How do we rate? Part 2 in a series

How do we rate? Part 2 in a series

Rebecca Neipp

- Low cost of living, high median income, low unemployment, high-performing schools, low crime rate, clean air and emerging services in local health care make the IWV an attractive place to live. This second installment of our series showcases how life in our small desert . . . Read Full Story >>

Mayor tells of $$ from new visitors

Mayor tells of $$ from new visitors

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer When Mayor Peggy Breeden spoke tothe Ridgecrest Republican Women on Friday, Jan. 23, she shared an interest in establishing regular “Town Hall” meetings where the public could discuss ideas and concerns. She invited attendees to share potential topics. . . . Read Full Story >>

Jo’burg fire claims home, injures one

Jo’burg fire claims home, injures one

An unnamed woman was hospitalized because of smoke inhalation after allegedly attempting to rescue two dogs from a burning home in Johannesburg last Thursday afternoon according to reports from the Kern County Fire Department. Firefighters from Randsburg, Ridgecrest and Inyokern responded to a double-wide mobile . . . Read Full Story >>

Public weighs in on Acton issue

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer City Attorney Keith Lemieux presented a report regarding investigation of Councilmember Lori Acton’s employment to the Ridgecrest City Council at last week’s Jan. 21 meeting. The investigation concerned Acton’s employment with Fanestra, an associate of Pertexa, a company . . . Read Full Story >>

China Lake to draw record number of visitors  in the next two years

China Lake to draw record number of visitors in the next two years

CHINA LAKE — The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division is expecting a larger than usual influx of international partners to conduct work at both its China Lake and Point Mugu sites throughout 2015 and 2016. China Lake should see about international 650 visitors this . . . Read Full Story >>

China Lake donates 2 observatory domes to Maturango Museum

China Lake donates 2 observatory domes to Maturango Museum

Workers install two observatory domes in the Maturango Museum’s Gladys Merrick Garden Saturday morning. After China Lake decommissioned these former cinetheodelite domes, the museum received the structures as part of an educational partnership agreement with the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division. Matt Cropley and . . . Read Full Story >>

China Lake Blvd lane closures begin next week

CALTRANS - The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) in cooperation with Desert Concepts Construction, Inc. announces lane closures on northbound and southbound State Route (SR) 178/North China Lake Boulevard from Inyokern Road to the Ridgecrest Regional Hospital Entrance and Las Flores Avenue to French Avenue . . . Read Full Story >>

Navy museum looks at new location

Navy museum looks at new location

Rebecca Neipp

Major contributors in an effort to preserve local history will have a chance to become a part of it, with the China Lake Museum Foundation’s drive to fund relocation of the Navy museum. A longtime goal to move the museum off base and out into . . . Read Full Story >>

Attorney to give report on Acton employment

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer City Attorney Keith Lemieux will present the results of his investigation into the employment of Councilmember Lori Acton by a company that received city funds (as reported in last week’s edition) at tonight’s meeting of the Ridge-crest City . . . Read Full Story >>

How do we rate? Part 1 in a series

How do we rate? Part 1 in a series

Rebecca Neipp

- Low cost of living, high median income, low unemployment, high-performing schools, low crime rate, emerging services in local health care and clean air make the Indian Wells Valley an attractive place to live. This first installment of our series showcases how life in our . . . Read Full Story >>

Caltrans offers presentation after cancelled discussion forum

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Caltrans pulled out of a presentation on China Lake Boulevard median construction to the Ridgecrest Planning Commission last week only to offer a separate presentation last night at City Hall. Information regarding the presentation was not available at . . . Read Full Story >>

City atty says no conflict of interest with Acton’s employment

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Ridgecrest City Attorney Keith Lemieux was asked to review whether Councilwoman Lori Acton had an unlawful conflict of interest in discussing Pertexa’s funding from community economic development funds. Lemieux’ report concluded that no evidence of a conflict of . . . Read Full Story >>

Unexpected rain belies weather forecast

Rebecca Neipp

A steady rainfall on Sunday contradicted the forecast for a dry weekend, starting the year off with a respectable .62 inches of precipitation as well as padding an already wetter-than-usual rainy season in the high desert. “We were definitely not expecting that much rain,” said . . . Read Full Story >>

How do we rate?

Low cost of living, high median income, low unemployment, high-performing schools, low crime rate and emerging services in local health care make the Indian Wells Valley an attractive place to live. Beginning next week, the News Review will launch an in-depth series that showcases how . . . Read Full Story >>

DEF board to meet tomorrow

The Desert Empire Fair Board of Directors will have its regular meeting this Thursday, Jan. 15, at 6 p.m. in the DEF Board Room. The next event on the DEF’s schedule is a Community Yard Sale, set for Feb. 7 from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Booths . . . Read Full Story >>

Valley gets more rain, fog

Valley gets more rain, fog

Sunday’s rainstorm leaves behind a rare blanket of fog, transforming the face of the Indian Wells Valley. -- Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

Cyclists to address council, hold annual meeting

The High Sierra Cyclists plan to address the Ridgecrest City Council at their next meeting Wednesday, Jan. 21, with concerns regarding cycling safety in Ridgecrest. The group invites any interested parties to attend the meeting. “A large group will be more influential,” said HSC spokesperson. . . . Read Full Story >>

Hampton, SpringHill join Global Soap project

Hampton, SpringHill join Global Soap project

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer In the last two months, Hampton Inn & Suites and SpringHill Suites have packed up 150 pounds of used soap and sent it to a warehouse in Las Vegas. This is where the company Global Soap Project attempts . . . Read Full Story >>

Attack in France leaves leaders shaken

Rebecca Neipp

An attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo that left 12 dead and 11 wounded sparked condemnation from every quarter, as an international audience pondered the motivations behind the rampage. Last Wednesday, the magazine tweeted a cartoon depicting Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi issuing . . . Read Full Story >>

Ridgecrest Lions Club to hold its annual student speaking contest

Lions Clubs throughout California will for the 78th consecutive year give eligible high school students the opportunity to win up to $21,000 in college scholarships through the Lions’ annual student speech contest. Each student entering the contest should prepare a speech to be as close . . . Read Full Story >>