Road work through June 30

The Ridgecrest Public Works Street Department announced that road work began on Upjohn Avenue Wednesday, June 24, and will continue through Tuesday, June 30. The work is being done on the westbound lane between Holly Canyon and Karin streets. Access to Upjohn will be available . . . Read Full Story >>

Council OKs increased sewer fees

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council, during its June 17 meeting, voted to approve another sewer rate hike, June 17. The 50-percent increase was the third annual increase set in place since the 2013 hearing under the previous council. “We . . . Read Full Story >>

City OKs sewer fee increase

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Among the long list of items on the Ridgecrest City Council’s agenda this week was the highly discussed sewer fees increase. The revenues will be used for construction, expansion, maintenance and operation of the city’s wastewater treatment and . . . Read Full Story >>

Water district approves budget

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Indian Wells Valley Water District CFO Jennifer Keep presented the 2015-16 general fund budget proposal to the IWVWD board during its Monday-night meeting, June 8. Despite the general fund seeing negative $745,000 in cash flow, the projected budget . . . Read Full Story >>

More delays for China Lake Blvd. medians

More delays for China Lake Blvd. medians

Desert Concepts Construction workers yet again tear out newly laid brick from the China Lake Boulevard medians near Inyokern Road. According to Caltrans Public Information Officer Alaia Howell, the textured concrete “did not meet the aesthetic standards outlined in the project plans.” This is the . . . Read Full Story >>

How do you grow a community?

Rebecca Neipp

A common theme that kept arising as a hurdle to local attempts at economic development was that, historically, stakeholders’ efforts have lacked cohesion and focus. Overcoming that very deterrent was the purpose behind Wednesday night’s inaugural Town Hall meeting to discuss economic development. Some 50 . . . Read Full Story >>

IWVWD picks potential "Cash for Grass" winners

IWVWD picks potential "Cash for Grass" winners

Sarah Wersan (left) from the Volunteer Ambassador Program and Indian Wells Valley Water District CFO Jennifer Keep draw the winners for the district’s “Cash for Grass” incentive program. The 10 winners will be confirmed next week according to Patty Montenegro from the water district. “We . . . Read Full Story >>

Median Art Committee is looking for sponsors

The Ridgecrest Median Art Committee is inviting participation from all Indian Wells Valley businesses, organizations and individuals interested in sponsoring and donating median art to enhance the China Lake Boulevard corridor. Of the 18 locations available for monuments, eight have been chosen so far from . . . Read Full Story >>

Water use going down, but not enough yet

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer California cities are scrambling to reduce their water consumption in the midst of the state’s drought as well as Gov. Jerry Brown’s mandated water reduction order. In April, the state averaged 13.5- percent less water use than the . . . Read Full Story >>

City finance director accepts job in Tracy

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer City Finance Director Rachelle McQuiston announced last week that she has taken a new job in Tracy, Calif. Her last day with the city of Ridgecrest will be July 2. McQuiston has accepted the administrative services director position . . . Read Full Story >>

Local economy to be focus of Town Hall

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council will hold a town hall meeting Wednesday, June 10. The topic of the meeting is “What is economic development?” Mayor Peggy Breeden said she is looking to forward to hearing what the community thinks . . . Read Full Story >>

IWVWD pressing hard on conservation

By JAMES SIMMONS News Review Correspondent As they await crucial end-of-month water consumption numbers, members of the management committee of the Indian Wells Valley Water District resolved to move forward with a focus on three water conservation initiatives. District staff proposed a $124,000 education and . . . Read Full Story >>

City Council approves trash rate increase

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council voted during its May 20 meeting to approve a 1.8-percent rate increase for solid waste services. Vice President Rob Hilton and Senior Associate Debbie Morris of HF&H Consultants were present to answer any questions . . . Read Full Story >>

General fund back in black

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Early this month, City Finance Director Rachelle McQuiston presented the fiscal year 2015-16 budget projections to the Ridgecrest City Council. Her projections at the time landed the city’s general fund $86,640.64 in the red. Since then, however, McQuiston . . . Read Full Story >>

Council to hear investment report next Wed.

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council will meet Wednesday, June 3, for an apparently brief meeting by the looks of the agenda. Other than procedural staff and committee reports, only two items are on the consent calendar, with no discussion . . . Read Full Story >>

IWV Land Mgmt Plan passes 5-0

IWV Land Mgmt Plan passes 5-0

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer After four hours of discussion, the Indian Wells Valley Land Management Plan was unanimously approved by the Kern County Board of Supervisors Tuesday afternoon. The Kern County Planning Department’s plan consists of “a series of proposed land use . . . Read Full Story >>

City council revisits budget

Two items were discussed at length during Wednesday evening’s meeting of the Ridgecrest City Council. Public Works Director Loren Culp presented the Landscaping and Lighting District annual engineer’s report for the 2015-16 fiscal year. Finance Director Rachelle McQuiston continued her discussion of the city’s revenue . . . Read Full Story >>

City planner to speak to Republican women

The Ridgecrest Republican Women, Federated, will meet Friday, May 22, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the banquet room of Clarion Inn. Ridgecrest City Planner Mat-thew Alexander will update the group on plans for the city. The public is invited to attend. The cost of . . . Read Full Story >>

Public speaks out on land-use plan

Public speaks out on land-use plan

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Kern County Board of Supervisors came to Ridgecrest Wednesday, May 13, to review and hear public input on the Indian Wells Valley Land Management Plan. More than 100 attendants crowded the Ridgecrest City Council Chambers for the . . . Read Full Story >>

City’s financial struggles could get worse

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Measure L Citizens Over-sight Committee briefed the Ridgecrest City Council last week regarding the committee’s annual fiscal report, in which Chair Scott Garver noted that the city was still recovering from the “backfilling” of years passed. The . . . Read Full Story >>