PAC struggles to gain traction

PAC struggles to gain traction

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority and its member agencies have frequently touted its committees as entities that would be doing the “heavy lifting” and would be the “meat and potatoes” of finding answers to our declining groundwater . . . Read Full Story >>

DATA questions classroom crowding

DATA questions classroom crowding

Rebecca Neipp

Concerns about overcrowding of some classrooms within the Sierra Sands Unified School District were raised by Desert Area Teachers Association President Vanessa Vaughn-Springs, who addressed the Board of Education during the public comment portion of last Thursday’s meeting. “Our district has been working to reduce . . . Read Full Story >>

KLEA hosts public safety forum

KLEA hosts public safety forum

Rebecca Neipp

Rising crime, reduced law-enforcement presence, increased risks to uniformed officers, low morale and prolonged budget woes were topics that bubbled to the surface at last week’s “Deputies, Desserts and Discussion,” a town hall-style meeting hosted last week by the Kern Law Enforcement Association. KLEA President . . . Read Full Story >>

Dinner to benefit hurricane victims

Dinner to benefit hurricane victims

Rebecca Neipp

A spaghetti dinner will be held Thursday, Sept. 28, to raise funds for victims of Texas and Florida disasters. Dinner will be served for $5 per person from 5-8 p.m. at Kerr McGee Center. “When we did our first Ridge Project auction, it just happened . . . Read Full Story >>

RPD groups are a model for emergency preparedness

RPD groups are a model for emergency preparedness

Rebecca Neipp

“The Indian Wells Valley has done remarkable work. Anchored by the Ridgecrest Police Department, your community leads the way in disaster preparedness. Yours is by far the most active, mature group in the entire county.” Emergency Services Manager Georgianna Armstrong heaped praise on local volunteer . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Armed &  dangerous’  suspect still at large

‘Armed & dangerous’ suspect still at large

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Police are seeking an “armed and dangerous” parolee with an active warrant for assault with a deadly weapon. According to a release from the Ridgecrest Police Department, officers are seeking Robert Anthony Martinez. Martinez also has an active . . . Read Full Story >>

Fuller, Fong critical of housing bills

Rebecca Neipp

State legislators representing the Indian Wells Valley are critical of a package of housing bills that passed both the state Senate and Assembly last week. Senate Bill 2 seeks to support affordable housing by imposing a flat fee of $75 per document recording fee on . . . Read Full Story >>

We cannot define our future based on unreliable assumptions

For the last several years, the subject of our groundwater availability and use has dominated discussions between elected officials and stakeholders tasked with creating a plan for sustainability. Despite the lack of comprehensive information to determine the scope of our problem — and in complete . . . Read Full Story >>

EDC to branch off from Alliance

EDC to branch off from Alliance

Rebecca Neipp

The Indian Wells Valley Economic Development Corp. and its subsidiary, the China Lake Alliance, are departing from a shared corporate structure and establishing two independent companies with distinct, but cooperative, missions. Leaders of both agencies confirm that they will continue to coordinate efforts to protect . . . Read Full Story >>

Parade, vigil mark 9-11

Parade, vigil mark 9-11

Thousands turned out to watch and march in the annual Parade of 1000 Flags on Saturday. Pictured, Kern County firefighters and pipers raise a larger-than-life American Flag for Monday’s candlelight vigil. While stormy skies and lightning punctuated the evening’s program, the rain cleared up just . . . Read Full Story >>

Council OK security upgrades, voting system

Council OK security upgrades, voting system

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council approved $65,000 to improve the city’s network and building security last Wednesday during it’s regular meeting. There was no question from the public whether or not the city should spend the money to improve . . . Read Full Story >>

Auld reports on BHS construction

Auld reports on BHS construction

Rebecca Neipp

As students and staff at Burroughs High School wrapped up their fifth week of the school year, Principal Bryan Auld reported to the Ridgecrest Exchange Club on how the Burros are adjusting to new and ongoing construction projects. “Summer was an incredibly challenging time for . . . Read Full Story >>

International Community event is Friday

International Community event is Friday

Friday’s International Community Day will be held at 5 p.m. in the Kerr McGee Center, featuring entertainment, food, cultural attire and more. The concept for the event came from Mayor Peggy Breeden, who in January 2016 said she wanted to celebrate the community’s diverse population. . . . Read Full Story >>

District dials back winter  watering restrictions

District dials back winter watering restrictions

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Water District voted Monday to lift its one-day-per-week watering limit for the coming winter in favor of the current three-day-per-week ordinance. The district’s new Ordinance 103 replaces Ordinance 100, which allowed watering only one . . . Read Full Story >>

Police arrest one, seek second shooting suspect

Police arrest one, seek second shooting suspect

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Officers responded to the 600 block of West Ward Avenue last Friday after a suspect in a brown SUV reportedly fired shots at a small gold sedan. The occupants in both vehicles fled after the shots were fired . . . Read Full Story >>

Victim of  fatal 395  collision ID’d

Victim of fatal 395 collision ID’d

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Emergency personnel responded to a traffic collision in the early hours of Thursday, Sept. 7, at the intersection of Bowman Road and Highway 395. According to authorities, the driver of a Freightliner headed southbound on the highway struck . . . Read Full Story >>

Gleason to address Democrats

The Democratic Club of the High Desert will host Kern County 1st District Supervisor Mick Gleason at its Saturday, Sept. 16, meeting at noon at Charlie’s Restaurant in the Clarion Hotel. “Supervisor Gleason is always a big hit at these meetings because he is so . . . Read Full Story >>

Community to parade its true colors

Community to parade its true colors

By CHRISTINA MACGREGOR News Review Correspondent Strains of music drift through the air, more than a thousand flags flap in the breeze, rows form with bearers in freshly pressed uniforms and patriotic garb — the annual scene commences Saturday morning as military men and women, . . . Read Full Story >>

Council supports county option to  ban marijuana

Council supports county option to ban marijuana

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer As valley residents sporting “legalize it” shirts and carrying signs advocating for marijuana filled the Ridgecrest City Council chambers Wednesday night, it was clear that the county cannabis ordinance would be the evening’s main item of discussion. The . . . Read Full Story >>

Vigil to honor fallen heroes

Vigil to honor fallen heroes

By CHRISTINA MACGREGOR News Review Correspondent The 10th annual candlelight vigil, to be held Monday, Sept. 11, at 7:30 p.m, at the Freedom Park gazebo, will honor those who gave their lives during the terrorist attacks that happened 16 years ago in New York, Washington, . . . Read Full Story >>