Waste Management to purchase Benz

Officials of Waste Management confirmed this week that the company is in the process of purchasing all assets of Tehachapi-based waste hauler Benz Sanitation. Waste Management spokesperson Eloisa Orozco said the company plans to retain all “eligible” Benz employees and maintain service with little or . . . Read Full Story >>

Budget review tabled

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council heard a budget overview from City Finance Director Tyrell Staheli during its regular meeting last week. The report, which covered the 2015-2016 expenditures and revenues through March, was apparently finished in the last hours . . . Read Full Story >>

Indian casino MSA approved 4-1

Indian casino MSA approved 4-1

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer After five public discussions, several of which ran for five-plus hours, the Ridgecrest City Council voted 4-1 to approve in concept a Municipal Services Agreement with the Timbisha Shoshone tribe, bringing the city one step closer to being . . . Read Full Story >>

Wiknich issues call to action to keep jail open

Wiknich issues call to action to keep jail open

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writers While the potential of an Indian gaming casino coming to Ridge-crest has dominated the discussions at City Hall lately, the public apparently hasn’t forgotten that our local jail will be closing by the end of June because of . . . Read Full Story >>

Resurfacing to wrap early June

The Ridgecrest Public Works Department has announced additional road work scheduled for the week of June 1 according to a press release sent out May 16. On the heels of some extensive road resurfacing announced earlier this month, the department’s Street Maintenance Division, with contractor . . . Read Full Story >>

EMS professionals honored

EMS professionals honored

Holding their Emergency Medical Services awards, from left, are Paramedic of the Year Rigoberto Gutierrez, EMT of the Year Brian Lanterman and ER Nurse of the Year Cindi Weidenkopf. Surrounding them are city and medical staff members. The EMS professionals were awarded at the Ridgecrest . . . Read Full Story >>

City recognizes Vietnam Veteran’s Recognition Day

City recognizes Vietnam Veteran’s Recognition Day

Councilwoman Lori Action reads a proclamation recognizing May 20 as Vietnam Veteran’s Recognition Day during the Ridgecrest City Council’s May 18 meeting. “Our nation’s Vietnam War Commemoration gives us the opportunity for all Americans to recognize, honor and thank our Vietnam veterans and their families . . . Read Full Story >>

Casino vetting continues at lengthy  Town Hall meeting

Casino vetting continues at lengthy Town Hall meeting

Advocates and adversaries of the proposed casino continue to speak out; city and tribal representatives discuss law enforcement, location and the possibility of a ballot measure By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The proposed Indian casino was the sole item of discussion at a . . . Read Full Story >>

County, water district oppose well moratorium

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Water District board has passed a motion to oppose California Senate Bill 1317, a bill aiming to halt additional well drilling in basins designated as critically overdrafted, such as the IWV. The board’s unanimous . . . Read Full Story >>

City manager gives overview on budget process

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer After last year’s general fund deficit scare, a change in finance directors and uncertain budget data surrounding special funds like Measure L and Tax Allocation Bonds, City Manager Dennis Speer gave a brief presentation that outlined the problems . . . Read Full Story >>

Road maintenance scheduled for May 9-19

The Ridgecrest Public Works Department, along with the Street Maintenance Division and contractor Environmental Concepts, will perform road work in numerous areas throughout town from May 9-16. The following streets will be resurfaced during the week of May 9: Inyo Street (from Ward Avenue to . . . Read Full Story >>

Warm months bode trouble for water conservation

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Water conservation numbers are in for the month of April, and Indian Wells Vally Water District customers continue to fall short of the state’s required 32-percent reduction figure. April’s 18.1-percent reduction is a step up from last month’s . . . Read Full Story >>

Casino  issue packs Town Hall

Casino issue packs Town Hall

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The City Hall Council Chambers were filled to capacity and beyond as nearly 400 members of the public came out for a Town Hall meeting to learn more about the city’s plans to host an Indian casino and . . . Read Full Story >>

GSA representation concerns vetted

GSA representation concerns vetted

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Representatives from the De-partment of Water Resources and the State Water Resources Control Board attended a public meeting earlier this month to discuss the formation of a Groundwater Sustainability Agency and answer questions from the public in regard . . . Read Full Story >>

Council tables casino amid outcry

Council tables casino amid outcry

Rebecca Neipp

Members of the public overwhelmingly opposed a plan to put a casino outside the front gate of China Lake at Wednesday’s meeting of the Ridgecrest City Council, which was scheduled to vote on the controversial item five days after the plan was unveiled to the . . . Read Full Story >>

Public still questions details as GSA moves forward

Public still questions details as GSA moves forward

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley groundwater basin has been designated by the state to be in critical overdraft, despite recent data from the IWV Water District displaying well activity that is drastically different than what was published in last . . . Read Full Story >>

New ’Visit Ridgecrest’ sign seen on 395

New ’Visit Ridgecrest’ sign seen on 395

The new “Visit Ridgecrest” sign went up on Highway 395 south of town earlier this month. The $67,300 project will soon be complete once the old sign is removed and remaining cleanup is seen to, said Ridgecrest Area Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Doug Lueck. The . . . Read Full Story >>

Sheriff makes jail closure official

Rebecca Neipp

Despite months of public outcry, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood’s insistence that his department had no other funding op-tions for the Ridgecrest jail culminated this week when he announced that the facility will close at the end of the fiscal year, June 30. The issue . . . Read Full Story >>

IYK seeks donations, letters of support

IYK seeks donations, letters of support

Rebecca Neipp

With the deadline looming for a grant that could help restore local air service, Inyokern Airport General Manager Scott Seymour said that he is looking to the community for matching funds and letters of support for the Small Com-munities Air Service Development Program application, due . . . Read Full Story >>

Questions concerning Todd Report resurface during water meeting

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer At the Indian Wells Valley Water District Board of Directors meeting on Monday, the board discussed General Manager Don Zdeba’s public response to the News Review’s editorial “We must challenge assumptions.” During the discussion, the public expressed concern . . . Read Full Story >>