SkyTEM completes aerial survey

SkyTEM completes aerial survey

Rebecca Neipp

After SkyTEM flew a route of nearly 800 kilometers over the Indian Wells Valley to collect data on our groundwater table, IWV Water District General Manager Don Zdeba is cautiously optimistic that the survey collected the input necessary to build a more comprehensive understanding of . . . Read Full Story >>

FPPC complaint names Mayor  Breeden, Councilman Mower

FPPC complaint names Mayor Breeden, Councilman Mower

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Mayor Peggy Breeden has been named in a California Fair Political Practices Commission complaint following the Ridgecrest City Council’s decision last month to block access to loans offered by the Property Assessed Clean Energy program. The Checks & . . . Read Full Story >>

Council passes cannabis ban in Ridgecrest

Council passes cannabis ban in Ridgecrest

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer After the second reading of an ordinance amending the Ridgecrest Municipal Code to outlaw commercial or medical cultivation or distribution of cannabis within the city, the Ridgecrest City Council unanimously approved the amendment during its regular Wednesday meeting. . . . Read Full Story >>

RRH, Davis open Cancer Center

RRH, Davis open Cancer Center

Rebecca Neipp

After months of planning, and years of mounting community need, the Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, in affiliation with the University of California Davis Health Cancer Care Network, celebrated the opening of its Cancer Center this week. Dignitaries from health care and the community were joined by . . . Read Full Story >>

EDC updates city on aquatic center

EDC updates city on aquatic center

By CHRISTINA MACGREGOR News Review Correspondent The Indian Wells Valley Economic Development Center reported findings on its aquatic center feasibility study at last week’s Ridgecrest City Council meeting, giving an update on what the community might be able to maintain based on the input gathered . . . Read Full Story >>

Cannibis on Wednesday’s council agenda

Cannibis on Wednesday’s council agenda

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council will have its second reading and public hearing of its proposed ordinance for a ban on all commercial cannabis activity within the city. If the ordinance were approved, the city would be following in . . . Read Full Story >>

IWVWD: watch for SkyTEM helo

IWVWD: watch for SkyTEM helo

Rebecca Neipp

Indian Wells Valley Water District issued an advisory this week about a low-flying helicopter scheduled to hover of the valley in order to collect data that could help inform better management of our groundwater. According to IWVWD Manager Don Zdeba, the district has partnered with . . . Read Full Story >>

Council meeting: cannabis, aquatic complex, Walmart

Council meeting: cannabis, aquatic complex, Walmart

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council met Wednesday to discuss the latest cannabis ordinance, restricting medical and nonmedical marijuana. Council voted to waive the ordinance reading and introduce it by title only. Approval of the ordinance will be discussed at . . . Read Full Story >>

Tribal cannabis interests raise casino concerns

Tribal cannabis interests raise casino concerns

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer “What’s going on with the Casino? Is it going to be coming into town or not?” – This was the first question of public comment during last week’s Ridgecrest City Council meeting. Newly-appointed City Manager Ron Strand gave . . . Read Full Story >>

Council  OKs  employee  bonuses

Council OKs employee bonuses

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council unanimously voted last week to award a one-time bonus to all full-time and part-time staff members. “The employees of the city haven’t seen a cost-of-living raise since 2008,” said City Manager Ron Strand. “The . . . Read Full Story >>

Valley battered by high winds

Local residents asess the damages brought by 55-mph winds that battered the valley on Friday and ripped the roof from a home in the 800 block of West Bennett Avenue. Throughout the region, winds knocked over trees and damaged other properties. Caltrans closed down portions . . . Read Full Story >>

Smoke advisory issued for Eastern Sierra

Smoke advisory issued for Eastern Sierra

By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer The Kern River Ranger District of the Sequoia National Forest issued a smoke advisory Thursday, warning about forecasts of fine particulate matter clouding the skies over nearby communities. “Smoke from Northern California will impact San Joaquin Valley and . . . Read Full Story >>

Strand selected as city manager

Strand selected as city manager

CITY OF RIDGECREST – After months of planning and deliberation, on Monday, Oct. 9, the Ridgecrest City Council met to interview four candidates for the position of our new city manager. Ron Strand, interim city manager, was unanimously chosen by all councilmembers and the mayor. . . . Read Full Story >>

East Kern loses critical program

East Kern loses critical program

Rebecca Neipp

East Kern appears to have been cut out of a program designed to give children access to comprehensive dental care, much to the dismay of advocates serving communities for the last 11 years through the Kern County Children’s Dental Health Network. The program, which operated . . . Read Full Story >>

Flu vaccine clinics offered

KERN COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICES DEPT. — Flu vaccine clinics will be held in Ridgecrest on Thursday, Oct. 26 and Nov. 16, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the local public health office, 400 N. China Lake Blvd. Flu shots will be offered for . . . Read Full Story >>

Fall street projects announced

The community will begin to see Ridgecrest’s Measure V tax dollars at work next month with a hefty schedule of street maintenance from Oct. 2-12. The following roadways will be under maintenance and repair during this timeframe: In College Heights — Cielo Avenue from Norma . . . Read Full Story >>

City approves $800K power pole relocation

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council voted last week to use $811,718,87 in Tax Allocation Bond funds for the relocation of a Southern California Edison power pole on South Downs Street near Ridgecrest Charter School. The pole’s relocation puts the . . . Read Full Story >>

Controversial lending option  discussed at council meeting

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 >>