Inside the mind of a homebuyer

By CLINT FREEMAN Purchasing a home is known to be a highly stressful process. There are many inner thoughts and emotions that go along with it. Properly processing those feelings will make for less anxiety along the way. Did you know there are five psychological . . . Read Full Story >>

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL Telltale signs fester everywhere with the approach of Ridge Writers’ Edgar Allan Poe Tea, My Enchanted Cottage’s Witches & Warlock Tea, and the spooky certainty that we ought not accept invitations to tea of any description from disemboweled ghouls bent on . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Says casino is safe, secure

In a letter to the editor, Mike Neel made several prejudiced allegations, one being that the Ridgecrest Entertainment and Casino project poses a threat to the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapon Division. The approval of the Ridgecrest casino/hotel/entertainment center by the federal government is evidence . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Problems with B737Max8

Two very serious crashes of the B737Max8 occurred a few months ago, and 346 people were killed. The problem has been ascribed to a new “anti-stall” system that was totally new to this particular aircraft version. Since then several reports have cited some very serious . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Truth is the needed answer

The beginning of my life and all human life presents a “basic question mark.” Before I was born, all was dark! When I was born, all was light and the world was all around me! The “basic question mark” is where did this world come . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: IWVCA very much in business

I am writing to report that Indian Wells Valley Concert Association is still very much in business. We regret how our president’s remarks before the Sept. 26 Julian Gargiulo classical piano concert were received. Nevertheless, our next two presentations are the Ball Brothers on Oct. . . . Read Full Story >>

Reflections on  earthquake impact

Reflections on earthquake impact

By DR. DAVID OSTASH, SSUSD Superintendent Sometimes things happen in life that feel as though they happen “to us.” At first, that is exactly the way we felt in Sierra Sands Unified School District in the immediate aftermath of the July 4 and 5 earthquakes, . . . Read Full Story >>

Julian G enthralls with mirth, melody

Julian G enthralls with mirth, melody

By LAURA LEIGH MONTEREY With the introduction hardly concluded, a lithe young man in black comes bounding up the aisle, swoops into his seat at the piano like a raven on a hot nickel and begins to play. Enter Julian G, the Pianist With the . . . Read Full Story >>

We ‘heart’ Cary Grant

We continue to (heart) Cary Grant on “Classic Movie Night” every flex Wednesday at the Historic USO Building. Coming up on Oct. 16 we find Grant literally dangling off Mt. Rushmore, trying to escape some baddies mistakenly thinking that he is the guy they must . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Questions wastewater site

At the Sept. 26 meeting of the City of Ridgecrest Infrastructure Committee, staff stated the existing base site is the best place for the new wastewater treatment plant due to the gravity feed and economy of scale. That statement is premature. The selection should be . . . Read Full Story >>

The end of an era

If it’s too late to save the IWV Concert Association, I wonder if we are marking the end of an era in our community. There are few organizations that have served our community longer, and arguably none that has brought such high-quality entertainment to so . . . Read Full Story >>

Orionids peak Oct. 21-22

By ROGER BROWER The China Lake Astronomical Society will meet Monday, Oct. 7, at 7:30 p.m. at the Maturango Museum. The next star party of the year will be held Friday, Oct. 25. Signs will be out at 7 p.m. with viewing at 7:30 p.m. . . . Read Full Story >>

October brings more fall fun

By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL October spells harvest festivals, drama and eerie doings. Find old favorites and new in this month’s roundup of tips for short hops and longer trips around the Golden State. To the northwest, the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival honors . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Emotional help after quake

I found quake emotional trauma help at the local Animal Rescue Center. Maybe you can too. The two earthquakes of July 4 and 5, 6.4 and 7.1, shook me up in unexpected ways, repressing parts of my emotions, unknowingly, until detected by lack of emotive . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Newsies’ wows full house

‘Newsies’ wows full house

By LAURA LEIGH MONTEREY Wow, what a show! Third row center was an excellent place to enjoy Ridgecrest Musical Enrichment Society’s production of Disney’s “Newsies.” Saturday night, at the second performance in the series, the Lecture Center at Cerro Coso was packed to the gills. . . . Read Full Story >>

Evidence is being ignored

Our valley’s Groundwater Sustainability Plan being prepared by IWV Groundwater Authority is using the assumed, albeit generally accepted, recharge numbers of 7,650 acre feet per year. Our basin is declared as being in “critical overdraft” by the state, due to our annual pumping of approximately . . . Read Full Story >>

Virtuoso plays to all ages

Virtuoso plays to all ages

By LAURA LEIGH MONTEREY It’s not uncommon to proclaim something to be “world class,” but in truth, it’s not often we get it. Music-lovers who attended Midori’s concert on Sunday, however, did. In the first half of the concert, accompanied by Lithuanian pianist, Ieva Jokubaviciute, . . . Read Full Story >>

Did the shaking have an effect?

By CLINT FREEMAN, Coldwell Banker Now that the earthquakes below us have subsided and the heat of the day has waned, many in Ridgecrest still ask how it all has affected the housing market. Are people packing up and leaving since many I’ve heard have . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Opposes new decals

At the recent City Council meeting a motion passed 3-2 that will add decals emblazoned with the American flag and the words “In God we Trust” to our city’s police cars. Although some said it was not religiously motivated it was painfully obvious that that . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Says casino is security threat

Recent review of the Timbisha Homeland Act has revealed an imminent threat to Ridgecrest and NAWCWD. While the current council is 3-2 opposed, heightened developer threats of litigation to the city, and heightened individual councilmember litigation, harassment, threats and political promises or suggestions, that some . . . Read Full Story >>