Controversial lending option discussed at council meeting

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council fielded a roughly 90-minute discussion regarding the Property Assessed Clean Energy Program, a lending options that is currently available to Ridgecrest residents. The item was brought up for public discussion after the council received . . . Read Full Story >>

City parks makeover continues

City parks makeover continues

Rebecca Neipp

After years stuck in the queue for funding and development, local parks are finally getting a long-anticipated upgrade. Years ago, prior city councils set aside tax allocation bond money to improve local parks. In addition to the projects getting reprioritized behind other infrastructure projects, a . . . Read Full Story >>

Council OK security upgrades, voting system

Council OK security upgrades, voting system

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council approved $65,000 to improve the city’s network and building security last Wednesday during it’s regular meeting. There was no question from the public whether or not the city should spend the money to improve . . . Read Full Story >>

District dials back winter  watering restrictions

District dials back winter watering restrictions

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Water District voted Monday to lift its one-day-per-week watering limit for the coming winter in favor of the current three-day-per-week ordinance. The district’s new Ordinance 103 replaces Ordinance 100, which allowed watering only one . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Disaster can happen to anyone, anywhere’

Rebecca Neipp

As Kern County communities join the national Disaster Preparedness observance during September, members of the Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce were given information for how to prepare — and a first-hand account of what could happen if you don’t — at Tuesday’s monthly meeting. “Everyone has . . . Read Full Story >>

Council supports county option to  ban marijuana

Council supports county option to ban marijuana

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer As valley residents sporting “legalize it” shirts and carrying signs advocating for marijuana filled the Ridgecrest City Council chambers Wednesday night, it was clear that the county cannabis ordinance would be the evening’s main item of discussion. The . . . Read Full Story >>

Are you prepared for a disaster?

Are you prepared for a disaster?

Rebecca Neipp

Even as fires burn across the county, state and nation — and storms wreak havoc in Texas and the other gulf states — Kern County is partnering with agencies to educate communities during September, which is National Disaster Preparedness Month. “There is no place on . . . Read Full Story >>

Kern Public Health confirms reappearance of West Nile virus

Rebecca Neipp

With three confirmed deaths in California from West Nile virus — including one in Kern County — the state Department of Public Health has issued a warning to residents to protect themselves against the potentially deadly infection. “The elderly are particularly susceptible,” said State Health . . . Read Full Story >>

City to weigh in on cannabis

City to weigh in on cannabis

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The agenda for the Sept. 6 Ridgecrest City Council meeting includes a proposed action to write a letter to the Kern County Planning Commission providing a recommendation on the county’s Cannabis Land Use Ordinance options – and that . . . Read Full Story >>

Community  input solicited  on new  city manager

Community input solicited on new city manager

The Ridgecrest City Council will host a community forum on Wednesday, Aug. 30, to gather public input and discuss the needs — in terms of history, background and experience — in order to select the next city manager. Candidate recruiter Dr. Bill Mathis will facilitate . . . Read Full Story >>

District applies for  brackish-water grant

District applies for brackish-water grant

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Water District voted Monday to pursue a matching-funds grant for a brackish groundwater feasibility study. The district will commit $300,000 of the study’s total $1,350,000 cost if IWVWD qualifies for the state grant – . . . Read Full Story >>

Community  input solicited  for new  city manager

Community input solicited for new city manager

The Ridgecrest City Council will host a community forum on Wednesday, Aug. 30, to gather public input and discuss needs — in terms of history, background and experience — as help in selecting the next city manager. Candidate recruiter Dr. Bill Mathis will facilitate with . . . Read Full Story >>

IWVWD  named  ‘district of  distinction’

IWVWD named ‘district of distinction’

INDIAN WELLS VALLEY WATER DISTRICT — The Indian Wells Valley Water District received the “District of Distinction” accreditation by the Special District Leadership Foundation for IWVWD’s sound fiscal management policies and practices in district operations. This is the second-time the district has received this biannual . . . Read Full Story >>

Downs Street widening approved

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council voted Wednesday evening to approve two streets projects and an in-kind donation for this year’s International Community Day celebration. There was lengthy discussion regarding the repaving of Downs Street (between Ridgecrest Boulevard and Upjohn . . . Read Full Story >>

Mayor begs ‘flexibility’ on IWVGA matters

Mayor begs ‘flexibility’ on IWVGA matters

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer During last week’s Ridgecrest City Council meeting, Mayor Peggy Breeden asked staff and council to find a way to “recognize the flexibility in the process” of Breeden representing the city on the board of the Indian Wells Valley . . . Read Full Story >>

Council OKs school resource officers, hears parks update

Council OKs school resource officers, hears parks update

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer During its regular meeting on Aug. 2, the Ridgecrest City Council unanimously voted, with Councilmember Mike Mower being absent, to keep on two school resource officers from the Ridgecrest Police Department. The city agreed to pay 50 percent . . . Read Full Story >>

Council  opposes  extended  alcohol-sales  hours

Council opposes extended alcohol-sales hours

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council met Wednesday evening and unanimously voted to present a letter to Assemblyman Vince Fong opposing a bill that would extend the state’s hours of alcohol sales from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. Councilman Wallace . . . Read Full Story >>

Solar project planned for Inyokern

Solar project planned for Inyokern

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Inyokern residents received notices of preparation of a draft Environmental Impact Report for a proposed solar project on 200+ acres between Highway 395 and North Brown Road, on either side of State Route 178. But many residents did . . . Read Full Story >>

Locals  witness,  assist in  fatal 395  accident

Locals witness, assist in fatal 395 accident

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer “There’s a 90-mile stretch of Highway 395 that’s scarier to Ridgecrest-Inyokern residents than any horror flick ever made.” Valley residents were reminded of these harrowing words from a 2006 Bakersfield Californian editorial after a July 17 accident on . . . Read Full Story >>

Council considers opposing bill to  extend sale of alcohol

Council considers opposing bill to extend sale of alcohol

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council meets next Wednesday, Aug. 2, 6 p.m. at City Hall. Among its discussion items is a proposed action to prepare a letter to Assemblyman Vince Fong in opposition of Senate Bill 384 – which . . . Read Full Story >>