To the Editor: Overturning Roe v. Wade has ramifications

Just because a person supports legal abortions does not mean they advocate abortions or that they would obtain an abortion themselves. Current abortion rates are low. Overturning Roe v. Wade has many ramifications, socially, economically and politically. The issue is access to reproductive healthcare. If . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Congress should rebalance the Supreme Court

Nowhere in the Constitution does it say that we have to have 9 Supreme Court Justices. Nor would it require a Constitutional amendment to add more seats. In fact, Congress has expanded the Supreme Court five times throughout American history. Congress should use its constitutional . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Taxpayer says, “Vote no on Measure C”

As a long-time Ridgecrest resident, taxpayer, and most importantly a mom, I’m asking for you to vote NO on Measure C on June 7th. Behind the slick campaign paid for by tens of thousands of dollars of out-of-town funding, is a measure that will hurt . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: “We want every legal vote to count”

Just a few minutes ago, Donald Musser emailed me, along with many members of my voting precinct, to say that he had “volunteered to help review the voter rolls for the 2022 Election” and, he continued, “We want every legal vote to count!” He proceeded . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Support school bond issue, Measure C

I try to carefully pick and choose which measures I support, and in my 62 years in the Indian Wells Vally, I have seen a lot of them. And so it is with that view I wholeheartedly support the school bond issue, measure C. I . . . Read Full Story >>

Desert trees add beauty, coolness, windbreak

Coldwell Banker Best Realty Clint Freeman APRIL 2022 – Trees in our desert community add a beautiful touch to any landscape whether the home is xeriscaped or laid with green grass. They add a coolness to the summer sun and can be a great windbreaker . . . Read Full Story >>

Gas prices down in other states yet higher in Ca.

California State Republicans SACRAMENTO - The New York Times published a very informative piece outlining the reasons why California’s gas prices are so much higher than the rest of the nation. The story accurately pointed out that higher gas prices in California are “mostly because . . . Read Full Story >>

In the Loop

(by) Donna McCrohan Rosenthal Spring has certainly arrived, welcomed by plenty of spirited delights as you’ll see in this month’s roundup of ideas for short hops and trips in the Golden State and beyond. To the northwest and opening on Saturday, April 9, the Monterey . . . Read Full Story >>

Solving the appraisal puzzle

Coldwell Banker Best Realty Broker Associate Clint Freeman – Housing prices are on the rise in Ridgecrest. The average sold price of a single-family home in March 2020 sat at $237,267. Last month that price was $275,957. Some sellers view this period as a golden . . . Read Full Story >>

Dennis Knight Burge

Dennis Knight Burge

Dennis Knight Burge passed away on Thursday, January 6 at the age of 86. He was born on December 8, 1935 to William and Gladys Burge in Ogden, Utah. He grew up in Sparks, Nevada, and received bachelors and master’s degrees in Physics from the . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: GA ignores facts

The Groundwater Agency continues to ignore the fact that their own yearly groundwater storage data shows that our basin is not in critical overdraft. The “emergency” crafted by the Gleason board was bogus and the agenda to make us pay for extremely expensive imported water . . . Read Full Story >>

GA Board disagree on basin overdraft

GA Board disagree on basin overdraft

Based upon the last Groundwater Authority Meeting on March 9th, it appears the directors on the GA Board do not agree on the magnitude of the basin overdraft. Understanding the groundwater overdraft is key to being able to solve the overdraft problem. As an onlooker, . . . Read Full Story >>

It’s time for us to rethink Ridgcrest

It’s time for us to rethink Ridgcrest

In the winter of 2021, as a community we kept getting teased by the weather report saying we would get snow in Ridgecrest. My family was hopeful and addicted to hearing Alexa give us the most recent weather update. I however, sat through all of . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: GA misunderstands basics of SGMA

Our Groundwater Authority (GA) fundamentally misunderstands the basic principle of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). The result has been qualified approval of our Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) and lawsuits that might have been avoided. Here is the background and the fix. Historic groundwater law . . . Read Full Story >>


(by) Donna McCrohan Rosenthal March arrives with spring in the air as we venture forth on short hops and longer trips through the Golden State and beyond as you’ll find in this roundup. Remember to call ahead or check websites before heading out. Restrictions might . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Ridgecrest conversation on local services

As you know, we launched The Ridgecrest Community Conversation to hear your feedback on local City services and priorities and we are listening. You’ve told us how important public safety and specifically fire prevention and emergency medical response services are to you. That’s why we . . . Read Full Story >>

Unmask our kids, restore normalcy in children’s lives

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy Washington, D.C. - February 8, 2022 Rep. Ashley Hinson (IA-01) offered the Unmask Our Kids Act, which would provide families with the choice to opt-out of the mask mandates, a much needed change that would help restore normalcy in children’s . . . Read Full Story >>

2022 off to a blazing start

Coldwell Banker Best Realty Clint Freeman – January marked some high points with the local real estate housing market. Just when the market took a slight breather during the Christmas and New Years holidays, January came busting in to hit some high marks. This amount . . . Read Full Story >>

IWVGA threatens to push local ag out of business

In an effort to collect an unprecedentedly high groundwater replenishment fee, the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority (IWVGA) has sued Mojave Pistachios, LLC, an action that effectively will put the nut grower out of business.” “The Authority previously determined that private overlying agricultural landowners had . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: A massive waste of your constituents’ money

According to the data page referenced by Cal Recycle  2018 Statewide Waste Characterization Study ( that Council members should have seen by now), there were 221,577 single family households in Kern County.  For these , the total food waste for the year was 47,584 tons. . . . Read Full Story >>