Price-setting myths busted

By CLINT FREEMAN, Coldwell Banker Best Realty Finding a market price for a home can be a tricky task. Who should I believe? Zillow, my neighbor, an appraiser, or a realtor? Most sellers consult first with a realtor, and possibly an appraiser to solidify that . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Concerned about exclusion

On Jan. 4, I read in the local paper about the local China Lake MWR 2018 Polar Bear Plunge at the Oasis Pool aboard the Navy Base. Boy, did I find it very interesting — and something that I would really like to participate in. . . . Read Full Story >>

Watch for Jupiter, Saturn this month

By ROGER BROWER The China Lake Astronomical Society will hold its next meeting Monday, Jan. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Maturango Museum. Although the society will not resume star parties until March, 2018 calendars and handbooks will be available at the meeting. JANUARY CELESTIAL . . . Read Full Story >>

Classic movie nights continue

By NICK ROGERS According to the 2018 calendar, the Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert’s Classic Movie Night series will be entering its ninth year of delighting our community of movie fans. Having just completed the last series with an encore presentation of that . . . Read Full Story >>

New adventures in the New Year

By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL The New Year kicks off with opportunities galore for short hops to nearby destinations and longer trips in California, as you will see in this month’s roundup. To the northwest in San Francisco, the Presidio Officers’ Club has opened a new . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Knights say thanks

On Christmas Day, the Knights of Columbus sponsored the 24th 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 >>

Progressing toward sustainability plan

Progressing toward sustainability plan

By DON ZDEBA, IWV?Water District Manager As we prepare to close the books on 2017 and look forward to a new year, I would like to reflect on some significant events that occurred this past year related to local water issues. Perhaps the most significant . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Frisbee family says thanks

The Frisbee family would like to thank our wonderfully caring community for its support of our 2017 Ridgecrest Cystic Fibrosis Great Strides Walk! This was our 11th CF Walk, and, with the community’s backing, the Walk raised more than $47,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation! . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Disappointed with new tax

Here we go again. More taxes, taxes, taxes. What’s up with the city manager and our city council? Don’t they understand that we, the citizens of Ridgecrest, are being taxed enough and we are sick and tired of hearing excuse after excuse why we should . . . Read Full Story >>

Open letter to Ridgecrest City Council: Opposes parks assessment

The effort to approve $92,000 for the parks assessment district effort is premature, to say the least, at this time. There’s been no public discussion of the parks and recreation budget at all, neither has there been any discussion about the need for an assessment . . . Read Full Story >>

Better World, Better You

By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL If you haven’t started your New Year’s resolutions, here’s a thought: Read a book. One of these might inspire you to feel fabulous and help get the world back in shape. “A Bigger Table” (by John Pavlovitz, Westminster John Knox Press, . . . Read Full Story >>

Be in the know — get a home inspection

By CLINT FREEMAN, Coldwell Banker Best Realty Every smart buyer and seller should have a home inspection when purchasing or selling. It makes practical sense to know the home you are dealing with even if you have lived in it for many years. Why wouldn’t . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Lions discontinue fireworks show

For 23 years the Ridgecrest Lions have dedicated untold hours of time and talent to fundraising, coordinating and hosting the annual Fourth of July Community Fireworks Show. This year, however, most of our members will attend the Lions International Convention in Las Vegas during the . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Comments on Walmart obligations

The following was circulated to members of the Ridgecrest City Council, as well as city staff, regarding the obligations Walmart apparently agreed to as part of the citizens’ initiative that allowed development in lieu of an environmental impact study. Open letter to the City Council: . . . Read Full Story >>

Get away for the weekend — to Lake Arrowhead

Get away for the weekend — to Lake Arrowhead

By JAYME KINARD, News Review Correspondent Tucked away in the mountains of the San Bernadino National Forest is the small community of Lake Arrowhead. Coined the “Alps of California” and one of the “best kept secrets on the West Coast,” Lake Arrowhead lives up to . . . Read Full Story >>

In the Audience: Holiday movie nights — a gift to you

By NICK ROGERS As much as eggnog, mistletoe and holly and the venerable Christmas tree, holiday movies are a yearly family tradition. And the most famous film studio in the world offers a treasure trove of seasonal treats to dazzle movie lovers of all ages. . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Chamber society thanks WACOM

A few weeks ago the Ridgecrest Chamber Music Society was one of the recipients of outreach funds distributed by the Women’s Auxiliary to the Commissioned Officers’ Mess to local nonprofit organizations. We appreciate WACOM’s generous support of our organization and the many other local nonprofit . . . Read Full Story >>

It’s a great day to be a Burro!

It’s a great day to be a Burro!

By DIANA REGIER News Review Correspondent As someone who recently returned to Ridgecrest, many of the current residents do not know me and they probably have no knowledge of my family. But my roots go deep. As a daughter and granddaughter of the Tharp family, . . . Read Full Story >>

Seven-year motivational  idea comes to fruition

Seven-year motivational idea comes to fruition

BY CHRIS FORE, News Review Guest Columnist I’ve always had a whole lot of respect for the “small town” coaches and football programs! The ones who coach their kids year in and year out with everything they have. The ones who can’t rely on transfers . . . Read Full Story >>

Geminid meteor shower coming soon

By ROGER BROWER The China Lake Astronomical Society will hold its next meeting on Monday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Maturango Museum. Star-gazing parties will continue in March. DECEMBER CELESTIAL CALENDAR: 1. Jupiter rises about 4 a.m. at the start of the month . . . Read Full Story >>