IWV basin makes ‘critical’ list

IWV basin makes ‘critical’ list

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer A draft report reclassifying the Indian Wells Valley groundwater basin as “critically overdrafted” has left residents and elected officials pondering the impact this new designation will have on efforts to meet new state water mandates while still protecting . . . Read Full Story >>

Local jail, libraries spared in budget cuts

Rebecca Neipp

The Ridgecrest Jail appears to have escaped the chopping block and library services got a small bump in funding when the Kern County Board of Supervisors approved the 2015-16 budget earlier this week. Following County Administrative Officer John Nilon’s January declaration of a fiscal emergency, . . . Read Full Story >>

County library program at Republican Women

Ridgecrest Republican Women Federated will host Rachel Glauser at its Friday, Aug. 21, meeting at noon in the Clarion Inn banquet room. Glauser is the communications manager for Providence Strategic Consulting, Inc., a public relations firm in Bakersfield. PSCI specializes in developing communication plans, public . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy meets and greets community

U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (right) visits with business owner-community activist Gary Charlon during McCarthy’s recent visit to the Indian Wells Valley. While he was here, McCarthy met with military and civilian leaders to hear about local issues. He recommended that the community establish . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy: America at a crossroads

McCarthy: America at a crossroads

By REBECCA NEIPP, News Review Staff Writer U.S. House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy delivered a sobering message about the importance of returning the Unites States of America to a position of strength on the global stage during his visit this week to the Indian . . . Read Full Story >>

Future of libraries debated in face of pending county budget cuts

Rebecca Neipp

As the Kern County Board of Supervisors contemplates deep cuts across the board in the face of drastic revenue losses, two coalitions have formed with separate agendas for how to maintain library services. On the heels of recovery from a massive financial crisis associated with . . . Read Full Story >>

Grove says vaccine bill violates parental rights

SACRAMENTO — Assembly-woman Shannon Grove released the following statement regarding her vote against SB?277, a bill that removes the personal exemption option for parents not wanting their children to be vaccinated before attending public or private school. “There is no doubt in my mind that . . . Read Full Story >>

Grove calls for Planned Parenthood investigation amidst trafficking claims

Assemblywoman Shannon Grove joined six other members of the lower house of the state legislature to call on California Attorney General Kamala Harris to investigate Planned Parenthood for allegedly trafficking aborted baby organs for profit. According to Grove, undercover videos and documents have revealed that . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy: Water bill promotes prosperous future

Rebecca Neipp

As drought-afflicted Califor-nians face increasing mandates, upon pain of penalty, to reduce water use, a bill that passed the U.S. House of Representatives July 16 offers “the best hope for a future of renewed prosperity,” according to its authors. “Some believe that our way of . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Congress will not accept  a bad deal’

‘Congress will not accept a bad deal’

WASHINGTON, D.C. — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy released the following statement on the proposed nuclear agreement with Iran: “As I—and the President—have said before, no deal that allows Iran to get nuclear weapons is acceptable. A nuclear Iran would put America and our allies . . . Read Full Story >>

Water relief bill passes House

Rebecca Neipp

A bill passed this week by the U.S. House of Representatives puts pressure on California legislators, the president and the U.S. Senate to compromise on federal policies which conservatives say are hampering the state’s capacity for short-term survival and long-term solutions during the historic drought. . . . Read Full Story >>

McGee’s progress OK’d by county

The Kern County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to accept the level of progress toward mitigating dust created by an Inyokern pistachio orchard now under development. The issue arose more than a year ago when a contractor, hired by property owner Mike McGee, scraped the . . . Read Full Story >>

Gleason announces intent to run again

Gleason announces intent to run again

Rebecca Neipp

Retired Navy captain-turned-politician Mick Gleason said that he is committed to seeking a second term representing the 1st District on the Kern County Board of Supervisors. “I personally believe there is a value to me running again, I think there are some things I can . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy lauds passage of defense appropriations

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Kevin McCarthy released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed legislation to fund our military: “Last week the House of Representatives passed an appropriations bill for the Department of Defense, which funds American men and women who serve in . . . Read Full Story >>

House blocks funding for high-speed rail

WASHINGTON, D.C. — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy released the following statement on House passage of the FY 2016 Transportation, Housing, & Urban Development funding bill which blocks federal funding for the California High-Speed Rail Project: “America is a big country that relies on efficient . . . Read Full Story >>

Local realtors brief McCarthy on housing market

Local realtors brief McCarthy on housing market

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy meets with representatives from the Ridgecrest Area Association of Realtors in his Washington, D.C., office. Pictured from left are McCarthy, RAAR President Rita Read, Director Kathy Blurton and Executive Donna Hocker. The RAAR reps were in our nation’s capital to . . . Read Full Story >>

Grove seeks interns for her office

SACRAMENTO — Assembly-woman Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) is now accepting applications for internships in her district and Sacramento offices. Undergraduate and graduate college students are encouraged to apply, especially those with an interest in politics and government. “Interns are a valuable asset to my work in the . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy addresses passage of NDAA

WASHINGTON — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy commented last week on the passage of the Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Aurhorization Act, which fulfills Congress’ constitutional duty to provide for common defense. “The fundamental responsibility of our government is the defense of our nation,” said . . . Read Full Story >>

Fuller responds to May budget revision

State Sen. Jean Fuller responded to Gov. Jerry Brown’s revised budget proposal, released last week. Fuller said she was pleased to see the budget focus on investment in education, the repayment of debt and preparations for economic uncertainty. “However, I will remain cautious as the . . . Read Full Story >>

Grove lauds closure of abusive DCs

Assemblywoman Shannon Grove lauded one aspect of Gov. Jerry Brown’s revised budget plan as it includes a proposal to close the state’s remaining Development Centers, which have been plagued with documented cases of abuse, rape and neglect of residents. “These facilities needed to close, and . . . Read Full Story >>