More fees, metering  planned for GA

More fees, metering planned for GA

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority will meet for the first time since sending the valley’s Groundwater Sustainability Plan to the state for approval. The Department of Water Resources will decide if the plan will sufficiently and equitably . . . Read Full Story >>

SAR rescue backpacker in Cottonwood Canyon

SAR rescue backpacker in Cottonwood Canyon

DEATH VALLEY – On the evening of Feb. 6, Inyo County Sheriff’s Office received report of a satellite SOS activation in the vicinity of Cottonwood Canyon, Death Valley National Park. A backpacker on a multi-day trip fell while descending into a side canyon west of . . . Read Full Story >>

Casino, housing resurface at council

Casino, housing resurface at council

Rebecca Neipp

During the Wednesday night meeting of the Ridgecrest City Council, which began with a routine agenda of items for action and discussion, housing for low-income families and the advancement of the casino project both resurfaced for discussion. City Attorney Lloyd Pilchen addressed the city’s Jan. . . . Read Full Story >>

Monday fire destroys home

Monday fire destroys home

Firefighters responded to fire in a mobile home that took place on Monday, Feb. 3, in the 1400 block of West Coral Avenue. While the home was declared a total loss, no injuries were reported. Witnesses reported the fire just after noon and firefighters from . . . Read Full Story >>

City completes improvements

City completes improvements

The Ridgecrest Public Works Department has announced completion of the citywide School Crosswalk Improvement project, which introduced push-button-operated flash beacons at seven school crossing. The new features appear at the following locations: • Immanuel Christian School on West Graaf Avenue • Mesquite High School on . . . Read Full Story >>

Council OKs casino project

Council OKs casino project

Rebecca Neipp

After nearly four years and deep-seated controversy, the casino proposed for development in Ridgecrest appears to be moving forward. “The city of Ridgecrest and the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe are pleased to announce a resolution of all disputes between the tribe and the city,” reads a . . . Read Full Story >>

Grand Jury reports on IYK  earthquake damage, response

Grand Jury reports on IYK earthquake damage, response

Rebecca Neipp

The Kern County Grand Jury released a report Wednesday after investigating operations at Inyokern Airport — primarily as they relate to the damages sustained from recent earthquakes, as well as the role the installation played in disaster response and recovery efforts. “At the time of . . . Read Full Story >>

City highlighted for affordability

City highlighted for affordability

Rebecca Neipp

Ridgecrest is the second-most affordable city to live in in California, according to a study released this week by HomeSnacks.net. “We used data and science to determine which places in California go easy on your wallet,” according to a post by Chris Kolmar. The news . . . Read Full Story >>

Free income tax prep offered

Free income tax preparation for taxpayers in the Indian Wells Valley will once again be offered through Volunteer Income Tax Assistance of the Internal Revenue Service and Tax Counseling for the Elderly programs, in collaboration with the American Association of Retired Persons. Volunteers will be . . . Read Full Story >>

City OKs $2.1M to complete  Downs St.

City OKs $2.1M to complete Downs St.

Rebecca Neipp

The Ridgecrest City Council approved more than $2.1 million at its Jan. 15 meeting to finish the project to widen Downs Street. Public Works Director Bard Lower told the council that while the east side lanes were approved in 2018 and completed in 2019, the . . . Read Full Story >>

Sustainability plan approved 4-1

Sustainability plan approved 4-1

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer “We have a GSP,” said Kern County 1st District Supervisor Mick Gleason last week after the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority approved a Groundwater Sustainability Plan for the valley. The plan, which outlines measures to reduce groundwater use . . . Read Full Story >>

Affordable appartment project moves forward

Affordable appartment project moves forward

Rebecca Neipp

The Ridgecrest City Council voted at its Jan. 15 meeting to allow Pacific West Communities to move forward with the Mojave View Housing Project — an affordable housing development planned for a lot on North Norma Street between Felspar and Las Flores Avenues. On the . . . Read Full Story >>

Local man killed on 178

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer A Ridgecrest resident was killed in a single-vehicle accident last week in Trona. According to a press release from the Kern County Sheriff’s Office, Isaac Abraham Pacheco, 34, was operating his vehicle when he reportedly lost control and . . . Read Full Story >>

Hospital, AV merge cancer services

Hospital, AV merge cancer services

Ridgecrest Regional Hospital announced last week that its existing Cancer Center, an affiliate of the University of California Davis, will merge services with the Antelope Valley Cancer Center in Ridgecrest. “Our cancer program is going from strength to strength, since we launched in November 2017,” . . . Read Full Story >>

Hocker awarded for Outstanding Contributions to community

Hocker awarded for Outstanding Contributions to community

Assemblyman Vince Fong congratulates Donna Hocker, center, for “Outstanding Contributions and Dedication to the Ridgecrest Area Community.” Hocker won the Community Service Award at Friday’s Ridgecrest Area Association of Realtors banquet. Also shown are (from left) IWV Economic Development Corp. Executive Director Scott O’Neil, Kevin . . . Read Full Story >>

Grand Jury ‘commends  the city of  Ridgecrest’

Grand Jury ‘commends the city of Ridgecrest’

Rebecca Neipp

On Wednesday, the Kern County Grand Jury released a report stating the investigating committee was “impressed and commends the city of Ridgecrest” and the agencies that provided aid following the historic earthquake sequence in July. Following the 6.4-magnitude earthquake on July 4, Kern County Emergency . . . Read Full Story >>

WD agrees to fix hauling station

WD agrees to fix hauling station

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer After installing a new water hauling station earlier this year, the Indian Wells Valley Water District must return to the project to correct issues with ADA compliance and other complaints from haulers. Water hauler Ryan Smith addressed the . . . Read Full Story >>

Casino discussed in private

Casino discussed in private

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Members of the public arrived early to the Ridgecrest City Council meeting Wednesday evening for a chance to comment on a closed-session item pertaining to pending litigation with the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe, which has been attempting for three . . . Read Full Story >>

Caution advised at Furnace Creek

Caution advised at Furnace Creek

DEATH VALLEY, CA – The National Park Service warns pilots to be careful when landing or taking off at Furnace Creek Airport because of numerous cracks and bumps in the runway. Repairs will be costly and are not likely to happen soon. Furnace Creek Airport . . . Read Full Story >>

BLM solicits public input

BLM solicits public input

The Bureau of Land Management will host a public meeting Thursday, Jan. 23, from 4:30-6 p.m. in order to allow stakeholders an opportunity to give input on the development of off-highway vehicle grant proposals. BLM is preparing applications to the California State Parks, Off-Highway Motor . . . Read Full Story >>