To the Editor: Open letter to City Council

I was very disappointed with the City Council’s apparent lack of concern regarding its compliance with the Brown Act at last night’s meeting. I don’t believe the council has taken the identification of Brown Act violations I brought up at numerous meetings in the past . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Life League to host life chain

The American Life League of IWV will sponsor its annual outdoor “Chain of Life” on Sunday, Oct. 2, from 2-3 p.m. The purpose of this event is to publicly express our united concern and horror over the 1.2 million unborn babies surgically aborted yearly in . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Comments on immigration

Even the “Village Idiot” is smart enough to see the possibility that liberals are bringing all these Muslims to America to become future Democratic voters, or even the more sinister idea is that Obama actually hates America enough to let the expected 1-5 percent bombers . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Little Women’ engender big emotions

‘Little Women’ engender big emotions

Rebecca Neipp

“Little Women” is a uniquely moving theatrical experience that must not be missed. This beloved classic, recently translated into a musical, captivates with resonant characterizations and stirring vocal performances, taking theatergoers through a soaring emotional journey that reminds us of the paramount role fellowship plays . . . Read Full Story >>

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

By DONNA?MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL Impeccable research has produced a fascinating chronicle of early 20th-century Boston blue-blood Brahmins and New York City elite from Greenwich Village who in many respects gave us the Southwest as we know it today. One, Natalie Curtis, had an extremely successful concert . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: My casino land sale vote

I have been asked for how much did I sell my vote. I have been told, “I know where you live.” I have lost some business. Finally, Celese Sanders, mayoral candidate Jim Sanders’ wife, asked why I changed my mind and voted yes to the . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Open letter to City Council

This letter is to call your attention to what I believe was a substantial violation of a central provision of the Ralph M. Brown Act, which may jeopardize the finality of the action taken by the Ridgecrest City Council. The nature of the violation is . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: ‘A cheap shot’

First of all, I grew up in a town that had gambling, but I do not gamble or frequent casinos in any state. I lived in Ridgecrest for 27 years and worked a variety of jobs on the base. I currently live in Oregon but . . . Read Full Story >>

Guest Editorial: Reshaping the county budget

By MICK GLEASON Kern County 1st District Supervisor If there is one thing that our county budget has taught us in the past two years, it is that we must respond to a “new normal” in county revenues. The $81-million loss of oil and gas . . . Read Full Story >>

In the Audience: Twisted Westerns?

By NICK ROGERS Howdy, partners! The Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert invites y’all to its latest Classic Movie Night series, “Westerns … With a Twist!” (Not your average cowboy yarn.) So far, three “wild” westerns have screened on flex Wednesdays, at 7 p.m. . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: ‘We are already behind’

I received a tertiary treatment cost analysis from Mr. Speer last month. My first impression was that the financial data regarding loan availability and interest rates were two or more years old. Fortuitously, the city’s consultant attended the city’s Infrastructure Committee Meeting last Thursday and . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Continuing deception

A liberal neighbor told me he would choose a criminal over Donald Trump in the “White House.” Now we find out that Nancy Pelosi helped in the Benghazi cover-up. I believe that when the last of the e-mails are exposed we will see how ugly . . . Read Full Story >>

Editorial: Seller beware

The volumes of information that were recently released through the Freedom of Information Act raise some troubling concerns. (See story, page 1) The public and, perhaps, some members of the city council have been kept in the dark regarding negotiations with a developer to bring . . . Read Full Story >>

In the Loop: Seasonal trips to usher in autumn

By DONNA ROSENTHAL September pulsates with the sparkle of two seasons, summer and autumn. Find ideas for enjoying the best of both in this month’s roundup of tips for short hops to nearby destinations and longer trips in California and even distant Canada. To the . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Disputes casino ‘myths’

The opposition to the Timbisha Shoshone casino project is hard at it again spreading fear and misinformation. I am writing this letter today in to response to a letter to the editor that was published in the News Review on Aug. 26, written by Wallace . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: ‘Are you getting a fair decision?’

Ridgecrest citizens, are you getting fair, unbiased decisions made on your behalf about the vastly important casino decision? Look at these newly discovered facts and decide. On March 3 in an e-mail to the casino developer, Gary Parsons offered to sell a 38-acre parcel behind . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Responds to Farris editorial

I would like to respond to Patricia Farris’s editorial from last week. In it she claims that the addition of the Timbisha Shoshone’s 29-million-dollar casino and entertainment complex will “forever change the face and soul of this community.” She is right about part of this: . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Opposes casino location

I held a security clearance from 1978 to 2003. In the late 1980s I worked on some of the most sensitive weapons systems in the country including a special compartmentalized version of the Air Force’s Stealth Advanced Cruise Missile and a preliminary design of the . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Rebuts Martin’s water statement

The letter to the editor from Walter Martin in today’s edition states that water rates have been increased twice in the past six months. That is an incorrect statement. There has been one increase this year and it took effect Aug. 1. The increase was . . . Read Full Story >>

Health and Fitness Corner:

Health and Fitness Corner:

Getting enough exercise often seems to be an issue for most Americans. Sometimes we just need to be reminded that physical activity (in whatever form it comes) needs to be a priority in our lives. Ridgecrest Regional Hospital’s We Own Wellness program offered a creative . . . Read Full Story >>