IWVGA approves policy committee structure

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority met earlier this month to further discuss its committee roles in forming a Groundwater Sustainability Plan for the IWV. The board approved the membership list for its Policy Advisory Committee, which would . . . Read Full Story >>

Ridgecrest ally retiring from county

Ridgecrest ally retiring from county

Rebecca Neipp

A champion of local projects and one of the Ridgecrest community’s greatest allies in county government bid farewell to local leaders at a recent luncheon in honor of the retirement of Bob Lerude, whose last day as director of the Kern County Parks Department is . . . Read Full Story >>

Leads lengthen in city council race

Rebecca Neipp

Although results of the Nov. 8 General Election remain unofficial, Lindsey Stephens and Wallace Martin appear to be the victors in the contest for Ridgecrest City Council. Stephens and Martin secured the lead after Kern County Elections Division tallied ballots cast at precincts. But Martin . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy to  continue as  majority leader

McCarthy to continue as majority leader

Rebecca Neipp

Following his reelection last week to the House of Representatives by the constituents of the 23rd District, Bakersfield politician Kevin McCarthy was selected by his congressional peers to continue as majority leader. “I am honored to have the support of my colleagues in the House . . . Read Full Story >>

Nations appointed interim county counsel

The Kern County Board of Supervisors has announced the appointment of Mark Nations as interim county counsel, filling the void left by the surprise resignation of Theresa Goldner on Nov. 4. Chair Mick Gleason, who serves Ridgecrest and the rest of the 1st District, announced . . . Read Full Story >>

County counsel resigns

Kern County officials learned last Friday that lead attorney Theresa Goldner was resigning, effective immediately. The news was apparently surprise to the five members of the Board of Supervisors, who have not acknowledged any reason for her sudden departure. County Administrative Officer John Nilon, who . . . Read Full Story >>

The results are (mostly) in

The results are (mostly) in

Rebecca Neipp

A surprise outcome in the race for president and an anticipated wait to find out who will hold local offices were among the results of the 2016 General Election. National In what pundits and analysts are calling the upset of a lifetime, Donald Trump was . . . Read Full Story >>

Republican women to meet Nov. 18

The Ridgecrest Republican Women, Federated, will meet Friday, Nov. 18, at from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Clarion Inn. “We are privileged to have two speakers to bring us important information,” said a spokesperson. Lynn Wyman, president of the California Republican Women Central Division, . . . Read Full Story >>

Clinton investigation reopened

Clinton investigation reopened

By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer The reopening of an investigation against Democratic Nominee Hillary Clinton mere days before the Nov. 8 General Election has left some wondering how this unprecedented October Surprise could influence the selection and potential inauguration of the presidential hopeful. . . . Read Full Story >>

Campaign statements from candidates for local offices

Ridgecrest Mayor Mike Neel I have been asked, “What is different about you and why should I vote for you?” I will tell you. What is different about me is that for 15 years I have fought to change what is wrong in City Hall, . . . Read Full Story >>

Realtors host forum for water board candidates

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Last week the Ridgecrest Area Association of Realtors hosted candidates for the Indian Wells Valley Water District Board of Directors. With only four days left before Election Day, the forum was one of the last chances to hear . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy gives legislation update to realtors

McCarthy gives legislation update to realtors

House Majority Speaker Kevin McCarthy addresses the Ridgecrest Area Association of Realtors during a visit to Ridgecrest on Wednesday. The congressman gave an update from the capitol, and listened to RAAR concerns regarding legislation on homeownership and mortgage interest deduction. “This was the first time . . . Read Full Story >>

More groundwater concerns vetted

More groundwater concerns vetted

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The definition of groundwater sustainability – and whether or not it can be achieved – has been the topic of many recent water-related meetings. State Department of Water Resources Senior Geologist Tim Ross attended last week’s Indian Wells . . . Read Full Story >>

IWVGA board approves first committees draft

IWVGA board approves first committees draft

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority met last week when it approved the first draft for advisory committees’ formation. Members of the public continued to voice concern over their representation on the IWVGA board and its committees. The . . . Read Full Story >>

Mayor candidates face off in KZGN debate

Rebecca Neipp

The three candidates for Ridgecrest mayor discussed issues facing the city during a debate hosted earlier this month by KZGN. Michael Neel moved here with his wife prior to 1980 and worked on base until his retirement in 2013. “We found it to be a . . . Read Full Story >>

Spotlight on the candidates

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer In a prior edition of the News Review, we featured responses to a questionnaire from Indian Wells Valley Water District Board candidates Leroy H. Corlett, Donald J. Cortichiato, M. James Mower and Ron Kicinski. Rounding out the seven . . . Read Full Story >>

Sec. Def. Carter suspends veteran bonus repayment

Rebecca Neipp

In a political climate remarkable for its bitter partisanship, a groundswell of citizens and elected officials across the spectrum united to oppose an attempt to force veterans to repay signing bonuses after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. And that outcry appears to have worked. On . . . Read Full Story >>

City Council candidates debate on KZGN

Rebecca Neipp

Six of the seven candidates for Ridgecrest City Council participated in a debate on KZGN. Moderators Tonia Pyle, Lois Beres and Matthew Alexander asked each candidate a series of different questions. Candidates had 90 seconds to answer and 45 seconds to respond to questions asked . . . Read Full Story >>

Leahy outlines platform for council campaign

Leahy outlines platform for council campaign

Rebecca Neipp

Ridgecrest City Council candidate Scott Leahy, who was prohibited from participating in several recent forums while healing from a medical procedure, shared with the News Review his vision for the city and positions on several key municipal issues during a recent interview. His priority as . . . Read Full Story >>

Realtors to host water district forum

The Ridgecrest Area Associa-tion of Realtors will host a candidate forum for those seeking seats on the Indian Wells Valley Water District Board of Directors. The forum is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 27, from 6-8 p.m. in Ridgecrest City Council Chambers. RAAR President Dru Hawkins . . . Read Full Story >>