Family safe after wilderness scare

Family safe after wilderness scare

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer After being stranded for two nights — with inadequate food and little protection from the elements — in the Long Canyon area northwest of Pearsonville, the Griffin family was found by a search and rescue crew in the . . . Read Full Story >>

Leaders dismayed by decision to uphold smelt protection

Rebecca Neipp

In light of California’s search for water solutions during the state’s historic drought, Kern County leadership expressed disappointment in the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold environmental protection for the delta smelt. Critics of the restriction say that the protection of smelt places the needs . . . Read Full Story >>

SWAT team arrests Inyokern man

Kern County Sheriff’s deputies from the Ridgecrest substation received a call of an assault with a tire iron in Inyokern Monday, Jan. 26 at about 1:45 p.m. During the investigation, deputies obtained probable cause to arrest David Russell Dubois, 39, for assault with a deadly . . . Read Full Story >>

How do we rate? Part 2 in a series

How do we rate? Part 2 in a series

Rebecca Neipp

- Low cost of living, high median income, low unemployment, high-performing schools, low crime rate, clean air and emerging services in local health care make the IWV an attractive place to live. This second installment of our series showcases how life in our small desert . . . Read Full Story >>

Welcomed rain continues to bless the valley

Welcomed rain continues to bless the valley

Monday’s rain leaves a temporary reflection pool at Petroglyph Park. According to collection data gathered by the China Lake Weather Office, the valley saw .69 of an inch of rain, to put January’s cumulative total at 1.29 inch — well above the typical average of . . . Read Full Story >>

Famed violinist got start here

Famed violinist got start here

When the popular CBS Sunday Morning program introduced its show this past Sunday, not with Wynton Marsalas and his trumpet fanfare, but with that same fanfare on a violin, that was more exposure for a Ann Akiko Meyers, world-class violinist playing her Stradivarius, one of . . . Read Full Story >>

Mayor tells of $$ from new visitors

Mayor tells of $$ from new visitors

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer When Mayor Peggy Breeden spoke tothe Ridgecrest Republican Women on Friday, Jan. 23, she shared an interest in establishing regular “Town Hall” meetings where the public could discuss ideas and concerns. She invited attendees to share potential topics. . . . Read Full Story >>

China Lake Blvd lane closures begin next week

CALTRANS - The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) in cooperation with Desert Concepts Construction, Inc. announces lane closures on northbound and southbound State Route (SR) 178/North China Lake Boulevard from Inyokern Road to the Ridgecrest Regional Hospital Entrance and Las Flores Avenue to French Avenue . . . Read Full Story >>

Navy museum looks at new location

Navy museum looks at new location

Rebecca Neipp

Major contributors in an effort to preserve local history will have a chance to become a part of it, with the China Lake Museum Foundation’s drive to fund relocation of the Navy museum. A longtime goal to move the museum off base and out into . . . Read Full Story >>

Attorney to give report on Acton employment

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer City Attorney Keith Lemieux will present the results of his investigation into the employment of Councilmember Lori Acton by a company that received city funds (as reported in last week’s edition) at tonight’s meeting of the Ridge-crest City . . . Read Full Story >>

Murray, BHS to break ground this summer

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Maas Company Project Manager Steve Hubbard addressed the Sierra Sands Unified School District School Board last week with an update on construction at Burroughs High School and the new Murray Middle School site, across the street from BHS. . . . Read Full Story >>

How do we rate? Part 1 in a series

How do we rate? Part 1 in a series

Rebecca Neipp

- Low cost of living, high median income, low unemployment, high-performing schools, low crime rate, emerging services in local health care and clean air make the Indian Wells Valley an attractive place to live. This first installment of our series showcases how life in our . . . Read Full Story >>

MLK memorial service brings community together

MLK memorial service brings community together

Letia Courtney performs during a service honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “It was a fantastic event, well-attended by a very diverse audience,” said Coordinator Odessa Newman-Staples. She added that Allen Robins “was fantastic; his words were inspirational.” Newman-Staples said she was . . . Read Full Story >>

Murder in Red Mountain investigated

Richard Henighen, 27, died after receiving several apparent stab wounds in Red Mountain Saturday, Jan. 17, according to a report released by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s De-partment. At approximately 9:20 p.m. Saturday evening, deputies from SBCSD, Barstow Station responded to a stabbing call near . . . Read Full Story >>

Mayor to address Republican Women

The Ridgecrest Republican Women Federated will host newly elected Mayor Peggy Breeden at the group’s Friday, Jan. 23, luncheon at noon in the Clarion Inn banquet room. Breeden is a local business owner who lived in Ridgecrest since 1982. She grew up on a dairy . . . Read Full Story >>

Ag, dust rules deferred for 60 days

By JAMES SIMMONS News Review Correspondent The Eastern Kern Air Pollution Control District has postponed adoption of two proposed regulations that would affect agriculture, roads, ranching, farming, construction, grading, homebuilding and potential sources of dust. The district’s board of directors heard from a dozen people . . . Read Full Story >>

City atty says no conflict of interest with Acton’s employment

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Ridgecrest City Attorney Keith Lemieux was asked to review whether Councilwoman Lori Acton had an unlawful conflict of interest in discussing Pertexa’s funding from community economic development funds. Lemieux’ report concluded that no evidence of a conflict of . . . Read Full Story >>

Unexpected rain belies weather forecast

Rebecca Neipp

A steady rainfall on Sunday contradicted the forecast for a dry weekend, starting the year off with a respectable .62 inches of precipitation as well as padding an already wetter-than-usual rainy season in the high desert. “We were definitely not expecting that much rain,” said . . . Read Full Story >>

Attack in France leaves leaders shaken

Rebecca Neipp

An attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo that left 12 dead and 11 wounded sparked condemnation from every quarter, as an international audience pondered the motivations behind the rampage. Last Wednesday, the magazine tweeted a cartoon depicting Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi issuing . . . Read Full Story >>

Gov’s budget receives mixed reviews

Rebecca Neipp

California legislators got their first look at Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget, unveiled last week, which addresses — in varying degrees — education, healthcare coverage, the state water crisis and the debt he inherited upon taking office in 2011. “This carefully balanced budget builds for the . . . Read Full Story >>