Ag moratorium sparks outcry

Rebecca Neipp

An urgency ordinance introduced at yesterday’s afternoon session of the Kern County Board of Supervisors has sparked outcry from agricultural and realtor communities, which have decried the draconian measure as a threat to private property rights in the Indian Wells Valley. Although the results of . . . Read Full Story >>

Council to discuss online presence, work on Ridgecrest Blvd.

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Two discussion items are being presented to the Ridgecrest City Council by Justin O’Neill, the city’s marketing and special projects consultant, at tonight’s meeting. The meeting is at 6 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers. The first . . . Read Full Story >>

Media attention keeps Festival high-profile

Rebecca Neipp

Publicity from the Los Angeles Times and other high-profile media outlets has helped promote Ridgecrest’s inaugural Petroglyph Festival, planned for November. For the last several months, several agencies within the city have been working together to plan a celebration of the rich concentration of petroglyphs . . . Read Full Story >>

Gov. signs Fuller’s utility rate bill

State Sen. Jean Fuller released a statement last week that California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed SB 1090, which she wrote to protect utility consumers in hot climates. “Reducing utility rates for inland, hot-climate areas of the state is one of my top priorities. Our . . . Read Full Story >>

Petroglyph Festival schedule of events

Organizers of the Petroglyph Festival are planning a series of cultural celebrations attract local and out-of-town visitors to the landmark event. A tentative schedule of events is as follows: Petroglyph Dedication — The dedication of Petroglyph Park, the extension of Kern County’s LeRoy Jackson Park . . . Read Full Story >>

Motorcyclist fatally injured in 395 accident

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer A traffic collision at the intersection of China Lake Boulevard and US Highway 395 last Thursday afternoon resulted in the death of a motorcyclist. Yuma, Ariz., resident William Gerald, 50, was headed southbound toward the highway on China . . . Read Full Story >>

Candidate forums begin TV showings tomorrow

The series of live forums for local candidates will begin tomorrow night, when KZGN TV will interview those seeking the two-year mayor seat on the Ridgecrest City Council. The forum will run from 6-7:30 p.m. and can be viewed on Mediacom Channel 21, Air TV . . . Read Full Story >>

BHS crushes the Aztecs

BHS crushes the Aztecs

Burroughs High School Varsity running back Adan Pena (#3) runs the ball downfield through the Barstow Aztec opposition. Burroughs ended the game crushing Barstow with a final score of 36-7. The Burroughs varsity team will square-off against the Sultana Sultans in Hesperia on Oct. 10, . . . Read Full Story >>

Hundreds turn out for annual "walk-a-thon"

Hundreds turn out for annual "walk-a-thon"

Determined young walker exemplifies the hundreds of family members who came out for the annual Kiwanis Walk-A-Thon Saturday morning. The event began at LeRoy Jackson Park. The Kiwanis International event has been a staple for Ridgecrest elementary schoolers for more than 25 years and has . . . Read Full Story >>

U.S. strikes Syria

U.S. strikes Syria

Rebecca Neipp

Islamic State in Syria strongholds were pounded in a Monday night air strike that saw an expansion of the United States’ war in the Middle East. Americans led a coalition of military forces that included Saudi Arabia, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Bahrain. “We . . . Read Full Story >>

Safety, elected officials oppose Proposition 47

Rebecca Neipp

A proposition that claims to divert state funding from the justice system to schools has serious risks of further hamstringing California law enforcement, according to local officials. Proposition 47 will appear before California voters on the November General Election Ballot, urging voters to “stop wasting . . . Read Full Story >>

Police chase ends in arrest

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Officers responded to an altercation late Thursday evening in the 100 block of W. Panamint Ave. where they arrested Sergio Alvarez for resisting arrest, according to police reports. Alvarez was booked at Kern County Jail but has since . . . Read Full Story >>

Ridgecrest Blvd. nears completion

Ridgecrest Blvd. nears completion

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The newly paved Ridgecrest Boulevard is finally ready for traffic as of Monday. Access from China Lake Boulevard is still blocked by Caltrans and much remains to be done — traffic signals, median work and crosswalk work — but the end is . . . Read Full Story >>

Stand Down is Friday

Linda Saholt

The Third Annual Ridgecrest Veterans Stand Down is set for this Friday, Sept. 26, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kerr McGee Center. This is a call for all veterans in need and their loved ones to learn what services are available, have . . . Read Full Story >>

City Council approves higher speed limits

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council authorized an increase in the speed limit on Norma Street between Ridgecrest Boulevard and Las Flores Avenue during the council meeting Wednesday. After a speed zone survey, the California Vehicle Code requires that the . . . Read Full Story >>

Public comment sparks Sand Canyon preservation discussion

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer During public comment in last week’s meeting of the Ridgecrest City Council, community member Dan Burnett and Mojave Desert Land Trust representative Allison Lavender approached the council to reconsider the sale of property in Sand Canyon owned by . . . Read Full Story >>

Randsburg steps back in time

Randsburg steps back in time

A colonial honor guard marches in the parade during Randsburg’s Old West Days — which drew an estimated 1,000 attendees to its annual celebration. Photo by Tom O’Donnell . . . Read Full Story >>

Musuem fundraiser a success.

Musuem fundraiser a success.

Attendees at the Maturango?Museum’s annual fund-raising auction line up to pay for the items they won while supporting the museum’s operating fund. Final proceeds have not yet been calculated. Photo by Linda Saholt . . . Read Full Story >>

Groundwater rights shifted to state

Rebecca Neipp

When Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law yesterday morning a series of sweeping regulations on groundwater extraction, conservative leaders decried the historic shift of property rights and local authority to Sacramento officials. “Groundwater is an extremely important resource for many communities and farmers throughout California, . . . Read Full Story >>

County readies EIR for IWV land use changes

By JAMES SIMMONS News Review Correspondent The county of Kern continues to develop and refine its effort to change land uses in the Indian Wells Valley. The county’s project is called the Indian Wells Valley Land Use Plan, a proposal to address growing reductions of . . . Read Full Story >>