IWVGA to consider financing augmented water rights

IWVGA to consider financing augmented water rights

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Correspondent The IWV Groundwater Authority began collecting its groundwater replenishment fee this year in an effort to collect $50 million to purchase State Water Project rights. As of August, the GA has collected roughly $2.2 million and is now considering . . . Read Full Story >>

How to stay COVID safe on Halloween

How to stay safe on Halloween While it is possible to celebrate Halloween safely, Ridgecrest Regional Hospital officials are reminding residents of the ongoing risk of COVID infection and the best ways to prevent transmission. “We do need to get back to some sort of . . . Read Full Story >>

Council allocates $649,000 to RACVB for new California Welcome Center

Council allocates $649,000 to RACVB for new California Welcome Center

Ridgecrest Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (RACVB) Kari Crutcher – The Ridgecrest City Council voted recently 5-0 to allocate a portion of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to the RACVB for the new California Welcome Center - Ridgecrest, which has been in development . . . Read Full Story >>

City invites RC residents to join in conversation

The City of Ridgecrest Megan Mckenzie – invites you to join the Ridgecrest Community Conversation as a chance to hear from residents about their thoughts regarding City services. Go to www.ridgecrest-ca.gov/conversation to get involved! Providing your input only takes a few minutes via an active . . . Read Full Story >>

COVID trends still high in Ridgecrest

COVID trends still high in Ridgecrest

Ridecrest Regional Hospital – With COVID positivity rates continuing to rise in our community, despite declines county- and state-wide, Ridgecrest Regional Hospital (RRH) officials have cautioned residents not to get complacent about protecting themselves and their neighbors from infection. More than a year and a . . . Read Full Story >>

District wants accountability from GA

District wants accountability from GA

By Patricia Farris News Review Publisher The thrust of the October 12 Indian Wells Valley Water District Board meeting related to the lack of transparency of the Groundwater Authority (GA). The question continually arose, “How are the Replenishment Fees being spent?” According to Stan Rajtora, . . . Read Full Story >>

Devastating winds overturn multiple semi-trucks on HWY 14/395

Devastating winds overturn multiple semi-trucks on HWY 14/395

By Laura Austin, The News Review The Indian Wells Valley (IWV) no doubt resembled the Dust Bowl of the 1920’s on Monday as unusually high winds with gusts of upwards of 80 mph wreaked havoc here. The winds caused the overturning of approximately nine high-profile . . . Read Full Story >>

Super Hornet crashed in Death Valley Nat’l Park

Super Hornet crashed in Death Valley Nat’l Park

San Diego - An F/A-18F Super Hornet crashed in Death Valley National Park, California at approximately 3 p.m. (PDT), October 4. The pilot received minor injuries and was treated at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was later released that night. . . . Read Full Story >>

CDC expands booster eligibility

CDC expands booster eligibility

Ridgecrest Regional Hospital– The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has expanded its recommendations for the COVID booster, just days after receiving Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorization for use in senior citizens and certain high-risk groups. The original approval to those 65 and older, residents . . . Read Full Story >>

Bank of America temporarily closed

Bank of America temporarily closed

Laura Austin photo: A Bank of America customer was surprised to find the bank’s door locked, Tuesday morning. Consequently, she was unable to do her banking. A sign on the door reads. “Due to circumstances beyond our control, we are temporarily closed. We apologize for . . . Read Full Story >>

District discusses Adjudication law suit

District discusses Adjudication law suit

Publishers Note: In last weeks edition of The News Review, we published the portion of the September 13 District meeting that discussed their refusal of the City’s request to finance their portion of the Replenishment Fee. The last part of the meeting related to the . . . Read Full Story >>

GA gives SVM update, seeks more grants

GA gives SVM update, seeks more grants

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority (GA) met September 8 where the board continued discussions on funding an alternative water supply. Water Resources Manager Steve Johnson also gave an update on Searles Valley Minerals’ ability to provide domestic . . . Read Full Story >>

Boosters Available for Eligible Patients

A committee of the Federal Drug Administration has voted unanimously to recommend Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for people 65 years and older, as well as for those with high risk factors. This recommendation is still pending final Center for Disease Control (CDC) approval, however as advertised . . . Read Full Story >>

Water District refuses City’s request to finance fee

Water District refuses City’s request to finance fee

By Pat Farris News Review Publisher This week’s Indian Wells Valley Water District Board meeting took on much the same tone as last week’s City Council meeting. The main topic of discussion was the recent request by the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority (IWVGA) and . . . Read Full Story >>

RRH awaits final approval of CDC  before booster vaccinations

RRH awaits final approval of CDC before booster vaccinations

Ridgecrest Regional Hospital– is awaiting for the Centers for Disease Control to allow the Emergency Use Authorization for COVID-19 boosters, and is beginning to call eligible patients in preparation for when final approval is been granted. According to Dr. Peter Marks of the FDA’s Center . . . Read Full Story >>

Council requests District to finance it’s Replenishment Fee

Council requests District to finance it’s Replenishment Fee

In last week’s edition of the News Review, the September 1st meeting of the City Council was partially reported on due to space constraints. The main concern discussed during the six hour long meeting was Item 12 on the agenda. It reads, “Discussion of the . . . Read Full Story >>

Latest COVID-19 facts

Latest COVID-19 facts

Editors Note: due to a typographical error in last weeks local COVID report, positivity rate stated was incorrect. 93% should have been 9.3% a positivity rate of 1.2%. ———————— Kern County Public Health – There are 1,911 newly reported confirmed cases in Kern County (this . . . Read Full Story >>

City Council’s proposal to Water District provokes strong reaction

City Council’s proposal to Water District provokes strong reaction

Pat Farris, Publisher & Erin Higgins, The News Review Staff Writer The monthly meeting of the Ridgecrest City Council on September 1 lasted more than six hours. It was taken up with two major issues: COVID mandates and a proposal by the City Council to . . . Read Full Story >>

Public Health confirms 511 new cases in County

Public Health confirms 511 new cases in County

Ridgecrest Regional Hosspital, Jayde Glenn– Reports COVID-19 from 08-15-21 - 08-28-21 there are a total of 1,976 positives and (80 new). A 14 day positivity from RRH tests, are 9.3% (up 1.2%) Positives from residents in our community: 1,867 (73 new). In Ridgecrest, 1,622 (69 . . . Read Full Story >>

Local COVID numbers rising

Local COVID numbers rising

Ridgecrest Regional Hospital - Tuesday, August 24, 2021, RIDGECREST, Calif. – As the threat of the Delta variant of coronavirus has renewed safety restrictions and other mandates in California, RRH staff is examining the risks of viral outbreak while acknowledging the toll that prolonged isolation . . . Read Full Story >>