Editorial

An increasing number of open forums regarding land use, dust control and water consumption; a plethora of incompatible directives and incongruous information about how best to manage local resources; and conflicting mandates from state, county and federal levels have left local residents in a fog . . . Read Full Story >>

A Review

A Review

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Not a single body was still in the Burroughs High School Parker Performing Arts Center last Thursday, Feb. 19, as the audience clapped and stamped along to the sounds of old Napoli provided by musical ensemble “O Sole . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Says EIR doesn’t make sense

Does anyone out there have an understanding of just how the Kern County Environmental Impact Report is supposed to either 1.  Effect a reduction in pumping water from the aquifer to a significant amount to achieve near sustainability or 2. Provide for the identification of . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Thanks foundation for support

As many of you may or may not know, the Ridgecrest Regional Hospital Foundation, founded in the early 1980s to support the hospital, is ceasing operation due to circumstances beyond its control. This is an incredibly unfortunate situation as the RRH Foundation and its volunteers . . . Read Full Story >>

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

By Fredrick Hareland Andy Weir’s novel, “The Martian,” is undoubtedly the best survival story, fiction or nonfiction, that I ever read, and the fact that it takes place on Mars is a big plus for the reader. On planet Earth the natural environment is so . . . Read Full Story >>

Star Gazing

Star Gazing

By ROGER BROWER, China Lake Astronomical Society The China Lake Astronomical Society will hold its next club meeting Monday, March 2, at 7:30 p.m. at the Maturango Museum. The 2015 calendars and handbooks will be available. The first star party of the year will be . . . Read Full Story >>

Terri Miskovsky

Terri Miskovsky

Terri Taylor Miskovsky, of Hedgesville, W.Va., died early in the morning of Feb. 15, 2015, at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. She left this world as she lived in it — surrounded by her daughters and steadfast husband of 33 years. Her funeral mass will . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Measure L member reaches out

I am Ted Ribultan, appointed as a member of the Measure L Citizens’ Oversight Committee on January 2015 by the city council. The plan is to increase communication of the information provided by the city government to the committee. The Measure L Citizens’ Oversight Committee . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Thanks for gracious farewell

I would like to express my deepest gratitude and appreciation to all who made my retirement reception such a wonderful and memorable event for my family and me. Thank you to the library staff member – Charissa, Vicki and Karen – and the Friends of . . . Read Full Story >>

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

By Donna McCrohan Rosenthal Julian Pencilliah has written a short course in defining goals and refining the strategies for reaching them. He presents his ideas energetically, using words as design elements to impart added punch to his rallying cries such as “Relax, because anxiety does . . . Read Full Story >>

Guest Editorial: State should treat ag as national treasure

Guest Editorial: State should treat ag as national treasure

By ASSEMBLYWOMAN SHANNON GROVE There’s not much snow or rain on the horizon, so we head into another difficult year for California’s agriculture industry.  As a member of the Assembly’s Committee on Agriculture, my goal is to protect, preserve and encourage our state’s 40-billion-dollar agriculture . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Stresses importance of broadband

The importance of broadband in this community continues to fall on deaf ears. I, along with Ms. Acton, tried for two years to get a broadband policy in place and explore opportunities to benefit all. Since 2008 I tried to encourage data centers in our valley (these . . . Read Full Story >>

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

By Donna McCrohan Rosenthal Two easygoing books about Death Valley contain more hidden treasure than a lost mine. “Death Valley Trivia” (Don Lago, illus., 135 pages, Riverbend Publishing, paperback, 2010, $10.95) poses and then answers questions on subjects ranging from landscapes, geology, plants, wildlife, and . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Comments on Acton employment

With regard to your article in the Jan. 28 edition of the News Review, “Public weighs in on Acton issue,” I appreciated the comments made by both Carol Wilson and Jerry Taylor and the stand they took for principled, ethical behavior. Thanks to you both! . . . Read Full Story >>

In the Loop

In the Loop

By DONNA McCROHAN ROSENTHAL February means Valentine’s Day and much more — everything from El Día de Amor y la Amistad (“Day of Love and Friendship”) to a walking, talking Charles Dickens and Edgar Allan Poe in Riverside. Incidentally, any Valentine’s Day worth its name . . . Read Full Story >>

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

By DANIEL STALLINGS Celebrating the birthdays of the Grimm brothers, those renowned collectors of German fairy tales, Ridge Writers on Books shares this fantastical tale of mystery and adventure to coincide with our youth fairy tale writing contest “My Once Upon a Time.” What if . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Questions county BOT realignment

The proposal to realign the Kern County Board of Trade with Workforce Development that appears on Tuesday’s agenda should be re-scheduled for a few weeks to allow the chambers of commerce and other agencies that deal with the board to review this plan. Springing it . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: New park is a work of art

When construction began on the new park (intersection of China Lake Boulevard and French Street) many of us thought, “What a waste of money!” Ridgecrest does not even have the money to maintain our existing parks. Then we were informed that this would be a . . . Read Full Story >>

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL High school students interviewed senior citizens with the guidance and training of the High Desert Branch of the California Writers Club, producing not just an evocative collection of reminiscences but also an unexpectedly hard-hitting, emotionally rich exploration of indomi-table human spirit. . . . Read Full Story >>

Star Gazing

Star Gazing

By ROGER BROWER, China Lake Astronomical Society The China Lake Astronomical Society will hold its monthly astronomy program on Monday, Feb. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Maturango Museum. The club will provide 2015 calendars and handbooks at the meeting. February Celestial Calendar 1. Venus . . . Read Full Story >>