Will McCarthy’s ascent continue?

Will McCarthy’s ascent continue?

Rebecca Neipp

Congressional Republican leaders Paul Ryan (left) and Kevin McCarthy. — Courtesy photo ------ With Speaker of the House Paul Ryan announcing Wednesday his decision not to seek re-election in 2018, the next rung on the ladder of political ascension appears to be clearing for Kern . . . Read Full Story >>

Casino required to  undergo NEPA

Casino required to undergo NEPA

City Attorney Lloyd Pilchen and City Manager Ron Strand at a previous council meeting. — Photo by Laura Austin ------ By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer City Manager Ron Strand met with James Cason, associate deputy secretary of the Department of Interior, last week . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Save Lives on Highway 395’

‘Save Lives on Highway 395’

A strip of Highway 395 that had previously included passing lanes was narrowed several years ago, leaving a long stretch of unpassable highway. — Photo by Rebecca Neipp ------ By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer When Ridgecrest residents Jack and Leslie Brown were killed . . . Read Full Story >>

Judge approves new Kern County districts

Judge approves new Kern County districts

Rebecca Neipp

Ridgecrest (in the far northeast corner) remains in Kern County’s 1st District, highlighted in blue. — Courtesy graphic ------ Nearly two weeks after Kern County and Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund representatives came to terms at a court-ordered settlement conference to revise boundaries . . . Read Full Story >>

Maturango helps mark China Lake milestone

Maturango helps mark China Lake milestone

Rebecca Neipp

The Maturango Museum, circa 1963, while it was still located on base. — U.S. Navy photo ------ As the chief stewards of the natural, historical and cultural records of the Indian Wells Valley, Maturango Museum and staff will be among the local organizations kicking off . . . Read Full Story >>

Accusations  heat up  Sheriff race

Accusations heat up Sheriff race

Rebecca Neipp

Footage of a 2006 address by then-candidate Donny Youngblood and complaints against several of Kern County’s top officials have stirred up controversy in the race for Kern County’s top law-enforcement position. Earlier this week, Youngblood’s sole challenger for the seat of Kern County Sheriff, Chief . . . Read Full Story >>

GSA hears input on proposed fees

GSA hears input on proposed fees

Members of the IWV Groundwater Authority during last week's workshop. — Photo by Laura Austin. ------ By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority held a public workshop last week to discuss future pumping fees. The main question of the . . . Read Full Story >>

Stephens: tribe’s  needs are being put before city’s

Stephens: tribe’s needs are being put before city’s

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council met Wednesday evening while City Manager Ron Strand was in Washington, D.C., for a meeting with the assistant secretary of the Department of the Interior to support the Timbisha Shoshone casino project in Ridgcrest. . . . Read Full Story >>

Annual RAA dinner, auction is tonight

Annual RAA dinner, auction is tonight

Guests at one of Ridgecrest Regional Hospital’s tables participate in a lively bidding war at the 2016 Ridgecrest Autism Awareness fundraising auction. Tonight’s event will begin at 5 p.m. at the Kerr McGee Center. For tickets or more information call 760-977-3020. — Photo by Laura . . . Read Full Story >>

Recent Highway 395 deaths spark petition

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer A petition to widen California Highway 395 is circulating on the web, sparked by the most recent deaths of two Ridgecrest residents after a head-on collision Thursday, March 29, just outside of Randsburg. According to a press release . . . Read Full Story >>

Tentative agreement preserves  two East Kern County supervisors

Tentative agreement preserves two East Kern County supervisors

Rebecca Neipp

Ridgecrest, located in the northeastern quadrant of Kern County, remains in a slightly reconfigured District 1, represented by Supervisor Mick Gleason. — Courtesy graphic ------ A tentative agreement between Kern County and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund appears to have preserved two . . . Read Full Story >>

Museum champions China Lake culture

Museum champions China Lake culture

Rebecca Neipp

The F-11 Super Tiger — one of only two made, and the last remaining — stands outside Phase I of the China Lake Museum relocation project. — Photo by Laura Austin ------ An F-11 Super Tiger, sitting outside the U.S. Naval Museum of Armament and . . . Read Full Story >>

Neel files for injunction to block further casino discussion

Neel files for injunction to block further casino discussion

At press time, the News Review learned that Ridgecrest citizen Mike Neel is filing an injunction to prevent city staff and council from further discusions with the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe or casino developers regarding the MSA or land sale for the casino project. Tune in . . . Read Full Story >>

DA will not seek charges in Mallett homicide

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer No criminal charges will be filed against Richard White for the death of Malik Mallett, Kern County District Attorney Lisa Green announced Thursday. Reese and Miriam Hogg, Mallett’s parents, have been pressing county officials for answers about the . . . Read Full Story >>

New boundaries up for approval

New boundaries up for approval

Rebecca Neipp

At press time, the News Review learned that the Kern County Board of Supervisors were scheduled for a closed-session discussion this morning for a compromise proposed during the eight-hour settlement conference held March 28 between County Counsel Mark Nations and attorneys representing the Mexican American . . . Read Full Story >>

Law enforcement honored at awards dinner

Law enforcement honored at awards dinner

From left, Officer Cary Dabbs from California Highway Patrol, Senior Deputy Johnny Frisbee from Kern County Sheriff’s Department, Officer Justin Michael McAllister from China Lake Police Department, Sgt. Bill Groves from Ridgecrest PD and Jason Woods from Bureau of Land Management are recognized for their . . . Read Full Story >>

Tribal, city representatives travel to D.C. Wednesday

Tribal, city representatives travel to D.C. Wednesday

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer City Manager Ron Strand will accompany representatives from the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe to Washington D.C. to meet with the Secretary of the Department of the Interior next week. The tribe scheduled the meeting for Wednesday, April 4, after . . . Read Full Story >>

IYK-based  developer earns  new patent

IYK-based developer earns new patent

Rebecca Neipp

An Inyokern Airport tenant who has made headlines for his world records and defense contracts is back in the news for his development of an affordable cargo-delivery drone. “Having Chip Yates out at the airport means something exciting is always going on out here,” said . . . Read Full Story >>

Community still awaits  finding on Mallett death

Community still awaits finding on Mallett death

Pictured: Members of Malik Mallett’s family in Chicago have joined locals in calling for action. — Courtesy photo ------ By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Ridgecrest residents took to the streets again on Friday for a second “Justice for Malik Mallett” march. Nearly a . . . Read Full Story >>

Parks & Rec gathers public input

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Members of the public had the opportunity Monday to weigh in on local recreation improvement projects during the Parks and Recreation Quality of Life Committee’s public workshop at Kerr McGee Center. The workshop was one of several ways . . . Read Full Story >>