IWV Groundwater Authority Chair Gleason promotes fee

To the Editor: This month the Groundwater Authority will be faced with making a difficult decision. The decision will be whether the Board passes a “replenishment fee.” It is an important decision and is a critical step in the success of our Groundwater Sustainment Plan. . . . Read Full Story >>

EDC questions GA fee, urges deferral

To Mick Gleason, IWV Groundwater Authority chair: This letter is in regard to the pending decision by the IWVGA on whether or not to adopt a Basin Replenishment Fee that would fund the Groundwater Augmentation Project as described in the IWVGA “Groundwater Sustainability Plan” and . . . Read Full Story >>

Here come the Perseids

Here come the Perseids

By ROGER BROWER The China Lake Astronomical Society will hold its Monday, Aug. 3, meeting via Zoom (details in the CLAS newsletter). The star party for August has been cancelled due to the need to share equipment. Star parties for the future have also been . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: ‘Dig deep for the truth’

The old adage “believe nothing you hear and only half of what you see” stands true today more than ever. You have to investigate and dig deep for the truth for yourself. That which runs through the “air waves” was meant to deceive, propagandize, and . . . Read Full Story >>

Our future should be the hands of the electorate

Our future should be the hands of the electorate

Local property-owners recently received a Groundwater Authority Prop-218 fee adoption notice. The notice implements neither a management action nor a project from the approved Groundwater Sustainability Plan. Instead, it implements part of an approved management action as well as a pseudo water importation project not . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Through a Native Lens: American Indian Photography’

By Nicole Dawn Strathman, 228 pgs., photos, indexed, University of Oklahoma Press, hardcover, 2020, $50.00 ---------------- By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL Photographers at the turn of the twentieth century captured romanticized views of Native Americans. They emphasized salvaging, showcasing, and often staging a vanishing culture. The . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: No vote is a ‘yes’ to water fee increase

You may have recently received a notification mailer from the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority Board of Directors. This letter is extremely important to all of us living in the Indian Wells Valley and particularly those who are connected to city water via the Indian . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Urges protest of GA fees

Hey friend, got a few bucks I can have? How do you usually respond to that one from a stranger? How about the stranger to most of you here in the Valley, the Groundwater Authority that wrote itself into existence without any vote of the . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Museum reports theft

If being hit by COVID-19 and the forced closure of the China Lake Museum for 83 days wasn’t enough, on July 2nd the off-site storage for the Museum’s 20th Dinner Auction items was broken into and many items were stolen. The thieves removed fence brackets . . . Read Full Story >>

Stranded couple thanks  local BLM rescuers

Stranded couple thanks local BLM rescuers

Janice and Pres Meyers recount their rescue by Bureau of Land Management rangers based out of Ridgecrest on June 19. Rangers braved the mountain road and sheer cliff exposure at night to help the couple recover their wrecked truck camper. The entire account can be . . . Read Full Story >>

July brings some reopenings

By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL July brings us closer to traveling somewhere, though “reopening” has become a mixed bag, as you will see in this round-up of the possibility of short hops and longer trips in the Golden State. How we go has a great deal . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Cites lack of transparency

We are all familiar with the closed session technique used by local agencies to keep the public in the dark. Local agencies now have another technique for limiting access to public information. It is called the COVID-19 fear factor. Both the City Council and the . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Opposes ‘defund police’

First let me state — emphatically — that I do NOT condone what happened to George Floyd. However, neither do I condone the rioting, looting and general mayhem perpetrated by those with less than altruistic motives. After all — what does trashing a store and . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Close call on Highway 14

A near head-on collision going south on Hwy 14 from Inyokern was terrifying! I will briefly give the scenario and some safety suggestions. A few miles south of Inyokern Hwy 14 is divided, then turns into only two lanes, each going a different directions. My . . . Read Full Story >>

The role of monuments in our history, future

The role of monuments in our history, future

As our country grapples with the role that historical monuments play in reminding us of our past, and the influence they have on our future, I allowed my mind to turn to the annual pilgrimage to Manzanar (a virtual “tour,” in order to comply with . . . Read Full Story >>

Museum resumes  summer field trips

Museum resumes summer field trips

By JANET WESTBROOK, Maturango Museum volunteer The Mountains and meadows are calling, and we should go! Seriously, let’s head for the hills! The Kern Plateau Meadows are currently as lush as I’ve ever seen them, and should produce a bunch of nice summer flowers. Due . . . Read Full Story >>

Delta Aquariid comes in July

By ROGER BROWER The China Lake Astronomical Society, depending on the plans to open the Maturango Museum, will hold its next meeting Monday, July 6, at 7:30 p.m. Masks and proper social distancing protocol will be enforced. Because of the risks of sharing equipment, the . . . Read Full Story >>

To The Editor: Idea about temp. housing

It’s been nearly a year since the earthquake that caused some catastrophic damage to facilities at China Lake and elsewhere in the IWV. Now the effort to rebuild and/or construct new facilities is about to get underway. One of the primary considerations of this effort . . . Read Full Story >>

City needs to take initiative with wastewater

The Indian Wells Valley Water District sent a letter to the city of Ridgecrest on May 14 requesting to negotiate for the wastewater generated by the city’s proposed new wastewater treatment facility that has been in the planning stage for several years. A month later, . . . Read Full Story >>

The ‘rich’ history of Cerro Gordo mine

The ‘rich’ history of Cerro Gordo mine

By ELIZABETH BABCOCK News Review Correspondent Of all the tales of riches to be found in the mining history of Inyo County, one of the most fabulous may be told (in many chapters) about Cerro Gordo, which was recently lost to a fire (see related . . . Read Full Story >>