Fuller gives sobering capitol update

Fuller gives sobering capitol update

Rebecca Neipp

While our polarized state legislature continues to seek solutions to the drought crisis, high unemployment and a too-slowly recovering economy, state Sen. Jean Fuller reported to members and guests of the Ridgecrest Republican Women Federated last week what she is doing in Sacramento to fight . . . Read Full Story >>

Six vie for mayor

Rebecca Neipp

Six candidates have filed an intent to campaign for the two-year mayor seat on the Ridgecrest City Council. Current Mayor Dan Clark has publicly stated that he will be moving in a few months, leaving his seat to be contested by the following challengers: • . . . Read Full Story >>

Suspect arrested for Nicolls Fire

Suspect arrested for Nicolls Fire

A 45-year-old Perris man was arrested last week in connection with the Nicolls Fire, which burned some 1,700 acres of public land from July 11-21. A federal grand jury returned a five-count indictment against Edgardo Fournier, according to a statement from U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. . . . Read Full Story >>

Records set at IYK become official

Records set at IYK become official

Rebecca Neipp

World records set last year at Inyokern Airport by pioneer in electric flight Chip Yates were ratified last year by the Federation Aeronautique Internationale, ce-menting IYK’s place in aviation history as the site of eight of Yates’ 11 world-record achievements for speed and altitude in . . . Read Full Story >>

BHS alumnus wraps latest Spielberg project

BHS alumnus wraps latest Spielberg project

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Former Burroughs High School student and eminent cinematographer M. David Mullen (American Society of Cinematographers) has finished working on the first season of “Extant,” the Stephen Spielberg-produced sci-fi television series starring Halle Barry. Mullen, a California Institute of . . . Read Full Story >>

DEF still struggling, seeking support

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Desert Empire Fairgrounds has continued to struggle financially since 2011 when the state pulled its financial support. Despite the bleak outlook earlier this year, the Desert Empire Fair this fall is still on; however, the fairgrounds’ future . . . Read Full Story >>

Famous Footwear opens

Famous Footwear opens

Famous Footwear opened the doors of its IWV location on Saturday. The brand-name shoe store is the second business to open for business in the former Mervyn’s building. Marshall’s clothing store opened in May, and a Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store is expected to open . . . Read Full Story >>

Historical Society to host benefit concert

Historical Society to host benefit concert

The Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert will host a benefit concert at the Historic USO Building Saturday, Aug. 9, at 7 p.m. Headlining this concert, which benefits the many ongoing projects of HSUMD, is local singer-songwriter Alas Tarin. Tarin picked up a guitar . . . Read Full Story >>

City Council examines term limits

Rebecca Neipp

An examination of the newly imposed term limits for Ridgecrest City Council was among the topics of conversation at last week’s meeting, with City Attorney Keith Lemieux weighing in with a legal interpretation, and Mayor Dan Clark suggesting that new constraints for city leadership could . . . Read Full Story >>

Election season is officially open

Rebecca Neipp

With the opening of the candidate-filing period, election season has officially begun. Candidates in the races for Ridgecrest Mayor, Ridgecrest City Council, IWV Water District Board of Directors, Sierra Sands Unified School District Board of Education, IWV Airport Board of Directors and Community Service District . . . Read Full Story >>

IYK budget reflects activity, growth

IYK budget reflects activity, growth

INYOKERN, CA — A 50-percent leap in revenue and a slate of projects that will continue infrastructure improvements at Inyokern Airport were depicted in the budget for fiscal year 2014-15 passed this week by the Indian Wells Valley Airport District Board of Directors. “We had . . . Read Full Story >>

Funding, consultant return on future agendas

Rebecca Neipp

Two items discussed during recent meetings of the Ridgecrest City Council will reappear on future agendas. On July 2 the council, by a 3-2 vote, approved some $2.45 million in funding to Pertexa, CalUAS, EH Group and WEDA for various projects that propose economic development . . . Read Full Story >>

BHS grad makes national news on successful space project

BHS grad makes national news on successful space project

By JEANETTE FRANCIS News Review Correspondent Ridgecrest native Galen Hollins recently participated in a Jet Propulsion Laboratory project affiliated with NASA designed to transmit information from the International Space Station to earth. The project made news on Los Angeles station KCAL-9 during a successful demonstration . . . Read Full Story >>

KZGN Open House

KZGN-TV?Owner Tom Wiknich (center) and Station Manager Fritz Frieberg (left) give residents an inside look at the studio during an open house last week. Staff and contributors will collaborate to produce a slate of original programming that focuses on local issues. The new station, which . . . Read Full Story >>

Council to revisit funds for economic development

Rebecca Neipp

Potential awarding of grants to proponents looking to diversify the local economy will once again be up for discussion at tonight’s meeting of the Ridgecrest City Council, held at 6 p.m. in council chambers. At the June 18 meeting, the council heard from five applicants . . . Read Full Story >>

Fireworks, food, fun on the Fourth

Fireworks, food, fun on the Fourth

By CARL AUSTIN III, News Review Correspondent Desert Empire Fairgrounds and the Ridgecrest Lion’s Club are collaborating for a Fourth of July celebration that is bigger and better than ever. For two decades at the fairgrounds, the Lions have sponsored an elaborate fireworks display, which . . . Read Full Story >>

KMC plan makes painful progress

By JAMES SIMMONS News Review Correspondent Kern County’s effort to place its county hospital and primary trauma center into a new independent authority is encountering a difficult birthing process. The county board of supervisors sees that the best chance for the money-hemorrhaging Kern Medical Center . . . Read Full Story >>

WD leaders focus on people, work, infrastructure

Rebecca Neipp

Top military and civilian leaders at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division released a white paper last week outlining their objectives and strategies for weathering downturning budgets without losing critical capabilities. Their analysis was prepared for Under Secretary of Defense Frank Kendall, who toured the . . . Read Full Story >>

New captain shares love of country, mission, small-town life

New captain shares love of country, mission, small-town life

Rebecca Neipp

After only four months at the helm of the Naval Air Weapons Station, Capt. Rich Wiley has by all accounts acclimated to his new role as steward of one of the Navy’s largest assets —and his new life in a remote, desert community — like . . . Read Full Story >>

Mayor adds last-minute item to agenda

Rebecca Neipp

At press time, the News Review learned of a last-minute addendum for tonight’s meeting of the Ridgecrest City Council — a resolution to approve a contract with Justin O’Neill to provide special services to the council. When the item was originally aired for public discussion . . . Read Full Story >>