Fierce opposition to jail closure

Fierce opposition to jail closure

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer “Some days, it’s not fun to be a sheriff.” Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood’s statement aptly summed up his disposition during Wednesday’s last-minute Town Hall Meeting to discuss the impending closure of the Ridgecrest Jail. There was standing . . . Read Full Story >>

Inyokern fire station on the chopping block

By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer Kern County Fire Station 73 in Inyokern is among the 12 stations across the county that may be closed, according to a cost-saving proposition by Kern County Fire Chief Brian Marshall to the Kern County Board of Supervisors . . . Read Full Story >>

$71M project breaks ground

$71M project breaks ground

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer In a local manifestation of the Little Engine that Could, a coalition of education advocates earned distinction from a national pool of candidates and overcame bureaucratic obstacles to find a way to build a state-of-the-art school for the . . . Read Full Story >>

County approves GSA formation

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer After several continuations and amid objections from area growers and mutual water companies, the Kern County Board of Supervisors has officially approved the formation of a Groundwater Sustainability Agency for the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Basin. The resolution . . . Read Full Story >>

New challenges loom for law enforcement

New challenges loom for law enforcement

Rebecca Neipp

Despite the rise in crime throughout the state, Gov. Jerry Brown has proposed another initiative that will water down sentencing guidelines for convicted felons, yielding an anticipated increase in the number of career criminals on the streets. Although the governor has maintained that his intent . . . Read Full Story >>

Thomases — exemplifying all aspects of love

Thomases — exemplifying all aspects of love

Rebecca Neipp

By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer Although Valentines Day singles out romantic love as the focal point of celebration on Feb. 14, love exhibits itself in many forms. For Eddie and Brenda Thomas, their love for each other extends, and is constantly demonstrated through, . . . Read Full Story >>

Trona father saves family from blaze

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer A Trona father is being lauded as a hero after saving his wife and four children from a fire that consumed their home Feb. 6. According to reports, San Bernardino firefighters responded to a house fire in the . . . Read Full Story >>

Mathers donate $60K to bring back CCCC sports

Mathers donate $60K to bring back CCCC sports

CERRO COSO COMMUNITY COLLEGE — Cerro Coso Community College announced that it will reinstate women’s softball thanks to a $60,000 donation over the next two years by Mather Brothers Inc. The college will also restore men’s basketball thanks to a $60,000 commitment in general athletic . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy opposes new oil tax

The U.S. House of Representa-tives opposes the administration’s proposed oil tax, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said in a statement released this week in response to President Barack Obama’s call to levy an additional $10 per barrel on American-produced oil. “The president’s proposed oil tax would . . . Read Full Story >>

Secretary of Defense visits

Secretary of Defense visits

Rebecca Neipp

With the unveiling of President Obama’s 2017 budget request just days away, China Lake stands to gain support thanks to its forward-focused work, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter reported after getting an inside look at operations at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division Tuesday afternoon. . . . Read Full Story >>

2015 Baby Parade is out!

2015 Baby Parade is out!

Come into the News Review to pick up your copy of our 2015 Baby Parade! Copies are only 50 cents. Pictured: Jasmann Kalypso Lynn Gilliam, daughter of Kassie Joy Parsons and Jamar Gilliam . . . Read Full Story >>

Outrage over jail  closure

Outrage over jail closure

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Members of the public and the Ridgecrest City Council expressed their shock and outrage following the Kern County Sheriff’s Office press release on Wednesday afternoon announcing closure of the Ridgecrest Jail. The item was brought up during the . . . Read Full Story >>

Budget review paints bleak picture

Rebecca Neipp

The plummeting price of oil and the impact of a historic drought have left Kern County — whose economy is built on oil and agriculture — on the brink of a financial crisis, with staff scrambling to preserve its most critical services. And a report . . . Read Full Story >>

Sudden storm triggers outages

Sudden storm triggers outages

Vehicles navigate temporarily flooded streets after a rainstorm this weekend. Unusually warm winds on Saturday brought heavy rains and high winds on Sunday. China Lake Meteorologist Tamara Walters said that her office recorded about a third of an inch of rain, in addition to winds . . . Read Full Story >>

Spotlight on ‘Tomato Man’

Spotlight on ‘Tomato Man’

By KELLY COSNER, News Review Staff Writer “Tomato Man” Scott Shacklett’s local celebrity is about to be thrust into the national spotlight as the well-known farmer is set to make an appearance in an ad campaign for Freschetta brand pizza. Shacklett’s path to fame starts . . . Read Full Story >>

Go-FundMe campaign to save ’Oz House’

Go-FundMe campaign to save ’Oz House’

A campaign to save the Church-street structure colloquially known as the “Oz House” has been circulating on social media this week, saying the property will be sold at auction Feb. 9 if $6,400 is not raised immediately. According to a Go-FundMe page owned by Gene . . . Read Full Story >>

Suspect arrested for assault with deadly weapon

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest Police Depart-ment arrested a suspect for reportedly threatening two separate victims, one with a knife and the other with a handgun, over the course of several days. According to an RPD press release, on Friday, Jan. . . . Read Full Story >>

Secretary of Defense visits NAWCWD

Secretary of Defense visits NAWCWD

The C-32 that landed Tuesday afternoon at China Lake carried Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, along with an entourage that include members of the national and international media. Carter’s message to the press, and his visit to the Dust Devils at VX-31, will be featured . . . Read Full Story >>

‘An irreplaceable national treasure’

‘An irreplaceable national treasure’

Rebecca Neipp

An entourage of retired, high-ranking military and political officials on a mission to champion unique capabilities in national defense praised the groundbreaking work, as well as the unique geography, at China Lake after a series of meetings, tours and public appearances earlier this week. “You . . . Read Full Story >>

Preserving peace through strength

Preserving peace through strength

Rebecca Neipp

“If you wish for peace, prepare for war.” Although the ancient concept can be traced back to fourth-century philosophers and has been embraced for more than 15 centuries by civilizations around the globe, it’s an idea that seasoned leaders fear may be falling out of . . . Read Full Story >>