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 >>

Water meetings tackle funding opportunities

Water meetings tackle funding opportunities

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority and its Policy Advisory Committee met last week and discussed acquisition of Proposition 1 grant funding to work toward a Groundwater Sustainability Plan for the IWV. In addition to funding discussions, the . . . Read Full Story >>

Gleason responds to concerns about local control over groundwater

Gleason responds to concerns about local control over groundwater

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Kern County 1st District Supervisor Mick Gleason, who also chairs the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority Board, recently went on record responding to criticisms from IWV Water District Board members that the county was “running the show” when . . . Read Full Story >>

Fong honors Wounded Heroes

SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblyman Vince Fong honored the Wounded Heroes Fund of Kern County as the 34th Assembly District’s 2017 Nonprofit of the Year. The Wounded Heroes Fund is a service organization for veterans and their families affected by injuries sustained in conflict overseas. The . . . Read Full Story >>

Cap and  Trade  extended 10  more years

Cap and Trade extended 10 more years

Rebecca Neipp

California Gov. Jerry Brown is celebrating the passage on Monday of a pair of bills which he says will continue the Golden State’s leadership in the fight against global warming. Assembly Bill 398 extends for 10 years the Cap and Trade policies that attempt to . . . Read Full Story >>

House passes $700-billion defense bill

By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer In action last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the $696.5-billion National Defense Authorization Act, which, despite exceeding statutory budget caps for defense-related spending, drew uncharacteristically broad bipartisan support. While it remains unclear how much of the . . . Read Full Story >>

GSA grows policy committee membership

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority approved most of the Policy Advisory Committee membership during the authority’s regular meeting last week. The IWVGA board has long stated that its Policy and Technical Advisory Committees would be doing the . . . Read Full Story >>

California passes largest-ever budget package

California passes largest-ever budget package

Rebecca Neipp

Amid Republican objections to the content and the process, California lawmakers passed the state’s largest-ever budget last week by approving a $183.2-billion package that conservatives say will increase costs without providing an equitable boost in services to the average citizen. The new budget includes provisions . . . Read Full Story >>

Attack shakes lawmakers, country

Attack shakes lawmakers, country

Rebecca Neipp

Many congressional offices — both capitol and district — remain on lockdown in the wake of a bizarre shooting on Capitol Hill that left five wounded and the suspect dead. Early Wednesday morning, GOP members of Congress were practicing for a charity baseball game between . . . Read Full Story >>

‘We need to have a voice’

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority met Thursday morning, where one of the closed session items was the public employee appointment of a Water Resources Manager. Directors of the IWV Water District touched on the item briefly during . . . Read Full Story >>

Rotarians to host Groundwater Authority manager

Rotary Club of China Lake will host Alan Christensen, chief deputy of the Kern County Administrative Office and general manager of the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Sustainability Agency, at its Wednesday, June 21, luncheon at noon at the Clarion Inn. Prior to his current duties, . . . Read Full Story >>

State senate votes single-payer system

State senate votes single-payer system

Rebecca Neipp

Just weeks after a Republican-led congressional initiative to repeal the Affordable Care Act squeaked through the House, the controlling Democrats in the State Senate responded by passing SB 562 to put California on the path to a single-payer healthcare system. With the exception of one . . . Read Full Story >>

Councilwoman Stephens to address RRWF

Ridgecrest Republican Women, Federated, will host Councilwoman Lindsey Stephens at its Friday, June 16, luncheon at noon in the banquet room of Clarion Inn. The public is invited to attend. Cost of the luncheon is $18, and reservations can be made by calling 760-375-1344. . . . Read Full Story >>

Elected officials announce mobile office hours

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced that his staff will be holding mobile office hours in Ridgecrest Tuesday, June 13, from 10-11 a.m. in the City Clerk’s office at City Hall. Representatives of McCarthy’s office will be on hand to address constituent concerns relating to . . . Read Full Story >>

GSA to appoint committee members next week

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority has received some two dozen applications from potential Policy Advisory Committee members and the IWVGA plans to have selected 14 committee members by it’s regular meeting on Thursday, June 15. That was . . . Read Full Story >>

Zimmer shares passion for justice at RRWF

Zimmer shares passion for justice at RRWF

Rebecca Neipp

A passion for criminal justice, a concern about state mandates that undermine public safety, an observation of the overall decline in respect for authority and a 32-year career in prosecution has prompted Cynthia Zimmer to enter the upcoming race for Kern County District Attorney. She . . . Read Full Story >>

Gleason starts leadership program

Gleason starts leadership program

Rebecca Neipp

Kern County 1st District Supervisor Mick Gleason invited community pillars to join him last week in introducing to the community “Leadership Ridgecrest,” an academy modeled after a successful Bakersfield mentoring program. The endeavor will bring together key leaders who can instruct candidates in everything from . . . Read Full Story >>