Council says no to pumping fee

Council says no to pumping fee

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer After seeking direction from Ridgecrest City Council, Mayor Peggy Breeden was directed to oppose any further approval of a groundwater pumping fee from the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority. Members of the public and council have been critical . . . Read Full Story >>

Water rates  workshop set – July 31

Water rates workshop set – July 31

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Water District will hold a public workshop meeting on July 31 to discuss its latest cost-of-service study. IWVWD directors heard a presentation on the study and new proposed rates during their July 9 meeting. . . . Read Full Story >>

Push to widen 395 continues

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Construction to widen U.S. Route 395 will begin this fall, according to an announcement from the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority. However, a large stretch of the highway, which has claimed the lives of more than a dozen . . . Read Full Story >>

Kern River rangers complete prescribed burns

KERNVILLE — The Kern River Ranger District has completed prescribed fire projects for the winter/spring 2017-2018 season. “Our winter and spring burning reduced surface fuels, increased height of the canopy, reduced small tree densities and helped promote fire-resilient landscape,” said a spokesperson. “Additionally, these fires . . . Read Full Story >>

First reading of pumping fee passes

First reading of pumping fee passes

Derek Hoffman, legal counsel for Meadowbrook Dairy, questions the IWV Groundwater Authority’s right to impose a fee without voter approval. — Photo by Laura Austin ------ By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority passed the first reading of its . . . Read Full Story >>

Waste fee increase OK’d

Waste fee increase OK’d

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer During its June 20 meeting, the Ridgecrest City Council approved a rate increase for solid waste services with Waste Management. In March Waste Management requested a rate adjustment to compensate for the increased gas tax and costs associated . . . Read Full Story >>

Pinney Pool fundraiser is next month

Pinney Pool fundraiser is next month

From right, Ridgecrest Police Department Capt. Ryan Marrone helps fallen hero Sgt. John Pinney’s sisters Pamela (who said she had recently undergone cataract surgery) and Diana after they provided public comment advocating for the restoration of Pinney Pool. — Photo by Laura Austin ------ By . . . Read Full Story >>

Public Health issues safety tips as  first heat wave of the season hits

Public Health issues safety tips as first heat wave of the season hits

Residents — especially those most vulnerable — are encouraged to take precautions as temperatures spike. — News Review file photo ------ The Kern County Department of Public Health issued a reminder this week to take precautions from extreme temperatures in light of the first heat . . . Read Full Story >>

WD re-votes to delay  $500K reimbursement

WD re-votes to delay $500K reimbursement

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer After voting the item down last month, the Indian Wells Valley Water District voted Monday to delay the reimbursement of its $500,000 gap-funding advance to the IWV Groundwater Authority. The authority requested the delay in order to mitigate . . . Read Full Story >>

Water fee discussed

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority will hold a public hearing on June 21, regarding a proposed $35-per-acre-foot pumping fee for groundwater use in the IWV. The fee, or more accurately its justification, was a primary topic of . . . Read Full Story >>

Lloyd, Moran receive Lifesaving Awards

Lloyd, Moran receive Lifesaving Awards

Police Chief Jed McLaughlin presents Reserve Officer Micah Lloyd and Dispatcher Karleen Moran with Lifesaving Awards during Wednesday evening’s Ridgecrest City Council meeting. According to reports, Lloyd and Moran responded to an inmate who used his T-shirt as a makeshift noose in an attempt to . . . Read Full Story >>

Council hears 2018-19 budget proposal

Council hears 2018-19 budget proposal

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Ridgecrest City Manager Ron Strand and city department heads presented their proposed 2018-19 budget to City Council during Wednesday evening’s budget hearing workshop meeting. While revenues have been slowly increasing since the 2008 recession, Strand and staff say . . . Read Full Story >>

Pumping fee meeting is June 7

The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority will hold an information meeting on Thursday, June 7. Members of the public will have the opportunity to learn more about the proposed $35-per-acre-foot pumping fee, scheduled to be approved on June 21. The IWVGA discussed the topic at . . . Read Full Story >>

Fees, finances  discussed at groundwater meeting

Fees, finances discussed at groundwater meeting

From left, IWVGA Board Members Mick Gleason from Kern County, Chair Peggy Breeden from Ridgecrest, Alternate Chuck Griffin from IWV Water District and Bob Page from San Bernardino County consider pumping fees during this month’s Groundwater Sustainability Agency meeting. — Photo by Laura Austin ------ . . . Read Full Story >>

Council votes to ‘Keep California Safe’

Council votes to ‘Keep California Safe’

Ridgecrest Police Chief Jed McLaughlin (front) gives a report to the Ridgecrest City Council. — Photo by Laura Austin ------ By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer In an effort to reverse several recent California law-enforcement changes, Police Chief Jed McLaughlin asked the Ridgecrest City . . . Read Full Story >>

Budget hearings begin May 30

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer After the Ridgecrest Finance Committee’s review of the 2018-19 draft budget earlier this month, the city will hold a special meeting Wednesday, May 30, to begin budget hearings. The $15,907,449 budget includes roughly $12 million for funding the . . . Read Full Story >>

Freedom Park splash pad under construction

Freedom Park splash pad under construction

Parks and Recreation Director Jason Patin and crew survey construction of the Freedom Park splash pad earlier this week. While there are “no guarantees” as to the completion date, Patin said he’s hoping it will be complete in 5-6 weeks. — Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

Council says no to sanctuary status

Council says no to sanctuary status

Councilman Wallace Martin and Mayor Peggy Breeden during the discussion of Sanctuary City status. — Photo by Laura Austin ------ By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council voted Wednesday to oppose California’s “sanctuary state” efforts to protect undocumented immigrants. While Ridgecrest will . . . Read Full Story >>

Two dead after  395 collision

Two dead after 395 collision

California Highway Patrol Officer Dan Lilly responds to the scene of a double fatality Wednesday on Highway 395. — Photo by Laura Austin ------ By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Sgt. Matt Hunt of the California Highway Patrol confirmed two fatalities from a Wednesday . . . Read Full Story >>

Council discusses  ‘sanctuary city’ status

Council discusses ‘sanctuary city’ status

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Following Gov. Jerry Brown’s approval of Senate Bill 54 in October 2017, California’s status as a “sanctuary state” remains questionable as cities across Southern California move to oppose the bill and support the federal lawsuit against California. The . . . Read Full Story >>