Relay for life starts tomorrow

Relay for life starts tomorrow

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life (above) will kick off Saturday, Oct. 1, at 9 a.m., at the Cerro Coso Community College track and field (see facebook.com/ridgecrestcarelay). -- Photos by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

Conservation District denied GSA membership

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority met earlier this month when members discussed a potential committee structure for the development of a Groundwater Sustainability Plan for the IWV basin. The East Kern County Resource Conservation District filed a . . . Read Full Story >>

Viewfinders Grand Prix this weekend

Viewfinders Grand Prix this weekend

The Viewfinders Grand Prix begins this afternoon, with events running through the weekend. Thousands are expected to come out for the big event (search for Viewfinders Grand Prix on Facebook). -- Photos by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

Fire claims uninhabited building

Fire claims uninhabited building

Kern County firefighters work to douse a structure fire in the 100 block of S. Sunset Street on Sunday morning. Units arrived at 8:30 a.m. to find the uninhabited building in flames. Firefighters considered the building unsafe to enter and attacked the fire from the . . . Read Full Story >>

Grove to hold Town  Hall Oct. 6

Grove to hold Town Hall Oct. 6

Assemblywoman Shannon Grove will hold a Town Hall meeting in Ridgecrest on Thursday, Oct. 6, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Historic USO Building. The gathering, rescheduled from the previously announced date earlier this week, will give constituents a legislative update and review of some of . . . Read Full Story >>

Council corrects Brown Act violation

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer During its Sept. 21 meeting, the Ridgecrest City Council voted to correct a closed-session noticing policy that was in violation of the Brown Act. The item arose after Mike Neel sent a “cure and correct” letter to the . . . Read Full Story >>

Community mourns passing of Bill Blanc

Community mourns passing of Bill Blanc

In the wee hours of the morning on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, the Indian Wells Valley lost one of its most beloved contributors to technical communication at China Lake and pillar of the creative community with the passing of William R. “Bill” Blanc. “Those who . . . Read Full Story >>

Candidate forums continue tonight

Rebecca Neipp

A uniquely formatted candidate forum, held this evening, will offer voters for Ridgecrest Mayor and City Council candidates an opportunity to ask questions in small groups over dinner. The Democratic Club of the High Desert will host the event at the Fireside Dinner House (previously . . . Read Full Story >>

Native son returns to sign latest book in horror trilogy

Native son returns to sign latest book in horror trilogy

Rebecca Neipp

“ You can take the boy out of the desert, but you cannot take the desert out of the boy,” said Berk Washburn, half the “Brothers Washburn” writing team, who will return to his home turf Saturday, Oct. 8, to sign “Fatal Green” — the . . . Read Full Story >>

Board hears concerns about fees

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer As Ridgecrest begins to see manifestations of the state’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act locally, members of the public are wondering how they will be affected by the legislation and the newly formed Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority. Others . . . Read Full Story >>

Adm. Corey gives ‘state of NAWCWD’

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Devision Commander Rear Adm. Brian Corey gave a “State of NAWCWD” to the Ridgecrest City Council on Wednesday night to discuss China Lake’s workload and budget, both of which are “steadily rising” because . . . Read Full Story >>

Destruction Derby is this weekend

Destruction Derby is this weekend

Action like that pictured will be seen at the Swift NAPA Auto Parts Destruction Derby Saturday, Sept. 24, at Horsepower Park, just east of the Desert Empire Fairgrounds. Dozens of cars and trucks will smash into each other until only one remains. Gates open at . . . Read Full Story >>

Martin’s residency called into question

The eligibility of a candidate for Ridgecrest City Council has been called into question, since the address listed in the filing process is owned by another party. According to Wallace Martin, one of the seven candidates seeking two four-year seats in November, he asked the . . . Read Full Story >>

BHS ties for first in county

BHS ties for first in county

Rebecca Neipp

For the second year in a row, Burroughs High School juniors far exceeded their peers in the county and state with their performances in the English portion of the California Assessments of Student Performance and Progress. “When we set the bar last year, there was . . . Read Full Story >>

Houchin to test for Zika

Rebecca Neipp

As of last week, Houchin Community Blood Bank began testing all blood donations for the Zika virus. Because of the additional consent forms required, Houchin officials are urging their teen donors to plan ahead. “The safety of our donors, and the blood supply they generously . . . Read Full Story >>

Council pushes strategic plan to after election

The Ridgecrest City Council briefly discussed the city’s strategic , mission statement and core values during Wednesday’s meeting. These topics were originally discussed in 2013 under previous council. This council decided to postpone any final decisions until after the November election. Members agreed on the . . . Read Full Story >>

PD ‘defunct’ without Measure V

PD ‘defunct’ without Measure V

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Ridgecrest Police Chief Ron Strand and City Manager Dennis Speer discussed the proposed Measure V sales tax initiative Tuesday during the Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce luncheon. With the city’s general fund woes and increasing property crime locally, things . . . Read Full Story >>

Parsons talks new business, offers clarification on casino

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer City Economic Development Manager Gary Parsons briefly addressed the Ridgecrest Exchange Club on Wednesday, touching on some possible new businesses for Ridgecrest. According to Parsons, both Panda Express and Popeyes Chicken have expressed interest in KFC’s former location, . . . Read Full Story >>

Council to invest $2.3 million in city parks

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Parks & Recreation Department is set for some $2.3 million in renovations for the Kerr McGee sports fields, Pearson Park and Upjohn Park. During the last meeting of the Ridgecrest City Council, which was largely dominated by . . . Read Full Story >>

First candidate forum is Saturday

The first of four announced forums for Ridgecrest City Council and Mayor candidates will be held this weekend. On Saturday, Sept. 17, the Democratic Club of the High Desert has invited candidates to its noon meeting at Charlie’s at the Clarion Inn. Candidates will have . . . Read Full Story >>