Tomahawk test shifts paradigm

Tomahawk test shifts paradigm

Rebecca Neipp

China Lake made history once again with a successful test of a Tomahawk cruise missile striking a moving maritime target through the use of synthetic guidance. Military and DOD officials are calling the new capability a game-changer in firepower and a paradigm shift in modern . . . Read Full Story >>

Speakers at outlook conference say IWV’s future looks bright

Speakers at outlook conference say IWV’s future looks bright

NAWS Commanding Officer Capt. Rich Wiley gives an update on China Lake while scores of attendees take advantage of networking opportunities at the IWV Economic Outlook Conference. Watch future editions for additional reports. -- Photos by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

Fuller voted minority leader for state senate

Fuller voted minority leader for state senate

Rebecca Neipp

Last week State Sen. Jean Fuller was unanimously selected by her peers as Republican leader-elect. Current leader Bob Huff of Diamond Bar will continue in the position for the next eight months, with Fuller taking the mantle on Nov. 1. Fuller is the first woman . . . Read Full Story >>

Inyokern CSD board votes to dissolve

Rebecca Neipp

The Inyokern Community Services District voted at its Feb. 12 board meeting to dissolve the agency that provides essential services to the unincorporated areas in the western Indian Wells Valley. According to a statement from Operations Manager Brian Bebee, the district is working with county . . . Read Full Story >>

Valley residents remember Mr. Spock

Valley residents remember Mr. Spock

BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer “Do not grieve, Admiral. It is logical. The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few … I have been, and always shall be, your friend. Live long and prosper,” were Mr. Spock’s last words to Admiral . . . Read Full Story >>

Emergency response agencies honor fallen firefighter

Emergency response agencies honor fallen firefighter

Fire agencies from China Lake and San Bernardino escort the funeral procession for Travis Flores-Lee in Ridgecrest Saturday morning, Feb. 28. Flores-Lee was a San Bernardino firefighter who was killed in a traffic accident in Poison Canyon while driving to Trona. -- Photo by Laura . . . Read Full Story >>

SNORT alert

CHINA LAKE — The Naval Air Weapons Station announced that a parachute design verification test is scheduled for Thursday, March 5, between 8 and 10 a.m. at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division’s Supersonic Naval Ordnance Research Track. The backup test date is March . . . Read Full Story >>

City Council meets tonight

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council is scheduled to discuss both the creation of new business agreements as well as the termination of old ones at tonight’s meeting. The regular session begins at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers at City . . . Read Full Story >>

Leaders prepare for economic outlook

Leaders prepare for economic outlook

Rebecca Neipp

Leaders in business, defense and education and elected office will gather Thursday for the annual IWV Economic Outlook Conference, held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Kerr McGee Center. Each year the Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce and the city of Ridgecrest join forces . . . Read Full Story >>

Public learns details of draft water-zoning report

The public had an opportunity Feb. 17 to ask questions about the draft environmental impact report for the Indian Wells Valley Land Use Management Plan. Lorelei Oviatt, director of the Kern County Planning and Community Development Depart-ment started the meeting by presenting an overview of . . . Read Full Story >>

Rain, warm weather  yield early  wildflower  season

Rain, warm weather yield early wildflower season

Rebecca Neipp

Subtle hues of green, purple and yellow paint hillsides surrounding the Indian Wells Valley, thanks to this winter’s unseasonably warm temperatures combined with comparatively heavy rains. According to China Lake Forecaster Tamara Walters, this weekend’s 69-hundredths-of-an- inch of rain give the valley a cumulative total . . . Read Full Story >>

Ron Carter name for skate park tabled

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council at their Feb. 18 meeting tabled its decision to name the skate park at LeRoy Jackson Park in honor of former Mayor Ron Carter who died in late 2014. “Since [Carter’s] passing, both staff . . . Read Full Story >>

How do we rate? Part 5 in a series

How do we rate? Part 5 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 final installment of our series showcases how life in our small desert . . . Read Full Story >>

Man killed in Poison Canyon crash

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer A driver was killed when he lost control of his vehicle in Poison Canyon driving to Trona from Ridgecrest, according to reports from the California Highway Patrol. Although the name was not released, the family has confirmed the . . . Read Full Story >>

Water rate vote set for March 9

By JAMES SIMMONS News Review Correspondent The board of directors of the Indian Wells Valley Water District has rescheduled a vote on a series of proposed rate and fee changes to its March 9 regular board meeting. At its February meeting, the board heard persuasive . . . Read Full Story >>

Ridgecrest jail in jeopardy

Rebecca Neipp

The Kern County Board of Supervisors and Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood agreed to table adoption of midyear budget reductions — which currently propose to close the Ridgecrest holding facility for local prisoners — until next week’s board meeting. While county officials weigh how to . . . Read Full Story >>

Impact of port closure felt locally

Impact of port closure felt locally

Rebecca Neipp

West Coast port closures — brought about by a standoff in labor negotiations — have already impacted industry in our remote high-desert community, as well as other parts of Kern County. Searles Valley Minerals in Trona, one of the area’s largest employers, also reported a . . . Read Full Story >>

Skate Park may be named for Ron Carter

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Committee appointments, road construction and a Ronald H. Carter Skate Park are on the agenda for tonight’s meeting of the Ridgecrest City Council. The council will meet at 6 p.m. in City Hall Council Chambers. During its last . . . Read Full Story >>

Fuller signs letter to water control board

SACRAMENTO — Last week state Sen. Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield) joined several other California legislators in signing a letter to State Water Resources Control Board Chair Felicia Marcus. The letter asks for the immediate reconsideration of a temporary urgency change petition to allow the Department of . . . Read Full Story >>

WD research wins Popular Science ‘Best of’ award

WD research wins Popular Science ‘Best of’ award

CHINA LAKE — Popular Science magazine honored a new technology that the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division helped create for firefighters. As one of the top 100 “Best of What’s New” technologies for 2014, FLASH – Fire Line Advanced Situational Awareness for Handhelds – . . . Read Full Story >>