To the Editor: Questions water rate increases

The IWV Water Board adopted a new rate structure a few years ago that increased the fixed fees and reduced the unit fees. This change was an attempt to stabilize the water district income. However, it has resulted in a rate structure that discourages water . . . Read Full Story >>

Measure V: your questions answered

Measure V: your questions answered

What about street repairs? Without Measure V, all of the road-repair budget would be lost. Measure V funds are leveraged for grant funds that multiply the benefit to community. Measure L helped fund 29 separate street repair, repaving and improvement projects. But with 146 miles . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Supports Don Cortichiato

I encourage those voting this November for the Indian Wells Valley Water District Board of Director positions to cast their vote for Don Cortichiato. Don has been a community member for many years and has been an active participant in the local, regional and state-level . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Re-elect Cortichiato

We would like to take this opportunity to express our support for the re-election of Don Cortichiato to the Indian Wells Valley Water District governing board. We have known Don for more than 30 years now and consider him a close personal friend. We believe . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Responds to DI accusation

This is an open letter to Mr. John Watkins, publisher of the Daily Independent. Your recent editorial entitled “Bakersfield money, Wallace Martin and ‘ABAC’ rule” in the Oct. 15-16 edition of the Daily Independent on page A3 left me with a question about your motives, . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Recommends vote for Cortichiato

I have resided in the valley for 68 years. I have been privileged to serve in various capacities with many of our community’s leaders. For the past forty years, I have appreciated my association with Don Cortichiato. In recent years Don and I volunteered together . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Supports Cortichiato

Please join me again and help re-elect Don Cortichiato to the Board of Directors of the IWV Water District.  While serving on the board of directors since 2004 he has worked diligently to enhance communications to the ratepayers and to develop a stronger working relationship . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: ‘Hypocrisy personified’

How little we hear any more of the fact that Southern Democrat farmers enslaved millions of blacks in the early 1800-1865 era. These slaves were molested, beaten, mutilated, raped, hung, tortured and the list goes on. History tells us that President Lincoln and Northern Republicans . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: ‘No on Measure V’

The city is pushing hard to get Measure V approved, including withholding information vital to the citizens. Look at the latest flyer mailed out last week at a minimum cost of $10,000. On the side with the City Resolution containing the long list of “whereas” . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Experience is not for sale

Unfortunately in this life, experience cannot be purchased! Therefore management skills, financial expertise, decision-making ability, negotiating knowledge, and futuristic thinking, are acquired by learning, doing, and being involved! Fortunately for us, Don Cortichiato brings all these attributes to the Water Board! We hope that this . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Endorses Cortichiato

This letter is written in support of Don Cortichiato, who is running for re-election to the IVW Water Board. Over 40 years ago, I first came to know Don as a caring and gentle T-ball coach for my oldest son. During all the years I . . . Read Full Story >>

Zelda Adele Harvey

Zelda Adele Harvey passed away peacefully in her sleep at the age of 85 on Oct. 9, 2016, in Merced, Calif. She will be laid to rest Saturday, Oct. 22 in Trona, with graveside proceedings beginning at 10:30 a.m. She was born Zelda Adele Harrah . . . Read Full Story >>

Measure V: your questions answered

Why is Measure V on this November’s ballot, instead of during a special election next year? Recently there was an article from an individual who stated that Measure V did not need to be on this November’s ballot, since the current measure (Measure L) does . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Responds to Brown Act rebuttal

This letter is in response to the public statement by the Ridgecrest city attorney’s firm on Sept. 21, addressing the city council’s substantial violation of a central provision of the Ralph M. Brown Act. The nature of the violations is as follows: In its meetings . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: ‘Floored’ by increased water cost

Our family lived in Ridgecrest for 15 years. We recently moved away and now reside in the Central Valley. We truly enjoyed living in Ridgecrest and still have many friends there. Our memories of Ridgecrest are good. I have a big problem though — it’s . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Revenue solutions for the city

Every candidate is saying that the city needs revenue. Are any candidates offering any real solutions? Here are solutions I propose: 1. First problem: The city of Ridgecrest receives only approximately 5 percent of the property taxes we pay to the county, while other cities . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Endorses Kicinski, Cortichiato

For the Indian Wells Valley Water District, there is no stronger candidate than Ron Kicinski. I’ve known Ron and his wife Sharon for many years; they are both very active in the community and have always been willing to lend a hand. Ron is a . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Supports Corlett campaign

I write in support of Leroy Corlett’s reelection to the Indian Wells Valley Water District board of directors. He has served on the board for more than two decades, from 1987-1996 and then 2004-2016. He has firsthand knowledge of our water distribution system’s history and . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Leroy Corlett for water board

I am writing in support of Leroy Corlett’s candidacy for director of the Indian Wells Valley Water District. Mr. Corlett has been an integral part of the Inyo-Mono Integrated Regional Water Management Program since its inception in 2008. The IRWM Program is a voluntary effort . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Likes Cortichiato for water board

Full disclosure: I have recently relocated from the valley and thus cannot vote in the upcoming local election. However, my daughter and her family, and many friends, are still residents; and I intend to return in several years. The continuing availability of quality water in . . . Read Full Story >>