Workshop gives voice to concerns

Workshop gives voice to concerns

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer After months of pleas for increased public input, residents representing interests ranging from agriculture to property rights to private well ownership participated in nearly two hours of discussion during a workshop hosted by the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater . . . Read Full Story >>

Groundwater Authority to hold public workshop

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority will hold a public workshop next Wednesday, April 26, 5:30 p.m. at SpringHill Suites. The main topic of discussion will be Article 5 of the board’s bylaws, pertaining to stakeholder participation in . . . Read Full Story >>

Park projects back on track, with cut costs

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Members of the Ridgecrest City Council and city staff were somewhat dismayed earlier this year when all bids for improving Upjohn and Pearson parks were thrown out because of a technical error. But this error appears to have . . . Read Full Story >>

Life after drought: what’s next?

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer With Gov. Jerry Brown declaring an official end to the prolonged emergency resulting from a historic drought in the Golden State, officials are pondering how to move forward with a longterm management plan for water. With record-breaking precipitation . . . Read Full Story >>

Tribe holds TEIR public hearing

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Timbisha Shoshone Tribal Chair George Gholson hosted a public hearing for the Ridgecrest casino project’s Tribal Environmental Impact Report last Thursday, April 13 at City Hall. The TEIR document will identify potential environmental impacts on the Indian Wells . . . Read Full Story >>

Directors call for public workshop

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority bylaws were again the hot discussion topic during the IWV Water District Board meeting. The IWVGA, now officially the Groundwater Sustainability Agency for the valley, partially approved the bylaws last month, pending . . . Read Full Story >>

Costs mount while wastewater facility stays in limbo

Costs mount while wastewater facility stays in limbo

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council heard an updated report on a proposed new wastewater treatment facility last week during its regular meeting. According to presenter Terry Schroepfer from Provost & Pritchard Consulting Group, the city needs to make a . . . Read Full Story >>

New members sought for EKCRCD

The clerk of the Kern County Board of Supervisors announced this week that a second unscheduled departure has left another vacancy on the Eastern Kern County Resource Conservation District. According to Kathleen Krause, Don J. McKernan resigned April 5 and Scott Shacklett resigned as of . . . Read Full Story >>

Council hires tribal negotiations lawyer

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer For those keeping score, locals can log a couple more hours of casino discussion after this week’s meeting of the Ridgecrest City Council. Timbisha Shoshone Tribal Chairman George Gholson gave an update on the timeline for the impending . . . Read Full Story >>

Runoff continues into IWV

Runoff continues into IWV

Rebecca Neipp

“So this is what happens when the city of Los Angeles has no idea what to do with the water,” Kent McGowan says in a video he posted Sunday to his Facebook, where he shows results of his and his companion’s exploration of the water . . . Read Full Story >>

IWVGA Liability concerns emerge

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority is still working to find its footing on the road to managing groundwater use for the IWV basin. The multi-agency board recently passed its bare-bones bylaws, but is still hammering out details . . . Read Full Story >>

Mutuals continue call for public input, transparency in IWVGA

Rebecca Neipp

As the proposed plan for managing groundwater sustainability moves forward with the support of a powerful multi-agency Joint-Powers Authority, two of the valley’s primary water pumpers continue to express concern that decisions made outside of the public eye have failed to meet state requirements for . . . Read Full Story >>

Acton scrutinized for casino employment

Acton scrutinized for casino employment

Rebecca Neipp

Former Ridgecrest City Councilwoman Lori Acton is under scrutiny for allegedly representing the Timbisha Shishone Tribe as a consultant which, if true, violates a section of government code that prohibits her from accepting money to appear before the council. The city approved a municipal services . . . Read Full Story >>

Public continues to push for input on IWVGA

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer After months of heated debate, it would seem that stakeholders have come to a compromise regarding local groundwater management. While the bylaws are only one of many future hurdles, the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority has approved its . . . Read Full Story >>

Auditor OKs city finances, recommends more savings

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The city of Ridgecrest is on improved financial footing as of fiscal year 2015-16. That was the word from Ken Pun of the Pun Group accounting firm during a presentation to the Ridgecrest City Council earlier this month. . . . Read Full Story >>

Water diversion paused

Water diversion paused

Rebecca Neipp

Water diversion was temporarily halted earlier this week, but not before the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power had diverted nearly 70 million cubic feet of water into the Indian Wells Valley. In the 18 days of water diversion, IWV received an additional 1,600 . . . Read Full Story >>

Participation urged for groundwater decisions

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer As the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority moves closer to governing local groundwater use, community members are taking to public meetings to voice their concerns with increasing intensity. The multi-agency Joint Powers Authority board was scheduled to approve . . . Read Full Story >>

Correction on watering hours

In last week’s News Review, an article was published incorrectly stating that the Indian Wells Valley Water District watering ordinance restricted landscape watering on Sundays. As per the district’s Ordinance 100, landscape watering is permitted between the hours of 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. on . . . Read Full Story >>

Watering restrictions, GA bylaws on agenda

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The weather is beginning to warm and the Indian Wells Valley Water District lifted some of its watering restrictions this month. In accordance with the district’s Ordinance 100, customers may return to landscape watering three days per week. . . . Read Full Story >>

IWV housing market continues to thrive

Rebecca Neipp

“As goes the housing market in Ridgecrest, so goes the economy.” And according to Clint Freeman of Coldwell Banker Best Realty, that is great news for the Indian Wells Valley. “It’s great to be here and speak with you about a subject I am extremely . . . Read Full Story >>