City gets another sewer fee increase

City gets another sewer fee increase

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council approved another scheduled sewer fee increase during this week’s regular meeting, bringing the monthly residential fee to $30.60 – more than three times the rate before the city’s 2013 rate study and subsequent Proposition . . . Read Full Story >>

Air service  resumes Aug. 8

Air service resumes Aug. 8

Rebecca Neipp

“I purchased the very first ticket leaving IYK on the very first flight!” Inyokern Airport General Manager Scott Seymour, after nearly four years of endeavoring to restore air service to the remote installation, announced in an e-mail to local media this week that residents and . . . Read Full Story >>

‘People in this basin need to be running the show’

‘People in this basin need to be running the show’

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer In an ad hoc committee meeting, Indian Wells Valley Water District Directors Chuck Griffin and Ron Kicinski drafted a memorandum requesting that the district recommend stronger involvement in staff decisions and circulation of information regarding the IWV Groundwater . . . Read Full Story >>

Cap and  Trade  extended 10  more years

Cap and Trade extended 10 more years

Rebecca Neipp

California Gov. Jerry Brown is celebrating the passage on Monday of a pair of bills which he says will continue the Golden State’s leadership in the fight against global warming. Assembly Bill 398 extends for 10 years the Cap and Trade policies that attempt to . . . Read Full Story >>

RRH moves forward with expansion projects

RRH moves forward with expansion projects

Rebecca Neipp

While Republican leaders are expressing disappointment with the Senate’s failure on Monday to pass a bill that would repeal the Affordable Care Act, the development resulted in a collective sense of relief from stewards of local healthcare — who have hedged on moving forward with . . . Read Full Story >>

Navy museum moves into town

Navy museum moves into town

New modular buildings moved last week onto the?China Lake Museum’s new property east of the Maturango Museum. Watch coming editions for new developments! -- Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

House passes $700-billion defense bill

By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer In action last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the $696.5-billion National Defense Authorization Act, which, despite exceeding statutory budget caps for defense-related spending, drew uncharacteristically broad bipartisan support. While it remains unclear how much of the . . . Read Full Story >>

Guest Editorial: City fails to justify sewer fee increase

By STAN RAJTORA The July 19 Ridgecrest City Council meeting included an agenda item to raise the wastewater fees 3 percent, or about $11. I had previously sent the council an e-mail request to lower the fees $90. The e-mail included appropriate justification. The council . . . Read Full Story >>

 ‘Secret Garden’ blossoms in the desert

‘Secret Garden’ blossoms in the desert

Rebecca Neipp

“Stay here in the garden, where loves grows free and wild. Come to my garden — come, sweet child.” If this promise seems too good to be true, world-weary travelers need only witness Community Light Opera and Theatre Association’s “Secret Garden” to believe in nature’s . . . Read Full Story >>

‘It’s valuable that you get the right data’

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer “It’s valuable that you get the right data before you start making critical costly decisions,”said Jacob Vind from the Danish Water Technology Alliance who, along with Max Halkjaer of Denmark’s SkyTEM, gave a presentation on aerial groundwater surveying . . . Read Full Story >>

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July!

The Lions gear up for this year’s fireworks display at the Desert Empire Fairgrounds. Pick up a copy of the paper to see our holiday greetings and feature articles on upcoming community celebrations in honor of Independence Day. -- Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

City OKs  increase in legal fees

City OKs increase in legal fees

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer During its June 21 meeting, the Ridgecrest City Council approved an additional $60,000 for legal services for fiscal year 2016-17. The increase was unanimously approved with the expectation of a large legal bill before the end of the . . . Read Full Story >>

Lake Isabella visitors urged to be cautious

Lake Isabella visitors urged to be cautious

Rebecca Neipp

A public advisory has gone out again this summer for potentially harmful algal blooms in Kern waterways. “Yes, this is similar to last year,” said Kern County Public Health Services Public Relations Officer Michelle Corson, who issued a warning when the mysterious blue-green algae was . . . Read Full Story >>

Johnson wins Emmy for Erskine coverage

Johnson wins Emmy for Erskine coverage

Rebecca Neipp

While the marks of the Erskine fire are still heavily felt by the residents and responders to the most devastating blaze in Kern County history, the vivid reporting of David Johnson captured the scene for countless viewers to bear witness to their story. Almost exactly . . . Read Full Story >>

Public input gathered for  aquatics  facility

Public input gathered for aquatics facility

Rebecca Neipp

The first meeting to gather broad public input on the development of a local aquatics complex brought to light keen interest, some concerns and an overview of how the IWV Economic Development Corp. plans to move forward in balancing need with longterm sustainability. “The excitement . . . Read Full Story >>

Guest Editorial: A salute to our troops

Guest Editorial: A salute to our troops

By JAYME KINARD, News Review Correspondent As Independence Day approaches, most people will be celebrating with a day off of work and a fireworks show at night. The 4th of July is an extremely important day in our nation’s past; the anniversary of the day . . . Read Full Story >>

Kern heat wave turns deadly

Kern heat wave turns deadly

Rebecca Neipp

Even as the Kern County Department of Public Health was pushing out information about extreme heat warnings from the National Weather Service, at least one death in the county has been attributed to insufficient protection from the heat. The Kern County Coroner’s office confirmed that . . . Read Full Story >>

GSA grows policy committee membership

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority approved most of the Policy Advisory Committee membership during the authority’s regular meeting last week. The IWVGA board has long stated that its Policy and Technical Advisory Committees would be doing the . . . Read Full Story >>

Diversion plan holds as Isabella rises

Diversion plan holds as Isabella rises

Rebecca Neipp

A resurgence of water in Lake Isabella has been a welcome sight to many who have watched levels plummet during the last few years of California’s historic drought. But that abundance of water has been accompanied by expressions of water- and dam-related safety concerns from . . . Read Full Story >>

California passes largest-ever budget package

California passes largest-ever budget package

Rebecca Neipp

Amid Republican objections to the content and the process, California lawmakers passed the state’s largest-ever budget last week by approving a $183.2-billion package that conservatives say will increase costs without providing an equitable boost in services to the average citizen. The new budget includes provisions . . . Read Full Story >>