McCarthy to visit IWV Tuesday

Rebecca Neipp

Rep. Kevin McCarthy will be here Tuesday to address the community, tour the base and hear from local leaders about upcoming issues. “This is a significant opportunity for our community,” said Mayor Peggy Breeden. “I feel grateful for the respect he is showing our residents . . . Read Full Story >>

City begins process to build new sewer plant

By JAMES SIMMONS New Review Correspondent The city of Ridgecrest closed its comment period Wednesday on the first step of the process that could lead to the construction of a new wastewater treatment plant. City staff had issued on June 30 a notice of preparation . . . Read Full Story >>

Traffic fatality on Garlock

Traffic fatality on Garlock

The remains of a blue Ford Mustang are strewn about Garlock Road after a Thursday morning traffic collision. According to California Highway Patrol Sgt. Dave Dotson (pictured), the driver of the Mustang was headed westbound on Garlock and collided head-on with an 18-wheeler headed eastbound. . . . Read Full Story >>

New Murray campus sees potential delays

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The 47-acre lot across the street from Burroughs High School is almost ready to house the new Murray Middle School campus. But before that happens, more than 20,000 cubic yards of pesticide-contaminated soil needs to be removed from . . . Read Full Story >>

Music man Stan Ricker remembered

Music man Stan Ricker remembered

By BRIAN COSNER and the family of Stan Ricker Stanley Forbes Ricker, better known as Stan, passed away due to an infarction stroke on July 14, 2015, at San Joaquin Community Hospital in Bakersfield, Calif. Stan was a 29-year resident of Ridgecrest. He lived and . . . Read Full Story >>

Winter talks science, technology, BRAC

Winter talks science, technology, BRAC

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer When Chief of Naval Research Rear Adm. Mat Winter spoke to the China Lake Alliance earlier this month, he spoke highly of prospects for both Ridgecrest and China Lake. Winter served previously as the commander of Naval Air . . . Read Full Story >>

Suspected domestic abuser at large

Police are searching for Travis Wayne Kincaid, 26, who is suspected of physically abusing an unnamed female victim earlier this week. Early Monday, July 27, officers of the Ridgecrest Police Depart-ment responded to a welfare check where they determined that the victim had been subject . . . Read Full Story >>

Teens arrested for vehicle theft

Early Sunday morning during a DUI saturation patrol, the Ridgecrest Police Department apprehended two teenage girls, 14 and 15, who had allegedly stolen a white Dodge pickup. According to police reports, the driver failed to yield to a traffic stop and “fled from pursuing officers, . . . Read Full Story >>

Kidnapping suspect on trial

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Max Kozak, the man suspected of kidnapping 16-year-old Amber Woolwine from the Kernville area last month, had a felony arraignment last week in Bakersfield. He is being charged with kidnapping as well as 12 statutory rape charges. Woolwine . . . Read Full Story >>

Gleason: ‘Everything is upbeat’

Gleason: ‘Everything is upbeat’

Rebecca Neipp

County officials attending the July 16 meeting of the Indian Wells Valley Cooperative Groundwater Manage-ment Group outlined the timeline for standing up the Groundwater Sustainability Agency, the new state-mandated oversight group tasked with managing the local groundwater basin. The proceedings also set a markedly more . . . Read Full Story >>

Joint exercise comes to China Lake

CHINA LAKE — From July 22 through Aug. 2, the Army, Air Force and Navy will join forces to conduct a military exercise using the assets of the Naval Air Weapons Station and the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division for the first time. Residents . . . Read Full Story >>

Assessor reports impact of plummeting oil prices

By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer While the steep decline in oil prices resulted in a 9-percent decrease in the total value of Kern County properties, local realtors are reporting that local property values are stabilizing. Kern County Assessor-Recorder Jon Lifquist announced July 1 . . . Read Full Story >>

Flags fly at half-mast following tragic shooting

Flags fly at half-mast following tragic shooting

Flags, including this one over the Historic USO Building, are flying at half mast in memory of the July 16 shooting victims in Chattanooga, Tenn. Mohammad Abdulazeez is accused of shooting four Marines, a sailor and a police officer, five of whom died of their . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy: Water bill promotes prosperous future

Rebecca Neipp

As drought-afflicted Califor-nians face increasing mandates, upon pain of penalty, to reduce water use, a bill that passed the U.S. House of Representatives July 16 offers “the best hope for a future of renewed prosperity,” according to its authors. “Some believe that our way of . . . Read Full Story >>

Staheli returns to city position

Tyrell Staheli, former city employee, has stepped back up to the plate to serve as the city’s provisional finance director, according to City Manager Dennis Speer. The director position was left vacant after former director Rachelle McQuiston took a job in Tracy, Calif., at the . . . Read Full Story >>

More needed rain for the valley

More needed rain for the valley

Storm clouds create a vivid display over the Sierra Nevada on Sunday evening. Intermittent rainfall last week added to July’s cumulative precipitation total, though only trace amounts of rain were recorded during each event, according to Dale Bailey of the China Lake Weather Office. He . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Congress will not accept  a bad deal’

‘Congress will not accept a bad deal’

WASHINGTON, D.C. — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy released the following statement on the proposed nuclear agreement with Iran: “As I—and the President—have said before, no deal that allows Iran to get nuclear weapons is acceptable. A nuclear Iran would put America and our allies . . . Read Full Story >>

Rose gets 22 to life for  murder

Rose gets 22 to life for murder

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Jesse Peyton Rose has been sentenced to state prison for 22 years to life for the murder, abuse and rape of Sandra McKinney, a 71-year-old Red Mountain woman. McKinney disappeared in April 2014, and shortly thereafter investigators found . . . Read Full Story >>

Super Walmart moves ahead

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Rumors regarding whether residents will ever actually see the opening of a Super Walmart continue to surface. However, Economic Development Manager Gary Parsons confirmed that the project is still slowly moving forward. “I hear a rumor about Walmart . . . Read Full Story >>

IYK seeks support for air service

INYOKERN AIRPORT — In pursuit of a federal grant that could help draw a commuter air service vendor back into Inyokern Airport, General Manager Scott Seymour is seeking a $50,000 cash match for an application of $500,000 through the Department of Transportation’s Small Communities Air Service . . . Read Full Story >>