On lost treasures and opportunities

On lost treasures and opportunities

When I heard last year that a flash flood had wiped out the roads and infrastructure at historic Scotty’s Castle, I kicked myself for not making the journey sooner with my family. Although we’ve made the trip to Death Valley many times, the proximity seemed . . . Read Full Story >>

A Review: ‘Americus’ – your guide through American history

A Review: ‘Americus’ – your guide through American history

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Americus Brass Band graced the stage of the Burroughs High School Parker Performing Arts Center Tuesday night as part of the Indian Wells Valley Concert Association concert series. But it wasn’t just a concert the band gave . . . Read Full Story >>

Weather Eye: How are storms affecting drought?

Weather Eye: How are storms affecting drought?

By DAVID JOHNSON Although the latest storms have been welcomed, they have done little to improve the drought situation California is currently in. The “Pineapple Express” is a nontechnical term for a phenomenon characterized by a strong and persistent flow of atmospheric moisture from the . . . Read Full Story >>

Guest Editorial: Turning Sacramento’s priorities upside down

By VINCE FONG, 34th Assembly District In the upcoming year, I expect the Democrat-led Sacramento leadership to be primarily focused on making political statements in reaction to Donald Trump’s presidency. We cannot afford this type of leadership. Instead, I will be working with my colleagues . . . Read Full Story >>

Water Wisdom: Technology aids in conservation, efficiency

By DON ZDEBA, IWV?Water District In previous columns I have mentioned the District is implementing an Automated Metering Infrastructure (AMI) pilot project utilizing Neptune’s migratable R900 radio frequency (RF) technology. The pilot project involves 468 meters throughout our service area. Three new towers and five . . . Read Full Story >>

In the Loop: Food, music, festivals and more

By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL January brings food, music, festivals, and more – for instance California Restaurant Month, Jan. 1 – 31 (www.visitcalifornia.com, Jan. 8-13 (pasadenarestaurantweek.com, 626-795-3355), in Pasadena, home of the cheeseburger. Sneakers achieve prominence too, as you will read in this roundup of tips . . . Read Full Story >>

In the Audience: Big movies for the New Year

By NICK ROGERS Another cinematic year winds down at the Historic USO Building, and things are looking really “spectacular” for our next series. “Of Epic Proportions: Classic Hollywood Film Spectacles” will present five big-budget, big-star, big-production motion pictures dating from the early pre-code era to…just . . . Read Full Story >>

Star Gazing: A bright heaven for the new year

By ROGER BROWER The China Lake Astronomical Society will hold its next meeting Monday, Jan. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Maturango Museum. No more star parties will be held until March, but handbooks will be on sale for $25, and calendars are available for . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Thankful for Great Strides support

The Frisbee family would like to thank your staff, especially Pat Farris, Laura Austin, Brian Cosner and Rebecca Neipp, for the loyal support you have given throughout the years to our Ridgecrest Cystic Fibrosis Great Strides Walks. A special thank you for once again creating . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Thanks Christmas dinner supporters

On Christmas Day the Knights of Columbus sponsored the 23rd annual Free Christmas Dinner for those who would be alone, those in need or just anyone who wanted to be there. It was open to all. Special thanks to the many who donated food or . . . Read Full Story >>

Editorial: Our tumultuous year comes to an end

So … 2016, am I right? It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. If you only looked at the headlines, it mostly seemed like the worst of times. Looking back on the last 12 months, from politics to pop culture, . . . Read Full Story >>

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL Books make wonderful gifts. For instance: “A Princess Primer: A Fairy Godmother’s Guide to Being a Princess” (Stephanie True Peters, illus. Bernhard Oberdieck, Denis Gordeev, Tristan Elwell, ages 5-8, 32 pgs., Dutton Children’s Books, large hardcover, 2006, $19.99) lends a helping . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Defends vote for Trump

This is a lengthy one-time reply to my liberal friends who cannot understand why I voted for Trump. After enduring a steady blast of post-election unfocused rhetoric and name-calling from disappointed liberals who could not believe nor accept the results of a free election conducted . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Develop honest, equitable rates

At a July 2015 city council meeting I told the council the wastewater fees did not have to be increased due to the excessive reserve in the wastewater fund compared to the city’s financial plan. The city council increased the wastewater fee over my objection . . . Read Full Story >>

In the Audience: The Emerald City and the ‘West OZ House’

In the Audience: The Emerald City and the ‘West OZ House’

By NICK ROGERS The Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert is very excited about its final film presentation in its “There’s No Place like Home” series. The very name of this series comes from the much beloved film starring Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Thanks WACOM for donation

On behalf of the Ridgecrest Military Banner Program Council, I wish to thank WACOM for their recent generous donation. WACOM’s donation to this worthy program serves to demonstrate their continued support for our local men and women who are currently serving in the United States . . . Read Full Story >>

In the Audience: Location, location location!

In the Audience: Location, location location!

This time of year always has me longing for the beautiful autumn colors of my Hoosier home, and I get nostalgic with holiday memories. So it should come as no surprise that I am going to show two lovely Hoosier-based films during December as part . . . Read Full Story >>

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

By DONNA?MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL Three handsomely color-illustrated and indexed Armchair Adventures transport readers to real places and feels-like-real planets worth knowing better. In “All Aboard! for Glacier: The Great North-ern Railway and Glacier National Park” (C.W. Guthrie, 95 pgs., Farcountry Press, trade paperback, 2004, $15.95), original . . . Read Full Story >>

A review: ‘The Folk Collection’ takes the audience back

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer An impressive crowd turned out at the Parker Performing Arts Center at Burroughs High School Monday night for acoustic trio “The Folk Collection.” “Are you ready to go back?” the performers asked as the concert began. Armed with . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Thanks community for support

Altrusa International of Indian Wells Valley just completed another very successful KidSpree. We were able to give more than 70 children warm winter clothing. We couldn’t have done this without the help of some very generous organizations and individuals. First, we would like to thank . . . Read Full Story >>