Council to discuss parks assessment

Council to discuss parks assessment

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Ridgecrest City Council will consider on Feb. 20 a resolution for a park assessment district in an effort to increase funding for Parks and Recreation projects – namely the restoration of Sgt. John Pinney Memorial Pool. The assessment . . . Read Full Story >>

EOD cause of Tuesday smoke plume

EOD cause of Tuesday smoke plume

Smoke cloud rises over the eastern mountains Tuesday morning near a site in Burro Canyon. China Lake public affairs officers could not confirm the details at press time, but acknowledged that the Explosive Ordnance Detachment was engaged in a scheduled test at that site. — . . . Read Full Story >>

Charter considers options

Members of the Ridgecrest Charter School Board of Directors met Thursday night to update parents on the outcome of last week’s meeting in Sacramento of the Advisory Commission on Charter Schools, which voted 5-1 to uphold the committee recommendation to deny the RCS charter. When . . . Read Full Story >>

Cinemas bring back Oscar nominees

Cinemas bring back Oscar nominees

Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen in a scene from “Green Book,” coming next week to Ridgecrest Cinemas. ------ By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Oscar weekend is just around the corner — the prestigious Academy Awards ceremony will be held Feb. 24. And if . . . Read Full Story >>

Digging through the ashes of Paradise

Digging through the ashes of Paradise

Volunteers sift through the remains of the devastating Camp Fire — Courtesy photo ------ By KATHRYN COSNER News Review Correspondent “Regardless of the condition they are in, these are your personal belongings, and it takes a lot of trust to let someone into your home . . . Read Full Story >>

Kern leaders laud Newsom’s stance on HSR

Rebecca Neipp

Kern County elected officials lauded Gov. Gavin Newsom’s comments Tuesday in his State of the State address to end the high-speed rail project, a venture backed by former Gov. Jerry Brown to build a bullet train the length of California. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy . . . Read Full Story >>

EKCRCD looking for  directors

EKCRCD looking for directors

The Eastern Kern County Resource Conservation District is seeking applicants to fill three vacancies on its board of directors. EKCRCD is a special district of Kern County that was formed in 1953 and comprises the portion of the county east of the Sierra Nevada and . . . Read Full Story >>

Rain, showers ... flowers?

Rain, showers ... flowers?

By DAN BURNETT We desert dwellers start thinking about spring around now. We forget that temps are still dropping into the mid-20s some nights and that most every year we get a very cold snap in late April or early May. We’re optimists; we think . . . Read Full Story >>

Rajtora to resign from EKCRCD Board

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Stan Rajtora, recently elected to the Indian Wells Valley Water District, will be resigning from the East Kern County Resource Conservation District board. The move comes after a letter from the Kern County Board of Supervisors warning of . . . Read Full Story >>

Commission upholds charter denial

Rebecca Neipp

After about an hour of testimony at the state capitol, and almost no deliberation, the Advisory Commission on Charter Schools voted 5-1 Tuesday to uphold a committee recommendation to deny the charter for Ridgecrest Charter School. Whether the school, which instructs about 500 students, can . . . Read Full Story >>

2018 Baby Parade is here!

2018 Baby Parade is here!

Join the MacGregors and other local families in welcoming our newest community members in the 2018 Baby Parade! Pick up your copy at the News Review office for only 50 cents! . . . Read Full Story >>

Auld moves up to district HR head

Auld moves up to district HR head

Rebecca Neipp

Longtime Burroughs High School educator Bryan Auld will take a new assignment for the upcoming academic year — as assistant superintendent of human resources at Sierra Sands Unified School District. His move is one of many changes anticipated among next year’s district administrators (see related . . . Read Full Story >>

Valley gets nearly an inch of rain

Valley gets nearly an inch of rain

Arterial intersections were temporarily flooded when three-quarters of an inch of rain fell over the Indian Wells Valley last week. Higher elevations saw snow, as did some remote parts of the valley — though it apparently didn’t stick around for long. — Photo by Laura . . . Read Full Story >>

More personnel changes for Sierra Sands schools

More personnel changes for Sierra Sands schools

Rebecca Neipp

With two shifts in top positions for Sierra Sands Unified School District, two retiring principals and a cascading effect as in-house personnel are promoted to some of those roles, Superintendent Ernie Bell addressed the myriad changes in educational leadership ahead for the community. “This is . . . Read Full Story >>

State of the County energizes leaders

State of the County energizes leaders

Rebecca Neipp

“The past is a memory — it’s a thought arising in the present. The future is merely anticipated — another thought arising now. What we truly have is this moment.” Kern County 4th District Supervisor David Couch opened his keynote address in the vein of . . . Read Full Story >>

Rosemary Mariner blazed trails across Navy skies

Rosemary Mariner blazed trails across Navy skies

Rosemary (Conatser) Mariner in 1975 — Navy Photo ------ News Review Staff Report The Jan. 24, 2019, death of Navy aviation pioneer Capt. Rosemary B. (Conatser) Mariner, 65, led to admiring headlines across the nation, tributes from the many female aviators she had mentored and . . . Read Full Story >>

Local playwright creates ‘gem’ of a play

Local playwright creates ‘gem’ of a play

From left are “Miner’s Diner” castmembers (front) Ariel Meech as Rue B., Katie Merrill as Rosetta Stone, Melina Morgan as Sapphire, Susanna Meech as Dia Mond, Aedre Gilbert as Amethyst and Lacy Roberts as Opal; (back) Justine Mondragon as Pearl, Holly Cosner as Larimar and . . . Read Full Story >>

395 Collision leaves one dead

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer A head-on collision on Highway 395 near Athel Avenue in Inyokern left one dead in the early hours of Monday, Feb. 4. According to the California Highway Patrol Mojave office, the drivers of a southbound Ford Taurus and . . . Read Full Story >>

RRH — where families are born

RRH — where families are born

Rebecca Neipp

Lori Ochoa (left) and Agnes Majeed (right) pose with nurses and other staff members who help take care of new mothers and their babies — Courtesy photo ------ When each of 415 newborns made their appearance to the world in 2018 at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, . . . Read Full Story >>

Hit-and-run suspect pleads guilty

Hit-and-run suspect pleads guilty

Hit-and-run suspect Morgyn Dobson pleaded guilty to felony vehicular manslaughter and hit-and-run charges on Jan. 31 and is scheduled to be sentenced in court on Feb. 25 in Ridgecrest according to court records. California Highway Patrol officers arrested Dobson, 44, in November after a hit-and-run . . . Read Full Story >>