Kern slides back into the Purple

Kern slides back into the Purple

After briefly enjoying a step toward normalcy amid COVID-19 closures, the state announced today that Kern, along with 27 other California counties, is moving back into the most-restrictive Purple Tier (Tier I) of the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Six weeks after moving into . . . Read Full Story >>

Kern COVID status holds

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Kern County Public Health announced Wednesday that the county is still in the “red” tier (Tier 2) of the state’s “COVID-19 Blueprint for a Safer Economy.” It’s been four weeks since the county transitioned from the most severe . . . Read Full Story >>

Kern County remains red for now

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The state announced Tuesday that Kern County has continued to meet “Red Tier” COVID-19 metrics for its third consecutive week, red being the second most-restrictive of four tiers in California’s “Blueprint for a Safer Economy.” The countywide testing . . . Read Full Story >>

Pool grant discussion continues on Nov. 2

Pool grant discussion continues on Nov. 2

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The city’s Parks, Recreation & Quality of Life Committee meets Monday, Nov. 2, to continue discussing the Statewide Park Development and Community Revitalization Program Grant – the funding opportunity for a new community pool. Meetings are held at . . . Read Full Story >>

Don’t forget to VOTE!

Don’t forget to VOTE!

A local resident drops her 2020 election ballot in the ballot box outside the Ridgecrest Branch Library. The drop off location will be available one more day, Friday from noon-6 p.m., before election day. This close to the election, officials advise against sending ballots through . . . Read Full Story >>

Progress made on Sequoia Fire Complex

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer After more than two months, hundreds of personnel from four separate Incident Management Teams have been working with the United States Forest Service and Cal Fire to bring the Sequoia Fire Complex (or SQF Complex) under control. The . . . Read Full Story >>

Battle over water rights

By Dr. JEANETTE FRANCIS, PsyD News Review Correspondent The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority is tasked by the state to provide a plan that prevents the IWV groundwater basin from becoming more overdrafted than it currently is. However, recent lawsuits filed by Searles Valley Minerals . . . Read Full Story >>

Pilot safe after F/A-18 crash

Pilot safe after F/A-18 crash

Scores of emergency personnel from numerous agencies raced across the valley Tuesday morning in response to a downed F/A-18E Super Hornet just off of Hwy-14 near the Hwy-178 turnoff. The plane crashed just after 10 a.m., setting fire to the surrounding area, which firefighters quickly . . . Read Full Story >>

Community pool meeting scheduled

The city’s Parks, Recreation & Quality of Life Committee will hold a special meeting Tuesday, Oct. 20, to continue gathering public input for a Statewide Park Development grant which could help the city fund a new community swimming pool. The meeting will be held outdoors . . . Read Full Story >>

Kern County moves into the ‘Red’

Kern County moves into the ‘Red’

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer For months, many local “non-essential” businesses have had to shutter their indoor operations due to state COVID-19 mandates. But as of Tuesday, Oct. 13, the state announced that Kern County moved from the most-restrictive “purple” tier (Tier 1, . . . Read Full Story >>

Indoor reopenings on track

Indoor reopenings on track

Rebecca Neipp

“We have fantastic news: this morning the state is going to announce that Kern County does meet the metrics for Tier 2 in all of our categories.” If progress toward driving down transmission of COVID-19 continues along current trend lines, the county could advance as . . . Read Full Story >>

Searles, Mojave Pistachio sue GA

Searles, Mojave Pistachio sue GA

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer As of last week, both Searles Valley Minerals and Mojave Pistachios have filed lawsuits with the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority, alleging that the GA is unfairly forcing them out of business. After years of tension between the . . . Read Full Story >>

City pursues $8.5 million grant for pool

City pursues $8.5 million grant for pool

Rebecca Neipp

Community stakeholders gathered at Tuesday evening’s Quality of Life meeting in Ridgecrest City Council Chambers, where members of staff, council and public discussed the prospect of securing a slice of the $395.3 million available through the Statewide Park Program to fund a new community swimming . . . Read Full Story >>

Headway made on Sequoia fire

Headway made on Sequoia fire

Earlier this week, U.S. Forest Service rangers announced that the Sequoia Complex fire, which had climbed to more than 160,000 acres, had achieved 65 percent containment. “The public is reminded to stay vigilant when returning after a wildfire,” said a forest service official. “As residents . . . Read Full Story >>

County urges more COVID testing

Kern County officials are urging more residents to test for coronavirus — an act which they say will help slow the spread of the illness as well as improve our chances of relaxing restrictions and closures. “Coronavirus tests for active infections slows the spread of . . . Read Full Story >>

First human case of  WNV reported in Kern

First human case of WNV reported in Kern

The Kern County Public Health Services Department has received confirmation of the first reported human case of West Nile virus in Kern County this year. West Nile virus is a disease spread by mosquitoes that most often spreads to people during the summer and early . . . Read Full Story >>

Gleason  ruminates on future of IWV

Gleason ruminates on future of IWV

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer “What are we going to look like in 2035?” That was Kern County Supervisor Mick Gleason’s big question at the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority’s last meeting, where he began to conceptualize a “Vision Plan for 2035.” This . . . Read Full Story >>

Restrooms open at Freedom Park

Restrooms open at Freedom Park

Pictured above, employees and councilmembers for the City of Ridgecrest join Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors to celebrate the opening of the new Freedom Park restrooms, adjacent to the Splash Pad. The facility upgrade, which also included repairs of other park infrastructure, was paid for . . . Read Full Story >>

Nail salons allowed to reopen indoors

Nail salons allowed to reopen indoors

Rebecca Neipp

Nail salons in California have been granted approval to move operations indoors, according to an announcement from State Health Secretary Dr. Mark Ghlay during a Tuesday press conference. According to Ghlay, the latest order applies even to those working counties in the Purple Tier (including . . . Read Full Story >>

GA calls fee protest a ‘non event’

GA calls fee protest a ‘non event’

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff WriterAfter the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority voted 4-1 to approve a groundwater replenishment fee amid strong opposition from the public, valley property owners have since gathered nearly 3,000 referendum signatures in an effort to move the decision to . . . Read Full Story >>