Guest Editorial: Taxpayers deserve to know where their dollars go

By ASSEMBLYMEN VINCE FONG and TOM LACKEY In so many ways technology has fundamentally changed and disrupted major industries forever. The speed of innovation coming out of our state has impacted every aspect of our everyday lives — the way in which we take in . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: ‘My well is not proud of GSA’

Mick: In the Daily Independent you are quoted as saying, “We need to be proud of our GSA [groundwater sustainability agency] and the work we’ve gone through.” My well is not proud of “our GSA” and the work that they have gone through to do . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Criticizes closure of Pinney Pool

Since our wonderful city council, whose job it is to look out for the best interests of the residents of Ridgecrest, saw fit to close the only community pool, Sgt. John Pinney, named after the first casualty of the Vietnam War from Ridgecrest, there’s no . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Calls on city to lower sewer fees

Open letter to the Ridgecrest City Council: I am requesting that the city council reduce the sewer fees next year by $90 per account. Last year I requested that the council not increase the sewer fees. I also suggested that if the council really thought . . . Read Full Story >>

In the Audience: The good ol’ days are back!

In the Audience: The good ol’ days are back!

By NICK ROGERS Remember when taking the family out for a night at the movies didn’t cost half a paycheck? For decades, folks cultivated this national habit on a weekly basis. Through the years, as the cost of movie-making inflated, so did the price of . . . Read Full Story >>

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books ‘First Feelings: 12 Stories for Toddlers’

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books ‘First Feelings: 12 Stories for Toddlers’

By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL This small volume, combining very few words per page with a sweet picture on each facing page, packs a wealth of towering messages. Emotions can confound and overwhelm little folks who have no idea how to handle them. They may want . . . Read Full Story >>

Ewings on the Kern -- fine dining in a fine town

Ewings on the Kern -- fine dining in a fine town

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The school year is a double-whammy for me. Working with special needs students during school hours and then spending afternoons doing homework, taking quizzes and reading textbooks for online college courses is a lot of work. It’s rewarding. . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Safe Grad committee says thanks

The Committee for Safe Graduation thanks the Women’s Auxiliary of the Commissioned Officer Mess (WACOM) for its generous donation to this year’s Safe Graduation Party. This year’s party was a huge success with hundreds of the valley’s high school graduates and their friends in attendance. . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Police department thanks community for support

On June 8, members of the Ridgecrest Police Department along with several other allied agencies were involved in a major law-enforcement incident. The support received from the community and other local agencies was tremendous. Professionally as well as personally, we are proud to live and . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Altrusa thanks WACOM

Altrusa of IWV would like to thank WACOM for the generous donation of $750 to help support Altrusa Kids Spree. Each fall Altrusa takes about 100 school age children shopping to buy warm school clothing. The children are selected by the school principals based on . . . Read Full Story >>

Community Spotlight: Alas de Liona

Community Spotlight: Alas de Liona

By JAYME KINARD News Review Correspondent Alas de Liona is a singer-songwriter born and raised in Ridgecrest. In the past few years, she has made a name for herself among local music lovers by performing at Open Mic Night, as well as headlining and support . . . Read Full Story >>

A Review: CHER’s ‘Lincoln’ will go down in history

A Review: CHER’s ‘Lincoln’ will go down in history

By JAYME KINARD News Review Correspondent Last week, the Christian Home Educators of Ridgecrest opened its original production, “Abraham Lincoln: The Compassionate Hero” to a healthy-sized, and appreciative, audience at RCA Church. I was lucky enough to see one of their performances, and was truly . . . Read Full Story >>

In the Loop: Summertime adventures begin!

In the Loop: Summertime adventures begin!

By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL June brings everything from fabulous eating to flying dinosaurs to Leonardo da Vinci to star-gazing. Find new favorites in this month’s roundup of tips for short hops and longer trips in California and nearby. To the northwest in Sonoma, for Father’s . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Museum thanks WACOM

On behalf of the Maturango Museum members, staff, and volunteers I would like to thank WACOM for its very generous donation. Your donation will be added to donations from others to purchase a new portable stage and continue to make improvements in our facilities. Replacing . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Senior Services thanks WACOM

Senior Services of Ridgecrest Regional Hospital would like to extend a big thank you to WACOM for their recent donation. We were pleasantly surprised to be one to their recipients along with many other local non-profit organizations. The work that WACOM does and their outreach . . . Read Full Story >>

Adventures in Sequoia National Forest

Adventures in Sequoia National Forest

Rebecca Neipp

“The mountains are calling, and I must go.” John Muir’s words perfectly capture Mother Nature’s powerful invitation for us to seek joy, discovery and renewal in her midst. And as the summer heat begins to take hold, is there anything more refreshing than a mountain . . . Read Full Story >>

Happy Haunting

Happy Haunting

By JORDAN COVERT News Review Contributor For the size of the community that we live in, there is an incredible amount of musical possibility in the city of Ridgecrest. Not only are there are a healthy number of skilled musicians who reside here, but programs . . . Read Full Story >>

Guest Editorial Gov. Brown: Get out of California unless  you can afford it

Guest Editorial Gov. Brown: Get out of California unless you can afford it

By AUBREY BETTENCOURT California Water Alliance Executive Director California’s epic drought is officially over. As drought-related mandatory water conservation orders end, ordinary citizens’ water, sewer and utility rates and other water-related costs continue to rise. East Bay Municipal Utilities District recently announced two water rate . . . Read Full Story >>

Guest Editorial: Comet Johnson passes this month

By ROGER BROWER, China Lake Astronomical?Society The China Lake Astronomical Society will hold its monthly meeting Monday, June 5, at 7:30 p.m. at the Maturango Museum. The next Star Party will be held on June 23. Signs will be out at 8:30 p.m., with viewing . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Calls for city-Navy partnership

I was very disappointed in learning at the May 17 City Council meeting that the city’s wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) discussions with the Navy would be shifting from the open and transparent Infrastructure Committee venue to closed-door meetings. The city has a spectacularly poor track . . . Read Full Story >>