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 >>

City Council meets tonight

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council is scheduled to discuss both the creation of new business agreements as well as the termination of old ones at tonight’s meeting. The regular session begins at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers at City . . . Read Full Story >>

Ron Carter name for skate park tabled

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council at their Feb. 18 meeting tabled its decision to name the skate park at LeRoy Jackson Park in honor of former Mayor Ron Carter who died in late 2014. “Since [Carter’s] passing, both staff . . . Read Full Story >>

How do we rate? Part 5 in a series

How do we rate? Part 5 in a series

Rebecca Neipp

- Low cost of living, high median income, low unemployment, high-performing schools, low crime rate, clean air and emerging services in local health care make the IWV an attractive place to live. This final installment of our series showcases how life in our small desert . . . Read Full Story >>

Skate Park may be named for Ron Carter

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Committee appointments, road construction and a Ronald H. Carter Skate Park are on the agenda for tonight’s meeting of the Ridgecrest City Council. The council will meet at 6 p.m. in City Hall Council Chambers. During its last . . . Read Full Story >>

Comments close Monday for DRECP

Rebecca Neipp

The public comment period for the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan — which will impose fundamental changes on the use of land and other resources in the desert region of California — will close Monday, Feb. 23. The DRECP is being prepared as a collaborative . . . Read Full Story >>

Water board defers rate increase

By JAMES SIMMONS News Review Correspondent Several months of preparation was set aside Monday night as the board of directors of the Indian Wells Valley Water District tabled a proposal to adopt a new schedule of water usage rates and other fees. The board heard . . . Read Full Story >>

City reviews $775,640 general fund deficit

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer During last week’s Ridgecrest City Council meeting, Ken Pun of Pun & McGeady, the auditing firm for the city, revealed a $775,640 deficit in the city’s general fund for fiscal year 2013-14. In his comprehensive annual financial report, . . . Read Full Story >>

District closing gap for immunizations

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Following the measles outbreak at Disneyland in late December, children’s immunization has been brought to the forefront. According to Michelle Savko, coordinator of pupil support services and special projects with the Sierra Sands Unified School District, roughly 12 . . . Read Full Story >>

How do we rate? Part 4 in a series

Rebecca Neipp

- Low cost of living, high median income, low unemployment, high-performing schools, low crime rate, clean air and emerging services in local health care make the IWV an attractive place to live. This third installment of our series showcases how life in our small desert . . . Read Full Story >>

BLM to hold public grant mtgs.

The Bureau of Land Mana-gement announced it will host several public meetings to provide input on the development of off-highway vehicle grant proposals. The Ridgecrest meeting will take place Feb. 18, 6:30-8 p.m., at the BLM field office, 300 S. Richmond Rd. More information on . . . Read Full Story >>

Businesses report on traffic flow after boulevard reopens

Businesses report on traffic flow after boulevard reopens

By LIDDY BUTLER News Review Correspondent With the reopening of West Ridgecrest Boulevard — after a prolonged period of partial closure during extensive reconstruction — business owners along the heart of the city reported on the resumption of traffic now that accessibility has been restored. . . . Read Full Story >>

Rezoning notices go out

Rebecca Neipp

Some 18,000 notices were sent out this week to property owners in the Indian Wells Valley who will potentially be impacted by rezoning as part of an endeavor to adopt a plan in the works at the Kern County level. The announcement unveils the draft . . . Read Full Story >>

How do we rate? Part 3 in a series

How do we rate? Part 3 in a series

Rebecca Neipp

- Low cost of living, high median income, low unemployment, high-performing schools, low crime rate, clean air and emerging services in local health care make the IWV an attractive place to live. This third installment of our series showcases how life in our small desert . . . Read Full Story >>

City council meets tonight

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council will have its regular meeting tonight at 6 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall. The East Kern Air Pollution Control District is offering grant funding to the city to purchase a new . . . Read Full Story >>

Council establishes, assigns committees

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer At its regular meeting Jan. 21, Ridgecrest City Council established three new standing committees as well as nominating new members to fill vacancies in existing committees. The council unanimously passed creation of an Infrastructure Committee, City Organization and . . . Read Full Story >>

BLM to host public mtgs. for input on OHV grant proposals

The Bureau of Land Management has announced it will host several public meetings to provide input on the development of off-highway vehicle grant proposals. The Ridgecrest meeting will take place Feb. 18, 6:30-8 p.m., at the BLM field office, 300 S. Richmond Rd. The grants . . . Read Full Story >>

City compromises with charter school

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Ridgecrest City Council, meeting on Jan. 21, approved an application from Ridgecrest Charter School to modify its Conditional Use Permit. The subject was discussed during the council’s Dec. 3, 2014, meeting but was deferred to a later date . . . Read Full Story >>

How do we rate? Part 2 in a series

How do we rate? Part 2 in a series

Rebecca Neipp

- Low cost of living, high median income, low unemployment, high-performing schools, low crime rate, clean air and emerging services in local health care make the IWV an attractive place to live. This second installment of our series showcases how life in our small desert . . . Read Full Story >>

Mayor tells of $$ from new visitors

Mayor tells of $$ from new visitors

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer When Mayor Peggy Breeden spoke tothe Ridgecrest Republican Women on Friday, Jan. 23, she shared an interest in establishing regular “Town Hall” meetings where the public could discuss ideas and concerns. She invited attendees to share potential topics. . . . Read Full Story >>