A Review: Local composer debuts exquisite new music

By DR. LAWRENCE N. COSNER JR. News Review Correspondent It was my privilege last Saturday evening to experience one of the most charming, beautiful and moving chamber concerts I’ve ever attended, listening to original compositions of local son, Patrick Rindt. It is not hyperbole to . . . Read Full Story >>

A Review: Garner and company ‘blow all our blues away’

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer I was standing beside myself with disbelief when I heard James Garner was coming to town. I then recovered once I realized it wasn’t that James Garner (seeing as how the legendary actor passed in 2014), but was . . . Read Full Story >>

Serendipity from NCIBA

Serendipity from NCIBA

By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL Last month’s NCIBA (Northern California Independent Booksellers Association) Discovery Show introduced new titles to retail buyers. Among surprises that deserve admiring mention: In “Hypercapitalism” (illus., The New Press, large-format paperback, 240 pgs., 2018, $19.95), bestselling cartoonist Larry Gonick and psychologist Tim . . . Read Full Story >>

What marijuana ban  means for Kern County

What marijuana ban means for Kern County

By MICK GLEASON, Kern County 1st District Supervisor On Nov. 9, 2016, California voters passed the “Adult Use of Marijuana Act”, better known as AUMA or Prop 64. This new legislation, which allowed for the commercial cultivation, sale and recreational use of marijuana, was passed . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: ‘A potpourri for the senses’

Saturday night at the Ridgecrest United Methodist Church with Patrick Rindt and Friends was a potpourri for the senses shared by all and evoked from deep within. There was extraordinary talent admired and Edwin Arlington Robinson’s accompaniment into the dark. Ephemeral not! Meaning and emotion . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Other Desert Cities’ brings relevant message to our desert city

‘Other Desert Cities’ brings relevant message to our desert city

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer “I may be a ‘true believer’ but at least I’m not a hypocrite. You moralize, whine and moan, but when push came to shove, you weren’t there...” So speaks Polly, the Wyeth family matriarch from “Other Desert Cities,” . . . Read Full Story >>

Guest Editorial More financial obligations heaped on Californians

By JON COUPAL Fuller, Fong among the few legislators who scored an A-rating by taxpayers association In 2017, the California Legislature launched a sustained and withering assault on middle-class taxpayers. Its victories were numerous and significant: a $75 per document recording tax was approved, affecting . . . Read Full Story >>

Movies to feature holiday classics

By NICK ROGERS Having just wrapped up our very popular “Bogie and Bacall” film series, the Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert gears up for the holidays with four film classics from the legendary Metro Goldwyn Mayer studios. The new series kicks off on . . . Read Full Story >>

Season for friends, family, warmth

By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL November signals the season of family, friends and warmth. Add to those, music, mushrooms and amazement. Find new favorites in this roundup of tips for short hops to nearby destinations throughout California. To the northwest, the Annual Mendocino County Mushroom, Wine . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Urges GSA to take action

It is easy to show, using consumption figures based on agricultural acreage and UC Davis-supplied consumption per acre for pistachios and alfalfa, that ag is the major consumer here in the IWV. In fact, it is easy to show that ag consumes about 2.5-3 times . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Concerned about GA progress

I attended a meeting the other night and present were members of the GSA, and a quorum of TAC and PAC members. The meeting lasted 4 hrs. and part of the discussion was whether the PAC and TAC meetings could consider things not dictated by . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Calls for improved intersection

We tragically lost a father and outstanding local resident of our community because of a dangerous condition at the intersection of Bowman road and Highway 395. Cal trans has already made one major improvement by putting in two rows of bump strips before you get . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Urges ban on cannabis

Myself, Acting Police Chief Jed McLaughlin, and Renee Westa-Lusk weighed in at public meetings on the ban for commercial cannabis. As a fierce advocate for the ban, I spoke out at three different public meetings — one City Council meeting in Ridgecrest, and two public . . . Read Full Story >>

Last star party of 2017 in November

By ROGER BROWER The China Lake Astronomical Society will hold its monthly program Monday, Nov. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Maturango Museum. The last star party of the year will be held Saturday, Nov. 17. Signs will be out at 5:30 p.m., with viewing . . . Read Full Story >>

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL Readers ages 8-12 will find plenty of weird, wild doings in Jack’s encounters with ogres, trolls, elves, and Grim Reapers in M. L. Windsor’s debut novel, just right for Halloween. It came out last year to huge acclaim, and the fan . . . Read Full Story >>



In a scene from the Community Light Opera and Theatre Association’s 1978 production of “Gigi,” Walter Koerschner as Honore and Eleanor Lotee as Mamita sing of tender days gone by. CLOTA pioneers and other friends mourn the loss of Walt, who died Sunday (see obituary, . . . Read Full Story >>

Seven solid reasons to own a home

Seven solid reasons to own a home

By CLINT FREEMAN, Coldwell Banker Best Realty Home ownership is a major goal in life that many seek to achieve. Purchasing, rather than renting, offers a whole array of benefits that are available to only those who choose to receive the keys. If done correctly, . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: ‘Leadership – we need it now’

The local citizens are very eager to get our roads fixed as demonstrated by the passage of both Mea-L and Mea-V. The only remaining challenge to getting the roads fixed is City Council agreement to use Mea-L/V funds on roads rather than the general fund. . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Calls for boycott of NFL

I’m calling for a national boycott of the NFL for Sunday, Nov. 11, Veterans Day weekend. Boycott all football telecasts, all fans, all ticket holders, stay away from attending any games, let them play to empty stadiums. Pass this post along to all your friends . . . Read Full Story >>

RMES presents a carol for all seasons and ages

RMES presents a carol for all seasons and ages

Rebecca Neipp

“A Christmas Carol: The Musical” delivered everything I’ve come to look for in our vibrant community theater scene — a luminescent cast, soaring vocals, toe-tapping dance routines, a pitch-perfect orchestra and a flawless set. It’s a tale so well known it can’t be spoiled — . . . Read Full Story >>