Ridge Writers on Books ‘The Wizard of Oz FAQ’

By DONNA?McCROHAN ROSENTHAL Plenty of FAQ (“Frequently Asked Questions”) books contain trivia bonanzas. However, David J. Hogan’s “The Wizard of Oz FAQ: All That’s Left To Know About Life According to Oz” stands apart from them with its sheer volume and its approach of careful . . . Read Full Story >>

Real Estate watch

Most sellers have an emotional attachment to their home, whether they admit it or not. Much of that emotion is expressed when it comes time to sell. Sellers are quick to point out to realtors and buyers all of the upgrades they have performed and . . . Read Full Story >>

Astronomy Column

By ROGER?BROWER China Lake Astronomical Society The China Lake Astronomical Society will present its monthly astronomy program on Sept. 1 at 7:30 p.m. the Maturango Museum. The next star party will be Sept. 26. Signs will be out at 7 p.m., and viewing begins at . . . Read Full Story >>

Breeden asks city to support tourism

To the Editor: The following letter to members of the Ridgecrest City Council was read during the public comment portion of the Aug. 20 meeting. Tourism is an unpolished gem in Ridgecrest. We do not have enough income to support many of the needs and . . . Read Full Story >>

Obituary: John Fox

Obituary: John Fox

John Fox died Aug. 6, 2014, in Santa Rosa. He was born in Trona, but grew up in the old Fox home (still standing) on Ridgecrest Boulevard in Ridgecrest. He attended James Monroe Junior High School, Burroughs High School and Dixie State University in St. . . . Read Full Story >>

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL “Practical Classics” more than delivers on its subtitle, “50 Reasons to Reread 50 Books You Haven’t Touched Since High School,” building a compelling case for reacquainting ourselves with writers from William Shakespeare, George Or-well and Kurt Vonnegut to the more recent . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Responds to ‘modest proposal’

Skip Gorman’s recent “Modest Proposal” (in the Daily Independent last week), while Juvenalian inspired, unfortunately broke a primary tenet of that school of satire and thus negated any possible influence with people who know better. Asserting, as fact, that the president is trying to make positive . . . Read Full Story >>

To to Editor: Pleads for serious water solutions

It is now widely understood that the Indian Wells Valley may have a severe water problem. Over the past year the community has benefited from an extensive dialog on the subject in public meetings, e-mail chains, letters to the editor, etc. And while many have . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Castigates county for water plan

Well, I have to admit that I was wrong! I thought that since the critical overdraft of our aquifer was caused by pumping more water out than was coming in, there was only two solutions: 1. Reduce the pumping to a level consistent with sustainability, . . . Read Full Story >>


After years of concerns regarding the operations at Ridgecrest Healthcare Center, it was encouraging to see that it was taken over by Ridgecrest Regional Hospital — the first local operators in more than a decade. This move on the part of the RRH board and administration . . . Read Full Story >>

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books - ’Unbroken’

Elizabeth Babcock

In the marvelous “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption,” Laura Hillenbrand finds a worthy subject for her considerable skills — the heroic Louie Zamparini, who eventually emerges un-broken from events that surely would have killed a lesser man. As the . . . Read Full Story >>

In the Loop: August — bursting with opportunities

By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL Most months have plenty going on, but August seems particularly ready to burst at the seams with re-enactments, fairs, festivals and so much more, as you can see in this roundup of tips for short hops to nearby destinations and longer . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Calls on Holloway to apologize

In a recent letter to the editor, our Mayor Pro Tem “Chip” Holloway used a slighting term to refer very ambiguously to people he clearly was unhappy with. This is an excerpt from his letter on July 15: “... us who appreciate all you do . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Scanlons add to museum collection

A beautiful story started when Jake and Sheryl Scanlon of Ridgecrest surprised me with a unique gift — an exceptional self-edited book and a DVD with pictures, which tells the adventurous story of a Mojave ground squirrel family with five members settling in the Scanlons’ . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Positive things still happen

It isn’t often that we mention the positive things that happen to us in our daily lives. I recently had the experience of interacting with honest people while enjoying a delicious chicken tostada at the Casa Corona. On Wednesday evening, July 23, I paid my . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Let’s celebrate our petroglyphs

In 2007 while painting petroglyph designs on my backyard fence, I read an article in a magazine about a tourism project. Painted quilt patterns on old tobacco barns were creating a colorful scenic and drivable tourism loop. This was my inspiration. I decided to create . . . Read Full Story >>

Astronomy Column: Earth2Sky Calculus up for discussion

By ROGER BROWER The next meeting of the China Lake Astronomical Society will be held on Aug. 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the Maturango Museum. The program will feature Dr. Tony Phillips and some of his Bishop High School students, who will talk about their . . . Read Full Story >>

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

By Donna McCrohan Rosenthal “Princesses Behaving Badly: Real Stories from History – Without the Fairy-Tale Endings” (Linda Rodri-guez McRobbie, indexed, 304 pages, Quirk Books, hardcover, 2013, $19.95) puts a realistic spin on the make-believe sugarcoated princess stereotype. Considering princesses from all over the globe and . . . Read Full Story >>

Guest Column: What about the supply side?

By JIM SIMMONS With all the innovations, breakthroughs and encouraging new legislation regarding water supply, it is troubling to behold a recent Los Angeles Times editorial calling for more government coercion on citizens without mention of more supply (July 11, 2014, “Before the taps go . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Ridgecrest is such a nice town

I came from Apple Valley to visit my grandparents for the week. Tonight, after having dinner at Farris’ Italian Gardens, we were stopped at a sobriety checkpoint. This was the first one I have ever been through in my 14 years. This must be why . . . Read Full Story >>