To the Editor: Praises local gym

For the past 60 years I have been a member of approximately eight gyms. I have never seen a gym such as In Shape, with its wide variety of equipment and programs, but more importantly its members. Many members are young or middle aged, but . . . Read Full Story >>

Real Estate: Are you prequalified or preapproved?

By CLINT FREEMAN, Coldwell Banker Best Realty When buyers get the itch and inspiration to shop for a home, they want to know what homes are for sale on the market. Today’s shoppers commonly go online to search. Others will jump up and contact a . . . Read Full Story >>

Astronomy Column

Astronomy Column

By ROGER BROWER The next meeting of the China Lake Astronomical Society will be held on March 3, at the Maturango Museum, 100 East Las Flores, at 7:30 p.m. The April program will be on an astronomy-related topic. The first star party of the year . . . Read Full Story >>



By Donna McCrohan Rosenthal Just out this week, Ben Tarnoff’s “The Bohemians” delivers sweep, rivalry, conflict, triumph, shimmering detail and unforgettable characters, set against an historic backdrop and composed with consummate style. But Tarnoff has not given us a novel. Not at all. Subtitled “Mark . . . Read Full Story >>

In the Garden: Is it really spring?

By WANDA CHURCH Garden columnist After the abrupt end of winter, from all appearances it really is spring. Catkins are on the mulberry trees, tulips and flowering trees are in bloom, the days are warm, doves are nesting and gardeners are busy outdoors and sneezing. . . . Read Full Story >>


By Donna McCrohan Rosenthal Four-time Emmy nominee, stand-up comic and comedy writer Carol Leifer combines humor, insider anecdotes and memoirs with motivational advice in “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Crying: Lessons from a Life in Comedy” (B&W photos, 240 pages, hardcover, Quirk Books, . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Urgent action needed on water

I find it amazing that we as a society allow our politicians to continue to ring up the national debt without taking significant affective action. It doesn’t require an advanced degree in economics to know that continued deficit spending is unsustainable. The apparent sense of . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Desert landowner speaks out

We all now know that our IWV “Water Tank,” just cracked before now has, with all the new farming, a major leak. While I am thirsty to discover what was behind the brilliant move to zone 26,000 acres of our desert for agriculture... the real . . . Read Full Story >>


Review by: Donna McCrohan Rosenthal It seems natural or at least entirely conventional to outfit little boys in blue and little girls in pink. But as American Studies professor Jo B. Paoletti explains in “Pink and Blue” (photos, indexed, 170 pages, paperback, Indiana University Press, . . . Read Full Story >>

Travel Column

DONNA McCROHAN ROSENTHAL This March has travel treats galore whether you prefer museums, plays, quilting or a nontraditional Lady Macbeth. For suggestions on what to do about it, consider this month’s roundup of tips for short hops to nearby attractions and longer trips around the . . . Read Full Story >>

From the Nation’s Capitol

By U.S. REP KEVIN McCARTHY When faced with opposing views, rather than working across the aisle, this administration has emboldened its position and employed a winner-take-all attitude to silence its critics. The tactics have the effect of grossly infringing on the First Amendment rights of . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Questions company’s water figures

At the recent meeting of concerned IWV water users, Mojave Pistachios, LLC, presented a paper challenging data presented in the Todd Report. A MP representative stated that the company has 1,600 acres in pistachio production, which according to MP figures will use 10,000 acre-feet of . . . Read Full Story >>

Astronomy Column: Society to host guest speaker

By ROGER BROWER The next China Lake Astronomical Society meeting will be held on March 3 at the Maturango Museum at 100 E. Las Flores Ave. at 7:30 p.m. Michael Strecker, a physician in Los Angeles who became interested in astrophotography in the mid 1980s, . . . Read Full Story >>

Water Watch:20-Gallon Challenge

By DON ZDEBA IWV Water District general manager On Jan. 17, Governor Jerry Brown issued a drought proclamation urging all Californians to reduce their water use by 20 percent. The fact that we in the Indian Wells Valley do not feel the immediate impact of . . . Read Full Story >>


Review by Donna McCrohan Rosenthal Carmen Richardson Rutlen’s “Dancing Naked…in Fuzzy Red Slippers” (204 pages, Cypress House, hardcover, 2004, $21.95) explores personal challenges in chapters about family and friends, today’s world, relationships, God, and the miscellaneous trapping that make up our existence. She introduces the . . . Read Full Story >>

A review: S.F. Munich Trio — timeless beauty

Linda Saholt

By LINDA SAHOLT, News Review Correspondent Our deepest feelings are expressed only as music. Have you ever found tears running down your face because you heard music so beautiful you had no words? Driving home after the Indian Wells Valley Concert Association’s Feb. 20 concert . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Pack 341 Thanks Sierra Lanes

We would like to publicly thank the owners, Mike Ferguson of Sierra Lanes in Ridgecrest for supporting Cub Scout Pack 341. Special thanks to Joe Barnes, who provided an excellent tour of the bowling alley, answered many technical questions received from the scouts and for . . . Read Full Story >>

Remembering Marcia Thigpen

Remembering Marcia Thigpen

Marcia Thigpen, who died earlier this month, taught German at Burroughs High School for 43 years. She served thousands of students over the years, teaching them the language and sharing her knowledge of the German culture, but also caring about their lives and making them . . . Read Full Story >>



“Hoax: Hitler’s Diaries, Lincoln’s Assassins, and Other Famous Frauds” (by Edward Steers Jr., photos, indexed, 235 pages, hardcover, University Press of Kentucky, 2013, $24.95) begins with a pipe bomb exploding. “It happened in less than a second. The inside of the car erupted in a . . . Read Full Story >>

Real Estate

By CLINT FREEMAN Coldwell Banker Best Realty Ridgecrest’s housing market is slowly waking up from the coolness of the winter months. November and December of 2013 each saw only a total of 20 site-built homes sold, compared to 24 sold just last month in January . . . Read Full Story >>