Gala caps anniversary celebration

Gala caps anniversary celebration

Rebecca Neipp

Bob Campbell and Dee DiPol dance to the swinging tunes of Big Band X-Press at the end of the China Lake Museum Foundation’s gala in honor of the 75th anniversary of the base — Photo by Laura Austin ------ Hundreds turned out this weekend for . . . Read Full Story >>

Sheriff reflects on  failure of Measure I

Sheriff reflects on failure of Measure I

Rebecca Neipp

With the voter rejection of Measure I, which proposed a 1-cent sales tax on unincorporated areas of Kern County that would generate an estimated $20 million annually for public safety, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood discussed funding options moving forward. “Yeah, I’d love to hear . . . Read Full Story >>

City Hall security fence approved

City Hall security fence approved

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer City Council gave the Ridgecrest Police Department the go ahead to have new security fencing installed around the northern end of City Hall. In a 4-1 vote, the council approved $247,830 from various state and federal grants as . . . Read Full Story >>

Blue Angel heralds suspected return of Top Gun 2 crew

Blue Angel heralds suspected return of Top Gun 2 crew

The iconic Blue Angel No. 2, as photographed by 13-year-old Jonah Gilbert, flies over the Indian Wells Valley in the afternoon of Nov. 7. “According to my father, who works on base, this Blue Angel was in a film segment for Top Gun 2,” the . . . Read Full Story >>

Automated water meter  program hits snags

Automated water meter program hits snags

IWV Water District President Ron Kicinski, outgoing Vice President Chuck Griffin and Director Chuck Cordell discuss concerns about the automated metering program at Tuesday’s Board of Directors meeting. — Photo by Laura Austin ------ By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer After the Indian Wells . . . Read Full Story >>

Republican women to host Gleason

Ridgecrest Republican Women, Federated, will host Kern County 1st District Supervisor Mick Gleason at the Friday, Nov. 16, luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the banquet room of Casey’s Steaks and Barbecue. The public is invited to come and hear an update on county . . . Read Full Story >>

Cemetery needs community support

By DEBRA HOLLAND President, Desert Memorial Park To the citizens of Indian Wells Valley — here are some dates and facts regarding the condition of local cemetery, Desert Memorial Park. Desert Memorial Park was founded in 1960. The 9.2-acre property requires irrigation two times per . . . Read Full Story >>

Democrats host Breeden, Burnell

The Democratic Club of the High Desert will meet Saturday, Nov. 17, at 11:30 a.m. in the Patio Room of Homestead Family Restaurant. “We are pleased to include two guest speakers,” said a club spokesperson. “Mayor Breeden will share her goals and objectives for the . . . Read Full Story >>

Elections yield shift in local seats, status quo in county

Elections yield shift in local seats, status quo in county

Rebecca Neipp

Voters pack the Inyokern Baptist Church polling place on Tuesday evening — Photo by Laura Austin ------ An observed peak in turnout for a mid-term November General Election saw shakeups in local elections, a sweeping victory for incumbents in the county, and at least one . . . Read Full Story >>

Risking life and limb for freedom

Risking life and limb for freedom

Dave Bar fought in wars around the world and set world records traversing the globe on his Harley before settling in the Kern River Valley — Courtesy photo ------ By LARRY COSNER III Special to the News Review Throughout his life, Dave Barr’s driving question . . . Read Full Story >>

Democrats take House, state supermajority

Rebecca Neipp

Outcomes in federal and state elections saw the Democrats gaining control in the House of Representatives, and capture what most believe will be a supermajority in both upper and lower levels of the state legislature. Democratic U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein captured 54.3 percent of the . . . Read Full Story >>

City defers Son Land Apartments fees

City defers Son Land Apartments fees

City Manager Ron Strand stresses the local need for additional multi-family housing during Wednesday’s City Council meeting — Photo by Laura Austin ------ By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer In an effort to meet housing needs for an anticipated increase in China Lake’s workforce, . . . Read Full Story >>

Military veterans continue to  protect and serve at RPD

Military veterans continue to protect and serve at RPD

Rebecca Neipp

RPD veterans include (front, from left) Officer Mike Compito, Sgt. Mike Atkins, Reserve Officer Roberto Ramos, Officer Santiago Estrada, (back) PACT Coordinator Andrew Pudgorski, PACT volunteer John Abbott, Officer John Gillett, Reserve Officer Mike Rogers, Chief Jed McLaughlin and Evidence Clerk Pat Turbide. Not pictured . . . Read Full Story >>

Celebrating history, culture on China Lake milestone

Celebrating history, culture on China Lake milestone

Rebecca Neipp

China Lake Museum Foundation members Laura Hickle, Dr. Bob Smith and Bob Campbell — Photo by Laura Austin ------ From giving veteran China Lakers an opportunity to reminisce about the early days to highlighting contemporary achievements to capturing the imaginations of the youngest residents of . . . Read Full Story >>

Leahy attorney attempts to serve Martin with updated papers

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Last week, the News Review learned that Scott Leahy is seeking legal recourse through the California Attorney General to have Councilmember Wallace Martin removed from office for allegedly lying about living in city limits (see related story: "Papers . . . Read Full Story >>

Local veteran finds his peace through music

Local veteran finds his peace through music

Dane and his guitar while on deployment in Iraq, circa 2010 – Courtesy photo ------ By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer “Music is therapy,” says Dane Scharff, local musician and veteran of the War on Terror. “At the risk of sounding cliché, I believe . . . Read Full Story >>

Republican women to host Gleason

Ridgecrest Republican Women, Federated, will host Kern County 1st District Supervisor Mick Gleason at the Friday, Nov. 16, luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the banquet room of Casey’s Steaks and Barbecue. The public is invited to come and hear an update on county . . . Read Full Story >>

Mystery PAC weighs in on local race

UPDATE: As of Saturday, residents have received as many as five different mailers from the "Honesty PAC." One more endorsing Hogg and Mower and another depicting Councilmember Wallace Martin as Hayman's "puppet master." On the reverse side are excerpts of a Daily Independent article. However, . . . Read Full Story >>

Papers served challenging Martin’s residency

Papers served challenging Martin’s residency

Scott Leahy confronts Wallace Martin at a previous Ridgecrest City Council meeting. — Photo by Laura Austin ------ By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Ever since Councilmember Wallace Martin’s initial run for the Ridgecrest City Council, opponents have challenged whether or not he actually . . . Read Full Story >>

Petroglyph Fest is this weekend

Petroglyph Fest is this weekend

Tour goers view thousands of rock-art paintings and etchings on the walls of Little Petroglyph Canyon. — Courtesy photo ------ The fifth annual Ridgecrest Petroglyph Festival will be held this Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 3-4, and will feature rock-art tours, a street fair, live performances, . . . Read Full Story >>