From the State Capitol

By ASSEMBLYWOMAN SHANNON GROVE With its moderate climate, rich natural resources, and expansive coastline, the Golden State has its clear advantages. Yet elected state government leaders seem eager to see just how much Californians are willing to pay for these amenities. Whether it be higher . . . Read Full Story >>

Astronomy watch

By ROGER BROWER, China Lake Astronomical Society The China Lake Astronomical Society will present its monthly astronomy program on Monday, Nov. 3, at 7:30 p.m. at the Maturango Museum. The monthly star party is planned for Friday, Nov. 21. The signs will be out at . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Fair manager thanks supporters

First of all I would like to thank the entire community for a very successful 2014 Desert Empire Fair. We set attendance records on Saturday evening in addition to having exceptional attendance the entire run of the fair. Without the community’s support, we would not . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Endorses Howard, Jenkins, Witt

The typical election season campaigning is in full swing for the Mayor and City Council positions — all standard stuff, no need for me to elaborate. What is important is for voters to be informed and carefully consider what candidates have a hope to represent them . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Gratitude for Grove and others

In the middle of September, I came home to a PG&E shut-off notice tucked into my door. The company had shut off my gas due to a small leak it found. I would need a permit from the state of California before work could begin . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Dissatisfied with city government

During the past several years, I have watched as our city government became less and less responsive to the needs and concerns of Ridgecrest residents. We have continued to elect individuals to the city council who make expedient decisions but fail to consider long-run implications. . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Where can IWV find water?

On Sept. 24 the weekly newspaper for California agriculture, “Ag Alert,” published by the California Farm Bureau Federation, included an article about the new Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. The three bills were signed the previous week by Gov. Brown and go into effect Jan. 1, . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Thanks Grove for assistance

This letter was written to thank the individuals that helped us in a small victory, so to speak, over large government bureaucracy. These individuals are Assemblywoman Shannon Grove’s office staff and Cardinal Plumbing. On Sept. 15 my daughter’s gas to her mobile home was turned . . . Read Full Story >>

The Other Side of the Story: Don’t proceed without good data

Guest Editorial by FRANK BELLINO The following comments were prepared by Inyokern resident Frank Bellino, to be presented to the Kern County Board of Supervisors at its Oct. 28 meeting. Thank you for the opportunity to address you this afternoon concerning one of the most . . . Read Full Story >>

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL These two upbeat books – one about kid presidents and the other about a president’s kids – instruct while they entertain. “Kid Presidents: True Tales of Childhood from America’s Presidents” (stories by David Stabler, clever color illustrations by Doogie Horner, 224 . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Village, Gregory thanked for support

The Friends of the Ridgecrest Library give a big thank you to Jim Gregory and the residents of the Village Retreat for the “Easy Street Dream” event they hosted on Oct. 10-11. Not only was it a fun and entertaining event with great music and . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Backs Breeden, Mower, Thomas

The election this November is a significant event for Ridgecrest. The citizens of Ridgecrest have an opportunity to vote in a majority of council members since, with the election of the mayor (chairperson of the council), we elect three equal votes of the five-person board. . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Says DI article polarizes IWV

I just read a lengthy opinion article in the Daily Independent dated Oct. 9 and disguised as a news article. Mr. Gleason is certainly entitled to his opinion, but his opinion should be labeled “opinion.” The first three-fourths of the opinion article is an attempt . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: ’The problem is truly simple’

I know that the idea that we are in critical overdraft on our aquifer is repugnant. However, to continue trying to ignore it and “wish it away” is not a solution and neither is the popular “wait and see.” The water table is dropping at . . . Read Full Story >>

The other side of the story

Assumed recharge rates called into question The News Review’s editorial opposition to the Kern County Board of Supervisors’ proposed moratorium on agriculture in the Indian Wells Valley was prompted by grave concerns about the Todd Report’s (the document upon which the county’s assumptions are based) . . . Read Full Story >>

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

By DONNA?MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL Ridgecrest welcomed our newest author resident this past Saturday when Julianne DiBlasi Black did an autographing session at Red Rock Books. To date we can thank her for three cleverly and beautifully illustrated books for preschoolers: “Hide or Flee from A to . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Ordinance not in our best interest

About three years ago the county initiated the East Kern County Specific General Plan (EKCSGP) update. That effort deteriorated into the Indian Wells Valley Land Use Plan. The major objective of the IWVLUP is to “reduce future water consumption with water-balanced land uses.” The county . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Dismayed at planters on RC Blvd.

I have been so glad to see that the city council has deemed that it was necessary to fully repave Ridgecrest Boulevard.  They astutely realized that it was sorely in need of full paving and not just a foolish recapping over of old pavement such . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: ‘Our water is going away’

Why is it so easy to ignore that we are in critical overdraft? Why is it so hard to recognize that the future of the Indian Wells Valley is threatened by a disappearing aquifer? The water level in the valley wells is dropping at more . . . Read Full Story >>

Editorial: Shock, outrage at county’s unprecedented threat to rights

It is alarming that a proposal that would do so much damage to our valley’s economy is now before the Kern County Board of Supervisors. This “Urgency Interim Ordinance” would prohibit any changes, new uses, even a single new chicken, on all agricultural lands, ranches, . . . Read Full Story >>