Why AB 5 will hurt, not help, freelancers

By Kevin McCarthy, House Majority Leader and Vince Fong, California Assembly The following op-ed addresses AB 5, a new bill that forces employers to designate the majority of freelancers or gig workers as employees, thereby removing the allure of flexible work and independence. Hundreds of . . . Read Full Story >>

Strong Kern, strong California

Strong Kern, strong California

By ASSEM. VINCE FONG With the passing of another year comes another string of political failures pushed by out-of-touch Democrats that control Sacramento. The time is now to make our voices heard as we persist in proposing commonsense solutions to the most pressing issues facing . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Trona trustees respond to royalty reduction bill

To the Editor: Trona trustees respond to royalty reduction bill

The following statement was released by Trona Joint Unified School District regarding the proposed “Non-Energy Solid Leasable Mineral Royalty Rate Reduction” regulation. ****** Lately, several members of Congress decided it is their duty to reduce potash royalties paid by soda ash plants in the United . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Roe v. Wade demo set for Jan. 22

What is the most infamous day in American history? What day has resulted in conditions ushering in more death and suffering than all our wars combined? That day was Jan. 22, 1973, with the Supreme Court Roe vs. Wade decision. Since then, about 62 million . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Accuses Peters of political deception

Stimulating healthy dialog about our fragile and partisan local political system is not always easy. Admittedly, I am someone who recently ran for public office in Kern County. That experience introduced me to many of the pronounced deficiencies in our local political arrangements. Sadly, what . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Concerning IWV Groundwater Use

We are told by the local Groundwater Authority and our regional political leaders that there is no way we can conserve our way out of our current groundwater overdraft situation and that we have no alternative but to import water into our valley at great . . . Read Full Story >>

New year, new adventures

By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL Winter arrived, though you can hardly tell around here. If you find yourself seeking more seasonal weather, check out the following in this monthly roundup of tips for short hops and longer trips around California and points east. Or if a . . . Read Full Story >>

2019 home sale highlights

By CLINT FREEMAN, Coldwell Banker As 2019 closes and 2020 begins, it’s a great time to look back over the year to see some of the major trends in our local real estate market. The July 4th and 5th earthquakes shook us but did they . . . Read Full Story >>

BLACKfilm series begins

By NICK ROGERS, HSUMD Happy New Year, good neighbors! It’s hard to believe that the HSUMD Classic Movie Night is entering its 11th year of the presentation of feature films in our beautiful Historic USO Building. Watching these classic films in a communal setting, on . . . Read Full Story >>

‘It’s always something ...’

By DON ZDEBA, IWVWD General Mgr. “It’s always something” are words Gilda Radner, made famous with her character of Roseanne Roseannadanna on Saturday Night Live in the late ’70s. The same can be said for the regulatory world when it comes to water in California. . . . Read Full Story >>

CLAS to honor Earl Wilson

By ROGER BROWER The China Lake Astronomical Society will hold its next meeting on Monday, Jan. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Maturango Museum. We will have a remembrance of Earl Wilson, who passed away recently. We will also have elections of officers and discuss . . . Read Full Story >>

Motivation, inspiration for youngsters

By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL A few recent releases command special attention. “Terrible Times Tables” (Michelle Markel, color art by Merrilee Liddiard, Cameron Kids, hardcover, ages 6-9, 72 pgs., 2019, $17.95) takes its cue from a Victorian math primer. A clever elementary-school tale unfolds through rhyme, . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Challenges Martin claims

I am writing this today because I had a chance to see Wallace Martin’s pitiful attempt at a swan song that is riddled with misinformation and flat-out lies. Let’s start with Martin’s accusation that the litigation was a political attack. First, a lawsuit can only . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Questions cost of election

With respect to discussion on Dec. 4 on the topic of filling the open seat on the Ridgecrest City Council, there was one significant piece of half truth and one of speculation that led the council astray in their perception that night. I would like . . . Read Full Story >>

Looking for an escape? Try Game Vault

Looking for an escape? Try Game Vault

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Are you ready to see how deep the rabbit hole goes? While the escape room at The Game Vault on Balsam Street may not be as mind-bending a journey as Alice’s to Wonderland, it’s probably the next best . . . Read Full Story >>

Kislenko’s piano is exhilarating!

By LAURA LEIGH MONTEREY Welcomed in concert halls around the world, Natasha Kislenko returned to Ridgecrest to play at First Presbyterian Church last Sunday. Making a demure entrance in concert black, Natasha brought us into her world and the music of the evening with introductory . . . Read Full Story >>

USMCA a win for U.S. workers

By KEVIN MCCARTHY House Republican Leader More than a year ago, President Trump sat on the world stage and signed an agreement with the leaders of Canada and Mexico to revolutionize the way we do business with our top trading partners. Today, the United States-Mexico-Canada . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: GA will bankrupt valley

The IWV Groundwater Agency exists to meet the requirements of the State Groundwater Management Act, and should be funded by the state, according to the California Constitution. The agency seems to miss that fact, however, and wants us to pay its bills. It has so . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Martin addresses resignation

Today, I am writing as Wallace Martin, private citizen, since I was unfortunately forced to vacate my position as vice mayor of Ridgecrest, due to what I consider to be a politically motivated lawsuit. In short, Scott Leahy ran against me for council in 2016, . . . Read Full Story >>

Dec. brings Yuletide cheer

By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL December brings Yuletide cheer both near and far. Find festive fun and frolic in this month’s roundup of tips for short hops and longer trips around California Down below in Los Angeles at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, . . . Read Full Story >>