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 >>

Balas Montessori students collect food for local families

Balas Montessori students collect food for local families

Rebecca Neipp

Students at Balas Montessori show off some of the food — enough to feed eight families for Thanksgiving — collected by the school’s students, staff and families. To find out how to adopt a family or apply for assistance for the Christmas holidays, call the . . . Read Full Story >>

Kern elected officials  respond to ‘attack on oil’

Kern elected officials respond to ‘attack on oil’

Rebecca Neipp

Under a directive from Gov. Gavin Newsome, the California Department of Conservation announced this week several new actions that Kern County officials say will negatively impact industry without reducing reliance on fossil fuels. The key objection to the package, raised by both State Sen. Republican . . . Read Full Story >>

Peters announces candidacy

Peters announces candidacy

Rebecca Neipp

At press time, Kern County Elections Division reported the one candidate has pulled papers for the seat of Kern County 1st District Supervisor. Phillip Peters, who held a launch party for his campaign in Bakersfield Tuesday evening, announced his intent to run at the Ridgecrest . . . Read Full Story >>

Medina encourages census participation

Louis Medina, director of community impact for the Kern Community Foundation, addressed the IWV Community Collaborative Wednesday to raise awareness among nonprofits and other civic partners about the importance of the 2020 census and to encourage everyone to be counted. Medina said that KCF is . . . Read Full Story >>

OBergfell to address RRWF

The Ridgecrest Republican Women, Federated, will host disaster preparedness expert Robert OBergfell at its Friday, Nov. 22, luncheon at noon in the Casey’s Steak and BBQ banquet room. “He has learned significant lessons to be shared with the general public, especially considering our local earthquake . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy to hold mobile office hours here

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy will host mobile office hours in Ridgecrest on Tuesday, Nov. 12, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the clerk’s office of Ridgecrest City Hall. “This time provides an opportunity for constituents in the local community to conveniently visit and share concerns on . . . Read Full Story >>

New EPA rules could help Kern County growers

Rebecca Neipp

New Environmental Protection Agency rules unveiled last week by the Trump administration may increase the availability of water to Central Valley farmers, including those in Kern County. The action is the latest in an ongoing battle over management of the federally operated Central Valley Project . . . Read Full Story >>

ISIS leader killed in Army op

Rebecca Neipp

President Donald Trump issued confirmation Sunday morning that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi — leader of the Islamic State in Syria terrorist organization — was confirmed dead. Trump described in detail a raid by Army Delta Force commandos who apparently cornered the self-declared caliph, prompting him to . . . Read Full Story >>

Patterson discusses Calif. political trends with Republican Women

Patterson discusses Calif. political trends with Republican Women

California State Republican Party Chair Jessica Patterson addresses a standing-room-only crowd at last week’s meeting of Ridgecrest Republican Women, Federated. Patterson discussed being the first woman (and first millennial) leader of the Golden State GOP, as well as other trends in the conservative movement. — . . . Read Full Story >>

Cannabis measures approved for March primary ballot

Cannabis measures approved for March primary ballot

Rebecca Neipp

Two initiatives aimed at overturning Kern County’s ban on medical marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated areas will appear on the March Primary Ballot. The measure passed 4-0 Tuesday by the Kern County Board of Supervisors endeavors to begin a blank slate for applicants, while the initiative . . . Read Full Story >>

State GOP chair to  speak here

State GOP chair to speak here

The Ridgecrest Republican Women, Federated, will host Jessica Patterson, new chair of the California Republican Party, at its Friday, Oct. 25, luncheon at noon at Casey’s Steaks and Barbecue. The millennial Latina made headlines when she became the first woman elected to lead the Golden . . . Read Full Story >>

Newsom signs late-start bill

Newsom signs late-start bill

Rebecca Neipp

On the final day of California’s legislative session, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law a bill that would mandate a later start to the school day for the state’s middle- and high-school campuses. The bill, which is scheduled for implementation by the start of the . . . Read Full Story >>

Gleason will not seek third supervisor term

Gleason will not seek third supervisor term

Rebecca Neipp

Kern County 1st District Supervisor Mick Gleason confirmed this week that he will not seek a third term at the end of 2020. However, he said he will stay in Ridgecrest. “I’m not going anywhere.“I was enjoying the job completely. Things are going really well. . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy mobile office is Tuesday

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy announced that Tuesday, Oct. 8, his staff will hold mobile office hours in Ridgecrest 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 . . . Read Full Story >>

Gleason to address Democrats

Kern County 1st District Supervisor Mick Gleason will address the Democratic Club of the High Desert on Saturday, Sept. 21, at the China Lake Buffet. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m., with the program following at noon. “Mr. Gleason is always popular with our members and . . . Read Full Story >>

Bill restricting contract labor passes state legislature

Rebecca Neipp

A bill restricting the classification of workers as independent contractors has passed both houses of the California State Legislature, and now awaits only a signature from Gov. Gavin Newsom, who has already expressed support for the bill. Authors of the bill expressed an interest in . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy mobile office is Tuesday

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy will hold mobile office hours in Ridgecrest on Tuesday, Sept. 10, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Ridgecrest City Clerk’s Office, 100 W. California Ave., second floor. “A staff member from McCarthy’s office hosts each mobile office held throughout California’s 23rd . . . Read Full Story >>

Supes pass budget

Supes pass budget

Rebecca Neipp

With the passage of its fiscal year 2019-20 budget on Tuesday, the Kern County Board of Supervisors reached the “highly anticipated end to a four-year strategy to resolve deficits stemming from property-tax declines.” When oil prices plummeted in 2015, the board approved using reserve funds . . . Read Full Story >>