Splash pad complete, opening TBA

Splash pad complete, opening TBA

City Parks and Recreation Department Head Jason Patin is flanked by staffers Nerissa Wegener (left) and Mindy Beck, celebrating the completion of the patriotic-themed Splash Pad at Freedom Park — Photo by Laura Austin ------ By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Ridgecrest Parks and . . . Read Full Story >>

Water haulers ask for alternatives

Water haulers ask for alternatives

Water haulers gather at the IWVWD meeting on Monday — Photo by Laura Austin ------ By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Water District has plans to temporarily shut down its southwestern bulk water station for upgrades and maintenance. The new . . . Read Full Story >>

GA hears committee reports

GA hears committee reports

IWVWD Board Members Chuck Cordell and David Saint-Amand and District Manager Don Zdeba discuss the Groundwater Authority agenda at a prior meeting — Photo by Laura Austin ------ By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority had its first meeting . . . Read Full Story >>

PG&E announces intent to file bankruptcy

PG&E announces intent to file bankruptcy

Rebecca Neipp

Pacific Gas & Electric’s announcement this week of the intent to file bankruptcy has sparked two driving questions: What happens to the open lawsuits from numerous fire victims? Does that mean rates will go up? Although the cause of the Camp Fire remains under official . . . Read Full Story >>

TAC discusses water allocations, stresses importation

TAC discusses water allocations, stresses importation

‘I still think up front we need to try and understand [the costs] a little bit ... How do we make sure we’re spending our money right?’ — Scott O’Neil, Technical Advisory Committee ------ By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley . . . Read Full Story >>

Strong weekend winds exceed 60 mph

Strong weekend winds exceed 60 mph

Knocked down by powerful winds early Monday morning is a utility pole on Highway 14, just north of Inyokern Road. According to China Lake Weather Office measurements, gusts peaked around 60 miles per hour near midnight late Sunday-early Monday. Private weather station (not certified by . . . Read Full Story >>

Three city meetings  next week

Three city meetings next week

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority’s monthly meeting is next Thursday, Jan. 17, at 11 a.m. The IWVGA meets the third Thursday of each month at City Hall. The IWV Water District and the Ridgecrest City Council, both . . . Read Full Story >>

Another Highway 395 collision leaves one dead

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer A two-vehicle collision on Highway 395 left one dead and others injured last month. The accident happened roughy one mile south of Kramer Junction on the evening of Dec. 21. According to a release from the California Highway . . . Read Full Story >>

New year, new GA

New year, new GA

IWVGA board members and staff during their last meeting. The Authority’s next meeting is Thursday, Jan. 17. ------ By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer After taking a break for the holiday season, the Indian Wells Groundwater Authority gets back to work this month creating . . . Read Full Story >>

Council  OKs paving  machine purchase

Council OKs paving machine purchase

Randy Tattershall of Rayner Equipment Systems gives a presentation on the company’s slurry seal paving machine which the City Council approved of purchasing during its Dec. 19 meeting. — Photo by Laura Austin ------ By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Ridgecrest City Council approved . . . Read Full Story >>

Casino land sale terminated

Casino land sale terminated

Members of the sparsely populated council chambers applaud the vote to terminate the casino land sale agreement — Photo by Laura Austin ------ By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer In a unanimous vote, the Ridgecrest city council decided Wednesday to terminate the purchase and . . . Read Full Story >>

P.A.C.T. Coordinator Andy Pudgorski retires

P.A.C.T. Coordinator Andy Pudgorski retires

Members of the Ridgecrest City Council (in the background, from left — Wallace Martin, Lindsey Stephens, Peggy Breeden, Mike Mower and Scott Hayman), Police Chief Jed McLaughlin (front left) and Police and Community Together volunteers (in the audience) honor Andy Pudgorski upon his retirement after . . . Read Full Story >>

Water board passes rate increase 4-1

Water board passes rate increase 4-1

A larger-than-usual crowd gathers to hear new proposed water rates, approved by the IWV Water District during Monday’s meeting — Photo by Laura Austin ------ By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer In a 4-1 vote, the board of the Indian Wells Valley Water District . . . Read Full Story >>

Virgin Galactic sends Kern pilots to space

Virgin Galactic sends Kern pilots to space

Rebecca Neipp

Virgin Galactic owner Richard Branson (center) celebrates a successful launch and return with SpaceShipTwo pilots C.J. Sturkow (left) and Mark Stucky — Photo by Stu Witt ------ Another major milestone for the commercial space industry, and a handful of additional “firsts” for the high desert . . . Read Full Story >>

Fire chief resumes open burn permits

Following a temporary restriction of open burning — prohibited during a heightened increase in the risk of uncontrolled fire — the Kern County Fire Department announced that open burning has been reinstated. “This decision was made after a thorough review of multiple factors including, but . . . Read Full Story >>

Water board selects Kicinski as GSA rep

Water board selects Kicinski as GSA rep

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Water District board of directors voted Monday to appoint Director Ron Kicinski as representative to the IWV Groundwater Authority. The board also welcomed new directors David Saint-Amand, who was selected to be Kicinski’s alternate . . . Read Full Story >>

Elected bodies swear in new boardmembers

Elected bodies swear in new boardmembers

IWV Water District General Manager Don Zdeba (left) reads the oath of office to Stan Rajtora (center) and David Saint-Amand, the two newest members on the water district board of directors, during the Dec. 10 meeting. The Kern County Elections Office certified election results in . . . Read Full Story >>

City continues committee appointments

City continues committee appointments

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer While the agenda for the Ridgecrest City Council’s Dec. 19 meeting was not available at press time, the council announced last week that it would continue to approve appointments for committee vacancies. Committees with at least one vacancy . . . Read Full Story >>

Kern sees first flu-related death  of season

Kern sees first flu-related death of season

The Kern County Public Health Services Department has received confirmation of the first flu-related death in the county for the 2018-2019 flu season. “We offer our condolences to the family,” says Matt Constantine, director of KCPHS. “The flu must be taken seriously, and we encourage . . . Read Full Story >>

Hayman appointed to GSA

Hayman appointed to GSA

Mayor Peggy Breeden (center) with councilmembers (from left) Lindsay Stephens, Wallace Martin, Scott Hayman and Mike Mower — Photo by Laura Austin ------ By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Ridgecrest City Council newcomer Scott Hayman was appointed the city’s representative on the Indian Wells . . . Read Full Story >>