A time to look up and be thankful

It is good that we as a people have set aside a day of Thanksgiving. A day of feasting and celebration, a time of gathering together with family and loved ones, a time to stop and count our blessings and be grateful. This past year . . . Read Full Story >>

In the Loop

(by) Donna McCrohan Rosenthal The holiday season returns with many favorite traditions from years past, as you will see in this month’s round-up of ideas for short hops and trips around the Golden State. Down below in Los Angeles, the Ahmanson Theatre launches its 2021-22 . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Family Resource Center thanks the community

This Thanksgiving holiday, I’m especially grateful to the community of Ridgecrest. I relocated at the beginning of this year to Ridgecrest to open the CAPK (Community Action Partnership of Kern) Oasis Family Resource Center in addition to supporting my spouse’s career. I had no idea . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Guide Dogs for the Blind thanks WACOM

As we approach Thanksgiving, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Ridgecrest, (formerly High Desert Paws to Serve), thanks WACOM for their generous gift to our Club. Although the WACOM Thrift Shop has been able to open its doors for only four months since Covid began, the . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Oasis Family Resource Center thanks WACOM

The Oasis Family Resource Center thanks the WACOM Thrift Store for their generous donation. The Oasis Family Resource Center, a non-profit organization, opened in May. We are part of Community Action Partnership of Kern (CAPK) and we provide a wide range of services to Ridgecrest . . . Read Full Story >>

Travel Column: IN THE LOOP

By Donna McCrohan Rosenthal Autumn has kicked in with some familiar signs and many reopenings,.but as always, check ahead on websites and/or by phone to see what Covid restrictions may reply as you make plans from this monthly roundup of short trips and hops around . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Thanks for the piece on the tragedy of Wayne Carpenter

I want to thank The News Review and Liz Babcock for her piece discussing the tragic death of Wayne Carpenter during the technical rehearsal of “Oliver!” in 1971. I was involved with that production and more specifically the fundraiser event put on by CLOTA to . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Concerned citizen writes letter to mayor

Dear Mayor,  In order to advise our community about current state and federal mandates please have a qualified medical professional with interest in public health to advise on the council’s concerns. I was disappointed that Mr. Hayman who expressed such false information regarding CDC  deaths . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: ‘Let’s talk about freedom’

I find it interesting the response we are having to vaccines and masks. Often I hear arguments against these that are couched in terms of a personal freedom of choice — that the authorities have no right to curb our “freedoms.”  So, let’s talk about . . . Read Full Story >>

Where did that hot market go?

Coldwell Banker Best Realty Clint Freeman - September 18, 2021 Sellers preparing their homes for the market in late spring or mid-summer who were finally able to launch in August might have been in for a chilling surprise. With the spring of 2021 being the . . . Read Full Story >>


(by) Donna McCrohan Rosenthal Many favorite Halloween happenings have returned, some with restrictions but others surprising unencumbered. Some theme parks no longer require advance reservations. Phone or check websites prior to heading out for any of these short trips or longer hops around the Golden . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Put up or shut up

The September 24 edition of The News Review quotes Debbie Taliaferro perpetuating the lie, “More deaths from the COVID vaccine than from all of the vaccines from the last thirty years.” That lie has gone unchallenged for too long. It is baseless. The misguided people . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Citizens should be free to get information

My Public Records Act (PRA) requests you are having so much heart burn over seem to be soliciting a very obstructive attitude on your part. Our Government is designed to be transparent, and citizens are to be free to get  the information they want. Why . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Questions President’s authority to require Military vaccine

I read all the federal controlling documents I could find, identified below, regarding the President’s authority to order our military to take the Covid-19 vaccine. My conclusion was he did not meet the requirements for a mandate. Read them and see if you agree. 1. . . . Read Full Story >>

Travel Column IN THE LOOP

(by) Donna McCrohan Rosenthal Travel opportunities continue to open, though restrictions remain and may have to tighten again soon. Read on for ideas for short hops and longer ones in the Golden State, but always check ahead for the latest developments before leaving home. To . . . Read Full Story >>

Mojave Pistachio, Nugent Farms comment to IWVGA

September 8, 2021 The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority (Authority) has failed the Indian Wells Valley and now wants the ratepayers of the Indian Wells Valley Water District (Water District) to bail them out. The governance structure created by the Authority denies stakeholder involvement while . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Council and School Board more subservient to state than you

Well ladies and gentlemen, the signs of the Ridgecrest City Council and School Board being representative of the People are non-existent. The demands of the People for either body to show some understanding of Representative Republican government are met with statements that show one thing . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Sept. 1 a most contentious council meeting

September 1st started off the month with one of the most contentious City Council meetings since the casino wars. The years long issue of the IWV basin water, who gets how much and how much they pay was the subject. Now, sadly, the City is . . . Read Full Story >>

IWVWD managers and supervisors respond to City legal counsel

The following statements from IWVWD managers and supervisors are in response to the staff report presented by City Counsel Keith Lemieux at the September 1st City Council meeting requesting IWVWD consider financing the Groundwater Authority’s Replenishment Fee.  These statements do not necessarily reflect the opinions . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Masks actually work to keep germs out

I read with interest the News Review article (August 27) about the Sierra Sands School Board meeting, attended by over 300 (mostly mask-less) residents, protesting mask and vaccine mandates-----claiming their freedoms are in jeopardy because health departments, doctors and scientists believe those measures will mitigate . . . Read Full Story >>