IWV Land Mgmt Plan passes 5-0

IWV Land Mgmt Plan passes 5-0

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer After four hours of discussion, the Indian Wells Valley Land Management Plan was unanimously approved by the Kern County Board of Supervisors Tuesday afternoon. The Kern County Planning Department’s plan consists of “a series of proposed land use . . . Read Full Story >>

City council revisits budget

Two items were discussed at length during Wednesday evening’s meeting of the Ridgecrest City Council. Public Works Director Loren Culp presented the Landscaping and Lighting District annual engineer’s report for the 2015-16 fiscal year. Finance Director Rachelle McQuiston continued her discussion of the city’s revenue . . . Read Full Story >>

City planner to speak to Republican women

The Ridgecrest Republican Women, Federated, will meet Friday, May 22, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the banquet room of Clarion Inn. Ridgecrest City Planner Mat-thew Alexander will update the group on plans for the city. The public is invited to attend. The cost of . . . Read Full Story >>

Public speaks out on land-use plan

Public speaks out on land-use plan

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Kern County Board of Supervisors came to Ridgecrest Wednesday, May 13, to review and hear public input on the Indian Wells Valley Land Management Plan. More than 100 attendants crowded the Ridgecrest City Council Chambers for the . . . Read Full Story >>

City’s financial struggles could get worse

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Measure L Citizens Over-sight Committee briefed the Ridgecrest City Council last week regarding the committee’s annual fiscal report, in which Chair Scott Garver noted that the city was still recovering from the “backfilling” of years passed. The . . . Read Full Story >>

RRH in escrow for building purchase

By REBECCA NEIPP, News Review Staff Writer The purchase of office space on North China Lake Boulevard, currently in escrow after owner K Partners accepted Ridgecrest Regional Hospital’s $1.7-million offer, could provide a temporary home for the China Lake Museum while RRH implements a long-term . . . Read Full Story >>

Missing hiker found

Missing hiker found

Volunteers from the China Lake Mountain Rescue Group (seen along a ridge in the distance) help search the vast stretches of Death Valley National Park to find a missing man in the remote region of Saline Valley. Nakajima Machio reportedly left his vehicle while hiking . . . Read Full Story >>

Pertexa sues city

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer During a closed session of the Ridgecrest City Council’s Wed-nesday, May 6, meeting, the council discussed a liability claim of Pertexa Healthcare Technologies against the city. The council unanimously rejected the claim, Council-member Lori Acton was not present . . . Read Full Story >>

Additional roadwork planned

The Ridgecrest Public Works and Street Maintenance departments have announced that roadwork, in addition to median construction on China Lake Boulevard, will take place at several locations during May 18-22. The maintenance department and contractors will recondition Norma Street from Drummond Avenue to Inyokern Road, . . . Read Full Story >>

Public plea for county library service continues

At the April 21 meeting of the Kern County Board of Supervisors April 21, the public continued its plea to preserve library services. A countywide movement to advocate for the preservation of county libraries gelled earlier this year when county staff put forward several options . . . Read Full Story >>

LADWP exports from Inyo cease

By JAMES SIMMONS News Review Correspondent Amidst a flurry statewide water changes caused by the severity of California’s drought, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power announced this week it will not be exporting water from the Owens Valley into Los Angeles this runoff . . . Read Full Story >>

Final draft of county land-use plan delayed

The final draft of the Kern County plan to rezone and reclassify land use in the Indian Wells Valley, originally scheduled to be released April 24, will not be available for public review until May 7, county officials reported. That gives members of the Kern . . . Read Full Story >>

Median errors present potential delays

Median errors present potential delays

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer “What’s with this mess on China Lake Boulevard?” asked a Facebook use last week in regards to the median construction on North China lake Boulevard. “After doing all that work and pouring concrete...they’re busting it up with jackhammers . . . Read Full Story >>

Council to discuss support of school funding bill

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council has been asked by Ernie Bell, superintendent of Sierra Sands Unified School District, to join the SSUSD board in their support for Senate Bills 111 and 121. The council will meet at Wednesday, May . . . Read Full Story >>

Family Dollar Store opens in Trona

By HOWARD DALLMAN News Review Contributor The Official Grand Opening Day for the new Family Dollar Store in Trona on April 25 featured special discounts to customers and a live broadcast from 92.7 QLITE in Ridgecrest. Brian Ekcard, a Family Dollar employee, reported a steady . . . Read Full Story >>

$1.6-m fuel farm going in at IYK

$1.6-m fuel farm going in at IYK

Rebecca Neipp

The 1.6-million-dollar project for a new fuel farm at Inyokern Airport broke ground last week, with crews removing outdated infrastructure and preparing the way for modernized equipment. General Manager Scott Seymour called the project the silver lining to the loss of commuter air service at . . . Read Full Story >>

SCE workers are on the job - rain or shine

SCE workers are on the job - rain or shine

Southern California Edison workers brave the lightning and rain as they erect a large power pole Wednesday afternoon. The installation is part of the utility company’s expansion of its substation near the corner of Downs Street and West Ridgecrest Boulevard. -- Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

Water district votes to reduce watering days

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Indian Wells Valley Water District General Manager Don Zdeba gave the IWVWD board a briefing during last Monday’s regular meeting on Gov. Jerry Brown’s April 1 executive order in response to -what many are calling an unprecedented drought . . . Read Full Story >>

CSD votes for annexation

Rebecca Neipp

A proposal for annexation of the Community Services District to the Indian Wells Valley Water District was unanimously approved by CDC at its April 9 board meeting. President Ron Farris cited the district’s poor financial situation, imminent loss of its only employee with the technical . . . Read Full Story >>

Land use: what passed and why

Land use: what passed and why

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer After several months, half a dozen public forums and numerous iterations, Kern County’s proposed changes in land use will come to a vote of the Board of Supervisors on May 13. But the plan’s multiple, and sometimes conflicting, . . . Read Full Story >>