State unveils $1B drought package

Rebecca Neipp

Gov. Jerry Brown joined with other state leaders in the California Senate and Assembly to unveil a $1 billion package that, in the face of California’s continuing drought, will expedite bond funding to make the state more resilient in dry conditions and ensure continued water . . . Read Full Story >>

Mesquite named model school

Mesquite named model school

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Mesquite Continuation High School has been recognized as a Model Continuation School by the California Department of Educa-tion and Continuation Education Administration. Schools retain this state award for three years, and this is Mesquite’s third time being honored . . . Read Full Story >>

Red Rock Canyon alive with color

Red Rock Canyon alive with color

Red rock, blue sky, and orange, yellow, green and purple landscape paint a rare desert rainbow in this west-facing portrait of Red Rock Canyon campground over the weekend. With the Wildflower Exhibit and associated activities only two weeks away, locals hope the colorful blooms continue . . . Read Full Story >>

China Lake Superfort may soon fly again

China Lake Superfort may soon fly again

Gary Hareland

Of the nearly 4,000 B-29 aircraft Boeing produced between 1943 and 1946, only one is airworthy in 2015 — “Fifi,” owned by the Commemorative Air Force out of Texas. But there may soon be two flyable B-29s if the “Friends of Doc” are able to . . . Read Full Story >>

Public invited to comment on WEMO

The Bureau of Land Management is taking public comments on its draft amendment to the California Desert Conservation Area plan and Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the West Mojave (WEMO) Planning Area Route Network project. The WEMO plan provides guidance and management direction for . . . Read Full Story >>

New VA rule gives veterans more choice

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced last week a policy adjustment that provides a veteran the choice to receive health care from private facilities if the closest VA facility is more than 40 miles away from his or her home. House Majority Leader Kevin . . . Read Full Story >>

Bill Porter receives service recognition

Bill Porter receives service recognition

Bill Porter (left, with wife Marilyn) shakes hands with Denny Kline, field representative for 1st District Supervisor Mick Gleason, after being recognized for his “many years of dedicated service to the Indian Wells Valley, and for exemplary public service and civic contributions to the community . . . Read Full Story >>

Council: oppose unless amended

Rebecca Neipp

By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer After an overwhelmingly critical public testimony regarding Kern County’s planned changes in land use, the Ridgecrest City Council voted at a special meeting on Saturday to withhold support until the Board of Supervisors addressed local concerns. Although the . . . Read Full Story >>

Public rallies behind county libraries

Rebecca Neipp

Scores of library employees, volunteers and other supporters delivered impassioned testimony to what they believe is an undervalued asset to Kern County, in a plea to restore the institutions of public information to their former glory. Over the years, the Kern County Board of Supervisors . . . Read Full Story >>

Water board approves rate hikes

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Water District Board of Directors voted to approve Ordinance 96 during the board’s monthly meeting Monday, March 9. The ordinance calls for an incremental water-rate increase over the next three years. “Overall, rates will . . . Read Full Story >>

Use of parks funding being questioned

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Talk of reappropriating Tax Allocation Bond funds has ruffled some feathers in the community in regard to the Kerr McGee Sports Complex. In 2012 the Ridgecrest City Council voted to allocate $2.5 million, out of some $24 million, . . . Read Full Story >>

Man found dead at cement plant

Man found dead at cement plant

Emergency service personnel and law enforcement officials respond to the scene of a fatality at American Ready Mix, Inc., on Graaf Avenue, Thursday, March 21. The body of 51-year-old Ronnie Ladd was discovered under a concrete mixer. He was pronounced dead on arrival. For information . . . Read Full Story >>

Seussical the Musical

Seussical the Musical

General Genghis Khan Schmitz’s cadets muster for war during Burroughs High School’s colorful “Suessical the Musical” last Saturday night, March 7 at the BHS Parker Performing Arts Center. -- Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

Grazing could  threaten wildflowers

Grazing could threaten wildflowers

Rebecca Neipp

As Mother Nature continues to paint one of her most vibrant and colorful displays on the landscape in and around the Indian Wells Valley, residents hope the rain and warm weather hold out long enough for locals — and visitors at the Maturango Museum’s upcoming . . . Read Full Story >>

Council approves Carter plaque

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer During their regular meeting March 18, the Ridgecrest City Council approved the installation of a memorial plaque honoring the late former Mayor Ron Carter at the LeRoy Jackson Skate Park. Council had previously discussed naming the park after . . . Read Full Story >>

School funding bill passes to next committee

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Burroughs High and Murray Middle School are a step closer to receiving federal funding for much-needed repairs and modernization. Senate Bill 111, introduced by state Sen. Jean Fuller, has successfully passed out of the Policy Committee to the . . . Read Full Story >>

Committee OKs petroglyph theme

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Earlier this month, the Ridgecrest Median Art Committee decided that petroglyph art would be the consistent theme for the medians now under construction on North China Lake Boulevard. Committeemember and local hotelier Dan Spurgeon gave a presentation to . . . Read Full Story >>

Stakeholders rally around ‘Option D’

Rebecca Neipp

As the clock ticks down to the deadline for public input on proposed changes to Kern County zoning and land use, county officials report that the project is “evolving,” and citizens are scrambling to understand how those changes will ultimately impact them. The Kern County . . . Read Full Story >>

Orion breaks record over IWV

Orion breaks record over IWV

By BRIAN WULFEKOTTE, NAWCWD Public Affairs The U.S. Air Force’s Big Safari Program Office tipped its hat to the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division Feb. 10 for its support during the recent Orion endurance flight. “Overall NAWCWD provides a facility and a capability that . . . Read Full Story >>

IWV jail to stay open — for now

By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer After announcing a controversial proposal last month to close the Ridgecrest Jail, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood says that he has found a way to keep it open — for now. The tactic was suggested as part of . . . Read Full Story >>