King’s dream rekindled on MLK Day

King’s dream rekindled on MLK Day

Rebecca Neipp

Pictured: Eddie Thomas IV delivers an impassioned speech on the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday. Also pictured is Melissa Coleman Constant, who helped organize the community event. — Photo by Laura Austin ------ "Let us all hope that the dark clouds of racial . . . Read Full Story >>

More questions crop up for casino

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer As the News Review went to press, community and casino interests gathered for a public input session hosted by the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe to collect comments on draft documentation relating to the development of the proposed casino. But . . . Read Full Story >>

‘How can we make  the pie bigger?’

‘How can we make the pie bigger?’

Rebecca Neipp

As the chapter closed on 2017, leaders in local government, education, health care and economic development reflect on the successes and defeats of the past year while identifying challenges and opportunities of the coming year. Watch for continuing installments of this series during January! ------ . . . Read Full Story >>

Rain, rain — don’t go away!

Rain, rain — don’t go away!

Pooling water on local roadways appears to be the only unwanted side effect of the downpour on Monday and Tuesday. Two days of abundant rain this week brought in .89 inches of precipitation — the normal allotment for a typical January. Tamera Walters from the . . . Read Full Story >>

Locals pursue dream of equality

Locals pursue dream of equality

Rebecca Neipp

“I like to believe the opportunities for racial equality are present, but too often ‘we’ as a nation don’t take advantage of them. Unfortunately, we continue as a culture to allow our race, our social economic status, our political and religious affiliations divide us as . . . Read Full Story >>

Brown’s final budget  projects $6B surplus

Brown’s final budget projects $6B surplus

Rebecca Neipp

As Gov. Jerry Brown is poised to exit office next January at the close of his second (and final) eight-year term, his last budget proposal projects a $6.1-billion surplus for the coming fiscal year — hailed as a massive achievement compared to the $26-billion deficit . . . Read Full Story >>

EDC builds coalition for a brighter future

EDC builds coalition for a brighter future

Rebecca Neipp

“I’m really looking forward to the year ahead. We are building some excitement and momentum at the Economic Development Corporation, and we are looking to enlist people and corporations to partner with us.” Scott O’Neil recounted the successes in his first year as chief executive . . . Read Full Story >>

Ramos wanted  for restraining  order violation

Ramos wanted for restraining order violation

The Ridgecrest Police Department is seeking Antonio Ramos for reportedly violating a restraining order and his parole. Officers are requesting the public’s help in locating the 35-year-old Hispanic male. If you have any information please contact 760-499-5000. . . . Read Full Story >>

Carjacking suspect  arrested Tues.

Carjacking suspect arrested Tues.

Officers of the Ridgecrest Police Department responded to a carjacking at Eastridge Market Tuesday evening just after 10 p.m. After a brief investigation, they arrested suspect Jesus Valdez, 43. According to the press release, officers received a call from the victim that Valdez had assaulted . . . Read Full Story >>

Donate Life – our journey to the Rose Parade

Donate Life – our journey to the Rose Parade

By Cyndi Whitehead News Review Contributor Our journey started last summer when we applied for our son, Eddie Mason, to have a floragraph on the Donate Life’s Rose Parade float. We lost our son in June of2011 from a kidney disease, 20 days prior to . . . Read Full Story >>

District plans for continued growth

District plans for continued growth

Rebecca Neipp

As the chapter closed on 2017, leaders in local government, education, health care and economic development reflected on the successes and defeats of the past year while identifying challenges and opportunities of the coming year. Watch for future installments of this series during the month . . . Read Full Story >>

Legal challenge  could change East Kern representation

Legal challenge could change East Kern representation

Rebecca Neipp

A legal challenge to the supervisorial district lines in Kern County could have a dramatic impact on the political representation and advocacy of the outlying communities, depending on the decision following Dec. 5 testimonies in a Fresno District Court. The Mexican American Legal Defense and . . . Read Full Story >>

  Baby  Ryleigh helps  ring in  New Year

Baby Ryleigh helps ring in New Year

Ridgecrest Regional Hospital’s first baby of 2018, Ryleigh Rose Root, is cuddled by parents Karen and Paul. Ryleigh was born at 5:34 a.m., New Years Day, at 5 pounds, 10 ounces and 19 inches, and is a welcome addition to the California City couple’s five . . . Read Full Story >>

Casino impact up for discussion at Jan. 11 meeting

Casino impact up for discussion at Jan. 11 meeting

Pictured: Legal counsel for the tribe (foreground) addresses city representatives and casino proponents (including Lori Acton and George Gholson, background) during the last meeting of the Tribal-City Advisory Committee. — Photo by Laura Austin ****** By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer A public meeting . . . Read Full Story >>

Grant Vigneault accepted into Naval Academy

Grant Vigneault accepted into Naval Academy

Rebecca Neipp

Out of the millions of American students on track to commence out of high school this spring, just more than 1,100 will follow up with a collegiate-level education at the U.S. Naval Academy. Among that exclusive few is Burroughs High School Senior Grant Vigneault. “Appointments . . . Read Full Story >>

National ‘Remembering Our Fallen’ memorial stops in Ridgecrest

National ‘Remembering Our Fallen’ memorial stops in Ridgecrest

Pictured: Patriot Guard Riders and emergency service vehicles escort the “Remembering Our Fallen” exhibit down China Lake Boulevard. The memorial will remain on display through Jan. 25. — Photo by Laura Austin ****** By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer “Some day soon, perhaps in . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy mobile office is Tuesday

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy will hold mobile office hours in Ridgecrest on Tuesday, Jan. 9, from 10-11 a.m. in the city clerk’s office of Ridgecrest City Hall. A staff member from McCarthy’s office hosts each mobile office held throughout California’s 23rd Congressional District. “This . . . Read Full Story >>

Conservation  district to  discuss  programs for  landowners

Conservation district to discuss programs for landowners

The Eastern Kern County Resource Conservation District, in partnership with the California Department of Conservation, the Natural Resources Conservation Service and Farm Service Agency, will host a workshop on programs for landowners on Thursday, Jan. 11, from 5-7 p.m. at the Desert Valleys Credit Union . . . Read Full Story >>

Council approves park assessment

Council approves park assessment

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council approved a $92,500 contract with SCI Consulting Group to establish a park assessment district. The motion was approved with the understanding that the city is immediately responsible for only a $4,500 feasibility study. Councilmembers . . . Read Full Story >>

Protect your property  — this season and always

Protect your property — this season and always

Rebecca Neipp

Pictured: Officer Santiago Estrada leaves safety tips for a home owner during one of Ridgecrest Police Department’s neighborhood canvasing events to raise awareness. — Photo by Laura Austin ****** Between the financial pressure of the holidays, and the historical abundance of soft targets, the National . . . Read Full Story >>