Searles Valley responds to State approval of IWVGA’s flawed GSP

Searles Valley Minerals (Searles) Trona, CA — The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced Thursday approval of a groundwater sustainability plan (GSP) submitted for the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Basin that clearly violates a key tenet of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA): prohibiting . . . Read Full Story >>

State approves IWVGA groundwater plan

State approves IWVGA groundwater plan

By Patricia Farris News Review Staff Writer Word came to Indian Wells Valley Water District Manager, Don Zdeba, last Thursday that the state had approved the Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP). The plan was submitted to the State Department of Water Resources (DWR) in January 2020. . . . Read Full Story >>

Local COVID cases continue to soar

Local COVID cases continue to soar

RIDGECREST REGIONAL HOSPITAL — As COVID rates continue to surge in the community, and increasing demands on healthcare strains RRH, the hospital is bringing in a contractor to offer free COVID testing to residents. Last week’s positivity rate soared to more than 40 percent as . . . Read Full Story >>

Kern County Public Health Announces 8 new COVID deaths

Kern County Public Health There are 8,737 newly reported confirmed COVID-19 cases in Kern County bringing our total confirmed cases to 189,849 as of Friday 1-14-22. There are eight new deaths being reported. Now a total of 1,972 COVID-19 deaths since the start of the . . . Read Full Story >>

CDC expands booster shot eligibility to 12 – 15

Kern County Public Health Services Department Michelle Corson – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced their endorsement of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) recommendation to expand eligibility of booster doses to those 12 to 15 years old. Also, CDC now . . . Read Full Story >>

COVID spiking in Ridgecrest

RIDGECREST REGIONAL HOSPITAL Rebecca Neipp — COVID transmission in the Indian Wells Valley community soared last week with 294 new positive cases identified through testing at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital (RRH) from Jan. 1-7. The number of positive cases more than doubled during the one-week period, . . . Read Full Story >>

Challenges of rural health care at Ridgecrest Hospital

Ridgecrest Regional Hospital Michelle Whalley – Parts 2&3 — in a series regarding Rural Health — Challenges of rural health care, crisis fatigue “Today’s healthcare workers are tired,” said Michelle Whalley, Rural Health Clinic administrator for Ridgecrest Regional Hospital. “This includes everyone from frontline staff . . . Read Full Story >>

Kern Co announces latest COVID-19 facts

Kern County Public Health Michelle Corson– Announces latest COVID-19 Facts. There are 324 newly reported confirmed cases in Kern County bringing our total confirmed cases to date to 166,183. There are no new deaths being reported today and a total of 1,918 COVID-19 deaths since . . . Read Full Story >>

IWV Water District clarifies adjudication lawsuit

IWV Water District clarifies adjudication lawsuit

By Patricia Farris News Review Publisher Indian Wells Valley Water (IWVW) called a special meeting at the Council Chambers on Tuesday, December 14 to give background information on the district’s decision to file a comprehensive adjudication lawsuit. The purpose of the lawsuit is to “help . . . Read Full Story >>

Water District reacts to GA vote denying its chair position

Water District reacts to GA vote denying its chair position

Most of Monday’s Indian Wells Valley Water District (IWVDW) meeting was taken up with a discussion regarding the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority’s (GA) vote. They voted to deny the water district’s representative for their term as chairperson for the GA board for the upcoming . . . Read Full Story >>

GA votes 3-2 to remove Rajtora as chair

By BRIAN COSNER News Review correspondent After tabling the decision for a month, the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority (GA) voted Wednesday, Dec. 8, to pass over the IWV Water District representative’s turn as GA leader and rotate back to Kern County as chair. Supporters . . . Read Full Story >>

’It’s Christmas Time In The City’

’It’s Christmas Time In The City’

Laura Austin Photo: The city’s Christmas tree lights came on during their annual tree lighting ceremony last Friday evening. The event included special activities for the children and live music that accompanied a Christmas Carol Sing-A-Long. Refreshments of cookies and hot chocolate were served during . . . Read Full Story >>

Women’s Center also offers support to men

Women’s Center also offers support to men

By LAURA QUEZADA News Review Staff Writer Two times per month, the second and final Thurday of the month at 3 o’clock, local men have the opportunity to meet with other men for support in navigating the often difficult journey of being a man in . . . Read Full Story >>

Forest unveils Piute Mountains and Sequoia travel planner

Forest unveils Piute Mountains and Sequoia travel planner

US Forest Service – Sequoia National Forest officials announce the new Piute Mountains Travel Management webpage for public use. The Piute Mountains unit is a popular destination for off-road vehicle enthusiasts, hikers, and hunters. The area comprises a set of world-class OHV trails, a unique . . . Read Full Story >>

RRH celebrates National Rural Health

RRH celebrates National Rural Health

Ridgecrest Regional Hospital Jayde Glenn – Americans gather on the fourth Thursday of November to give thanks. But on the third Thursday, a lesser-known national observance celebrated the selfless service and community-minded spirit of providers and employees in rural healthcare. In the following series, Ridgecrest . . . Read Full Story >>

IWVGA questions Water District leadership

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer After a contentious year of IWV Groundwater Authority (GA) – IWV Water District relations, GA board members and staff discussed the upcoming position of board chair and are considering skipping over the district and rotating back to Kern . . . Read Full Story >>

Two killed in plane crash near Garlock on Friday

Two killed in plane crash near Garlock on Friday

By LAURA Austin News Review Staff Writer A plane crashed Friday afternoon, killing two people. Kern County Sheriff and Fire Departments responded to the scene upon reports of a aircraft crash at 2:45pm. On arrival, the first responders found the remains of a crashed aircraft . . . Read Full Story >>

Type 1 Diabetes: Warning signs to watch for in children

Ridgecrest Regional Hospital Jayde Glenn –There is no way to prevent or cure Type 1 Diabetes, which affects about 200,000 American children. But knowing the warning signs can result in managing the disease and allowing individuals who carry the diagnosis to live full and happy . . . Read Full Story >>

Physician addresses diseases of despair in COVID fallout

Physician addresses diseases of despair in COVID fallout

Ridgecrest Regional Hospital Jayde Glenn –Among the many serious impacts of the long COVID pandemic are the mental and emotional issues — sometimes called ‘Diseases of Despair’ — that came in its wake. With this week’s observance of Stress Awareness Day (the third Wednesday of . . . Read Full Story >>

DOD Employees publicly demonstrate opposition to COVID-19 mandates

DOD Employees publicly demonstrate opposition to COVID-19 mandates

By Patricia Farris, News Review Publisher A number of Department of Defense employees have been demonstrating their opposition to the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for the last several weeks, every weekday near the China Lake gate. A spokesman for the group, Reid Stevens, stated clearly that . . . Read Full Story >>