‘Way Fire’ no longer a threat

‘Way Fire’ no longer a threat

Rebecca Neipp

After scorching some 4,000 acres over the course of the week — and triggering evacuations in the mountain communities of the Kern River Valley — the Way Fire has nearly reached containment and is no longer threatening homes, according to officials in the latest brush . . . Read Full Story >>

BMX enthusiasts want access to skate park

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer During the public comment portion of last week’s meeting of Ridgecrest City Council, several members of the community approached the stand to speak on the treatment of BMX bikers at the Ridgecrest skate park. According to local BMX . . . Read Full Story >>

Realtor: growth, water policies not in sync

During the public comment portion of the last meeting of the Ridgecrest City Council, local realtor Carole Vaughn suggested that the city consider whether its attempts to attract economic development were out of sync with its stance on solving the apparent water shortage. Vaughn said . . . Read Full Story >>

Children’s choir  captivates in ‘Joseph’

Children’s choir captivates in ‘Joseph’

By CELESE SANDERS News Review Contributor Exciting things are happening at the rehearsals for the Ridgecrest Musical Enrichment Society production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” One of the biggest changes is the addition of the children’s chorus. The chorus comprises 25 children ranging . . . Read Full Story >>

Portions of RC Blvd still closed for repairs

Portions of RC Blvd still closed for repairs

While Ridgecrest Boulevard is closed between China Lake and Balsam for repairs on the street light, the segment between Balsam and Norma is closed to through traffic. City officials ask patrons to use alternate access points to businesses when possible. Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

Body found on base

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Naval Air Weapons Station, China Lake, officials have confirmed that a body was found on base property Thursday near Sky Top on the North Range. Officials also confirmed that all China Lake employees have been accounted for and . . . Read Full Story >>

School board hears update for new year

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Thursday marked the first school board meeting of the 2014-2015 academic year. Superintendent Ernie Bell reported that enrollment is up from 4,897 students in August 2013 to 4,925 this year. SSUSD staff is also up by 65 members. . . . Read Full Story >>

Stars line up for Parade of 1000 Flags

Stars line up for Parade of 1000 Flags

As the Parade of 1000 Flags nears, military heroes, Navy leaders and elected officials are getting ready to join more than a thousand local flagbearers in paying tribute to the fallen of 9-11. What started more than a decade ago with the Ridgecrest Exchange Club’s . . . Read Full Story >>

Local killed in triple homicide

Local killed in triple homicide

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Ridgecrest resident Junior Alfonzo Contreras, 23, was shot and killed in a triple homicide late Aug. 6 in an East Bakersfield apartment complex. Contreras was one of four victims who were gunned down by masked assailants. Other victims . . . Read Full Story >>

Ballot shapes up for November

Rebecca Neipp

By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer County and city clerks have announced the final list of candidates for local offices on the November 2014 ballot. The most crowded races involve the six candidates seeking the two-year mayor seat on the Ridgecrest City Council and . . . Read Full Story >>

Carter named to Measure L Committee

Rebecca Neipp

The Ridgecrest City Council appointed Robert Gould — a China Lake Rotarian and retired engineer — and Ron Carter — a former councilman and retired principal — to fill two vacancies on the Measure L Citizens Oversight Committee. After several failed attempts to pass a . . . Read Full Story >>

City Council hires special consultant on 3-2 vote

Rebecca Neipp

The Ridgecrest City Council voted 3-2 at its Aug. 6 meeting to hire Justin O’Neill for special consulting services to the council. The item has been under discussion for several months and has been tabled for numerous reasons during that time. Public concerns included the . . . Read Full Story >>

Parade reveals IWV community’s true colors

Parade reveals IWV community’s true colors

Ridgecrest will roll out with a splendor of red, white and blue Saturday, Sept. 6, as 1,000-plus flagbearers move through the streets carrying our national banner. “This is our seventh year putting on this spectacular patriotic event,” said Pat Farris, who coordinates the parade as . . . Read Full Story >>

Kern River Valley fire continues from Monday

Kern River Valley fire continues from Monday

Helicopter fights the Way Fire in Kern River Valley. The fire — which began Monday afternoon — had burned more than 3,000 acres and was at zero percent containment. Residents in portions of Kernville and Wofford Heights have been evacuated to Lake Isabella, where the . . . Read Full Story >>

Staples closing — this time for good

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Rumors of our local Staples store being closed were confirmed earlier this week. Store Manager Tamara Tuipala said the Ridgecrest location will permanently close its doors at noon on Sept. 20. Earlier this year, Staples’ corporate office announced . . . Read Full Story >>

City announces Ridgecrest Blvd. closure

A spokesperson for the city of Ridgecrest announced Monday that the portion of West Ridgecrest Boulevard between Balsam Street and China Lake Boulevard will be closed. Traffic will be detoured to Las Flores Avenue. The closure is a requirement of Caltrans, according to city officials. . . . Read Full Story >>

Seymour tells of efforts to restore IYK air service

INYOKERN AIRPORT — “We have hurtled a huge milestone in pursuit of restoring commuter service at Inyokern Airport,” said Scott Seymour, general manager. After IYK lost commercial air service in November 2013, the airport hired Sixel Consulting to find another vendor to provide connecting flights . . . Read Full Story >>

RRH takes over Ridgecrest Healthcare

RRH takes over Ridgecrest Healthcare

Rebecca Neipp

As of Aug. 1 the management of Ridgecrest Healthcare Center has been transferred to Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, which signed a 10-year lease on the facility after the former out-of-town operators declared bankruptcy. In the last decade the nursing home has seen several changes of management . . . Read Full Story >>

Twelve vie for three seats on city council

Rebecca Neipp

As candidates continue to trickle in for local races in the November General Election — and with only two days left to qualify for candidacy — the overwhelming number of challengers are seeking one of the three available seats on the Ridgecrest City Council. By . . . Read Full Story >>

Public input invited on economic dev.

Rebecca Neipp

The public is invited to give input on funding agreements for three projects that propose economic development at tonight’s 6 p.m. meeting of the Ridgecrest City Council, held in Council Chambers at City Hall. The draft agreements, which are still awaiting final approval from the . . . Read Full Story >>