Council  accepts  Martin resignation

Council accepts Martin resignation

Rebecca Neipp

The Ridgecrest City Council accepted the resignation of former Vice Mayor Wallace Martin during Wednesday evening’s regular meeting. A public notice for the emergency addendum was released on Tuesday, allowing the members of the council to officially take action on an item that did not . . . Read Full Story >>

Concerns about   costs raised at water  board, city council

Concerns about costs raised at water board, city council

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer After a nearly four-hour committee meeting earlier this month to discuss the draft Groundwater Sustainability Plan for the Indian Wells Valley, the IWV Water District and the Ridgecrest City Council have both continued to discuss the proposal prior . . . Read Full Story >>

Growers file claim

At press time, the News Review received notice that Mojave Pistachios and a coalition of local farmers filed on Nov. 19 to “impose a physical solution amongst nine users in the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Basin to preserve and protect the basin’s water supply, the . . . Read Full Story >>

Martin resigns council seat

Martin resigns council seat

Rebecca Neipp

Following a years-long dispute about the residency claimed by Wallace Martin prior to his 2016 bid for Ridgecrest City Council, the vice mayor announced just before midnight on Saturday, Nov. 16, that he would be resigning as of 11:59 p.m. that day. Martin was elected . . . Read Full Story >>

Financial, legal concerns aired at GSP meeting

Financial, legal concerns aired at GSP meeting

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer When the draft Groundwater Sustainability Plan was presented to the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority committees last week, some said it raised more questions than it answered — specifically how the valley would pay for more than $200 . . . Read Full Story >>

Draft GSP projected at $200M+

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Members of the public are now able to view the valley’s Groundwater Sustainability Plan in draft form. The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority uploaded the proposed plan prior to the Thursday meeting of the board’s Technical Advisory and . . . Read Full Story >>

All-way stop signs coming to Bowman-Downs intersection

All-way stop signs coming to Bowman-Downs intersection

Crews place a temporary sign at the intersection of Bowman Road and Downs Street, where blinking, all-way stop signs will soon be posted. The intersection has been the seen of several traffic collisions, and members of the public have complained about poor visibility from some . . . Read Full Story >>

Public comment drives meeting

Public comment drives meeting

Rebecca Neipp

With a light agenda and a duration of only about 45 minutes, the Ridgecrest City Council focused the bulk of its discussion at Wednesday night’s meeting on citizens addressing ideas and concerns from the public microphone. Among those issues was the lack of city response . . . Read Full Story >>

Fire claims Allen Street home

Fire claims Allen Street home

Kern County and China Lake firefighters peruse the wreckage of a house fire in the 600 block of South Allen Street on Sunday afternoon. No injuries were reported, and a cause had not been determined as of press time. — Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

Public meeting for Saline Valley set

Public meeting for Saline Valley set

DEATH VALLEY – National Park Service staff will host a public meeting Sunday, Nov. 17, at 1 p.m. to give an update about and discuss timelines for the recently completed Saline Valley Warm Springs Final Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement. Saline Valley Warm Springs . . . Read Full Story >>

City and School District partner for ’Skate Park Re-Vamp’

City and School District partner for ’Skate Park Re-Vamp’

Volunteers gather Saturday to help upgrade the Ridgecrest Skate Park. The “Skate Park Re-Vamp” was a partnership between Sierra Sands Unified School District and the city of Ridgecrest to repaint sections of the park, clean up trash and unveil new signage. — Photo by Laura . . . Read Full Story >>

GA still seeking way out of deficit

GA still seeking way out of deficit

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority spent a large portion of its October meeting discussing its projected shortfall of about $515,000 by the end of 2020. The authority plans to scale back the workload for its consulting water . . . Read Full Story >>

Council to challenge Caltrans funding withdrawal proposal

Council to challenge Caltrans funding withdrawal proposal

Rebecca Neipp

The Ridgecrest City Council will review a letter requesting that the California Transportation Commission reject the Caltrans proposal to de-fund three city projects. The header, posted without additional content at the request of Councilman Mike Mower, will be the sole discussion item at the council’s . . . Read Full Story >>

Hazardous waste collection

Hazardous waste collection

The Kern County waste facility in Ridgecrest will hold household hazardous waste collection on Saturdays, Nov. 9 and Nov. 23, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Residential Hazardous Wastes include batteries, sharps, unused medications, pesticides, herbicides, paint products, photographic chemicals, swimming pool chemicals, and automotive . . . Read Full Story >>

Searles atty. rebuffs proposed limitations

Searles atty. rebuffs proposed limitations

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority heard from an attorney for Searles Valley Minerals last week during the public comment portion of the GA’s October meeting. The authority recently proposed groundwater pumping limitations which would restrict the company . . . Read Full Story >>

Quake study makes national headlines

Quake study makes national headlines

Rebecca Neipp

Last Thursday brought with it a trifecta of reminders about our earthquake risk — the observance of drills during the Great ShakeOut, a 3.8 aftershock and a headline in the Los Angeles Times that heightened the discussion of the potential impact of the Ridgecrest sequence . . . Read Full Story >>

Council OKs improvements

Council OKs improvements

Rebecca Neipp

The Ridgecrest City Council, at its Oct. 17 meeting, approved a pair of contracts funded by grants through the Highway Safety Improvement Program to S&H Civilworks. According to City Engineer Loren Culp, the projects were bundled into one bid because the city could not find . . . Read Full Story >>

GA needs ‘serious discussion about finances’

GA needs ‘serious discussion about finances’

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority met Thursday to discuss budget options and address its more than $1-million deficit. While details were not available at press time, members of the IWV Water District – a GA member agency . . . Read Full Story >>

Southern Sierra holds re-opening

Ridgecrest Regional Hospital’s Southern Sierra Medical Clinic held its grand re-opening at the new 105 E. Sydnor Ave. location on Oct. 9. Administrator of Community Care Clinics Daphne Unhassobiscay gave remarks and fielded questions, while attendees were offered tours of the new clinic and an . . . Read Full Story >>

Rangers begin prescribed burns

The Kern River Ranger District of the Sequoia National Forest will begin its Hazardous Fuels Reduction project with three mountaintop burns. Prescribed fires will be conducted when weather and fuel moisture conditions are within defined parameters to safely accomplish the project objectives. Fire managers work . . . Read Full Story >>