Supervisors decry moving target

Supervisors decry moving target

Rebecca Neipp

Kern County finally hit the target numbers outlined in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s “Blueprint for a Safer Economy.” But because of a last-minute adjustment that inflated our case numbers and positivity rate, our communities will not be able to move into the “Red Tier” that relaxes . . . Read Full Story >>

Council, mayor forums next week

Council, mayor forums next week

Rebecca Neipp

Candidate forums for the races for City Council and Mayor will be held this week, to offer Indian Wells Valley voters an opportunity to hear positions from the nine candidates of the two separate races. The candidates seeking the two-year mayor seat, which include Eric . . . Read Full Story >>

County urges more resident testing

County urges more resident testing

Rebecca Neipp

Kern County officials published a statement Wednesday urging more residents to test for coronavirus — an act which they say will both help slow the spread of the illness as well as improve our chances of advancing into a category allowing more relaxed restrictions and . . . Read Full Story >>

Meet the Candidates: Mike Scott

Meet the Candidates: Mike Scott

By LAURA LEIGH MONTEREY News Review Correspondent Mike Scott, a current Sierra Sands Unified School District board member, studied Administration of Justice at Riverside City College, moved here in1982 when he landed a job with the Ridgecrest Police Department where he was the DARE officer, . . . Read Full Story >>

Meet the Candidates: Bill Farris

Meet the Candidates: Bill Farris

By LAURA LEIGH MONTEREY News Review Correspondent Bill Farris, an incumbent on the SSUSD school board, has been a member of the community since 1969, and graduated from Burroughs High School in 1972. He’s run local businesses – restaurant and furniture – for more than . . . Read Full Story >>

Meet the Candidates: Darrell Eddins, Sr.

Meet the Candidates: Darrell Eddins, Sr.

By LAURA LEIGH MONTEREY News Review Correspondent Darrell Eddins has lived, worked, and served in the Ridgecrest community since he moved here right after high school and newly married, in 1974. He worked at Kerr-McGee, then at various positions on Base. During that time, he . . . Read Full Story >>

Surgeon General comes to Kern

Surgeon General comes to Kern

Rebecca Neipp

Our country’s leader in public health made an appearance in Bakersfield Monday afternoon for a tour, roundtable discussion and press conference addressing the outbreaks and management of COIVD-19 in Kern County. “The reason I came here was, number one, to help everyone understand what’s going . . . Read Full Story >>

Supervisors push back on new goal

Supervisors push back on new goal

Rebecca Neipp

As Kern County leaders navigate the convoluted path toward reopening, the Board of Supervisors pushed back this week against what some expressed was an arbitrary penalty from Gov. Gavin Newsom that will further delay lifting restrictions on public and commercial sectors. On Aug. 28, Newsom . . . Read Full Story >>

Candidate forums start Wed.

Candidate forums start Wed.

Rebecca Neipp

The first of three candidate forums will be held Wednesday, Sept. 23, to give contenders of the IWV Water District Board of Directors an opportunity to air their platforms and views before the voting public. The IWV Economic Development Corp., Ridgecrest Area Association of Realtors . . . Read Full Story >>

2020 Election Season Summary

2020 Election Season Summary

Rebecca Neipp

Welcome to the 2020 Campaign Season! For the next two months, the News Review will use this space to provide information on the candidates, forums, opportunities for public input, ballot timelines and more. ———————— The Candidates Residents of the city of Ridgecrest will have an . . . Read Full Story >>

National Poll Worker Recruitment Day is Sept. 1

National Poll Worker Recruitment Day is Sept. 1

By MARY BEDARD Kern County Auditor-Controller-County Clerk KERN COUNTY ELECTIONS OFFICE - The Kern County Elections office is participating in National Poll Worker Recruitment Day to encourage people to sign up to be a poll worker for the November 3, 2020 election. In an effort . . . Read Full Story >>

GA fee uproar continues

GA fee uproar continues

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer After a failed Proposition 218 protest hearing last week, the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority voted 4-1 to approve a $2,130-per-acre-foot groundwater replenishment fee which will hit IWV Water District ratepayers, Searles Valley Minerals and agricultural users willing . . . Read Full Story >>

County  budget  afflicted by  declining  revenues

County budget afflicted by declining revenues

Rebecca Neipp

“It is undeniable that COVID-19 has, and will continue to have, a profound effect on our county,” Kern County’s Chief Administrative Officer Ryan Alsop told the board of supervisors on Tuesday. Kern County had barely recovered from the financial crisis triggered by the crash in . . . Read Full Story >>

Concerns persist as some 50,000 felons gain early release

Concerns persist as some 50,000 felons gain early release

California State Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove expressed concern in response to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s expansion plan to release additional convicted felons from four separate correctional facilities. “Convicted felons serving their sentences for horrific crimes such as assault with a deadly weapon, throwing acid, vehicular . . . Read Full Story >>

IWV races take shape

IWV races take shape

Rebecca Neipp

With the filing period for all local offices now closed, ballot items for local races on the November General Election have now been finalized. Here is the breakdown of candidates for Indian Wells Valley offices: - Mayor and Ridgecrest City Council - Thomas Wiknich, Eric . . . Read Full Story >>

Voter info for November election

Mail-in ballots and polling places will both be options for Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 3, according to a press release this week from Kern County Auditor-Controller-County Clerk Mary Bedard and Acting Election Division Chief Laura Cantu. “This year ballots will be mailed to all . . . Read Full Story >>

Candidates flood local races

Candidates flood local races

Rebecca Neipp

While the official filing period for local candidates closes today, several races could be extended by five business days if incumbents do not complete the process by deadline. Filing closed last night for the two-year mayor seat and the two available four-year seats on the . . . Read Full Story >>

Races for mayor, council filling up

Rebecca Neipp

At press time, a total of eight candidates had pulled papers to run for the three available seats on the Ridgecrest City Council. Vying for the two-year Mayor seat, in order of their filings, are Thomas Wiknich, Eric Bruen, Christian West and Lindsey Stephens (currently . . . Read Full Story >>

Candidates file for local races

Candidates file for local races

Rebecca Neipp

Candidates have begun to trickle in for the six offices up for election this fall. Anyone seeking office for Ridgecrest Mayor, Ridgecrest City Council, IWV Water District Board of Directors, Sierra Sands Unified School District Board of Trustees, the IWV Airport Board of Directors or . . . Read Full Story >>

When are masks required?

When are masks required?

Rebecca Neipp

A week after Gov. Gavin Newsom mandated that Californians wear masks or cloth face coverings outside their homes, many residents are still expressing confusion about who is exempt, and what the consequences are for noncompliance. Statewide, law enforcement agencies have embraced positions that range from . . . Read Full Story >>