County  declares  health  emergency

County declares health emergency

Rebecca Neipp

The Kern County Board of Supervisors ratified the proclamation of a local health emergency at Tuesday’s meeting, following a request publicly announced by public health officials during a Monday press conference. As communities around the country brace for a “surge” — the anticipated spike in . . . Read Full Story >>

Hospital urges continued caution

Hospital urges continued caution

Rebecca Neipp

With confirmation of a third positive test result of COVID-19 from Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, and county cases ticking up into triple digits, RRH Chief Executive Officer Jim Suver encouraged residents to continue limiting their personal interactions in an attempt to “flatten the curve.” “I think . . . Read Full Story >>

County declares state of emergency

County declares state of emergency

Rebecca Neipp

The Kern County Board of Supervisors ratified the proclamation of a local health emergency at Tuesday’s meeting, following a request announced by public health officials during a Monday press conference. As communities around the country brace for a “surge” — the anticipated spike in demand . . . Read Full Story >>

Are you "essential?"

Are you "essential?"

The office of California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order last Friday for all Californians to stay home in order to slow contagion and outbreaks of COVID-19. For guidance on what jobs are exempt, see covid19.ca.gov/img/EssentialCriticalInfrastructureWorkers.pdf. . . . Read Full Story >>

Hospital launches 
drive-thru testing

Hospital launches drive-thru testing

Rebecca Neipp

Ridgecrest Regional Hospital is now allowing patients to make appointments for drive-through testing for coronavirus (COVID-19). “The drive-thru process has been carefully designed to keep our patients and medical staff safe,” said Michelle Whalley, Clinic Administrator for the Rural Health Clinic. “Patients remain in their . . . Read Full Story >>

GA officially approves ordinance  requiring well meters, reporting

GA officially approves ordinance requiring well meters, reporting

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Water District approved it’s groundwater well metering ordinance during its regular meeting last Thursday, March 29. The meeting was lightly attended with many boardmembers and staff phoning in due to COVID-19 precautions. The ordinance . . . Read Full Story >>

Don’t 
overlook 
mental and
emotional
health

Don’t overlook mental and emotional health

Rebecca Neipp

As directives from the Centers for Disease control and Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office urge Californians to sequester in their homes for the next several weeks, in order to reduce threats of coronavirus outbreak, residents are acknowledging the resulting mental and emotional strain. “This is definitely . . . Read Full Story >>

RRH reports first positive test result

RRH reports first positive test result

Rebecca Neipp

Late Wednesday night, Ridgecrest Regional Hospital officials received confirmation of the first known patient of COVID-19 in the Indian Wells Valley. While it does not substantially change anything in our community, said RRH Chief Executive Officer Jim Suver, “It validates all the actions we’ve taken, . . . Read Full Story >>

Hospital braces for surge

Hospital braces for surge

Rebecca Neipp

“I don’t believe we have ever been in a situation like this, as a country or as a culture. None of our recent public health crises compare. The last time our population faced an epidemic of this proportion was in 1918 with the Spanish Influenza.” . . . Read Full Story >>

Virus comes  to Kern

Virus comes to Kern

Rebecca Neipp

At press time, Kern County Public Health Department confirmed positive results for COVID-19 for one visitor and two residents. KCPH Department Head Matt Constantine announced that the result of the visotr at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting. The other results were released Thursday morning. The . . . Read Full Story >>

Town Hall brings updates

Town Hall brings updates

Rebecca Neipp

Nearly 400 tuned into a virtual Town Hall meeting Monday evening, when elected, city, public safety, education and health care officials briefed members of the community on the rapid developments associated with attempts to “Flatten the Curve” in the spread of the coronavirus. World Health . . . Read Full Story >>

GA to approve metering ordinance

GA to approve metering ordinance

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority announced earlier this week that it’s regular meeting will remain open to the public, though members of the community are encouraged to tune in from home via the city’s YouTube channel. The . . . Read Full Story >>

Town Hall brings updates

Town Hall brings updates

Rebecca Neipp

By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer Nearly 400 tuned into a virtual Town Hall meeting Monday evening, when elected, city, public safety, education and health care officials briefed members of the community on the rapid developments associated with attempts to “Flatten the Curve” in . . . Read Full Story >>

Kern visitor tests positively

Kern visitor tests positively

Rebecca Neipp

A Kern County visitor has tested positively for the coronavirus, Public Health and Safety Department Head Matt Constantine announced Tuesday morning to the Board of Supervisors. His office received word of the positive test result at 4 a.m. that day, he said. However, he noted . . . Read Full Story >>

Hospital braces for ‘surge,’ asks community cooperation

Hospital braces for ‘surge,’ asks community cooperation

Rebecca Neipp

“I don’t believe we have ever been in a situation like this, as a country or as a culture. None of our recent public health crises compare. The last time our population faced an epidemic of this proportion was in 1918 with the Spanish Influenza.” . . . Read Full Story >>

GA meets in closed session

GA meets in closed session

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The IWV Groundwater Authority will hold a special closed session Friday morning, March 13, to discuss litigation threatened by valley groundwater pumpers. The 10 a.m. meeting will begin with public comment, immediately followed by closed session to discuss . . . Read Full Story >>

Officials urge caution, not panic

Officials urge caution, not panic

Rebecca Neipp

As the World Health Organization declares a worldwide pandemic of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), stewards of local government, health care and education are collaborating to take all possible precautions to avoid the spread of contagion while attempting to minimize panic, disruptions to service and other . . . Read Full Story >>

City recognizes employees for service

City recognizes employees for service

Kelly Brewton (right, front) from the city of Ridgecrest Finance Department receives an award for her 15 years of service from Councilman Mike Mower. Also pictured are Councilmembers (from left) Lindsey Stephens, Kyle Blades, Peggy Breeden and Scott Hayman. Other service awards went to Justin . . . Read Full Story >>

Council to meet Wednesday

Council to meet Wednesday

Rebecca Neipp

The Ridgecrest City Council will hear mostly routine items at its Wednesday, March 18, meeting at 6 p.m. in council chambers. The council is expected to advise Scott Hayman, the city’s delegate to the IWVGA, on the council’s position of items up for discussion at . . . Read Full Story >>

Groundwater reporting consequences discussed

Groundwater reporting consequences discussed

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Water District Board held a very brief meeting Monday night, when much of the discussion pertained to IWV Groundwater Authority matters – mainly mandatory well metering and registration, as well as groundwater extraction reporting. . . . Read Full Story >>