Board hears concerns about fees

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer As Ridgecrest begins to see manifestations of the state’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act locally, members of the public are wondering how they will be affected by the legislation and the newly formed Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority. Others . . . Read Full Story >>

Adm. Corey gives ‘state of NAWCWD’

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Devision Commander Rear Adm. Brian Corey gave a “State of NAWCWD” to the Ridgecrest City Council on Wednesday night to discuss China Lake’s workload and budget, both of which are “steadily rising” because . . . Read Full Story >>

Destruction Derby is this weekend

Destruction Derby is this weekend

Action like that pictured will be seen at the Swift NAPA Auto Parts Destruction Derby Saturday, Sept. 24, at Horsepower Park, just east of the Desert Empire Fairgrounds. Dozens of cars and trucks will smash into each other until only one remains. Gates open at . . . Read Full Story >>

Martin’s residency called into question

The eligibility of a candidate for Ridgecrest City Council has been called into question, since the address listed in the filing process is owned by another party. According to Wallace Martin, one of the seven candidates seeking two four-year seats in November, he asked the . . . Read Full Story >>

BHS ties for first in county

BHS ties for first in county

Rebecca Neipp

For the second year in a row, Burroughs High School juniors far exceeded their peers in the county and state with their performances in the English portion of the California Assessments of Student Performance and Progress. “When we set the bar last year, there was . . . Read Full Story >>

Houchin to test for Zika

Rebecca Neipp

As of last week, Houchin Community Blood Bank began testing all blood donations for the Zika virus. Because of the additional consent forms required, Houchin officials are urging their teen donors to plan ahead. “The safety of our donors, and the blood supply they generously . . . Read Full Story >>

Relay is just around  the bend

Relay is just around the bend

Hundreds of valley residents are hydrating, carbo-loading and stretching those hamstrings, not to mention raising thousands of dollars, in preparation for the annual Relay For Life fundraiser next weekend. The event, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, has raised nearly $5 billion to date nationwide . . . Read Full Story >>

Council pushes strategic plan to after election

The Ridgecrest City Council briefly discussed the city’s strategic , mission statement and core values during Wednesday’s meeting. These topics were originally discussed in 2013 under previous council. This council decided to postpone any final decisions until after the November election. Members agreed on the . . . Read Full Story >>

PD ‘defunct’ without Measure V

PD ‘defunct’ without Measure V

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Ridgecrest Police Chief Ron Strand and City Manager Dennis Speer discussed the proposed Measure V sales tax initiative Tuesday during the Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce luncheon. With the city’s general fund woes and increasing property crime locally, things . . . Read Full Story >>

Parsons talks new business, offers clarification on casino

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer City Economic Development Manager Gary Parsons briefly addressed the Ridgecrest Exchange Club on Wednesday, touching on some possible new businesses for Ridgecrest. According to Parsons, both Panda Express and Popeyes Chicken have expressed interest in KFC’s former location, . . . Read Full Story >>

Council to invest $2.3 million in city parks

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Parks & Recreation Department is set for some $2.3 million in renovations for the Kerr McGee sports fields, Pearson Park and Upjohn Park. During the last meeting of the Ridgecrest City Council, which was largely dominated by . . . Read Full Story >>

First candidate forum is Saturday

The first of four announced forums for Ridgecrest City Council and Mayor candidates will be held this weekend. On Saturday, Sept. 17, the Democratic Club of the High Desert has invited candidates to its noon meeting at Charlie’s at the Clarion Inn. Candidates will have . . . Read Full Story >>

Huge turnout for annual flag parade

Huge turnout for annual flag parade

Some 1,200 flagbearers join uniformed military, first-responders and dignitaries in the annual Parade of 1000 Flags, the highlight of the Ridgecrest Exchange Club’s Rememberance Field observance. Hundreds more watched the parade, listened to keynote speaker Mike Hill and participated in the candlelight vigil on the . . . Read Full Story >>

Groundwater authority met yesterday

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority met Thursday morning to discuss a regular meeting schedule and hear presentations from the China Lake Alliance and Kern County Planning Department. The IWVGA intends to file with the State Department of . . . Read Full Story >>

Police arrest assault suspect

Police arrest assault suspect

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Ridgecrest police officers and Kern County Sheriff’s deputies responded to fight Thursday, Sept. 8, resulting in one arrest. The suspect, Thomas Pitt, 26, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon and booked into the Kern County Jail . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Little Women’ engender big emotions

‘Little Women’ engender big emotions

Rebecca Neipp

“Little Women” is a uniquely moving theatrical experience that must not be missed. This beloved classic, recently translated into a musical, captivates with resonant characterizations and stirring vocal performances, taking theatergoers through a soaring emotional journey that reminds us of the paramount role fellowship plays . . . Read Full Story >>

Casino land sale passes 3-2

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer “Lord, there are good people on both sides of this issue, and both sides want what’s best for Ridgecrest. Father, whatever is decided, may we leave this place, look to the future, work together and unify to make . . . Read Full Story >>

Parade of 1000 Flags is tomorrow!

Parade of 1000 Flags is tomorrow!

Ridgecrest Exchange Club and Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake will partner with the community this weekend for the Parade of 1000 Flags on Saturday, Sept. 10. Flagbearers will stage at 8:15 a.m. at Sierra Lanes, where Parade Director David Ostash and his team will . . . Read Full Story >>

Two arrested after shots fired

Two arrested after shots fired

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Ridgecrest Police Department officers arrested two suspects Monday following a alleged physical altercation where one of the suspects reportedly fired a handgun near the feet of a reported victim before fleeing the scene. In the early hours of . . . Read Full Story >>

IWVWD meets conservation target

The Indian Wells Valley Water District has announced its water-use numbers for August, and customers used 23.8 percent less water compared to August 2013. That’s a cumulative savings of 22.3 percent since the board voted to have a conservation target of 20 percent beginning in . . . Read Full Story >>