China Lake/Ridgecrest Boulevards intersection open

China Lake/Ridgecrest Boulevards intersection open

"The intersection is now open for traffic," reported Ridgecrest Director of Public Works Loren Culp. "Local traffic for merchants and patrons are permitted. Through traffic is requested to detour around the construction zone. Large trucks and vehicles are requested to detour around the construction zone. . . . Read Full Story >>

Altrusa’s annual ‘KidSpree’ to provide warm clothing

Winter weather will soon arrive, and it’s time to begin bundling up accordingly – even here in the High Desert. Altrusa International of the Indian Wells Valley will sponsor its 6th annual KidSpree on Saturday, Nov. 8. The event, held at our local K-Mart and . . . Read Full Story >>

WACOM to distribute funds at Nov. 4 mtg.

The program of the Nov. 4 WACOM meeting will feature the semi-annual distribution of funds raised through the Thrift Shop on base. The program will begin at 11 a.m. at Paradise Café. “All WACOM members are encouraged to dress in their favorite ‘Thrift Shop find’ . . . Read Full Story >>

SCE donates to Community Emergency Response Team

SCE donates to Community Emergency Response Team

Kathy Uetz (left), coordinator of the Community Emergency Response Team, accepts a check for $5,000 from Deborah Hess, regional manager of public affairs for Southern California Edison. According to Uetz, the donation will help the local nonprofit agency in its efforts to ensure that volunteers . . . Read Full Story >>

Truck flipped on South China Lake Blvd.

Truck flipped on South China Lake Blvd.

A large truck lies on the side of South Brown Road after a traffic incident Friday. The truck rolled off the road near Bowman Road after the driver lost control of the vehicle. Injuries sustained were minor. - Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

Two killed in aircraft accident

Rebecca Neipp

While authorities investigate a possible cause for an aircraft that crashed near Garlock Road, killing the two pilots on board, the loss has left the local aviation community shaken. On Friday morning, just after 10 a.m., Kern County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the scene . . . Read Full Story >>

Candidate comments raise concerns

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Comments made by Christina Witt during an Oct. 19 school board candidate forum raised some concerns, and some eyebrows, about the validity of her run for office. During the televised KZGN forum, co-host Al Huey asked the candidates . . . Read Full Story >>

Businesses struggle because of boulevard project

Businesses struggle because of boulevard project

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer With the prolonged road construction on West Ridgecrest Boulevard, businesses along that strip are reporting that they are struggling to recover from heavy financial losses. Some are now faced with new challenges regarding how to help customers navigate . . . Read Full Story >>

Critics question urgency in IWV water solution

Rebecca Neipp

While the outcome of yesterday’s Kern County Board of Supervisors discussion of an interim urgency ordinance declaring a moratorium on agriculture was unknown at press time, attendees of last week’s groundwater meeting point to a recent revelation that they say refutes any justification for Kern . . . Read Full Story >>

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 >>