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 >>

Kern close to orange tier

Kern close to orange tier

​A suspected drunk driver leaves a blue Cadillac Seville on it’s side off of Highway 14, just south of Last Chance Canyon Sunday evening. According to California Highway Patrol, witnesses reported that the driver (28-year-old Artemio Torres of Los Angeles) fled the scene after the . . . 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 >>

City Council joins the push back against Senate Bill-9

City Council joins the push back against Senate Bill-9

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council voted Wednesday to join more than 50 other California communities pushing back against Senate Bill 9 and advocating for local control of zoning ordinances. California SB-9, an alleged repeat of the controversial SB-1120, would . . . Read Full Story >>

High winds overturn big rig

High winds overturn big rig

This Northbound nearly 75 foot big rig overturned just South of Pearsonville, due to high winds reportedly reaching a velocity up to 75 miles per hour gusts. The rig slid sideways off the highway coming to rest some 20 feet down an embankment. No injuries . . . Read Full Story >>

Hundreds of workers to move into new housing

Hundreds of workers to move into new housing

According to China Lake spokesperson Edward J. Cartagena PIO, The occupancy at the recently constructed Temporary Employee Housing facility has the current capacity to accommodate up to 850 construction workers. Their salaries will vary based on trade and at a minimum must comply with Davis-Bacon . . . Read Full Story >>

Water District paying GA fee ‘under protest’

BY BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Water District is continuing to pay the IWV Groundwater Authority’s “groundwater replenishment” fee – but is doing so under protest. According to Water District Director Stan Rajtora, who sits on the GA board, the . . . Read Full Story >>

RRH receiving shipments of vaccines

“The developments this past week have brought so much good news and hope that we are able to continue moving in the right direction in being able to protect our community,” said Michelle Whalley, Ridgecrest Regional Hospital (RRH) Clinic Administrator and Vaccine Taskforce Leader. “Although . . . Read Full Story >>

Campgrounds now open at Death Valley National Park

Campgrounds now open at Death Valley National Park

Campgrounds and lodging are now open at Death Valley National Park. Interest is high and reservations are fully booked for the remainder of the season at Furnace Creek, the park’s only campground with a reservation system. Other campgrounds are available on a first-come, first-served basis. . . . Read Full Story >>

RRH revamps vaccine clinic scheduling

RRH revamps vaccine clinic scheduling

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer While the COVID-19 vaccine continues to be in short supply, Ridgecrest Regional Hospital has managed to vaccinate more than 4,000 residents to date. The hospital also announced a new way of scheduling vaccinations. According to a release from . . . Read Full Story >>

City Council finalizes Pinney Pool grant Wednesday

City Council finalizes Pinney Pool grant Wednesday

BY BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Since the Sgt. John Pinney Memorial Pool was forced to close in 2017, the Ridgecrest City Council has been investigating financially viable options to restore or replace the pool. The council heard it’s final report on the State . . . Read Full Story >>

Council appoints Breeden as new board member

Council appoints Breeden as new board member

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer After stepping down from her third term as Ridgecrest Mayor, Peggy Breeden was appointed to the Ridgecrest City Council during Wednesday’s special meeting. Councilmember Mike Mower resigned late last month, announcing that he and his wife were moving . . . Read Full Story >>

GA hires general manager

GA hires general manager

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority approved a $200,000 contract with Regional Government Services – a firm that will act as the GA’s general manager going forward. While stakeholders are hesitant to embrace further expenditures from the Agency, . . . Read Full Story >>

RACVB to meet Feb. 26

Ridgecrest Area Convention and Visitors Bureau directors will be having an “In-Person” Closed Session Meeting Friday February 26, at Springhill by Marriot 9:00 am in the China Lake Room. Public attendance is available prior to “Closed Session”.   For further information E-Mail:  enalagan@visitdeserts.com . . . Read Full Story >>

EKCRCD to meet March 4

“Thursday, March 4, 4:00-5:00 PM -The Inyo-Mono Regional Water Management Group is sponsoring “Water Efficiency and Landscaping,” a free Zoom class led by Lia Webb of the High Sierra Energy Foundation. Learn about water-saving landscaping principles and how to garden beautifully while reducing your water . . . Read Full Story >>