Fair Time, DEF: Family, fun, food and farm animals

Fair Time, DEF: Family, fun, food and farm animals

By LAURA QUEZADA News Review Staff Writer Live music, comedians, racing pigs, a demolition derby, barrel racing, wandering entertainers, fair food and vendors are just a few of the ways to be entertained at the Desert Empire Fair from October 22 to 24. “Five dollars . . . Read Full Story >>

IWVGA to consider financing augmented water rights

IWVGA to consider financing augmented water rights

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Correspondent The IWV Groundwater Authority began collecting its groundwater replenishment fee this year in an effort to collect $50 million to purchase State Water Project rights. As of August, the GA has collected roughly $2.2 million and is now considering . . . Read Full Story >>

Airport Park renamed in honor of George Bertrand

Airport Park renamed in honor of George Bertrand

By Patricia Farris, News Review Publisher More than 200 family members and friends of the late George Bertrand joined at the Inyokern Airport Park, Saturday to memorialize his life and dedication to the community The board of directors of the Indian Wells Valley Airport District . . . Read Full Story >>

How to stay COVID safe on Halloween

How to stay safe on Halloween While it is possible to celebrate Halloween safely, Ridgecrest Regional Hospital officials are reminding residents of the ongoing risk of COVID infection and the best ways to prevent transmission. “We do need to get back to some sort of . . . Read Full Story >>

Council allocates $649,000 to RACVB for new California Welcome Center

Council allocates $649,000 to RACVB for new California Welcome Center

Ridgecrest Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (RACVB) Kari Crutcher – The Ridgecrest City Council voted recently 5-0 to allocate a portion of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to the RACVB for the new California Welcome Center - Ridgecrest, which has been in development . . . Read Full Story >>

Devastating winds overturn multiple semi-trucks on HWY 14/395

Devastating winds overturn multiple semi-trucks on HWY 14/395

By Laura Austin, The News Review The Indian Wells Valley (IWV) no doubt resembled the Dust Bowl of the 1920’s on Monday as unusually high winds with gusts of upwards of 80 mph wreaked havoc here. The winds caused the overturning of approximately nine high-profile . . . Read Full Story >>

District wants accountability from GA

District wants accountability from GA

By Patricia Farris News Review Publisher The thrust of the October 12 Indian Wells Valley Water District Board meeting related to the lack of transparency of the Groundwater Authority (GA). The question continually arose, “How are the Replenishment Fees being spent?” According to Stan Rajtora, . . . Read Full Story >>

COVID trends still high in Ridgecrest

COVID trends still high in Ridgecrest

Ridecrest Regional Hospital – With COVID positivity rates continuing to rise in our community, despite declines county- and state-wide, Ridgecrest Regional Hospital (RRH) officials have cautioned residents not to get complacent about protecting themselves and their neighbors from infection. More than a year and a . . . Read Full Story >>

China Lake Museum 20th Annual Dinner Auction November 13

China Lake Museum 20th Annual Dinner Auction November 13

The China Lake Museum – is having their 20th Annual Dinner Auction November 13, having missed last year because of Covid-19, and due to special requests to get back together and have some fun. Most importantly, the Dinner Auction raises funds to keep the Museum . . . Read Full Story >>

Super Hornet crashed in Death Valley Nat’l Park

Super Hornet crashed in Death Valley Nat’l Park

San Diego - An F/A-18F Super Hornet crashed in Death Valley National Park, California at approximately 3 p.m. (PDT), October 4. The pilot received minor injuries and was treated at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was later released that night. . . . Read Full Story >>

Gov. plans to require vaccine for schools

Sierra Sands Unified School District Dave Ostash Superintendent – On Friday, October 1, 2021, Governor Newsom announced plans to add the COVID-19 vaccine to the list of vaccinations required to attend schools in-person when the vaccine receives full approval from the U.S. Food and Drug . . . Read Full Story >>

Residents enjoy visit from ’Doc’

Residents enjoy visit from ’Doc’

Laura Austin photo: Alyse Dannonberg and her family joined 100’s of other visitors this weekend while B-29 DOC was stationed at the Inyokern Airport. Tours of DOC were provided by “Friends of DOC.” Standing in the cockpit of this historic aircraft was an experience not . . . Read Full Story >>

School Board hears bond measure proposal

School Board hears bond measure proposal

By Patricia Farris News Review Publisher Pam Smith, Sierra Sands Unified School District Assistant Superintendent presented a potential bond measure at the last special called board meeting Tuesday, September 28. The stated goal is to have the proposed bond measure on the June 7, 2022 . . . Read Full Story >>

Assault with deadly weapon at Iyk. Airport

Assault with deadly weapon at Iyk. Airport

Kern County Sheriff’s Office On September 18, 2021 at approximately 1:10 a.m., Kern County Sheriff’s Office deputies assigned to the Ridgecrest Substation were dispatched to the Inyokern Airport for a report of an assault with a deadly weapon. Deputies responded and discovered the suspect had . . . Read Full Story >>

Founding Pres. Dr. Jones tours Cerro Coso Campus

Founding Pres. Dr. Jones tours Cerro Coso Campus

Cerro Coso Community College – Founding President of Cerro Coso Community College, Dr. Richard Jones, returned to the Ridgecrest campus on Monday, September 13, 2021, to tour the facilities for the first time in almost 50 years. In 1950 Bakersfield College began offering an A.A. . . . Read Full Story >>

Sunrise illuminates the valley

Sunrise illuminates the valley

Laura Austin photo: Could the splendor of this golden dome have a spiritual significants? A sunrise that captures the glory of the desert can not go unnoticed as it hovers over the valley floor. . . . Read Full Story >>

SSUSD concerned about poor air quality

SSUSD concerned about poor air quality

Sierra Sands Unified School District Superintendent David Ostash–September 28, 2021 Smoke from the Windy and Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (KNP) Complex Fires continue to seriously impact our air quality. There is nowhere to hide from this unfortunate situation that is affecting us all. . . . Read Full Story >>

CDC expands booster eligibility

CDC expands booster eligibility

Ridgecrest Regional Hospital– The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has expanded its recommendations for the COVID booster, just days after receiving Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorization for use in senior citizens and certain high-risk groups. The original approval to those 65 and older, residents . . . Read Full Story >>

California forest fires continue to rage out of control

California forest fires continue to rage out of control

The Windy Fire, that started on September 9th on the Tule River Indian Reservation, has burned over 88,068 acres. As of September 30 the fire had 35% containment and utilized 2,498 personnel, including 68 hand crews, 148 engines, 16 helicopters, 32 dozers, and 12 water . . . Read Full Story >>

Bank of America temporarily closed

Bank of America temporarily closed

Laura Austin photo: A Bank of America customer was surprised to find the bank’s door locked, Tuesday morning. Consequently, she was unable to do her banking. A sign on the door reads. “Due to circumstances beyond our control, we are temporarily closed. We apologize for . . . Read Full Story >>