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July 4, 2012
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Holloway: ‘DART needs to be saved’
Celebrate July 4th with fireworks, food, family fun
Fairgrounds to host Glorious Fourth
Election results certified
News Review Staff Writer
In the wake of accusations and a subsequent criminal investigation against the leadership of Desert Area Resources
and Training, those watching the process expressed the importance of saving an organization that provides a critical
service to local residents and is the fifth largest employer in the valley.
Several former employees of DART, most of whom worked in the finance department, levied charges against members
of the management team that relate to fraudulent billing and unaccounted-for charges, among other things.
Former CFO Dr. Diana Watkins and former boardmember Mark Swett listed accusations to the News Review (withheld
pending the Ridgecrest Police Department’s investigation) and said they resigned because they did not want to be
complicit in activities they believed to be unethical at best, and in some cases illegal.
Photo by Laura Austin  (click for larger)
Get ready for the biggest Fourth of July fireworks show ever! According to
Organizer Steve Morgan, this year’s committee purchased $25,000 in
fireworks.A great place to see the fireworks is at the Desert Empire
Fairgrounds where you can “Ooh” and “Aah” along with your friends and
neighbors. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., and at 6 p.m. DJ Eric Shoaf will start
the music. Fireworks will begin at 9 p.m.
Local Boy Scouts will direct traffic to parking places for $1 per vehicle, as
a fund raiser for Scout Camp. There is no charge to get through DEF’s
gate for this event.
The Lions Club will have hot dogs, chili dogs and Frito Chili bowls, as
well as popcorn and ice cream favorites. The Knights of Columbus will
sell hamburgers and beverages. The Friends of the Fair will sell beer. A
shaved-ice shack will also be there.  The Lions Club invites evreyone to
bring out their favorite picnic games to share between 6 and 9 p.m. Glow
necklaces and other patriotic items will also be on sale to benefit the
expense of the fireworks. The fireworks will start promptly at 9 p.m., and
organizer Steve Morgan cautions everyone not to be late, since the
fairground lights will all be turned off by 8:50 p.m. the better to show off
the fireworks.
Ridgecrest voter turnout well above
county average
News Review Staff Writer
      Last week’s certification of primary
election results did not change the outcome
of any of the races, but they did reveal
additional statistics about geographical
regions within Kern County.
Among the noteworthy insights for the
residents in the Indian Wells Valley were that
our voter turnout, while still below 50 percent,
was well above the average in the county as
well as the 1st District.
(About 6 percent of votes in the 1st District
are vote-by-mail. An elections official
explained that this status differs from
absentee voter because they are compulsory
mail-in ballots sent to remote locations.
Those precincts are not necessarily tracked
by geographical region, she said. Those
statistics are not included in the following
Former CCCC player to
coach volleyball
Cerro Coso Community College this month
welcomed Kim Young as the head coach for
the new women’s volleyball team at the
Born and raised in Ridgecrest, she is a 1986
graduate of Burroughs High School and a
1995 graduate of Cerro Coso. She played
volleyball at Cerro Coso in 1994 under
former coach Mike Sernett. Most recently, Kim
served as the volleyball coach at Burroughs
High School for five years.
Rotarians lead water project in Thailand
Schools and villages in northeast
Thailand are now reaping the benefits
of new clean water systems and
books thanks to the efforts of the
Rotary Club of China Lake.  
More than $27,500 was spent earlier
this year to bring clean water and
schoolbooks to several Thai villages.
Bill Brown, representing the Rotary
Club of China Lake was the point
man on the ground getting the work
The News Review
will be closed July
4-12; there will be no
July 11 edition.
We will resume
publication on July 18.