McCarthy to visit IWV Tuesday

Rebecca Neipp

Rep. Kevin McCarthy will be here Tuesday to address the community, tour the base and hear from local leaders about upcoming issues. “This is a significant opportunity for our community,” said Mayor Peggy Breeden. “I feel grateful for the respect he is showing our residents . . . Read Full Story >>

City begins process to build new sewer plant

By JAMES SIMMONS New Review Correspondent The city of Ridgecrest closed its comment period Wednesday on the first step of the process that could lead to the construction of a new wastewater treatment plant. City staff had issued on June 30 a notice of preparation . . . Read Full Story >>

Patin – why we water during the day

Patin – why we water during the day

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer As the California drought continues, the state’s citizens are required to conserve more water with more restrictions. Ridgecrest residents are currently required by Governor Brown’s emergency mandate to conserve water by 36 percent. Among the strict water regulations . . . Read Full Story >>

Investigation closes on SpaceShipTwo crash

Nine months after a high-profile crash that killed the co-pilot of SpaceShipTwo, the National Transportation Safety Board confirmed that initial reports of pilot error did in fact cause the crash of Virgin Galactic’s commercial spaceship. The craft exploded shortly after being launched from Mojave Air . . . Read Full Story >>

Gleason: ‘Everything is upbeat’

Gleason: ‘Everything is upbeat’

Rebecca Neipp

County officials attending the July 16 meeting of the Indian Wells Valley Cooperative Groundwater Manage-ment Group outlined the timeline for standing up the Groundwater Sustainability Agency, the new state-mandated oversight group tasked with managing the local groundwater basin. The proceedings also set a markedly more . . . Read Full Story >>

Assessor reports impact of plummeting oil prices

By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer While the steep decline in oil prices resulted in a 9-percent decrease in the total value of Kern County properties, local realtors are reporting that local property values are stabilizing. Kern County Assessor-Recorder Jon Lifquist announced July 1 . . . Read Full Story >>

Staheli returns to city position

Tyrell Staheli, former city employee, has stepped back up to the plate to serve as the city’s provisional finance director, according to City Manager Dennis Speer. The director position was left vacant after former director Rachelle McQuiston took a job in Tracy, Calif., at the . . . Read Full Story >>

Super Walmart moves ahead

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Rumors regarding whether residents will ever actually see the opening of a Super Walmart continue to surface. However, Economic Development Manager Gary Parsons confirmed that the project is still slowly moving forward. “I hear a rumor about Walmart . . . Read Full Story >>

Companies up for next round of TAB funds

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Ridgecrest is scheduled to renew its agreements with three of the four economic development tax allocation Bbond recipients next month – Monarch, Inc., Pertexa and EH Group. The fourth company, World Economic Development Alliance, already renewed its contract . . . Read Full Story >>

Plans for Dragonfly Placer mine denied

CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY — Responding to environmental groups’ requests for review, the California director of the Bureau of Land Management has overturned the agency’s approval for plans to develop the Dragonfly Placer Gold mine in the Mojave Desert. In reversing the Ridgecrest Field Office’s . . . Read Full Story >>

Water district reminds users to check water timers

The Indian Wells Valley Water District put out a public notice this week reminding users to check their irrigation timers. “Over the July 18-19 weekend, some parts of the IWV experienced power outages,” she said. “Occasionally, power outages can reset automatic irrigation sprinkler timers to . . . Read Full Story >>

Milam appointed to Measure L committee

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council during last week’s meeting approved to appoint John David Edward “Milo” Milam to the Measure L Citizens Advisory Committee. He was appointed by Councilmember Eddie Thomas, who vacated the position on being elected to . . . Read Full Story >>

Road work through June 30

The Ridgecrest Public Works Street Department announced that road work began on Upjohn Avenue Wednesday, June 24, and will continue through Tuesday, June 30. The work is being done on the westbound lane between Holly Canyon and Karin streets. Access to Upjohn will be available . . . Read Full Story >>

Council OKs increased sewer fees

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council, during its June 17 meeting, voted to approve another sewer rate hike, June 17. The 50-percent increase was the third annual increase set in place since the 2013 hearing under the previous council. “We . . . Read Full Story >>

City OKs sewer fee increase

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Among the long list of items on the Ridgecrest City Council’s agenda this week was the highly discussed sewer fees increase. The revenues will be used for construction, expansion, maintenance and operation of the city’s wastewater treatment and . . . Read Full Story >>

Water district approves budget

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Indian Wells Valley Water District CFO Jennifer Keep presented the 2015-16 general fund budget proposal to the IWVWD board during its Monday-night meeting, June 8. Despite the general fund seeing negative $745,000 in cash flow, the projected budget . . . Read Full Story >>

More delays for China Lake Blvd. medians

More delays for China Lake Blvd. medians

Desert Concepts Construction workers yet again tear out newly laid brick from the China Lake Boulevard medians near Inyokern Road. According to Caltrans Public Information Officer Alaia Howell, the textured concrete “did not meet the aesthetic standards outlined in the project plans.” This is the . . . Read Full Story >>

How do you grow a community?

Rebecca Neipp

A common theme that kept arising as a hurdle to local attempts at economic development was that, historically, stakeholders’ efforts have lacked cohesion and focus. Overcoming that very deterrent was the purpose behind Wednesday night’s inaugural Town Hall meeting to discuss economic development. Some 50 . . . Read Full Story >>

IWVWD picks potential "Cash for Grass" winners

IWVWD picks potential "Cash for Grass" winners

Sarah Wersan (left) from the Volunteer Ambassador Program and Indian Wells Valley Water District CFO Jennifer Keep draw the winners for the district’s “Cash for Grass” incentive program. The 10 winners will be confirmed next week according to Patty Montenegro from the water district. “We . . . Read Full Story >>

Median Art Committee is looking for sponsors

The Ridgecrest Median Art Committee is inviting participation from all Indian Wells Valley businesses, organizations and individuals interested in sponsoring and donating median art to enhance the China Lake Boulevard corridor. Of the 18 locations available for monuments, eight have been chosen so far from . . . Read Full Story >>