To the Editor: Mayor highlights street repairs

There have been what seem to be constant street repairs inside the city of Ridgecrest. The most visible and what appears to be of the greatest concern is China Lake Boulevard. It seems this “never-ending project” will never end. Caltrans and its contractor are still . . . Read Full Story >>

Guest Editorial: What can we do to save water in drought?

Guest Editorial: What can we do to save water in drought?

By JENNIFER KEEP, IWV Water District CFO On Jan. 17, 2014, Gov. Jerry Brown proclaimed a drought state of emergency and called on Californians to reduce their usage by 20 percent. We are now in the fourth year of minimal precipitation with no end in . . . Read Full Story >>

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL The American Bar Association has developed a wonderfully interesting and very readable collection of books such as “The Little Book of Elvis Law” (Cecil C. Kuhne III, 2013, 152 pages), “The Little Book of Coffee Law” (Carol Robertson, 2010, 284 pages), . . . Read Full Story >>

Guest Editorial

By KEVIN MCCARTHY, House Majority Leader “They act like they have an unlimited purse.” No, not the LA.A. Dodgers. Instead, that’s a Southern California resident talking about Democrat leaders in Sacramento and Washington and their wilfully blind support of the flawed California High-Speed Rail project. . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Zdeba clarifies Fitch findings

This press release is intended to provide clarification of the statement that appeared in the recently published Fitch Ratings press release that our water supply “is adequate for the next few decades.” IWVWD has been accused by some of unnecessarily scaring residents and we wish . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Comments on IWV aquifer

As I understand it, the county has the authority to limit your actions on property that you, at least in theory, own.  I believe that this authority is in place to eliminate possible threats to adjoining properties or damage to other community values.  (See for . . . Read Full Story >>

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL The book industry’s leading U.S. trade show just wrapped up in New York, revealing likely blockbusters, new developments and some old trends that have shown heartening resurgence. So this week, instead of a book review you get an update straight from . . . Read Full Story >>

Off the Shelf

By CHARISSA WAGNER, Children’s Librarian Summer is here and with it comes the daily question, “What should we do today?” The Ridgecrest Branch Library’s Summer Reading Challenge is a reading incentive program featuring lots of fun events for kids of all ages. This year’s theme . . . Read Full Story >>

Preteen courses offer summer fun at the museum

Preteen courses offer summer fun at the museum

Submitted by ELAINE ILEY Maturango Museum Is your child already bored with the endless days of summer? The Maturango Museum dDocents have just the answer! The docents are offering three summer classes in June at the museum. “Critters from the Inside Out” will be offered . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Says goodbye to CLOTA

I just want to say good bye to all the Community Light Opera and Theatre Association members and theatergoers I have had the pleasure of meeting since 1994. Lots of fun and good memories I will always have from volunteering. Try it – you might . . . Read Full Story >>

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL A gifted storyteller and a fine artist have combined their talents to create this comforting children’s tale about understanding grief. Author Tiffany Papageorge has a 25-year history in performance arts with CBS and Disney and in theatrical engagements. She also works . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: George Washington comes to town!

Hear ye, hear ye, hear ye, all citizens of Ridgecrest, Inyokern, China Lake and beyond. Come and meet the first president of these great United States, George Washington, and this companions, contemporary citizens and fellow statesman. You have five dates available, which are June 4, . . . Read Full Story >>

Summer of Movie Magic

Summer of Movie Magic

By NICK ROGERS Hello, good neighbors! Most of you know me from my main hang-out — Ridgecrest’s Historic USO Building. I volunteer at that venerable community meeting place for a variety of events and am currently serving a second term as a director, and as . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month

June is Adopt A Shelter Cat Month. For one month only, the IWV Humane Society will pay the entire adoption fees for cats and kittens at the Ridgecrest Animal Shelter. The adoption application process will be followed as usual, but once an application is approved, . . . Read Full Story >>

In the Loop

In the Loop

By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL June, spring-into-summer and plentiful sun put California in an especially engaging light with fun ranging from plays to festivals. Plan on visiting favorites and perhaps discovering unexpected treasures from this roundup of tips for short hops to nearby destinations and longer . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Maybe it’s entropy

I think that I may have found a clue.   The physicists have been saying for years that entropy of the universe is increasing. Effectively this says that the universe is moving toward increased disorder.  A tremendous amount of thermodynamics supports this. Well, applying that principle . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Offers rebuttal to editorial

In the May 22, 2015, issue of the News Review, the editorial opinion actually says: “We have all heard the mantra that if your product is not growing, it is dying.” In an area where the resource of water is being used in a grossly unsustainable . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Thanks WACOM for donation

I am writing on behalf of the Indian Wells Valley Humane Society to thank the WACOM Thrift Shop for the May 12 donation of funds to support programs to help animals here in the Ridgecrest area. The Humane Society strives to educate the public about . . . Read Full Story >>

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL John W. Robinson tells an amazing and rarely told story about Los Angeles in the years leading up to the Civil War. He explains that Northern California leaned toward Union interests while Southern California, whose white settlers hailed largely from Texas . . . Read Full Story >>

Star gazing

Star gazing

By ROGER BROWER The China Lake Astronomical Society will hold its monthly astronomy program on Monday, June 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Maturango Museum. The next star party will be held Friday, June 19. Signs will be out at 8:30 p.m., with viewing beginning . . . Read Full Story >>