‘Aladdin’ is truly magical

‘Aladdin’ is truly magical

By JAYME KINARD News Review Correspondent As the lights dim, proud parents in the audience cheer in anticipation for their little stars to take the stage. There are sounds of footsteps and 63 children appear on stage for this week’s opening of Aladdin at Burroughs . . . Read Full Story >>

Guest Editorial: The influence of food

Guest Editorial: The influence of food

By BEATRIS ESPERICUETA SANDERS, director, Kern County Farm Bureau Thriving civilizations are the product of opportunity and necessity. The purpose of every civilization throughout all human history is to ensure a full belly for its inhabitants. Since the beginning of time, food has been an . . . Read Full Story >>

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL Two recent books, one for kids and one for adults, depart from pursuing the ordinary way of conducting ourselves in our daily lives. “The Weird, Wacky, and Unusual Activity Book” (Joe Rhatigan, illus. Anthony Owsley, ages 7-10, 144 pgs., Charlesbridge Publishing, . . . Read Full Story >>

Acoustic Eidolon – a gem in acoustic music

Acoustic Eidolon – a gem in acoustic music

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The scene is stark. The Burroughs High School Parker Performing Arts Center’s large, black stage supports a single chair, a cello and a few guitars, one of which curiously has two necks. A man and a woman emerge . . . Read Full Story >>

Guest Editorial: Showcasing the best of  Ridgecrest and the IWV

Guest Editorial: Showcasing the best of Ridgecrest and the IWV

By VINCE FONG, 34th Assembly District-Republican Whip This past week we celebrated California Aviation and Aerospace Week. And we should look no farther than our own backyard to celebrate the rich history we have in flight while also recognize the exciting developments that are coming . . . Read Full Story >>

In the Loop: April delivers on promise of spring

By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL April delivers on the promise of spring with fishing, food, unique seasonal train rides and more. Experience as many as your wanderlust commands, drawing your cues from this roundup of tips for short hops to nearby destinations and longer trips in . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Urges careful use of Measure L

The Ridgecrest Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) was reviewed at the March 15 city council meeting. CAFR clearly shows that in just the two last years more than $2 million of Mea-L funding has found it way into the city general fund to increase the . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Mourns passing of friends

It is with melancholy and sadness that I share with their friends and acquaintances the passing of Brandi Williams and Lyal Viers. Brandi Williams worked on the base many years before retiring and moving with her husband Jim to the Tulare area to be near . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Urges ‘more common sense’

First off I want to say I am not a bigot, racist, homophobe, or any other name you can come up with other than just a regular proud to be an American man. I keep hearing and reading two things over and over in the . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Thanks chess supporters

The last tournament of local free chess tournaments for students finished in February to conclude another successful season for local K-12 chess players. The average attendance for the six monthly tournaments was 70 students per tournament, and 190 kids participated in one or more tournaments. . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Visiting artist thanks Heritage

As the Art Gallery coordinator at Maturango Museum, I would like to thank Heritage Inn for providing rooms to visiting artists who have exhibits at the museum. Heritage Inn has been generous over the last 10 years by providing this excellent benefit. General Manager Jean . . . Read Full Story >>

Performers bring humor, nostalgia to BHS stage

Performers bring humor, nostalgia to BHS stage

By AMY ERTL, News Review Contributor Last weekend, audiences were charmed by the BHS Drama Department’s performance of “You Can’t Take it With You.” The play, written by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart was the winner of the 1937 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and . . . Read Full Story >>

Star gazing: Astronomical Society meets Monday

Star gazing: Astronomical Society meets Monday

By ROGER BROWER The China Lake Astronomical Society will meet Monday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the Maturango Museum for its monthly program. The club will hold its second star party of the year on Saturday, April 28. APRIL CELESTIAL CALENDAR: 1. Jupiter reaches . . . Read Full Story >>

In the Audience: Just listen to this!

In the Audience: Just listen to this!

By NICK ROGERS As host to local film buffs every flex Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Historic USO Building. I love to come up with fresh, new ways to “package” films from Hollywood’s Golden Age for the Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert’s . . . Read Full Story >>

Guest Editorial: State water allotments  still disrespect farmers

Guest Editorial: State water allotments still disrespect farmers

By BEATRIS ESPERICUETA SANDERS, Kern County Farm Bureau Two-thirds of California’s total rainfall occurs in Northern California and two-thirds of California’s population lives south of the Delta. In California, we have two water projects that the Central Valley and Southern California depend on for their . . . Read Full Story >>

A Review: Homegrown talent ignites stage

By BRIAN COSNER and REBECCA NEIPP “Unconditional Life,” a pop/rock group with local roots, held its album release concert last weekend, and the band was just one of three groups performing that night at the Historic USO Building. Opening acts were local band “Alas de . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Mutual calls for public input

The following letter was addressed to Kern County Supervisor Mick Gleason on March 1, 2017: I am informed that following the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority (Authority) meeting on February 16, 2017, you proposed a meeting among Mojave Mutual Water Company (Mojave), Meadowbrook Mutual Water . . . Read Full Story >>

Guest Editorial: Citizens deserve constitutional representation

My name is Michael Neel and I have attended most of the meetings of the prospective Indian Wells Valley GSA (under the JPA agreement between Kern County, city of Ridgecrest, county of Inyo, county of San Bernardino, and the Indian Wells Valley Water District) held . . . Read Full Story >>

Water Wisdom: IWVWD projects making progress

By DON ZDEBA, IWVWD?General Manager The Indian Wells Valley Water District maintains a 10-year capital spending program that is updated each fiscal year and reviewed and revised as needed at mid-year. The current plan identifies more than $41 million in projects over the next 10 . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Commends air show

From 1972 through 1988, I was responsible for the yearly airshows, which featured the Blue Angels who flew here at least every other year (twice we had them back to back). Doing it that often made the preparation much easier than the challenges facing the . . . Read Full Story >>