IWV Land Mgmt Plan passes 5-0

IWV Land Mgmt Plan passes 5-0

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer After four hours of discussion, the Indian Wells Valley Land Management Plan was unanimously approved by the Kern County Board of Supervisors Tuesday afternoon. The Kern County Planning Department’s plan consists of “a series of proposed land use . . . Read Full Story >>

Governor sends more money to education

By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer An unexpected windfall will benefit California schools, according to new allocations for funding outlined in Gov. Jerry Brown’s May revisions to the draft budget released earlier this year. “Since the January budget, the state’s economy has strengthened and . . . Read Full Story >>

More than 300 graduate from CCCC

More than 300 graduate from CCCC

More than 330 grads eagerly await their turn to walk across the stage at the Cerro Coso Community College Raymond A. McCue Athletic Complex on Friday, May 15. Hundreds of friends, family, staff and faculty gathered to honor the graduates from the Ridgecrest, Edwards, Kern . . . Read Full Story >>

Rear Adm. Lorge predicts China Lake expansion

Rear Adm. Lorge predicts China Lake expansion

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Navy Region Southwest Commander Rear Adm. Patrick Lorge appeared in Ridgecrest Monday to speak to the China Lake Alliance. In the audience were Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division Commander Rear Adm. Mike Moran and Naval Air Weapons . . . Read Full Story >>

Memorial Day ceremony this Monday

Memorial Day ceremony this Monday

Dick DeMarco wears his World War II uniform to salute a wreath at last year’s Memorial Day ceremony at Desert Memorial Park. On Monday, May 25, American Legion Post 684 will host its annual observance at 10 a.m. to honor the men and woman who . . . Read Full Story >>

City council revisits budget

Two items were discussed at length during Wednesday evening’s meeting of the Ridgecrest City Council. Public Works Director Loren Culp presented the Landscaping and Lighting District annual engineer’s report for the 2015-16 fiscal year. Finance Director Rachelle McQuiston continued her discussion of the city’s revenue . . . Read Full Story >>

Hwy 395 site of driver death

The sole occupant of a Chrysler Town & Country van was killed in a single-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 395 early Wednesday morning. The 34-year-old male’s name has not yet been released by the San Bernardino Coroner’s Office. The driver, a resident of Mapleton, Utah, . . . Read Full Story >>

Rose sentencing trial postponed

The sentencing trial for Jesse Peyton Rose, 21, has been postponed by request of the Probation Department. The Red Mountain resident was convicted in March of the murder, abuse and rape of 71-year old Sandra McKinney in April 2014. His trial is now set for . . . Read Full Story >>

Suspects arrested in shooting

Suspects Rederick Ryan Delapena, 20 was arrested Saturday, May 16, for the negligent discharge of a firearm in a residential area according to police reports. Tynan James Lawrence, 21, was arrested as an accessory to the shooting. No one was injured as a result of . . . Read Full Story >>

Public speaks out on land-use plan

Public speaks out on land-use plan

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Kern County Board of Supervisors came to Ridgecrest Wednesday, May 13, to review and hear public input on the Indian Wells Valley Land Management Plan. More than 100 attendants crowded the Ridgecrest City Council Chambers for the . . . Read Full Story >>

City’s financial struggles could get worse

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Measure L Citizens Over-sight Committee briefed the Ridgecrest City Council last week regarding the committee’s annual fiscal report, in which Chair Scott Garver noted that the city was still recovering from the “backfilling” of years passed. The . . . Read Full Story >>

Hetherton is Sierra Sands ‘Teacher of the Year’

Hetherton is Sierra Sands ‘Teacher of the Year’

Murray Middle School math teacher Lynne Hetherton is Sierra Sands Unified School District’s Teacher of the Year. Hetherton was selected by her peers as the Teacher of the Year for Murray, then selected by SSUSD cabinet members to represent the district. She was honored by . . . Read Full Story >>

RRH in escrow for building purchase

By REBECCA NEIPP, News Review Staff Writer The purchase of office space on North China Lake Boulevard, currently in escrow after owner K Partners accepted Ridgecrest Regional Hospital’s $1.7-million offer, could provide a temporary home for the China Lake Museum while RRH implements a long-term . . . Read Full Story >>

Burroughs, Murray win ‘Gold’

Burroughs, Murray win ‘Gold’

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer California is home to more than 1,300 middle schools and as many high schools. Fewer than 200 of these schools are awarded “Gold Ribbon” status, and Ridgecrest is home to two of them. Burroughs High School and Murray . . . Read Full Story >>

RearAdm. Lorge to speak to China Lake Alliance

Rear Adm. Patrick Lorge, commander of Navy Region Southwest, will address the China Lake Alliance at noon on Monday, May 18, at SpringHill Suites Conference Center. Lorge, a Naval Academy graduate, has operational experience in both F-14s and FA-18s. Prior to his current assignment, he . . . Read Full Story >>

Cerro Coso graduation is tonight

Cerro Coso graduation is tonight

Cerro Coso Community College will hold its commencement ceremonies tonight, May 15, at 6 p.m. in the gymnasium of the Raymond A. McCue Athletic Complex. More than 320 degrees and certificates will be presented to eligible graduates from the IWV, Kern River Valley and East . . . Read Full Story >>

BHS and Murray earn ‘Gold Ribbon’ status

BHS and Murray earn ‘Gold Ribbon’ status

Teachers and administrators at Burroughs High School (pictured) and Murray Middle School celebrate their “tremendous gains in implementing the academic content and performance standards” and “exemplary achievements” that earned them the Gold Ribbon designation. The News Review will report on these most recent accomplishments in . . . Read Full Story >>

State agency approves drastic cuts in water use

Rebecca Neipp

Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed mandates to drastically reduce water consumption in the face of California’s drought were approved by state regulators on Tuesday. The State Water Resources Control Board’s action followed nearly eight hours of testimony and discussion, where opponents of the draconian measures expressed . . . Read Full Story >>

Soda Ash bill could protect local jobs

Rebecca Neipp

A bill that would reduce royalties paid on soda ash will keep mining companies competitive in a global market, and help preserve local jobs in the mining industry, according to proponents of the American Soda Ash Competitive-ness Act. On April 23 Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple . . . Read Full Story >>

House bill offers state drought relief

WASHINGTON, D.C. — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced last week passage of House Resolution 2028, which provides energy and water funding in the face of California’s drought crisis. “In two days, the House moved in quick succession to pass the first two appropriations bills . . . Read Full Story >>