7.1 quake changes our  face, not our fabric

7.1 quake changes our face, not our fabric

Rebecca Neipp

Capturing the impact of high-magnitude earthquakes on our remote desert community is like viewing aftershocks plotted on a map — it’s difficult to zero in on even the largest focal points without seeing the cascade of overlapping ripples blossoming around them. Two weeks after historic . . . Read Full Story >>

City retains counsel for tribal arbitration

City retains counsel for tribal arbitration

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council met in closed session Wednesday to discuss pending litigation with the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe. While details were sparse, City Attorney Keith Lemieux announced the city’s decision to retain outside counsel regarding the matter. Earlier . . . Read Full Story >>

Is your home protected?

Is your home protected?

Rebecca Neipp

By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer With scores of homes red-tagged — and hundreds more in the queue awaiting inspection, many homeowners in the Indian Wells and Searles valley communities have been displaced with no clear path for how to pick up the pieces . . . Read Full Story >>

Addressing stress and anxiety in the wake of disaster

Addressing stress and anxiety in the wake of disaster

Rebecca Neipp

With more than 10,000 aftershocks triggering constant reminders of our devastating earthquakes on July 4-5, mental health officials, professionals are putting together counseling resources and tips for those seeking coping mechanisms. At the Red Cross Shelter, established at the Kerr McGee Center, Kern County Behavioral . . . Read Full Story >>

Quakes leave water district  ‘relatively’ unscathed

Quakes leave water district ‘relatively’ unscathed

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer “We came through relatively unscathed … we didn’t lose water service to anybody and there was no contamination” announced Indian Wells Valley Water District General Manager Don Zdeba during the district’s regular meeting on July 8. Zdeba lauded . . . Read Full Story >>

Hospital back up after riding out earthquakes

Hospital back up after riding out earthquakes

Rebecca Neipp

Ridgecrest Regional Hospital is once again 100-percent operational after riding out the 6.4- and 7.1-magnitude earthquakes that rocked the Indian Wells and Searles valleys on July 4 and 5. “You have some very dedicated staff here at the hospital who put their own safety secondary . . . Read Full Story >>

At least four fires follow quakes

At least four fires follow quakes

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer At least four fires broke out in the Ridgecrest area immediately following the earthquakes that shook the high desert during the week of July 4 according to the Kern County Fire Department. Kern County Fire Stations 74 and . . . Read Full Story >>

Trona recovery progresses

Trona recovery progresses

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer “You guys have water today,” announced Searles Domestic Water Co. Manager Audrey Schuyler during a Trona Town Hall on July 10. “I’m very happy to report that.” Hundreds of Searles Valley residents, still reeling from the 6.4- and . . . Read Full Story >>

Sheriff praises first responders, community after massive earthquakes

Sheriff praises first responders, community after massive earthquakes

Rebecca Neipp

Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood, who already made one trip to Ridgecrest following last week’s historic earthquakes, told his listeners Tuesday at the Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce that now the world knew what he and State Sen. Shannon Grove already knew — “where Ridgecrest is!” . . . Read Full Story >>

City: file your damage reports ASAP

City: file your damage reports ASAP

Rebecca Neipp

As the aftershocks from our historic earthquakes begin to subside, the City of Ridgecrest has shifted its focus from emergency response to recovery. Residents can report damages to private property by e-mailing “quakedamage@ridgecrest-ca.gov” and list their names, contact information, address, description of damages and estimated . . . Read Full Story >>

Ridgecrest Town Hall outlines path toward recovery

Ridgecrest Town Hall outlines path toward recovery

Rebecca Neipp

“Where do we go from here?” With these words, Ridgecrest Police Chief Jed McLaughlin, who has served as incident commander for the destructive 6.4 and 7.1 earthquakes, opened a July 7 Town Hall to address how agencies were partnering on the path to recovery. “This . . . Read Full Story >>

Mental health experts coming to Kerr McGee

Mental health experts coming to Kerr McGee

Rebecca Neipp

As the aftershocks of last week’s historic 6.4- and 7.1-magnitude earthquakes begin to subside, the Red Cross is helping connect residents coping with lingering stress and anxiety with the help they need. Staff from the Kern County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services are scheduled to . . . Read Full Story >>

Gov. Newsom comes to Ridgecrest

Gov. Newsom comes to Ridgecrest

Rebecca Neipp

The earthquakes that continue to rock Ridgecrest and the surrounding areas prompted California Gov. Gavin Newsom to visit our remote community July 6, giving his entourage a tour of the valley and an opportunity to address the press. “I’ve had the opportunity to show the . . . Read Full Story >>

Red Cross opens shelter in Ridgecrest, elected officials survey damage

Red Cross opens shelter in Ridgecrest, elected officials survey damage

Rebecca Neipp

The American Red Cross opened a shelter July 5 at the Kerr McGee Center in Ridgecrest to provide emergency shelter to those effected by the residents displaced by the 6.4-magnitude earthquake, as well as foreshocks and aftershocks, that shook the Indian Wells and Searles valleys . . . Read Full Story >>

Ridgecrest rattled by 6.4 quake

Ridgecrest rattled by 6.4 quake

Rebecca Neipp

The city of Ridgecrest was shaken by the largest earthquake Southern California has experienced in decades, which hit at 10:33 a.m. on July 4. Although the quake apparently caused no fatalities, the incident triggered widespread damages, injuries and disruptions of services. The epicenter was located . . . Read Full Story >>

GA postpones  well monitoring

GA postpones well monitoring

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Wellntell gave an update on its Indian Wells Valley well-monitoring pilot program last week. IWV Groundwater Authority boardmembers and staff said they were pleased with the technology and its application — but expressed hesitance on spending money to . . . Read Full Story >>

CLMRG performed search and rescue operations

CLMRG performed search and rescue operations

In one of many recent assists, the China Lake Mountain Rescue Group responds to an effort to help search the Mount Whitney Trail Camp on June 22. On June 16 Inyo County Sheriff’s Office requested help in finding missing hiker Dao Ling fom Virginia. A . . . Read Full Story >>

Council OKs budget, with revisions

Council OKs budget, with revisions

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council gave final approval for its 2019-2020 budget last week with some minor alterations. The budget was unanimously approved after a brief discussion during Wednesday’s city council meeting. City staff projects that the city’s general . . . Read Full Story >>

Wastewater, decals spark comment

Wastewater, decals spark comment

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council pulled two discussion items from Wednesday night’s agenda – wastewater and the placement of “In God We Trust” decals on emergency response vehicles – both of which still became discussion items during the public . . . Read Full Story >>

Property owner demands land sale

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer China Lake Properties – part owner of some 26.5 acres of the Ridgecrest Business Park – sent a letter to the city of Ridgecrest demanding the sale of that property to Global Investment Enterprise Ridgecrest for the development . . . Read Full Story >>