‘9-11 Parade of 1,000 Flags’ set to march

‘9-11 Parade of 1,000 Flags’ set to march

By LAURA QUEZADA News Review Staff Writer On 9/11 our town will again be dressed in red, white and blue. We will wave our flags as a tribute to our belief and our values of God and country. The Parade of 1,000 Flags takes on . . . Read Full Story >>

CDPH requiring masks for SSUSD K-12 students, staff

CDPH requiring masks for SSUSD K-12 students, staff

Sierra Sands Unified School District, David Ostash SSUSD Supt. The beginning of the 2021-22 school year is near. We are excited about the first day of instruction for students on August 10th. The school year will begin in person and with a regular daily schedule. . . . Read Full Story >>

Marijuana grows threatens local drinking water

Marijuana grows threatens local drinking water

The Kern County Sheriffs Office recently conducted an operation to take down numerous illegal marijuana grows in the unincorporated areas of Ridgecrest and Inyokern. The operation took place alongside the Kern County Probation Department Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Bureau of Land Management (BLM), California Department . . . Read Full Story >>

GA continues water search, funding questioned

GA continues water search, funding questioned

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The IWV Groundwater Authority updated the public this month that water marketing firm Capitol Core Group was continuing to assist the GA in purchasing water rights for bringing in imported water. Yet the Authority’s latest profit-and-loss statement indicates . . . Read Full Story >>

KCSO Deputy Killed in the Line of Duty in Wasco

KCSO Deputy Killed in the Line of Duty in Wasco

Kern County Sheriff- Public Information Officer– On July 25, 2021, at 1:00 p.m., the Kern County Sheriff’s Office began receiving 911 calls from 1718 1st St. in Wasco, Ca. The 911 callers were reporting a male subject was armed with a firearm and shooting subjects . . . Read Full Story >>

Thunderstorms bring lightning fires to Kern Valley area

Thunderstorms bring lightning fires to Kern Valley area

US Forest Service – The Peak Fire in Kern River Valley broke out Monday near Piute Peak. Now under investigation the fire had grown as of Thursday to approximately 2,000 acres, and remained active at that time with smoke columns visible to surrounding communities. An . . . Read Full Story >>

Sierra Sands Schools open Aug.10 for in-person learning

Sierra Sands Schools open Aug.10 for in-person learning

Sierra Sands Unified School District, David Ostash SSUSD Supt. — As we approach the first day of the new school year, on August 10, it is exciting to know that we will be welcoming all students into the classrooms for full, in person learning.  We . . . Read Full Story >>

Water bills spark complaints

Water bills spark complaints

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer It’s been nearly a year since the IWV Groundwater Authority approved it’s groundwater replenishment fee. The GA has been working for years now on a Groundwater Sustainability Plan and has undergone substantial criticism regarding its water allocation practices . . . Read Full Story >>

NAWCWD’s Kovar brings Olympic spirit to Ridgecrest

NAWCWD’s Kovar brings Olympic spirit to Ridgecrest

By Kimberly Brown, NAWCWD Public Affairs The opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics is Friday, July 23. People across the globe will tune in and watch athletes compete for the gold and think to themselves – I wonder if I could do that? Could I . . . Read Full Story >>

Twenty-nine arrests made of illegal marijuana grows

Twenty-nine arrests made of illegal marijuana grows

Last week, the Kern County Sheriff’s Office, led an operation to take down numerous illegal marijuana grows in the unincorporated areas of Ridgecrest and Inyokern. Twenty-nine growers, ages 19-65, have been arrested during this operation. Among the charges are: conspiracy to commit crime, cultivation of . . . Read Full Story >>

Ridgecrest man sets fire to home with children inside

Ridgecrest man sets fire to home with children inside

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Ridgecrest Police officers arrested a Ridgecrest man on Friday, June 25, after he allegedly set fire to a mobile home with five people inside – two of which were reportedly his own children. According to an RPD release, . . . Read Full Story >>

Mark Hoppus: ‘I have cancer.’

Mark Hoppus: ‘I have cancer.’

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Fans of the seminal pop-punk band Blink-182 were in for a worrisome surprise last week when front man and bass player Mark Hoppus, a Ridgecrest native, updated his Instagram Story with a picture of himself surrounded by medical . . . Read Full Story >>

Suspected arson in China Lake Acres

Suspected arson in China Lake Acres

Laura Austin photo: Plumes of black smoke were visible for miles throughout the valley caused by a fire in China Lake Acres near Ward Avenue on Wednesday afternoon. Multiple agencies responded to extinguish what appeared to be a burning vacant property. The confluence of water . . . Read Full Story >>

FireQuick makes products that assist wild land firefighters

FireQuick makes products that assist wild land firefighters

By LAURA QUEZADA News Review Staff Writer FireQuick manufactures products designed to assist wild land firefighters Last year was a crazy wild lands fire season and this year looks like it could be more of the same. Beth Sumners, President and Co-Owner of FireQuick Products . . . Read Full Story >>

Marijuana grows devastating to area resources

The invasion of the Mexican drug cartel-driven marijuana grows in this valley (see story, page 1) is a most serious matter and should be disturbing to all of us. The fact that this would all happen in plain view causes one to wonder – is . . . Read Full Story >>

Warrants served at 10 local illegal marijauna sites

Warrants served at 10 local illegal marijauna sites

KERN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE — On Tuesday, June 22, 2021 and Wednesday, June 23, 2021, the Kern County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Kern County Probation Department, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), California Department of Fish & Wildlife, Naval Air Weapons . . . Read Full Story >>

Water District calls for ‘comprehensive adjudication’

Water District calls for ‘comprehensive adjudication’

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Water District is formally pursuing a water-rights lawsuit for “comprehensive adjudication” of the IWV groundwater basin. “The board feels this action by the district is necessary to protect and conserve the limited water supply . . . Read Full Story >>

SVM withdraws Petition for Injunction

SEARLES VALLEY MINERALS — Searles Valley Minerals, Inc. (Searles) announced Thursday it will withdraw its request for an injunction against enforcement of an excessive $2,130 per acre-foot Replenishment Fee imposed by the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority (Authority), which threatens the viability of the business . . . Read Full Story >>

Gunnarsson to undergo ‘mental competency’ exam

Gunnarsson to undergo ‘mental competency’ exam

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer After refusing to appear in court in Bakersfield for the second time on June 18, murder suspect Daniel Gunnarsson’s preliminary hearing was pushed to Tuesday, June 22, where it was suspended yet again while Gunnarsson undergoes a mental . . . Read Full Story >>

David Allen ’Dave’ Matthews passes

David Allen ’Dave’ Matthews passes

Laura Austin file photo: At press time we received the sad news of David Matthews’s death. Dave will be remembered as a concerned citizen, who appeared frequently at the podium during City Council and other community meetings. He courteously, but thoroughly, expressed his views on . . . Read Full Story >>