Nail salons allowed to reopen indoors

Nail salons allowed to reopen indoors

Rebecca Neipp

Nail salons in California have been granted approval to move operations indoors, according to an announcement from State Health Secretary Dr. Mark Ghlay during a Tuesday press conference. According to Ghlay, the latest order applies even to those working counties in the Purple Tier (including . . . Read Full Story >>

GA calls fee protest a ‘non event’

GA calls fee protest a ‘non event’

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff WriterAfter the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority voted 4-1 to approve a groundwater replenishment fee amid strong opposition from the public, valley property owners have since gathered nearly 3,000 referendum signatures in an effort to move the decision to . . . Read Full Story >>

Numerous heat records set in Death Valley

Numerous heat records set in Death Valley

Over the summer of 2020, numerous heat records were broken at Death Valley National Park — which experienced what may be some of the hottest days ever recorded on Earth. This meteorological summer (June-August) had an average (day and night combined) temperature of 102.7. This . . . Read Full Story >>

City approves legal fee increase

City approves legal fee increase

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The city will see an increase in legal fees after the Ridgecrest City Council voted 4-1 to approve a new city attorney retainer agreement with Olivarez Madruga Lemieux O’Neill, LLP. The agreement ups the monthly retainer fee of . . . Read Full Story >>

City wants groundwater exploration

City wants groundwater exploration

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer After a two-week delay, the Ridgecrest City Council addressed Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority matters for the first time since the GA’s approval of a controversial “groundwater replenishment” fee. “What I’m hoping to see after that hot-button issue . . . Read Full Story >>

Treasures destroyed, threatened by fire

Treasures destroyed, threatened by fire

Rebecca Neipp

As 17,000 firefighters continue to battle 25 major wildfires — which have burned more than 3 million acres, destroyed thousands of structures and claimed at least 25 lives — the impact of the closest fires remain evident, if diminished, for residents in the Indian Wells . . . Read Full Story >>

DV increases fire restrictions

DV increases fire restrictions

DEATH VALLEY – Due to high fire danger, Death Valley National Park is increasing fire restrictions and prohibiting all campfires and most other uses of open flame within Death Valley National Park effective Saturday, September 12th. These new restrictions are in addition to regular annual . . . Read Full Story >>

Fires spark closures, prohibitions

Fires spark closures, prohibitions

Rebecca Neipp

REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer A record-breaking wildfire season has prompted the closure of all 18 National Forests in the state of California. U.S. Forest Service rangers announced the closure of eight forests on Monday, and closed the remaining 10 on Wednesday, citing extreme . . . Read Full Story >>

Residents aim to  ‘defeat water  replenishment fee’

Residents aim to ‘defeat water replenishment fee’

BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Indian Wells Valley residents are continuing to collect referendum signatures in an attempt to protest the recent groundwater replenishment fee approved by the IWV Groundwater Authority last month. Organizers have until Sept. 20 to collect the desired 2,000 signatures . . . Read Full Story >>

COVID-19 positives slow, RRH switches to weekly updates

COVID-19 positives slow, RRH switches to weekly updates

With a slow-down in the number of positive cases for COVID-19 being reported out of Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, the local dashboard will move from daily to weekly updates. Local case information will be reported Mondays at www.rrh.org/covid19. County information will continue being updated on a . . . Read Full Story >>

Air quality reaches ’very unhealthy’ levels amid California fires

Air quality reaches ’very unhealthy’ levels amid California fires

Smoke from numerous fires blazing across California exposed residents “very unhealthy” air quality on Tuesday. Clinicians at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital reported an uncharacteristically high number of patients seeking treatment for allergy, asthma and other respiratory concerns “most likely due to our current environmental situation.” See . . . Read Full Story >>

Four new record-high temps

Four new record-high temps

Rebecca Neipp

The Indian Wells Valley recorded four new record-high temperatures, according to official data collected by the China Lake Weather Office. Tamera Walters, lead forecaster, said that Sept. 3 through Sept. 8 were originally predicted to break decades-old records. “Due to the smoke, we did not . . . Read Full Story >>

Fires spark more closures, prohibitions

Fires spark more closures, prohibitions

Rebecca Neipp

Rangers from the U.S. Forest Service announced temporary closures and increased prohibitions in Southern California wilderness during our record-breaking wildfire season. “Most of California remains under the threat of unprecedented and dangerous fire conditions with a combination of extreme heat, significant wind events, dry conditions, . . . Read Full Story >>

New ‘Blueprint’ for reopening

New ‘Blueprint’ for reopening

Rebecca Neipp

A new four-tiered system, detailed metrics and a more easily navigable state COVID dashboard were part of the “Blueprint for a Safer Economy” unveiled by Gov. Gavin Newsom last Friday. While officials have expressed appreciation for the added clarity in adaptations and requirements for reopening . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Cottage industry’ ordinance approved

‘Cottage industry’ ordinance approved

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council approved a “cottage industry” ordinance Wednesday, which would allow residents to secure permits with the county to operate home cosmetology or food businesses. “This sounds like the city finally has a good recommendation,” said . . . Read Full Story >>

Mountain communities evacuated as SQF Complex Fire surpasses 45,000 acres

Mountain communities evacuated as SQF Complex Fire surpasses 45,000 acres

Smoke advisories remain in effect, as the Sequoia National Complex Fire eclipses 45,000 acres. The Castle and Shotgun fires, whose flames were sparked by lightning last week, have combined into what officials are now calling the SQF Complex Fire. A growing perimeter, wind, dry temperatures . . . Read Full Story >>

Pool options considered

Pool options considered

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The city’s Parks, Recreation & Quality of Life Committee is pursuing options for a new public pool for Ridgecrest. “There’s a grant being pursued for up to $8.5 million that could be used for a pool,” reported Councilmember . . . Read Full Story >>

Expect more record-high temps

Expect more record-high temps

Rebecca Neipp

China Lake Forecaster Tamera Walters noted that Ridgecrest is poised for more record-high temperatures in the coming week. She shared the following record highs, including the year that they were set: Sept. 4 — 109 in 1988 Sept. 5 — 108 in 1989 Sept. 6 . . . Read Full Story >>

Outage triggered by city contractor

Outage triggered by city contractor

A crew from Bowman Asphalt, contracted by the city for improvements on the corner of China Lake Boulevard and Dolphin Avenue, mistakenly cut a cable while excavating a new culvert at the site. The severed cable apparently triggered an outage for AT&T cellular customers. “Everything . . . Read Full Story >>

Effects of raging  wildfires hit home

Effects of raging wildfires hit home

Rebecca Neipp

In a year of superlatives, California’s 2020 wildfire season is another realm of disasters that has secured a spot in the record books. At press time, hundreds of fires across the state — many of which have been exacerbated by lightning strikes over the last . . . Read Full Story >>