REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

By Donna McCrohan Rosenthal True to this treasure’s subtitle, former NASA roboticist and creator of the webcomic “xkcd” Randall Monroe provides “Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypo-thetical Ques-tions” through clever discussion, graphs, maps, diagrams, and cartoons. The fun starts on the back cover that reveals, . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: music group thanks WACOM

Last week the Ridgecrest Chamber Music Society was one of the recipients of outreach funds distributed by WACOM to local nonprofit organizations. We appreciate WACOM’s generous support of our organization and the many other local nonprofit organizations in the Indian Wells Valley. The statistics on . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editorial: Consultants rebut published excerpt

As the authors of the Indian Wells Valley Water District report, “Results of the 1996 Southwest Well Field Aquifer Test Program,” we were dismayed to see our report cited out of context in an apparent attempt to downplay the significance of the long-term groundwater supply . . . Read Full Story >>

BHS’s ’Peter Pan’ is fun for all ages

BHS’s ’Peter Pan’ is fun for all ages

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Dozens of teenage girls (and a handful of boys) stormed the Burroughs High School Performing Arts Center stage as the cast of J.M. Barrie’s “Peter Pan” last weekend. With an enthusiastic cast of nearly 40 students, most all . . . Read Full Story >>

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

By Donna McCrohan Rosenthal Cookbooks come out every year. You leaf through them and find sound advice and pleasing recipes and say, “I like this. I’ll try these. Happy day.” But you don’t often drop your jaw with delight. Prepare to change that. “Yummy Supper: . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Appreciates local animal shelter

Nov.  2-8, 2014, marked National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week, an event sponsored by the  Humane Society of the United States in recognition of the lifesaving services provided by animal shelters, including our own Ridgecrest Animal Shelter. The employees and volunteers at our local animal shelter work hard . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Petroglyph tours closed

The most current information about the petroglyph tours advertised as part of the Ridgecrest Petroglyph Festival is that the tours are full and closed. There are NO spaces left on petroglyph tours for either the upcoming festival or the end of the Maturango Museum’s regular . . . Read Full Story >>

In the Loop

By DONNA MCCROHAN-ROSENTHAL This November offers the best of two seasons, as you can see in this roundup of tips for short hops to nearby destinations and longer trips in California and elsewhere in the Southwest. To the west in Paso Robles on Saturday evening . . . Read Full Story >>

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL “First came shapes, colors, and sounds,” writes Stevanne Auer-bach, PhD, to describe a child’s earliest awareness of discovery. “Then there were toys.” This is how she opens the expanded and updated 4th edition of “Dr. Toy’s Smart Play Smart Toys: How . . . Read Full Story >>

Guest Editorial: Reflections on SpaceShipTwo tragedy

By FREDRICK GARY HARELAND As we have been recently reminded by the catastrophic loss of SpaceShip Two, a real tragedy with the death of one of its test pilots and serious injury of the other, manned spaceflight is an inherently dangerous activity rife with risk. . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: City needs right attitude

Attitude – that is what we need to remember. First and foremost, we live in the desert. Celebrate it; don’t try to overcome it. It is beautiful, it is unique and it sets us apart. Desert-style architecture, landscaping, medians and activities are part of it. . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Comments on weather change

The weather is changing! Big surprise — it has been changing for a very long time (we used to have a lake nearby), and it will be changing long after we are gone. We can’t stop a hurricane, tornado or shucks even a whirlwind, just . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Questions county outcome

I attended the Kern County Supervisors’ meeting of Oct. 28, 2014. After hearing all of the presentations and Supervisor Gleason’s recommendation, I’m left with a major question: Let me see if I have this straight ... All the residents of the IWV are faced with . . . Read Full Story >>

The Other Side of the Story: Tests contradict Todd Report assumption

The following are excerpts of test results prepared by Krieger & Stewart, Incorporated, a consultant to the Indian Wells Valley Water District. The summary and recommendations relate to the 1996 Southwest Well Field Aquifer Test Program. The results of this test coincide with anecdotal observations . . . Read Full Story >>

From the State Capitol

By ASSEMBLYWOMAN SHANNON GROVE With its moderate climate, rich natural resources, and expansive coastline, the Golden State has its clear advantages. Yet elected state government leaders seem eager to see just how much Californians are willing to pay for these amenities. Whether it be higher . . . Read Full Story >>

Astronomy watch

By ROGER BROWER, China Lake Astronomical Society The China Lake Astronomical Society will present its monthly astronomy program on Monday, Nov. 3, at 7:30 p.m. at the Maturango Museum. The monthly star party is planned for Friday, Nov. 21. The signs will be out at . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Fair manager thanks supporters

First of all I would like to thank the entire community for a very successful 2014 Desert Empire Fair. We set attendance records on Saturday evening in addition to having exceptional attendance the entire run of the fair. Without the community’s support, we would not . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Endorses Howard, Jenkins, Witt

The typical election season campaigning is in full swing for the Mayor and City Council positions — all standard stuff, no need for me to elaborate. What is important is for voters to be informed and carefully consider what candidates have a hope to represent them . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Gratitude for Grove and others

In the middle of September, I came home to a PG&E shut-off notice tucked into my door. The company had shut off my gas due to a small leak it found. I would need a permit from the state of California before work could begin . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Dissatisfied with city government

During the past several years, I have watched as our city government became less and less responsive to the needs and concerns of Ridgecrest residents. We have continued to elect individuals to the city council who make expedient decisions but fail to consider long-run implications. . . . Read Full Story >>