Fong to speak here

Ridgecrest Republican Women Federated will host Assemblyman Vince Fong at a Friday, Feb. 28, meeting at noon at Casey’s Steaks and BBQ. Fong is once again running on the March 3 ballot to represent the 34th Assembly District. Reservations are required, as a large turnout . . . Read Full Story >>

Spotlight on the candidates: Phillip Peters

Spotlight on the candidates: Phillip Peters

Rebecca Neipp

With our low-density population, remote location and statistically insignificant contributions to county revenue streams, the Indian Wells Valley has developed a historical sense of underrepresentation in a county dominated by oil, agriculture and a center of government located on the other side of a mountain . . . Read Full Story >>

Spotlight on the candidates: Daures Stephens

Spotlight on the candidates: Daures Stephens

Rebecca Neipp

With our low-density population, remote location and statistically insignificant contributions to county revenue streams, the Indian Wells Valley has developed a historical sense of underrepresentation in a county dominated by oil, agriculture and a center of government located on the other side of a mountain . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy rep here Feb. 11

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy will hold mobile office hours in Ridgecrest on Tuesday, Feb. 11, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the clerk’s office of City Hall. “This time provides an opportunity for constituents in the local community to conveniently visit and share concerns on important . . . Read Full Story >>

RPD urges sober driving on Sunday

RPD urges sober driving on Sunday

“Don’t get flagged this Super Bowl season — designate a sober driver!” said Sgt. Tony Brown of the Ridgecrest Police Department. RPD is reminding fans attending Super Bowl parties to get safe rides home after the game, which airs Sunday, Feb. 2. “If you plan . . . Read Full Story >>

Grove supports bill to help interpretors for the deaf

California Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove helped introduce Senate Bill 875, which would allow freelance translators and interpretors to retain their status as independent contractors and enable them to better serve members of the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. Assembly Bill 5, which went into effect . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy rep here Feb. 11

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy will hold mobile office hours in Ridgecrest on Tuesday, Feb. 11, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the clerk’s office at City Hall. “This time provides an opportunity for constituents in the local community to conveniently visit and share concerns on important . . . Read Full Story >>

Grove, Fong respond to gov. budget

By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer With the Jan. 10 unveiling of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s budget, feedback from elected officials indicate that the economic outlook and priorities for the Golden State continue to be divided along partisan lines,. “As 2020 begins, California’s economy is . . . Read Full Story >>

Kern pushes back  against oil agenda

Kern pushes back against oil agenda

Rebecca Neipp

The Kern County Board of Supervisors drew its largest-ever crowd Tuesday with a special session that allowed advocates to push back against new regulations that target oil production. Gov. Gavin Newsom introduced new regulations in November that would ban new permits on steam-injected oil drilling . . . Read Full Story >>

Grove addresses ruling on new state contractor law

California Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove commented on the federal judge from the U.S. Southern District Court, who issued a temporary ruling against enforcing Assembly Bill 5 on independent truck drivers and motor carriers. The bill prohibits independent contractor status for certain classifications of employees, . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Election integrity’ bill dead in committee

‘Election integrity’ bill dead in committee

Rebecca Neipp

A bill that would have fixed flaws in the Motor Voter program was voted down in the California Senate earlier this week. In 2018 numerous scandals that compromised the finances and services of California’s Department of Motor Vehicles and shook public confidence in the public . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy rep to visit Tuesday

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy will hold mobile office hours in Ridgecrest on Tuesday, Jan. 14, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the clerk’s office at City Hall. “A staff member from McCarthy’s office hosts each mobile office held throughout California’s 23rd Congressional District,” said a staffer. . . . Read Full Story >>

Peters to address RRWF

The Ridgecrest Republican Women will host Kern County 1st District Supervisor candidate Phillip Peters at its Friday, Jan. 17, meeting at noon at Casey’s Steaks and BBQ. The cost is $18 per member and $20 per nonmember. Reservations can be made by leaving a message . . . Read Full Story >>

House moves forward on $3B

Rebecca Neipp

A flurry of action from the House of Representatives this week, and the anticipation of final approval by the Senate later today, could result in $3 billion in funding for China Lake. The Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act, which outlines how some $1.8 . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy requests reduction in soda ash royalties

Rebecca Neipp

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy has partnered with 30 of his colleagues to request that the U.S. Department of the Interior support the proposed “Non-Energy Solid Leasable Mineral Royalty Rate Reduction” regulation. In a letter to the DOI, House representatives requested reducing the royalty rate . . . Read Full Story >>

Don Zdeba to address High Desert Dems

The Democratic Club of the High Desert will meet Saturday, Dec. 21, at 11:30 a.m. in the China Lake Buffet Meeting Room. Don Zdeba, general manager of the IWV Water District, will be the guest speaker. Zdeba is also acting general manager for the IWV . . . Read Full Story >>

Stephens announces campaign

Stephens announces campaign

Rebecca Neipp

With a second candidate announcement and closure of the campaign filing period earlier this week, the race for Kern County 1st District Supervisor is set to be decided on the March Primary Ballot. At last month’s Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce luncheon, current Supervisor Mick Gleason . . . Read Full Story >>

Zdeba to address High Desert Dems

The Democratic Club of the High Desert will meet Saturday, Dec. 21, at 11:30 a.m. in the China Lake Buffet Meeting Room. Don Zdeba, general manager of the IWV Water District, will be the guest speaker. Zdeba is also acting general manager for the IWV . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy rep to visit next week

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy announced that he will host his monthly mobile office hours in Ridgecrest on Tuesday, Dec. 10, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the city clerk’s office of Ridgecrest City Hall. “A staff member from McCarthy’s office hosts each mobile office held throughout . . . Read Full Story >>

SECNAV fired Sunday

Rebecca Neipp

Just seven days after touring China Lake, Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer was fired from his position by Defense Secretary Mark Esper following a high-profile dispute regarding the pardon of Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher. Gallagher was convicted of misconduct by a military court, but . . . Read Full Story >>