Council says no to pumping fee

Council says no to pumping fee

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer After seeking direction from Ridgecrest City Council, Mayor Peggy Breeden was directed to oppose any further approval of a groundwater pumping fee from the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority. Members of the public and council have been critical . . . Read Full Story >>

Fong brings update  from state capitol

Fong brings update from state capitol

Rebecca Neipp

Assemblyman Vince Fong shared the challenges facing Californians and some of his proposed solutions, in a Wednesday morning address to the members of the Indian Wells Valley Economic Development Corp. “Vince is a real forward thinker,” said IWVEDC Executive Director Scott O’Neil. He pointed to . . . Read Full Story >>

Water rates  workshop set – July 31

Water rates workshop set – July 31

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Water District will hold a public workshop meeting on July 31 to discuss its latest cost-of-service study. IWVWD directors heard a presentation on the study and new proposed rates during their July 9 meeting. . . . Read Full Story >>

Supervisor indicted for conflict of interest

Supervisor indicted for conflict of interest

Rebecca Neipp

For perhaps the first time in Kern County history, an elected official is being indicted on criminal charges. Kern County District Attorney Lisa Green is seeking two misdemeanor charges against 5th District Supervisor Leticia Perez for an apparent conflict of interest in her support of . . . Read Full Story >>

New admiral addresses China Lake Alliance

New admiral addresses China Lake Alliance

Rebecca Neipp

“Having an opportunity to speak with you is much more beneficial than you probably realize,” Rear Adm. Scott Dillon, who recently accepted command of the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, told the members and guests of the China Lake Alliance at a luncheon last . . . Read Full Story >>

Push to widen 395 continues

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Construction to widen U.S. Route 395 will begin this fall, according to an announcement from the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority. However, a large stretch of the highway, which has claimed the lives of more than a dozen . . . Read Full Story >>

Filing period  opens for  local races

Filing period opens for local races

Rebecca Neipp

The candidate filing period for locally elected offices opened Monday, July 16, but by press time papers had been pulled for only two of those races. According to City Clerk Ricca Charlon, at press time, Peggy Breeden has pulled papers for the seat of City . . . Read Full Story >>

Heaven and Earth converge at the Trona Pinnacles

Heaven and Earth converge at the Trona Pinnacles

Rebecca Neipp

“For my part, I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.” — Vincent Van Gogh ------ Writers and philosophers have been endeavoring for millennia to capture the majesty and mystery of our human connection to the stars. Still, . . . Read Full Story >>

Vive le football!

Vive le football!

All eyes were on Russia. In part for its suspected finagling with the U.S.’s 2016 election, but more peaceably for the 2018 World Cup. This is the time every four years where countries around the globe can put aside their political differences, forget about their . . . Read Full Story >>

First reading of pumping fee passes

First reading of pumping fee passes

Derek Hoffman, legal counsel for Meadowbrook Dairy, questions the IWV Groundwater Authority’s right to impose a fee without voter approval. — Photo by Laura Austin ------ By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority passed the first reading of its . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Our Country ’Tis of Thee’ is July 4

‘Our Country ’Tis of Thee’ is July 4

Mark Winder, Maren Jensen and Grant MacGregor perform “Goin’ West” from “Our Country ’Tis of Thee,” the patriotic pageant presented on July 4. — Photo by Laura Austin ------ For those looking for a patriotic way to kick off the 4th of July, producers of . . . Read Full Story >>

One injured, two arrested in Triple T’s shooting

One injured, two arrested in Triple T’s shooting

Chandra Stevens (center) recovers from her gunshot wound in the hospital while daughters Angie (left), Brook Ann (standing) and sister Jolene Bivins visit. — Courtesy photo ------ By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer A shooting at Triple T’s Tavern (formerly Tommy T’s) last weekend . . . Read Full Story >>

County shows signs of fiscal healing in temporary budget

County shows signs of fiscal healing in temporary budget

Rebecca Neipp

A temporary budget adopted this week by the Kern County Board of Supervisors shows improvement on the county’s plan for fiscal recovery, according to County Administrative Officer Ryan Alsop. “What’s before you is a placeholder budget until the board can review the final budget in . . . Read Full Story >>

Abbott  named Vet  of the Year

Abbott named Vet of the Year

Rebecca Neipp

Ridgecrest veteran and tireless volunteer John Abbott returned from the state capitol last week after being honored by Assemblyman Vince Fong as Veteran of the Year in the 34th District. “John Abbott’s service and sacrifice for our country, and to Kern County, is the gold . . . Read Full Story >>

County certifies  election results

County certifies election results

The Kern County Elections Division announced on June 22 the official final results of the June 5 Primary Election. The final count did not change any of the state and local offices selected by voters earlier this month. The official tallies are available at elections.co.kern. . . . Read Full Story >>

Public pumping fee hearing is July 10

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority will hold a public meeting Tuesday, July 10, at 6 p.m. to provide the public with information on the Authority’s proposed groundwater extraction fee. Irritated members of the public left the previously . . . Read Full Story >>

Farris remembers encounter with the late Dr. Charles Krauthammer

Farris remembers encounter with the late Dr. Charles Krauthammer

We were privileged to have had a brief visit with the late Dr. Charles Krauthammer at a conference in Colorado Springs some time back. In introducing ourselves to him, we noted that we were from Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s District. His face lit up with an . . . Read Full Story >>

Pinney Pool fundraiser is next month

Pinney Pool fundraiser is next month

From right, Ridgecrest Police Department Capt. Ryan Marrone helps fallen hero Sgt. John Pinney’s sisters Pamela (who said she had recently undergone cataract surgery) and Diana after they provided public comment advocating for the restoration of Pinney Pool. — Photo by Laura Austin ------ By . . . Read Full Story >>

Beautification project brings tress to IYK

Beautification project brings tress to IYK

Inyokern Airport Manager Scott Seymour (left) and Operations Manager Joe Foster plant 80 trees as part of a beautification project. Seymour said that Earth Landscaping sold the trees — including palo verde, mesquite, desert willow and flowering plum varieties — to the district at cost. . . . Read Full Story >>

Council opposes pump fee ordinance

Council opposes pump fee ordinance

Ridgecrest City Council and staff discuss Thursday’s IWV Groundwater Authority agenda, which includes the first reading of a groundwater pumping fee, during this week’s council meeting. — Photo by Laura Austin ------ By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Members of the Ridgecrest City Council . . . Read Full Story >>