District applies for  brackish-water grant

District applies for brackish-water grant

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Water District voted Monday to pursue a matching-funds grant for a brackish groundwater feasibility study. The district will commit $300,000 of the study’s total $1,350,000 cost if IWVWD qualifies for the state grant – . . . Read Full Story >>

Community  input solicited  for new  city manager

Community input solicited for new city manager

The Ridgecrest City Council will host a community forum on Wednesday, Aug. 30, to gather public input and discuss needs — in terms of history, background and experience — as help in selecting the next city manager. Candidate recruiter Dr. Bill Mathis will facilitate with . . . Read Full Story >>

IWVWD  named  ‘district of  distinction’

IWVWD named ‘district of distinction’

INDIAN WELLS VALLEY WATER DISTRICT — The Indian Wells Valley Water District received the “District of Distinction” accreditation by the Special District Leadership Foundation for IWVWD’s sound fiscal management policies and practices in district operations. This is the second-time the district has received this biannual . . . Read Full Story >>

Downs Street widening approved

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council voted Wednesday evening to approve two streets projects and an in-kind donation for this year’s International Community Day celebration. There was lengthy discussion regarding the repaving of Downs Street (between Ridgecrest Boulevard and Upjohn . . . Read Full Story >>

Mayor begs ‘flexibility’ on IWVGA matters

Mayor begs ‘flexibility’ on IWVGA matters

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer During last week’s Ridgecrest City Council meeting, Mayor Peggy Breeden asked staff and council to find a way to “recognize the flexibility in the process” of Breeden representing the city on the board of the Indian Wells Valley . . . Read Full Story >>

Council OKs school resource officers, hears parks update

Council OKs school resource officers, hears parks update

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer During its regular meeting on Aug. 2, the Ridgecrest City Council unanimously voted, with Councilmember Mike Mower being absent, to keep on two school resource officers from the Ridgecrest Police Department. The city agreed to pay 50 percent . . . Read Full Story >>

Council  opposes  extended  alcohol-sales  hours

Council opposes extended alcohol-sales hours

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council met Wednesday evening and unanimously voted to present a letter to Assemblyman Vince Fong opposing a bill that would extend the state’s hours of alcohol sales from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. Councilman Wallace . . . Read Full Story >>

Solar project planned for Inyokern

Solar project planned for Inyokern

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Inyokern residents received notices of preparation of a draft Environmental Impact Report for a proposed solar project on 200+ acres between Highway 395 and North Brown Road, on either side of State Route 178. But many residents did . . . Read Full Story >>

Locals  witness,  assist in  fatal 395  accident

Locals witness, assist in fatal 395 accident

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer “There’s a 90-mile stretch of Highway 395 that’s scarier to Ridgecrest-Inyokern residents than any horror flick ever made.” Valley residents were reminded of these harrowing words from a 2006 Bakersfield Californian editorial after a July 17 accident on . . . Read Full Story >>

Council considers opposing bill to  extend sale of alcohol

Council considers opposing bill to extend sale of alcohol

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council meets next Wednesday, Aug. 2, 6 p.m. at City Hall. Among its discussion items is a proposed action to prepare a letter to Assemblyman Vince Fong in opposition of Senate Bill 384 – which . . . Read Full Story >>

Trona crash claims lives of mother, son

Trona crash claims lives of mother, son

Rebecca Neipp

A Sunday evening rollover just north of Trona claimed the life of a 26-year-old Ridgecrest woman and her 6-year-old son. California Highway Patrol officials report that Natasha Sanchez was driving a 1999 Chevy Blazer south on Trona Wildrose Road “at a high rate of speed.” . . . Read Full Story >>

Planning Comission approves permit for temp transition home for homeless

Planning Comission approves permit for temp transition home for homeless

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer On the heels of this week’s clean-up of a transient population encampment in the ravine behind McDonald’s, the Ridgecrest Planning Commission approved Crossroads Community Church’s conditional use permit to use one of it’s properties as a temporary transitional . . . Read Full Story >>

City gets another sewer fee increase

City gets another sewer fee increase

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council approved another scheduled sewer fee increase during this week’s regular meeting, bringing the monthly residential fee to $30.60 – more than three times the rate before the city’s 2013 rate study and subsequent Proposition . . . Read Full Story >>

‘People in this basin need to be running the show’

‘People in this basin need to be running the show’

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer In an ad hoc committee meeting, Indian Wells Valley Water District Directors Chuck Griffin and Ron Kicinski drafted a memorandum requesting that the district recommend stronger involvement in staff decisions and circulation of information regarding the IWV Groundwater . . . Read Full Story >>

Schaeffer Fire nearly contained

Schaeffer Fire nearly contained

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Forest roads and trails near Schaeffer Mountain remain closed as the Schaeffer Fire winds down after more than 1,000 firefighting personnel battled it for nearly a month. At press time, the fire is expected to be fully contained . . . Read Full Story >>

Want a piece of history? – City selling vintage street signs

Want a piece of history? – City selling vintage street signs

Are you looking to own a piece of Ridgecrest history?  If so, you can take advantage of the fact that the city of Ridgecrest will be selling obsolete residential street signs for $10 each through Aug. 31. “The blue-and-yellow-colored residential street signs are being replaced with . . . Read Full Story >>

Staheli moves to Water District

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer With last month’s departure of the Indian Wells Valley Water District’s Chief Financial Officer Jennifer Keep, Tyrell Staheli has stepped down from his job as city finance director to fill her position. “We’re very pleased to have him . . . Read Full Story >>

‘It’s valuable that you get the right data’

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer “It’s valuable that you get the right data before you start making critical costly decisions,”said Jacob Vind from the Danish Water Technology Alliance who, along with Max Halkjaer of Denmark’s SkyTEM, gave a presentation on aerial groundwater surveying . . . Read Full Story >>

City OKs  increase in legal fees

City OKs increase in legal fees

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer During its June 21 meeting, the Ridgecrest City Council approved an additional $60,000 for legal services for fiscal year 2016-17. The increase was unanimously approved with the expectation of a large legal bill before the end of the . . . Read Full Story >>

Strand named as interim city manager

Strand named as interim city manager

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council voted unanimously on Wednesday to name Police Chief Ron Strand as interim city manager, effective July 1. Strand will fill the role for nine months or until a permanent replacement is found. In March . . . Read Full Story >>