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 >>

In the Loop:

By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL October arrives with plenty of opportunity to catch up on culture, satisfy taste buds, and scare yourself silly, as you will see in this roundup of tips for short hops to nearby destinations and longer trips in California. To the southwest . . . Read Full Story >>

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL Most people today do not realize that motorists of the 1930s and ’40s risked their lives when setting out on long-distance travel – not only when they drove but also, when they ate and slept. Restaurant and motel chains had not . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Chain of Life invites participants

The American Life League of IWV will sponsor its annual outdoor “Chain of Life” this Sunday, Oct. 5, from 2-3 p.m. The purpose of this event is to publicly express our united concern for and horror regarding the 1,150,000 unborn babies surgically aborted yearly in . . . Read Full Story >>

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

By DONNA McCROHAN ROSENTHAL Dr. Allen Berger has written a series of short yet comprehensive manuals to guide recovering addicts along a complex journey. Each book provides tools, explanations and exercises to address different aspects of achieving a sense of wholeness and peace of mind. . . . Read Full Story >>

From the State Capitol

From the State Capitol

By ASSEMBLYWOMAN SHANNON GROVE More than 80 percent of California is now under extreme or exceptional drought conditions.  Bakersfield is at the epicenter with the worst drought conditions for an urban area in the state. The last time California suffered through this type of drought . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Thanks community for support

I would like to give a big thanks to all who made the Maturango Museum Fundraising Dinner Auction such a success and a fun evening. Thank you to our sponsors, the Swap Sheet, Coldwell Banker, Desert Valleys Federal Credit Union, PackWrap, Entron, the Pizza Factory . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Calls on city for water solution

The following letter was submitted to the News Review and presented to the Ridgecrest City Council on Sept. 17. According to the newspaper report, Carole Vaughn made public comment at a recent city council meeting to the effect that you can not expect business to . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Dismayed over WWF management

I sat in utter dismay last Wednesday evening at the City Council meeting as I listened to one councilman, the one who wants to be mayor, rant about how the major problem with the wastewater fund finances is the lack of a fee increases over . . . Read Full Story >>

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 >>