Pinney Pool fundraiser is next month

Pinney Pool fundraiser is next month

From right, Ridgecrest Police Department Capt. Ryan Marrone helps fallen hero Sgt. John Pinney’s sisters Pamela (who said she had recently undergone cataract surgery) and Diana after they provided public comment advocating for the restoration of Pinney Pool. — Photo by Laura Austin ------ By . . . Read Full Story >>

Beautification project brings tress to IYK

Beautification project brings tress to IYK

Inyokern Airport Manager Scott Seymour (left) and Operations Manager Joe Foster plant 80 trees as part of a beautification project. Seymour said that Earth Landscaping sold the trees — including palo verde, mesquite, desert willow and flowering plum varieties — to the district at cost. . . . Read Full Story >>

Council opposes pump fee ordinance

Council opposes pump fee ordinance

Ridgecrest City Council and staff discuss Thursday’s IWV Groundwater Authority agenda, which includes the first reading of a groundwater pumping fee, during this week’s council meeting. — Photo by Laura Austin ------ By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Members of the Ridgecrest City Council . . . Read Full Story >>

Economic Development efforts move forward despite staffing losses

Economic Development efforts move forward despite staffing losses

Rebecca Neipp

In the wake of losing two key economic development positions at City Hall — in the space of a single week — City Manager Ron Strand addressed how the city plans to move forward with various projects as staffing remains in flux. Strand confirmed Wednesday . . . Read Full Story >>

Search  continues for  Mather Bros.  burglar

Search continues for Mather Bros. burglar

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest Police Department released a second surveillance video last week showing the vehicle believed to be used in the May 26 burglary of Mather Bros, Inc., on South Downs Street. The department is requesting the public’s help . . . Read Full Story >>

Council hears development updates

Council hears development updates

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer An item approving the sale of a 12-acre city lot for $105K was pulled from the Ridgecrest City Council’s agenda Wednesday night. According to Mayor Peggy Breeden, prospective buyer Hobbs & Carr Development Corp. pulled out of the . . . Read Full Story >>

Children experience "Flyin’ Fun"

Children experience "Flyin’ Fun"

Youngsters learn about the forces of flight, gravity and Newton’s laws of motion during the “Flying Fun” hands-on STEM camp, sponsored by High Desert Leapin’ Lizards at the Kerr McGee Center. Registration is available at www.ridgecrest-ca.gov/recreation for future sessions, which will explore topics such as . . . Read Full Story >>

Groundwater Authority  is dysfunctional

Groundwater Authority is dysfunctional

Perhaps the best one word descriptor of the IWV Groundwater Authority is dysfunctional. I recently tried to create an organization chart of the GA authority, and the results of my failed attempt were most enlightening. We basically have three or four general managers. We also . . . Read Full Story >>

Houchin offers plasma collection in the IWV

Houchin offers plasma collection in the IWV

Carlena Russom (left), collections charge nurse for Houchin Blood Bank, preps Claudia Reichers for a plasma donation during the monthly blood drive on June 20. Houchin recently began offering plasma collection as a part of its monthly visits to the Indian Wells Valley. Houchin comes . . . Read Full Story >>

"Tunnel to Nowhere" a local marvel

"Tunnel to Nowhere" a local marvel

Rebecca Neipp

The Neipp and Young families make the trek through the historic Burro Schmidt Tunnel, carved through Copper Mountain in the El Pasos. — Photo by Rebecca Neipp ------ Before the close of the 19th century, the Mojave Desert dwellers were — with very few exceptions . . . Read Full Story >>

Pump fee workshop cut short

Pump fee workshop cut short

Scores of well owners and other stakeholders spill out of the facilty housing last week’s meeting. — Photo by Laura Austin ------ By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Tensions mounted last Thursday as hundreds of well owners and other interested area residents packed the . . . Read Full Story >>

Death Valley traffic boost benefits IWV

Death Valley traffic boost benefits IWV

Rebecca Neipp

Record-high crowds trekked to Death Valley for the 2016 Super Bloom — only to have that benchmark for visitors broken again in 2017. — Courtesy photo ------ Despite the temporary closure of several key attractions, Death Valley National Park announced a boost in both visitor . . . Read Full Story >>

WD re-votes to delay  $500K reimbursement

WD re-votes to delay $500K reimbursement

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer After voting the item down last month, the Indian Wells Valley Water District voted Monday to delay the reimbursement of its $500,000 gap-funding advance to the IWV Groundwater Authority. The authority requested the delay in order to mitigate . . . Read Full Story >>

Kathy Armstrong’s community legacy remembered

Kathy Armstrong’s community legacy remembered

Rebecca Neipp

Mark Hoppus, frontman of hugely-popular pop punk band Blink-182 and longtime supporter of HSUMD, honors Armstrong during a celebration at the Historic USO Building. — Photo by Laura Austin ------ Ridgecrest lost one of its most high-profile matriarchs last week with the passing of Kathy . . . Read Full Story >>

Two arrested  in Sydney  Peak burglary

Two arrested in Sydney Peak burglary

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer During a multiagency post release community Ssupervision check on June 2 (see related story, this issue), detectives of the Ridgecrest Police Department discovered items and equipment “similar to those possessed at Sydney Peak Stone quarry” in the apartment . . . Read Full Story >>

Finding Fatherhood: a Father’s Day reflection

Finding Fatherhood: a Father’s Day reflection

Rebecca Neipp

William Stephens Sr. and his children (clockwise, from top left) William Jr., Makayla, Kayden, Hailey and Jordan. — Photo by Laura Austin ------ For many children, the mother and father who raise them set the tone and template for how they bring up their own . . . Read Full Story >>

Mayor to address Democrats

The Democratic Club of the High Desert will host Mayor Peggy Breeden as the guest speaker at its Saturday, June 16, meeting at 11:30 a.m. at the China Lake Buffet. Breeden is a business owner who has lived in our community since 1982. During the . . . Read Full Story >>

Early election results come in

Early election results come in

Rebecca Neipp

Voters cast their ballots at Kerr McGee Center Tuesday evening for the June Primary Election. — Photo by Laura Austin ------ Runoffs for the November General Elections, and a few outright wins, are shaping up after unofficial results were tallied following Tuesday’s primary election. At . . . Read Full Story >>

Water fee discussed

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority will hold a public hearing on June 21, regarding a proposed $35-per-acre-foot pumping fee for groundwater use in the IWV. The fee, or more accurately its justification, was a primary topic of . . . Read Full Story >>

Zimmer, Youngblood  win primary

Zimmer, Youngblood win primary

Rebecca Neipp

Newly elected District Attorney Cynthia Zimmer addresses the media Tuesday night in Bakersfield after early returns indicate her victory in the primary. — Photo by Laura Austin ------ Although results of the June Primary Election will not be certified by the Kern County Elections division . . . Read Full Story >>