Council solicits applicants

Council solicits applicants

Rebecca Neipp

Ridgecrest City Council decided at its Wednesday night meeting to solicit applicants, starting immediately, in order to appoint someone to fill a vacant position during its Dec. 18 meeting. Throughout the meeting, members of the public — and even the council — questioned the transparency . . . Read Full Story >>

More groundwater fees to come

More groundwater fees to come

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer As the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority continues to figure out how to cover its costs for developing the valley’s Groundwater Sustainability Plan, the GA board also heard a presentation last month regarding additional future fees to pay . . . Read Full Story >>

Tallying census impact

Tallying census impact

Rebecca Neipp

As the U.S. Census Bureau prepares to tally every person living in the United States, the Kern Complete Count Committee is partnering with nonprofit, faith-based and service-oriented organizations to ensure that everyone living within Kern County is accounted for. Residents will begin receiving census forms . . . Read Full Story >>

City completes paving goals

City completes paving goals

The Ridgecrest Public Works Department announced this week that its street division has completed its work for the fall paving season. “This great team completed another 715,969 square feet of slurry,” said Public Works Director Bard Lower. He noted that the program topped its spring . . . Read Full Story >>

Local rescue group assists in months-long search for missing girl

Local rescue group assists in months-long search for missing girl

Volunteers from the China Lake Mountain Rescue Group assist Kern Valley Search and Rescue and Kern County Sheriff’s Office, which spent some time last week looking for an 11-year-old girl who went missing June 22 near the Pearl Harbor bridge on the Kern River. “The . . . Read Full Story >>

Property taxes due Tuesday, Dec. 10

Kern County Treasurer-Tax Collector Jordan Kaufman announced that the first installment of property taxes is due Tuesday, Dec. 10. “In order to avoid a 10-percent late penalty, property tax payments must be made in person, online, or postmarked on or before Dec. 10,” said Kaufman. . . . Read Full Story >>

50+ miles per hour winds blow through town

50+ miles per hour winds blow through town

Warping on the new structure of RCA Church is just one instance of damage apparently caused by Monday’s high winds, gusting above 50 miles per hour. — Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

Council sends lighting dist. back to committee

Council sends lighting dist. back to committee

By LAURA LEIGH MONTEREY News Review Correspondent Despite numerous attempts to put the lighting and landscaping ordinance to bed, the topic refuses to go quietly. Issues involving fairness to taxpayers, builders and the city continue to pull these interested parties together to discuss the best . . . Read Full Story >>

Conservation work continues at Scotty’s Castle

Conservation work continues at Scotty’s Castle

The $45-million effort to restore Scotty’s Castle, the Death Valley landmark that was closed after flood damage in October 2015, continues thanks to funding from park entrance fees, Federal Highway Administration, National Park Service deferred maintenance accounts and donations. Post flood, Death Valley National Park . . . Read Full Story >>

Council to discuss vacancy

Council to discuss vacancy

Rebecca Neipp

Ridgecrest City Council will discuss how to move forward with filling its present vacancy during its next regular meeting, scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 6 p.m. at City Hall. During last week’s meeting, the council formally accepted the resignation of former Vice Mayor Wallace . . . Read Full Story >>

Semi collision temporarily closes 395

Semi collision temporarily closes 395

Pictured is one of two fallen semi-trailer trucks closed down Highway 395 for several hours near the intersection with Bowman Road last Friday afternoon. According to the California Highway Patrol Mojave Office, both trucks were traveling southbound on the highway when they collided for unknown . . . Read Full Story >>

Census recruiter seeks local help

Rebecca Neipp

Jody Schultz, a recruiter from the Bakersfield Census Office, addressed Ridgecrest City Council during last week’s regular meeting to discuss her presence in the local community. “As you know, in 2020 we are going to be having our census,” she said. She added that the . . . Read Full Story >>

IWVGA still juggling finances

IWVGA still juggling finances

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority had multiple financial items on the agenda for its meeting last week. But the absence of a consolidated budget is leaving members of the public – and GA boardmembers – with a . . . Read Full Story >>

Council  accepts  Martin resignation

Council accepts Martin resignation

Rebecca Neipp

The Ridgecrest City Council accepted the resignation of former Vice Mayor Wallace Martin during Wednesday evening’s regular meeting. A public notice for the emergency addendum was released on Tuesday, allowing the members of the council to officially take action on an item that did not . . . Read Full Story >>

Concerns about   costs raised at water  board, city council

Concerns about costs raised at water board, city council

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer After a nearly four-hour committee meeting earlier this month to discuss the draft Groundwater Sustainability Plan for the Indian Wells Valley, the IWV Water District and the Ridgecrest City Council have both continued to discuss the proposal prior . . . Read Full Story >>

Holiday closures announced for county landfill

The Kern County Public Works Department announced that all county landfill sites will be closed Nov. 28-29 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, Dec. 25 in observance of Christmas and Jan. 1 in observance of New Year’s Day. For regular facility hours of operation see . . . Read Full Story >>

Growers file claim

At press time, the News Review received notice that Mojave Pistachios and a coalition of local farmers filed on Nov. 19 to “impose a physical solution amongst nine users in the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Basin to preserve and protect the basin’s water supply, the . . . Read Full Story >>

Martin resigns council seat

Martin resigns council seat

Rebecca Neipp

Following a years-long dispute about the residency claimed by Wallace Martin prior to his 2016 bid for Ridgecrest City Council, the vice mayor announced just before midnight on Saturday, Nov. 16, that he would be resigning as of 11:59 p.m. that day. Martin was elected . . . Read Full Story >>

Financial, legal concerns aired at GSP meeting

Financial, legal concerns aired at GSP meeting

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer When the draft Groundwater Sustainability Plan was presented to the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority committees last week, some said it raised more questions than it answered — specifically how the valley would pay for more than $200 . . . Read Full Story >>

Draft GSP projected at $200M+

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Members of the public are now able to view the valley’s Groundwater Sustainability Plan in draft form. The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority uploaded the proposed plan prior to the Thursday meeting of the board’s Technical Advisory and . . . Read Full Story >>