Ad hoc group looks at xeriscaping

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The city is looking to cut back on watering and has discussed xeriscaping options for some of the city’s parks. Parks and Recreation Director Jason Paton addressed the Ad Hoc Water Conservation Committee last week with a discussion . . . Read Full Story >>

Applebee’s coming to Ridgecrest?

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer During last’s week’s meeting of the Ridgecrest City Council, Economic Development Manager Gary Parsons mentioned that Applebee’s has showed interest in setting up a franchise locally. The comment was made during a discussion regarding the sale of city-owned . . . Read Full Story >>

County forms GSA

Rebecca Neipp

With the stated intent to grant local control in the state-mandated process to manage groundwater, the Kern County Board of Supervisors pass a resolution Tuesday directing staff to form a groundwater sustainability agency for the Indian Wells Valley Basin, in cooperation with other eligible public . . . Read Full Story >>

Council discusses updated state water ordinance, hospital expansion

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council, meeting on Nov. 18, did not discuss post-employment benefits as expected. What did take up a significant portion of the meeting was the discussion of the updated Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance that was . . . Read Full Story >>

Sheriff outlines ‘frightening’ challenges

Sheriff outlines ‘frightening’ challenges

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Plagued by increasingly negative portrayals by the media and impossible budget constraints, law enforcement has it tough, according to Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood. But Ridgecrest is a relative bright spot, he said. In an address to Ridgecrest . . . Read Full Story >>

Chamber promotes small biz purchases

Rebecca Neipp

“First there was Black Friday, then there was Cyber Monday,” said a spokesperson of the Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce. On Saturday, Nov. 28, the chamber will once again observe a day promoting the small “Mom and Pop” specialty stores in the community. “Small Business Saturday . . . Read Full Story >>

SSUSD board meets next Thursday

The Sierra Sands Unified School District Board of Education will meet next Thursday, Nov. 19, in the City Hall Council Chambers. Agenda information was not available at press time, but the schedule and other information are available online at One.aspx?portalId=116735& pageId=505202. The meeting can . . . Read Full Story >>

Council to discuss retirement benefits, Measure L appointment

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council will meet next week to discuss employment benefits as well as an outstanding appointment to the Measure L Citizens Advisory Committee. The meeting will take place Wednesday, Nov. 18, in City Hall Council Chambers. . . . Read Full Story >>

District moves forward with solar project

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer After nearly four months of hearings and discussions, the Indian Wells Valley Water District has settled on both the bid and financing options for an alternative energy project that could save the district millions of dollars. Follow-ing a . . . Read Full Story >>

Walmart cuts $2M check for city

The city of Ridgecrest has received a check for just more than $2 million from Walmart for its new supercenter. The check covers various fees and permits for the construction project. The breakdown of fees includes $2,469.68 in state-mandated fees, $92,686.75 for Sierra Sands Unified . . . Read Full Story >>

Family escapes early-morning fire

A family of five has been displaced, but was able to escape when their home caught fire early Thursday morning. According to a report from the Kern County Fire Department, the department received a call just after 4 a.m. that a house in the 200 . . . Read Full Story >>

Council expresses desire to partake in GSA

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The members of the Ridgecrest City Council voted Wednesday to express their interest in participating in the coming Groundwater Sustainability Agency. While the public was largely supportive of local involvement, members of the public appeared wary of the . . . Read Full Story >>

Water District: mandate continues

Residents remain under the watering restrictions outlined by the State Water Resources Control Board, an official of the Indian Wells Valley Water District announced Wednesday. “We really need to continue to strive toward our 36-percent conservation target, and since Nov. 1 some of our customers . . . Read Full Story >>

Sen. Fuller salutes aviation history

SACRAMENTO — Senate Re-publican Leader Jean Fuller salutes November as National Aviation History Month by highlighting the historical aviation achievements that occurred in California. “California is home to some of the most prominent aviation research facilities in the country,” said Fuller. “These facilities, combined with . . . Read Full Story >>

IWVWD to meet Monday

EDIT: The meeting agenda is not available online - The Indian Wells Valley Water District Board of Directors will meet Monday night at 6 p.m. At press time, the agenda had not yet been released, but in keeping with the discussion during Tuesday’s IWVWD . . . Read Full Story >>

Concerns cited at GSA overview

Concerns cited at GSA overview

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Representatives from the California Department of Water Resources briefed the community last Friday on some of the details regarding the formation of a Groundwater Sustainability Agency and plan. Despite the Friday evening time, there was a strong community . . . Read Full Story >>

Time Capsule ceremony is next Friday

The Petroglyph Education Foundation, in conjunction with the second annual Ridgecrest Petroglyph Festival and Kern County 1st District Supervisor Mick Gleason, will hold a ceremony Friday, Nov. 6, at 10 a.m. for the installation of a 25-year Time Capsule in the center of Petroglyph Park. . . . Read Full Story >>

LADWP re-opens aqueduct this week

By JAMES SIMMONS News Review Correspondent Crews from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power on Tuesday removed a temporary dam from the Los Angeles Aqueduct near Cartago. The action allowed water to again flow south in the 350-mile aqueduct toward Los Angeles for . . . Read Full Story >>

Moran, O’Neil stress importance of new hires at Weapons Division

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Naval Air Weapons Center Weapons Division Commander Adm. Mike Moran and NAWCWD Executive Director Scott O’Neil gave a brief presentation during the Ridgecrest City Council meeting last week on the state of NAWCWD’s workforce and the push for . . . Read Full Story >>

Sheriff to address Republican Women

Ridgecrest Republican Women, Federated, will host Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood at its Friday, Nov. 6, luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the banquet room of Clarion Inn. “The Kern County Sheriff’s Office is committed to work in partnership with our community to enhance . . . Read Full Story >>