Hayman appointed to GSA

Hayman appointed to GSA

Mayor Peggy Breeden (center) with councilmembers (from left) Lindsay Stephens, Wallace Martin, Scott Hayman and Mike Mower — Photo by Laura Austin ------ By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Ridgecrest City Council newcomer Scott Hayman was appointed the city’s representative on the Indian Wells . . . Read Full Story >>

BHS senior receives academy nomination

BHS senior receives academy nomination

Rebecca Neipp

Burroughs High School senior Gavin Vigneault earned a service academy nomination from Rep. Kevin McCarthy, an important requirement in the competitive process of applying to United States academies. BHS Principal Bryan Auld noted that given the size of McCarthy’s district — which includes Bakersfield, Antelope . . . Read Full Story >>

Elks Christmas Parade is Saturday morning

Elks Christmas Parade is Saturday morning

4-H families greet thousands of spectators lining the streets during a previous Elks Children’s Christmas Parade. The annual holiday tradition continues Saturday, Dec. 8, when the parade will celebrate the theme “Christmas Around the World,” starting at 9 a.m. The route begins at the corner . . . Read Full Story >>

Providing some ‘Homes for the Holidays’

Providing some ‘Homes for the Holidays’

Michael and Tammy Jones, with Rachel’s husband Tom Dorfmeister, hold warm blankets, a TV and an X-Box 360 — just some of the donations along with the travel trailer headed north to house a family displaced by the Camp Fire — Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

Pearl Harbor memories live on in WWII pilot

Pearl Harbor memories live on in WWII pilot

Rebecca Neipp

Cmdr. Glenn Tierney (center) with Laura Hickle at the recent gala celebrating China Lake’s 75th anniversary — Photo by Laura Austin ------ When Japanese forces attacked Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, killing more than 2,400 Americans, the men, women and children in our country . . . Read Full Story >>

Kern sees first flu-related death  of season

Kern sees first flu-related death of season

The Kern County Public Health Services Department has received confirmation of the first flu-related death in the county for the 2018-2019 flu season. “We offer our condolences to the family,” says Matt Constantine, director of KCPHS. “The flu must be taken seriously, and we encourage . . . Read Full Story >>

Editorial: Remembering a great man

Editorial: Remembering a great man

News Review file photo from 1992 show President George H. W. Bush during his appearance at Sequoia National Park. — Photos by Pat Farris and Bill Farris ------ The News Review joins the rest of the nation this week in mourning the loss of 41st . . . Read Full Story >>

Three dead in weekend collisions

Three dead in weekend collisions

Emergency Medical Service vehicles (background) attend a fatality on Bowman Road — Photo by Laura Austin ------ By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Two separate traffic collisions over Thanksgiving weekend have left three dead and two others with major injuries according to reports from . . . Read Full Story >>

Shotwell  honored  for service

Shotwell honored for service

Rebecca Neipp

Veterans of Foreign Wars recently recognized Deputy Josh Shotwell of the Ridgecrest Substation of Kern County Sheriff’s Office as the local “Public Servant of the Year” for going above and beyond the call of duty to serve his community. “It’s not just me, though,” he . . . Read Full Story >>

City approves Downs reconstruction project

City approves Downs reconstruction project

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council took a big step forward with the Downs Street project Wednesday evening by approving an item to fully reconstruct and pave the east side of South Downs Street from Ridgecrest Boulevard to Upjohn Avenue. . . . Read Full Story >>

Mrs. Knehans goes to Washington

Mrs. Knehans goes to Washington

Rebecca Neipp

Ellen-Marie Knehans in her official apron and badge — Courtesy photo ------ If the tiny odds she faced in being selected as one of this year’s volunteer decorators for Christmas at the White House are any indication, Ellen-Marie Knehans of Ridgecrest is a part of . . . Read Full Story >>

Santa’s Art Shop returns to IWV this weekend

Santa’s Art Shop returns to IWV this weekend

Shoppers browse the wares of crafters and artisans at last year’s Santa’s Art Shop — News Review file photo ------ “Christmas shopping begins and ends at Santa’s Art Shop — there’s something for everyone!” Pat Farris, proprietor of the popular holiday faire for artisans and . . . Read Full Story >>

CDC issues flu warnings

CDC issues flu warnings

Rebecca Neipp

On the heels of the deadliest flu season on record in the U.S. in more than four decades, the Centers for Disease Control issued reminders this month for individuals to take every possible precaution for flu prevention. “An estimated 80,000 Americans died of flu and . . . Read Full Story >>

Water rate hearing is Dec. 10

Water rate hearing is Dec. 10

IWVWD Board President Ron Kicinski, outgoing Vice President Chuck Griffin and Director Chuck Cordell during a Board of Directors meeting earlier this month — Photo by Laura Austin ------ By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Water District will hold a . . . Read Full Story >>

Chamber seeks  new CEO

Chamber seeks new CEO

The Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerced announced a search for a new chief executive officer, following the resignation of Suzette Caufield. “Former executive Jan Bennett will be assisting with management oversight as the chamber begins a search,” said a press release. According to a chamber spokesperson, . . . Read Full Story >>

Camp Fire impact touches  IWV community

Camp Fire impact touches IWV community

Phillip Cash and Tom Roseman of China Lake Mountain Rescue Group join hundreds of other search-and-rescue volunteers (and thousands of other emergency service personnel) to sift through the wreckage of the Camp Fire in Northern California. — Photo by Phillip Cash ------ As the fire . . . Read Full Story >>

Evacuee recounts flight from Paradise

The News Review staff encountered a woman who had evacuated from Paradise, Calif. after the devastating Camp Fire broke out earlier this month. She came to Ridgecrest where she has friends and family – her home has since been destroyed by the fire. While she . . . Read Full Story >>

High-speed rail panned by state auditor

Rebecca Neipp

The concerns long expressed by local conservative leaders were validated last week with the release of California State Auditor Elaine Howle’s report that heavily criticizes contracting and cost-control practices with Gov. Jerry Brown’s high-speed rail project. In the introduction to the 90-page report, Howle notes . . . Read Full Story >>

SWRCB representatives address GSA

SWRCB representatives address GSA

State Water Resources Control Board Senior Engineer Sam Boland-Brien addresses the public and IWV Groundwater Authority Board during its meeting last Thursday, Nov. 15. Boland-Brien, with colleague Engineering Geologist Natalie Stork, gave an update on the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. The presentation included current challenges . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Gratitude’ on Thanksgiving – and all year long

‘Gratitude’ on Thanksgiving – and all year long

Rebecca Neipp

Jessica Constable and her husband Geoffrey with their children (from left) Addison, Jaxon and Alayna. — Photo by Laura Austin ------ As the community enters into the season for counting blessings, one asset that works hard all year to provide service to our remote valley . . . Read Full Story >>