To the Editor: Questions county’s motivation

Now let me see if I have this right…the county funded the Todd Study Report which clearly states that the IWV groundwater aquifer is in a state of “critical, chronic overdraft.” This means that if the current method of groundwater management continues, there will be . . . Read Full Story >>

Open letter to IWV big ag

Mr. Stiefvater, Several people have said that the farmers in our valley can provide solutions to our water overdraft problem. At the end of the Planning Commissioners’ meeting on April, 9, I asked you if you have some ideas for possible solutions. You noted that . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Mesquite says ‘thank you’

Mesquite High School would like to acknowledge Crossroads Church, American Legion, Rusty’s Automotive, Albertsons, the Willard family, the Bengtsson family, the Owens family, Carol Zdeba and Chuck and Nancy Cox for their contributions and various donations to Mesquite prom. Without their help, our 2015 prom . . . Read Full Story >>

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

By Donna McCrohan Rosenthal The Los Angeles Times 20th Festival of Books covered much of the University of Southern California campus last weekend. Acclaimed authors gave speaker presentations, sat on panels and autographed books. Hundreds of exhibitors had booths. Figueroa Press, a division of USC . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Need data before moving forward

Water; water everywhere, but not here? Such is the controversy of water resources in Ridgecrest and the Indian Wells Valley. Is the valley a closed basin with a nonpermeable barrier (solid granite bed rock) to the recharge of our two aquifers? Or as new studies . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Urges support for ‘fair tax’

The most wonderful time of the year. NOT! As I write this we have all just experienced that great American tradition known as Tax Day. It’s interesting that every year about this time we all get very frustrated but interested in the United States tax . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: ‘How much time do we have?’

I’ve read a number of comments from IWV propertyowners concerning the proposed Kern County rezoning. Most of the comments show worries about the impact of the proposed rezoning on their property values. While that is reasonable fear using just the short-term vision, the total irreversible . . . Read Full Story >>

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

By Donna McCrohan Rosenthal “An Artist and a Writer Travel Highway 1 North” (136 pages, $21.95) came out in 2012. Its companion volume, “An Artist and a Writer Travel Highway 1 Central” (130 pages, $26.95), hit the stands earlier this year. Both pair Stevens’ affectionate . . . Read Full Story >>

Real Estate Watch

Real Estate Watch

By CLINT FREEMAN, Coldwell Banker Best Realty A rise of the tide has taken place in the local housing market. A quick moving wave of buyer and seller activity is now in motion. January and February were relatively slow months with the sale of only . . . Read Full Story >>

The Other Side of the Story

The Other Side of the Story

At the heart of the present debate over how to manage the Indian Wells Valley groundwater resources are the subject of declining wells — which some have claimed is an alarming indicator of overdraft. Other hydrogeologists note that overdraft is only one of many possible . . . Read Full Story >>

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL You might reduce “Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less” to nothing more than its quotable advice and still have an excellent self-help book. Valuable insights abound: “Today, technology has lowered the barrier for others to share their opinion about what we . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Bad decisions led to crisis

We do have a water crisis because of drought. But this is just a cycle that we should have been prepared for. “Through studies of tree rings, sediment and other natural evidence, researchers have documented multiple droughts in California that lasted 10 or 20 years . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Responds to Mulvihill’s letter

Tom Mulvihill who has an abundance of experience and knowledge regarding the IWV aquifer has stated that the “recharge rate” for the IWV aquifer has been estimated to fall between 7,000 and 11,000 acre-feet/year. He quickly states that those numbers are what he has come . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Warns of fine for speeding

Do you have $800 to just throw away?  If not, then obey the 25mph speed limit on China Lake Boulevard, as that is what the fine is for going 10 miles over the posted speed limit. Not only will you have to pay the fine, but . . . Read Full Story >>

Guest Editorial: New California law changes groundwater game

Guest Editorial: New California law changes groundwater game

By MICK GLEASON Kern County 1st District Supervisor California is in the middle of the worst drought in its recorded history. After a fourth straight year of below-normal precipitation, once vast water reservoirs have become severely impacted, the Sierra snowpack is once again well below . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Refutes Eierman on water issue

What water crisis? In Mr. Eierman’s guest editorial (News Review March 20), he accuses others of creating a water crisis. The term “crisis” is his alone. His review of studies and reports is selective. He cites Carl Austin’s work, which is a minority view among . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: ‘People are ignoring water crisis’

I’m amazed at the number of well-educated people who continue to ignore the physical measurements that have been made over and over again by numerous agencies. The IWV aquifer has been physically measured and shown to have been in a chronic overdraft, dropping more than . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Offers Easter message

He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today. He walks with me and He talks with me along life’s narrow way. He lives, He lives, salvation to impart. You ask me how I know He lives, He lives inside my heart. Wishing all those who . . . Read Full Story >>

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

By Donna McCROHAN Rosenthal The sleuths in mystery stories tend to fall into two categories. Some, in the footsteps of Hercule Poirot and Sherlock Holmes, ply their deductive skills on a full-time, professional basis. Others, in the manner of Jessica Fletcher, have successful nondetective careers . . . Read Full Story >>

In the Loop

In the Loop

By DONNA McCROHAN ROSENTHAL Every month seems to offer more and better in the way of activities to keep us fascinated and informed. Find ideas to make April memorable from this roundup of tips for short hops to nearby events and longer trips around California. . . . Read Full Story >>