Our year since the earthquakes

Our year since the earthquakes

Rebecca Neipp

As citizens of our nation, and the world, collectively muse over the seemingly cataclysmic events of 2020, our community approaches the one-year anniversary of the day our lives were literally and figuratively shaken to the core. After nearly two decades of relative seismic inactivity in . . . Read Full Story >>

Dine-in  option  revoked  in Kern

Dine-in option revoked in Kern

Rebecca Neipp

Citing an increase in the number of positive cases for COVID-19, as well as the rate of positivity in testing, Gov. Gavin Newsom held a press conference Wednesday to say that he was modifying the public health orders that restrict gatherings in California. “The bottom . . . Read Full Story >>

GA pursues exploratory projects in Rose Valley

GA pursues exploratory projects in Rose Valley

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Groundwater Authority is pursuing more than $600,000 worth of projects with the help of the Navy-Coso Royalties Fund. In 2018, lawmakers helped secure some of the royalties from Coso Geothermal Field’s energy operations – which . . . Read Full Story >>

Hospital officials urge caution amid outbreak

Hospital officials urge caution amid outbreak

Rebecca Neipp

As of Wednesday morning, the number of positive results for COVID-19 gathered at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital had leapt from 11 to 33 in the space of a week. And 468 test results, out of 1,697 samples collected, are still pending. Officials of both Immanuel Child . . . Read Full Story >>

Mask up or stay shut down

Mask up or stay shut down

Rebecca Neipp

Updated on July 2, 2020 —————— The best way to contain COVID-19 outbreaks while allowing people to move as freely about the community as possible is to adhere to state mandates for wearing masks while in public. Although healthcare and government officials continue to urge . . . Read Full Story >>

RRH positives trending up

RRH positives trending up

Rebecca Neipp

Updated July 2, 2020 —————— In one week, the number of positive test results for COVID-19 gathered by Ridgecrest Regional Hospital has gone from 13 to 35. Although privacy laws prohibit RRH from divulging patient information, the spike coincides with a positive test result from . . . Read Full Story >>

Council OKs temp. housing

Council OKs temp. housing

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer With $3 billion in rebuild contracts already appropriated for NAWS China Lake in the wake of last year’s earthquakes, the city is looking to brace for hundreds of temporary workers to arrive in the near future – currently . . . Read Full Story >>

Candidate filing  period opens soon

Candidate filing period opens soon

Rebecca Neipp

The filing period for candidates opens July 13 and runs through Aug. 6, for anyone seeking office on the Ridgecrest City Council, IWV Water District Board of Directors, Sierra Sands Unified School District Board of Trustees and IWV Airport Board of Directors. While the qualifications . . . Read Full Story >>

Local hikers ride out quake on Whitney

Local hikers ride out quake on Whitney

Rebecca Neipp

As Indian Wells Valley residents rolled through a 5.8-magnitude earthquake — from the relatively safe distance of 60 miles away — two local hikers rode it out on Mount Whitney. On Wednesday morning, Ann Rizzardini and her husband James headed up to the Whitney Portal . . . Read Full Story >>

Kern spikes, but remains open

Kern spikes, but remains open

Rebecca Neipp

Kern County was put on a state watchlist last week after “experiencing elevated disease transmission and increasing hospitalization,” according to the California Department of Public Health. The state has been allowing accelerated reopening of commercial operations over the last several weeks. However, counties that experience . . . Read Full Story >>

GA seeks support  from  Navy

GA seeks support from Navy

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority will continue pursuing water interconnection projects with Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and Antelope Valley-East Kern Water Agency. The GA board voted last month to consider both projects in its . . . Read Full Story >>

Liberty developing critical-care ambulance

Liberty developing critical-care ambulance

Liberty Ambulance, owned and operated by Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, is developing an ambulance that will be staffed to transfer critical patients between hospitals. A spokesperson said that during the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for higher levels of transport emerged as the acuity of patients increased. . . . Read Full Story >>

Early detection leads to rapid Ant Fire response

Early detection leads to rapid Ant Fire response

The Kern River Ranger District of Sequoia National Forest noted that early detection of the Ant Fire, reported to officials in the evening of June 13, led to a rapid response to the blaze, which had been 75 percent contained by Monday. The 10-acre fire . . . Read Full Story >>

Hundreds march for George Floyd

Hundreds march for George Floyd

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writers “We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” — Elie Wiesel Organizers of the local March for George Floyd used this quote by Wiesel, a Nobel laureate and . . . Read Full Story >>

Community advances into ‘Stage 3’

Community advances into ‘Stage 3’

Rebecca Neipp

Kern County, along with most other regions in the state, have advanced into Stage 3 of reopening California’s economy. The latest wave of relaxed restrictions allows gyms, bars, daycares and other areas of moderate traffic to resume operations under modified conditions. “With the recent announcement . . . Read Full Story >>

Two killed on 395

Two killed on 395

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer An accident on U.S. Highway 395 claimed two lives on Sunday, June 7, according to a release from the Kern County Coroner. According to a release from the California Highway Patrol Mojave Office, Morlan Liu and Charles Cruz . . . Read Full Story >>

Anti-cop graffiti crops up in town

Anti-cop graffiti crops up in town

Rebecca Neipp

On Sunday morning, Ridgecrest Police Officers and private property owners arose to find anti-cop graffiti scrawled in nearly a dozen places around town. Based on the timing of a Black Lives Matter march the previous day, and the inclusion of the “BLM” slogan in many . . . Read Full Story >>

COVID cuts into city budget

COVID cuts into city budget

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Despite revenue shortfalls due to COVID-19 closures, “we are not going to have a deficit at the end of this budget cycle,” was the word from City Manager Ron Strand during last week’s budget hearing. Strand presented an . . . Read Full Story >>

County OKs casino services

County OKs casino services

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Kern County approved a fire services agreement with the Timbisha Shohone tribe, advancing the tribe’s proposed casino development in Ridgecrest. The tribe and the city of Ridgecrest came to a Municipal Services agreement in 2016, which outlines mitigation . . . Read Full Story >>

Harmful algae blooms reappear in Kern County waters

Harmful algae blooms reappear in Kern County waters

The Kern County Public Health Services Department is urging boaters, dog owners, and other recreational lake users to exercise caution and observe signage that warns visitors to avoid active algal blooms when visiting certain areas within Lake Isabella. Public Health recently obtained water samples from . . . Read Full Story >>