New citizens pledge allegiance

New citizens pledge allegiance

Deyda Rosales, second from right, joins other new citizens following a naturalization ceremony on Oct. 8 at the Cesar E. Chavez National Monument in Keene. Rosales, wife of Ridgecrest resident Jose Rosales, was one of 20 citizens from five countries who took the Oath of . . . Read Full Story >>

IWV TV Booster asks for public support

The IWV TV?Booster organization recently issued a public request for support for the service, which benefits local viewers. The group operates UHF television and FM radio stations from Laurel Mountain on the south edge of the valley. From there, the TV Booster blankets the IWV . . . Read Full Story >>

Seen around the Indian Wells Valley

This young bear, weighing in around 150 pounds, was spotted on Brown Road north of Inyokern on Sunday. According to a witness, the bear was looking for food near a residence off Neal Ranch Road and subsequently stopped to nap on the property. After a . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Dine with Candidates’ on Friday

The Democratic Club of the High Desert will host a “Dine With Your Candidates” dinner Friday, Oct. 24, at 6 p.m. at Victoria’s at the Heritage. Cost is $12 per person, if tickets are purchased by tomorrow, Oct. 23, and $14 per person if purchased . . . Read Full Story >>

Community speaks out at council meeting

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Last week’s meeting of the Ridgecrest City Council saw an especially active public comment section, with several community members approaching the dais to speak on economic development opportunities, road construction, even the public comment section itself. First up . . . Read Full Story >>

Valley  mourns passing of  Knemeyer

Valley mourns passing of Knemeyer

Rebecca Neipp

With the Oct. 15 death of China Lake pioneer Frank Kneyemer, the community lost a leader who helped define the mission that would inextricably link the Indian Wells Valley and its residents with the protection of our national security for decades. Many a China Lake . . . Read Full Story >>

Creepy clown travels through town

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer “Oh, yes. How hilarious it is to laugh at clowns — the painted jesters of the dying circus industry. Very funny, Jim. I get it.” — Robert California, The Office In what can only be described as the . . . Read Full Story >>

What’s on your ballot?

Most Indian Wells Valley voters have by now received their sample ballots (and in many cases, their absentee ballots) that outline the ballot items that will determine federal, state and local leadership, as well as several state initiatives. According to staffers in the Kern County . . . Read Full Story >>

Spotlight on the Candidates: Ridgecrest City Council

Rebecca Neipp

Matthew Baudhuin “I think Ridgecrest is a great place. It has great potential, it is located in the middle of everything — I think we have the opportunity to make this community anything we want,” said Matthew Baudhuin. The defense contractor came to the IWV . . . Read Full Story >>


The News Review had two errors in the Oct. 8, 2014, edition that we would like to correct for the record. The photos of the Viewfinders Grand Prix published on page 1 erroneously cited the Desert Empire Fairgrounds as the site of the event. The . . . Read Full Story >>

RidgePAC to host receptions for city council, mayor candidates

RidgePAC, a political action committee that promotes local candidates, will host a series of Meet and Greet events at the Community Resource Center at Desert Valleys Federal Credit Union. “These Meet and Greeg events are an opportunity for each candidate to field questions from the . . . Read Full Story >>

School board, water board, assessor candidate forum is Friday

The Ridgecrest Republican Women will host candidates of the IWV Water District Board of Directors, Sierra Sands Unified School District Board of Education and Kern County Assessor-Re-corder races at its Friday, Oct. 17, luncheon at noon at the Clarion Inn. The candidates for water board . . . Read Full Story >>

School Board meets tomorrow

The Sierra Sands Unified School District School Board has their monthly meeting this Thursday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held in Council Chambers at City Hall. Among the consent calendar items are resolutions to extend the existing contracts with Mather Bros., . . . Read Full Story >>

Mojave marks anniversary of historic trek into space

Mojave marks anniversary of historic trek into space

By REBECCA NEIPP, News Review Staff Writer Last week, a coalition of international visionaries, pioneers and entrepreneurs gathered at Mojave Air and Space Port to celebrate the 10th anniversary of SpaceShipOne’s historic trek into space — the first time a privately built, funded and piloted . . . Read Full Story >>

IYK gets $1.4m for fuel farm, passed over for DOT grant

INYOKERN AIRPORT — The good news outweighed the bad by neary one million dollars at last week’s board of directors meeting for Inyokern Airport. According to General Manager Scott Seymour, the board approved the highest responsible bidder to put in a $1.38-million fuel farm at . . . Read Full Story >>

Lars ‘Longrider’ Nielsen visits IWV

Lars ‘Longrider’ Nielsen visits IWV

By FREDRICK GARY HARELAND News Review Correspondent Ridgecrest was recently visited by Danish touring cyclist Lars Nielsen, who was my guest for the third time in as many years. His most recent visit was to speak to the members and guests of the Los Angeles . . . Read Full Story >>

More road construction ahead for city

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Construction on Ridgecrest Boulevard is in its final stages, but that massive task has paved the way for more street reconstruction throughout Ridgecrest. Tonight, the Ridgecrest City Council will address an agenda item to approve a contract to . . . Read Full Story >>

WACOM to meet Tuesday

The WACOM October monthly meeting, luncheon and program will be held Tuesday, Oct. 14, at the Wreck Center on base. Social time will start at 11 a.m., followed by lunch at 11:30 a.m. The luncheon cost is $15. Annual membership dues are $35 This month’s . . . Read Full Story >>

American citizens sworn in at Chávez National Monument

American citizens sworn in at Chávez National Monument

By THERESA GOLDSTRAND News Review Correspondent A national monument honoring the life and achievements of César Chávez, located just outside of Keene in the Tehachapi Mountains, serves today as the site of a the swearing-in of 21 new American citizens living in and around Kern . . . Read Full Story >>

"Chain of Life" protest

"Chain of Life" protest

Protesters form a “Chain of Life” from Ridgecrest Regional Hospital to the China Lake Surgery Center on North China Lake Boulevard Sunday afternoon in protest of surgical abortions. Dozens of residents turn out for the annual event. - Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>