborated with the Ridgecrest Police Department, Kern . . . Read Full Story >>

Long Beach cold case hits home

Long Beach cold case hits home

Rebecca Neipp

UPDATE: After the News Review went to press, authorities reported that they did not find the remains of Roja. However, widespread media attention has led investigators to new leads to follow up on. Additional information will be reported as it becomes available. Local law-enforcement agencies . . . Read Full Story >>

Leads lengthen in city council race

Rebecca Neipp

Although results of the Nov. 8 General Election remain unofficial, Lindsey Stephens and Wallace Martin appear to be the victors in the contest for Ridgecrest City Council. Stephens and Martin secured the lead after Kern County Elections Division tallied ballots cast at precincts. But Martin . . . Read Full Story >>

High winds cause several turnovers

High winds cause several turnovers

High winds Wednesday evening overturned vehicles, such as this semi on Highway 14. According to reports from the California Highway Patrol, two other vehicles overturned in the region, and there were multiple road closures. -- Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

Measure V will help weather new challenges

Rebecca Neipp

By REBECCA NEIPP, News Review Staff Writer Top officers of the Ridgecrest Police Department have expressed relief and gratitude for the community’s renewal of a sales tax initiative that will provide additional funding for public safety and infrastructure. Measure V will allow the city to . . . Read Full Story >>

Crowd turns out for Super Walmart grand opening

Crowd turns out for Super Walmart grand opening

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer More than 100 people came out early on a blustery Wednesday morning for the grand opening of Ridgecrest’s Walmart Supercenter. The event featured Desert Christian Center’s live band, cheer squads from Burroughs and Trona high schools, Boy Scout . . . Read Full Story >>

Suspect still at large

Rebecca Neipp

A suspect is still at large after evading the China Lake Police Department and other law enforcement agencies after a pursuit starting Wednesday afternoon in a remote area of the Naval Air Weapons Station. A Facebook alert went out late afternoon alerting the local workforce . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy to  continue as  majority leader

McCarthy to continue as majority leader

Rebecca Neipp

Following his reelection last week to the House of Representatives by the constituents of the 23rd District, Bakersfield politician Kevin McCarthy was selected by his congressional peers to continue as majority leader. “I am honored to have the support of my colleagues in the House . . . Read Full Story >>

Water District discusses IWVGA concerns

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority met Thursday, Nov. 17 at Ridgecrest City Hall. While details were not available at press time, the IWV Water District Board discussed some of the IWVGA agenda items during its regular meeting. . . . Read Full Story >>