‘Foreign policy starts with strong military’

U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy spoke on the House floor this week in favor of House Resolution 4909, National Defense Authorization Act, which will provide our military resources it needs. In his remarks McCarthy stressed the importance of a strong military to building a . . . Read Full Story >>

Gov. makes water restrictions permanent

Rebecca Neipp

Gov. Jerry Brown issued an executive order this week to make permanent the temporary water-use restrictions imposed last year to mitigate the impact of California’s historic drought. Record-low levels of rainfall and snowpack prompted Brown in January 2014 to declare a state of drought emergency. . . . Read Full Story >>

Assembly candidate to address RRWF

Assembly candidate to address RRWF

Ridgecrest Republican Women, Federated, will host Assembly candidate Vince Fong at a Friday, May 20, luncheon at noon at the Grape Leaf. Fong, who has been district director for House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy for nearly 10 years, is pursuing the seat in District 34 . . . Read Full Story >>

Students, vets address affordability

SACRAMENTO — California students and disabled veterans stood with the Senate Republican Caucus at a press conference this week to address 11 Senate Republican bills aimed at making California more affordable. “There’s no question that California has become a very expensive place to live,” said . . . Read Full Story >>

House moves closer to proposed state water solution

Washington, DC – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy released the following statement on passage of the House Appropri-ations Committee fiscal year 2017 Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropria-tions bill, which includes legislative provisions pushed by McCarthy, Interior Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Ken Calvert, Appropriations . . . Read Full Story >>

Candidates address Republican Women

Candidates address Republican Women

Candidate for Kern County Superior Court Judge Tiffany Organ-Bowles addresses the Ridgecrest Republican Women during their recent candidate reception. “It is very rare that a sitting judge is challenged, but the reason I’m running against an incumbent judge is because integrity matters. Judges are tasked . . . Read Full Story >>

State, county representatives available for public GSA discussion

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Representatives from the Department of Water Resources and the State Water Resources Control Board will be in Ridgecrest Friday, April 15 for a Groundwater Sustainability Agency Community Meeting. The meeting is open to the public and begins at . . . Read Full Story >>

Gov. Brown signs wage increase

Rebecca Neipp

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law this week the initiative, passed last week in both the state Senate and Assembly, to gradually increase the minimum wage in our state to $15 per hour by 2022. But critics of the measure continue to cite the . . . Read Full Story >>

Republican Women to host pistol clinic

The Ridgecrest Republican Women, Federated, will sponsor a one-day Women’s Pistol Shooting Clinic on Saturday, April 23, at Sage Range. “Ladies, come get a refresher if you’re a shooter, or learn how to handle firearms safely and gain confidence if you’re a novice. Learn how . . . Read Full Story >>

Historic wage hike sparks concern

By REBECCA NEIPP, News Review Staff Writer A plan that will increase the minimum wage in California to $15 per hour by 2022, which passed in the state Senate and Assembly this week and now awaits the signature of Gov. Jerry Brown, sparked concerns that . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy calls on feds to increase water to growers

By REBECCA NEIPP, News Review Staff Writer U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy spearheaded an effort, drafted from him and some of his conservative colleagues, calling on President Barack Obama to direct federal agencies to increase water exports in the Sacramento and San Joaquin River . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy: ozone regs needs reform

McCarthy: ozone regs needs reform

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy last week co-sponsored House Resolution 4775 — the Ozone Standards Implementation Act. “When the administration’s air regulations result in even Yosemite Park struggling to reach compliance, it is time to step back and survey the common sense of this regulation,” . . . Read Full Story >>

Belgium attacks spark grief, concern

Belgium attacks spark grief, concern

By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer After attacks by suicide bombers have left 34 dead, and nearly 300 wounded, in Brussels, Belgium, U.S. elected officials have joined the allied nation in mourning and are pondering what measures to put in place to prevent attacks . . . Read Full Story >>

Judge Woodward to address Republicans

The Ridgecrest Republican Women, Federated, will host Judge Cory Woodward at the group’s Friday, March 18, meeting at noon in the Clarion Inn banquet room. Woodward, who is seeking reelection this year, and his wife, Paula, have two children. One of their children is in . . . Read Full Story >>

Gleason to address Democrats

Updated 03-18-16 The Democratic Club of the High Desert will meet Saturday, March 19, at noon at Charlie’s Restaurant at the Clarion Inn. “We are honored to announce that our guest speaker will be Kern County 1st District Supervisor Mick Gleason,” said a spokesperson. Gleason . . . Read Full Story >>

Local Fong supporters attend fund-raiser

Local Fong supporters attend fund-raiser

Vince Fong, candidate for the 34th Assembly District seat, discusses local issues with some of the attendees of his campaign fund-raiser, hosted last Friday night by his Ridgecrest supporters. Stu Witt emceed the event, with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy making a surprise appearance to . . . Read Full Story >>

Library tax goes to ballot

Library tax goes to ballot

By NATHAN CARTER, News Review Correspondent Passing by the narrowest of margins at the 11th hour, the the one-eighth cent library sales tax passed 3-2 by the Kern County Board of Supervisors and will be on the June ballot. After a year of discussion, the . . . Read Full Story >>

County plans to expend $1.5M for salaries, staffing

By NATHAN CARTER, News Review Correspondent After lengthy discussion, the Kern County Board of Supervisors approved 4-1 a resolution to reorganize the Planning and Community Development Department into a Planning and Natural Resources Department. According to the proposal, this action will create 10 jobs in . . . Read Full Story >>

Ridgecrest supporters rally for Fong

Rebecca Neipp

Local supporters in Vince Fong’s bid for the 34th Assembly seat will hold a fund-raiser for his campaign on Friday, March 11, from 6-8 p.m. at 441 W. Inyokern Rd. Joining the ranks of local elected officials at the federal, state and county levels, local . . . Read Full Story >>

Library tax tabled for next week

By NATHAN CARTER News Review Correspondent An unfinished report from Kern County staff tabled consideration of placing a one-eighth-cent library tax on the June Primary Ballot. In light of cuts proposed by County Administrative Officer John Nilon in the face of steep revenue losses, Advocates . . . Read Full Story >>