Editorial: DWR slips IWV basin onto ‘critical’ list — on what grounds?

Without any apparent due process, notice, concordance, new facts or data, the state of California’s Department of Water Resources staff has summoned up extraordinary powers of prestidigitation and slipped one lonely water basin, ours, from the modest concern category to the — sound the alarm . . . Read Full Story >>

Guest Editorial, Part 2 of a series

Guest Editorial, Part 2 of a series

By MICK GLEASON, Kern County Supervisor, 1st District This is the second in a series of perspectives that I would like to share with you regarding recent changes to groundwater legislation imposed by the state of California. In my last editorial, I reviewed the new . . . Read Full Story >>

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL Greg Spagna finished writing “Run to Live: Life Lessons Learned from 55,000 Miles of Jogging” last year, at the age of 77. He has jogged the world over – Italy, Spain, Germany, Russia, Thai-land, Bali, Brazil, South Africa, and the U.S. . . . Read Full Story >>

Star Gazing

Star Gazing

By ROGER BROWER, China Lake Astronomical Society The China Lake Astronomical Society will hold its next meeting on Monday, Sept. 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Maturango Museum. The next star party will be held on Friday, Sept. 11. Signs will be out at 7:30 . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Water supply being attacked

Here in IWV our future welfare is being attacked by two politically connected and financially strong opponents — pistachio growers and alfalfa farmers.  We have asked the county to provide protection and halt the attack.  It has responded by saying that it is going to . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Seeks support for libraries

The Friends of the Ridgecrest Branch Library in the Indian Wells Valley is pleased to announce its donation of $1,000 to “Advocates for Library Enhancement.” ALE is a nonpartisan grassroots organization based in Bakersfield, dedicated to increasing funding of the entire library system in Kern . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Thanks local good Samaritans

I thank the two men who helped me on Aug. 17. I was walking north on the east side of China Lake Boulevard. I was waiting to cross the street in front of the Maturango Museum. I was watching the traffic light and stepped off . . . Read Full Story >>

From our Nation’s Capitol

From our Nation’s Capitol

By HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER KEVIN MCCARTHY One of the pressing issues facing our nation and the world before Congress is our concerns with the agreement with Iran that is being put forth by the Obama administration. Despite the continual concessions the Obama administration made to . . . Read Full Story >>

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

By Donna McCrohan Rosenthal Peter Ackerman and Max Dalton have written an instant classic, and perhaps also performed a miracle. They have brought back the typewriter. They manage this feat with the story of Pablo Pressman, who has a homework assignment to report on penguins. . . . Read Full Story >>

Cracking down on drunk drivers

By Sgt. MIKE MYERS and Officer NATHAN LLOYD, Ridgecrest Police Dept. As summer winds down, the Ridgecrest Police Department is ramping up its enforcement efforts as part of a national crackdown on drunk driving. The 18-day, high-visibility campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, is . . . Read Full Story >>

Real Estate Watch: Absorption rate and the market

By CLINT FREEMAN, Coldwell Banker Best Realty Last month the focus was on the number of homes sold to gauge the movement of the local housing market. Another method housing market geeks use to size up the market is the absorption rate. This ratio is . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: ‘How would IWV import water?’

How would IVW import water? The sole source of water that IWV might feasibly “import” is water that flows through the Los Angeles aqueduct on the west side of IWV. IWV would take water from that aqueduct in exchange for water that IWV buys from . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Says IWV is in overdraft

I believe that I have provided this information before, but it now seems that there is a significant population out there buying into the idea that IWV does NOT have a water problem. Take a look at the data presented below. Do your own research . . . Read Full Story >>

Faller’s heroic act remembered by community

Faller’s heroic act remembered by community

By THERESA GOLDSTRAND News Review Correspondent The return to school this year coincides with the 36th anniversary of the death of Lt. Cmdr. Theodore “Ted” Faller, a fallen Navy pilot whose selfless actions are still remembered by the local military and civilian communities. On Aug. . . . Read Full Story >>

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

By DONNA McCROHAN ROSENTHAL The Palm Springs Historical Society recently digitized a century of photos, a total of 30,000. Some of the most delightfully nostalgic emerge from the pages of “Palm Springs Paradise.” Long ago the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians lived in what . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Says Gleason should resign

A guest editorial in the Aug. 7, 2015, of the News Review by Bill Manofsky reports that Kern County Supervisor Gleason stated that there is no water shortage problems the Indian Wells Valley. This was based on the Fitch bond rating agency report. So the . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Opposes contract with LSSI

In a naive attempt to improve its library system, the Kern County Board of Supervisors is drifting into a management contract with a Maryland company, Library Systems and Services, LLC. If the BoS signs with LSSI, the county falls into a trap, escape from which . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Questions push for growth

How does promoting continued growth in IWV look in the face of this problem which we will soon face in spades? If we have to wait for the mass of “public opinion” to sway the people in charge, we should fire those people in charge and . . . Read Full Story >>

Water wisdom

By DON?ZDEBA IWV Water District General Manager In response to Governor Brown’s mandate to reduce water use by 25 percent statewide, the State Water Resources Control Board established conservation targets in nine tiers ranging from 4 percent to 36 percent for all urban water suppliers. . . . Read Full Story >>

Guest Editorial:

By BILL MANOFSKY, Retired Commander, U.S. Navy I am confused … Over the past several months, our county supervisor and the staff from the Board of Supervisors went to great lengths to create the illusion of an extreme state of emergency in order to force . . . Read Full Story >>