PAC struggles to gain traction

PAC struggles to gain traction

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority and its member agencies have frequently touted its committees as entities that would be doing the “heavy lifting” and would be the “meat and potatoes” of finding answers to our declining groundwater . . . Read Full Story >>

Fuller, Fong critical of housing bills

Rebecca Neipp

State legislators representing the Indian Wells Valley are critical of a package of housing bills that passed both the state Senate and Assembly last week. Senate Bill 2 seeks to support affordable housing by imposing a flat fee of $75 per document recording fee on . . . Read Full Story >>

Gleason to address Democrats

The Democratic Club of the High Desert will host Kern County 1st District Supervisor Mick Gleason at its Saturday, Sept. 16, meeting at noon at Charlie’s Restaurant in the Clarion Hotel. “Supervisor Gleason is always a big hit at these meetings because he is so . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy to hold service academy forum

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy will host a forum Saturday, Sept. 23, for students in his congressional district who are interested in attending a U.S. service academy. “Students interested in serving our nation while seeking to further excel in their leadership, rise to a great . . . Read Full Story >>

Fong to address Republican women

Fong to address Republican women

Ridgecrest Republican Women, Federated, will host Assemblyman Vince Fong at a Monday, Sept. 25, luncheon at noon at the Clarion Inn. Fong was elected to represent the 34th Assembly District, which encompasses most of Kern County — including Ridgecrest. From a young age, he knew . . . Read Full Story >>

Local alum commits summer to McCarthy internship

Local alum commits summer to McCarthy internship

As our congressional representative continues to rise in political prominence, so do the learning opportunities for the interns chosen to serve in his district and capitol offices. Each year, about 30 college students (from a pool of more than 100 applicants) are selected for an . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy fights for China Lake workforce

WASHINGTON, D.C. — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy applauded the U.S. Office of Personnel Management this week for addressing the backlog of security clearance applications for personnel working at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division and the Naval Air Weapons Station at China Lake. . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy lauds improved veteran service

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy praised a major step toward replacement of the Bakersfield Veterans Affairs Community-Based Outpatient Clinic. The VA announced last week a solicitation for offers on local properties to build a replacement clinic. The announcement comes eight years after the Department of . . . Read Full Story >>

Who ultimately decides how to use IWV water?

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Recent Highway 395 construction and a proposed 200+ acre solar field have been frequent topics of discussion this summer. But the big question for both of these Inyokern projects seems to be – where will they get their . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy to hold mobile office hours

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy will hold mobile office hours on Tuesday, Sept. 12, from 10-11 a.m. at the City Clerk’s office at Ridgecrest City Hall. “A staff member from McCarthy’s office hosts each mobile office held throughout California’s 23rd Congressional District,” said a spokesperson. . . . Read Full Story >>

Republican women to host Mat Martin

The Ridgecrest Republican Women, Federated, will host Matthew Martin from the Kern County Young Republicans on Friday, Aug. 25, at noon in the Clarion Inn banquet room. “Mathew is a dynamic speaker with a passion to see our state return to the values we stand . . . Read Full Story >>

Fong brings capitol update to realtors

Fong brings capitol update to realtors

Rebecca Neipp

While the California legislature is on break, Assemblymember Vince Fong took the opportunity to tour Inyokern Airport, the new Murray Middle School campus and the Women’s Shelter and to meet with several community organizations during his visit last week to the Indian Wells Valley. Among . . . Read Full Story >>

‘How are we going to  pay for all of this?’

‘How are we going to pay for all of this?’

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority voted last week to approve Stetson Engineers to serve as its water resources manager. The approved contract covers $245,000 in time and materials to “get us out of the gate,” said Kern . . . Read Full Story >>

Marijuana shops and farms: ban or regulate?

Marijuana shops and farms: ban or regulate?

Rebecca Neipp

Although no action was taken, the Kern County Board of Supervisors heard a staff report — as well as community input — relating to whether Kern should ban or regulate the commercial cultivation and sale of marijuana in unincorporated areas of the county. While proponents . . . Read Full Story >>

IWVGA grapples with public input

IWVGA grapples with public input

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer How does an appointed board, consisting of five different elected bodies from three separate counties, receive input from its constituents? That’s the question that has been a contentious issue for the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority. During the . . . Read Full Story >>

Local realtors association opposes two state bills

The Ridgecrest Area Association of Realtors issued a press release this week announcing opposition to bills floating through the state legislature that have raised concerns about potentially negative impacts to the California economy. Assembly Bill 71 (Chiu) eliminates the mortgage-interest deduction for second homes owned . . . Read Full Story >>

GA appoints water  resources manager

GA appoints water resources manager

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority appointed Stetson Engineering as the board’s water resources manager earlier this month. The WRM will be responsible for drafting a groundwater sustainability plan and submitting it to the IWVGA board for approval. . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy leads bipartisan effort to support ag

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy led a bipartisan coalition of California congressman in signing a letter to leaders in the federal government, urging them to support the state’s agricultural exports with other North American countries. “California’s agriculture industry has played a significant part in our . . . Read Full Story >>

County considers marijuana regulation

County considers marijuana regulation

Rebecca Neipp

Kern County Board of Supervisors is facing options to ban or regulate commercial cultivation and sale of marijuana, with only a few months to put an ordinance in place before state law is automatically implemented Jan. 1. Most Kern municipalities, including Ridgecrest, have opted to . . . Read Full Story >>

County rechannels diverted water

Rebecca Neipp

In an effort to capitalize on the millions of acre feet of snowmelt flowing down the mountains, the Kern County Planning Department recently collaborated with the Bureau of Land Management in an attempt to make the most of the water being released by LADWP into . . . Read Full Story >>