Howard family’s vacate order lifted

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Following a years-long struggle with the city of Ridgecrest, William Dale Howard was told that he and his wife would have to vacate his home by Tuesday, June 21, seemingly with nowhere else to go. But they may . . . Read Full Story >>

Casino debate dominates public comment

Casino debate dominates public comment

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Concerns about the casino that could be coming to Ridgecrest were raised again during last week’s meeting of the Ridgecrest City Council. The item was not on the agenda; however, serveral members of the public brought it up . . . Read Full Story >>

City to receive $1.8 million from state

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer In a letter to City Economic Development Manager Gary Parsons, the California Department of Finance said it would repay $1,836,598 of a $3 million dollar loan for the city’s Photovoltaic Solar Energy Production Field project. The money was . . . Read Full Story >>

Balsam Street resurfacing is next week

The Public Works Department and the Street Maintenance Devision have announced road work that will take place on Balsam Street from Las Flores Avenue to Coso Avenue from June 27-30. Roadways will remain open during the resurfacing period, but the department is asking the community . . . Read Full Story >>

Budget still  $800K short

Budget still $800K short

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer After a week of budget hearings for the proposed 2016-2017 budget, the city of Ridgecrest is still unsure of its financial footing. The City Council asked for a continuation on approving next year’s budget after discussing the apparent . . . Read Full Story >>

IWVWD report sheds light on basin condition

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer According to the latest report from the Indian Wells Valley Water District, the IWV basin should be set to support IWVWD customers with water to spare through 2040, assuming there are no extreme increases in private pumping. That . . . Read Full Story >>

Locals continue to petition against casino

Locals continue to petition against casino

Locals opposing the city’s decision to facilitate bringing an Indian gaming casino to Ridgecrest sign a “CasiNO petition outside Albertson’s. For information on the inititative, e-mail Lindsey Stephens at lsydney@yahoo.com. -- Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

Dog park rededication is June 23

Ridgecrest’s dog park in LeRoy Jackson Park was moved earlier this month when it was discovered that portions of the park were located on land designated for the China Lake Museum’s new site. There will be a rededication of the dog park Thursday morning, June . . . Read Full Story >>

City stresses need for new revenue streams

City stresses need for new revenue streams

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council met Wednesday, June 8, to review the 2016-17 fiscal year draft budget. Although the draft budget is balanced, it will need to dip into the General Fund cash reserve as much as $800,000 to . . . Read Full Story >>

Feeling the burn of wildfire season

Feeling the burn of wildfire season

By KELLY COSNER News Review Correspondent As summer quickly descended upon the Indian Wells Valley, it brought along with it the looming black billows on the horizon, the herald ofwildfire season. Over the last few weeks, Kern County has already seen and felt the burn . . . Read Full Story >>

Casino opponents launch petition

Rebecca Neipp

“We oppose the acquisition of off-reservation lands for casino development and the placement of any such development within two miles of our homes, churches and schools, which our children attend.” So begins a petition that started circulating this week, backed by the Ridgecrest Citizens Against . . . Read Full Story >>

Chamber to install officers

The Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce will give out community awards and hold its 70th annual installation of officers on Tuesday, June 14, 11:30 a.m. at the SpringHill Suites. Janis Bottorff will chair the incoming board. The chamber will also recognize outgoing chair Tina Warren and . . . Read Full Story >>

City approves $8K raise for O’Neill

City approves $8K raise for O’Neill

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council unanimously approved last week an additional $8,000 for Special Projects Consultant Justin O’Neill. The special projects budget had previously been reduced to $18,000, but this increase brings it back to the originally allotted $26,000 . . . Read Full Story >>

AV Cancer ceases radiation treatments

AV Cancer ceases radiation treatments

UPDATED: 6/13/2016 By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The local Antelope Valley Cancer Center office has shut down its radiation treatment department, a “catastrophic health crisis” for Ridgecrest. That was the word from public commenter Kathy Brown during last week’s regular Ridgecrest City Council . . . Read Full Story >>

Things are looking up for water conservation

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Water District has announced May’s “quite encouraging” water conservation figures. According to General Manager Don Zdeba, district customers cut water use by 31.9 percent, a hair’s breadth away from the 32-percent reduction required by . . . Read Full Story >>

Casino agreement is approved 3-2

Casino agreement is approved 3-2

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council voted Wednesday night to approve a mutual services agreement between the city and the Timbisha-Shoshone tribe for the purposes of bringing an Indian Gaming Casino to Ridgecrest. The decision was the result of months . . . Read Full Story >>

Planners hear street project grant proposals

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest Planning Commission heard a presentation during its May meeting on grant applications for two street projects within the city. The proposed projects would provide “non-motorized connectivity” and include the widening of South Downs Street from Ridgecrest . . . Read Full Story >>

Expect traffic delays near Walmart

Eleven Western Builders, the general contractor for the Walmart Supercenter project, has announced that a portion of South China Lake Boulevard will be reduced to one lane in each direction through July 29. The lanes will be reduced between College Heights Boule-vard and Rader Street . . . Read Full Story >>

Waste Management to purchase Benz

Officials of Waste Management confirmed this week that the company is in the process of purchasing all assets of Tehachapi-based waste hauler Benz Sanitation. Waste Management spokesperson Eloisa Orozco said the company plans to retain all “eligible” Benz employees and maintain service with little or . . . Read Full Story >>

Budget review tabled

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council heard a budget overview from City Finance Director Tyrell Staheli during its regular meeting last week. The report, which covered the 2015-2016 expenditures and revenues through March, was apparently finished in the last hours . . . Read Full Story >>