Fair offers family  fun this weekend

Fair offers family fun this weekend

Rebecca Neipp

Visitors line up for the attractions at a previous Desert Empire Fair — News Review file photo ------ For a few dollars at the gate (or less if you take advantage of one of many specials this year), families can enjoy more than $40,000 worth . . . Read Full Story >>

Sierra Sands denies charter school request

Sierra Sands denies charter school request

Rebecca Neipp

During a special meeting last week, the Sierra Sands Unified School District Board of Trustees denied, on a 5-0 vote, a request by Ridgecrest Charter School to sponsor its petition. SSUSD staff reviewed the petition and made a recommendation that the board deny the request . . . Read Full Story >>

Council approves budget, zoning adjustments

Council approves budget, zoning adjustments

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council met Wednesday evening for one of its shorter meetings. The council rapidly approved the second reading of a zoning ordinance change that would allow for construction of new apartments on South Norma Street and . . . Read Full Story >>

Immanuel  wins VexJets  tournament

Immanuel wins VexJets tournament

Members of one of the Immanuel Christian School robotics teams — Courtesy photo ------ Immanuel Christian School returned home victorious after competing against a field of 27 other opponents in last weekend’s VexJets Robotics Tournament in Lancaster. In the qualifier rounds, ICS Teams 7496S and . . . Read Full Story >>

Bell announces retirement

Bell announces retirement

Rebecca Neipp

Although the Sierra Sands Unified School District Board of Trustees had not yet met when the News Review went to press, one of the discussion items on the agenda was a “letter of resignation” from Superintendent Ernie Bell. “Submitting this letter is just the formal . . . Read Full Story >>

Four contenders seek two Water Board seats

Four contenders seek two Water Board seats

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Four contenders are vying for two positions on the Indian Wells Valley Water District Board of Directors. Incumbents Peter Brown and Vice President Chuck Griffin are seeking another two years and are facing newcomers Stan Rajtora and David . . . Read Full Story >>

Frank Holley

Frank Holley

Frank Holley passed away Oct. 11, 2018. He was born Oct. 9, 1939, in Pasadena. Frank has touched many lives in his various occupations. Frank retired as a captain from the China Lake Fire Department and continued staying active by working as a tow truck . . . Read Full Story >>

Sheriff outlines public safety challenges

Sheriff outlines public safety challenges

Rebecca Neipp

Challenges in public safety have been a high-profile topic of discussion in Kern County, Sheriff Donny Youngblood gave Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce attendees an update of obstacles, as well as funding options, during Tuesday’s regular meeting. “I am an anti-tax sheriff, but I had to . . . Read Full Story >>

Rate study OK’d  despite concerns about  equity, transparency

Rate study OK’d despite concerns about equity, transparency

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Water District will hold a Proposition 218 hearing in December for its increased water rates, approved 3-1 by the IWVWD Board of Directors during its Oct. 9 meeting. The rate increase is the first . . . Read Full Story >>

Falcon launch lights up IWV skies

Falcon launch lights up IWV skies

Rebecca Neipp

The fading light of the sun illuminates the exhaust plumes of the Falcon 9 — which painted a vibrant display across Sunday evening skies all over California. — Photo by Ken Sanger ------ Indian Wells Valley residents were treated to a spectacular twilight show Sunday . . . Read Full Story >>

BHS Homecoming week coming to close

BHS Homecoming week coming to close

Burroughs High School Junior Tesla Anderson (left) makes the first touchdown against the freshmen team during Wednesday’s Homecoming Powderpuff tournament. The juniors went on to defeat the seniors to win this year’s title. However, the senior class cheerleaders deserve a mention for rick-rolling the audience . . . Read Full Story >>

City hears about more development projects

City hears about more development projects

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Development projects discussed by the Ridgecrest City Council during its regular meeting on Oct. 3 included the land sale for the proposed TownePlace Suites, a new apartment complex and the long-awaited renovation of the Ridgecrest Senior Center Council . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy honored for impact-aid support

McCarthy honored for impact-aid support

Pictured: SSUSD Board President Amy Covert (center) presents the award to Rep. Kevin McCarthy. ------ House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy was honored for support of schools and districts that are negatively impacted by the lack of traditional revenue streams generated by government industry — including . . . Read Full Story >>

‘The best little fair in California’

‘The best little fair in California’

Youngsters enjoy a midway attractions at a previous Desert Empire Fair — News Review file photo ------ By CHIP HOLLOWAY Desert Empire Fairgrounds When was the last time you visited a family-friendly little country fair? Nowadays some of the big fairs in California have become . . . Read Full Story >>

Richmond benefits from DOD funds

Richmond benefits from DOD funds

Sierra Sands officials (from left) Ernie Bell, Pam Smith, Elaine Littleton, Michael Yancy and David Ostash do a site walk through Richmond Elementary School. — Photo by Laura Austin ------ The last remaining campus located on China Lake has been tapped for modernization, thanks to . . . Read Full Story >>

Whitehead charged with toddler death

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Ridgecrest mother Jordan Whitehead, charged with the second-degree murder of her toddler son, had her first felony arraignment hearing Tuesday, Oct. 2. The arraignment was continued to Oct. 9 at 3 p.m. in Bakersfield. According to police reports, . . . Read Full Story >>

Casino discussion reignites at city council

Casino discussion reignites at city council

As members of the Ridgecrest City Council defended themselves from continued alleged conflict-of-interest violations as a result of their support of the proposed casino, members of the community warned against moral, economic and social consequences of the planned casino and entertainment complex. ------ By BRIAN . . . Read Full Story >>

Water district candidate preview

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Candidates for the Indian Wells Valley Water District fielded questions Monday at City Hall during a public forum hosted by the Ridgecrest Area Association of Realtors. The forum was the latest of several recent candidate events. Water district . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy announces mobile office

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy will hold mobile office hours in Ridgecrest on Tuesday, Oct. 9, from 1-2 p.m. at Ridgecrest City Hall. A staffmember from McCarthy’s office will be there to provide an opportunity for constituents in the community to visit and share concerns . . . Read Full Story >>

Youngblood  to speak to  chamber

Youngblood to speak to chamber

Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood will discuss the proposed 1-cent sales tax increase to bolster public safety funding when the Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce meets Tuesday, Oct. 9, at noon at the Historic USO Building. Youngblood said revenue from the additional sales tax will help . . . Read Full Story >>