To the Editor: Ideas for managing water shortage

The water crisis in our area could be helped by more diligence in some simple actions.  One thing that would save lots of waste is for restaurants to change how they serve customers. Place a pitcher of water and small glasses on the table.  Setting . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Comments on water situation

There is a preponderance of information including direct measurements, summaries of numerous studies, and readily available consumption of water numbers indicating that the residents in IWV are facing a disastrous loss of water unless one of two possible solutions are exercised: 1.  Sharply decrease the extraction . . . Read Full Story >>

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL “The Great American Railroad War: How Ambrose Bierce and Frank Norris Took on the Notorious Central Pacific Railroad” transports readers into the heart of America’s late nineteenth-century Gilded Age, when both California and the nation sorely needed a transcontinental railroad. The . . . Read Full Story >>

Real Estate

Real Estate

By CLINT FREEMAN, Coldwell Banker Best Realty After a buyer has selected a great home, a fabulous mortgage lender and an expert realtor, the next step in purchasing a home is writing up an offer. But questions arise: How much should I pay for the . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Local pro-life demo planned

The purpose of this outdoor demonstration is to publicly commemorate the total of approximately 56 million victims of surgical abortions that have taken place in the United States since the infamous “Roe v. Wade” U.S. Supreme Court decision handed down on Jan. 22, 1973. In . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Knights thank supporters

On Christmas Day the Knights of Columbus sponsored the 21st annual free Christmas Dinner for those who would be alone, those in need, or just anyone who wanted to be there.  It was open to all.  Special thanks to the many who donated food or . . . Read Full Story >>

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL History Channel and A&E historian and Emmy-winning producer O’Connell can show a great deal about our national saga through our food. If you think about it, so can you. A mental picture unfolds when you hear a list of “100 Bites” . . . Read Full Story >>

Search & rescue volunteers honored for service to county

Search & rescue volunteers honored for service to county

State Sen. Jean Fuller (third from right, front) presents the President’s Volunteer Service Award to men and women of the Kern County Sheriff’s Desert Search and Rescue Group. Among the honorees are James LeBlanc of Ridgecrest, who received a silver award for his significant contributions . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Questions value of committee

One of the IWV residents has provided me with a reminder of an observation made by a famous author: “Let’s form a committee to study the issue.” Sound familiar? Lewis Carroll. That was from another fairy tale. We have all of the data that we . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Asks that city reimburse losses

I wish to address the issue of the very lengthy closure which caused devastating interference to businesses on Ridgecrest Boulevard for these many months in the name of “restructuring” this street. Did this street need work done to update the deterioration? Yes! However, the manner . . . Read Full Story >>

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

By Donna McCrohan Rosenthal People who like reading books often enjoy knowing about the people behind them. We tend to favor narratives that succeed at entertaining, informing and, ideally, dazzling us, and for some reason, we can mesmerize ourselves with stories of their creators’ unexpected . . . Read Full Story >>

First-person perspective: Xeric Ambassadors in the desert

By SARAH WERSAN, News Review Contributor Since 2012, I have been an ambassador in the Xeric group, having joined my husband who has been an ambassador since 2011. Our group’s name is an acronym for Xeriscape Education Resources and Idea Corps. The all-volunteer body of . . . Read Full Story >>

Star Gazing

Star Gazing

By ROGER BROWER, China Lake Astronomical Society The China Lake Astronomical Society regularly meets the first Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the Maturango Museum. There are no Star Parties scheduled until March. Below are highlights in the heavens this month. 1. Venus . . . Read Full Story >>

Highland Way – A Celtic Season’s Greetings

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Last week at the Burroughs High School Parker Performing Arts Center, one man took the stage and began to demonstrate his strange drum. With his charismatic Scottish brogue, he described the old instrument, made from stretched goatskin and . . . Read Full Story >>

Calls tree-lighting a success

To the Editor: Our well-attended “Yuletide Welcome” at City Hall on Sunday, Dec. 7, included a very special Christmas concert directed by Daniel Peterson, music director at Murray Middle School. His chorus included guest students from the Heritage Montessori School. This was the 14th year . . . Read Full Story >>

Says IWV cannot import water

To the Editor: The natural recharge of our valley aquifer barely covers our hygiene needs, such as drinking, cooking, cleaning and sanitation. Yet, we draw down much more than that. Worse, we cannot practically or affordably import water to cover our overdraft. We have two . . . Read Full Story >>

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

By DONNA?MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL Pencils. It hardly takes a 150 IQ to recognize that art makes things better. But these two large-format paperbacks prove it with particularly creative art concepts that involve pencils. In the case of “Zen Pencil: Cartoon Quotes from Inspirational Folks” (full-color illus., . . . Read Full Story >>

Water wisdom

Water wisdom

By DON ZDEBA, IWV?Water District general manager The year 2014 certainly was noteworthy, both statewide and locally, in terms of water issues. Gov. Jerry Brown declared a statewide drought emergency Jan. 17 as we prepared to face a fourth consecutive dry year. In response, he . . . Read Full Story >>

TTo the Editor: hanks Scout for dog park

Kudos to the young Scout (I’m sorry I don’t know his name) who, along with support from his mom, was able to get the dog park built in Ridgecrest. Every time I drive by there are always dogs off leash enjoying themselves…. along with their . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Says we’re not facing the problem

Here is a link that describes where IWV will be if we continue down the present path: www.naturalnews.com/047865_mega-cities_ water_supply_human_civilization.html. Can’t we learn from others’ problems? The fate of IWV is obvious to anyone wanting to take the time to examine the falling aquifer history as . . . Read Full Story >>