Outrage over jail  closure

Outrage over jail closure

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Members of the public and the Ridgecrest City Council expressed their shock and outrage following the Kern County Sheriff’s Office press release on Wednesday afternoon announcing closure of the Ridgecrest Jail. The item was brought up during the . . . Read Full Story >>

Teachers express concerns about pay

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Desert Area Teachers Associ-ation President Barbara Walls and other teachers spoke out about teachers’ salaries during last week’s meeting of the Sierra Sands Unified School District Board. “Tis the season for recruiting teachers,” said Walls. “Unfortuna-tely for this . . . Read Full Story >>

General fund tracking OK

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council has been receiving monthly finance reports from Finance Director Tyrell Staheli, and as of November, the city’s year-to-date finances are “on track,” said Staheli during last week’s council meeting. Staheli’s report included details on . . . Read Full Story >>

Clarification, update on groundwater JPA

BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Last week the News Review mistakenly announced that the Kern County Board of Supervisors had passed a resolution proposing the use of Joint Powers Authority legal structure to form a groundwater agency for the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Basin. . . . Read Full Story >>

Fair turns profit, looks to expand

Fair turns profit, looks to expand

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Desert Empire Fair saw a $53,639 profit during last year’s fall fair, and Executive Director Chip Holloway has big plans on the horizon. During a talk to the Ridge-crest Republican Women last week, Holloway discussed both the . . . Read Full Story >>

SCE to close local office

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The new green fence surrounding the local Southern California Edison office does not signal construction, but rather that the office is scheduled to be closed permanently according to a notice sent out by SCE. “We plan to close . . . Read Full Story >>

Lions Club to host fraud prevention program

The Ridgecrest Lions Club will host a program on fighting fraud Jan. 25, at 6:30 p.m. in the Red Rock and Chimney Peak rooms of Kerr McGee Center. The program will be delivered by Detective Aaron Tucker of the Ridgecrest Police Department, Ashley Glover of . . . Read Full Story >>

Ordinance limits watering to once a week

Ordinance limits watering to once a week

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Water District is restricting its customers’ landscape watering to one day a week through the month of February according to the new ordinance that was approved during the Jan. 11 meeting. The new Ordinance . . . Read Full Story >>

Health care: what reforms are worth saving?

Rebecca Neipp

With a push by the U.S. House of Representatives last week to repeal the Affordable Care Act, an action paralleling the Senate’s initiative last month, Ridgecrest Regional Hospital CEO Jim Suver reflected on which reforms have worked, which have not and which aspects might be . . . Read Full Story >>

Resources for fighting fraud in 2016

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Do you have concerns about credit card fraud or identity theft? Are you worried about contractor fraud or even aware of what that is? A “Tips for Fighting Fraud in 2016” seminar will be held Wednesday, Jan. 27, . . . Read Full Story >>

Pregnancy Care Center moves to new building

Pregnancy Care Center moves to new building

Rebecca Neipp

After a burst water pipe over the holidays destroyed the Silver Ridge offices of the Pregnancy Care Center, a local business owner stepped up to provide space to the local advocates for prenatal services. According to PCC Director Erin Higgins, the staff returned from a . . . Read Full Story >>

Reminder about rain and watering

The Indian Wells Valley Water District reminded its users, in light of predicted storms throughout the month, that Ordinance 97 restricts outdoor watering within 48 hours of a measurable rainfall event. “These restrictions reflect statewide restrictions implemented by the State Water Resources Control Board April . . . Read Full Story >>

Fires displace two families

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Two families were displaced from their homes following two house fires in as many days last weekend. While there were no serious injuries, the unrelated fires destroyed more than $280,000 worth of property. The first fire occurred Saturday, . . . Read Full Story >>

Brown calls for conservation extension

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Gov. Jerry Brown has issued an extension of the urban water use restrictions put in place last May. His Executive Order (EO B-36-15) calls for the restriction, a statewide 25-percent reduction in urban water use, to remain active . . . Read Full Story >>

BLM reopens WEMO comment period

The Bureau of Land Manage-ment announced last week that it will continue taking public input on the West Mojave Route Network Project (WEMO) and associated Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for an additional 120 days. The reopening of the comment period, which originally closed in . . . Read Full Story >>

Water District Finance Committee calls drought surcharge ‘unjustifiable’

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer A drought surcharge that has lingered on the Indian Wells Valley Water District Finance Commit-tee’s agenda as a “future agenda item” for several months has officially been removed from the agenda for the time being. During the committee’s . . . Read Full Story >>

Sandbags available in Bakersfield

With the anticipation of more storms this winter and potential risk of flooding, the Kern County Fire Department announced recently that residents can pick up sand bags at local stations. “Right now we have no flood warnings or watches for the high desert,” said Scott . . . Read Full Story >>

Deputy D.A. to focus on fighting fraud

The Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce will host Deputy District Attorney David Wolf in its Tuesday, Jan. 12, program at noon at the Clarion Inn. “The new credit cards, with the computer chips, started rolling out in October of 2015. Will they work? What’s the catch? . . . Read Full Story >>

Republican Women to host Chip Holloway

Ridgecrest Republican Women Federated will host Desert Empire Fairgrounds Executive Director Chip Holloway at its Friday, Jan. 15, meeting at noon at the Clarion Inn. Holloway was born in Baton Rouge , La., in 1960. He grew up in New Orleans and attended Louisiana State . . . Read Full Story >>

City discusses finances, GSA participation

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council met on Wednesday, Dec. 16 where a number of items sparked discussion during the meeting’s nearly three-hour duration. In addition to passing an amended medical marijuana ordinance, Council discussed the city’s current financial status . . . Read Full Story >>