Leaders prepare for economic outlook

Leaders prepare for economic outlook

Rebecca Neipp

Leaders in business, defense and education and elected office will gather Thursday for the annual IWV Economic Outlook Conference, held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Kerr McGee Center. Each year the Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce and the city of Ridgecrest join forces . . . Read Full Story >>

Public learns details of draft water-zoning report

The public had an opportunity Feb. 17 to ask questions about the draft environmental impact report for the Indian Wells Valley Land Use Management Plan. Lorelei Oviatt, director of the Kern County Planning and Community Development Depart-ment started the meeting by presenting an overview of . . . Read Full Story >>

Rain, warm weather  yield early  wildflower  season

Rain, warm weather yield early wildflower season

Rebecca Neipp

Subtle hues of green, purple and yellow paint hillsides surrounding the Indian Wells Valley, thanks to this winter’s unseasonably warm temperatures combined with comparatively heavy rains. According to China Lake Forecaster Tamara Walters, this weekend’s 69-hundredths-of-an- inch of rain give the valley a cumulative total . . . Read Full Story >>

Ron Carter name for skate park tabled

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council at their Feb. 18 meeting tabled its decision to name the skate park at LeRoy Jackson Park in honor of former Mayor Ron Carter who died in late 2014. “Since [Carter’s] passing, both staff . . . Read Full Story >>

How do we rate? Part 5 in a series

How do we rate? Part 5 in a series

Rebecca Neipp

- Low cost of living, high median income, low unemployment, high-performing schools, low crime rate, clean air and emerging services in local health care make the IWV an attractive place to live. This final installment of our series showcases how life in our small desert . . . Read Full Story >>

Man killed in Poison Canyon crash

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer A driver was killed when he lost control of his vehicle in Poison Canyon driving to Trona from Ridgecrest, according to reports from the California Highway Patrol. Although the name was not released, the family has confirmed the . . . Read Full Story >>

Water rate vote set for March 9

By JAMES SIMMONS News Review Correspondent The board of directors of the Indian Wells Valley Water District has rescheduled a vote on a series of proposed rate and fee changes to its March 9 regular board meeting. At its February meeting, the board heard persuasive . . . Read Full Story >>

Ridgecrest jail in jeopardy

Rebecca Neipp

The Kern County Board of Supervisors and Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood agreed to table adoption of midyear budget reductions — which currently propose to close the Ridgecrest holding facility for local prisoners — until next week’s board meeting. While county officials weigh how to . . . Read Full Story >>

Impact of port closure felt locally

Impact of port closure felt locally

Rebecca Neipp

West Coast port closures — brought about by a standoff in labor negotiations — have already impacted industry in our remote high-desert community, as well as other parts of Kern County. Searles Valley Minerals in Trona, one of the area’s largest employers, also reported a . . . Read Full Story >>

Skate Park may be named for Ron Carter

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Committee appointments, road construction and a Ronald H. Carter Skate Park are on the agenda for tonight’s meeting of the Ridgecrest City Council. The council will meet at 6 p.m. in City Hall Council Chambers. During its last . . . Read Full Story >>

Fuller signs letter to water control board

SACRAMENTO — Last week state Sen. Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield) joined several other California legislators in signing a letter to State Water Resources Control Board Chair Felicia Marcus. The letter asks for the immediate reconsideration of a temporary urgency change petition to allow the Department of . . . Read Full Story >>

WD research wins Popular Science ‘Best of’ award

WD research wins Popular Science ‘Best of’ award

CHINA LAKE — Popular Science magazine honored a new technology that the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division helped create for firefighters. As one of the top 100 “Best of What’s New” technologies for 2014, FLASH – Fire Line Advanced Situational Awareness for Handhelds – . . . Read Full Story >>

FD contains brush fire on college hill

FD contains brush fire on college hill

A firefighter puts out the remnants of a brush fire in College Heights Thursday morning. Kern County Fire Department responded to call from a passerby at 11 a.m. and found approximately a tenth of an acre burning. According to reports, an 11-year-old boy had attempted . . . Read Full Story >>

Comments close Monday for DRECP

Rebecca Neipp

The public comment period for the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan — which will impose fundamental changes on the use of land and other resources in the desert region of California — will close Monday, Feb. 23. The DRECP is being prepared as a collaborative . . . Read Full Story >>

Outlook Conference is next week

The Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce and the city will host the annual IWV Economic Outlook Conference and Business Expo Thursday, Feb. 26, at the Kerr McGee Center. This year’s theme is “Genera-tion XYZ and ME.” Generational differences in employment and consumer habits will be highlighted . . . Read Full Story >>

DEF concert, wine walk next month

The Desert Empire Fair Board will meet Thursday, Feb. 19, at 6 p.m. in the DEF Board Room. One item on the agenda is the third annual Beer, Wine & Food Walk and Rock & Roll Party. The March 28 event will feature entertainment by . . . Read Full Story >>

Water board defers rate increase

By JAMES SIMMONS News Review Correspondent Several months of preparation was set aside Monday night as the board of directors of the Indian Wells Valley Water District tabled a proposal to adopt a new schedule of water usage rates and other fees. The board heard . . . Read Full Story >>

City reviews $775,640 general fund deficit

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer During last week’s Ridgecrest City Council meeting, Ken Pun of Pun & McGeady, the auditing firm for the city, revealed a $775,640 deficit in the city’s general fund for fiscal year 2013-14. In his comprehensive annual financial report, . . . Read Full Story >>

District closing gap for immunizations

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Following the measles outbreak at Disneyland in late December, children’s immunization has been brought to the forefront. According to Michelle Savko, coordinator of pupil support services and special projects with the Sierra Sands Unified School District, roughly 12 . . . Read Full Story >>

One killed, one near miss in car accident

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer A vehicle rocketed through a residence on Church Street early Thursday morning, Feb. 5, smashing through the spare room, just missing the sleeping resident. The driver, Timothy Hudson, 22, sustained fatal injuries and was found partially ejected from . . . Read Full Story >>