Guest Editorial: City fails to justify sewer fee increase

By STAN RAJTORA The July 19 Ridgecrest City Council meeting included an agenda item to raise the wastewater fees 3 percent, or about $11. I had previously sent the council an e-mail request to lower the fees $90. The e-mail included appropriate justification. The council . . . Read Full Story >>

Soaking up the sun on Santa Catalina Island

By JAYME KINARD News Review Correspondent There is something about the smell of salt water, wind in my hair and sunshine on my skin that calls me to the coast. I’ve been fortunate to travel to beaches and islands around the world, including San Diego, . . . Read Full Story >>

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books Serendipity at Book Expo

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books Serendipity at Book Expo

By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL The publishing industry held its major U.S. trade show last month, Book Expo America in New York. Large, small, university and regional presses featured top new titles along with those just out and more coming soon. Invariably, superstar authors dominated. But . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Are we really free?

Like it or not, July 4th is not much of a time to celebrate these days. I could write pages on our supposed “freedoms” and how we have slowly and surely lost most of them to tyrannical laws and arbitrary actions by our “civil servants” . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: ‘Open your eyes and ears’

After some thought regarding the article “It’s valuable that you get the right data” in Friday’s paper (June 30) nowhere in the article did the Danes answer Dr. Decker’s question, “How accurate and reproducible were the results, given the degree of electromagnetic interference present in . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: ‘Funky’ Andina bids farewell

Dear citizens of China Lake, Ridgecrest and the IWV community: It is with an incredible sense of pride that I say farewell after almost five years with Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division. This has been the most rewarding job I’ve had during my entire . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Questions wastewater fee

The wastewater fees were raised in 2013. Many members of the public at the time stated the raise was premature and excessive. The City Council ignored the public input. As a result of ignoring the public’s input, the wastewater fund has millions of excess dollars. . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Thanks community for support

The Missions Team from Crossroads Community Church would like to extend an extremely heartfelt thank you to the community of Ridgecrest for all the support you give through the Annual Pumpkin Patch and Missions Yard Sale. With the money made from both events, we were . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Where have the modern traffic lights gone?

When the city council began installing traffic lights they were astute enough to initiate “modern” ones with sensors in the road that detected the presence of any automobiles approaching on the side street. After a clearing of traffic on the thoroughfare, the light would quickly . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Bravo Zulu to Capt. Andina

In 1945, the leadership of the Navy’s nearby Naval Ordnance Test Station dedicated a newly built USO Club in Ridgecrest, and that building immediately became the center of community and civic activity for the town. In 2015, the leadership of the Navy’s nearby NAWCWD and . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Thank you is not enough

“Thank you is not enough.” That sounds like a cliché, but if someone says, “I have an idea!” then in a matter of weeks, hosts a production (not too strong a word) resulting in a huge donation for your nonprofit, “Thank you” just doesn’t quite . . . Read Full Story >>

 ‘Secret Garden’ blossoms in the desert

‘Secret Garden’ blossoms in the desert

Rebecca Neipp

“Stay here in the garden, where loves grows free and wild. Come to my garden — come, sweet child.” If this promise seems too good to be true, world-weary travelers need only witness Community Light Opera and Theatre Association’s “Secret Garden” to believe in nature’s . . . Read Full Story >>

Guest Editorial: A salute to our troops

Guest Editorial: A salute to our troops

By JAYME KINARD, News Review Correspondent As Independence Day approaches, most people will be celebrating with a day off of work and a fireworks show at night. The 4th of July is an extremely important day in our nation’s past; the anniversary of the day . . . Read Full Story >>

Star Gazing: More opportunities for summer viewing

By ROGER BROWER, China Lake Astronomical Society The China Lake Astronomical Society will meet Monday, July 3, at 7:30 p.m. at the Maturango Museum. The next star party will be held July 23, with signs out at 8:30 p.m. and viewing at 9 p.m. July . . . Read Full Story >>

Water Wisdom: Studies will help in understanding basin

By DON ZDEBA, IWVWD?General Manager Much of the press regarding water issues in recent months has been about meetings of the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority that was approved as the local Groundwater Sustainability Agency by the Department of Water Resources. It is important that . . . Read Full Story >>

In the Loop: Fabulous frolics planned for July

By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL July means Independence Day celebrations, oceanic exploits, fabulous animal frolics and a whole lot more in this month’s roundup of tips for short hops to nearby destinations and longer trips in California. You can count on glorious fireworks displays across the . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Where is street paving occurring?

At one time the city council honored the purpose for which the increase in the sales tax was voted by the citizens of Ridgecrest, the improvement of the abysmal streets of the city. The city council took this route to doubly tax the citizens because . . . Read Full Story >>

Guest Editorial: Taxpayers deserve to know where their dollars go

By ASSEMBLYMEN VINCE FONG and TOM LACKEY In so many ways technology has fundamentally changed and disrupted major industries forever. The speed of innovation coming out of our state has impacted every aspect of our everyday lives — the way in which we take in . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: ‘My well is not proud of GSA’

Mick: In the Daily Independent you are quoted as saying, “We need to be proud of our GSA [groundwater sustainability agency] and the work we’ve gone through.” My well is not proud of “our GSA” and the work that they have gone through to do . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Criticizes closure of Pinney Pool

Since our wonderful city council, whose job it is to look out for the best interests of the residents of Ridgecrest, saw fit to close the only community pool, Sgt. John Pinney, named after the first casualty of the Vietnam War from Ridgecrest, there’s no . . . Read Full Story >>