Council says no to sanctuary status

Council says no to sanctuary status

Councilman Wallace Martin and Mayor Peggy Breeden during the discussion of Sanctuary City status. — Photo by Laura Austin ------ By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council voted Wednesday to oppose California’s “sanctuary state” efforts to protect undocumented immigrants. While Ridgecrest will . . . Read Full Story >>

‘We fight our country’s battles ...’

‘We fight our country’s battles ...’

Bud Eyre, as pictured in his high school year book. ------ By DIANA REGIER News Review Correspondent This Armed Forces Day we remember the service of the men and women who fought for and protected our country, as well as those who continue to carry . . . Read Full Story >>

Graduation ceremonies scheduled

Hundreds of graduates are expected to receive their diplomas in the coming weeks as local schools hold commencement exercises for students in the Indian Wells Valley. The 23 graduates of the Sierra Sands Adult School will participate in ceremonies Thursday, May 24, at 6 p.m. . . . Read Full Story >>

New limestone plant to open in Searles Valley

New limestone plant to open in Searles Valley

Panamint Valley Limestone, Inc., announced last week that it will develop a plant in Trona. “The site and air emissions credits have been acquired, the Conditional Use Permit process has started and studies and preliminary engineering have been initiated,” said spokesperson Larry Trowsdale. The plant . . . Read Full Story >>

Amy Bond — serving in and out of uniform

Amy Bond — serving in and out of uniform

19-year old Amy Bond receives her Navy Achievement Medal during an advancement ceremony in 1994. — Courtesy photo ------ By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Murray Middle School special day class teacher Amy Bond was honored last week among Sierra Sands Unified School District’s . . . Read Full Story >>

More dust in Sheriff race

Rebecca Neipp

A contentious race for the Kern County Sheriff, which may be decided on the June Primary Ballot, has been agitated by a proposal to re-open the Ridgecrest jail and a possible withdrawal of an endorsement by the powerful Kern Law Enforcement Association. Last week current . . . Read Full Story >>

GSA water pumping fees get first reading

GSA water pumping fees get first reading

IWVWD Directors Chuck Griffin and Chuck Cordell with General Manager Don Zdeba discuss proposed fees prior to the GSA’s Thursday meeting. — Photo by Laura Austin ------ By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Groundwater pumping fees were the main topic of discussion yesterday at . . . Read Full Story >>

District honors outstanding teachers, staff

District honors outstanding teachers, staff

Rebecca Neipp

Sierra Sands Unified School District administrators and Employee of the Year winners. – Photo by Laura Austin ------ Hundreds of faculty, staff, family and friends of Sierra Sands Unified School District gathered last week to celebrate Employee of the Year honorees for the scholastic year, . . . Read Full Story >>

Suspect caught evading arrest

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Ridgecrest police officers apprehended a suspect Monday for reportedly evading arrest after they attempted to stop him for riding an off-highway vehicle on city streets. Detective Kyle Cushman tried to contact suspect Paul Duff at about 1 p.m. . . . Read Full Story >>

Youngblood to speak Friday

Ridgecrest Republican Women, Federated will host Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood at the group’s luncheon on Friday, May 18, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the banquet room of Casey’s Steak and BBQ. The luncheon is open to the public. The cost of the luncheon . . . Read Full Story >>

Louie, Neel to address Dems

The Democratic Club of the High Desert will host Kern County Superior Court Judge (Seat N. 10) candidate Chad Louie as one of the speakers for the Saturday, May 19, meeting at 11:30 a.m. at China Lake Buffet. Chad Louie is a fourth-generation Bakersfield native . . . Read Full Story >>

Two dead after  395 collision

Two dead after 395 collision

California Highway Patrol Officer Dan Lilly responds to the scene of a double fatality Wednesday on Highway 395. — Photo by Laura Austin ------ By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Sgt. Matt Hunt of the California Highway Patrol confirmed two fatalities from a Wednesday . . . Read Full Story >>

Council discusses  ‘sanctuary city’ status

Council discusses ‘sanctuary city’ status

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Following Gov. Jerry Brown’s approval of Senate Bill 54 in October 2017, California’s status as a “sanctuary state” remains questionable as cities across Southern California move to oppose the bill and support the federal lawsuit against California. The . . . Read Full Story >>

Cerro Coso commencement is May 11

Cerro Coso commencement is May 11

More than 350 students will receive more than 600 associate’s degrees, certificates and other distinctions Friday evening, May 11, as Cerro Coso Community College holds its 45th annual commencement at 6 p.m. in the Raymond A. McCue Gymnasium. “For more than four decades, Cerro Coso . . . Read Full Story >>

Groundwater committees ‘wasting time’?

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer When the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority’s Advisory Committee met earlier this month, members were left puzzled when they seemingly weren’t even authorized to vote on their own meeting minutes. “The value of the time we put here . . . Read Full Story >>

Mother’s Day spotlight on Dr. Wanda Abreu

Mother’s Day spotlight on Dr. Wanda Abreu

Rebecca Neipp

Dr. Wanda and James Abreu and their sons, Sebastian, Lucas and Julian. — Courtesy photo ------ “Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.” — Robert Browning Being a mother is a common enough occurrence, with billions populating the globe. While every mother has a history, . . . Read Full Story >>

Parks Dept.  joins PD  on Nixle

Parks Dept. joins PD on Nixle

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest Police Department launched its participation with notification service Nixle in March. Subscribers can get text and email notifications from the RPD about fires, road closures, accidents or other emergencies. The Parks and Recreation Department recently announced . . . Read Full Story >>

Police recover  stolen vehicle,  arrest suspect

Police recover stolen vehicle, arrest suspect

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Ridgecrest police officers arrested a suspected car thief and recovered a Mazda hatchback reported stolen on Monday, May 7. According to an RPD press release, officers located the vehicle Monday and recognized the driver as Tommy Sigala, 23. . . . Read Full Story >>

County weighs in on casino TEIR

County weighs in on casino TEIR

Rebecca Neipp

Concerns about how a proposed casino will impact public safety and groundwater management were among the comments prepared by Kern County officials in response to the Draft Tribal Environment Impact Review of the Timbisha Shoshone tribe’s project. The eight-page report, which includes comments from Kern . . . Read Full Story >>

Tribal-City Advisory  Committee reinstated

Tribal-City Advisory Committee reinstated

George Gholson, Timbisha Shoshone tribal chair, during Wednesday’s meeting of the Ridgecrest City Council. — Photo by Laura Austin ------ By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Plans for the Timbisha Shoshone to begin operating a casino in Ridgecrest have hit some snags over the . . . Read Full Story >>