Timbisha Shoshone tribe sues DOI

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Timbisha Shoshone tribe – which attempted to purchase Ridgecrest property in 2016 with hopes to develop a gaming casino and entertainment complex – is now filing a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of the Interior, namely Secretary . . . Read Full Story >>

GA discusses growth under SGMA

GA discusses growth under SGMA

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer “What is the allowable growth we’re going to plan for under the groundwater sustainability plan?” was one of the questions that came out of a Policy Advisory Committee report last week during the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority . . . Read Full Story >>

Kern leaders question safety of state policies

Rebecca Neipp

• While scores of prisoners were diverted from an early release in Kern County, legislative, law enforcement and criminal justice officials continue to push back against erosion of public protections in California —————— Kern County officials expressed relief over the California Department of Corrections and . . . Read Full Story >>

El Nino showers continue

El Nino showers continue

The Indian Wells Valley sees unseasonably cool, wet weather for spring. According to China Lake Weather Forecaster Tamera Walters, the cumulative rainfall for the month, so far, is about 1.17 inches — breaking records for at least the last 25 years. “The cooler weather and . . . Read Full Story >>

’Tis the season … for commencement

’Tis the season … for commencement

Rebecca Neipp

As of this week, graduation and promotion ceremonies are in full swing throughout the Indian Wells Valley. This week, Immanuel Christian School promoted nine eighth-graders on Wednesday, and celebrated five graduates on Thursday. Sierra Sands Unified School District Adult School graduated 20 in a ceremony . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy to  visit Tuesday

McCarthy to visit Tuesday

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy will be in Ridgecrest Tuesday, May 28, to hear local concerns and bring a congressional update to his constituents. The Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce and Ridgecrest Exchange Club will co-host a luncheon at noon at SpringHill Suites. Tickets at $15 . . . Read Full Story >>

City budget meeting is next week

City budget meeting is next week

The Ridgecrest City Council announced that a special workshop meeting on the city budget will be held Wednesday, May 29, at City Hall. The meeting will be to discuss the city’s proposed 2019-2020 budget, but details are not available to the public. According to City . . . Read Full Story >>

Editorial: Leading with heart — the big man makes his exit

Editorial: Leading with heart — the big man makes his exit

“Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care.” While Teddy Roosevelt may have been the one to originally coin the phrase, Ernie Bell made it his personal and professional mantra for more than 35 years of service to the Sierra . . . Read Full Story >>

Feds pull $1B from rail project

Rebecca Neipp

Kern County elected officials — some of the strongest opponents of previous Gov. Jerry Brown’s High Speed Rail project — are urging California’s leaders to abandon the project in response to the federal government’s action May 16 to remove nearly $1 billion in funding for . . . Read Full Story >>

SSUSD gives  Rose Awards

SSUSD gives Rose Awards

Rebecca Neipp

A week after Sierra Sands Unified School District honored its outstanding employees of the year, each school site (and the district at large) selected a volunteer who exemplifies the spirit of collaboration and dedication to educational excellence. Although the News Review had gone to press . . . Read Full Story >>

Board discusses brackish water treatment

Board discusses brackish water treatment

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer What is “brackish” groundwater, and might it act as an alternate water supply for the Indian Wells Valley? The IWV Water District heard a presentation on brackish water treatment from Hydrologist Anthony Brown during its regular meeting on . . . Read Full Story >>

Council holds brief, routine meeting

Council holds brief, routine meeting

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Brevity was the soul of Wednesday’s meeting of the Ridgecrest City Council. After taking about 20 minutes to recognize Emergency Medical Services Week and Public Works Week, the council took about half an hour to cover the rest . . . Read Full Story >>

Bees abuzz with pollinating prolonged blooms

Bees abuzz with pollinating prolonged blooms

One of hundreds of bees gathers pollen from a Mesquite tree on the west end of the Indian Wells Valley — whose unseasonably heavy spring rains appear to be prolonging the blooms on local plants — Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

Larry Fox — ‘can do’ in construction and photography

Larry Fox — ‘can do’ in construction and photography

By ELIZABETH BABCOCK, Ridge Writers Longterm Ridgecrest resident Larry Fox combined a can-do Seabee attitude and a love of photography to make memorable contributions to World War II and to this community. He was born in 1920 in Bennion, Utah. When he was 13, the . . . Read Full Story >>

Wingstop to  come to town

Wingstop to come to town

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Valley residents can expect the arrival of a Wingstop franchise in Ridgecrest in the near future. The aviation-themed Texas chicken wing restaurant plans on opening a new location in the old Starbucks building in the Ridgecrest Town Center . . . Read Full Story >>

Water district earns distinction

Water district earns distinction

INDIAN WELLS VALLEY WATER DISTRICT — The IWV Water District has received the “District of Distinction” accreditation by the Special District Leadership Foundation for IWVWD’s sound fiscal management policies and practices in district operations. “SDLF provides an independent audit review of the last three years . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Most important profession’ honored

‘Most important profession’ honored

Rebecca Neipp

“Teachers have the capacity to shape the minds and futures of many — and they do so at all kinds of critical life stages.” So writes Dr. Glenn Geher in an article entitled “Teaching: The Single Most Important Profession” from Psychology Today. With the converging . . . Read Full Story >>

Basin sustainability criteria discussed at TAC

Basin sustainability criteria discussed at TAC

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer What is sustainability when it comes to groundwater resources? The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority’s Technical Advisory Committee spent part of its meeting last week discussing the sustainability criteria as required by the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. “There’s . . . Read Full Story >>

City sets  assessment hearings

City sets assessment hearings

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council approved moving forward with two annual assessment public hearings for a landscaping and lighting district and a drainage benefit district. The hearing, which will allow for additional public comment, will be during next week’s . . . Read Full Story >>

Stephens unveils draft development guide

Stephens unveils draft development guide

Rebecca Neipp

A draft document to help guide building processes, presented by Councilwoman Lindsey Stephens at Wednesday night’s Ridgecrest Economic Development Committee, was positively received by city officials, as well as members of the public. In recent weeks, concerns from the public have targeted confusing or inconsistently . . . Read Full Story >>