More concerns raised about casino

More concerns raised about casino

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer For the third week in a row, the City Council Chambers were filled to capacity Wednesday night with concerned citizens endeavoring to gather more details on the Ridgecrest City Council’s proposed plan to enter into an agreement that . . . Read Full Story >>

IYK files grant, sets goal for air service

Rebecca Neipp

Although Inyokern Airport officials will not know for an estimated 60 days whether their grant application to offset the costs of restoring air service is approved, leadership is working on a plan to bring commuter service back to local travelers no matter what by Oct. . . . Read Full Story >>

New site unveiled for Dog Park

New site unveiled for Dog Park

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The new location for the Ridgecrest Dog Park has been selected and will be operational sometime in June according to Kern County Parks and Recreation Director Bob Lerude. Local residents were thrilled when Boy Scout Michael Hannafin spearheaded . . . Read Full Story >>

City manager gives overview on budget process

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer After last year’s general fund deficit scare, a change in finance directors and uncertain budget data surrounding special funds like Measure L and Tax Allocation Bonds, City Manager Dennis Speer gave a brief presentation that outlined the problems . . . Read Full Story >>

Mother’s Day feature: Hardy shares the joys and challenges of a big family

Mother’s Day feature: Hardy shares the joys and challenges of a big family

Rebecca Neipp

As the country pauses this Sunday to pay tribute to the women who raised them, Lisa Hardy recalls how the love and dedication of her mother sparked in Lisa a yearning for her own family, and laid out a blueprint for navigating the trials and . . . Read Full Story >>

Road maintenance scheduled for May 9-19

The Ridgecrest Public Works Department, along with the Street Maintenance Division and contractor Environmental Concepts, will perform road work in numerous areas throughout town from May 9-16. The following streets will be resurfaced during the week of May 9: Inyo Street (from Ward Avenue to . . . Read Full Story >>

Warm months bode trouble for water conservation

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Water conservation numbers are in for the month of April, and Indian Wells Vally Water District customers continue to fall short of the state’s required 32-percent reduction figure. April’s 18.1-percent reduction is a step up from last month’s . . . Read Full Story >>

Casino  issue packs Town Hall

Casino issue packs Town Hall

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The City Hall Council Chambers were filled to capacity and beyond as nearly 400 members of the public came out for a Town Hall meeting to learn more about the city’s plans to host an Indian casino and . . . Read Full Story >>

Negotiations go on as end of year draws near

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Salary negotiations are still the hot topic for meetings of the Sierra Sands Unified School District Board, with teachers, parents and students turning out to advocate for a pay increase for teachers. “Teachers are feeling very undervalued right . . . Read Full Story >>

More than 100 musicians, fans turn out for Battle of the Bands

More than 100 musicians, fans turn out for Battle of the Bands

RayBand performs during Retro Records’ Battle of the Bands Saturday night. About ten bands participated, playing to more than 100 music fans who crowded the venue throughout the evening. The Barstool Saints won the competition, splitting the $250 prize pool with runner-up group Duendes. -- . . . Read Full Story >>

Vietnam vets sought for 50-year observance

By DIANA REGIER News Review Correspondent “Vietnam Veterans — We Want You!” The Panamint Springs Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution is putting out the call for an event the chapter is planning in honor of the men and . . . Read Full Story >>

GSA representation concerns vetted

GSA representation concerns vetted

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Representatives from the De-partment of Water Resources and the State Water Resources Control Board attended a public meeting earlier this month to discuss the formation of a Groundwater Sustainability Agency and answer questions from the public in regard . . . Read Full Story >>

IYK grant update today

Indian Wells Valley Airport District President Paul Valovich will host a meeting today, April 29, at noon at Inyokern Airport to hear the final status of the local Department of Transportation grant that could help restore commuter air service. According to General Manager Scott Seymour, . . . Read Full Story >>

Hospital — still growing,  expanding services

Hospital — still growing, expanding services

Rebecca Neipp

“Our hospital has come a long way since Dr. Drummond,” said Dana Lyons, longtime resident and chair of the Ridgecrest Regional Hospital board of directors, who addressed the High Desert Democratic Club at its recent gathering. Dr. Thomas Drummond built the original hospital in 1945, . . . Read Full Story >>

20th Armstrong tournament will be the last

20th Armstrong tournament will be the last

The 20th annual Matthew Armstrong Memorial 5-A-Side Soccer Tournament, held each year on Memorial Day weekend, will be the last. The tournament, a labor of love for the family and friends of the 17-year-old Burroughs High School soccer player who died unexpectedly in 1996, feeds . . . Read Full Story >>

Students, vets address affordability

SACRAMENTO — California students and disabled veterans stood with the Senate Republican Caucus at a press conference this week to address 11 Senate Republican bills aimed at making California more affordable. “There’s no question that California has become a very expensive place to live,” said . . . Read Full Story >>

Council tables casino amid outcry

Council tables casino amid outcry

Rebecca Neipp

Members of the public overwhelmingly opposed a plan to put a casino outside the front gate of China Lake at Wednesday’s meeting of the Ridgecrest City Council, which was scheduled to vote on the controversial item five days after the plan was unveiled to the . . . Read Full Story >>

Public still questions details as GSA moves forward

Public still questions details as GSA moves forward

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley groundwater basin has been designated by the state to be in critical overdraft, despite recent data from the IWV Water District displaying well activity that is drastically different than what was published in last . . . Read Full Story >>

IYK still seeks matching funds as deadline nears

Rebecca Neipp

“We’ve talked about this for years — getting airline service back at Inyokern,” said Indian Wells Valley Airport District President Paul Valovich. “It seems like we are finally getting close. But like most things, it is going to come down to money.” The IYK team . . . Read Full Story >>

Community chats with law enforcement over coffee

Community chats with law enforcement over coffee

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Nearly a dozen law enforcement officers responded to Starbucks on China Lake Boulevard Friday morning, April 15…for their “Coffee With a Cop” community event. Conversations ranging from the controversial jail closure to the day’s weather could be overheard . . . Read Full Story >>