State approves IWVGA groundwater plan

State approves IWVGA groundwater plan

By Patricia Farris News Review Staff Writer Word came to Indian Wells Valley Water District Manager, Don Zdeba, last Thursday that the state had approved the Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP). The plan was submitted to the State Department of Water Resources (DWR) in January 2020. . . . Read Full Story >>

Local COVID cases continue to soar

Local COVID cases continue to soar

RIDGECREST REGIONAL HOSPITAL — As COVID rates continue to surge in the community, and increasing demands on healthcare strains RRH, the hospital is bringing in a contractor to offer free COVID testing to residents. Last week’s positivity rate soared to more than 40 percent as . . . Read Full Story >>

Ridgecrest male victim of fatal shooting

By LAURA Austin News Review Staff Writer On the morning of January 17, at approximately 7:30 a.m., Ridge Unit deputies of the Kern County Sheriff Office (KCSO), Kern County Fire Department and Liberty ambulance responded to the 4500 block of Drummond Avenue in Ridgecrest for . . . Read Full Story >>

Vehicles collide on SR - 178 East on Monday

Vehicles collide on SR - 178 East on Monday

By LAURA Austin News Review Staff Writer On Monday, January 18, at approximately 6:10 AM, California Highway Patrol Mojave area officers and Kern County Fire Department Stations 73, 74 and 77 responded to a collision on State Route (SR) - 178, near Jacks Ranch Road. . . . Read Full Story >>

Kern County Public Health Announces 8 new COVID deaths

Kern County Public Health There are 8,737 newly reported confirmed COVID-19 cases in Kern County bringing our total confirmed cases to 189,849 as of Friday 1-14-22. There are eight new deaths being reported. Now a total of 1,972 COVID-19 deaths since the start of the . . . Read Full Story >>

SSUSD experiences abnormally high absentee rate

Sierra Sands Unified School District Dr. David Ostash – As you likely know, the transmission of the Omicron Variant of COVID-19 is increasingly impacting our community. Consequently, the District has experienced an abnormally high student absentee rate over the past several days and we have . . . Read Full Story >>

COVID spiking in Ridgecrest

RIDGECREST REGIONAL HOSPITAL Rebecca Neipp — COVID transmission in the Indian Wells Valley community soared last week with 294 new positive cases identified through testing at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital (RRH) from Jan. 1-7. The number of positive cases more than doubled during the one-week period, . . . Read Full Story >>

Arby’s relocates, to open soon

Arby’s relocates, to open soon

Laura Austin Photo: The new Arby’s eatery at 206 South China Lake Blvd. is targeted to be open by the end of January. They will be moving from their old facility at the Stater Brothers Shopping Center. . . . Read Full Story >>

CDC expands booster shot eligibility to 12 – 15

Kern County Public Health Services Department Michelle Corson – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced their endorsement of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) recommendation to expand eligibility of booster doses to those 12 to 15 years old. Also, CDC now . . . Read Full Story >>

Local Dutch Bros. Coffee nears completion

Laura Austin Photo: Dutch Bros Coffee is coming to Ridgecrest and is expected to open within a month at 213 South China Blvd. Dutch Bros started in 1992 as a pushcart by the railroad tracks in downtown Grants Pass, Oregon. Today Dutch Bros has grown . . . Read Full Story >>

Editorial: A new unspotted leaf

A new sheet He came to my desk with a quivering lip, the lesson was done. “Have you a new sheet for me, dear teacher? I’ve spoiled this one.” I took his sheet, all soiled and blotted and gave him a new one all unspotted. . . . Read Full Story >>

SSUSD asks public to join in ’Building Schools for Tomorrow’

SSUSD asks public to join in ’Building Schools for Tomorrow’

By LAURA QUEZADA News Review Staff Writer Volunteers are asked to register for the Building Schools for Tomorrow Committee by January 17 by calling the district business office at 760-499-1604. The committee will meet four Tuesdays, January 25 to February 16, from 6 to 9p.m. . . . Read Full Story >>

Luna, Ridgecrest’s first baby of the year, born January 1

Luna, Ridgecrest’s first baby of the year, born January 1

Courtesy Photo: First baby of the new year, Luna Jimena Valadez, lies cradled in the arms of her mother. Luna was born on January 1, 2022 to Fernando Valadez Luna and Ashley Ladely at the Ridgecrest Regional Hospital. . . . Read Full Story >>

Kern Co announces latest COVID-19 facts

Kern County Public Health Michelle Corson– Announces latest COVID-19 Facts. There are 324 newly reported confirmed cases in Kern County bringing our total confirmed cases to date to 166,183. There are no new deaths being reported today and a total of 1,918 COVID-19 deaths since . . . Read Full Story >>

KCFD knocks down garage fire

KCFD knocks down garage fire

Laura Austin Photo: A large column of smoke could be seen Monday morning as Ridgecrest Police Department and Kern County Fire Department engines 73, 74, 77, and 75 were dispatched at 8:17am to reports of a garage fire in the 500 block of Sahara Street . . . Read Full Story >>

Major concerns aired on adjudication suit

By Patricia Farris News Review Publisher The agenda Item #4 titled “Discussion regarding the Board of the IWGA” (Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority) dominated the City Council meeting on Wednesday January 5. Since all property owners in the basin were now receiving their copy of . . . Read Full Story >>

Willful Ignorance and Political Denial

Governor Newsom, Twice in the past two weeks you have referred to Kern County as “tragically, the homicide capital of California.” Your comments come in response to pointed questions about smash and grab thefts that are plaguing Los Angeles and San Francisco Counties. Legislation supported . . . Read Full Story >>

IWV Water District clarifies adjudication lawsuit

IWV Water District clarifies adjudication lawsuit

By Patricia Farris News Review Publisher Indian Wells Valley Water (IWVW) called a special meeting at the Council Chambers on Tuesday, December 14 to give background information on the district’s decision to file a comprehensive adjudication lawsuit. The purpose of the lawsuit is to “help . . . Read Full Story >>

Dirt biker perishes in accident

Dirt biker perishes in accident

Laura Austin Photo: Tragedy and loss strikes again on Brady Street when Gregory Robert Allen, 59, of Ridgecrest, was killed by being struck by a sports utility vehicle while he was riding his dirt bike. The incident took place at the intersection of Brady Street . . . Read Full Story >>

SSUSD closely monitors TicTok trend

Sierra Sands Unified School District Dr. David Ostash Superintendent Sierra Sands has become aware of a troubling post that has been shared widely this week on the social media platform TikTok. The post refers to a threat to school safety “for every school in the . . . Read Full Story >>