More questions crop up for casino

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer As the News Review went to press, community and casino interests gathered for a public input session hosted by the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe to collect comments on draft documentation relating to the development of the proposed casino. But . . . Read Full Story >>

Groundwater Authority still finding its way

Groundwater Authority still finding its way

The IWV Groundwater authority still waits to hear if it will receive the state funding it needs to proceed. Committees continue to question their functions and debate the redundancy of engineering work. Meanwhile, agencies independently draft potential solutions, unsure if they will meet state requirements. . . . Read Full Story >>

Conservation  district to  discuss  programs for  landowners

Conservation district to discuss programs for landowners

The Eastern Kern County Resource Conservation District, in partnership with the California Department of Conservation, the Natural Resources Conservation Service and Farm Service Agency, will host a workshop on programs for landowners on Thursday, Jan. 11, from 5-7 p.m. at the Desert Valleys Credit Union . . . Read Full Story >>

Council approves park assessment

Council approves park assessment

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council approved a $92,500 contract with SCI Consulting Group to establish a park assessment district. The motion was approved with the understanding that the city is immediately responsible for only a $4,500 feasibility study. Councilmembers . . . Read Full Story >>

Firefighters struggle to contain Thomas Fire

Firefighters struggle to contain Thomas Fire

Rebecca Neipp

Absence of significant rainfall, continuing low humidity, historically high tree mortality, rugged terrain and high winds have all contributed to the massive spread of the Thomas Fire — which at press time was on the brink of becoming the largest in state recorded history. By . . . Read Full Story >>

New biz  coming to  Ridgecrest?

New biz coming to Ridgecrest?

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer During the last Ridgecrest City Council meeting, Councilmember Lindsey Stephens announced that the city is in talks with multiple businesses with interest in coming to Ridgecrest. Stephens said the Economic Development Committee heard updates earlier this month on . . . Read Full Story >>

Water District advances $500K to GA

Water District advances $500K to GA

"If you really want to do this, you should make everybody responsible ... that money, by the way, belongs to the ratepayers. And you really ought to think very hard how you use it." — Stan Rajtora ***** By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer . . . Read Full Story >>

Inferno continues  on California coast

Inferno continues on California coast

Rebecca Neipp

“We don’t really have a ‘fire season’ in California any more — it’s ‘fire season’ all year long,” said Cal Fire Battalion Chief Mike Mohler. With firefighters endeavoring to contain one of the largest fires in state history and an overall brush fire index higher . . . Read Full Story >>

California on fire

California on fire

“California’s fire season now lasts all year long.” Such was the solemn observation of one firefighter, who noted that there has been little reprieve for those battling scores of wildfires across the state in 2017 alone. With the Thomas Fire in Ventura eclipsing 100,000 acres . . . Read Full Story >>

McLaughlin  sworn in  as chief

McLaughlin sworn in as chief

Rebecca Neipp

As this edition was going to press, Jed McLaughlin was being officially sworn in as the chief of the Ridgecrest Police Department, a role he has been filling in a temporary capacity since his predecessor Ron Strand was appointed city manager. The ceremony was held . . . Read Full Story >>

Water District  meets Monday

Water District meets Monday

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Water District will meet Monday evening, 6 p.m. While agenda information was not available at press time, district representatives have said that data from the recent SkyTEM fly-over survey would be available for review . . . Read Full Story >>

Council addresses infrastructure,  groundwater

Council addresses infrastructure, groundwater

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Wednesday night the Ridgecrest City Council got its first chance to use its new electronic-voting system. However, the system worked only long enough for council to approve the consent calendar. When it came to approving the allocation of . . . Read Full Story >>

Missing relative found in river

By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer A desperate search that spanned four counties over the course of seven months for a missing 51-year-old Ventura woman came to an end this weekend when Kern County officials recovered from the Kern River what they believe are . . . Read Full Story >>

City Council to meet Wednesday

City Council to meet Wednesday

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council will hold a public hearing during it’s regular meeting Wednesday, Dec. 6, 6 p.m. at City Hall to approve Community Development Block Grant funds for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. The public will have a . . . Read Full Story >>

‘No merit’ to FPPC complaint against mayor

‘No merit’ to FPPC complaint against mayor

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The state Fair Political Practices Commission has declined to pursue a complaint filed against Mayor Peggy Breeden last month regarding her vote of support for the city to withdraw from the Property Assessed Clean Energy financing program. The . . . Read Full Story >>

City contract could expedite  development

City contract could expedite development

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer By request of many local builders and developers, the city voted to initiate an agreement with Wildan Engineering for building plan check and inspection services. The Ridgecrest City Council approved the professional services contract during a Nov. 15 . . . Read Full Story >>

TaSM blimp spotted over IYK

TaSM blimp spotted over IYK

A blimp parked in a clearing at Inyokern Airport this weekend was spotted in the skies on Monday and Tuesday of this week, when Technology and Supply Management of Fairfax, Va., conducted tests and demonstrations of aerostat technology for a potential international customer. “TaSM appreciates . . . Read Full Story >>

SkyTEM completes aerial survey

SkyTEM completes aerial survey

Rebecca Neipp

After SkyTEM flew a route of nearly 800 kilometers over the Indian Wells Valley to collect data on our groundwater table, IWV Water District General Manager Don Zdeba is cautiously optimistic that the survey collected the input necessary to build a more comprehensive understanding of . . . Read Full Story >>

FPPC complaint names Mayor  Breeden, Councilman Mower

FPPC complaint names Mayor Breeden, Councilman Mower

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Mayor Peggy Breeden has been named in a California Fair Political Practices Commission complaint following the Ridgecrest City Council’s decision last month to block access to loans offered by the Property Assessed Clean Energy program. The Checks & . . . Read Full Story >>

Council passes cannabis ban in Ridgecrest

Council passes cannabis ban in Ridgecrest

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer After the second reading of an ordinance amending the Ridgecrest Municipal Code to outlaw commercial or medical cultivation or distribution of cannabis within the city, the Ridgecrest City Council unanimously approved the amendment during its regular Wednesday meeting. . . . Read Full Story >>