Grand Jury ‘commends  the city of  Ridgecrest’

Grand Jury ‘commends the city of Ridgecrest’

Rebecca Neipp

On Wednesday, the Kern County Grand Jury released a report stating the investigating committee was “impressed and commends the city of Ridgecrest” and the agencies that provided aid following the historic earthquake sequence in July. Following the 6.4-magnitude earthquake on July 4, Kern County Emergency . . . Read Full Story >>

WD agrees to fix hauling station

WD agrees to fix hauling station

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer After installing a new water hauling station earlier this year, the Indian Wells Valley Water District must return to the project to correct issues with ADA compliance and other complaints from haulers. Water hauler Ryan Smith addressed the . . . Read Full Story >>

Casino discussed in private

Casino discussed in private

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Members of the public arrived early to the Ridgecrest City Council meeting Wednesday evening for a chance to comment on a closed-session item pertaining to pending litigation with the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe, which has been attempting for three . . . Read Full Story >>

Caution advised at Furnace Creek

Caution advised at Furnace Creek

DEATH VALLEY, CA – The National Park Service warns pilots to be careful when landing or taking off at Furnace Creek Airport because of numerous cracks and bumps in the runway. Repairs will be costly and are not likely to happen soon. Furnace Creek Airport . . . Read Full Story >>

BLM solicits public input

BLM solicits public input

The Bureau of Land Management will host a public meeting Thursday, Jan. 23, from 4:30-6 p.m. in order to allow stakeholders an opportunity to give input on the development of off-highway vehicle grant proposals. BLM is preparing applications to the California State Parks, Off-Highway Motor . . . Read Full Story >>

KernCOG honors mayor, chief

KernCOG honors mayor, chief

The Kern Council of Governments will honor Ridgecrest Mayor Peggy Breeden and Chief of Police Jed McLaughlin during KernCOG’s annual Regional Award Program. KernCOG honors “outstanding achievements and significant contributions to this region’s quality of life” in nine categories. Breeden and McLaughlin will receive“Local Government” . . . Read Full Story >>

School, senior apartments evacuate following gas leak

School, senior apartments evacuate following gas leak

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Dozens of Ridgecrest Senior Apartments residents were temporarily evacuated Tuesday afternoon after construction crews damaged a large gas line. At press time, no injuries were reported. According to the Ridgecrest Police Department, the break occurred around 1:15 p.m. . . . Read Full Story >>

GSP hearing is Jan. 16

GSP hearing is Jan. 16

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The public hearing for the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority’s Groundwater Sustainability Plan is next Thursday, Jan. 16, 11 a.m. at City Hall. The GSP is due to the state by the end of the month, and the . . . Read Full Story >>

RRH to bring urology services to Ridgecrest

RRH to bring urology services to Ridgecrest

Ridgecrest Regional Hospital announced this week a collaboration with Keck Medicine of the University of Southern California to bring urology services to Ridgecrest beginning next month. “RRH can look forward to a regular on-campus presence from USC Urology, on rotation, ensuring that different specialties are . . . Read Full Story >>

Stranded family rescued from snow

Stranded family rescued from snow

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writers A family of four is home safe after being stranded in the snow. Rescuers were the Bakersfield Search and Rescue, and the Kern County Sheriff’s Office, according to a KCSO release. The family contacted the sheriff’s office the . . . Read Full Story >>

Five injured in DV crash

Death Valley National Park rangers responded to a two-car collision on Highway 190 the evening of Dec. 30. DVNP reported that this is the fourth major motor vehicle accident in the park in recent weeks, all of which have resulted in one fatality and 11 . . . Read Full Story >>

Wealth management is  topic of chamber meeting

Wealth management is topic of chamber meeting

Keith Galicia, manager of the AltaOne Wealth Management program, will address the Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce at its monthly meeting Tuesday, Jan. 14, at noon at the Historic USO Building. Galicia’s work with the credit union led him to specialize in strategic financial planning for . . . Read Full Story >>

Market poised for growth

Market poised for growth

Rebecca Neipp

“I firmly believe that for the next five years, our real estate market will be quite good,” said Carole Vaughn, who will take over in two weeks as chair of the Ridgecrest Area Association of Realtors. While new homes and apartments have been in high . . . Read Full Story >>

Data  mining: the solution for  capturing  tax leakage?

Data mining: the solution for capturing tax leakage?

Rebecca Neipp

A recently approved contract with Buxton, a group that captures and analyzes consumer data to help match communities with compatible retail and restaurant concepts, could help the city resolve a decades-old challenge of how to retain disposable-income dollars that are routinely spent outside of the . . . Read Full Story >>

GSP comments taken up to Jan. 8

GSP comments taken up to Jan. 8

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority is soliciting comments from the public before it submits its final Groundwater Sustainability Plan to the state later this month. The plan in its entirety is available at iwvga.org/gsp-chapters. The state passed . . . Read Full Story >>

County reports first flu-related death

County reports first flu-related death

In light of the first confirmed flu-related death in Kern County for the current flu season, the county’s Public Health Services Department officials urge residents to get their flu vaccine as the best defense against the illness. “We encourage our residents to protect themselves and . . . Read Full Story >>

VX-31 helps rescue crash victim

National Park Service rangers and VX-31 from the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake worked together to rescue a man injured in a motorcycle crash east of Mengel Pass in Death Valley National Park. National Park Service dispatch received an emergency request via SPOT satellite . . . Read Full Story >>

Reversal could mean return of $3M to city

Rebecca Neipp

By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer A Dec. 10 ruling by the Third Court of Appeals could result in the return of some $3 million to the city of Ridgecrest, according to City Attorney Keith Lemieux. The development is just the latest chapter in . . . Read Full Story >>

Blades appointed to council

Blades appointed to council

Rebecca Neipp

The Ridgecrest City Council voted 4-0 to appoint Kyle Blades to the vacant seat on the council. He was sworn into office immediately after the vote. City Attorney Keith Lemieux briefed the council and public on the events leading up to the appointment. On Nov. . . . Read Full Story >>

‘We’re going to have to beg, borrow, steal’

‘We’re going to have to beg, borrow, steal’

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority held a public workshop last week to discuss its draft Groundwater Sustainability Plan prior to a regular meeting on Dec. 19. Staff gave an overview of the $200-million-plus plan, but the big . . . Read Full Story >>