RPD officers  to address  Republican  Women

RPD officers to address Republican Women

The Ridgecrest Republican Women, Federated, will hold its monthly luncheon Friday, Nov. 17, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the banquet room of the Clarion Inn. Officers Kyle Cushman and Eric Clinton from the Ridgecrest Police Department will be speaking about safety in the home . . . Read Full Story >>

Spielman  to address  Democratic  Club

Spielman to address Democratic Club

The Democratic Club of the High Desert will host Kern County District Attorney Candidate Scott Spielman at the Saturday, Nov. 18, luncheon at noon at Charlie’s in the Clarion. The public is invited to attend. There is no admission fee, but attendees are responsible for . . . Read Full Story >>

IWVGA submits $2M grant app.

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority submitted its grant proposal earlier this week, requesting $2,146,000 in Proposition 1 funds from the state. The total estimated costs for a Groundwater Sustainability Plan, including money already spent since the board’s . . . Read Full Story >>

Little movement from GA committees

Little movement from GA committees

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer After meeting regularly for months, members of the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority’s advisory committees continue to express confusion and frustration as to what exactly they’re supposed to be doing. “I think it needs to be spelled out . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy rep to visit Nov. 14

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy will hold mobile office hours in Ridgecrest on Tuesday, Nov. 14, from 10-11 a.m. at Ridgecrest City Hall. A field representative will be on hand, in the City Clerk’s Office, to provide constituents opportunities to share their concerns on issues . . . Read Full Story >>

Committees review groundwater grant proposal

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Two Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority committees met Thursday morning to review comments and provide additional input regarding the authority’s Proposition 1 grant application. Last month the IWVGA approved the application, pending some additional discussion, to acquire some . . . Read Full Story >>

Fong laments new gas tax increase

Assemblyman Vince Fong, vice chair of the Assembly Transportation Committee, issued the following statement on the gas and vehicle license fee increase that took effect Wednesday. In April this year, the Democratic supermajority approved Senate Bill 1, which enacted a $5.2-billion annual gas tax increase, . . . Read Full Story >>

Supervisors vote  4-1 to ban cannabis

Supervisors vote 4-1 to ban cannabis

Rebecca Neipp

After months of study, and four hours of presentations, testimonies and deliberation on Tuesday, the Kern County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 to ban cultivation and sale of cannabis in the unincorporated areas of the county. Kern joins 29, out of 58, counties in California . . . Read Full Story >>

IWVGA seeks grant funds as costs continue to add up

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority met Thursday morning to consider approving a grant application for Proposition 1 funding – money to help Groundwater Sustainability Agencies across the state halt the decline of groundwater levels as required by . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy announces STEM app challenge

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced last week that he is participating in the 2017 Congressional App Challenge for students who reside or attend school in California’s 23rd District. “The STEM students of today will guide our country toward a strong tomorrow,” said McCarthy. He . . . Read Full Story >>

Spielman to speak to Republican Women

Ridgecrest Republican Women Federated will host Kern County District Attorney Candidate Scott Spielman at a luncheon today, Oct. 20, at noon in the Clarion Inn banquet room. Spielman is a former sergeant in the Army, where he worked as a military police officer at the . . . Read Full Story >>

Suver to address Democratic Club

The Democratic Club of the High Desert will meet Saturday, Oct. 21, at noon at Charlie’s in the Clarion Inn. “The club is honored to announce that our guest speaker will be Jim Suver, CEO of Ridgecrest Regional Hospital,” said a spokesperson. Suver will present . . . Read Full Story >>

Gov. signs legislation to protect riders

Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 672, authored by state Sen. Jean Fuller, to ensure that local transportation agencies will replace current traffic-actuated signals during the course of regular maintenance and upgrade cycles to adopt motorcycle- and bicycle-sensitive signals. “Since I authored the . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy lauds per diem increase

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, in a statement released last week, applauded the DOD Defense Travel Management Office for rectifying a regulatory discrepancy in the per diem rate for temporary-duty personnel traveling to the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake. Effective Oct. 1, the per . . . Read Full Story >>

Kern leaders meet Pence in Mojave

Kern leaders meet Pence in Mojave

Rebecca Neipp

A culture of innovation and collaboration that facilitated the birth of the commercial space industry in our own backyard vaulted into prominence Tuesday when Vice President Mike Pence toured Mojave Air and Space Port. “The work accomplished in Mojave fulfills this administration’s dream to keep . . . Read Full Story >>

Suver to address Democratic Club

The Democratic Club of the High Desert will meet Saturday, Oct. 21, at noon at Charlie’s in the Clarion Inn. “The club is honored to announce that our guest speaker will be Jim Suver, CEO of Ridgecrest Regional Hospital,” said a spokesperson. “Mr. Suver will . . . Read Full Story >>

Assistant D.A. speaks to Rotary

Assistant D.A. speaks to Rotary

Rebecca Neipp

The tragic consequences of impaired driving and increasing challenges in maintaining public safety were among the key topics addressed by Scott Spielman, assistant D.A. in the Kern County District Attorney’s Office, when he spoke to the China Lake Rotary Club members and guests at Wednesday’s . . . Read Full Story >>

Deciphering the bureaucratic ‘alphabet soup’

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer For anybody trying to follow local developments regarding groundwater management, it can be a bit like staring at a bowl of alphabet soup. The IWVGA (Indian Wells Groundwater Authority) is a GSA (Groundwater Sustainability Agency) tasked with forming . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy to hold mobile office

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy will hold mobile office hours in Ridgecrest Tuesday, Oct. 10, from 10-11 a.m. at the city clerk’s office in Ridgecrest City Hall. A staff member from McCarthy’s office hosts each mobile office held throughout California’s 23rd Congressional District. This time . . . Read Full Story >>

Mounting costs for GA remain a concern

Mounting costs for GA remain a concern

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Rising costs and public participation continue to dominate groundwater sustainability forums. The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority board of directors heard a request last week from its Policy Advisory Committee for representatives to have alternates in cases of . . . Read Full Story >>