Indian casino MSA approved 4-1

Indian casino MSA approved 4-1

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer After five public discussions, several of which ran for five-plus hours, the Ridgecrest City Council voted 4-1 to approve in concept a Municipal Services Agreement with the Timbisha Shoshone tribe, bringing the city one step closer to being . . . Read Full Story >>

Wiknich issues call to action to keep jail open

Wiknich issues call to action to keep jail open

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writers While the potential of an Indian gaming casino coming to Ridge-crest has dominated the discussions at City Hall lately, the public apparently hasn’t forgotten that our local jail will be closing by the end of June because of . . . Read Full Story >>

Graduation ceremonies begin

Graduation ceremonies begin

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer “It’s been an outstanding year for our district,” said Sierra Sands Unified School District Superinten-dent Ernie Bell. Local students and teachers are counting down the days to the end of the school year – and they’re almost there. . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Fight for Emily’s Big Heart!’

‘Fight for Emily’s Big Heart!’

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer A local family was rocked with the news that one of their members, 11-year-old Emily Heimsoth, was diagnosed with familial hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Emily’s mother Melissa Henderson (who also has six other children) and stepfather Richard Henderson received the . . . Read Full Story >>

Dem Club to meet tomorrow

The Democratic Club of the High Desert will hold its monthly meeting Saturday, May 21, at noon at Charlie’s at the Clarion Inn. Speakers will be former Mayor Steven Morgan and Roy Parris. Morgan serves on the Indian Wells Valley Airport Board and the Measure . . . Read Full Story >>

Resurfacing to wrap early June

The Ridgecrest Public Works Department has announced additional road work scheduled for the week of June 1 according to a press release sent out May 16. On the heels of some extensive road resurfacing announced earlier this month, the department’s Street Maintenance Division, with contractor . . . Read Full Story >>

Lyons looks back on military, civilian service

Lyons looks back on military, civilian service

Rebecca Neipp

Looking back on 65 years of working full-time in the military, civilian and private sector have taught Jack Lyons the important role patriotism and service plays in the defense of a nation. “There are very real threats in the world. I don’t know if the . . . Read Full Story >>

Casino vetting continues at lengthy  Town Hall meeting

Casino vetting continues at lengthy Town Hall meeting

Advocates and adversaries of the proposed casino continue to speak out; city and tribal representatives discuss law enforcement, location and the possibility of a ballot measure By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The proposed Indian casino was the sole item of discussion at a . . . Read Full Story >>

County, water district oppose well moratorium

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Water District board has passed a motion to oppose California Senate Bill 1317, a bill aiming to halt additional well drilling in basins designated as critically overdrafted, such as the IWV. The board’s unanimous . . . Read Full Story >>

Teen killed in collision

Teen killed in collision

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Tragedy struck on the I-5 Friday, May 6 when a local teen was killed in a car accident. According to a release from the California Highway Patrol, James Stewart, 18, was killed when his vehicle was rear-ended by . . . Read Full Story >>

Gov. makes water restrictions permanent

Rebecca Neipp

Gov. Jerry Brown issued an executive order this week to make permanent the temporary water-use restrictions imposed last year to mitigate the impact of California’s historic drought. Record-low levels of rainfall and snowpack prompted Brown in January 2014 to declare a state of drought emergency. . . . Read Full Story >>

Astronomical Society views Mercury transit

Astronomical Society views Mercury transit

Roger Brower of the China Lake Astronomical Society views Mercury’s rare transit (inset) across the sun Monday. Mercury’s transit is the first since 2006 and won’t be repeated again until 2019. The first rock from the sun makes this trip, visible on earth through a . . . Read Full Story >>

Museum display honors memory of Armstrong

Museum display honors memory of Armstrong

The Maturango Museum’s Argus Room, with new panels and newly finished floor, is ready for its first formal exhibit — a tribute to the annual Matthew Armstrong Memorial 5-A-Side Soccer Tournament. For the next month, memorabilia and information regarding the purpose and meaning behind this . . . Read Full Story >>

Assembly candidate to address RRWF

Assembly candidate to address RRWF

Ridgecrest Republican Women, Federated, will host Assembly candidate Vince Fong at a Friday, May 20, luncheon at noon at the Grape Leaf. Fong, who has been district director for House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy for nearly 10 years, is pursuing the seat in District 34 . . . Read Full Story >>

RidgeProject fundraiser’s tomorrow

“Our community, our responsibility.” That’s the motto of RidgeProject, a local volunteer organization that works to keep Ridgecrest a beautiful, strong community that can proudly be called “home.” RidgeProject will hold its annual fundraising dinner and auction on Saturday, May 14, at the Kerr McGee . . . Read Full Story >>

More concerns raised about casino

More concerns raised about casino

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer For the third week in a row, the City Council Chambers were filled to capacity Wednesday night with concerned citizens endeavoring to gather more details on the Ridgecrest City Council’s proposed plan to enter into an agreement that . . . Read Full Story >>

IYK files grant, sets goal for air service

Rebecca Neipp

Although Inyokern Airport officials will not know for an estimated 60 days whether their grant application to offset the costs of restoring air service is approved, leadership is working on a plan to bring commuter service back to local travelers no matter what by Oct. . . . Read Full Story >>

New site unveiled for Dog Park

New site unveiled for Dog Park

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The new location for the Ridgecrest Dog Park has been selected and will be operational sometime in June according to Kern County Parks and Recreation Director Bob Lerude. Local residents were thrilled when Boy Scout Michael Hannafin spearheaded . . . Read Full Story >>

City manager gives overview on budget process

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer After last year’s general fund deficit scare, a change in finance directors and uncertain budget data surrounding special funds like Measure L and Tax Allocation Bonds, City Manager Dennis Speer gave a brief presentation that outlined the problems . . . Read Full Story >>

Mother’s Day feature: Hardy shares the joys and challenges of a big family

Mother’s Day feature: Hardy shares the joys and challenges of a big family

Rebecca Neipp

As the country pauses this Sunday to pay tribute to the women who raised them, Lisa Hardy recalls how the love and dedication of her mother sparked in Lisa a yearning for her own family, and laid out a blueprint for navigating the trials and . . . Read Full Story >>