Editorial: Equal representation?
For months, mutual water companies and the East Kern County Resource Conservation District have been pleading for “meaningful participation” in the management of our groundwater basin. These pleas have been blatantly and constantly rejected by our elected officials, who will make up the Groundwater Sustainability . . . Read Full Story >>
Editorial: Our future at risk
A statement made recently in an address before the Kern County Board of Supervisors by Rear Adm. Brian Corey, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division commander, should serve as a wake-up call. “Your Navy is stressed like we have not been stressed in many years. . . . Read Full Story >>
Health and Fitness Corner
A cyclist takes advantage of the newly path that parallels College Heights Boulevard. According to a spokesperson of the Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, Blue Zones Solution author Dan Buettner discovered that the world’s longest-lived people don’t pump iron or run marathons or join gyms, they live . . . Read Full Story >>
From the State Capitol: Dangerous new laws head for vote
By ASSEMBLYWOMAN SHANNON GROVE Just as summer comes to a close and kids head back to school, California’s legislators return to Sacramento for the final month of a two-year session to decide the fate of hundreds of potential new laws. As I and my Republican . . . Read Full Story >>
To the Editor: ‘Navy is not paying its share’
Open letter to members of the Ridgecrest City Council: I have stated at two of the last city council meetings that if the council believes more revenue is needed for the WWF, the city should obtain the revenue from the Navy. The Navy is not . . . Read Full Story >>
To the Editor: Opposes defunding libraries
Nancy Kerr’s guest editorial, which appeared July 29, is brilliant. De-funding libraries cripples our culture because knowledge is power. Diminished learning capabilities of all segments of society debilitates our American society at all levels. The last three paragraphs of her article list the vast amount . . . Read Full Story >>
Editorial: Who is looking out for us?
Last week I focused on the astronomical costs this valley would be saddled with if our valley continues down the path we are on as it relates to groundwater management. Having a sound understanding of our basin and the knowledge of our true water availability . . . Read Full Story >>
To the Editor: Protect our dark night skies
Last weekend, there was a gathering of more than 200 (and maybe closer to 300) people at the Trona Pinnacles just so they could photograph the Milky Way. People came in from Australia, Canada, Germany, Hungary and Mexico, not to mention Arizona, Illinois, Texas, Oregon, . . . Read Full Story >>
To the Editor: Kiwanis thank Child Spree donors
On July 30 the Kiwanis Club of Ridgecrest held its annual Child Spree, which provided each of 50 children with $88 of back-to-school clothing. We thank Kmart, Demetrius Collins, manager, and his staff for facilitating this event and for contributing 10 percent to each child’s . . . Read Full Story >>
To the Editor: Comments on Bernie Sanders
Yes, Bernie was an inch or so “left of left.” I thought he is honorable but he made a U-turn and fell in step with Hillary to survive. I have respect for him and those who stuck with him. They are liberals, but did not . . . Read Full Story >>
Health and Fitness Corner: Silver Sneakers — changing lives for the better
By SARAH GAMBONE RRH Community Health Education Intern Ridgecrest Regional Hospital partnered with High Desert Fitness two years ago to start the Silver Sneakers Fitness Program. Since this program began, it has been a huge success! Such a success that the program, which once offered . . . Read Full Story >>
Editorial: It’s time to count the costs
The Indian Wells Valley Water District has this week announced a 3.5-percent rate increase for water consumption. Fasten your seat belts; it’s only just begun. County and state officials have warned us of the astronomical costs that we can look forward to because of new . . . Read Full Story >>
Guest Editorial: Impact of budget cuts on libraries
While Tuesday’s budget update emphasized losses to public safety, the following report by Kern County Library Director Nancy Kerr to the Board of Supervisors tells how departments like hers will be impacted by the fallout from the second consecutive year of steeply declining revenues. By . . . Read Full Story >>
Star Gazing: August brings Perseids and more!
By ROGER BROWER, China Lake Astronomical Society The China Lake Astronomical Society will hold its next meeting Monday, Aug. 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Maturango Museum. The next star party will be held Friday, Aug. 5, with signs out at 8 p.m. and viewing . . . Read Full Story >>
In the Audience: Chow down at the movies!
By NICK ROGERS Hello, movie lovers! Somehow, going out for an evening of movie entertainment just wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the snack bar. Food sales have always made up a large portion of the revenue earned by theaters. Now, in the case . . . Read Full Story >>
‘Tax and more tax’ To the Editor:
Tax and more tax is what we are talking about now in Ridgecrest. The city wants to continue its sales tax in a big way. Remember how Measure L was set for 0.75 percent and to go for five years, to be extended for another . . . Read Full Story >>
‘The ultimate hypocrisy’ To the Editor:
I find it quite interesting to see what groups of citizens are, or are not, targets of gun-control advocates. Probably 5 percent of our citizens misuse our Second Amendment, leaving about 95 percent honorable citizens. Criminals just love gun control, but of course you liberals . . . Read Full Story >>
A Review: Blink-182 returns to its roots with ‘California’
By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer With Tarzan hitting theaters, a Clinton running for president and everybody trying to catch Pokemon (what year is it again?), I guess it only seems natural that Blink-182 would release a chart-topping powerhouse of an album. With their . . . Read Full Story >>
First-person perspective: The other glove ...
High Desert News reporter and News Review correspondent David Johnson devoted several days to capturing the stories and images generated by the Erskine Fire, occasionally stepping out of his role as a journalist to labor alongside responders and supporters who worked around the clock to . . . Read Full Story >>
REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books
By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL Summer reading on a lazy day or on vacation has special appeal, and these new full-color books lend themselves to reading together, again and again. In “Questions for Breakfast” (Sabrina Miller, illus. Tamara An-tonijevic, Tembo Books, 28 pgs., hardcover, ages 3-6 . . . Read Full Story >>