In the Audience: Chow down at the movies!

In the Audience: Chow down at the movies!

By NICK ROGERS Hello, movie lovers! Somehow, going out for an evening of movie entertainment just wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the snack bar. Food sales have always made up a large portion of the revenue earned by theaters. Now, in the case . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Tax and more tax’ To the Editor:

Tax and more tax is what we are talking about now in Ridgecrest. The city wants to continue its sales tax in a big way. Remember how Measure L was set for 0.75 percent and to go for five years, to be extended for another . . . Read Full Story >>

‘The ultimate hypocrisy’ To the Editor:

I find it quite interesting to see what groups of citizens are, or are not, targets of gun-control advocates. Probably 5 percent of our citizens misuse our Second Amendment, leaving about 95 percent honorable citizens. Criminals just love gun control, but of course you liberals . . . Read Full Story >>

A Review:  Blink-182 returns to its roots with ‘California’

A Review: Blink-182 returns to its roots with ‘California’

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer With Tarzan hitting theaters, a Clinton running for president and everybody trying to catch Pokemon (what year is it again?), I guess it only seems natural that Blink-182 would release a chart-topping powerhouse of an album. With their . . . Read Full Story >>

First-person perspective: The other glove ...

First-person perspective: The other glove ...

High Desert News reporter and News Review correspondent David Johnson devoted several days to capturing the stories and images generated by the Erskine Fire, occasionally stepping out of his role as a journalist to labor alongside responders and supporters who worked around the clock to . . . Read Full Story >>

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL Summer reading on a lazy day or on vacation has special appeal, and these new full-color books lend themselves to reading together, again and again. In “Questions for Breakfast” (Sabrina Miller, illus. Tamara An-tonijevic, Tembo Books, 28 pgs., hardcover, ages 3-6 . . . Read Full Story >>

Off the Shelf: Library offers books, prizes and more!

By CHARISSA WAGNER FREE book? FREE coupons? Prize drawings? FREE and fun activities for all ages? Discover all this and more at the Ridgecrest Branch Library during the “Read for the Win” Summer Reading Challenge that the Kern County Library system is participating in! We . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Illegal fireworks burn toddler

The night of July 4, my great-granddaughter was burned from illegal fireworks. She is 3 years old. While watching fireworks in her yard, an illegal firework flew from behind her house landed on her leg. As the adults brushed it off, it finished exploding. She . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: ‘Quite a slap in the face’

As of late I have learned a lot about the difference between myself and anyone with political power. When I was a firing officer on the base, with a secret clearance, I spent many hours dealing with classified material. Had I even one time disclosed . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Howards still in trouble

Ridgecrest citizens, your neighbor Dale Howard and his wife are still getting jerked over big time by the city’s minion of vengeance, the court-appointed receiver, under the direct advisement of the Ridgecrest Police Department. Don’t believe the report of the supposed solution to this debacle . . . Read Full Story >>

In the Loop: July brings food, festivals, fireworks

In the Loop: July brings food, festivals, fireworks

By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL July means fireworks and a whole lot more in this month’s roundup of tips for short hops to nearby destinations and longer trips in California and the Southwest. July Fourth fireworks can take you all over, from South Lake Tahoe (southlaketahoe.com) . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: ‘Time to step up and lead’

The city’s FY17 budget briefing shows the city’s primary budgetary problem is a serious lack of revenue. The city brief shows that other cities our size have twice the revenue. During the latest budget hearings, the council and staff spent hours belaboring where to spend . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Kelly’s Closet helps WACOM

Recently Kelly’s Closet, an upscale women’s clothing store in Ridgecrest, closed its doors for the last time, dealing a great loss to our downtown shopping district. Mary Kelly generously donated all her remaining stock to the China Lake WACOM Thrift Shop Boutique. Hundreds of these . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Comments on ‘People Control’

The program to bring thousands more Muslims into America will definitely create a minimum of hundreds of people who will devote their lives to blowing us to hell and earning a seat in paradise. I do not find any reason for this action except that . . . Read Full Story >>

Star Gazing: Long days make for late-night viewings

Star Gazing: Long days make for late-night viewings

By ROGER BROWER, China Lake Astronomica Society The China Lake Astronomical Society will hold its next meeting Monday, July 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the Maturango Museum. Please note the date change, caused by the Fourth of July holiday. The next star party will beon . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Disheartened about Measure F

It’s disheartening to me that Measure F, a minimal (one eighth of a cent) and dedicated sales tax to be used only for Kern County libraries, didn’t pass. I can’t remember meeting anyone in Ridgecrest who opposed it. Rather, people I met were very positive . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: City deficit must be addressed

The $819,000 deficit projected by the draft Ridgecrest budget may be the tip of the iceberg. The real number may be closer to $1.5 million, and that’s with reduced road funding. Non-Measure-L-related general fund expenses have increased by almost a million dollars in recent years. . . . Read Full Story >>

A Review: CLOTA’s ‘Rumpelstiltskin’ is fun for all ages

A Review: CLOTA’s ‘Rumpelstiltskin’ is fun for all ages

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Community Light Opera and Theatre Association’s latest production, “Rumpelstiltskin Is My Name,” opened last weekend when it was received with warm laughter by an audience of all ages. The fun take on the familiar Brothers Grimm fairy . . . Read Full Story >>

Water Wisdom: State board agrees to leave conservation to local agencies

By DON ZDEBA, IWV?Water District General Manager The “Godzilla” El Niño that had been predicted for California this past winter did not treat the state equitably. While reservoirs in Northern California filled to the point where water has been released due to concerns about flooding, . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: ‘Do you want to be next?’

How would you like to get an e-mail like this: “Hello Mr. Howard, As you remember, the deadline for all occupants of your house to relocate is one week from today: June 21. After that date, we will inspect the properties to ensure compliance and . . . Read Full Story >>