Chapter closes for Class of ’15

Chapter closes for Class of ’15

For some 400 local students, this week marks the end of their high school careers. While graduates of Mesquite High School, Sierra Sands Adult School and Immanuel Christian School have already held commencement exercises, the bulk of IWV graduates will celebrate theirmilestone at the Burroughs . . . Read Full Story >>

Ride of Silence honors fallen cyclists

Ride of Silence honors fallen cyclists

Scores of cyclists turn out for last week’s Ride of Silence, which honored the memory of the many Ridgecrest residents who have lost their lives during bicycling accidents, and raised awareness for those the cyclists share the road with. -- Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

Sierra Sands honors volunteers, staff

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer With the academic year coming to an end, the Sierra Sands Unified School District Board of Education took the better part of last week’s meeting to honor dozens of students, teachers and volunteers. Board President Bill Farris recognized . . . Read Full Story >>

BHS musicians represent exemplary VAPA distinction

BHS musicians represent exemplary VAPA distinction

State Superintendent of Schools Tom Torlakson (right) poses with Burroughs High School Orchestra Instructor Mark Hatter (second from right), and students (from left) Charles Wood, Ryan McKinney, Katherine McClain, Sidney Marler, Matt Wong and Khaleel Snook. As representatives of one of three schools in Kern, . . . Read Full Story >>

Pot grower gets prison, fine for Nicolls Fire

Rebecca Neipp

A 46-year-old Perris man was convicted for his role in starting last summer’s Nicolls fire, which destroyed some 1,6800 acres of public land and caused more than $6.5 million in damages. He was sentenced to prison time and a steep fine, according to the office . . . Read Full Story >>

General fund back in black

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Early this month, City Finance Director Rachelle McQuiston presented the fiscal year 2015-16 budget projections to the Ridgecrest City Council. Her projections at the time landed the city’s general fund $86,640.64 in the red. Since then, however, McQuiston . . . Read Full Story >>

Council to hear investment report next Wed.

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council will meet Wednesday, June 3, for an apparently brief meeting by the looks of the agenda. Other than procedural staff and committee reports, only two items are on the consent calendar, with no discussion . . . Read Full Story >>

IWV Land Mgmt Plan passes 5-0

IWV Land Mgmt Plan passes 5-0

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer After four hours of discussion, the Indian Wells Valley Land Management Plan was unanimously approved by the Kern County Board of Supervisors Tuesday afternoon. The Kern County Planning Department’s plan consists of “a series of proposed land use . . . Read Full Story >>

Governor sends more money to education

By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer An unexpected windfall will benefit California schools, according to new allocations for funding outlined in Gov. Jerry Brown’s May revisions to the draft budget released earlier this year. “Since the January budget, the state’s economy has strengthened and . . . Read Full Story >>

More than 300 graduate from CCCC

More than 300 graduate from CCCC

More than 330 grads eagerly await their turn to walk across the stage at the Cerro Coso Community College Raymond A. McCue Athletic Complex on Friday, May 15. Hundreds of friends, family, staff and faculty gathered to honor the graduates from the Ridgecrest, Edwards, Kern . . . Read Full Story >>

Rear Adm. Lorge predicts China Lake expansion

Rear Adm. Lorge predicts China Lake expansion

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Navy Region Southwest Commander Rear Adm. Patrick Lorge appeared in Ridgecrest Monday to speak to the China Lake Alliance. In the audience were Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division Commander Rear Adm. Mike Moran and Naval Air Weapons . . . Read Full Story >>

Memorial Day ceremony this Monday

Memorial Day ceremony this Monday

Dick DeMarco wears his World War II uniform to salute a wreath at last year’s Memorial Day ceremony at Desert Memorial Park. On Monday, May 25, American Legion Post 684 will host its annual observance at 10 a.m. to honor the men and woman who . . . Read Full Story >>

City council revisits budget

Two items were discussed at length during Wednesday evening’s meeting of the Ridgecrest City Council. Public Works Director Loren Culp presented the Landscaping and Lighting District annual engineer’s report for the 2015-16 fiscal year. Finance Director Rachelle McQuiston continued her discussion of the city’s revenue . . . Read Full Story >>

Hwy 395 site of driver death

The sole occupant of a Chrysler Town & Country van was killed in a single-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 395 early Wednesday morning. The 34-year-old male’s name has not yet been released by the San Bernardino Coroner’s Office. The driver, a resident of Mapleton, Utah, . . . Read Full Story >>

Rose sentencing trial postponed

The sentencing trial for Jesse Peyton Rose, 21, has been postponed by request of the Probation Department. The Red Mountain resident was convicted in March of the murder, abuse and rape of 71-year old Sandra McKinney in April 2014. His trial is now set for . . . Read Full Story >>

Suspects arrested in shooting

Suspects Rederick Ryan Delapena, 20 was arrested Saturday, May 16, for the negligent discharge of a firearm in a residential area according to police reports. Tynan James Lawrence, 21, was arrested as an accessory to the shooting. No one was injured as a result of . . . Read Full Story >>

Public speaks out on land-use plan

Public speaks out on land-use plan

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Kern County Board of Supervisors came to Ridgecrest Wednesday, May 13, to review and hear public input on the Indian Wells Valley Land Management Plan. More than 100 attendants crowded the Ridgecrest City Council Chambers for the . . . Read Full Story >>

City’s financial struggles could get worse

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Measure L Citizens Over-sight Committee briefed the Ridgecrest City Council last week regarding the committee’s annual fiscal report, in which Chair Scott Garver noted that the city was still recovering from the “backfilling” of years passed. The . . . Read Full Story >>

Hetherton is Sierra Sands ‘Teacher of the Year’

Hetherton is Sierra Sands ‘Teacher of the Year’

Murray Middle School math teacher Lynne Hetherton is Sierra Sands Unified School District’s Teacher of the Year. Hetherton was selected by her peers as the Teacher of the Year for Murray, then selected by SSUSD cabinet members to represent the district. She was honored by . . . Read Full Story >>

RRH in escrow for building purchase

By REBECCA NEIPP, News Review Staff Writer The purchase of office space on North China Lake Boulevard, currently in escrow after owner K Partners accepted Ridgecrest Regional Hospital’s $1.7-million offer, could provide a temporary home for the China Lake Museum while RRH implements a long-term . . . Read Full Story >>