Strand named as interim city manager

Strand named as interim city manager

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council voted unanimously on Wednesday to name Police Chief Ron Strand as interim city manager, effective July 1. Strand will fill the role for nine months or until a permanent replacement is found. In March . . . Read Full Story >>

Wildfire on 178 nearly contained

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer More than 600 fire-fighting personnel continue to work through extreme temperatures to contain what is being called the “Highway Fire” along Highway 178 in the Kern River Valley, according to the U.S. Forest Service. The blaze began fewer . . . Read Full Story >>

Stephens calls for public input to help resolve city challenges

By DR. JEANETTE FRANCIS News Review Correspondent The importance of considering new ways to address old challenges facing the city was the common theme in a presentation by Councilwoman Lindsey Stephens at last week’s meeting of the Ridgecrest Republican Women. Since taking the oath of . . . Read Full Story >>

TAB funds — Downs Street or Pinney Pool?

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The city has roughly $1 million left in Tax Allocation Bond funds to allocate to economic development or infrastructure projects. During the last Ridgecrest City Council meeting, council and the public debated the best use of the remaining . . . Read Full Story >>

Water District looks at new fines

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Water District Board of Directors discussed its Water Shortage Contingency Plan on Monday. The board plans to update the plan with Ordinance 101 to comply with California Senate Bill 814. SB 814 went into . . . Read Full Story >>

Breeden calls records requests ‘ridiculous’

Breeden calls records requests ‘ridiculous’

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer During the last few minutes of the May 31 budget hearing, council discussed an uptick in spending on actions relating to local California Public Records Act requests – a practice that Mayor Peggy Breeden called out as unwarranted. . . . Read Full Story >>

Water District board to meet

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Water District Board of Directors meets for its regular meeting on Monday, June 12. Agenda information was not available at press time, but updates are posted on the water district’s website – www.iwvwd.com. Earlier . . . Read Full Story >>

Measure V funds questioned during budget hearings

Measure V funds questioned during budget hearings

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council and staff have spent some 10 hours in public hearings since last week discussing the proposed 2017-18 budget – one they hope to have approved during tonight's regular council meeting. Council and the public . . . Read Full Story >>

City terminates special projects contract

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council agreed to allocate $1,000 to Special Projects Consultant Justin O’Neill along with a 30-day notice of intent to end his contract with the city. The news was not unexpected as O’Neill recently relocated to . . . Read Full Story >>

Splash pad slated for Freedom Park

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer As the city looks toward a high desert summer without the mercy of a public pool, the Ridgecrest City Council may have found a way to beat the heat later this year. Council approved the $750,000 TAB-funded “Free-dom . . . Read Full Story >>

Council discusses budget, Measure L

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council heard two financial presentations during Wednesday night’s meeting – one from the Measure L Citizens’ Oversight Committee, another from City Manager Dennis Speer and Assistant Finance Director Tess Sloan regarding the 2017-18 proposed budget. . . . Read Full Story >>

Waste Management Memorial Day schedule

Waste Management’s curbside trash and recycling pick-up schedule will be delayed by one day throughout the week of May 29, in observance of Memorial Day. In addition, all Waste Management operations will be closed on May 29, with normal operations resuming on May 30. Ridgecrest . . . Read Full Story >>

Is ‘primary water’ on tap for IWV?

Is ‘primary water’ on tap for IWV?

By JEANETTE FRANCIS News Review Correspondent As local authorities continue to consider solutions for managing and sustaining local groundwater in the face of a state designation of water “overdraft,” the quest continues to access an apparently limitless quantity of local, usable water deep inside the . . . Read Full Story >>

Severed conduit takes down 9-1-1

Rebecca Neipp

A severed conduit temporarily decommissioned 9-1-1 locally, while leaving thousands of telephone, Internet and cellular users without service last Saturday. According to a public information officer of Frontier Communications, a third-party construction crew unaffiliated with the company cut into an underground conduit with heavy-duty excavation . . . Read Full Story >>

Council OKs $50K increase for legal services

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer On Wednesday, the Ridgecrest City Council approved a $50,000 increase for Legal Services in the 2017-18 budget due to an “increase in potential litigation.” This is in addition to an increase last June from $200,000 to $285,000. The . . . Read Full Story >>

Water District board to meet Monday

The Indian Wells Valley Water District Board of Directors will Meet Monday, May 8, 6 p.m. at the IWVWD office. At press time, agenda information was not available, but it will be posted on www.iwvwd.com/board-of-directors/board-meeting-agendas. General Manager Don Zdeba released April’s water-conservation numbers showing that . . . Read Full Story >>

IWVGA still seeks applicants

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority approved two members for its Policy Advisory Committee last week – representatives from Meadowbrook Farms and Mojave Pistachio – but the authority is still seeking more applicants. The IWVGA was officially approved . . . Read Full Story >>

Workshop gives voice to concerns

Workshop gives voice to concerns

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer After months of pleas for increased public input, residents representing interests ranging from agriculture to property rights to private well ownership participated in nearly two hours of discussion during a workshop hosted by the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater . . . Read Full Story >>

City Council approves two wastewater sites

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer While an official decision won’t be made until next month at the earliest, the Ridgecrest City Council officially approved moving forward with a new wastewater treatment facility on one of two sites. Earlier this month, council heard a . . . Read Full Story >>

Groundwater Authority to hold public workshop

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority will hold a public workshop next Wednesday, April 26, 5:30 p.m. at SpringHill Suites. The main topic of discussion will be Article 5 of the board’s bylaws, pertaining to stakeholder participation in . . . Read Full Story >>