City Hall security fence approved

City Hall security fence approved

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer City Council gave the Ridgecrest Police Department the go ahead to have new security fencing installed around the northern end of City Hall. In a 4-1 vote, the council approved $247,830 from various state and federal grants as . . . Read Full Story >>

Automated water meter  program hits snags

Automated water meter program hits snags

IWV Water District President Ron Kicinski, outgoing Vice President Chuck Griffin and Director Chuck Cordell discuss concerns about the automated metering program at Tuesday’s Board of Directors meeting. — Photo by Laura Austin ------ By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer After the Indian Wells . . . Read Full Story >>

City defers Son Land Apartments fees

City defers Son Land Apartments fees

City Manager Ron Strand stresses the local need for additional multi-family housing during Wednesday’s City Council meeting — Photo by Laura Austin ------ By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer In an effort to meet housing needs for an anticipated increase in China Lake’s workforce, . . . Read Full Story >>

Leahy attorney attempts to serve Martin with updated papers

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Last week, the News Review learned that Scott Leahy is seeking legal recourse through the California Attorney General to have Councilmember Wallace Martin removed from office for allegedly lying about living in city limits (see related story: "Papers . . . Read Full Story >>

Casino land sale up  in the air — for now

Casino land sale up in the air — for now

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Escrow has expired as of Monday for the city’s 29-acre land sale for a proposed Timbisha Shoshone casino and entertainment complex. This expiration doesn’t mean that the agreement is terminated, but that it’s up to the post-election council . . . Read Full Story >>

Papers served challenging Martin’s residency

Papers served challenging Martin’s residency

Scott Leahy confronts Wallace Martin at a previous Ridgecrest City Council meeting. — Photo by Laura Austin ------ By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Ever since Councilmember Wallace Martin’s initial run for the Ridgecrest City Council, opponents have challenged whether or not he actually . . . Read Full Story >>

GA discusses water allocation, importation

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer When the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority met last week, the board received updates from Water Resources Manager Steve Johnson on water allocation and importation discussions. While equity among all stakeholders is required by the Sustainable Groundwater Management . . . Read Full Story >>

Council hears more casino concerns, analyses

Council hears more casino concerns, analyses

Council members (pictured from left) Lindsey Stephens, Wallace Martin, Peggy Breeden, Eddie Thomas and Mike Mower listen to testimony from the last meeting — Photo by Laura Austin ------ By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer With the Navy remaining largely silent during casino discussions . . . Read Full Story >>

Work begins on Senior Center

Work begins on Senior Center

Griffith Company employees begin work on repaving the Ridgecrest Senior Center parking lot. According to Public Works Director Bard Lower, the parking lot is scheduled to be finished in mid November. While work has yet to begin, the renovation of the Senior Center facility itself . . . Read Full Story >>

Council approves budget, zoning adjustments

Council approves budget, zoning adjustments

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council met Wednesday evening for one of its shorter meetings. The council rapidly approved the second reading of a zoning ordinance change that would allow for construction of new apartments on South Norma Street and . . . Read Full Story >>

Rate study OK’d  despite concerns about  equity, transparency

Rate study OK’d despite concerns about equity, transparency

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Water District will hold a Proposition 218 hearing in December for its increased water rates, approved 3-1 by the IWVWD Board of Directors during its Oct. 9 meeting. The rate increase is the first . . . Read Full Story >>

Casino discussion reignites at city council

Casino discussion reignites at city council

As members of the Ridgecrest City Council defended themselves from continued alleged conflict-of-interest violations as a result of their support of the proposed casino, members of the community warned against moral, economic and social consequences of the planned casino and entertainment complex. ------ By BRIAN . . . Read Full Story >>

Johnson to GA: we  need to work together

Johnson to GA: we need to work together

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority heard a report on special counsel Jim Markman’s water allocation presentation given to the board’s Policy Advisory Committee earlier this month. Water Resource Manager Steve Johnson’s take away — all stakeholders need . . . Read Full Story >>

Longbottom  retires, departs  from GSA

Longbottom retires, departs from GSA

Commander Brian Longbottom (second from right) bids farewell to fellow IWVGA Boardmembers Bob Page, Mick Gleason, Peggy Breeden and Peter Brown at the last meeting — Photo by Laura Austin ------ By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Cmdr. Brian Longbottom attended his last meeting . . . Read Full Story >>

PG&E conducts pipeline tests

Pacific Gas and Electric Company announced this week that crews are conducting strength tests on 30 miles of natural gas transmission pipeline in Ridgecrest this month. PG&E crews are scheduled to work through December, weather permitting. According to a spokesperson, during a strength test the . . . Read Full Story >>

City Council says no to $1 million road repair

City Council says no to $1 million road repair

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council voted against entering into a street maintenance contract during its Sept. 19 meeting. The $1.1 million contract would have involved laying down a fiber micropaving seal on several sections of road as preventative maintenance. . . . Read Full Story >>

Board approves new  water-rate structure

Board approves new water-rate structure

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Water District voted to continue with a 4-tiered water rate structure during it’s Monday meeting. Mark Hildebrand, representing Stantec and Hildebrand Consulting, gave a presentation outlining the district’s current rates and potential rate options . . . Read Full Story >>

City employees honored

City employees honored

Ridgecrest City Council awards city employees for their years of service to the city: Animal Shelter Supervisor Mary Stage (30 years), Officer Edward Hamilton of the Ridgecrest Police Department (10 years), Animal Control Officer Paul Gillette (5 years), Parks and Recreation Director Jason Patin (5 . . . Read Full Story >>

Chamber to  host speakers  Tuesday

Chamber to host speakers Tuesday

The Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce will meet Tuesday, Sept. 11, at noon in the Historic USO Building. Guest speakers include representatives of Bella Serra and the China Lake Alliance. Adriana Ledford, admission and marketing coordinator at Bella Sera Skilled Nursing Facility, will present information about . . . Read Full Story >>

More water rate updates  Monday

More water rate updates Monday

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Water District meets Monday, Sept. 10, 6 p.m. at the water district office. While a full agenda was not available at press time, the board is scheduled to hear more updates on potential water . . . Read Full Story >>