District files water-rights lawsuit

District files water-rights lawsuit

As the IWV Groundwater Authority becomes embroiled in legal disputes with Mojave Pistachios and Searles Valley Minerals (see related story, this page), the IWV Water District becomes latest entity to file a lawsuit over groundwater availability. A member agency of the Authority, the Water District . . . Read Full Story >>

Council silent on GA verdict

Council silent on GA verdict

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Criticism of the IWV Groundwater Authority’s order for Mojave Pistachios and Searles Valley Minerals to cease pumping (see related story, page 1) continued to this week’s meeting of the Ridgecrest City Council, where the councilmembers were silent on . . . Read Full Story >>

IWVGA orders cease and desists, court orders possible

IWVGA orders cease and desists, court orders possible

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Last week, the IWV Groundwater Authority ordered two major valley pumpers – Mojave Pistachios and Searles Valley Minerals – to cease groundwater pumping for nonpayment of the GA’s replenishment fee. Both entities have pursued legal action against the . . . Read Full Story >>

Kern County reopens

Kern County reopens

KERN COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICES – Tuesday, June 15, the state announced that the Blueprint for a Safer Economy is retired and everyday life will feel a lot like before COVID-19, with most places being open and returning to usual operation with no capacity limitations . . . Read Full Story >>

Searles, Mojave Pistachios ordered to cease pumping or pay

Searles, Mojave Pistachios ordered to cease pumping or pay

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The IWV Groundwater Authority approved two resolutions Wednesday, ordering both Mojave Pistachios and Searles Valley Minerals to pay all outstanding fees or to cease pumping. The discussion regarding Searles included whether or not a cease in pumping from . . . Read Full Story >>

State to ‘reopen’ next week

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer While Kern County has been teetering on the edge of “yellow” tier eligibility for weeks, California plans to do away with the tiered system and reopen the state on June 15, with some exceptions. “Every day life will . . . Read Full Story >>

Protect yourself from mosquitoes

Kern County Public Health Warmer weather brings increased mosquito activity and Kern County Public Health reminds everyone to take precautions to protect yourself from mosquitoes as they make their seasonal return. The first confirmed mosquito pool in Kern County has been confirmed with West Nile . . . Read Full Story >>

County says, “Tarp your trash, save your cash”

KERN COUNTY, Calif. Beginning July 1, 2021, the Kern County Public Works Department will be charging $5.00 per ton, with a $5.00 minimum per load fee, for vehicles that come to any of its disposal facilities with an untarped or unsecured load. In recent years, . . . Read Full Story >>

Nagle awarded $1M paving project

Nagle awarded $1M paving project

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council OK’d a contract with Nagle Earthworks on Wednesday for a $1- to $1.2-million street paving project to kick off later this year. Nagle’s bid was awarded despite the city’s difficulties with the firm in . . . Read Full Story >>

IWV Groundwater Authority proposes new ordinance

IWV Groundwater Authority proposes new ordinance

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff WriterLast month’s staff report for the IWV Groundwater Authority included a suggested watering ordinance to ensure “the most efficient and beneficial use of our groundwater supply,” said Water Resource Manager Steve Johnson. “This is only intended as an introduction,”Johnson . . . Read Full Story >>

State launches vaccine incentive as Kern remains in Orange Tier

State launches vaccine incentive as Kern remains in Orange Tier

Kern County remains in the Orange Tier (Tier 3) of the COVID-19 Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Every county is assigned to one of four tiers based on the adjusted case rate, testing positivity rate, and health equity metric. Below is a summary of Kern . . . Read Full Story >>

Judge rules in favor of GA, upholds need for fee

Judge rules in favor of GA, upholds need for fee

INDIAN WELLS VALLEY GROUNDWATER AUTHORITY — Judge Kirk H. Nakamura of Orange County Superior Court refused to grant twin motions filed by Searles Valley Minerals, Inc., and Mojave Pistachios LLC to stop the collection of a groundwater replenishment fee approved by the Indian Wells Valley . . . Read Full Story >>

Johnson clarifies IWV Groundwater annual report

By Brian Cosner News Review Staff Writer While certain areas of the basin are seeing rising groundwater levels, that may not be a sign of improving conditions Water Resource Manager Steve Johnson clarified at an IWV Groundwater Authority meeting earlier this month. In April, the . . . Read Full Story >>

  Public Health encourages vaccination

Public Health encourages vaccination

KERN COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICES – Kern County remains in the Orange Tier (Tier 3) of the COVID-19 Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Every county is assigned to one of four tiers based on the adjusted case rate, testing positivity rate, and health equity metric. . . . Read Full Story >>

Council, budget meetings next week

Council, budget meetings next week

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council released its agendas for both its regular June 2 meeting as well as a special budget workshop on June 3 at City Hall. The Council will present employee service awards on Wednesday, beginning at . . . Read Full Story >>

Kern COVID numbers remain low

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Kern County remains in the state’s “moderate” orange tier this month in regards to California’s “Blueprint for a Safer Economy” framework. The framework will remain active until the state plans to lift tiered restrictions on June 15. While . . . Read Full Story >>

City kicks off summer programs

City kicks off summer programs

​The Ridgecrest Parks & Recreation department is rolling out announcements for summer programs including sports, video games, day camps and more. Five-week summer day camps: session 1 is is June 1 – July 2 and session 2 is July 6 – August 6​, open to . . . Read Full Story >>

Speaking with Ridgecrest Regional Hospital CEO/President

Speaking with Ridgecrest Regional Hospital CEO/President

By LAURA QUEZADA News Review Staff Writer National Hospital Week, May 9 – 15, was originally established as National Hospital Day in 1921 to encourage trust in hospitals after the Spanish Flu of 1918. In 1953 it became an entire week to overlap with National . . . Read Full Story >>

GA tables action for Searles nonpayment

GA tables action for Searles nonpayment

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The IWV Groundwater Authority held a public hearing last week to consider a cease-and-desist groundwater pumping order for Searles Valley Minerals as a result of the Trona company’s failure to report pumping and pay pumping fees. The GA’s . . . Read Full Story >>

RC lags in vaccinations

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Some 18 percent of 93555 residents are now fully vaccinated (24.5 percent of the eligible population as of Wednesday) according to Kern County Public Health. While the ZIP code covers the majority of the Ridgecrest area, base residents . . . Read Full Story >>