At least 4 fires in wake of earthquakes

At least 4 fires in wake of earthquakes

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer At least four fires broke out in the Ridgecrest area immediately following the earthquakes that shook the high desert during the week of July 4 according to the Kern County Fire Department. Kern County Fire Stations 74 and . . . Read Full Story >>

Water restored to Trona after quakes

Water restored to Trona after quakes

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer “You guys have water today,” announced Searles Domestic Water Co. Manager Audrey Schuyler during a Trona Town Hall on July 10. “I’m very happy to report that.” She said water service was still out for Pioneer Point, but . . . Read Full Story >>

Sheriff praises first responders, community after massive earthquakes

Sheriff praises first responders, community after massive earthquakes

Rebecca Neipp

Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood, who already made one trip to Ridgecrest following last week’s historic earthquakes, told his listeners Tuesday at the Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce that now the world knew what he and State Sen. Shannon Grove already knew — “where Ridgecrest is!” . . . Read Full Story >>

City: File your damage reports ASAP

City: File your damage reports ASAP

Rebecca Neipp

As the aftershocks from last week’s destructive earthquakes in and around the Indian Wells Valley begin to subside, the City of Ridgecrest has begun setting up a process for residents to report residential and commercial damages from the quakes. At Sunday afternoon’s Town Hall meeting, . . . Read Full Story >>

Town Hall updates residents on available resources

Town Hall updates residents on available resources

Rebecca Neipp

“Where do we go from here?” Ridgecrest Police Chief Jed McLaughlin, who has served as incident commander for the destructive 6.4 and 7.1 earthquakes, as well as the swarm of aftershocks that accompanied them, opened a Town Hall meeting Sunday afternoon with these words. He . . . Read Full Story >>

Mental health experts coming to Kerr McGee

Mental health experts coming to Kerr McGee

Rebecca Neipp

As the aftershocks of last week’s historic 6.4- and 7.1-magnitude earthquakes begin to subside, the Red Cross is helping connect residents coping with lingering stress and anxiety with the help they need. Staff from the Kern County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services are scheduled to . . . Read Full Story >>

Gov. Newsom comes to Ridgecrest

Gov. Newsom comes to Ridgecrest

The earthquakes that continue to rock Ridgecrest and the surrounding areas have prompted California Gov. Gavin Newsom to visit our remote community in order to evaluate the damage and help coordinate emergency response and recovery efforts. On Friday, House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, State Sen. . . . Read Full Story >>

Red Cross opens shelter in Ridgecrest, elected officials survey damage

Red Cross opens shelter in Ridgecrest, elected officials survey damage

Rebecca Neipp

The American Red Cross opened a shelter July 5 at the Kerr McGee Center in Ridgecrest to provide emergency shelter to those effected by the residents displaced by the 6.4-magnitude earthquake, as well as foreshocks and aftershocks, that shook the Indian Wells and Searles valleys . . . Read Full Story >>

Ridgecrest rattled by 6.4 quake

Ridgecrest rattled by 6.4 quake

Rebecca Neipp

The city of Ridgecrest was shaken by the largest earthquake Southern California has experienced in decades, which hit at 10:33 a.m. on July 4. Although the quake apparently caused no fatalities, the incident triggered widespread damages, injuries and disruptions of services. The epicenter was located . . . Read Full Story >>

GA postpones  well monitoring

GA postpones well monitoring

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Wellntell gave an update on its Indian Wells Valley well-monitoring pilot program last week. IWV Groundwater Authority boardmembers and staff said they were pleased with the technology and its application — but expressed hesitance on spending money to . . . Read Full Story >>

CLMRG performed search and rescue operations

CLMRG performed search and rescue operations

In one of many recent assists, the China Lake Mountain Rescue Group responds to an effort to help search the Mount Whitney Trail Camp on June 22. On June 16 Inyo County Sheriff’s Office requested help in finding missing hiker Dao Ling fom Virginia. A . . . Read Full Story >>

Council OKs budget, with revisions

Council OKs budget, with revisions

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council gave final approval for its 2019-2020 budget last week with some minor alterations. The budget was unanimously approved after a brief discussion during Wednesday’s city council meeting. City staff projects that the city’s general . . . Read Full Story >>

Wastewater, decals spark comment

Wastewater, decals spark comment

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council pulled two discussion items from Wednesday night’s agenda – wastewater and the placement of “In God We Trust” decals on emergency response vehicles – both of which still became discussion items during the public . . . Read Full Story >>

Property owner demands land sale

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer China Lake Properties – part owner of some 26.5 acres of the Ridgecrest Business Park – sent a letter to the city of Ridgecrest demanding the sale of that property to Global Investment Enterprise Ridgecrest for the development . . . Read Full Story >>

Water board approves budget, rate increase

Water board approves budget, rate increase

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Water District Board of Directors approved its 2019-2020 budget earlier this month. The budget includes a 3-percent rate increase that takes effect July 1. The increase was the second of five annual rate increases . . . Read Full Story >>

Jordan fire winding down;  two more fires begin

Jordan fire winding down; two more fires begin

Rebecca Neipp

The Jordan Fire, burning in the Sequoia and Inyo National Forests just south and west of Lone Pine, was nearing containment at press time, according to the final incident report released this week by the Inyo National Forest Service. The June 16 report released by . . . Read Full Story >>

City, youth sports work out field-use fee

City, youth sports work out field-use fee

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Local youth sports organizers have come to an tentative agreement with the city regarding usage fees for the Kerr McGee Sports Complex. Though the city’s 2019-2020 budget isn’t expected to be formally approved until Wednesday’s Ridgecrest City Council . . . Read Full Story >>

AG grants residency case against Martin

AG grants residency case against Martin

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Office of the Attorney General as granted Ridgecrest resident Scott Leahy permission to pursue a quo warranto case against Vice Mayor Wallace Martin to determine whether or not he resides within Ridgecrest city limits, and therefore whether . . . Read Full Story >>

Caltrans hears Hwy 395 concerns

Caltrans hears Hwy 395 concerns

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer “Toward Zero Deaths” was announced as Caltrans’ new motto at a recent meeting on safety on U.S. Highway 395. Caltrans District 9 Director Brent Green said the department has shifted its motto in recent years from “Improving Mobility . . . Read Full Story >>

Haulers air concerns to IWVWD

Haulers air concerns to IWVWD

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Water District’s upgraded bulk water hauling station is now operational, but not without its hitches according to many customers who attended the district’s board meeting on Monday. The new metered system lets haulers draw . . . Read Full Story >>