Timbisha Shoshone tribe sues DOI

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Timbisha Shoshone tribe – which attempted to purchase Ridgecrest property in 2016 with hopes to develop a gaming casino and entertainment complex – is now filing a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of the Interior, namely Secretary . . . Read Full Story >>

GA discusses growth under SGMA

GA discusses growth under SGMA

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer “What is the allowable growth we’re going to plan for under the groundwater sustainability plan?” was one of the questions that came out of a Policy Advisory Committee report last week during the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority . . . Read Full Story >>

City budget meeting is next week

City budget meeting is next week

The Ridgecrest City Council announced that a special workshop meeting on the city budget will be held Wednesday, May 29, at City Hall. The meeting will be to discuss the city’s proposed 2019-2020 budget, but details are not available to the public. According to City . . . Read Full Story >>

Water district earns distinction

Water district earns distinction

INDIAN WELLS VALLEY WATER DISTRICT — The IWV Water District has received the “District of Distinction” accreditation by the Special District Leadership Foundation for IWVWD’s sound fiscal management policies and practices in district operations. “SDLF provides an independent audit review of the last three years . . . Read Full Story >>

Council holds brief, routine meeting

Council holds brief, routine meeting

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Brevity was the soul of Wednesday’s meeting of the Ridgecrest City Council. After taking about 20 minutes to recognize Emergency Medical Services Week and Public Works Week, the council took about half an hour to cover the rest . . . Read Full Story >>

Board discusses brackish water treatment

Board discusses brackish water treatment

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer What is “brackish” groundwater, and might it act as an alternate water supply for the Indian Wells Valley? The IWV Water District heard a presentation on brackish water treatment from Hydrologist Anthony Brown during its regular meeting on . . . Read Full Story >>

Basin sustainability criteria discussed at TAC

Basin sustainability criteria discussed at TAC

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer What is sustainability when it comes to groundwater resources? The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority’s Technical Advisory Committee spent part of its meeting last week discussing the sustainability criteria as required by the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. “There’s . . . Read Full Story >>

City sets  assessment hearings

City sets assessment hearings

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council approved moving forward with two annual assessment public hearings for a landscaping and lighting district and a drainage benefit district. The hearing, which will allow for additional public comment, will be during next week’s . . . Read Full Story >>

Stephens unveils draft development guide

Stephens unveils draft development guide

Rebecca Neipp

A draft document to help guide building processes, presented by Councilwoman Lindsey Stephens at Wednesday night’s Ridgecrest Economic Development Committee, was positively received by city officials, as well as members of the public. In recent weeks, concerns from the public have targeted confusing or inconsistently . . . Read Full Story >>

Public calls for wastewater update

Public calls for wastewater update

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The city of Ridgecrest has reached a tentative easement agreement with the Navy in regard to a new wastewater treatment plan, according to City Manager Ron Strand. But it’s been seven years since the city raised the sewer . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Sad day for Ridgecrest’

‘Sad day for Ridgecrest’

Rebecca Neipp

The latest in a continuing dispute between city officials and those pushing for more transparent processes for building and development came from IWV Economic Development Corp. Executive Director Scott O’Neil, who said at Wednesday’s meeting of the Ridgecrest City Council that he was disappointed that . . . Read Full Story >>

Tim Parker clarifies water comments

Tim Parker clarifies water comments

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer In our March 22 article “Parker gives groundwater presentation,” the News Review misquoted some of hydrogeological consultant Tim Parker’s comments regarding a hydrogeological conceptual model for the Indian Wells Valley. During his discussion of under-investigated “data gaps” pertaining . . . Read Full Story >>

From the archives: Geologist sees 2,500 years of water

The following story was written by Ernie George, and published in the News Review on Oct. 30, 1981. Thirty years after this interview with the late geologist Dr. Carl Austin, elected officials and stewards of our local water resources continue to speculate on the storage, . . . Read Full Story >>

City manager refutes hospital claims

City manager refutes hospital claims

Representatives of the city, Ridgecrest Regional Hospital and its associated consultants and attorneys and the Caltrans Division of Aeronautics were in a meeting at press time to discuss the path forward in resolving a conflict between RRH’s proposed Emergency Department expansion and surrounding developments. On . . . Read Full Story >>

Stabbing suspect arrested for murder

Stabbing suspect arrested for murder

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Officers of the Ridgecrest Police Department made one arrest on Monday following the suspected stabbing and murder of 31-year-old Ridgecrest resident Derrick Demetric White. Steven Earl Caldwell, 42, was booked in the Bakersfield Central Receiving facility where he . . . Read Full Story >>

City preps for paving season

City preps for paving season

Members of city staff learn their way around a slurry seal paving machine while performing the first repairs on city streets, starting on West California Avenue just outside City Hall. Staff members will be operating the loaner until they receive a new vehicle the city . . . Read Full Story >>

Water marketers brief Groundwater Authority

Water marketers brief Groundwater Authority

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Water marketers have “hit the ground running” in search of an alternative water supply for the Indian Wells Valley, according to Todd Tatum, representing Capitol Core Group. The firm was hired earlier this year by the IWV Groundwater . . . Read Full Story >>

Splash Pad grand opening is April 27

Splash Pad grand opening is April 27

Staff of the Ridgecrest Parks and Recreation Department (pictured) will host the grand opening celebration of the Splash Pad on Saturday, April 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Freedom Park. Free hot dogs will be served to the first 250 people to arrive. . . . Read Full Story >>

Citizens express opposition to parks assessment

Citizens express opposition to parks assessment

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council held a public hearing to count the ballots for a parks assessment district on Wednesday night. As the News Review was going to press, City Manager Ron Strand released a statement that the assessment . . . Read Full Story >>

CLMRG assists in ‘Mt. Baldy Miracle’

CLMRG assists in ‘Mt. Baldy Miracle’

Rebecca Neipp

After a pair of hikers were rescued five days after being stranded in Cucamonga Canyon, the team lead of volunteers from the China Lake Mountain Rescue Group shared the group’s piece of the story dubbed by searchers as “The Mt. Baldy Miracle.” On April 6, . . . Read Full Story >>