Calls tree-lighting a success

To the Editor: Our well-attended “Yuletide Welcome” at City Hall on Sunday, Dec. 7, included a very special Christmas concert directed by Daniel Peterson, music director at Murray Middle School. His chorus included guest students from the Heritage Montessori School. This was the 14th year . . . Read Full Story >>

Says IWV cannot import water

To the Editor: The natural recharge of our valley aquifer barely covers our hygiene needs, such as drinking, cooking, cleaning and sanitation. Yet, we draw down much more than that. Worse, we cannot practically or affordably import water to cover our overdraft. We have two . . . Read Full Story >>

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

By DONNA?MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL Pencils. It hardly takes a 150 IQ to recognize that art makes things better. But these two large-format paperbacks prove it with particularly creative art concepts that involve pencils. In the case of “Zen Pencil: Cartoon Quotes from Inspirational Folks” (full-color illus., . . . Read Full Story >>

Water wisdom

Water wisdom

By DON ZDEBA, IWV?Water District general manager The year 2014 certainly was noteworthy, both statewide and locally, in terms of water issues. Gov. Jerry Brown declared a statewide drought emergency Jan. 17 as we prepared to face a fourth consecutive dry year. In response, he . . . Read Full Story >>

TTo the Editor: hanks Scout for dog park

Kudos to the young Scout (I’m sorry I don’t know his name) who, along with support from his mom, was able to get the dog park built in Ridgecrest. Every time I drive by there are always dogs off leash enjoying themselves…. along with their . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Says we’re not facing the problem

Here is a link that describes where IWV will be if we continue down the present path: www.naturalnews.com/047865_mega-cities_ water_supply_human_civilization.html. Can’t we learn from others’ problems? The fate of IWV is obvious to anyone wanting to take the time to examine the falling aquifer history as . . . Read Full Story >>

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

By Donna McCrohan Rosenthal Ridgecrest recently held a Petroglyph Festival celebrating local marvels and encouraging tourism to our area. As Gruen illustrates in “Manifest Destinations: Cities and Tourists in the Nine-teenth-Century American West,” Chicago, Denver, Salt Lake City and San Fran-cisco boasted different attractions to . . . Read Full Story >>

A first person perspective

By THERESA GOLDSTRAND, News Review Correspondent Death Valley is a winter playground full of surprises. Its name implies, and aptly describes, a history fraught with troubles, challenges and even death. But miles of stunning views, pristine air, lifegiving springs and a myriad of plant and . . . Read Full Story >>

Guest editorial: Thanksgiving reflections

Guest editorial: Thanksgiving reflections

By JIM SIMMONS Have you noticed how gratefulness has become all the rage? Seems columns, articles, websites, advice and self-help pandering are just littered with how good gratefulness is for each of us. The sage and learned among us are promoting being grateful as the . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Comments on ‘ag invasion’

The News Review had an editorial titled “Water discussion is not about open basin; it’s about open minds.” I have to agree at least, with the title. The fact is that we have had an acknowledged overdraft of our aquifer that was causing the level . . . Read Full Story >>

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

By FREDRICK GARY HARELAND To quote NBC’s epic World War II TV series, “Victory at Sea,” “The most complex, most compact, most deadly ship of war, ton for ton ever conceived by man is the submarine.” The US Navy submarine service sank 1,392 ships, over . . . Read Full Story >>

In the Loop

In the Loop

By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL Some months delight and some astound with everything they offer, but December more than any other absolutely dazzles with period costumes, lights and other displays. Find a few that capture your imagination in this monthly roundup of tips for short hops . . . Read Full Story >>

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

By Donna McCrohan Rosenthal True to this treasure’s subtitle, former NASA roboticist and creator of the webcomic “xkcd” Randall Monroe provides “Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypo-thetical Ques-tions” through clever discussion, graphs, maps, diagrams, and cartoons. The fun starts on the back cover that reveals, . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: music group thanks WACOM

Last week the Ridgecrest Chamber Music Society was one of the recipients of outreach funds distributed by WACOM to local nonprofit organizations. We appreciate WACOM’s generous support of our organization and the many other local nonprofit organizations in the Indian Wells Valley. The statistics on . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editorial: Consultants rebut published excerpt

As the authors of the Indian Wells Valley Water District report, “Results of the 1996 Southwest Well Field Aquifer Test Program,” we were dismayed to see our report cited out of context in an apparent attempt to downplay the significance of the long-term groundwater supply . . . Read Full Story >>

BHS’s ’Peter Pan’ is fun for all ages

BHS’s ’Peter Pan’ is fun for all ages

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Dozens of teenage girls (and a handful of boys) stormed the Burroughs High School Performing Arts Center stage as the cast of J.M. Barrie’s “Peter Pan” last weekend. With an enthusiastic cast of nearly 40 students, most all . . . Read Full Story >>

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

By Donna McCrohan Rosenthal Cookbooks come out every year. You leaf through them and find sound advice and pleasing recipes and say, “I like this. I’ll try these. Happy day.” But you don’t often drop your jaw with delight. Prepare to change that. “Yummy Supper: . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Appreciates local animal shelter

Nov.  2-8, 2014, marked National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week, an event sponsored by the  Humane Society of the United States in recognition of the lifesaving services provided by animal shelters, including our own Ridgecrest Animal Shelter. The employees and volunteers at our local animal shelter work hard . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Petroglyph tours closed

The most current information about the petroglyph tours advertised as part of the Ridgecrest Petroglyph Festival is that the tours are full and closed. There are NO spaces left on petroglyph tours for either the upcoming festival or the end of the Maturango Museum’s regular . . . Read Full Story >>

In the Loop

By DONNA MCCROHAN-ROSENTHAL This November offers the best of two seasons, as you can see in this roundup of tips for short hops to nearby destinations and longer trips in California and elsewhere in the Southwest. To the west in Paso Robles on Saturday evening . . . Read Full Story >>