Casino discussed in private

Casino discussed in private

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Members of the public arrived early to the Ridgecrest City Council meeting Wednesday evening for a chance to comment on a closed-session item pertaining to pending litigation with the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe, which has been attempting for three . . . Read Full Story >>

Kern pushes back  against oil agenda

Kern pushes back against oil agenda

Rebecca Neipp

The Kern County Board of Supervisors drew its largest-ever crowd Tuesday with a special session that allowed advocates to push back against new regulations that target oil production. Gov. Gavin Newsom introduced new regulations in November that would ban new permits on steam-injected oil drilling . . . Read Full Story >>

WD agrees to fix hauling station

WD agrees to fix hauling station

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer After installing a new water hauling station earlier this year, the Indian Wells Valley Water District must return to the project to correct issues with ADA compliance and other complaints from haulers. Water hauler Ryan Smith addressed the . . . Read Full Story >>

Grove, Fong respond to gov. budget

By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer With the Jan. 10 unveiling of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s budget, feedback from elected officials indicate that the economic outlook and priorities for the Golden State continue to be divided along partisan lines,. “As 2020 begins, California’s economy is . . . Read Full Story >>

NAVFAC looks to hire 200

NAVFAC looks to hire 200

According to a post last Friday by Naval Facilities Engineering Command, NAVFAC Southwest will add 200 civilian positions at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake in the coming year. Phase 1 of the hiring effort will be held Saturday, Jan. 25, from 9:30 a.m. to . . . Read Full Story >>

Grand Jury ‘commends  the city of  Ridgecrest’

Grand Jury ‘commends the city of Ridgecrest’

Rebecca Neipp

On Wednesday, the Kern County Grand Jury released a report stating the investigating committee was “impressed and commends the city of Ridgecrest” and the agencies that provided aid following the historic earthquake sequence in July. Following the 6.4-magnitude earthquake on July 4, Kern County Emergency . . . Read Full Story >>

Open casting call for Netflix’s "The Prom" this Sunday in Bakersfield

Open casting call for Netflix’s "The Prom" this Sunday in Bakersfield

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer A Los Angeles casting company has announced an open casting call in Bakersfield for the upcoming Netflix-produced musical film “The Prom,” starring Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep and James Corden. According to a release from Dixie Webster-Davis Casting, the . . . Read Full Story >>

School, senior apartments evacuate following gas leak

School, senior apartments evacuate following gas leak

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Dozens of Ridgecrest Senior Apartments residents were temporarily evacuated Tuesday afternoon after construction crews damaged a large gas line. At press time, no injuries were reported. According to the Ridgecrest Police Department, the break occurred around 1:15 p.m. . . . Read Full Story >>

Baby Drake’s new lease on life

Baby Drake’s new lease on life

Rebecca Neipp

As the New Year rolls in, the Brennan family took time to reflect on their hopes and blessings of the season — primarily another year with their son, Drake, whose very life is a miracle. The two-year-old son of Peter and Ralinda has hypoplastic left . . . Read Full Story >>

GSP hearing is Jan. 16

GSP hearing is Jan. 16

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The public hearing for the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority’s Groundwater Sustainability Plan is next Thursday, Jan. 16, 11 a.m. at City Hall. The GSP is due to the state by the end of the month, and the . . . Read Full Story >>

Navy expands access

Navy expands access

As of Jan. 1, the use of commissaries, exchanges and Morale, Welfare and Recreation facilities has been extended, according to an announcement by the Department of Defense. Veterans, Purple Heart recipients, former prisoners of war and individuals approved and designated as primary family caregivers of . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Election integrity’ bill dead in committee

‘Election integrity’ bill dead in committee

Rebecca Neipp

A bill that would have fixed flaws in the Motor Voter program was voted down in the California Senate earlier this week. In 2018 numerous scandals that compromised the finances and services of California’s Department of Motor Vehicles and shook public confidence in the public . . . Read Full Story >>

Hikers rediscover remains of Manzanar man

Hikers rediscover remains of Manzanar man

Rebecca Neipp

Human remains discovered by hikers last October on Mount Williamson — the second tallest mountain in California, after nearby Mount Whitney — brings back to the surface the story of a Japanese American interned at Manzanar during World War II who perished in the nearby . . . Read Full Story >>

Donations trickle in for B Mtn Star repairs

Rebecca Neipp

Although next Christmas seems a long time away, members of the Ridgecrest Exchange Club noted that repairs need to begin by April in order to restore the damaged B Mountain Star in time to light it for the coming holiday season. During the club’s regular . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy rep to visit Tuesday

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy will hold mobile office hours in Ridgecrest on Tuesday, Jan. 14, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the clerk’s office at City Hall. “A staff member from McCarthy’s office hosts each mobile office held throughout California’s 23rd Congressional District,” said a staffer. . . . Read Full Story >>

Forging our path

Forging our path

Rebecca Neipp

• WHERE ARE WE GOING? “Thinking about the future is difficult,” said Scott O’Neil, executive director of the IWV Economic Development Corp. To many, the prospect of peering into the unknowable path ahead prevents us from taking the first step. In pondering how to shape . . . Read Full Story >>

Market poised for growth

Market poised for growth

Rebecca Neipp

“I firmly believe that for the next five years, our real estate market will be quite good,” said Carole Vaughn, who will take over in two weeks as chair of the Ridgecrest Area Association of Realtors. While new homes and apartments have been in high . . . Read Full Story >>

Community development — the other side of the coin

Community development — the other side of the coin

Rebecca Neipp

For decades, “economic development” has been a buzzword in virtually any group looking to protect or enhance our present and future. The all-too-often unsung harmony in that duet is community development. Even as new jobs are created at China Lake or at other major employers, . . . Read Full Story >>

Schools in recovery, planning for future

Schools in recovery, planning for future

Rebecca Neipp

While the quakes caused millions in structural and content damage for local schools, officials took the opportunity to assess not only the destruction, but also the underlying needs revealed during the shake-up. “The earthquakes definitely highlighted how well our facilities performed in the new and . . . Read Full Story >>

Data  mining: the solution for  capturing  tax leakage?

Data mining: the solution for capturing tax leakage?

Rebecca Neipp

A recently approved contract with Buxton, a group that captures and analyzes consumer data to help match communities with compatible retail and restaurant concepts, could help the city resolve a decades-old challenge of how to retain disposable-income dollars that are routinely spent outside of the . . . Read Full Story >>