Council discusses budget, Measure L

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council heard two financial presentations during Wednesday night’s meeting – one from the Measure L Citizens’ Oversight Committee, another from City Manager Dennis Speer and Assistant Finance Director Tess Sloan regarding the 2017-18 proposed budget. . . . Read Full Story >>

Waste Management Memorial Day schedule

Waste Management’s curbside trash and recycling pick-up schedule will be delayed by one day throughout the week of May 29, in observance of Memorial Day. In addition, all Waste Management operations will be closed on May 29, with normal operations resuming on May 30. Ridgecrest . . . Read Full Story >>

Is ‘primary water’ on tap for IWV?

Is ‘primary water’ on tap for IWV?

By JEANETTE FRANCIS News Review Correspondent As local authorities continue to consider solutions for managing and sustaining local groundwater in the face of a state designation of water “overdraft,” the quest continues to access an apparently limitless quantity of local, usable water deep inside the . . . Read Full Story >>

Severed conduit takes down 9-1-1

Rebecca Neipp

A severed conduit temporarily decommissioned 9-1-1 locally, while leaving thousands of telephone, Internet and cellular users without service last Saturday. According to a public information officer of Frontier Communications, a third-party construction crew unaffiliated with the company cut into an underground conduit with heavy-duty excavation . . . Read Full Story >>

Council OKs $50K increase for legal services

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer On Wednesday, the Ridgecrest City Council approved a $50,000 increase for Legal Services in the 2017-18 budget due to an “increase in potential litigation.” This is in addition to an increase last June from $200,000 to $285,000. The . . . Read Full Story >>

Water District board to meet Monday

The Indian Wells Valley Water District Board of Directors will Meet Monday, May 8, 6 p.m. at the IWVWD office. At press time, agenda information was not available, but it will be posted on www.iwvwd.com/board-of-directors/board-meeting-agendas. General Manager Don Zdeba released April’s water-conservation numbers showing that . . . Read Full Story >>

IWVGA still seeks applicants

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority approved two members for its Policy Advisory Committee last week – representatives from Meadowbrook Farms and Mojave Pistachio – but the authority is still seeking more applicants. The IWVGA was officially approved . . . Read Full Story >>

Workshop gives voice to concerns

Workshop gives voice to concerns

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer After months of pleas for increased public input, residents representing interests ranging from agriculture to property rights to private well ownership participated in nearly two hours of discussion during a workshop hosted by the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater . . . Read Full Story >>

City Council approves two wastewater sites

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer While an official decision won’t be made until next month at the earliest, the Ridgecrest City Council officially approved moving forward with a new wastewater treatment facility on one of two sites. Earlier this month, council heard a . . . Read Full Story >>

Groundwater Authority to hold public workshop

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority will hold a public workshop next Wednesday, April 26, 5:30 p.m. at SpringHill Suites. The main topic of discussion will be Article 5 of the board’s bylaws, pertaining to stakeholder participation in . . . Read Full Story >>

Park projects back on track, with cut costs

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Members of the Ridgecrest City Council and city staff were somewhat dismayed earlier this year when all bids for improving Upjohn and Pearson parks were thrown out because of a technical error. But this error appears to have . . . Read Full Story >>

Life after drought: what’s next?

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer With Gov. Jerry Brown declaring an official end to the prolonged emergency resulting from a historic drought in the Golden State, officials are pondering how to move forward with a longterm management plan for water. With record-breaking precipitation . . . Read Full Story >>

Tribe holds TEIR public hearing

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Timbisha Shoshone Tribal Chair George Gholson hosted a public hearing for the Ridgecrest casino project’s Tribal Environmental Impact Report last Thursday, April 13 at City Hall. The TEIR document will identify potential environmental impacts on the Indian Wells . . . Read Full Story >>

Directors call for public workshop

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority bylaws were again the hot discussion topic during the IWV Water District Board meeting. The IWVGA, now officially the Groundwater Sustainability Agency for the valley, partially approved the bylaws last month, pending . . . Read Full Story >>

Costs mount while wastewater facility stays in limbo

Costs mount while wastewater facility stays in limbo

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council heard an updated report on a proposed new wastewater treatment facility last week during its regular meeting. According to presenter Terry Schroepfer from Provost & Pritchard Consulting Group, the city needs to make a . . . Read Full Story >>

New members sought for EKCRCD

The clerk of the Kern County Board of Supervisors announced this week that a second unscheduled departure has left another vacancy on the Eastern Kern County Resource Conservation District. According to Kathleen Krause, Don J. McKernan resigned April 5 and Scott Shacklett resigned as of . . . Read Full Story >>

Council hires tribal negotiations lawyer

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer For those keeping score, locals can log a couple more hours of casino discussion after this week’s meeting of the Ridgecrest City Council. Timbisha Shoshone Tribal Chairman George Gholson gave an update on the timeline for the impending . . . Read Full Story >>

Runoff continues into IWV

Runoff continues into IWV

Rebecca Neipp

“So this is what happens when the city of Los Angeles has no idea what to do with the water,” Kent McGowan says in a video he posted Sunday to his Facebook, where he shows results of his and his companion’s exploration of the water . . . Read Full Story >>

IWVGA Liability concerns emerge

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority is still working to find its footing on the road to managing groundwater use for the IWV basin. The multi-agency board recently passed its bare-bones bylaws, but is still hammering out details . . . Read Full Story >>

Mutuals continue call for public input, transparency in IWVGA

Rebecca Neipp

As the proposed plan for managing groundwater sustainability moves forward with the support of a powerful multi-agency Joint-Powers Authority, two of the valley’s primary water pumpers continue to express concern that decisions made outside of the public eye have failed to meet state requirements for . . . Read Full Story >>