Water district votes to reduce watering days

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Indian Wells Valley Water District General Manager Don Zdeba gave the IWVWD board a briefing during last Monday’s regular meeting on Gov. Jerry Brown’s April 1 executive order in response to -what many are calling an unprecedented drought . . . Read Full Story >>

CSD votes for annexation

Rebecca Neipp

A proposal for annexation of the Community Services District to the Indian Wells Valley Water District was unanimously approved by CDC at its April 9 board meeting. President Ron Farris cited the district’s poor financial situation, imminent loss of its only employee with the technical . . . Read Full Story >>

Land use: what passed and why

Land use: what passed and why

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer After several months, half a dozen public forums and numerous iterations, Kern County’s proposed changes in land use will come to a vote of the Board of Supervisors on May 13. But the plan’s multiple, and sometimes conflicting, . . . Read Full Story >>

Watering limits proposed

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Last month, the California Water Resource Control Board adopted additional emergency conservation regulations “to safeguard the state’s remaining water supplies as California enters a fourth consecutive dry year,” according to waterboards.ca.gov. In response to these regulations, the Indian . . . Read Full Story >>

Legal expert addresses new water mandates

Rebecca Neipp

In light of a series of mandates being handed down from the state that address California’s ongoing water crisis, a joint ad hoc committee including members of the Ridgecrest City Council and the IWV Water District Board of Directors heard a legal brief on the . . . Read Full Story >>

Gleason stresses importance of land-use plan

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Groundwater sustainability was the topic of conversation when Kern County 1st District Supervisor Mick Gleason addressed the Ridgecrest Republican Women, Federated. In the face of state-mandated water use restrictions and resource-management regulations, he outlined for his listeners a . . . Read Full Story >>

Local teens killed on Hwy 395

Rebecca Neipp

An early-morning crash Wednesday on Highway 395 claimed the lives of three, including two local teenagers, according to reports from the California Highway Patrol. CHP reported that 23-year-old Erica Greif of Reno, Nev., was driving her Volkswagen southbound on 395 near Searles Station shortly after . . . Read Full Story >>

Water still hot topic in Ridgecrest

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Water discussions continue in public forums throughout the community as staffers from the Kern County Planning Commission and Community Development Depart-ment publicize the findings of a draft environmental impact report. The 2,000-page document has kicked up controversy over . . . Read Full Story >>

Land-use plan vetted to commission, council

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest Planning Commission decided against sending a letter of approval regarding the Kern County Planning and Community Development’s Indian Wells Valley Land Use Manage-ment Plan as originally intended. After input from Mayor Peggy Breeden and city staff . . . Read Full Story >>

Response to land-use plan on council agenda

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Several citizens have asked the Ridgecrest City Council to respond to the Kern County Board of Supervisors regarding the proposed Indian Wells Valley Land Use Management Plan. The council will meet to discuss this item, among others, at . . . Read Full Story >>

Council approves broadband proposal

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The city’s Special Projects Consultant Justin O’Neill gave a proposal to the Ridgecrest City Council last week to improve local broadband access, speed and reliability. “I’m trying to address what it is our community needs, how best to . . . Read Full Story >>

Energy, broadband items before council

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer More road construction and several other discussion items are on the agenda for next week’s meeting of the Ridgecrest City Council. Representatives of the Kern County Planning and Community Development Department will present a third public workshop for . . . Read Full Story >>

Monarch gets COA

Monarch announced this week that it received its first Certificate of Waiver or Authorization for the Monarch AG to be used for aerial survey in the California State Parks system. Eileen Shibley, CEO of the local unmanned-systems startup, said that although the COA does not . . . Read Full Story >>

Water board approves rate hikes

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Water District Board of Directors voted to approve Ordinance 96 during the board’s monthly meeting Monday, March 9. The ordinance calls for an incremental water-rate increase over the next three years. “Overall, rates will . . . Read Full Story >>

Use of parks funding being questioned

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Talk of reappropriating Tax Allocation Bond funds has ruffled some feathers in the community in regard to the Kerr McGee Sports Complex. In 2012 the Ridgecrest City Council voted to allocate $2.5 million, out of some $24 million, . . . Read Full Story >>

Council approves Carter plaque

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer During their regular meeting March 18, the Ridgecrest City Council approved the installation of a memorial plaque honoring the late former Mayor Ron Carter at the LeRoy Jackson Skate Park. Council had previously discussed naming the park after . . . Read Full Story >>

Committee OKs petroglyph theme

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Earlier this month, the Ridgecrest Median Art Committee decided that petroglyph art would be the consistent theme for the medians now under construction on North China Lake Boulevard. Committeemember and local hotelier Dan Spurgeon gave a presentation to . . . Read Full Story >>

Midyear projection has city $139K in the black

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Following rumors of a general-fund deficit, Finance Director Rachelle McQuiston reported to the Ridgecrest City Council Wednesday evening, March 4, that the fund is projected to be $139,376 in the black for the 2014-2015 fiscal year. “There was . . . Read Full Story >>

Spurgeon proposes petroglyph medians

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Last month during its Feb. 12 special meeting, the Ridgecrest Planning Commission discussed the installation of median artwork that will follow the construction on North China Lake Boulevard. SpringHill Suites General Manager Dan Spurgeon gave a presentation on . . . Read Full Story >>

Inyokern CSD board votes to dissolve

Rebecca Neipp

The Inyokern Community Services District voted at its Feb. 12 board meeting to dissolve the agency that provides essential services to the unincorporated areas in the western Indian Wells Valley. According to a statement from Operations Manager Brian Bebee, the district is working with county . . . Read Full Story >>