Vive le football!

Vive le football!

All eyes were on Russia. In part for its suspected finagling with the U.S.’s 2016 election, but more peaceably for the 2018 World Cup. This is the time every four years where countries around the globe can put aside their political differences, forget about their . . . Read Full Story >>

Heaven and Earth converge at the Trona Pinnacles

Heaven and Earth converge at the Trona Pinnacles

Rebecca Neipp

“For my part, I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.” — Vincent Van Gogh ------ Writers and philosophers have been endeavoring for millennia to capture the majesty and mystery of our human connection to the stars. Still, . . . Read Full Story >>

Surviving space stations, mapping movies

By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL Our relentless desert heat may have you longing to send yourself elsewhere. These two books will do the trick, transporting you through the realms of space and spaces. “It’s a Question of Space: an Ordinary Astronaut’s Answers to Sometimes Extraordi-nary Questions” . . . Read Full Story >>

Movie Magic continues at USO

By NICK ROGERS The Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert’s Classic Movie Night film series “Summer of Movie Magic” continues to present family-friendly films, alternating with Universal Pictures’ terror classics, every Wednesday at 7 p.m. through Aug. 8. This wide variety of features — . . . Read Full Story >>

Debunking the mystery of escrow

By CLINT FREEMAN, Coldwell Banker Best Realty Homebuyers hear phrases that are often freely thrown around by realtors such as, “Sorry, that home’s in escrow,” or “It fell out of escrow” or even better “We’re closing escrow!” Escrow is an extremely important part of the . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Questions water rate increase

The Indian Wells Valley Water District is now beginning to evaluate a new water fee structure that has been in development since early spring 2018. The initial assessment occurred at the July 9 WD monthly meeting. If you have concerns regarding the rates being charged . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Comments on pumping fee

Many of our Ridgecrest-area residents are not aware that the “proposed” pumping fee for private water wells will affect them. Following is why it will, indeed, affect all on IWV Water District services. When IWVWD pays the huge cost charged by IWVGA for those pumping . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: CEO debriefs on Mud Run

The 1st annual Desert Dash Mud Run went off without a hitch on June 23, with more than 150 runners trekking through the 5k course. A combination of paved hard terrain, hills, troughs, slop and five mud pits awaited them. The fastest time came in . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Pink Ladies/Blue Men say thanks

The Pink Ladies/Blue Men of the Ridgecrest Regional Hospital cannot thank WACOM enough for its generous donation to our organization. Your support of our efforts to help the Ridgecrest Regional Hospital Foundation goes a long way to provide needed equipment for our hospital. It’s not . . . Read Full Story >>

Movie magic continues in July

Movie magic continues in July

The Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert’s Classic Movie Night film series “Summer of Movie Magic” continues to present family-friendly films, alternating with Universal Pictures’ terror classics, every Wednesday at 7 p.m. through August 8. This wide variety of features, appealing to every member . . . Read Full Story >>

Farris remembers encounter with the late Dr. Charles Krauthammer

Farris remembers encounter with the late Dr. Charles Krauthammer

We were privileged to have had a brief visit with the late Dr. Charles Krauthammer at a conference in Colorado Springs some time back. In introducing ourselves to him, we noted that we were from Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s District. His face lit up with an . . . Read Full Story >>

July marked by  fireworks, food, fun!

July marked by fireworks, food, fun!

By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL The skies light up in July as we observe the birth of our glorious nation, and our eyes light up in expectation of feasting and fun, as you will read in this roundup of tips for short hops to nearby destinations . . . Read Full Story >>

Stars and planets on display in July

Stars and planets on display in July

By ROGER BROWER, China Lake Astronomical Society The China Lake Astronomical Society will meet Monday, July 2, at 7:30 p.m. at the Maturango Museum. The next star party will be held Friday, July 13, at 8:30 p.m. JULY CELESTIAL CALENDAR 1. Jupiter can be seen . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Giving the  ultimate gift

To the Editor: Giving the ultimate gift

Ridgecrest Regional Hospital is honored and grateful to have received an affectionate gift through the will of Ardelle Marie (nee Miller) Mollerstuen, a former Pink Ladies Auxiliary volunteer. We received this generous gift from Ardelle with mixed feelings. We were sad to hear that we . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: ‘Groundwater Authority needs to step up’

There is a very obvious and rational alternative to the groundwater pumping fee proposed by the IWV Groundwater Authority. The proposed groundwater pumping fee is not required by the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. SGMA authorizes only the use of such a pumping fee. I believe . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Humane Society says thanks

The Indian Wells Valley Humane Society would dearly love to thank all of the sponsors of the Adopt a Dolly Tea Party for a wonderfully successful event. A lot of dollies found new homes with some very grateful new owners and we had a marvelous . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Says GA is illegal agency

The recent fiasco of the supposed “informational” meeting in Inyokern to “inform” citizens of the attempt to get them to register their wells and eventually pay pumping fees highlighted two very concerning aspects of the proclaimed Indian Wells Groundwater Authority. The first is the clear . . . Read Full Story >>

"Tunnel to Nowhere" a local marvel

"Tunnel to Nowhere" a local marvel

Rebecca Neipp

The Neipp and Young families make the trek through the historic Burro Schmidt Tunnel, carved through Copper Mountain in the El Pasos. — Photo by Rebecca Neipp ------ Before the close of the 19th century, the Mojave Desert dwellers were — with very few exceptions . . . Read Full Story >>

Insider market highlights

By CLINT FREEMAN, Coldwell Banker Best Realty Homes sales in spring 2018 had a strong lift-off and hit a high point in March when 49 single family homes closed escrow — a plateau not seen since 2010. Since then the movement settled and hit an . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: District adopts new calendar

At its June 14, 2018, meeting, the Sierra Sands Unified School District Board of Education approved a revised academic calendar for the 2018-19 school year. With the additional three professional development days for teachers, the new start date for students is Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. . . . Read Full Story >>