Kicinski discusses water, encroachment

Kicinski discusses water, encroachment

UPDATE: Sections of this article have been removed for inaccuracies. See future editions for further clarification. By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority Chair Ron Kicinski addressed members and guests of the Ridgecrest Exchange club Wednesday afternoon where he fielded . . . Read Full Story >>

Council to  discuss public  works projects

Council to discuss public works projects

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Discussion and action items on the Ridgecrest City Council’s March 20 agenda include several items for various public works projects including the Ridgecrest Senior Center and intersection/crosswalk improvements. The council is asked to approve a change order of . . . Read Full Story >>

Groundwater presentation is March 20

The public is invited to preview a draft report on the Hydrogeological Conceptual Model of the Indian Wells Valley groundwater basin on Wednesday morning, before Thursday’s IWV Groundwater Authority meeting. The HCM includes more than 1000 wells, monitoring data from the Kern County Water Agency . . . Read Full Story >>

City holds transit update, hearing

City holds transit update, hearing

Rebecca Neipp

Members of the Ridgecrest City Council congratulate drivers of the city transit system in conjunction with the March observance of “Transit Driver Appreciation Day” — Photo by Laura Austin ------ An update about local public transportation, and a hearing to address unmet needs, were held . . . Read Full Story >>

High winds cause rollovers on Highway 14

High winds cause rollovers on Highway 14

Teresa’s Auto Body personnel prepare to recover one of as many as five semis that reportedly overturned on Highway 14 due to strong winds on Tuesday night. Emergency service personnel were on the scene throughout the night until recovery crews appeared Wednesday morning. — Photo . . . Read Full Story >>

Hospital to purchase Liberty

Hospital to purchase Liberty

By REBECCA NEIPP, News Review Staff Writer Ridgecrest Regional Hospital announced this week that it has entered into a letter of intent to purchase Liberty Ambulance. The official announcement follows RRH Chief Executive Officer Jim Suver’s unofficial announcement at last week’s IWV Economic Outlook Conference. . . . Read Full Story >>

City looks at ‘fraud check’ options

City looks at ‘fraud check’ options

Rebecca Neipp

Despite an overall positive audit of city finances, the findings of which were presented to the Ridgecrest City Council at Wednesday night’s meeting, the council voted to contract for “fraud check” services to further protect itself. Ken Pun, managing partner of the Pun Group, presented . . . Read Full Story >>

Groundwater Authority rejects budget

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority rejected a proposed 2019 budget earlier this month and asked staff to present a more detailed budget next month. The budget included roughly $3 million in expenditures for 2019 – $1.3 million . . . Read Full Story >>

Navy identifies groundwater as  No. 1 encroachment issue

Navy identifies groundwater as No. 1 encroachment issue

Commander Peter Benson reads the Navy’s encroachment letter during last month’s IWV Groundwater Authority meeting. Photo by Laura Austin ------ By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer “Groundwater [is] the number one encroachment concern/issue which has the potential to impact missions enabled on and around . . . Read Full Story >>

Council moves $60K back to Measure V

By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer As a show of good faith, a majority of the Ridgecrest City Council voted Wednesday night to reimburse Measure V with the $60,000 that was used several budget cycles ago to leverage transit grants. Although the city officials . . . Read Full Story >>

Neel questions conflict of interest

By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer During the public comment portion of Wednesday’s Ridgecrest City Council meeting, Mike Neel said that he believed that Parks and Recreation Director Jason Patin, who is also the owner of Coldwell Banker Bester Realty, has a potential conflict . . . Read Full Story >>

Is imported water feasible for IWV?

Is imported water feasible for IWV?

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer “Is [water] importation necessary? Do you foresee that we can [continue] … without doing any importation?” That was the question last week from Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority Chair Ron Kicinski. “Realistically – that’s a hard thing to . . . Read Full Story >>

Groundwater Authority hears budget, reports

Groundwater Authority hears budget, reports

GA representative and City Councilmember Scott Hayman gives a brief to the Ridgecrest City Council — Photo by Laura Austin ------ By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority met Thursday morning to hear an update on the Desert Research . . . Read Full Story >>

City moves forward with park tax

City moves forward with park tax

City Manager Ron Strand briefs Council and the public on the park and recreational facilities assessment at City Council — Photo by Laura Austin By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The approval of a parks and recreational facilities assessment district is now up to . . . Read Full Story >>

Council to discuss parks assessment

Council to discuss parks assessment

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Ridgecrest City Council will consider on Feb. 20 a resolution for a park assessment district in an effort to increase funding for Parks and Recreation projects – namely the restoration of Sgt. John Pinney Memorial Pool. The assessment . . . Read Full Story >>

EKCRCD looking for  directors

EKCRCD looking for directors

The Eastern Kern County Resource Conservation District is seeking applicants to fill three vacancies on its board of directors. EKCRCD is a special district of Kern County that was formed in 1953 and comprises the portion of the county east of the Sierra Nevada and . . . Read Full Story >>

Rajtora to resign from EKCRCD Board

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Stan Rajtora, recently elected to the Indian Wells Valley Water District, will be resigning from the East Kern County Resource Conservation District board. The move comes after a letter from the Kern County Board of Supervisors warning of . . . Read Full Story >>

Beck honored for service to city

Beck honored for service to city

From left, Ridgecrest Parks and Recreation Supervisor Nerissa Wegener and Recreation Coordinator Lance Foster stand with Recreation Coordinator Mindy Beck as Director Jason Patin presents her with a plaque for her 25 years of service with the department — Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

Well monitoring tech offered to IWVGA

Well monitoring tech offered to IWVGA

Lee Knudtson of Wellntell presents a potential well-monitoring solution to the Groundwater Authority – Photo by Laura Austin ------ By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority has continually discussed its need for additional well data needed to draft an . . . Read Full Story >>

Water haulers offered temporary solution

Water haulers offered temporary solution

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer More than a dozen water haulers turned up at the last Indian Wells Valley Water District meeting with concerns regarding the temporary closure of their water hauling station. The closure would have required them to brave freeway speeds . . . Read Full Story >>