City pushes for Measure L successor

City pushes for Measure L successor

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council approved the first reading of a new 1-percent sales tax to replace the Measure L tax, which was passed in 2012 and is scheduled to expire next fall. The new tax initiative will be . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Pokemon GO’ draws out crowds

‘Pokemon GO’ draws out crowds

Rebecca Neipp

If the recent proliferation of people staring at their smart phones and lingering in parks, restaurants and other public spaces is any indication, local residents are not immune to the “Pokemon GO” frenzy that has captivated millions of fans around the globe, securing the app’s . . . Read Full Story >>

Filing period opens for candidates

Rebecca Neipp

The candidate filing period opened this week for everyone wanting to throw their hats into the ring for local offices — including Ridgecrest Mayor, Ridgecrest City Council, Sierra Sands Unified School District Board, Indian Wells Valley Water Board and Indian Wells Valley Airport Board. So . . . Read Full Story >>

First in series of murals painted at fairgrounds

First in series of murals painted at fairgrounds

Artist Scott Sayer paints a mural on the side of Sage Hall at Desert Empire Fairgrounds. Sayer, with the help of an anonymous contributor who helped him purchase the supplies, is launching what he hopes will be the first in a series of local murals . . . Read Full Story >>

Board of Supervisors OKs groundwater agency JPA

By REBECCA NEIPP, News Review Staff Writer The Kern County Board of Supervisors approved a joint-powers agreement that paves the way for one of the supervisors to sit on the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority — which fulfills state mandates to oversee management of the IWV . . . Read Full Story >>

College puts forward ballot measure

CERRO COSO COMMUNITY COLLEGE — The Kern Community College District Board of Trustees voted Thursday to place a local education bond measure on the Nov. 8 ballot for voters’ consideration. The measure, if approved by voters, would provide local funding to repair and upgrade classrooms . . . Read Full Story >>

Road closures announced

The city’s Public Works Depart-ment has announced additional road work beginning Monday, July 25. The following roads will be closed during the construction period with detours set up for alternate routes: Gateway Boulevard from East Ridgecrest Boulevard to Church Avenue and West Drummond Avenue from . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy responds to Obama’s rejection of Erskine Fire aid

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Kevin McCarthy released the following statement on President Obama’s decision to reject the request from the State of California to declare the Erskine Fire a major disaster: “Weeks ago, our community was ravaged by the worst fire in Kern County history. . . . Read Full Story >>

Vigil to honor  those who protect

Vigil to honor those who protect

Rebecca Neipp

“Blue lives matter … all lives matter!” said Mayor Peggy Breeden. With that in mind, the city of Ridgecrest will partner with the Indian Wells Valley Economic Development Corporation to host a prayer vigil on Saturday, July 16, at 11 a.m. at Freedom Park, behind . . . Read Full Story >>

Measure L ‘critical’ to public safety

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The city of Ridgecrest could be in more financial trouble than it’s already in if it fails to institute a second dose of Measure L, according to the Measure L Citizens’ Oversight Committee’s annual report for 2014-15. Committee . . . Read Full Story >>

Water District board votes to join JPA

Rebecca Neipp

With 3-2 approval, the Indian Wells Valley Water District Board of Directors moved forward Monday night to enter into a joint-powers authority with other eligible agencies to share oversight of the local groundwater basin as prospective members of the IWV Groundwater Authority. However, several members . . . Read Full Story >>

Erskine Fire: the recovery begins

Rebecca Neipp

Although the Erskine Fire has reached full containment, fires continue to crop up throughout Kern — including one that was quickly extinguished Wednesday evening in Onyx. “ We are only at the start of July, which is earlier than we typically see the start of . . . Read Full Story >>

BHS Band takes D.C.

BHS Band takes D.C.

Members of the Burroughs High School Marching Band returned home after spending five days in our nation’s capitol, where they represented the state of California in the annual Independence Day Parade in Washington D.C. In addition to their performance, band members and their chaperones had . . . Read Full Story >>

B-29 ‘Doc’ scheduled to return to flight

B-29 ‘Doc’ scheduled to return to flight

By LIZ BABCOCK, News Review Correspondent If all goes according to plan, Sunday, July 17, will see “Doc,” the grand old B-29 bomber, S/N 44-69972, return to flight. After nearly two decades of restoration efforts, the aircraft, with its signature Disney character proudly emblazoned on . . . Read Full Story >>

IYK moves forward in restoring air service

Rebecca Neipp

With the award of a $450,000 grant to assist the restoration of air service at Inyokern Airport, General Manager Scott Seymour outlined the timeline and scope of the long-awaited return of commercial flights out of IYK. Seymour noted that, since IYK lost service in 2013, . . . Read Full Story >>

Erskine Fire nears containment

Erskine Fire nears containment

Rebecca Neipp

Nearly a week after the sudden flareup of the Erskine Fire — which burned more than 45,000 acres, destroyed hundreds of homes and claimed two lives — roads are opening back up, and residents whose dwellings are still standing are being allowed to return home. . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Then all hell broke loose, and it just  barreled down the mountain...’

‘Then all hell broke loose, and it just barreled down the mountain...’

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer It was a Thursday afternoon, same as any other for Steve Minoux. He was golfing with some friends before heading back to his Squirrel Mountain Valley home, near Lake Isabella, when he spied two tendrils of smoke coming . . . Read Full Story >>

Community unites to aid fire victims

Community unites to aid fire victims

Rebecca Neipp

As soon as victims in the Kern River Valley began to flee to safety from the Erskine Fire raging through the nearby mountain communities, residents of the Indian Wells Valley began raising money and collecting food and supplies to ship to those displaced by the . . . Read Full Story >>

BHS Marching Band is off to Washington, D.C.

BHS Marching Band is off to Washington, D.C.

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer While many students have been lazily enjoying a break from their studies, the Burroughs High School Marching Band has been marching around the BHS campus under the hot sun in preparation for the national Independence Day Parade in . . . Read Full Story >>

IYK gets $450K for air service

As the News Review was going to press, Inyokern Airport General Manager Scott Seymour an-nounced that Inyokern was awarded a $450,000 grant from the Department of Transportation. “I’m excited about resuming air service at IYK, and I’m grateful to the community for their part in . . . Read Full Story >>