Real Estate Watch

By CLINT FREEMAN, Coldwell Banker Best Realty Realtors meet a variety of people while they are in and out and about the great city of Ridgecrest. Sellers, buyers, store clerks, waitresses, car mechanics, post office workers, retail counter clerks and even those standing in the . . . Read Full Story >>

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

By STEVEN J. WERSAN Think “Pride and Prejudice” meet “Downton Abbey.” You’ve undoubtedly read “Pride and Preju-dice,” more than once, and you’ve probably seen at least two of its many TV or movie versions, but what you’ve read and seen are severely watered-down depictions of . . . Read Full Story >>

Water Wisdom

By DON ZDEBA, IWV?Water District You have undoubtedly heard or read about the situation we face in California as we stare at the possibility of a fourth year of drought. The last significant drought in California occurred in the mid-1970s and lasted two years. By . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Decries Brown’s ‘power grab’

The following is an open letter to Gov. Jerry Brown and the legislature of the state of California. Gentlemen and Gentlewomen: Layers of bureaucracy, additional fees and disruption of water do not protect our underground water. Your blatant and continuous act of flushing three fourths . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Encourages readers to get involved

All right! All of you people who fear to get involved, you had better start rethinking your position.  I’ve finally been able to get a snapshot of just what the intended goal was for the Kern County Land Use Project, It seems that Kern County has . . . Read Full Story >>

Guest Editorial: Reflections on the Parade of 1000 Flags

By JIM SIMMONS One hundred years ago, Americans could already smell the stench of war. Our nation had built a small but powerful navy, and our homeland was protected by enormous oceans on both sides. As Babe Ruth debuted with the Bosox and our Panama . . . Read Full Story >>

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books ‘Bourbon Desserts’ and “KY BBQ”

By DONNA?MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL Kentucky means bourbon and barbecue, and when the University Press of Ken-tucky publishes a book on either favorite flavor sensation, the UPK means business. Two books make that clear, and clearly appealing. “Bourbon Desserts” (by Lynn Marie Hulsman, color photos, indexed, 206 . . . Read Full Story >>

Off the Shelf: September is Library Card month

By MARSHA?LLOYD, Ridgecrest Branch Libriarian September is Library Card Sign-Up Month across America—a time when libraries remind parents that the most important school supply of all is a library card! Since this observance was launched in 1987, thousands of public and school libraries join each . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Library reports success, says thanks

The Ridgecrest Branch Library would like to thank the citizens of Ridgecrest for another successful Summer Reading Program! This summer we increased our sign-ups and completion for the children’s program by 11 percent from last summer. We had 533 children sign up and 264 children . . . Read Full Story >>

A review: ‘Joseph’ is a treasure!

The Ridgecrest Musical Enrichment Society has scored another big win — presenting fine fare with flair and finesse. “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” is a stunning production with wonderful voices, great dancing and acting, a huge cast, breathtaking costumes and scenery and lots and . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Concerned about IWV water supply

The following was submitted to the News Review as an open letter to the Kern County Board of Supervisors regarding water overdraft in the Indian Wells Valley. Today I am writing because of my deep concerns regarding our water supply in the Indian Wells Valley. . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Lauds Howard for perseverance

“Determined Citizen fights off Vindictive City.” That is the headline you should have seen in at least one of the local newspapers last week when Dale Howard, a Ridgecrest citizen and propertyowner in this valley since before 1957, was pronounced not guilty on Aug. 29 . . . Read Full Story >>


“I’ve spoken of the shining city all my political life … After 200 years, two centuries, she still stands strong and true to the granite ridge, and her glow has held no matter what storm. And she’s still a beacon, still a magnet for all . . . Read Full Story >>

Ridge Writers on Books ‘The Wizard of Oz FAQ’

By DONNA?McCROHAN ROSENTHAL Plenty of FAQ (“Frequently Asked Questions”) books contain trivia bonanzas. However, David J. Hogan’s “The Wizard of Oz FAQ: All That’s Left To Know About Life According to Oz” stands apart from them with its sheer volume and its approach of careful . . . Read Full Story >>

Real Estate watch

Most sellers have an emotional attachment to their home, whether they admit it or not. Much of that emotion is expressed when it comes time to sell. Sellers are quick to point out to realtors and buyers all of the upgrades they have performed and . . . Read Full Story >>

Astronomy Column

By ROGER?BROWER China Lake Astronomical Society The China Lake Astronomical Society will present its monthly astronomy program on Sept. 1 at 7:30 p.m. the Maturango Museum. The next star party will be Sept. 26. Signs will be out at 7 p.m., and viewing begins at . . . Read Full Story >>

Breeden asks city to support tourism

To the Editor: The following letter to members of the Ridgecrest City Council was read during the public comment portion of the Aug. 20 meeting. Tourism is an unpolished gem in Ridgecrest. We do not have enough income to support many of the needs and . . . Read Full Story >>

Obituary: John Fox

Obituary: John Fox

John Fox died Aug. 6, 2014, in Santa Rosa. He was born in Trona, but grew up in the old Fox home (still standing) on Ridgecrest Boulevard in Ridgecrest. He attended James Monroe Junior High School, Burroughs High School and Dixie State University in St. . . . Read Full Story >>

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL “Practical Classics” more than delivers on its subtitle, “50 Reasons to Reread 50 Books You Haven’t Touched Since High School,” building a compelling case for reacquainting ourselves with writers from William Shakespeare, George Or-well and Kurt Vonnegut to the more recent . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Responds to ‘modest proposal’

Skip Gorman’s recent “Modest Proposal” (in the Daily Independent last week), while Juvenalian inspired, unfortunately broke a primary tenet of that school of satire and thus negated any possible influence with people who know better. Asserting, as fact, that the president is trying to make positive . . . Read Full Story >>