Officials brace for impact of Prop 47

Rebecca Neipp

The passage of a proposition that would purportedly keep communities safe will have the opposite effect, according to local law enforcement officials. Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said that he was disappointed, but not completely surprised, to see Californians approve the measure by 59.3 percent. . . . Read Full Story >>

City to lease property to new business

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council will meet tonight at 6 p.m. to discuss economic development opportunities in addition to continuing road work throughout town. Among the discussion items is a request to approve the lease agreement of city-owned property . . . Read Full Story >>

Thanksgiving food basket program still needs donors

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Salvation Army is preparing to distribute its Thanksgiving dinner baskets for the annual Holiday Food Basket Program, but donations will continue to be accepted through the weekend to fill an increase in applicants. According to Salvation Army . . . Read Full Story >>

Local servers ‘fight for Sydney’

Local servers ‘fight for Sydney’

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer If you’ve been to Schooners Patio Grille recently, you may have noticed all of the purple ribbons adorning the restaurant. These ribbons are symbols of cystic fibrosis awareness — placed there by Schooners server Kristen Lawson after she . . . Read Full Story >>

Carjacker arrested

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Officers of the Ridgecrest Police Department responded to a vehicle theft in process at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, and arrested Leland Wright, 28, for carjacking and resisting arrest. According to the police report, Wright drove his blue . . . Read Full Story >>

Police report auto thefts on the rise

At least seven cars have been stolen in the span of 10 days, according to Sgt. Jed McLaughlin with the Ridgecrest Police Department. Most all of the vehicles have been ‘90s-early 00s model Hondas. “We can’t talk about all we’re doing now because of some . . . Read Full Story >>

Thousands flock to Petroglyph Festival

Thousands flock to Petroglyph Festival

The Balsam Street Fair (above) sees a huge turnout Saturday with estimated attendance of more than 8,000 over the course of the day, according to event coordinator Justin O’Neill. The street fair was a big part of the city’s Petroglyph Festival which also included the . . . Read Full Story >>

Trees sprouting on Ridgecrest Blvd.

Trees sprouting on Ridgecrest Blvd.

Employees of Griffith Company, the contractor in charge of overhauling Ridgecrest Boulevard, plants trees along the road in one of the final stages of the project. According to City Engineer Loren Culp, the project is on track to wrap up by Dec. 19. -- Photo . . . Read Full Story >>

Papa John’s is coming

Papa John’s Pizza is coming to the Ridgecrest Towne Center (next door to Stater Bros.). The franchise is scheduled to open in the first two weeks of December. -- Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

Local student selected for NASA program

Local student selected for NASA program

Rochelle Caravalho, a student at Cerro Coso Community College, has been selected to travel to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory this fall to participate in the National Community College Aerospace Scholars project. Caravalho is one of 40 community college students from across the U.S. to be . . . Read Full Story >>

Early reports show low voter turnout

Rebecca Neipp

Although final numbers will not be available until the final Statement of Votes Cast is published next month, early numbers from the Kern County Elections Office indicate a much lower than usual voter turnout. Chief Deputy Registrar of Voters Karen Rhea estimated that turnout from . . . Read Full Story >>

Republicans win House, Senate majority

Rebecca Neipp

Years of gridlock born out of bitter partisanship in our nation’s capitol is believed to have fueled the Republican Party’s first seizure of the U.S. Senate in eight years. The results of the November General Election showed a net gain of seven seats to gain . . . Read Full Story >>

Republicans win House, Senate majority

Rebecca Neipp

Years of gridlock born out of bitter partisanship in our nation’s capitol is believed to have fueled the Republican Party’s first seizure of the U.S. Senate in eight years. The results of the November General Election showed a net gain of seven seats to gain . . . Read Full Story >>

Dems win California, lose supermajority

Rebecca Neipp

While results of the 2014 General Election saw much of the country turn red, the California Democratic Party held onto its majority in both houses of the state legislature, while also retaining Democrats in all state offices. “In the rest of the country, they’re going . . . Read Full Story >>

Voters select new city council majority

Rebecca Neipp

The most dramatic local changes in last week’s Genera Election were the three new faces voted into the Ridgecrest City Council. Local entrepreneur and community activist Peggy Breeden soundly defeated the challengers for the two-year mayor seat with a commanding 44.7 percent. She was followed . . . Read Full Story >>

City gives pause to completing boulevard project as planned

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council during last Wednesday’s meeting discussed the possibility of halting construction on the West Ridge-crest Boulevard Project after continual opposition from business owners on Ridgecrest Boulevard as well as other community members. During the public . . . Read Full Story >>

City reports general fund deficit

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer At last week’s meeting of the Ridgecrest City Council, City Finance Director Rachelle McQuiston presented a summary of the 2013-2014 fiscal year, announcing that the city’s general fund was short $129,308. According to McQuiston, the city received an . . . Read Full Story >>

Petroglyph Festival is this weekend

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Ridgecrest is gearing up for its first Petroglyph and Heritage Festival from Thursday, Nov. 13, through Saturday, Nov. 15. The weekend will feature concerts, a street fair, a wine walk, educational expos and more. The festivities begin tomorrow . . . Read Full Story >>

Officials ask public help on investigation

It could be a year before authorities are able to determine what caused the tragic loss of Space-ShipTwo, which crashed Oct. 31 following an in-flight anomaly during a test out of Mojave Air and Space Port. The experimental craft, part of Virgin Galactic’s partnership with . . . Read Full Story >>

Photo contest winners on display

Photo contest winners on display

An exhibit of wilderness photographs will be featured at the Historic USO Building this weekend as an activity of the Ridgecrest Petroglyph and Heritage Festival. The hours are Nov. 13-15, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Nov 16, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Pictured here . . . Read Full Story >>