Cedar Fire now top priority in U.S.

Cedar Fire now top priority in U.S.

Rebecca Neipp

With a burgeoning perimeter and a growing list of recommended and precautionary evacuations, the Cedar Fire is now the top priority for collaborating firefighting agencies across the country. “This is a colossal fire. California and the Western United States have sent assets to help manage . . . Read Full Story >>

Last chance to weigh in on casino

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Local buzz about a prospective Indian gaming casino in Ridgecrest has picked back up as the time nears for the Ridgecrest City Council to vote on a land sale to the Timbisha-Shoshone Tribe. Casino advocates continue to emphasize . . . Read Full Story >>

Groundwater JPA meets

The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority met Thursday afternoon to discuss administrative matters prior to formally setting up a Groundwater Sustainability Agency for the IWV groundwater basin. The Joint Powers Authority, consisting of the city of Ridgecrest, the counties of Kern, Inyo and San Bernardino . . . Read Full Story >>

Casino land-sale vote imminent

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The possible sale of city property adjacent to the China Lake front gate to the Timbisha-Shoshone Tribe for an Indian Gaming Casino was a closed-session item during Wednesday night’s city council meeting. The item triggered public comment on . . . Read Full Story >>

Harmful algae detected in Kern, Isabella

Rebecca Neipp

With the discovery of harmful algae in parts of Lake Isabella and Kern River, Kern County Department of Public Health issued a notice this week warning residents and visitors to avoid contact with and consumption of water impacted by the blue-green cyanobacteria. “The algae bloom . . . Read Full Story >>

Cedar Fire prompts mountain home evacuations

Cedar Fire prompts mountain home evacuations

Rebecca Neipp

A fire that broke out Tuesday in the Greenhorn Mountains has spurred another series of evacuations in Kern County, with the communities of Alta Sierra, Slick Rock and Shirley Meadows being urged to flee from the Cedar Fire. At press time, the fire had burned . . . Read Full Story >>

City, water board candidates confirmed for ballot

By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer With closure of the filing period for locally elected offices, Kern County Elections Division officials have confirmed candidates for all six races, although only three of those will be decided on the November General Election ballot. In the . . . Read Full Story >>

Council discusses city manager position

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council is looking into the financial feasibility of splitting the responsibilities of the City Manager and Public Works Director positions, both of which are being handled by Dennis Speer. Alternatively, the city could fill support . . . Read Full Story >>

Groundwater group to hold first meeting

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority will hold its first meeting on Thursday, Aug. 25, 1 p.m. at City Hall. The Ridgecrest City Council voted earlier this month to join the group amid outcry from several groups that . . . Read Full Story >>

Toxicity levels spark increased precautions

Rebecca Neipp

Testing has confirmed dangerous toxins in the water near Kissack Cove at Lake Isabella, according to a press release this week from the Kern County Public Health Department. Last week, the department issued a warning about potentially harmful blue-green algae found at Kissack Cove, as . . . Read Full Story >>

City, water district races filling up

Rebecca Neipp

With completed petitions for candidacy due today, the races for positions on the Ridgecrest City Council and Indian Wells Valley Water District Board of Directors are filling up, while another three local races may not even make it to the November General Election ballot. Unless . . . Read Full Story >>

Mayor reconsiders casino location

Mayor reconsiders casino location

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Things have been pretty quiet regarding the proposed Indian gaming casino coming to Ridgecrest since the Ridgecrest City Council voted 3-2 to approve a Municipal Services Agreement with the Timbisha-Shoshone tribe in June after many weeks of heated . . . Read Full Story >>

RPD talks public safety tax

Police say legislation will create more challenges for law enforcement By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Ridgecrest Police Chief Ron Strand and Capt. Jed McLaughlin addressed the Ridge-crest Exchange Club last week to discuss a proposed successor to the Measure L tax, which will . . . Read Full Story >>

Public ejected from committee discussion

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The City Ad Hoc Finance Committee met Wednesday, Aug. 10, to discuss splitting Public Works Director and City Manager Dennis Speer’s workload. But the meeting was reported to have been “abruptly” cut short when Speer said the main . . . Read Full Story >>

Water board OKs fencing, on track with new conservation target

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer When the Indian Wells Valley Water District Board of Directors Monday, the board OK’d a $33,695 contract to put up fencing around property near Owens Peak. The necessity of the expenditure was brought into question by Director Chuck . . . Read Full Story >>

Burroughs, Gateway roads closed for ‘several weeks’

Burroughs, Gateway roads closed for ‘several weeks’

The Ridgecrest Police Depart-ment has announced that because of several road maintenance and construction projects, roads around Burroughs High School and Gateway Elementary School will be closed. The public is warned to allow 10-15 minutes extra for detours and other delays. For BHS, East Drummond . . . Read Full Story >>

Martin appointed to Planning Commission

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council voted to appoint Wallace Martin to the Planning Commission during its regular meeting Wednesday night. Martin will be filling the vacancy left by former Commission Chair Matthew Baudhuin who resigned last month. Commissioner Warren . . . Read Full Story >>

City joins water district, counties in JPA

City joins water district, counties in JPA

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council voted Wednesday to join the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority as a voting member along with the Indian Wells Valley Water District and the counties of Kern, Inyo and San Bernardino. The authority would . . . Read Full Story >>

Rose Garden guests evicted

Rose Garden guests evicted

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Tenants of the Rose Garden Inn & Suites have issued a cry for help to the community, claiming they are being “thrown out on the street.” Rose Garden is “trying to illegally evict us,” said Holly Besser during . . . Read Full Story >>

Races for local offices filling up

Rebecca Neipp

With just one week left to complete the filing process, local races for elected office are filling up with candidates. At press time, two candidates had pulled papers to run for the two-year seat for Ridgecrest Mayor, and five had pulled papers for the two . . . Read Full Story >>