Council continues to vet casino liabilities

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Amid headlining discussions about the sudden closure of Pinney Pool (see related story, this edition), talk about the Timbisha Shoshone casino arose at last week’s meeting of the Ridgecrest City Council. At the Feb. 1 meeting, City Attorney . . . Read Full Story >>

EDC proposes solution to pool closure

Rebecca Neipp

The sudden closure of Pinney Pool has expedited an ongoing effort by the IWV Economic Development Corp. to launch an aquatics complex — which would not only provide a critical aspect of quality of life for the community, but also help promote the valley as . . . Read Full Story >>

Groundwater Authority bylaws approved — with provisions

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer After considerable discussion, the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority provisionally approved its bylaws last week. Members of the public were critical of the bylaws structure, particularly the nebulous nature of the to-be-formed Policy Advisory and Technical Advisory Committees. . . . Read Full Story >>

Plan in place as Isabella nears capacity

Rebecca Neipp

As crews worked overtime to shore up the compromised Oroville Dam before the next series of storms hit this weekend, concerns about Lake Isabella’s dam — once classified as the most dangerous in the nation — resurfaced as runoff continued to nudge the lake toward . . . Read Full Story >>

IWVGA draft bylaws called into question

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer When the Indian Wells Valley Water District Board of Directors met Monday, Feb. 13, President Peter Brown updated the board on the IWV Groundwater Authority’s latest business — the formulation of the relatively new agency’s bylaws. Brown serves . . . Read Full Story >>

IYK hears safety, access concerns

IYK hears safety, access concerns

By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer Alion Science and Technology, a defense contractor looking to establish an international campus in the Indian Wells Valley — potentially bringing millions in investments and scores of jobs with it — made its first formal presentation to the . . . Read Full Story >>

City discusses pool closure, splash pad

City discusses pool closure, splash pad

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer During Wednesday’s Ridgecrest City Council meeting, members of the public weighed in on a proposal to fund an outdoor interactive fountain or splash pad for community use. While nearly everyone approved of the splash pad concept, many speakers . . . Read Full Story >>

Conflict on water board comes to a head

By DR. JEANETTE FRANCIS News Review Correspondent Ongoing dissension within the Indian Wells Valley Water District Board of Directors culminated in open conflict at a recent workshop and continued at the most recent board meeting. At the heart of the dispute is the role of . . . Read Full Story >>

Democrats to host Zdeba

The Democratic Club of the High Desert will host Don Zdeba, general manager of the Indian Wells Valley Water District, at its Saturday, Feb. 18, meeting at noon at Charlie’s at the Clarion Inn. “We are looking forward to learning about the issues currently facing . . . Read Full Story >>

Public expresses concern over shift in casino plan

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Months after the city approved a $5.5-million land sale for the development of an Indian gaming casino, the topic once again dominated discussion at last week’s meeting of the Ridgecrest City Council. The public and the council were . . . Read Full Story >>

Heavy rainfall brings decline in IWV water use

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Water District reported that customers reduced their January water use by 25.5 percent compared to that in 2013. Water use was also 12 percent lower than it was in December. “The increase is likely . . . Read Full Story >>

International well driller to speak here

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Cooperative Groundwater Group will host geohydrologist Pal Pauer during its meeting on Thursday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. Pauer has been involved in more than a dozen well-drilling projects on four different continents since . . . Read Full Story >>

County public health increases  efforts to combat high STD rates

County public health increases efforts to combat high STD rates

By JEANETTE FRANCIS News Review Correspondent Rates for sexually transmitted diseases have increased over the last few years to unprecedented highs in Kern County, according to a recent statement released by Kern County Public Health. In fact, Kern’s STD rates are some of the highest . . . Read Full Story >>

Flu vaccine recommended

The Kern County Public Health Services Department confirmed the first influenza-related death of the season in the county and cautioned residents to take precautions against spread of infection. “Again we are reminded of how dangerous the flu can be,” said Matt Constantine, department director. He . . . Read Full Story >>

Pinney Pool closed following ADA lawsuit

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Sgt. John Pinney Memorial Pool now sits unusable after being closed until further notice late last month. The city’s only public pool was forced to close following a lawsuit against the city by claimant William Johnson, a wheelchair-bound . . . Read Full Story >>

Casino attempts to bypass NEPA process

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer City officials are calling into question the vulnerability of community interests after developers of the proposed Indian gaming casino apparently circumvented its promise for environmental review by working out a backchannel deal with the outgoing federal administration. The . . . Read Full Story >>

AltaOne CEO  announces retirement

AltaOne CEO announces retirement

AltaOne Federal Credit Union CEO Robert “Bob” Boland announced this week that, after 39 years with the institution, he will retire at the end of the year. When Boland became CEO in 1992, the credit union had $180 million in assets and about 23,000 members. . . . Read Full Story >>

Alternative water sources discussed at IWVGA meeting

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority heard two presentations last week – one regarding an updated model of the IWV Groundwater basin, the other an offer to purchase imported water to meet our water needs required by the . . . Read Full Story >>

Council tables state tax discussion

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council during its most recent meeting discussed a request from the League of California Cities to submit letters of support for California’s Senate Bill 1 and Assembly Bill 1 for transpiration funding. Council took no . . . Read Full Story >>

City hears casino update

City hears casino update

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council heard a brief update on the Timbisha-Shoshone casino development project from Economic Development Manager Gary Parsons during its Wednesday meeting. Councilmember Lindsay Stephens asked for council to be updated by developer Nigel White, specifically . . . Read Full Story >>