District files water-rights lawsuit

District files water-rights lawsuit

As the IWV Groundwater Authority becomes embroiled in legal disputes with Mojave Pistachios and Searles Valley Minerals (see related story, this page), the IWV Water District becomes latest entity to file a lawsuit over groundwater availability. A member agency of the Authority, the Water District . . . Read Full Story >>

IWVGA orders cease and desists, court orders possible

IWVGA orders cease and desists, court orders possible

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Last week, the IWV Groundwater Authority ordered two major valley pumpers – Mojave Pistachios and Searles Valley Minerals – to cease groundwater pumping for nonpayment of the GA’s replenishment fee. Both entities have pursued legal action against the . . . Read Full Story >>

Father says, ‘Time is precious and it’s fleeting’

Father says, ‘Time is precious and it’s fleeting’

Christina MacGregor News Review Staff Writer Simon Austin is proud to be a father, and feels lucky to have so many lovely memories with his wife, Lisa, and their daughters Emma and Alexis, ages 28 and 25. One of Austin’s funniest memories of being a . . . Read Full Story >>

Council silent on GA verdict

Council silent on GA verdict

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Criticism of the IWV Groundwater Authority’s order for Mojave Pistachios and Searles Valley Minerals to cease pumping (see related story, page 1) continued to this week’s meeting of the Ridgecrest City Council, where the councilmembers were silent on . . . Read Full Story >>

Coroner confirms ‘multiple stab wounds’ as cause of death in Pham homicide

Coroner confirms ‘multiple stab wounds’ as cause of death in Pham homicide

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer A release from the Kern County Coroner’s office earlier last week confirmed that Kathryn Dawn “Katie” Pham, the 21-year-old victim of a homicide last month, died from “multiple stab wounds.” The suspect Daniel Gunnarsson, 20, was arrested and . . . Read Full Story >>

Searles, Mojave Pistachios ordered to cease pumping or pay

Searles, Mojave Pistachios ordered to cease pumping or pay

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The IWV Groundwater Authority approved two resolutions Wednesday, ordering both Mojave Pistachios and Searles Valley Minerals to pay all outstanding fees or to cease pumping. The discussion regarding Searles included whether or not a cease in pumping from . . . Read Full Story >>

State to ‘reopen’ next week

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer While Kern County has been teetering on the edge of “yellow” tier eligibility for weeks, California plans to do away with the tiered system and reopen the state on June 15, with some exceptions. “Every day life will . . . Read Full Story >>

Elks’ Flag Day Observance honors the American Flag and tells its history

Elks’ Flag Day Observance honors the American Flag and tells its history

“Everyone is invited and welcome to come to the Flag Day Observance on Saturday, June 12,” says Don Holeman, Flag Day Chairman and two time Past Exalted Ruler of Elks Lodge 1913. The ceremony is in two parts. Outdoors the Boy Scouts begin at 8am . . . Read Full Story >>

Questioning ‘critical’ overdraft

In a recent press release from the Indian Wells Groundwater Authority published in the News Review (May 28, Judge rules in favor of Groundwater Authority), Judge Kirk H. Nakamura stated “there is no dispute the Basin has been in a state of critical overdraft for . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Strong, stubborn, fearless,’ Katie Pham remembered

‘Strong, stubborn, fearless,’ Katie Pham remembered

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Hundreds of community members gathered in Petroglyph Park last week to honor the memory of Katie Pham, whose suspected murder sent shockwaves of grief throughout the community last month. Pham’s father Thomas and family friend Deb Jennings arranged . . . Read Full Story >>

IWV Groundwater Authority proposes new ordinance

IWV Groundwater Authority proposes new ordinance

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff WriterLast month’s staff report for the IWV Groundwater Authority included a suggested watering ordinance to ensure “the most efficient and beneficial use of our groundwater supply,” said Water Resource Manager Steve Johnson. “This is only intended as an introduction,”Johnson . . . Read Full Story >>

Nagle awarded $1M paving project

Nagle awarded $1M paving project

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council OK’d a contract with Nagle Earthworks on Wednesday for a $1- to $1.2-million street paving project to kick off later this year. Nagle’s bid was awarded despite the city’s difficulties with the firm in . . . Read Full Story >>

American Legion, VFW hold outdoor Memorial Day observance

American Legion, VFW hold outdoor Memorial Day observance

​Laura Austin photo: Long-time local educator and musician Simon Austin provided the ceremonial playing of “Taps” at a Memorial Day observance held at VFW Ship 4048 on Monday morning. The event was hosted by the local Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion chapters. Dozens . . . Read Full Story >>

A masked society

It is an amazing era that we are experiencing. The era of a masked society. We can easily recall a time when someone wearing a black mask, was probably robbing a bank. Now most everyone is masked if abiding by the mandates. It does appear . . . Read Full Story >>

Authorities ID murder victim

Authorities ID murder victim

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer While friends and family had already begun publicly grieving following the death of Kathryn Dawn “Katie” Pham on May 18, authorities officially identified the 21-year-old suspected murder victim on Tuesday, May 25. Members of the community gathered at . . . Read Full Story >>

Students reflect on past year with their yearbooks

Students reflect on past year with their yearbooks

Laura Austin photo: Olivia Harvey and Grace Lormand, Burroughs High School classmates, view their 2021 yearbook and share memories. . . . Read Full Story >>

Judge rules in favor of GA, upholds need for fee

Judge rules in favor of GA, upholds need for fee

INDIAN WELLS VALLEY GROUNDWATER AUTHORITY — Judge Kirk H. Nakamura of Orange County Superior Court refused to grant twin motions filed by Searles Valley Minerals, Inc., and Mojave Pistachios LLC to stop the collection of a groundwater replenishment fee approved by the Indian Wells Valley . . . Read Full Story >>

First responders show students dangers of using tobacco

First responders show students dangers of using tobacco

Friday, May 21, was the last “in-school” day and since the students will be out of school on May 31 – World No Tobacco Day, Ridgecrest Police Department (RPD) Officers wanted to move the day up to make sure our youth get as much education . . . Read Full Story >>

Johnson clarifies IWV Groundwater annual report

By Brian Cosner News Review Staff Writer While certain areas of the basin are seeing rising groundwater levels, that may not be a sign of improving conditions Water Resource Manager Steve Johnson clarified at an IWV Groundwater Authority meeting earlier this month. In April, the . . . Read Full Story >>

  Public Health encourages vaccination

Public Health encourages vaccination

KERN COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICES – Kern County remains in the Orange Tier (Tier 3) of the COVID-19 Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Every county is assigned to one of four tiers based on the adjusted case rate, testing positivity rate, and health equity metric. . . . Read Full Story >>