Bulk  water  station  issues  persist

Bulk water station issues persist

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer It’s been about four months since the Indian Wells Valley Water District put in its new bulk water station in Ridgecrest Heights, but water haulers are continuing to experience billing and accessibility hurdles when it comes to getting . . . Read Full Story >>

Wastewater  fund tops  $27 million,  plan still  not public

Wastewater fund tops $27 million, plan still not public

Rebecca Neipp

Now that a tentative agreement between Ridgecrest and the Department of the Navy has reportedly been delivered to the Pentagon for review and approval, a citizen is asking for a copy of that plan. “We started negotiations back in 2012. It’s been seven long years. . . . Read Full Story >>

Realtor group offers 150K in relief grants

Realtor group offers 150K in relief grants

The Ridgecrest Area Association of Realtors has received $150,000 in earthquake relief funds for Indian Wells Valley and Trona residents recovering from July’s 6.4- and 7.1-magnitude earthquakes. The local office received a grant from the National Association of Realtors Realtor Relief Foundation, which was established . . . Read Full Story >>

Two rescued from home fire

Two rescued from home fire

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer When law enforcement personnel responded to a fire Friday, they extracted two Ridgecrest residents from the blaze, one of whom was arrested on suspicion of arson. According to press releases from California Highway Patrol and the Ridgecrest Police . . . Read Full Story >>

Stephens questions Hayman about GA

Stephens questions Hayman about GA

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer During his update to the Ridgecrest City Council on groundwater matters, Councilmember Scott Hayman was met by a barrage of questions from Mayor Pro Tem Lindsey Stephens. Stephens raised concerns about a proposed scenario that would heavily restrict . . . Read Full Story >>

Household hazardous waste to be collected Sept. 14, 28

Kern County has announced its annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection to take place in Ridgecrest on two Saturdays, Sept. 14 and 28, at the local landfill, 3301 W. Bowman Rd. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and is open to Kern . . . Read Full Story >>

Earthquake policies spike in July

Earthquake policies spike in July

The California Earthquake Authority, the agency that oversees earthquake insurance policies, announced that CEA saw a spike in policyholders following the 6.4- and 7.1-magnitude earthquakes that shook the region July 4-5. The addition of 23,000 policies in July constitutes the second-largest monthly net increase in . . . Read Full Story >>

SSMC moves to new clinic building

SSMC moves to new clinic building

Southern Sierra Medical Clinic staff, joined by Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce ambassadors, cut the ribbon of the new clinic building at 105 E. Sydnor Ave., across the street from its previous location at the Ridgecrest Regional Hospital main site. The new clinic has 27 patient . . . Read Full Story >>

Imported  water costs ‘not acceptable’

Imported water costs ‘not acceptable’

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer “Importing water is going to be critical to us continuing to grow. But I don’t believe it’s coming from the south,” said 1st District Supervisor Mick Gleason, Kern County’s representative to the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority. Water . . . Read Full Story >>

SBA recovery office opens at Kerr McGee

SBA recovery office opens at Kerr McGee

Rebecca Neipp

Disaster recovery assistance for local residents and business owners who suffered from the July 4-5 earthquakes is now available through the Small Business Administration, which opened an office at the Kerr McGee Center, operating from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays. Because of the . . . Read Full Story >>

Commercial pumpers object to  proposed groundwater model

Commercial pumpers object to proposed groundwater model

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Agricultural and industrial groundwater pumpers continued to express concerns about their proposed water allotment last week as Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority committees discussed groundwater modeling scenarios. The IWVGA’s latest groundwater model — Model Scenario 6 — was . . . Read Full Story >>

Unsecured property taxes due

Unsecured property taxes due

Kern County Treasurer and Tax Collector Jordan Kaufman announced that the deadline for payment of unsecured property taxes is Aug. 31. Unsecured property tax bills are for items such as business equipment, farm equipment, aircraft, boats and similar assets that are not attached to real . . . Read Full Story >>

SBA approves disaster loans

SBA approves disaster loans

Rebecca Neipp

On Aug. 7, Acting Administrator Christopher Pilkerton of the Small Business Administration announced a disaster for residents of Kern and San Bernardino counties following the destructive earthquakes that occurred July 4 and 5. The declaration of emergency by SBA follows federal, state, county and city . . . Read Full Story >>

Lighting District formally approved

Lighting District formally approved

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer After last month’s robust discussion on the city’s landscaping and lighting fees for new developments, the Landscaping and Lighting District for Tract 6908 – a development on the southwest corner of Downs Street and Drummond Avenue – was . . . Read Full Story >>

Groundwater model discussed

Groundwater model discussed

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority Technical Advisory Committee discussed its latest groundwater modeling scenario earlier this month. According to Jeff Helsley with Stetson Engineers, the latest model is a “potentially viable, acceptable solution” to developing a Groundwater . . . Read Full Story >>

DEF to take over motorsports park

DEF to take over motorsports park

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Parks and Recreation Department is asking the city to license the Ridgecrest Motorsports Complex near the fairgrounds to the Desert Empire Fairgrounds for at least one year according to the City Council’s Aug. 7 agenda. The license . . . Read Full Story >>

Groundwater Authority OKs  well-monitoring project

Groundwater Authority OKs well-monitoring project

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority will continue to collect well-monitoring data through Wellntel’s monitoring program at least for another year. Wellntel has allowed the Authority to use it’s equipment, which reports real-time information on well levels, at . . . Read Full Story >>

Did quakes impact rental market?

Did quakes impact rental market?

Rebecca Neipp

Earthquakes left an estimated 78 dwellings in the Indian Wells Valley in unliveable condition. Those homes, red-tagged by city and visiting inspectors, have presumably left that same number of households without a place to live. But where did they go? According to four of the . . . Read Full Story >>

OBergfell: ‘Now is the time to prepare’

OBergfell: ‘Now is the time to prepare’

Rebecca Neipp

“Let’s be honest — we dodged a bullet. A 7.1 earthquake would have leveled almost any other city,” said Robert OBergfell, an expert in disaster preparedness and crisis management who played a key role in the community’s emergency response. “My main concern is that because . . . Read Full Story >>

Council approves Hayman appointment

Council approves Hayman appointment

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council voted last week to approve Planning Commissioner appointee Vanessa Hayman. She will be filling a vacancy on the board after Derrick Mackey exited earlier this year. The appointment was made by Councilmember Scott Hayman . . . Read Full Story >>