Review: Whodunit shows darker side of Tinseltown

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer “Welcome to Hollywood. Did you think it was all tinsel and star-shine? It’s hard work, long hours, sweating under hot lights and getting screwed on contracts … it’s Seconal, suicides, stewing in scotch and having your heart crushed . . . Read Full Story >>

Keeping it all  on track

Keeping it all on track

By CLINT FREEMAN, Coldwell Banker Best Realty Don’t let anyone tell you that high producing realtors have it all easy. Getting the home photos shot, the description written, and the sign pounded in are just the beginning steps on the rails of a successful sale. . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Concerns remain about casino

Citizens got another obligatory listen from the Council on Aug. 15 about the casino municipal service agreement amendments. But listening is not hearing, as evidenced by the actions of Mayor Peggy Breeden, and Councilmen Eddie Thomas and Mike Mower. This amendment was designed to provide . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Walkathon needs support

Please join us and our local elementary students for the 31st Annual Kiwanis Community Walk-A-Thon. This is the largest annual fundraiser for our elementary schools. Thanks to businesses like you, we have raised over $630,000 since the Walk started! In these economic times, our schools . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: College pres says thanks

Thank you, thank you, thank you. Friday evening, as you know, was Cerro Coso Community College’s Astronomical Barbecue and Star Party fundraiser. And what an evening it was! We hosted one of the largest crowds ever, more than 400, for this important educational family friendly . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Humane Society to raise funds

The Indian Wells Valley Humane is at it again. We have a wonderful bunch of stuffed toys and dollies that need homes. We are having a very special adoption tea party to find these special young new owners. The new owners should be at least . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Do you trust the government?

I was born in 1952 and grew up in a time when most things involving the government were noble and respected. It grieves me to say that today I no longer trust the government. How about you? Do you have trust in your government? Do . . . Read Full Story >>

September brings cool temps, adventures

September brings cool temps, adventures

By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL September arrives with 113-degree days cooling off to a balmy 100 and with that, new incentive to hit the road in search of adventure. Choose yours from this month’s roundup of tips for short hops to nearby destinations and longer trips . . . Read Full Story >>

California’s crumbling foundation

By JON COUPAL, president Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association On a superficial level, things look pretty good in California. Sure, we have big problems with wildfires and other periodic disasters, but the state’s finances have made a strong recovery since the depths of the recession. Indeed, . . . Read Full Story >>

Star party, views of the planets

By ROGER BROWER The China Lake Astrological Society will present its monthly astronomy-related program Monday, Sept. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the Maturango Museum. This month’s star party will be held Friday, Sept. 7. In place of our regular star party, we will help with . . . Read Full Story >>

Reading program a success

By CHARISSA WAGNER, Ridgecrest Branch?Library As finisher numbers for the Ridgecrest Branch Library’s “Reading Takes You Everywhere!” Summer Reading Challenge have been finalized, we are excited to share that the Ridgecrest Branch Library had 308 child finishers, 77 tween/teen finishers, and 99 adult finishers! A . . . Read Full Story >>

Hollywood takes on WWII bad guys

By NICK ROGERS Watch the good guys triumph in “Hollywood Battles the Nazis.” Our latest “Classic Movie Night” series reflects the film industry’s (eventual) involvement in pro-war (World War II) propaganda film production and the patriotic mood of our nation during that time. Coming up . . . Read Full Story >>

Community unites in Cody Kurtz’ memory

Community unites in Cody Kurtz’ memory

Motocross riders bow their heads, along with a packed crowd of BHS football fans, uniformed military and friends and family of the Kurtz family, during a moment of silence in a pre-gme tribute to Cody Kurts. — Photo by Laura Austin ------ On Friday night, . . . Read Full Story >>

Costs of public protection  increase as resources decline

Costs of public protection increase as resources decline

The Kern County Board Supervisors have agreed to send a question to voters this November, at the urging of Sheriff Donny Youngblood. That question: Would you support paying 1 penny more on the dollar in general-purpose sales tax to improve vital services in the county’s . . . Read Full Story >>

GA fee impacts IWVWD customers

By DON ZDEBA, IWVWD?General Manager At its July 19 meeting, the board of the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority voted to approve Ordinance 02-18 establishing a groundwater extraction fee of $30 per acre-foot along with the rules, regulations and procedures for imposing the fee. This . . . Read Full Story >>

What are you losing out on because of ignorance?

By JULIUS?BOTELHO, Alpha Omega Wealth What do John McCain’s launch of his presidential campaign, Doris Christopher’s launch of her fledging business Pampered Chef and J.C. Penney’s relaunch of his stores after the Depression all have in common? Each had built a reserve fund within specialized . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Frustrated by GSA presentation

I just read the “Imported water option ...” article in the Daily Independent. I’m still shaking my head, trying to contain my frustration, anger and frankly disbelief at this unbelievable and nonsensical presentation and challenging the intelligence of any consideration of such a travesty! People . . . Read Full Story >>

Rindt, Squid Inc delight  Arizona audiences

Rindt, Squid Inc delight Arizona audiences

By RUSSELL PARKER, News Review Contributor On Aug. 12, I was provided with a delightful performance by pianist Patrick Rindt and his sister, violist Darcy Rindt and the rest of the Squid Inc, string quartet — vioinist Aaron Requiro, cellist Elizabeth Vandervennett and violinist Alisa . . . Read Full Story >>

Updates on summer programs, events

By CHARISSA WAGNER, Ridgecrest Branch Library Summer is in full force, and the high temperatures outside brought many people inside to experience all that we had to offer. As usual, this summer we offered at least one activity every day that we are open, even . . . Read Full Story >>

The hidden work of realtors

The hidden work of realtors

Realtors sometimes get a bad rap. We’re often accused of only being interested in our commission. There is a perception that we are there to just “take the money and run.” In a 2017 Gallup poll, nurses once again topped the ranks of the nation’s . . . Read Full Story >>