Guest Editorial:

By MICK GLEASON, Kern County 1st District Supervisor This past January, the state of California passed a new law which, for the first time in California history, mandates the regulation of groundwater in our state. Called the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014 (SGMA), the . . . Read Full Story >>

To breastfeed, or not to breastfeed?

To breastfeed, or not to breastfeed?

By WANDA ABREU, M.D., Rural Health Clinic Ridgecrest Regional Hospital To breastfeed, or not to breastfeed —that is the question! Every parent wants what is best for their baby. As a pediatrician and lactation consultant, I can tell you that the benefit of breastfeeding vs. . . . Read Full Story >>

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL Jenna Elizabeth Johnson’s fantasy romance/thriller “Lorehnin” spans two realms, both the Otherworld of legend and magic and the mortal realm defined by San Luis Obispo and Cuesta College. The latter has its predictable smattering of tea shops and loud parties. The . . . Read Full Story >>

Star Gazing

Star Gazing

The next meeting of the China Lake Astronomical Society will be held Monday, Aug. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the Maturango Museum. The next star party will be held Friday, Aug. 14. Signs will be out at 8 a.m. with viewing at 8:30 a.m. Calendars . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: ‘Aren’t we just kicking the can?’

According to policy outlined in the Kern County Environment Health Services manual, users must “provide for the design, construction, repair, and reconstruction of agricultural wells, domestic wells, cathodic protection wells, industrial wells, monitoring wells, observation wells, geothermal heat exchange wells, and test wells in such . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Questions purpose of GSA

I attended the IWV Cooperative Groundwater Management Group meeting last week on July 16. During the meeting I believe I determined why we are making no progress at solving our groundwater overdraft problem. In 2014, California passed an unfunded mandate known as the Sustainable Groundwater . . . Read Full Story >>

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL These days we rarely think about opening print dictionaries. Instead, we look up words online. In fact, if you do a search for “Merriam-Webster Publishing,” you will likely find Merriam -Webster’s definition of “publishing” before your find their catalog. But fortunately . . . Read Full Story >>

Summer Movie Magic

Summer Movie Magic

By NICK ROGERS, HSUMD Response to the third year of the Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert’s “Summer of Movie Magic” has been very gratifying, indeed. This season’s weekly offering of Walt Disney family classics and science fiction thrillers, shown on alternating Wednesdays, is . . . Read Full Story >>

In the Loop

In the Loop

By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL The fireworks go off tomorrow, and July continues along an exciting path that includes celebrations galore and places to go to escape the heat in this month’s roundup of tips for short hops to nearby events and longer trips around the . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: ‘No need to wait for a GSA’

The Sustainable Ground Management Act became law September 2014. Independent of SGMA, the Indian Wells Valley has had a known overdraft condition for many years. Since SGMA the IWV has had its share of meetings, hearings, editorials and rhetoric devoted to this new law and . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Concerned about sewer fee hikes

Per the News Review article of June 26 reporting that the council OKd increased sewer fees: “The rates increased by 30 percent, 40 percent and 50 percent for 2013, 2014 and 2015 respectively. The rates are scheduled to increase by an additional three percent each . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Are you really free?

The Fourth of July is on us, and everyone is ready to celebrate? Are you celebrating something real, or something imagined? Are you really free? Take a look at some of the laws you are subject to here in Ridgecrest. Code 4-4.102 makes it illegal . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: ‘Are we truly independent?’

Fourth of July, or Independence Day as it used to be called, is the celebration of our independence from another country’s control over us. The big question is, are we truly independent from negative control over us by man or Satan? Every single one of . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Comments on county regulations

How have we allowed the county governments to extend their control over “private property” to this extent? This is only one example, taken from Chapter 19.14 – Limited Agriculture (A-1) District (www.municode.com/library/ca/kern_ county/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=TIT19ZO_ CH19.14LIAGDI): Garage or yard sales are permitted without special permit provided they . . . Read Full Story >>

Guest Editorial: Independence Day musings of a stranger in a strange land

Guest Editorial: Independence Day musings of a stranger in a strange land

By TIMOTHY TRASER, News Review Guest Columnist There’s no place like home. After decades of living abroad, I have recently returned to the United States and the small, quiet, high-desert community of Ridgecrest. Since the late 1970s, my overseas experience has included trips to Western . . . Read Full Story >>

From the State Capitol

From the State Capitol

By SHANNON GROVE, California State Assembly State legislators rushed to approve hundreds of bills earlier this month to avoid having them miss a legislative deadline. I wish I could tell you that the 326 Assembly bills and the 206 Senate bills approved focused on California’s . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Mayor highlights street repairs

There have been what seem to be constant street repairs inside the city of Ridgecrest. The most visible and what appears to be of the greatest concern is China Lake Boulevard. It seems this “never-ending project” will never end. Caltrans and its contractor are still . . . Read Full Story >>

Guest Editorial: What can we do to save water in drought?

Guest Editorial: What can we do to save water in drought?

By JENNIFER KEEP, IWV Water District CFO On Jan. 17, 2014, Gov. Jerry Brown proclaimed a drought state of emergency and called on Californians to reduce their usage by 20 percent. We are now in the fourth year of minimal precipitation with no end in . . . Read Full Story >>

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL The American Bar Association has developed a wonderfully interesting and very readable collection of books such as “The Little Book of Elvis Law” (Cecil C. Kuhne III, 2013, 152 pages), “The Little Book of Coffee Law” (Carol Robertson, 2010, 284 pages), . . . Read Full Story >>

Guest Editorial

By KEVIN MCCARTHY, House Majority Leader “They act like they have an unlimited purse.” No, not the LA.A. Dodgers. Instead, that’s a Southern California resident talking about Democrat leaders in Sacramento and Washington and their wilfully blind support of the flawed California High-Speed Rail project. . . . Read Full Story >>