Board hears concerns about fees

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer As Ridgecrest begins to see manifestations of the state’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act locally, members of the public are wondering how they will be affected by the legislation and the newly formed Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority. Others . . . Read Full Story >>

Martin’s residency called into question

The eligibility of a candidate for Ridgecrest City Council has been called into question, since the address listed in the filing process is owned by another party. According to Wallace Martin, one of the seven candidates seeking two four-year seats in November, he asked the . . . Read Full Story >>

Council pushes strategic plan to after election

The Ridgecrest City Council briefly discussed the city’s strategic , mission statement and core values during Wednesday’s meeting. These topics were originally discussed in 2013 under previous council. This council decided to postpone any final decisions until after the November election. Members agreed on the . . . Read Full Story >>

Parsons talks new business, offers clarification on casino

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer City Economic Development Manager Gary Parsons briefly addressed the Ridgecrest Exchange Club on Wednesday, touching on some possible new businesses for Ridgecrest. According to Parsons, both Panda Express and Popeyes Chicken have expressed interest in KFC’s former location, . . . Read Full Story >>

Council to invest $2.3 million in city parks

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Parks & Recreation Department is set for some $2.3 million in renovations for the Kerr McGee sports fields, Pearson Park and Upjohn Park. During the last meeting of the Ridgecrest City Council, which was largely dominated by . . . Read Full Story >>

First candidate forum is Saturday

The first of four announced forums for Ridgecrest City Council and Mayor candidates will be held this weekend. On Saturday, Sept. 17, the Democratic Club of the High Desert has invited candidates to its noon meeting at Charlie’s at the Clarion Inn. Candidates will have . . . Read Full Story >>

Groundwater authority met yesterday

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority met Thursday morning to discuss a regular meeting schedule and hear presentations from the China Lake Alliance and Kern County Planning Department. The IWVGA intends to file with the State Department of . . . Read Full Story >>

PD ‘defunct’ without Measure V

PD ‘defunct’ without Measure V

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Ridgecrest Police Chief Ron Strand and City Manager Dennis Speer discussed the proposed Measure V sales tax initiative Tuesday during the Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce luncheon. With the city’s general fund woes and increasing property crime locally, things . . . Read Full Story >>

City employees receive service awards

City employees receive service awards

Mayor Pro Tem Jim Sanders congratulates Ridgecrest Police Department Sgt. Nathan Lloyd for 10 years of service to the city. Lloyd was recognized during the Sept. 7 meeting of the Ridgecrest City Council. Others given awards were Officer Matthew Bockhahn, Elizabeth Woodward and Judy Bowling . . . Read Full Story >>

IWVWD meets conservation target

The Indian Wells Valley Water District has announced its water-use numbers for August, and customers used 23.8 percent less water compared to August 2013. That’s a cumulative savings of 22.3 percent since the board voted to have a conservation target of 20 percent beginning in . . . Read Full Story >>

Casino land sale passes 3-2

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer “Lord, there are good people on both sides of this issue, and both sides want what’s best for Ridgecrest. Father, whatever is decided, may we leave this place, look to the future, work together and unify to make . . . Read Full Story >>

More ethical concerns about casino

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer With the highly anticipated vote on the land sale for an Indian gaming casino only days away, publicly released documents call into question the ethics of behind-the-scenes dealings between Ridgecrest city staff and developers, as well as the . . . Read Full Story >>

Homes spared as Cedar  Fire nears containment

Homes spared as Cedar Fire nears containment

Rebecca Neipp

As a devastating fire season continues to destroy wilderness and property in the Kern River Valley and surrounding areas, Shannon and Joe Balas are among the property owners in the tight-knit mountain communities threatened by the Cedar Fire who are exhaling a cautious sigh of . . . Read Full Story >>

Groundwater Authority files for GSA formation

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority met last week for the first time on Thursday, Aug. 25, when the Joint Powers Authority discussed the formation of a Groundwater Sustainability Agency. The IWVGA will be responsible for enforcing restrictions . . . Read Full Story >>

No reprieve for Rose Garden tenants

No reprieve for Rose Garden tenants

The county-appointed receiver for the Rose Garden Inn and Suites put up a fence around the property last week, another nail in the coffin for the motel that many Ridgecrest residents called home. In July tenants were informed that they would have to be out . . . Read Full Story >>

Cedar Fire now top priority in U.S.

Cedar Fire now top priority in U.S.

Rebecca Neipp

With a burgeoning perimeter and a growing list of recommended and precautionary evacuations, the Cedar Fire is now the top priority for collaborating firefighting agencies across the country. “This is a colossal fire. California and the Western United States have sent assets to help manage . . . Read Full Story >>

Last chance to weigh in on casino

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Local buzz about a prospective Indian gaming casino in Ridgecrest has picked back up as the time nears for the Ridgecrest City Council to vote on a land sale to the Timbisha-Shoshone Tribe. Casino advocates continue to emphasize . . . Read Full Story >>

Groundwater JPA meets

The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority met Thursday afternoon to discuss administrative matters prior to formally setting up a Groundwater Sustainability Agency for the IWV groundwater basin. The Joint Powers Authority, consisting of the city of Ridgecrest, the counties of Kern, Inyo and San Bernardino . . . Read Full Story >>

Casino land-sale vote imminent

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The possible sale of city property adjacent to the China Lake front gate to the Timbisha-Shoshone Tribe for an Indian Gaming Casino was a closed-session item during Wednesday night’s city council meeting. The item triggered public comment on . . . Read Full Story >>

Harmful algae detected in Kern, Isabella

Rebecca Neipp

With the discovery of harmful algae in parts of Lake Isabella and Kern River, Kern County Department of Public Health issued a notice this week warning residents and visitors to avoid contact with and consumption of water impacted by the blue-green cyanobacteria. “The algae bloom . . . Read Full Story >>