Inyokern fire station on the chopping block

By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer Kern County Fire Station 73 in Inyokern is among the 12 stations across the county that may be closed, according to a cost-saving proposition by Kern County Fire Chief Brian Marshall to the Kern County Board of Supervisors . . . Read Full Story >>

County approves GSA formation

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer After several continuations and amid objections from area growers and mutual water companies, the Kern County Board of Supervisors has officially approved the formation of a Groundwater Sustainability Agency for the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Basin. The resolution . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy opposes new oil tax

The U.S. House of Representa-tives opposes the administration’s proposed oil tax, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said in a statement released this week in response to President Barack Obama’s call to levy an additional $10 per barrel on American-produced oil. “The president’s proposed oil tax would . . . Read Full Story >>

Advocates of Library Enhancement ask board to champion sales tax

Rebecca Neipp

Advocates of Library Enhancement, a group formed last year to find additional sources of funding for the Kern County Library system, addressed the Kern County Board of Supervisors last week to ask the supervisors to add a one-eighth-of-one-cent sales-tax measure to the June Primary Ballot. . . . Read Full Story >>

Local pediatrician to share medical, personal experiences, Feb. 20

Local pediatrician to share medical, personal experiences, Feb. 20

The Democratic Club of the High Desert will meet Saturday, Feb. 20, at noon at Charlie’s Restaurant in the Clarion Inn. Dr. Aisha Rollins, a pediatrician affiliated with Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, will be the guest speaker. She received her medical degree from Morehouse School of . . . Read Full Story >>

Republican Women to host library advocates

Ridgecrest Republican Women, Federated, will host Miranda Lomeli-O’Reilly and Manda Walters of the Advocates for Library Enhancement at their Friday, Feb. 19, luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Clarion Inn banquet room. Cost of the luncheon is $15, and reservations can be made . . . Read Full Story >>

Budget review paints bleak picture

Rebecca Neipp

The plummeting price of oil and the impact of a historic drought have left Kern County — whose economy is built on oil and agriculture — on the brink of a financial crisis, with staff scrambling to preserve its most critical services. And a report . . . Read Full Story >>

County, city continue to move ahead with JPA framework for GSA

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Kern County Board of Supervisors will continue to discuss formation of a Groundwater Sustainability Agency for the IWV basin during their meeting Tuesday, Feb. 9. Several agencies, including the supervisors, the Ridgecrest City Council and the IWV . . . Read Full Story >>

Grove says union hurts growers

Assemblywoman Shannon Grove called out members of United Farm Workers union earlier this week, accusing them of using UFW influence to corrupt California’s legislative process and attack the businesses it opposes. “The most recent instance involves a bill that was passed last year to protect . . . Read Full Story >>

Small biz gives Fuller perfect score

SACRAMENTO — State Senate Republican Leader Jean Fuller announced that she has received a perfect score on the National Federation of Independent Businesses 2015 “Legislative Scorecard.” The NFIB represents 325,000 small and independent business owners whose mission is to support small businesses and their employees. . . . Read Full Story >>

Preserving peace through strength

Preserving peace through strength

Rebecca Neipp

“If you wish for peace, prepare for war.” Although the ancient concept can be traced back to fourth-century philosophers and has been embraced for more than 15 centuries by civilizations around the globe, it’s an idea that seasoned leaders fear may be falling out of . . . Read Full Story >>

Agencies lean toward public-only GSA

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer No fewer than three local and county agencies are deep in discussion regarding the formation of the Indian Wells Valley basin’s Groundwater Sustainability Agency. The Kern County Board of Supervisors, Ridgecrest City Council and Indian Wells Valley Water . . . Read Full Story >>

Stalled library initiative goes before board

Rebecca Neipp

An initiative for a one-eighth-of-a-cent sales-tax increase county- wide to augment library funds will appear before the Kern County Board of Supervisors at its next meeting, Tuesday, Feb. 2, in Bakersfield. After apparently differing interpretations of the legal requirements for creating and circulating a petition . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy proposes ban on Russian rocket engines

WASHINGTON, D.C. — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy introduced legislation yesterday that would impose restrictions on the purchase of RD-180 rocket engines (Russian rocket engines) for military space launches. This bill would repeal language from the Fiscal Year 2016 Omnibus Appropriations Bill that not only . . . Read Full Story >>

Grove calls Brown to task

Assemblywoman Shannon Grove stated in a recent press release that Gov. Jerry Brown correctly identified some of Cali-fornia’s most serious problems in his State of the State speech , but failed to see his policies as the real cause. “Brown talked about the state’s wild . . . Read Full Story >>

Former gov. to visit IWV

Former gov. to visit IWV

Rebecca Neipp

For the first time in recent memory, a former California governor will visit the Indian Wells Valley during a series of meetings and tours on Monday, Jan. 25. Pete Wilson, whose experience includes terms as the governor of California, a U.S. senator and mayor of . . . Read Full Story >>

Governor Brown unveils 2016-17 budget

Rebecca Neipp

Outlining a plan that claims to address the needs of low-wage earners while exercising fiscal restraint, Gov. Jerry Brown released the 2016-17 budget summary with a letter to members of the California State Senate and Assembly last week. “Relative to years past, the state budget . . . Read Full Story >>

Republican Women to host Chip Holloway

Ridgecrest Republican Women, Federated will host Desert Empire Fairgrounds Executive Director Chip Holloway Friday, Jan. 15, at noon at the Clarion Inn. Holloway was born in Baton Rouge , La., in 1960. He grew up in New Orleans and attended Louisiana State University. After stints . . . Read Full Story >>

Democratic Club to meet Saturday

The Democratic Club of the High Desert will hold its monthly lunch meeting on Saturday, Jan. 16, at noon at Charlie’s at the Clarion Inn. The visiting guest speaker will be Tina Warren, co-owner of Warren Automotive. The current president of the Ridgecrest Chamber of . . . Read Full Story >>

Gleason to chair board of supervisors

Gleason to chair board of supervisors

Rebecca Neipp

In a special session of the Kern County Board of Supervisors on Monday, David Couch passed the gavel to 1st District Supervisor Mick Gleason of Ridgecrest, who will spend the last year of his first term as chairman of the board. As the county continues . . . Read Full Story >>