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 >>

Why is Newsom Administration dodging wildfire prevention oversight?

Why is Newsom Administration dodging wildfire prevention oversight?

Following Monday’s postponement of the Wildfire Prevention and Forest Resiliency hearing in Assembly Budget Sub 3 Committee, Assemblyman Vince Fong (R-Kern County), Vice Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee, issued the following statement: “Why would the Newsom Administration or the Governor himself not want to . . . Read Full Story >>

Newsom misled public on wildfire prevention during worst fire season on rec

Newsom misled public on wildfire prevention during worst fire season on rec

SCOTT RODD, CAPITOL PUBLIC RADIO — On Gavin Newsom’s first full day in office, Jan. 8, 2019, the newly elected governor stood before the cameras, …and declared war on wildfires. “Everybody has had enough,” the governor said, announcing he’d signed a sweeping executive order overhauling . . . Read Full Story >>

SVM asks court to adjudicate groundwater rights in IWV Basin

Searles Valley Minerals Trona Ca– asks Court to Adjudicate Groundwater Rights in Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Basin Trona, CA — Searles Valley Minerals (Searles) filed a cross-complaint in Orange County Superior Court today that seeks a comprehensive adjudication of all groundwater rights in the Indian . . . Read Full Story >>

We can no longer ignore the evidence of known local water availability

If I wanted to become rich, I would seek council from someone who had become rich and gain from that person the pathway to riches. Likewise, if I wanted to find water I would seek council from someone who had discovered water. Now that we . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: My plan to reduce your water rates

My name is Scott Hayman and it is my pleasure to serve as both a member the Ridgecrest City Council and a the Chair of the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority(IWVGA).The IWVGA is responsible for maintaining groundwater supplies in the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Basin . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Stop the IWVGA from stealing our money

The IWVGA has but one plan. That is to steal as much money as possible before they are stopped. The “plan” is supposedly to purchase water rights to supplement our water aquifer. There is no plan as to who they will buy from nor how . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: GA biggest creator of work for lawyers in valley history

News from the Save Searles effort as of Aug 18 reveals that Searles Valley has filed a cross-complaint in Court to get an adjudication of ground water rights determination. The main reason from the news release, “The Authority’s actions since becoming the designated GSA for . . . Read Full Story >>

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 >>

To the Editor: Should IWVWD boycott payments to GA?

Note- Everything I am going to say about the GA does not apply to Mr. Rajtora, the only GA member who seems to care. As many know by now, the notoriously deaf eared Groundwater Authority has recently been applauded in a bragging post on the . . . Read Full Story >>

NR’s perspective on Thomas-Keefer’s perspective

Last week’s editorial carried the Letter to the Editor from the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority(IWVGA) General Manager Carol Keefer. She noted that the letter reflected her “perspective.” The News Review attempted to clarify what we considered erroneous and misleading statements. First and foremost it . . . Read Full Story >>

IWVGA Gen. Mgr’s perspective questioned

As to the letter to the editor published this week from Carol Keefer, General Manager of the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority, we have some questions. Does this letter come as a directive from the board? Does it reflect the perspective of the board? Keefer . . . Read Full Story >>

What’s needed most in a Hot Market?

Clint Freeman Coldwell Banker Best Realty– The local home market shot off to new heights in this past sales season and continues to soar in the warm summer months. 57 site-built homes sold in the months of May and June, and 55 in April. This . . . Read Full Story >>