Casino  issue packs Town Hall

Casino issue packs Town Hall

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The City Hall Council Chambers were filled to capacity and beyond as nearly 400 members of the public came out for a Town Hall meeting to learn more about the city’s plans to host an Indian casino and . . . Read Full Story >>

GSA representation concerns vetted

GSA representation concerns vetted

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Representatives from the De-partment of Water Resources and the State Water Resources Control Board attended a public meeting earlier this month to discuss the formation of a Groundwater Sustainability Agency and answer questions from the public in regard . . . Read Full Story >>

Council tables casino amid outcry

Council tables casino amid outcry

Rebecca Neipp

Members of the public overwhelmingly opposed a plan to put a casino outside the front gate of China Lake at Wednesday’s meeting of the Ridgecrest City Council, which was scheduled to vote on the controversial item five days after the plan was unveiled to the . . . Read Full Story >>

Public still questions details as GSA moves forward

Public still questions details as GSA moves forward

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley groundwater basin has been designated by the state to be in critical overdraft, despite recent data from the IWV Water District displaying well activity that is drastically different than what was published in last . . . Read Full Story >>

New ’Visit Ridgecrest’ sign seen on 395

New ’Visit Ridgecrest’ sign seen on 395

The new “Visit Ridgecrest” sign went up on Highway 395 south of town earlier this month. The $67,300 project will soon be complete once the old sign is removed and remaining cleanup is seen to, said Ridgecrest Area Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Doug Lueck. The . . . Read Full Story >>

Sheriff makes jail closure official

Rebecca Neipp

Despite months of public outcry, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood’s insistence that his department had no other funding op-tions for the Ridgecrest jail culminated this week when he announced that the facility will close at the end of the fiscal year, June 30. The issue . . . Read Full Story >>

IYK seeks donations, letters of support

IYK seeks donations, letters of support

Rebecca Neipp

With the deadline looming for a grant that could help restore local air service, Inyokern Airport General Manager Scott Seymour said that he is looking to the community for matching funds and letters of support for the Small Com-munities Air Service Development Program application, due . . . Read Full Story >>

Questions concerning Todd Report resurface during water meeting

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer At the Indian Wells Valley Water District Board of Directors meeting on Monday, the board discussed General Manager Don Zdeba’s public response to the News Review’s editorial “We must challenge assumptions.” During the discussion, the public expressed concern . . . Read Full Story >>

Kentucky Fried Closed

Kentucky Fried Closed

The storefront for the landmark Kentucky Fried Chick-en sits empty after its unexpected closure this week. Moving trucks could be seen hauling away equipment from the franchise. The only explanation were signs in the drive-thru that read “closed for business.” Local management was unavailable for . . . Read Full Story >>

No action on council code of ethics

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council talked about adopting a code of ethics and conduct for the city’s elected and appointed officials last week during it regular meeting, but ultimately took no action. The topic was mentioned during a meeting . . . Read Full Story >>

GSA is topic at town hall meeting

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Representatives from the Department of Water Resources and the State Water Resources Control Board will be in Ridgecrest Friday, April 15, at 5 p.m. in Ridgecrest City Council Chambers for a Groundwater Sustainability Agency Community Meeting. “The representatives . . . Read Full Story >>

Parsons gives overview for TAB funding, projects

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer City Economic Development Manager Gary Parsons addressed the City Council on Wednesday night, April 6, with a report on the state of Tax Allocation Bond funds. According to Parsons, the funds are being used for their intended purposes . . . Read Full Story >>

Water conservation falls well below state target

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Things were looking promising for water conservation in February when the Indian Wells Valley Water District announced that residents had reduced water use by 33.7 percent for the month of February compared to 2013. However the conservations results . . . Read Full Story >>

Median art springing up  around town

Median art springing up around town

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writers Spring has sprung, but wildflowers aren’t the only guests popping up around town. The first wave of petroglyph art pieces went up over the weekend — the finishing touches to the China Lake Boulevard Median Project. Of the . . . Read Full Story >>

Yearly sheep grazing reduced by drought

By NATHAN CARTER News Review Correspondent The yearly sheep grazing has been reduced this year because of unexpected weather. “We thought we would have a pretty good turnout,” said Robert Pawelek, chief of resources with the Bureau of Land Management Ridgecrest field office, “but the . . . Read Full Story >>

Council slated to meet April 6

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer After a week’s reprieve thanks to March’s extra Wednesday, the Ridgecrest City Council will reconvene next Wednesday, April 6, for its regular meeting. Council is scheduled to discuss appointments to both the city Personnel Committee and the Measure . . . Read Full Story >>

Mixed response to city’s econ. dev. overview

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The city’s Economic Development Manager Gary Parsons gave the Ridgecrest City Council a “bird’s-eye view” of the Economic Development Department’s marketing outreach activities last week – a presentation that was met with mixed response from the public. Parsons . . . Read Full Story >>

Gleason speaks to local Democrats on GSA formation

Gleason speaks to local Democrats on GSA formation

By NATHAN CARTER News Review Correspondent Kern County 1st District Supervisor Mick Gleason openly addressed political issues facing the county at Saturday’s meeting of the Democratic Club of the High Desert. Gleason briefly touched on library issues, oil’s decline in price and oil’s relationship with . . . Read Full Story >>

Water district in support of GSA progression

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer When the Indian Wells Valley Water District Board of Directors met Monday, March 14, it voted to support the county’s positions on the formation of a IWV Groundwater Sustainability Agency by way of a Joint Powers Agreement involving . . . Read Full Story >>

Midyear report projects spending under budget

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer City Finance Director Tyrell Staheli gave the midyear financial report to the Ridgecrest City Council during its regular meeting on Wednesday, March 16. While the 2015-16 fiscal year is projected to come in under budget, the city cash . . . Read Full Story >>