New report indicates slower groundwater decline in valley basin

New report indicates slower groundwater decline in valley basin

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The annual report for the valley’s Groundwater Sustainability Plan suggests that the Indian Wells Valley groundwater table is declining on average by some 8 inches per year – in stark contrast to the 1.5- to 2-foot figure that . . . Read Full Story >>

Ridgecrest area sees 28 COVID deaths

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Kern County is matching state-wide trends of decreased COVID-19 positivity, but will remain in the “moderate” orange tier of the State’s reopening framework for the time being. The county’s adjusted case rate is down from 3.4 to 2.8 . . . Read Full Story >>

SCE work on Ridgecrest Blvd. expected to wrap Thursday, May 13

SCE work on Ridgecrest Blvd. expected to wrap Thursday, May 13

Herman Weissker, Inc. is doing a vault replacement for Southern California Edison. They believe damages to the vault were a result of the 7.1 earthquake, July of 2019. Repairs to be completed by next Thursday. — Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

SVM seeks restraining order against GA fee

Searles Valley Minerals seeks Temporary Restraining Order to protect employees, community in face of exorbitant new Groundwater Replenishment Fee. Searles takes steps to protect the economic engine of Trona; multi-million-dollar groundwater fee would hurt local businesses and residents.   Trona, CA — Searles Valley Minerals Inc. . . . Read Full Story >>

CLMRG report rescue and recovery of  hikers

CLMRG report rescue and recovery of hikers

Members of the China Lake Mountain Rescue Group (CLMRG) had been mobilized this past week on two separate search and rescue operations.  On Tuesday, a team from CLMRG assisted the Inyo County Sheriff in a search for an overdue hiker, 37 year old Saulo Sifuentes . . . Read Full Story >>

City proclaims ‘Historic District’

City proclaims ‘Historic District’

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Historic USO and other historically significant buildings in the area are officially part of Ridgecrest’s “Historic District” according to a City Council proclamation on Wednesday, April 21. “We believe these buildings represent the historical nature of our . . . Read Full Story >>

 KCPH updates new death statistics

KCPH updates new death statistics

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Kern County Public Health released a wave of press releases earlier this week. While much of the news is positive, the county is announcing COVID death numbers “as enough data accumulates to prevent identification of the deceased,” says . . . Read Full Story >>

Orange tier ushers in more options for businesses

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer After spending the minimum of three week’s “in the red,” Kern County officially moved down to the “moderate” orange tier – the second-least restrictive designation in the state’s efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The new guidelines . . . Read Full Story >>

Water District pushes GA for independent legal counsel

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority held it’s monthly meeting on Wednesday, April 14. While details were not available at press time – the IWV Water District discussed some changes it would like to see during it’s board . . . Read Full Story >>

City approves $111K in COVID hazard pay

City approves $111K in COVID hazard pay

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Last week, the Ridgecrest City Council authorized “one-time essential employee hazard pay” for all city employees amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The expenditure includes $1,000 for all full-time employees and $500 for part-time employees, plus all mandatory social security . . . Read Full Story >>

Kern close to ’Orange’ tier

Kern close to ’Orange’ tier

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Things are lightening up for Kern County regarding COVID-19 restrictions and the county may be out of the “substantial” red tier and in the “moderate” orange tier as soon as April 14. After meeting its benchmark of 4 . . . Read Full Story >>

Police honor employees

Police honor employees

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Ridgecrest’s local law enforcement took center stage during Wednesday’s Ridgecrest City Council meeting. A handful of officers, employees and volunteers were presented with awards for their standout performance this last year. Honorees included Ridgecrest Police Department officers Timothy . . . Read Full Story >>

KRV, IWV Realtors join forces

IWV REALTORS –The Kern River/Lake Isabella Association of Realtors® has joined forces with its neighboring Ridgecrest Area Association of Realtors® counterpart to form a single organization that protects the rights and promotes the interest of property owners living in East Kern County. “Both associations have . . . Read Full Story >>

Commr. Andersen will speak at Apr. 13 Chamber Lunch

On April 13, the California Citizens Redistricting Commission will be the guest speaker at the Ridgecrest Chamber luncheon. Andersen has been a registered Civil and Structural Engineer in California since 1988. Her experience includes structural failure investigation and repair, earthquake damage evaluation and repair, seismic . . . Read Full Story >>

Kern County still red

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer As COVID positivity trends continue downward in Kern, the county remains “in the red,” and out of the most-restrictive tier of the state’s reopening framework. Additionally, the state has expanded vaccine eligibility to anyone in many areas. Kern’s . . . Read Full Story >>

GA approves more projects, funding still unclear

GA approves more projects, funding still unclear

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The IWV Groundwater Authority approved another of its water reclamation projects earlier this month. The surface percolation replenishment study will investigate how efficiently water infiltrates our soil and replenishes groundwater as well as what areas of the basin . . . Read Full Story >>

High winds leave their mark

High winds leave their mark

The historical Brady’s Mobil gas station on Highway 395, experienced severe wind damage in the early morning hours of March 22. - Courtesy photo by Barbara Vijay . . . Read Full Story >>

"In the Red again"

"In the Red again"

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer After a roller coaster of shutdowns, tiered re-openings and an emergency shelter-at-home order as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Kern County has once again crawled from the dreaded “Purple” tier of California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy . . . Read Full Story >>

Local’s near recorded 7K vaccines

An estimated 11 million people have now received their first vaccine dose in the State of California, including 167,000 in Kern County, with Ridgecrest Regional Hospital (RRH) nearing 5,000 vaccines. Based on outreach calls, RRH estimates that as many as 2,000 additional local residents have . . . Read Full Story >>

Kern County in the red... almost

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Ridgecrest could see some businesses reopening and lighter restrictions if positive COVID-19 testing continues trending downward according to a Kern County Public Health announcement Tuesday. Currently in the most-restrictive purple “widespread” tier, Kern County’s COVID-19 positivity metrics now . . . Read Full Story >>