Energy, broadband items before council

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer More road construction and several other discussion items are on the agenda for next week’s meeting of the Ridgecrest City Council. Representatives of the Kern County Planning and Community Development Department will present a third public workshop for . . . Read Full Story >>

Monarch gets COA

Monarch announced this week that it received its first Certificate of Waiver or Authorization for the Monarch AG to be used for aerial survey in the California State Parks system. Eileen Shibley, CEO of the local unmanned-systems startup, said that although the COA does not . . . Read Full Story >>

Water board approves rate hikes

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Water District Board of Directors voted to approve Ordinance 96 during the board’s monthly meeting Monday, March 9. The ordinance calls for an incremental water-rate increase over the next three years. “Overall, rates will . . . Read Full Story >>

Use of parks funding being questioned

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Talk of reappropriating Tax Allocation Bond funds has ruffled some feathers in the community in regard to the Kerr McGee Sports Complex. In 2012 the Ridgecrest City Council voted to allocate $2.5 million, out of some $24 million, . . . Read Full Story >>

Council approves Carter plaque

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer During their regular meeting March 18, the Ridgecrest City Council approved the installation of a memorial plaque honoring the late former Mayor Ron Carter at the LeRoy Jackson Skate Park. Council had previously discussed naming the park after . . . Read Full Story >>

Committee OKs petroglyph theme

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Earlier this month, the Ridgecrest Median Art Committee decided that petroglyph art would be the consistent theme for the medians now under construction on North China Lake Boulevard. Committeemember and local hotelier Dan Spurgeon gave a presentation to . . . Read Full Story >>

Midyear projection has city $139K in the black

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Following rumors of a general-fund deficit, Finance Director Rachelle McQuiston reported to the Ridgecrest City Council Wednesday evening, March 4, that the fund is projected to be $139,376 in the black for the 2014-2015 fiscal year. “There was . . . Read Full Story >>

Spurgeon proposes petroglyph medians

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Last month during its Feb. 12 special meeting, the Ridgecrest Planning Commission discussed the installation of median artwork that will follow the construction on North China Lake Boulevard. SpringHill Suites General Manager Dan Spurgeon gave a presentation on . . . Read Full Story >>

Inyokern CSD board votes to dissolve

Rebecca Neipp

The Inyokern Community Services District voted at its Feb. 12 board meeting to dissolve the agency that provides essential services to the unincorporated areas in the western Indian Wells Valley. According to a statement from Operations Manager Brian Bebee, the district is working with county . . . Read Full Story >>

City Council meets tonight

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council is scheduled to discuss both the creation of new business agreements as well as the termination of old ones at tonight’s meeting. The regular session begins at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers at City . . . Read Full Story >>

Ron Carter name for skate park tabled

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council at their Feb. 18 meeting tabled its decision to name the skate park at LeRoy Jackson Park in honor of former Mayor Ron Carter who died in late 2014. “Since [Carter’s] passing, both staff . . . Read Full Story >>

How do we rate? Part 5 in a series

How do we rate? Part 5 in a series

Rebecca Neipp

- Low cost of living, high median income, low unemployment, high-performing schools, low crime rate, clean air and emerging services in local health care make the IWV an attractive place to live. This final installment of our series showcases how life in our small desert . . . Read Full Story >>

Skate Park may be named for Ron Carter

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Committee appointments, road construction and a Ronald H. Carter Skate Park are on the agenda for tonight’s meeting of the Ridgecrest City Council. The council will meet at 6 p.m. in City Hall Council Chambers. During its last . . . Read Full Story >>

Comments close Monday for DRECP

Rebecca Neipp

The public comment period for the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan — which will impose fundamental changes on the use of land and other resources in the desert region of California — will close Monday, Feb. 23. The DRECP is being prepared as a collaborative . . . Read Full Story >>

Water board defers rate increase

By JAMES SIMMONS News Review Correspondent Several months of preparation was set aside Monday night as the board of directors of the Indian Wells Valley Water District tabled a proposal to adopt a new schedule of water usage rates and other fees. The board heard . . . Read Full Story >>

City reviews $775,640 general fund deficit

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer During last week’s Ridgecrest City Council meeting, Ken Pun of Pun & McGeady, the auditing firm for the city, revealed a $775,640 deficit in the city’s general fund for fiscal year 2013-14. In his comprehensive annual financial report, . . . Read Full Story >>

District closing gap for immunizations

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Following the measles outbreak at Disneyland in late December, children’s immunization has been brought to the forefront. According to Michelle Savko, coordinator of pupil support services and special projects with the Sierra Sands Unified School District, roughly 12 . . . Read Full Story >>

How do we rate? Part 4 in a series

Rebecca Neipp

- Low cost of living, high median income, low unemployment, high-performing schools, low crime rate, clean air and emerging services in local health care make the IWV an attractive place to live. This third installment of our series showcases how life in our small desert . . . Read Full Story >>

BLM to hold public grant mtgs.

The Bureau of Land Mana-gement announced it will host several public meetings to provide input on the development of off-highway vehicle grant proposals. The Ridgecrest meeting will take place Feb. 18, 6:30-8 p.m., at the BLM field office, 300 S. Richmond Rd. More information on . . . Read Full Story >>

Businesses report on traffic flow after boulevard reopens

Businesses report on traffic flow after boulevard reopens

By LIDDY BUTLER News Review Correspondent With the reopening of West Ridgecrest Boulevard — after a prolonged period of partial closure during extensive reconstruction — business owners along the heart of the city reported on the resumption of traffic now that accessibility has been restored. . . . Read Full Story >>