Astronomy Column: Earth2Sky Calculus up for discussion

By ROGER BROWER The next meeting of the China Lake Astronomical Society will be held on Aug. 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the Maturango Museum. The program will feature Dr. Tony Phillips and some of his Bishop High School students, who will talk about their . . . Read Full Story >>

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

By Donna McCrohan Rosenthal “Princesses Behaving Badly: Real Stories from History – Without the Fairy-Tale Endings” (Linda Rodri-guez McRobbie, indexed, 304 pages, Quirk Books, hardcover, 2013, $19.95) puts a realistic spin on the make-believe sugarcoated princess stereotype. Considering princesses from all over the globe and . . . Read Full Story >>

Guest Column: What about the supply side?

By JIM SIMMONS With all the innovations, breakthroughs and encouraging new legislation regarding water supply, it is troubling to behold a recent Los Angeles Times editorial calling for more government coercion on citizens without mention of more supply (July 11, 2014, “Before the taps go . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Ridgecrest is such a nice town

I came from Apple Valley to visit my grandparents for the week. Tonight, after having dinner at Farris’ Italian Gardens, we were stopped at a sobriety checkpoint. This was the first one I have ever been through in my 14 years. This must be why . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Our future is at stake … Why me?

Why would a Ridgecrest councilmember spend six hours in travel and meeting time just to testify for six minutes before the Department of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources? After all, last I checked we have no oil production within the city of Ridgecrest sphere of . . . Read Full Story >>

Real Estate

By CLINT FREEMAN Coldwell Banker Best Realty Setting a correct price for a home is critical in getting it sold. Now that the spring buying rush seems to have settled down in the local market, sellers need to consider once again their list price. If . . . Read Full Story >>

In the Loop

By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL Fireworks, food, freebies and a concert series dominate this month’s roundup of travel and transportation tips for short hops to nearby events and longer trips around the state. Down below at the Hollywood Bowl, the LA Phil continues its summer season . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Thanks Rotary for talent show

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Rotary Club of Indian Wells Valley for the recent talent show that raised funds for the hospice at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital. A very special thanks goes to Alana Stein who organized and coordinated the show. She . . . Read Full Story >>

Editorial: A legacy of patriotism brings poignance to Fourth of July

For the Most Patriotic City in America, there are few times of the year more poignant and culturally unifying than July 4. In celebrating America’s 238th anniversary, virtually anywhere we look carries the visible signs of our love for country. The heart of this force . . . Read Full Story >>

Words on water

Since Gov. Jerry Brown declared a statewide drought emergency Jan. 17 this year and called on Californians to cut their water use by 20 percent, we now have information from a survey conducted by the state Water Resources Control Board that finds statewide urban water . . . Read Full Story >>

Astronomy Column: Star party held next month

By ROGER BROWER The next meeting of the China Lake Astronomical Society will be held July 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Maturango Museum. A star party will be held July 25, with viewing beginning at 9 p.m. July Celestial Calendar: 1. Venus remains in . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Cleanup supporters thanked

Ridge Project would like to thank Waste Management for providing large trash bins and setting up and hauling away at several cleanups. We would also like to thank Be the Church for their cleanup of the VFW and Norma Street north of Ridgecrest Boulevard, and . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Concerned about overdraft

I’m writing this because I am becoming concerned by the lack of awareness on the part of numerous residents of IWV in regards to our critically overdrafted aquifer.  I recently talked to a Ridgecrest businessman who seemed to be totally ignorant of the condition. Using forecasted . . . Read Full Story >>

Guest Editorial: Bringing community gardening to life

By SKIP?GORMAN We have a local Community Garden — did you know that? It is located just “behind” (north of) City Hall. Because it is “out of sight” it is also “out of mind,” so not enough people have occasion to wander back there and . . . Read Full Story >>

Ridge Writers on Books: ‘Barnstormer Jim and the Golden Age of Aviation’

Elizabeth Babcock

For many years Ridgecrest residents cheered Al Christman’s appearance as a grizzled miner leading his burro Chris in Desert Empire Fair parades. We also appreciated and ad-mired him for his histories of China Lake and his biography of Rear Adm. Deke Parsons. When Al died . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Humane Society thanks WACOM

I am writing on behalf of the IWV Humane Society to thank the WACOM Thrift Shop for its recent donation of funds to support our activities to help the animals here in the Ridgecrest area.  The Humane Society strives to educate the public about proper care . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Supports economic development

I was recently pleased to see new interest by some Ridgecrest City Council members and some local citizens regarding economic development. The need for economic development is obvious just by looking at the number of vacant commercial buildings, vacant residential buildings, the condition of our . . . Read Full Story >>

BOOK REVIEW: RIDGE WRITERS ON BOOKS

By Donna McCrohan Rosenthal The American Cancer Society has produced numerous excellent publications over the years. Two highlighted at the recent BEA Book Expo demand special attention. “What To Eat During Cancer Treatment: 100 Great-Tasting, Family-Friendly Recipes to Help You Cope” (by Jeanne Besser et. . . . Read Full Story >>

Consortium offers huge potential

By JAMES SIMMONS, News Review Columnist The China Lake High Tech Consortium now has more than 500 members in 19 states. Its role is to champion the synergies and advances that can be achieved by finding and matching up institutions whose technology needs and problems . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Fair plans fund-raising concert

A number of people have asked me how they can help the Desert Empire Fair, knowing that California fairs have lost all their state funding. On July 4, we are having a “Help Our Fair” concert featuring the Steve Hill Band at 5:30 p.m. in . . . Read Full Story >>