Stabbing suspect arrested for murder

Stabbing suspect arrested for murder

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Officers of the Ridgecrest Police Department made one arrest on Monday following the suspected stabbing and murder of 31-year-old Ridgecrest resident Derrick Demetric White. Steven Earl Caldwell, 42, was booked in the Bakersfield Central Receiving facility where he . . . Read Full Story >>

City manager refutes hospital claims

Representatives of the city, Ridgecrest Regional Hospital and its associated consultants and attorneys and the Caltrans Division of Aeronautics were in a meeting at press time to discuss the path forward in resolving a conflict between RRH’s proposed Emergency Department expansion and surrounding developments. On . . . Read Full Story >>

City preps for paving season

City preps for paving season

Members of city staff learn their way around a slurry seal paving machine while performing the first repairs on city streets, starting on West California Avenue just outside City Hall. Staff members will be operating the loaner until they receive a new vehicle the city . . . Read Full Story >>

Water marketers brief Groundwater Authority

Water marketers brief Groundwater Authority

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Water marketers have “hit the ground running” in search of an alternative water supply for the Indian Wells Valley, according to Todd Tatum, representing Capitol Core Group. The firm was hired earlier this year by the IWV Groundwater . . . Read Full Story >>

Splash Pad grand opening is April 27

Splash Pad grand opening is April 27

Staff of the Ridgecrest Parks and Recreation Department (pictured) will host the grand opening celebration of the Splash Pad on Saturday, April 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Freedom Park. Free hot dogs will be served to the first 250 people to arrive. . . . Read Full Story >>

Nutrition services to host ‘Spring  into Wellness’

Nutrition services to host ‘Spring into Wellness’

The Child Nutrition Services department of Sierra Sands Unified School District will host a “Spring Into Wellness” event on Thursday, May 9, at 2:30 p.m. at Murray Middle School. Parents, students and staff across the district are invited to sample menu items that are served . . . Read Full Story >>

Community  icon dies at 94

Community icon dies at 94

Longtime Ridgecrest resident Ruth Elise Cooper died April 15, 2019. She was 94. She was born to Daniel G. Flohr and Corbin L. McDowell on Nov. 3, 1924, in Vicksburg, Miss. She grew up during the Great Depression and worked in Washington, D.C., as a . . . Read Full Story >>

City to address development concerns

City to address development concerns

Rebecca Neipp

City Manager Ron Strand moved his routine report to the Ridgecrest City Council to the beginning of Wednesday’s meeting to announce a special meeting at City Hall to address concerns about city processes raised by developers in the community. Strand said that on Wednesday, April . . . Read Full Story >>

’There Will Come Small Rain’

’There Will Come Small Rain’

A sudden downpour Tuesday generates a temporary wildflower-rimmed lake at Petroglyph Park. According to the China Lake Weather Office, official measurements from the storm were only 29-hundreds of an inch, though that total varied around the valley. — Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

Citizens express opposition to parks assessment

Citizens express opposition to parks assessment

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council held a public hearing to count the ballots for a parks assessment district on Wednesday night. As the News Review was going to press, City Manager Ron Strand released a statement that the assessment . . . Read Full Story >>

Robotics  team returns  from  nationals

Robotics team returns from nationals

Members of the BHS Robotics Club (from left) are Aidan Murphree, Zeneve Jacotin, Samantha Lail, Lars Bartels, Cameron Thornton and Akif Dhar — Courtesy photo ------ By EMILY ARALAR Burroughs High School Blockbuster The Robotic Burros headed to Iowa for the Vex Nationals competition on . . . Read Full Story >>

Bling makes the cut in his first Masters

Bling makes the cut in his first Masters

Bling assesses a shot during the Masters Tournament — Courtesy photo ------ By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer While the greatest golfer in history was making the athletic comeback of a lifetime during this weekend’s Masters Tournament in Augusta, Ga., the eyes of Indian . . . Read Full Story >>

Denim Day is April 24

Rebecca Neipp

The Women’s Center-High Desert is encouraging residents to “make a social statement with your fashion statement” by wearing jeans with a purpose on “Denim Day,” April 24. The campaign is part of the Women’s Center’s goal to raise awareness and support for victims and survivors . . . Read Full Story >>

Hospital upgrade in jeopardy

Hospital upgrade in jeopardy

Rebecca Neipp

RRH CEO Jim Suver (right) stands with Fred Hawkins on the site of a future hotel, which stands in the planned flight path of the hospital’s new helipad — Photo by Laura Austin ------ Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, after years of effort and more than $2 . . . Read Full Story >>

County office approves REALMS petition

County office approves REALMS petition

Rebecca Neipp

With the Kern County Office of the Superintendent of Schools approval at its April 9 board meeting, Ridgecrest Charter School has been authorized to open under a new format in the coming school year. According to RCS Board President Eric Bruen, the RCS corporation has . . . Read Full Story >>

Community Unity Star Follies raises thousands

Community Unity Star Follies raises thousands

Adam McGee leads an ensemble of ladies in “From Now On” during last weekend’s Community Unity Star Follies. The Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce hosted the variety show, featuring scores of its members lip-syncing popular tunes and raising an estimated $17,000 in the process. — Photo . . . Read Full Story >>

Stetson seeks direction for groundwater plan

Stetson seeks direction for groundwater plan

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer As the deadline for a Groundwater Sustainability Plan looms, the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority continues to explore its options on how to bring our groundwater basin to a sustainable yield. According to state requirements, the Authority has . . . Read Full Story >>

SSUSD unveils new logo

SSUSD unveils new logo

Rebecca Neipp

After 40 years, the Sierra Sands Unified School District gave its logo a facelift — unveiling this week a sleek new graphic as part of an effort to modernize its brand. “A logo by itself means nothing without a quality and service behind it,” said . . . Read Full Story >>

Mountain Man March raises money for women’s shelter

Mountain Man March raises money for women’s shelter

Officers of the Ridgecrest Police Department help raise $2,400 (and counting) for the Women’s Center-High Desert during the Mountain Man March challenge. Individuals collected sponsors to grow out their beards for the cause, and were honored last week for their efforts. Pictured from left are . . . Read Full Story >>

Parks  District  formation on council  agenda

Parks District formation on council agenda

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The final public hearing for a proposed Parks and Recreational Facilities Assessment District will be held during next week’s Ridgecrest City Council meeting on April 17, 6 p.m. at City Hall. The assessment will levy a fee on . . . Read Full Story >>