Bakersfield shooting leaves 6 dead

Bakersfield shooting leaves 6 dead

Rebecca Neipp

A shooting rampage that left six dead on Wednesday evening in Bakersfield sparked an outpouring of grief and shock from Kern County residents, as well as a sobering message from Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood. While he conceded that a murdering spree of this magnitude . . . Read Full Story >>

Board approves new  water-rate structure

Board approves new water-rate structure

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Water District voted to continue with a 4-tiered water rate structure during it’s Monday meeting. Mark Hildebrand, representing Stantec and Hildebrand Consulting, gave a presentation outlining the district’s current rates and potential rate options . . . Read Full Story >>

Hospital expands into mobile care

Hospital expands into mobile care

Rebecca Neipp

Representatives of Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, Sierra Sands Unified School District and Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce celebrate the new Mobile Health Unit — Photo by Laura Austin ------ Scores of community leaders were on hand Wednesday morning to celebrate the expansion of care through the Ridgecrest . . . Read Full Story >>

Stand Down offers vets more support than ever

Stand Down offers vets more support than ever

Rebecca Neipp

With a week left to finalize participation, organizers of the sixth annual Ridgecrest Veterans Stand Down will offer more support and services than ever to veterans living in and around the Indian Wells Valley. The annual event brings together employers, service agencies and other resources . . . Read Full Story >>

Holiday Inn  comes to  Ridgecrest

Holiday Inn comes to Ridgecrest

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Developers of a four-story Holiday Inn Express received the go-ahead from the Ridgecrest Planning Commission last month. The 2.46 acre development, which includes a 103-room hotel, 112 parking spaces and a pad for additional retail development, was unanimously . . . Read Full Story >>

International Day offers global experience

“You might say the world will be coming to Ridgecrest,” said Matthew Alexander, one of the organizers for the third annual International Community Day celebration, scheduled for tonight, Sept. 14, at 5:30 p.m. in the Kerr McGee Center. “You won’t even need a ticket to . . . Read Full Story >>

Parade of 1000 Flags is Saturday

Parade of 1000 Flags is Saturday

Flagbearers join veterans, dignitaries and musicians for the annual Parade of 1000 Flags, which will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, departing from the Sierra Lanes Plaza — Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

Candlelight Vigil on 9-11  honors fallen heroes

Candlelight Vigil on 9-11 honors fallen heroes

Rebecca Neipp

Residents participate in the annual Candlelight Vigil, held at dusk in Freedom Park on the anniversary of 9-11, in memory of the heroes who gave their lives that day for their countrymen — Photo by Laura Austin ------ On the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 11, . . . Read Full Story >>

New ‘late start’ bill  awaits gov. signature

New ‘late start’ bill awaits gov. signature

Rebecca Neipp

One of a multitude of new bills jammed through the California legislature’s closing sessions last week was an initiative to mandate later start times for schools across the state. Senate Bill 328, if Gov. Jerry Brown adds his signature, will prohibit (with some exceptions) California . . . Read Full Story >>

Clouds hint at storm, but fail to deliver

Clouds hint at storm, but fail to deliver

Storm clouds hovering over the Indian Wells Valley Tuesday night bring a little drama to the twilight sky, but leave little in the way of precipitation. According to China Lake Weather Forecaster Tamra Walters, the late-summer season for thunderstorms has been underwhelming. “It’s been an . . . Read Full Story >>

Council approves two  in-kind donations

Council approves two in-kind donations

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council, meeting on Sept. 5, approved two in-kind donations for use of the Kerr McGee Center. Both items passed after some discussion – most of which targeted the city’s need for a streamlined procedure when . . . Read Full Story >>

Remembrance wall on display through Sept. 15

Remembrance wall on display through Sept. 15

Ridgecrest Police Officer Erik Hallmark finds Staff Sgt. Brian “Cody” Prosser on the “Remembering Our Fallen” exhibit, now on display at the Kerr McGee Center. Hallmark said that Prosser, a friend from his youth, was killed Dec. 5, 2001, by friendly fire in Afghanistan. The . . . Read Full Story >>

Wine gala  tickets going fast

Wine gala tickets going fast

Tickets are still available for the “Evening Under the Stars … Making Dreams Come True” wine gala, to be held Saturday, Sept. 15, to raise funds for the Ridgecrest Regional Hospital Development Foundation. New Foundation Director Kim Metcalf said the organization still has a few . . . Read Full Story >>

More water rate updates  Monday

More water rate updates Monday

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Water District meets Monday, Sept. 10, 6 p.m. at the water district office. While a full agenda was not available at press time, the board is scheduled to hear more updates on potential water . . . Read Full Story >>

Chamber to  host speakers  Tuesday

Chamber to host speakers Tuesday

The Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce will meet Tuesday, Sept. 11, at noon in the Historic USO Building. Guest speakers include representatives of Bella Serra and the China Lake Alliance. Adriana Ledford, admission and marketing coordinator at Bella Sera Skilled Nursing Facility, will present information about . . . Read Full Story >>

PD brings lip-sync trend to parade

PD brings lip-sync trend to parade

Rebecca Neipp

Officers, staff and volunteers of the Ridgecrest Police Department take up the Lip-Syncing Cops challenge at this year’s Parade of 1000 Flags — Photo by Laura Austin ------ Instead of a keynote speaker, a highlight of this year’s Parade of 1000 Flags will be a . . . Read Full Story >>

Amazon facility comes to Kern County

Amazon facility comes to Kern County

Rebecca Neipp

“We’re so excited! We just can’t hide it! Amazon is coming to Kern County!” Last week’s enthusiastic announcement confirmed reports that the online shopping giant had closed escrow on a fulfillment center near Meadows Field Airport. The operation will bring an estimated 1,000 new jobs . . . Read Full Story >>

Groundwater Authority gets imported water update

Groundwater Authority gets imported water update

Todd Tatum and Jeff Simonetti address the IWV Groundwater Authority on imported water options — Photo by Laura Austin ------ By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer When the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority met in August, presenters gave an update on the climate of . . . Read Full Story >>

Stay tuned for candidate coverage

Stay tuned for candidate coverage

Challengers for the two seats up for election to the Ridgecrest City Council present their platforms to members and guests of last Friday’s Ridgecrest Republican Women, Federated, meeting — the first candidate forum of the political season. From left are Steven Morgan, Scott Hayman and . . . Read Full Story >>

New RRH foundation director outlines goals

New RRH foundation director outlines goals

Rebecca Neipp

Kim Metcalf and Breanne Chromi give a taste of the upscale theme guests will enjoy at the upcoming wine gala — Photo by Laura Austin ------ By REBECCA NEIPP, News Review Staff Writer With a swanky fundraiser on the horizon, and new leadership at the . . . Read Full Story >>