Board approves new  water-rate structure

Board approves new water-rate structure

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Water District voted to continue with a 4-tiered water rate structure during it’s Monday meeting. Mark Hildebrand, representing Stantec and Hildebrand Consulting, gave a presentation outlining the district’s current rates and potential rate options . . . Read Full Story >>

City employees honored

City employees honored

Ridgecrest City Council awards city employees for their years of service to the city: Animal Shelter Supervisor Mary Stage (30 years), Officer Edward Hamilton of the Ridgecrest Police Department (10 years), Animal Control Officer Paul Gillette (5 years), Parks and Recreation Director Jason Patin (5 . . . Read Full Story >>

Chamber to  host speakers  Tuesday

Chamber to host speakers Tuesday

The Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce will meet Tuesday, Sept. 11, at noon in the Historic USO Building. Guest speakers include representatives of Bella Serra and the China Lake Alliance. Adriana Ledford, admission and marketing coordinator at Bella Sera Skilled Nursing Facility, will present information about . . . Read Full Story >>

More water rate updates  Monday

More water rate updates Monday

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Water District meets Monday, Sept. 10, 6 p.m. at the water district office. While a full agenda was not available at press time, the board is scheduled to hear more updates on potential water . . . Read Full Story >>

Council approves two  in-kind donations

Council approves two in-kind donations

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council, meeting on Sept. 5, approved two in-kind donations for use of the Kerr McGee Center. Both items passed after some discussion – most of which targeted the city’s need for a streamlined procedure when . . . Read Full Story >>

Section of Sherman Pass Road closes  temporarily for improvements

Section of Sherman Pass Road closes temporarily for improvements

KERN RIVER RANGER DISTRICT — A section of Sherman Pass Road No. 22S05 will temporarily close to through traffic this fall. The planned closure is caused by contracted road, culvert and bridge work near Fish Creek Campground on the Kern Plateau. The Sherman Pass Road . . . Read Full Story >>

Dept. of Fish and Wildlife proposes sheep study

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has proposed to study and monitor desert bighorn sheep (ovis candensis nelsoni) populations throughout the California Desert District to collect the data needed to develop effective management strategies to ensure their survival. This proposal does not include the . . . Read Full Story >>

Council to meet  Wed., Sept. 5

Council to meet Wed., Sept. 5

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council is scheduled to meet Wednesday, Sept. 5, at 6 p.m. when council will discuss potentially selling three acres of the Ridgecrest Business Park to Phoenix Management in addition to donating use of the Kerr . . . Read Full Story >>

Groundwater Authority gets imported water update

Groundwater Authority gets imported water update

Todd Tatum and Jeff Simonetti address the IWV Groundwater Authority on imported water options — Photo by Laura Austin ------ By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer When the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority met in August, presenters gave an update on the climate of . . . Read Full Story >>

RRH personnel receive trauma assessment training

RRH personnel receive trauma assessment training

A representative from Kern Medical Center instructs a two-day course to train Ridgecrest Regional Hospital Emergency Department nurses in trauma assessment and care. According to RRH Emergency Department Manager Breanne Chromi, RRH is part of California’s trauma system. “With that responsibility, we want to keep . . . Read Full Story >>

Water District hears updates on new rate structure

Water District hears updates on new rate structure

IWV Water District President Ron Kicinski, Vice President Chuck Griffin and Director Chuck Cordell mull over pros and cons of presenter Mark Hildebrand’s information on budget-based rates. — Photo by Laura Austin ------ By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Water . . . Read Full Story >>

Casino MSA amendment passes 3-2

Casino MSA amendment passes 3-2

‘I resent the fact that someone will say that if I vote yes on this that I don’t like the community. I’m not a carpetbagger. I live in this town, and I go to sleep in this town. I’ve lived in this community for almost . . . Read Full Story >>

Family displaced after fire

Family displaced after fire

Kern County firefighter battles a blaze that ultimately claimed a home on Plains Avenue in Inyokern on Saturday, Aug. 11. The family of six has been displaced and friends and family are arranging an online relief effort (https://www.facebook.com/donate/232894594055590/10155788949192843/). The family also reportedly lost three dogs . . . Read Full Story >>

Lions report $34K raised for Pinney Pool

Lions report $34K raised for Pinney Pool

Local contractor Chuck Cordell asks the members of the Ridgecrest City Council for support on the effort to re-open Pinney Pool — Photo by Laura Austin ------ By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Parks and Recreation Director Jason Patin gave a project update to . . . Read Full Story >>

Chamber to  host public  works director

Chamber to host public works director

The Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce will host Bard Lower, director of public works for the city of Ridgecrest, at its Tuesday, Aug. 14, luncheon at noon at the Historic USO Building. Lower promises an update on road projects in the city. “He oversees not just . . . Read Full Story >>

Water district continues rates discussion

Water district continues rates discussion

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Water District Board of Directors will hear a presentation on budget-based rate structures during its monthly meeting on Monday, Aug. 13. The district continues to weigh its options before implementing a scheduled three-percent rate . . . Read Full Story >>

Pinney Pool updates incoming

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer While the official agenda for the Aug. 15 Ridgecrest City Council meeting was not available at press time, city officials have said that they hope to hear a legal report regarding potential involvement in a Pinney Pool restoration . . . Read Full Story >>

Contract training offered in IWV

Contract training offered in IWV

The Ridgecrest Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce and IWV Economic Development Corp. are collaborating to present online and in-person training to prepare small businesses leading up to the California Contract Acquisition Procurement event Nov. 7-8 at the Kerr McGee Center. “The . . . Read Full Story >>

Water District board nominates GA reps

Water District board nominates GA reps

Directors of the Indian Wells Valley Water District discuss their representation on the IWV Groundwater Authority during a workshop meeting on Tuesday morning. — Photo by Laura Austin ------ By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Indian Wells Valley Water District Director Peter Brown will . . . Read Full Story >>

City wades through Pinney Pool legal issues

City wades through Pinney Pool legal issues

Sgt. John Pinney Memorial Pool, closed last year due to insufficient funds for maintenance and ADA compliance. — Courtesy Photo By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer While construction of the city splash pad is back on track, officials at City Hall are still trying . . . Read Full Story >>