Citizens express opposition to parks assessment

Citizens express opposition to parks assessment

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council held a public hearing to count the ballots for a parks assessment district on Wednesday night. As the News Review was going to press, City Manager Ron Strand released a statement that the assessment . . . Read Full Story >>

CLMRG assists in ‘Mt. Baldy Miracle’

CLMRG assists in ‘Mt. Baldy Miracle’

Rebecca Neipp

After a pair of hikers were rescued five days after being stranded in Cucamonga Canyon, the team lead of volunteers from the China Lake Mountain Rescue Group shared the group’s piece of the story dubbed by searchers as “The Mt. Baldy Miracle.” On April 6, . . . Read Full Story >>

Stetson seeks direction for groundwater plan

Stetson seeks direction for groundwater plan

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer As the deadline for a Groundwater Sustainability Plan looms, the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority continues to explore its options on how to bring our groundwater basin to a sustainable yield. According to state requirements, the Authority has . . . Read Full Story >>

Parks  District  formation on council  agenda

Parks District formation on council agenda

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The final public hearing for a proposed Parks and Recreational Facilities Assessment District will be held during next week’s Ridgecrest City Council meeting on April 17, 6 p.m. at City Hall. The assessment will levy a fee on . . . Read Full Story >>

Survey results in  speed limit changes

Survey results in speed limit changes

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council approved an engineering and traffic survey report on Wednesday that will result in changes – mostly increases – to some speed limits around town. Public Works Director Bard Lower presented the information to council . . . Read Full Story >>

Groundwater Authority revisits, approves 2019 budget

Groundwater Authority revisits, approves 2019 budget

GA acting General Manager Don Zdeba, Water Resources Manager Steve Johnson, San Bernardino County representative Robert Lovingood, Inyo County representative John Vallejo and IWV Water District representative Ron Kicinski (chair) discuss the 2019 budget — Photo by Laura Austin ------ By BRIAN COSNER News Review . . . Read Full Story >>

Concerns about local tree mortality addressed

Rebecca Neipp

A letter writer’s concerns about dying trees in the community ultimately yielded some insights into the dangers and practices related to coping with state mandates to decrease water consumption. Patrick Hannan wrote a letter to the News Review editor, asking about the pine trees on . . . Read Full Story >>

Outages impact local phones, emergency services

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Cities up and down Highway 395, from Victorville up to Bishop were affected by major landline and mobile service outages this weekend. The outage left the valley without proper access to 9-1-1 or the Ridgecrest Police Department for . . . Read Full Story >>

Groundwater board hears importation cost update

Groundwater board hears importation cost update

IWV Groundwater Authority representatives Robert Lovingood (San Bernardino County), John Vallejo (Inyo County), Ron Kicinski (IWV Water District) and Mick Gleason (Kern County) weigh costs of water importation during last week’s meeting — Photo by Laura Austin ------ By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer . . . Read Full Story >>

City OKs $28K in  overages

City OKs $28K in overages

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council voted last week to approve $28,221.60 in additional funds to complete construction of the Senior Center parking lot. The lot was repaved and brought up to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. According . . . Read Full Story >>

Ball honored upon retirement from city

Ball honored upon retirement from city

City Councilmember Mike Mower presents police clerk Anna Ball with a certificate upon her retirement during last week’s Ridgecrest City Council meeting. The council and Police Chief Jed McLaughlin (right) thanked her for her professionalism and dedication during almost 19 years with the city. “Anna’s . . . Read Full Story >>

Fall kills adventurer in Death Valley

Fall kills adventurer in Death Valley

A park ranger (right background) assists in the search and recovery of the victim of a fall in Death Valley National Park — Courtesy photo ------ DEATH VALLEY, CA – A man died Saturday night while canyoneering in Death Valley National Park. Matthew Yaussi, a . . . Read Full Story >>

Parker gives groundwater presentation

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer What is a hydrogeological conceptual model? According to Tim Parker, an HCM is a geological framework that helps its users understand the flow of groundwater. Parker is a consulting hydrogeologist for the Indian Wells Valley Water District. Members . . . Read Full Story >>

CLA joins state defense alliance

CLA joins state defense alliance

China Lake Alliance is one of six founding members of the California Defense Communities Alliance, which held a charter-signing ceremony this week in the governor’s conference room in Sacramento. “This represents the culmination of a multi-year effort to develop a statewide alliance of community groups . . . Read Full Story >>

Kicinski discusses water, encroachment

Kicinski discusses water, encroachment

UPDATE: Sections of this article have been removed for inaccuracies. See future editions for further clarification. By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority Chair Ron Kicinski addressed members and guests of the Ridgecrest Exchange club Wednesday afternoon where he fielded . . . Read Full Story >>

Council to  discuss public  works projects

Council to discuss public works projects

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Discussion and action items on the Ridgecrest City Council’s March 20 agenda include several items for various public works projects including the Ridgecrest Senior Center and intersection/crosswalk improvements. The council is asked to approve a change order of . . . Read Full Story >>

Groundwater presentation is March 20

The public is invited to preview a draft report on the Hydrogeological Conceptual Model of the Indian Wells Valley groundwater basin on Wednesday morning, before Thursday’s IWV Groundwater Authority meeting. The HCM includes more than 1000 wells, monitoring data from the Kern County Water Agency . . . Read Full Story >>

City holds transit update, hearing

City holds transit update, hearing

Rebecca Neipp

Members of the Ridgecrest City Council congratulate drivers of the city transit system in conjunction with the March observance of “Transit Driver Appreciation Day” — Photo by Laura Austin ------ An update about local public transportation, and a hearing to address unmet needs, were held . . . Read Full Story >>

High winds cause rollovers on Highway 14

High winds cause rollovers on Highway 14

Teresa’s Auto Body personnel prepare to recover one of as many as five semis that reportedly overturned on Highway 14 due to strong winds on Tuesday night. Emergency service personnel were on the scene throughout the night until recovery crews appeared Wednesday morning. — Photo . . . Read Full Story >>

Hospital to purchase Liberty

Hospital to purchase Liberty

By REBECCA NEIPP, News Review Staff Writer Ridgecrest Regional Hospital announced this week that it has entered into a letter of intent to purchase Liberty Ambulance. The official announcement follows RRH Chief Executive Officer Jim Suver’s unofficial announcement at last week’s IWV Economic Outlook Conference. . . . Read Full Story >>