Council solicits applicants

Council solicits applicants

Rebecca Neipp

Ridgecrest City Council decided at its Wednesday night meeting to solicit applicants, starting immediately, in order to appoint someone to fill a vacant position during its Dec. 18 meeting. Throughout the meeting, members of the public — and even the council — questioned the transparency . . . Read Full Story >>

Record-breaking snow falls on Thanksgiving

Record-breaking snow falls on Thanksgiving

Rebecca Neipp

Desert dwellers know that a White Christmas is an unlikely wonder. A White Thanksgiving, until this year, was pretty much assumed to be impossible. But last Thursday, as much as four inches of snow fell — and stuck! — on most parts of our valley. . . . Read Full Story >>

More groundwater fees to come

More groundwater fees to come

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer As the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority continues to figure out how to cover its costs for developing the valley’s Groundwater Sustainability Plan, the GA board also heard a presentation last month regarding additional future fees to pay . . . Read Full Story >>

Tallying census impact

Tallying census impact

Rebecca Neipp

As the U.S. Census Bureau prepares to tally every person living in the United States, the Kern Complete Count Committee is partnering with nonprofit, faith-based and service-oriented organizations to ensure that everyone living within Kern County is accounted for. Residents will begin receiving census forms . . . Read Full Story >>

City Hall tree lighting is Saturday

City Hall tree lighting is Saturday

Christmas comes to City Hall with a tree-lighting ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 7. Once again, holiday festivities will begin at 4 p.m. with a Candy Cane Hunt, hosted by the Youth Advisory Committee. Volunteers will be on hand to present crafts, games, music and baked . . . Read Full Story >>

Santa’s Art Shop kicks off holidays

Santa’s Art Shop kicks off holidays

By REBECCA NEIPP, News Review Staff Writer As Black Friday fades into memory, scores of artisans and their hand-crafted gifts will converge this weekend when Santa’s Art Shop comes to the Desert Empire Fairgrounds. “When you step inside the fairgrounds, you are entering a Christmas . . . Read Full Story >>

City completes paving goals

City completes paving goals

The Ridgecrest Public Works Department announced this week that its street division has completed its work for the fall paving season. “This great team completed another 715,969 square feet of slurry,” said Public Works Director Bard Lower. He noted that the program topped its spring . . . Read Full Story >>

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 >>

One killed in Poison Canyon collision

One killed in Poison Canyon collision

A motorist was killed with another sustaining major injuries in a collision on State Route 178 near Poison Canyon last week. According to a press release from the California Highway Patrol Mojave office, the driver of a Ford Escort, headed westbound approximately three miles east . . . Read Full Story >>

Thanksgiving sparks gratitude

Rebecca Neipp

As we enter into the season of thanksgiving, we solicited input from our community to reflect the stories of gratitude that arose out of our historic earthquake sequence. Following a 6.4-magnitude quake on July 4 and a 7.1 on July 5, the community rallied to . . . 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 >>

IWVGA still juggling finances

IWVGA still juggling finances

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority had multiple financial items on the agenda for its meeting last week. But the absence of a consolidated budget is leaving members of the public – and GA boardmembers – with a . . . Read Full Story >>

Census recruiter seeks local help

Rebecca Neipp

Jody Schultz, a recruiter from the Bakersfield Census Office, addressed Ridgecrest City Council during last week’s regular meeting to discuss her presence in the local community. “As you know, in 2020 we are going to be having our census,” she said. She added that the . . . Read Full Story >>

Council to discuss vacancy

Council to discuss vacancy

Rebecca Neipp

Ridgecrest City Council will discuss how to move forward with filling its present vacancy during its next regular meeting, scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 6 p.m. at City Hall. During last week’s meeting, the council formally accepted the resignation of former Vice Mayor Wallace . . . Read Full Story >>

Semi collision temporarily closes 395

Semi collision temporarily closes 395

Pictured is one of two fallen semi-trailer trucks closed down Highway 395 for several hours near the intersection with Bowman Road last Friday afternoon. According to the California Highway Patrol Mojave Office, both trucks were traveling southbound on the highway when they collided for unknown . . . Read Full Story >>

Navy Sec. tours China Lake

Navy Sec. tours China Lake

During a press briefing following a whirlwind tour of China Lake on Sunday, Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer renewed his commitment to rebuilding the local base following damages from 7.1 and 6.4 earthquakes in July. “China Lake is unique — both to the Navy . . . Read Full Story >>

Council  accepts  Martin resignation

Council accepts Martin resignation

Rebecca Neipp

The Ridgecrest City Council accepted the resignation of former Vice Mayor Wallace Martin during Wednesday evening’s regular meeting. A public notice for the emergency addendum was released on Tuesday, allowing the members of the council to officially take action on an item that did not . . . Read Full Story >>

Concerns about   costs raised at water  board, city council

Concerns about costs raised at water board, city council

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer After a nearly four-hour committee meeting earlier this month to discuss the draft Groundwater Sustainability Plan for the Indian Wells Valley, the IWV Water District and the Ridgecrest City Council have both continued to discuss the proposal prior . . . Read Full Story >>

More rains expected next week, potential for snow

More rains expected next week, potential for snow

Rain, accompanied by thunder and lighting, descends on the Indian Wells Valley Wednesday morning. According to China Lake Weather Officer Tamera Walters, the airfield logged only about .06 inch of precipitation, but weather stations around town reported as much as .2 inches. “In terms of . . . Read Full Story >>