Splash pad complete, opening TBA

Splash pad complete, opening TBA

City Parks and Recreation Department Head Jason Patin is flanked by staffers Nerissa Wegener (left) and Mindy Beck, celebrating the completion of the patriotic-themed Splash Pad at Freedom Park — Photo by Laura Austin ------ By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Ridgecrest Parks and . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Where  do you  stand?’

‘Where do you stand?’

Rebecca Neipp

From left, Melissa Constant, Eddie Edwards and Allen Robins address the crowd at last year’s MLK observance — News Review file photo by Laura Austin ------ More than half a century after the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., advocates for equality still fight . . . Read Full Story >>

Water haulers ask for alternatives

Water haulers ask for alternatives

Water haulers gather at the IWVWD meeting on Monday — Photo by Laura Austin ------ By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Water District has plans to temporarily shut down its southwestern bulk water station for upgrades and maintenance. The new . . . Read Full Story >>

More snow, rain for IWV

More snow, rain for IWV

Snow falls on the Sierra Nevada during an unseasonably rainy week in the IWV. According to the China Lake Weather Office, about an inch and a half of rain fell during the last week. “That’s a little above average for the month of January,” said . . . Read Full Story >>

Newsom unveils state budget proposal

Rebecca Neipp

California liberals and conservatives have found some common ground in the issues, if not the solutions, targeted in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s budget proposal, which he unveiled Monday — just one week after taking the oath of office. Newsom introduced his $209 billion budget by reminding . . . Read Full Story >>

State Sen. Grove named Republican leader

State Sen. Grove named Republican leader

Rebecca Neipp

Newly elected State Sen. Shannon Grove, a Republican who represents the Indian Wells Valley along with the rest of the 16th District, was unanimously elected by her peers to succeed Laguna Niguel-based Patricia Bates as the next State Senate Republican Leader. “I congratulate Sen. Shannon . . . Read Full Story >>

Two more killed in Hwy 395 head-on

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Highway 395 claimed two more lives last Friday, Jan. 11, after a head-on collision in Adelanto— the latest fatal accident on a familiar stretch of road where dozens lost their lives last year. According to a release from . . . Read Full Story >>

Mattos to address Republicans

Ridgecrest Republican Women Federated will host Ridgecrest Administrative Analyst Ashlin Mattos as the guest speaker of its Friday, Jan. 25, luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the banquet room of Casey’s Steak and Barbecue. Mattos will speak on current and future city endeavors relating . . . Read Full Story >>

EDC to give  annual update

EDC to give annual update

Ongoing efforts to bring additional jobs, housing and services to the Indian Wells Valley will be the theme of an update on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at the IWV Economic Development Corp.’s annual membership meeting. “We have been busy!” said IWVEDC Executive Director Scott O’Neil. “Come . . . Read Full Story >>

Community mourns  loss of 9-year-old  Kaden Gregory

Community mourns loss of 9-year-old Kaden Gregory

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Friends, family and the community are mustering support for the Gregory family after the unexpected loss of their nine-year-old son Kaden Gregory. According to reports, the family originally took Kaden to the hospital for symptoms of the flu. . . . Read Full Story >>

Fong balks  at DMV  request for  additional  millions

Fong balks at DMV request for additional millions

Rebecca Neipp

Amid controversy in the Department of Motor Vehicles — which recently saw its department head resign after months of scandal relating to poor service, low accountability, mishandled personal information and a poorly implemented voter registration program — the department is now requesting an additional $40 . . . Read Full Story >>

Police seize cash, illegal gaming machines

Police seize cash, illegal gaming machines

Officers of the Ridgecrest Police Department with some of the gaming machines seized in last week’s raids — Courtesy photo ------ By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Officers of the Ridgecrest Police Department seized five illegal electronic gambling machines from two local establishments last . . . Read Full Story >>

Strong weekend winds exceed 60 mph

Strong weekend winds exceed 60 mph

Knocked down by powerful winds early Monday morning is a utility pole on Highway 14, just north of Inyokern Road. According to China Lake Weather Office measurements, gusts peaked around 60 miles per hour near midnight late Sunday-early Monday. Private weather station (not certified by . . . Read Full Story >>

One injured in Downs/Bowman collision

One injured in Downs/Bowman collision

A minivan is forced off of the road after a collision with a Jeep Wrangler at the intersection of Bowman Road and Downs Street on Thursday, Jan. 3. One victim was reportedly transported to Ridgecrest Regional Hospital for injuries. Liberty Ambulance, the Ridgecrest Police Department . . . Read Full Story >>

TAC discusses water allocations, stresses importation

TAC discusses water allocations, stresses importation

‘I still think up front we need to try and understand [the costs] a little bit ... How do we make sure we’re spending our money right?’ — Scott O’Neil, Technical Advisory Committee ------ By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley . . . Read Full Story >>

Ostash tapped to lead SSUSD

Ostash tapped to lead SSUSD

Rebecca Neipp

Pictured: Dr. David Ostash ------ Dr. David Ostash has been selected as the next superintendent of Sierra Sands Unified School District, following a special meeting of the SSUSD Board of Education on Monday evening. Currently serving the district as assistant superintendent of human resources, Ostash . . . Read Full Story >>

Three city meetings  next week

Three city meetings next week

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority’s monthly meeting is next Thursday, Jan. 17, at 11 a.m. The IWVGA meets the third Thursday of each month at City Hall. The IWV Water District and the Ridgecrest City Council, both . . . Read Full Story >>

Sen. Grove named to six  committees

Sen. Grove named to six committees

State Sen. Shannon Grove, first female veteran elected to the California legislature, announced the following committee appointments going into the next session. Grove will serve as the vice chair for the Committee on Veteran Affairs and vice chair on the Committee on Transportation. She will . . . Read Full Story >>

Dems to meet Jan. 19

The Democratic Club of the High Desert will meet Saturday, Jan. 19, at 11:30 a.m. at the Homestead Restaurant. The first speaker, Tia Courtney, exalted ruler of the Ridgecrest Elks Lodge, will present an overview of the organization’s programs. Eddie Edwards will also speak about . . . Read Full Story >>

Neild family welcomes Ridgecrest’s first baby of 2019!

Neild family welcomes Ridgecrest’s first baby of 2019!

Katherine Neild Fox and David Neild welcome Everly Rose Neild into the world at 5:12 a.m. on Jan. 2, 2019. Everly was due to make her appearance on Jan. 1, but delayed her entrance with a 30-hour labor — although she still managed to be . . . Read Full Story >>