City pushes for Measure L successor

City pushes for Measure L successor

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council approved the first reading of a new 1-percent sales tax to replace the Measure L tax, which was passed in 2012 and is scheduled to expire next fall. The new tax initiative will be . . . Read Full Story >>

College puts forward ballot measure

CERRO COSO COMMUNITY COLLEGE — The Kern Community College District Board of Trustees voted Thursday to place a local education bond measure on the Nov. 8 ballot for voters’ consideration. The measure, if approved by voters, would provide local funding to repair and upgrade classrooms . . . Read Full Story >>

Road closures announced

The city’s Public Works Depart-ment has announced additional road work beginning Monday, July 25. The following roads will be closed during the construction period with detours set up for alternate routes: Gateway Boulevard from East Ridgecrest Boulevard to Church Avenue and West Drummond Avenue from . . . Read Full Story >>

Planner contract will not be renewed

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The city will not renew City Planner Mathew Alexander’s contract this fall. The decision was made along with a wave of other budget cuts, totaling $276,000, in order to rectify a projected deficit in the 2016-17 General Fund. . . . Read Full Story >>

Planning Commission OKs multi-business site plan on China Lake Blvd.

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest Planning Commission voted Tuesday to approve a site plan for a five-acre multi-business complex on North China Lake Boulevard, directly north of Home Depot. The property is owned by Rusty and Tina Warren, of Warren’s Automotive, . . . Read Full Story >>

Measure L ‘critical’ to public safety

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The city of Ridgecrest could be in more financial trouble than it’s already in if it fails to institute a second dose of Measure L, according to the Measure L Citizens’ Oversight Committee’s annual report for 2014-15. Committee . . . Read Full Story >>

Water District board votes to join JPA

Rebecca Neipp

With 3-2 approval, the Indian Wells Valley Water District Board of Directors moved forward Monday night to enter into a joint-powers authority with other eligible agencies to share oversight of the local groundwater basin as prospective members of the IWV Groundwater Authority. However, several members . . . Read Full Story >>

Erskine Fire: the recovery begins

Rebecca Neipp

Although the Erskine Fire has reached full containment, fires continue to crop up throughout Kern — including one that was quickly extinguished Wednesday evening in Onyx. “ We are only at the start of July, which is earlier than we typically see the start of . . . Read Full Story >>

June conservation update

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Indian Wells Valley Water District customers used 28.2 percent less water this June than they did in June 2013, “well above the 20-percent conservation target,” said IWVWD General Manager Don Zdeba. “Considering that the month of June was . . . Read Full Story >>

Erskine Fire nears containment

Erskine Fire nears containment

Rebecca Neipp

Nearly a week after the sudden flareup of the Erskine Fire — which burned more than 45,000 acres, destroyed hundreds of homes and claimed two lives — roads are opening back up, and residents whose dwellings are still standing are being allowed to return home. . . . Read Full Story >>

IYK gets $450K for air service

As the News Review was going to press, Inyokern Airport General Manager Scott Seymour an-nounced that Inyokern was awarded a $450,000 grant from the Department of Transportation. “I’m excited about resuming air service at IYK, and I’m grateful to the community for their part in . . . Read Full Story >>

Gas leak prompts evacuations near Walmart

A handful of businesses were evacuated Tuesday afternoon following a major gas leak near the intersection of China Lake Boulevard and Bowman Road. The Ridgecrest Police Depart-ment announced the leak near the Super Walmart construction site just before 2 p.m. Tuesday. The intersection was closed . . . Read Full Story >>

Mayor: ‘No more to cut; revenue is the answer’

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Ridgecrest City Council voted to approve the 2016-17 budget after city staff brought the amended budget with more than $250K in cuts to the council during a special meeting Wednesday, June 29. While the presented budget was a . . . Read Full Story >>

Howard family’s vacate order lifted

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Following a years-long struggle with the city of Ridgecrest, William Dale Howard was told that he and his wife would have to vacate his home by Tuesday, June 21, seemingly with nowhere else to go. But they may . . . Read Full Story >>

Casino debate dominates public comment

Casino debate dominates public comment

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Concerns about the casino that could be coming to Ridgecrest were raised again during last week’s meeting of the Ridgecrest City Council. The item was not on the agenda; however, serveral members of the public brought it up . . . Read Full Story >>

City to receive $1.8 million from state

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer In a letter to City Economic Development Manager Gary Parsons, the California Department of Finance said it would repay $1,836,598 of a $3 million dollar loan for the city’s Photovoltaic Solar Energy Production Field project. The money was . . . Read Full Story >>

Balsam Street resurfacing is next week

The Public Works Department and the Street Maintenance Devision have announced road work that will take place on Balsam Street from Las Flores Avenue to Coso Avenue from June 27-30. Roadways will remain open during the resurfacing period, but the department is asking the community . . . Read Full Story >>

Budget still  $800K short

Budget still $800K short

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer After a week of budget hearings for the proposed 2016-2017 budget, the city of Ridgecrest is still unsure of its financial footing. The City Council asked for a continuation on approving next year’s budget after discussing the apparent . . . Read Full Story >>

IWVWD report sheds light on basin condition

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer According to the latest report from the Indian Wells Valley Water District, the IWV basin should be set to support IWVWD customers with water to spare through 2040, assuming there are no extreme increases in private pumping. That . . . Read Full Story >>

Locals continue to petition against casino

Locals continue to petition against casino

Locals opposing the city’s decision to facilitate bringing an Indian gaming casino to Ridgecrest sign a “CasiNO petition outside Albertson’s. For information on the inititative, e-mail Lindsey Stephens at lsydney@yahoo.com. -- Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>