‘It’s going to be a rosy picture’

‘It’s going to be a rosy picture’

Rebecca Neipp

“We are just starting to paint the picture. We are putting on the background color now, and as we move forward and begin to exploit opportunities, we will begin to paint in the details. But it is going to be a rosy picture.” The hundreds . . . Read Full Story >>

Council continues to vet casino liabilities

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Amid headlining discussions about the sudden closure of Pinney Pool (see related story, this edition), talk about the Timbisha Shoshone casino arose at last week’s meeting of the Ridgecrest City Council. At the Feb. 1 meeting, City Attorney . . . Read Full Story >>

EDC proposes solution to pool closure

Rebecca Neipp

The sudden closure of Pinney Pool has expedited an ongoing effort by the IWV Economic Development Corp. to launch an aquatics complex — which would not only provide a critical aspect of quality of life for the community, but also help promote the valley as . . . Read Full Story >>

Valley gets more rain, but no new record

Valley gets more rain, but no new record

Rebecca Neipp

Storms brought plenty of rain to the Indian Wells Valley last weekend — just not enough to break records. The National Weather Service published its precipitation-collection data Saturday afternoon, which showed a valley-high of 1.94 inches of rain in southwest Inyokern and low of .47 . . . Read Full Story >>

Petroglyph escort training planned

Petroglyph escort training planned

NAVAL AIR WEAPONS STATION, CHINA LAKE — Petroglyph escort and tour guide training will take place March 4, 8.a.m., at the Maturango Museum in Ridgecrest. Training will be an all-day event that covers environmental, security and administrative issues related to the tours of Little Petroglyph . . . Read Full Story >>

Treasures of the Mojave Desert

Treasures of the Mojave Desert

By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer The California Gold Rush, construction of the L.A. Aqueduct, migration of homesteaders, refugees from the Dust Bowl and the architects of the Navy base at China Lake have all left their fingerprints on the shaping of the Indian . . . Read Full Story >>

City discusses pool closure, splash pad

City discusses pool closure, splash pad

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer During Wednesday’s Ridgecrest City Council meeting, members of the public weighed in on a proposal to fund an outdoor interactive fountain or splash pad for community use. While nearly everyone approved of the splash pad concept, many speakers . . . Read Full Story >>

IYK hears safety, access concerns

IYK hears safety, access concerns

By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer Alion Science and Technology, a defense contractor looking to establish an international campus in the Indian Wells Valley — potentially bringing millions in investments and scores of jobs with it — made its first formal presentation to the . . . Read Full Story >>

Plan in place as Isabella nears capacity

Rebecca Neipp

As crews worked overtime to shore up the compromised Oroville Dam before the next series of storms hit this weekend, concerns about Lake Isabella’s dam — once classified as the most dangerous in the nation — resurfaced as runoff continued to nudge the lake toward . . . Read Full Story >>

Will we be exempt from hiring freeze?

Rebecca Neipp

Amid concerns about how President Trump’s hiring freeze would impact the Navy’s mission at China Lake, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy authored a letter to Secretary of Defense James Mattis, urging him to use his authority to exempt civilian positions at science and technology reinvention . . . Read Full Story >>

IWVGA draft bylaws called into question

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer When the Indian Wells Valley Water District Board of Directors met Monday, Feb. 13, President Peter Brown updated the board on the IWV Groundwater Authority’s latest business — the formulation of the relatively new agency’s bylaws. Brown serves . . . Read Full Story >>

Record-breaking rain this weekend?

Record-breaking rain this weekend?

Huge raindrops, and even hail, shower the Indian Wells Valley during last week’s storm. But that’s nothing compared to what could be in store for us this weekend, according to China Lake Weather Officer Tamera Walters. “We are shaping up to see the kind of . . . Read Full Story >>

Community to hear economic outlook

Members of the local business community, along with community leaders, will gather Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Kerr McGee Center for the Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce’s annual IWV Economic Outlook Conference. Speakers will give updates on challenges and opportunities in health care, real estate and . . . Read Full Story >>

Conflict on water board comes to a head

By DR. JEANETTE FRANCIS News Review Correspondent Ongoing dissension within the Indian Wells Valley Water District Board of Directors culminated in open conflict at a recent workshop and continued at the most recent board meeting. At the heart of the dispute is the role of . . . Read Full Story >>

Alion could bring campus to IYK

Alion could bring campus to IYK

Rebecca Neipp

A defense contractor made a presentation this week to the Exchange Club of Ridgecrest that outlined a plan that could potentially bring a significant investment in new industry to the Indian Wells Valley by partnering with Inyokern Airport and China Lake. That vision includes the . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy weighs in on DOD freeze

Rebecca Neipp

While many government functions remain in flux during apparent efforts to “drain the swamp” by the new federal administration, thousands of local employees for the Department of Defense and government contractors are waiting to hear how the hiring freeze will impact their jobs and the . . . Read Full Story >>

Leaders reflect on McCarthy spotlight

Leaders reflect on McCarthy spotlight

Rebecca Neipp

The Washington Post put into words this week what friends and constituents of House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy have been observing throughout the transition of Donald Trump’s Administration — that the Bakersfield politician and familiar face in the Indian Wells Valley is more influential than . . . Read Full Story >>

Classrooms cropping up at new Murray campus

Classrooms cropping up at new Murray campus

The crew of Columbo Construction erects the first of many classrooms on the new campus for Murray Middle School — located just west of the Burroughs High School campus and scheduled to open next fall. “The entire campus will consist of permanent custom modular construction,” . . . Read Full Story >>

Public expresses concern over shift in casino plan

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Months after the city approved a $5.5-million land sale for the development of an Indian gaming casino, the topic once again dominated discussion at last week’s meeting of the Ridgecrest City Council. The public and the council were . . . Read Full Story >>

Heavy rainfall brings decline in IWV water use

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Water District reported that customers reduced their January water use by 25.5 percent compared to that in 2013. Water use was also 12 percent lower than it was in December. “The increase is likely . . . Read Full Story >>