Council requests District to finance it’s Replenishment Fee

Council requests District to finance it’s Replenishment Fee

In last week’s edition of the News Review, the September 1st meeting of the City Council was partially reported on due to space constraints. The main concern discussed during the six hour long meeting was Item 12 on the agenda. It reads, “Discussion of the . . . Read Full Story >>

Latest COVID-19 facts

Latest COVID-19 facts

Editors Note: due to a typographical error in last weeks local COVID report, positivity rate stated was incorrect. 93% should have been 9.3% a positivity rate of 1.2%. ———————— Kern County Public Health – There are 1,911 newly reported confirmed cases in Kern County (this . . . Read Full Story >>

City Council’s proposal to Water District provokes strong reaction

City Council’s proposal to Water District provokes strong reaction

Pat Farris, Publisher & Erin Higgins, The News Review Staff Writer The monthly meeting of the Ridgecrest City Council on September 1 lasted more than six hours. It was taken up with two major issues: COVID mandates and a proposal by the City Council to . . . Read Full Story >>

Public Health confirms 511 new cases in County

Public Health confirms 511 new cases in County

Ridgecrest Regional Hosspital, Jayde Glenn– Reports COVID-19 from 08-15-21 - 08-28-21 there are a total of 1,976 positives and (80 new). A 14 day positivity from RRH tests, are 9.3% (up 1.2%) Positives from residents in our community: 1,867 (73 new). In Ridgecrest, 1,622 (69 . . . Read Full Story >>

Local COVID numbers rising

Local COVID numbers rising

Ridgecrest Regional Hospital - Tuesday, August 24, 2021, RIDGECREST, Calif. – As the threat of the Delta variant of coronavirus has renewed safety restrictions and other mandates in California, RRH staff is examining the risks of viral outbreak while acknowledging the toll that prolonged isolation . . . Read Full Story >>

IWVGA to file action against Inyokern CSD

IWVGA to file action against Inyokern CSD

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The IWV Groundwater Authority (GA)discussed more potential litigation issues. While some claims against the replenishment fee have been dismissed (see previous editions), Inyokern Community Services District (CSD) has joined the list of stakeholders that are failing to pay . . . Read Full Story >>

Local COVID numbers rising

Local COVID numbers rising

Ridgecrest Regional Hospital– Virus protection and precaution are just one aspect of community health. Thursday, August 19, 2021, RIDGECREST, Calif. – Ridgecrest Regional Hospital (RRH) has reported 49 new cases of COVID-19 in the first two weeks of August, with local upticks in transmission mirroring . . . Read Full Story >>

‘We The People’ demonstrate at Council

‘We The People’ demonstrate at Council

As the Ridgecrest City Council met for their regular meeting on Wednesday night, Eric Bruen welcomed those seated in the chamber, noting that there were more in the audience than usual. During the public comment session the reason for increased attendance became apparent. Lindsay Stevens, . . . Read Full Story >>

Vulnerable residents are being hit hard by higher water fees

Vulnerable residents are being hit hard by higher water fees

By LAURA QUEZADA News Review Staff Writer “You’ve heard of the straw that broke the camel’s back?” asks Carrie Ernst of the Grace Lutheran Church Care Center. She feels that way about the Groundwater Fees added to water bills. When the pandemic began, this animal . . . Read Full Story >>

COVID-19 cases on the rise statewide

COVID-19 cases on the rise statewide

As COVID-19 cases rise across California, the state has further revised guidance issued August 11, for visitors to health care facilities — including Ridgecrest Regional Hospital. Effective Wednesday, Aug. 11, RRH updated its visitor policy to reflect the orders of the California Public Health Department . . . Read Full Story >>

Dixie Fire largest fire in state history 30% contained

Dixie Fire largest fire in state history 30% contained

The Dixie Fire which has covered 501,008. acres has been reported as the largest single wildfire in California’s history. As of this date the fire is 30% contained and has destroyed 1,045 structures and damaged 69. As of Wednesday, the fire had remained active overnight . . . Read Full Story >>

District hears concerns on IWVGA financial status

District hears concerns on IWVGA financial status

Director Stan Rajtora, the District’s Representative on the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority’s (GA) Board gave an updated report on the GA’s financial status at the Indian Wells Valley Water District’s (District) regular meeting on August 9th. He expressed concern that the GA’s 2020 audit . . . Read Full Story >>

6.9% increase in COVID positivity rates at RRH

6.9% increase in COVID positivity rates at RRH

Ridgecrest Regional Hospital Jayde Glenn. We have enjoyed a return to more “normal” operations since California retired its “Blueprint for a Safer Economy” on June 15. In the last six weeks, our trips to the store, to work, to restaurants and other businesses have felt . . . Read Full Story >>

City Council remains tight lipped about the water issue

City Council remains tight lipped about the water issue

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council met Wednesday night. While the council used to have a standing discussion item regarding the IWV Groundwater Authority, where Councilmember Scott Hayman sits as the city’s representative, the topic has been absent from the . . . Read Full Story >>

Trona town hall speaks to IWVGA ’water war’

Trona town hall speaks to IWVGA ’water war’

Contributed by Regina Troglin, spokesperson for the coordinating group that is leading the town’s effort to save the community. ———————— On Thursday, July 29th, a well attended town hall meeting was held at Trona Elk’s Lodge. As a result of the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater . . . Read Full Story >>

Search continues for missing hiker

Search continues for missing hiker

Over the weekend, members of the China Lake Mountain Rescue Group (CLMRG) contributed to the search efforts that are ongoing in Yosemite National Park for a 69 year old missing hiker, Richard Judd.  On Sunday, July 25th, Mr. Judd went missing near Lower Merced Pass . . . Read Full Story >>

GA continues water search, funding questioned

GA continues water search, funding questioned

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The IWV Groundwater Authority updated the public this month that water marketing firm Capitol Core Group was continuing to assist the GA in purchasing water rights for bringing in imported water. Yet the Authority’s latest profit-and-loss statement indicates . . . Read Full Story >>

Household Hazardous Waste collection for Aug.

KERN COUNTY, Calif. – The Kern County Public Works Department hosts monthly Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Events throughout the County of Kern. Residents can drive up and drop off their hazardous waste free of charge at any of these one-day collection events. HHW collection . . . Read Full Story >>

Thunderstorms bring lightning fires to Kern Valley area

Thunderstorms bring lightning fires to Kern Valley area

US Forest Service – The Peak Fire in Kern River Valley broke out Monday near Piute Peak. Now under investigation the fire had grown as of Thursday to approximately 2,000 acres, and remained active at that time with smoke columns visible to surrounding communities. An . . . Read Full Story >>

Water bills spark complaints

Water bills spark complaints

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer It’s been nearly a year since the IWV Groundwater Authority approved it’s groundwater replenishment fee. The GA has been working for years now on a Groundwater Sustainability Plan and has undergone substantial criticism regarding its water allocation practices . . . Read Full Story >>