Howard family’s vacate order lifted

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Following a years-long struggle with the city of Ridgecrest, William Dale Howard was told that he and his wife would have to vacate his home by Tuesday, June 21, seemingly with nowhere else to go. But they may . . . Read Full Story >>

Strawberry Moon marks Summer’s start

Strawberry Moon marks Summer’s start

Summer solstice is ushered in Tuesday night with a rare “Strawberry Moon,” remarkable for its rosy hue and purportedly named by Native Americans for its occurrence during the height of berry-picking season. The appearance of the Strawberry Moon marks a rare coincidence of a full . . . Read Full Story >>

GSA moves forward

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Concerns over fair representation continued to flow from the public when Groundwater Sustainability Agency-eligible officials met Friday, June 17, at Ridgecrest City Hall. Tim Parker, consulting hydrogeologist to Kern County, also gave an update on the Sustainable Groundwater . . . Read Full Story >>

Budget cuts close jail, reduce fire staff

Rebecca Neipp

The Kern County Board of Supervisors heard an overview on Tuesday for the “worst budget the county has had or seen in 30 years,” which triggered a 5-percent cut across every department. But as county officials attempt to cope with a devastating 65-percent drop in . . . Read Full Story >>

Excessive heat strikes Southern California

Excessive heat strikes Southern California

By KELLY COSNER News Review Correspondent While hot weather may be a routine part of the summer experience for high-desert dwellers, the start of summer triggered warnings from the National Weather Service for residents to be prepared for record-breaking temperatures. “Temperatures can rise to life-threatening . . . Read Full Story >>

Navy museum aims to break ground in August

Navy museum aims to break ground in August

Rebecca Neipp

With official approval of a $250,000 grant to help move off the base and out into the community an installation that celebrates local contributions to defense, members of the China Lake Museum Foundation are finally prepared for Phase I of development after more than a . . . Read Full Story >>

Summer closure

The News Review will be dark Friday, July 8, for our annual summer closure. The office will be closed Friday, July 1, and reopen Monday, July 11. We will resume publication on Friday, July 15. Community news releases and letters to the editor must be . . . Read Full Story >>

Dr. Kumar accused of taking illegal kickbacks

At press time, the News Review learned that Dr. Kain Kumar, an Encino-based physician who operated clinics in Ridgecrest and other high-desert locations, was arrested by Federal Bureau of Investigation officials and indicted on charges relating to his receiving illegal healthcare kickbacks. Previously published reports . . . Read Full Story >>

Two arrested  in attempted  murder

Two arrested in attempted murder

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest Police Depart-ment arrested two suspects on charges of attempted murder and conspiracy to commit a crime on Saturday, June 18. Around 5 p.m. on Saturday, police responded to a fight with reported shots fired in the . . . Read Full Story >>

Budget still  $800K short

Budget still $800K short

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer After a week of budget hearings for the proposed 2016-2017 budget, the city of Ridgecrest is still unsure of its financial footing. The City Council asked for a continuation on approving next year’s budget after discussing the apparent . . . Read Full Story >>

Fire claims vacant mobile

Fire claims vacant mobile

A fire claimed a vacant mobile home in the 800 block of West Ward Avenue Wednesday afternoon. The mobile home was fully engulfed and was threatening surrounding structures when Kern County firefighters arrived. KCFD was able to prevent the flames from damaging surrounding homes. The . . . Read Full Story >>

Fuller skeptical of state budget

With this week’s passage of Senate Bill 826, which enacts California’s 2016 budget, State Sen. Republican Leader Jean Fuller expressed concern about the sustainability of spending $122.5 billion out of the state fund — which constitutes a $7-billion increase over last year. “The Golden State . . . Read Full Story >>

Leaders honored at 70th chamber anniversary

Leaders honored at 70th chamber anniversary

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer “It has been a pleasure and an honor to serve as chairwoman of the board of directors,” said outgoing Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce Chair Tina Warren, who passed the torch to Janis Bottorff of S.A.S.S. during the chamber’s . . . Read Full Story >>

IWVWD report sheds light on basin condition

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer According to the latest report from the Indian Wells Valley Water District, the IWV basin should be set to support IWVWD customers with water to spare through 2040, assuming there are no extreme increases in private pumping. That . . . Read Full Story >>

Locals continue to petition against casino

Locals continue to petition against casino

Locals opposing the city’s decision to facilitate bringing an Indian gaming casino to Ridgecrest sign a “CasiNO petition outside Albertson’s. For information on the inititative, e-mail Lindsey Stephens at lsydney@yahoo.com. -- Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

Orlando attack sparks legislation

In the wake of one of the most grisly attacks in our nation’s history, federal legislators have revisited legislation that would expand background checks preceding the sale of firearms and restrict known terrorists from gaining entrance into the United States. Among the outpouring of support . . . Read Full Story >>

GSA meeting is June 17

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The eligible agencies for the Groundwater Sustainability Agency will meet Friday, June 17, 5 p.m. at City Hall. While the meeting is not a “public” Brown Act meeting, the public is invited, and there will be opportunity for . . . Read Full Story >>

Preliminary election results announced

Preliminary election results announced

Rebecca Neipp

The early results of the June 7 Primary Election suggest defeat of a measure that could revitalize library funding and the presumptive winners in various local, state and federal offices. According to Abbey Shugart of Kern County Elections Division, the county is still awaiting an . . . Read Full Story >>

City stresses need for new revenue streams

City stresses need for new revenue streams

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council met Wednesday, June 8, to review the 2016-17 fiscal year draft budget. Although the draft budget is balanced, it will need to dip into the General Fund cash reserve as much as $800,000 to . . . Read Full Story >>

Feeling the burn of wildfire season

Feeling the burn of wildfire season

By KELLY COSNER News Review Correspondent As summer quickly descended upon the Indian Wells Valley, it brought along with it the looming black billows on the horizon, the herald ofwildfire season. Over the last few weeks, Kern County has already seen and felt the burn . . . Read Full Story >>