Property owner demands land sale

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer China Lake Properties – part owner of some 26.5 acres of the Ridgecrest Business Park – sent a letter to the city of Ridgecrest demanding the sale of that property to Global Investment Enterprise Ridgecrest for the development . . . Read Full Story >>

Wastewater, decals spark comment

Wastewater, decals spark comment

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council pulled two discussion items from Wednesday night’s agenda – wastewater and the placement of “In God We Trust” decals on emergency response vehicles – both of which still became discussion items during the public . . . Read Full Story >>

No injuries in 395, Bowman accident

No injuries in 395, Bowman accident

A big rig sideswiped a blue sedan (pictured on the back of a tow truck) Wednesday afternoon according to California Highway Patrol. According CHP’s incident tracker, nobody was injured in the collision at the intersection of Bowman Road and U.S. Highway 395. Details were unavailable . . . Read Full Story >>

Rare weather observed Monday evening

Rare weather observed Monday evening

Rebecca Neipp

A weather outburst on Monday evening that kicked up massive amounts of sand and wind left locals wondering if Ridgecrest had just experienced a haboob — a violent, oppressive windstorm common in the desert. “A haboob is similar to what we experienced in terms of . . . Read Full Story >>

Fireworks and Entertainment Event is June 29

Fireworks and Entertainment Event is June 29

RIDGECREST LIONS CLUB — The Ridgecrest Lions Club, with assistance from Ridgecrest Shoutouts, has announced that the Independence Day Remembrance Fireworks show will return to the Desert Empire Fairgrounds June 29. Beginning at 3 p.m., local bands “Jade’s Trick,” “Throttle” and “Seeing Ravens” will be . . . Read Full Story >>

State budget skids in under deadline

Rebecca Neipp

California legislators passed the state’s $214.8-billion spending plan for the coming fiscal year — just two days before the June 15 constitutional deadline — but remain in negotiations for the finer points of the Golden State’s largest-ever budget package. While most of the proposed new . . . Read Full Story >>

Woman arrested for leaving dog in unattended vehicle

Woman arrested for leaving dog in unattended vehicle

RIDGECREST POLICE DEPARTMENT — On Tuesday, June 18, Animal Control Officer Shawna Villa-Rodriguez was dispatched to Walmart regarding a dog locked inside of a vehicle. Upon arrival, she found a dog – later identified as Pongo – locked inside a camper shell attached to the . . . Read Full Story >>

REALMS to  host meet  and greet

REALMS to host meet and greet

The Ridgecrest Elementary Academy for Language, Music and Science (the successor of the Ridgecrest Charter School) invites parents, students and members of the school community to meet and greet the staff on Thursday, June 27, at 5 p.m. REALMS will officially open its doors July . . . Read Full Story >>

New adventures in old haunts

New adventures in old haunts

Nothing like triple-digit temperatures to coax us into the mountains. I love exploring nature, but it’s too easy to keep going back to my favorite places. We always know how to get there and what to expect — they are never a disappointment. But I . . . Read Full Story >>

City, youth sports work out field-use fee

City, youth sports work out field-use fee

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Local youth sports organizers have come to an tentative agreement with the city regarding usage fees for the Kerr McGee Sports Complex. Though the city’s 2019-2020 budget isn’t expected to be formally approved until Wednesday’s Ridgecrest City Council . . . Read Full Story >>

AG grants residency case against Martin

AG grants residency case against Martin

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Office of the Attorney General as granted Ridgecrest resident Scott Leahy permission to pursue a quo warranto case against Vice Mayor Wallace Martin to determine whether or not he resides within Ridgecrest city limits, and therefore whether . . . Read Full Story >>

Caltrans hears Hwy 395 concerns

Caltrans hears Hwy 395 concerns

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer “Toward Zero Deaths” was announced as Caltrans’ new motto at a recent meeting on safety on U.S. Highway 395. Caltrans District 9 Director Brent Green said the department has shifted its motto in recent years from “Improving Mobility . . . Read Full Story >>

Haulers air concerns to IWVWD

Haulers air concerns to IWVWD

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Water District’s upgraded bulk water hauling station is now operational, but not without its hitches according to many customers who attended the district’s board meeting on Monday. The new metered system lets haulers draw . . . Read Full Story >>

Holloway gives DEF update

Holloway gives DEF update

By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer Several years after regional fairs across California saw their funding slashed, the Desert Empire Fairgrounds had its most successful fair ever last fall, said CEO Chip Holloway. “Even without money from the state, we generated more revenue than . . . Read Full Story >>

City Council discusses  wastewater delays

City Council discusses wastewater delays

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Ongoing concerns about the city’s wastewater treatment facility project were renewed last month when the city heard proposed departmental budgets for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. Public Works Director Bard Lower gave an overview of what the department has . . . Read Full Story >>

Riddick inherits, passes on the gift of love

Riddick inherits, passes on the gift of love

By KATHRYN GARCIA COSNER News Review Correspondent It’s always the dads who are most worthy of having their stories told who try and talk you into writing about someone else. But when the News Review refused to offer Jon Riddick a way out of being . . . Read Full Story >>

Baby’s death ruled homicide

Baby’s death ruled homicide

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Kern County Coroner’s Office has ruled the death of 16-month-old Tayden Lee Rogers as a homicide, according to a June 6 release. Tayden Lee was reportedly transported to Ridgecrest Regional Hospital in February 2018 when he was . . . Read Full Story >>

Council nixes Drummond  median

Council nixes Drummond median

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Ridgecrest is preparing for a new housing development at the southwest corner of Downs Street and Drummond Avenue, just west of the existing business complex. The plans originally involved a requirement for a median on Drummond from Downs . . . Read Full Story >>

Breeden to address RRWF

Ridgecrest Republican Women, Federated, will host Mayor Peggy Breeden at its Friday, June 21, luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the banquet room of Casey’s Steak and BBQ. Breeden will present an update on the city. “Peggy will cover one key part of the . . . Read Full Story >>

Casino developer says DOI grants trust

Casino developer says DOI grants trust

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Developers of the proposed casino project announced Monday that they have a letter from the Department of Interior directing a city parcel of roughly 26 acres be into trust for the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe to use for an . . . Read Full Story >>