To the Editor: Comments on water rights

The following is taken from “A Primer on California Water Rights,” prepared by Gary W. Sawyers, Esq.: “Each overlying user has a right in the common supply, and the exercise of that right entitles each to make a reasonable use of the water for the . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Supports BLM’s sheep grazing

Regarding the article “Grazing could threaten wildflowers” published in the March 20 News Review, I would like to provide some support for the grazing. At this time, the flowers will be on the wane and will have come to maturity by producing and spreading their . . . Read Full Story >>

Letter on water sustainability

Kern County Supervisors Indian Wells Valley Water District Directors Ridgecrest City Council Inyokern Community Services District Directors California’s new groundwater sustainability law (SB 1168) requires our valley to stop overdrafting its aquifer. Since we currently draw about four times our natural recharge (Todd engineers’ report, . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Emphasizes risk awareness

The controlled message regarding abortion, “A woman has the right to choose,” has been around so long it has become cliché. Now, with the advent of social media, young people are tapping into messages that can no longer be controlled, and even major publications have . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor and Members of the Indian Wells Valley Water Board:

It has come to my attention that there is interest to hear some of the students competing in the MD-4 California Lions Clubs Student Speakers Contest. The topic this year is “Water conservation — how can we reduce, recycle and reclaim?” This topic was the . . . Read Full Story >>

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL Here in the Indian Wells Valley, we take our wildflower books seriously, and they may account for the most frequently consulted volumes on our shelves. We therefore look not just for content, but also for a sturdy product meant for rugged . . . Read Full Story >>

Words on Water

Words on Water

By DON ZDEBA, IWV?Water District General Manager We are barely three months into 2015 and already there has been much happening in the realm of water, both locally and statewide. It has been a disappointing winter with respect to precipitation. California’s latest snow survey revealed . . . Read Full Story >>

Guest Editorial: What water crisis?

If you listen to many people in this valley, you would think that we currently have a water crisis. Nearly every week you will see a letter to the editors of local newspapers from residents who think that tomorrow they will turn on their tap . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Comments on water management

Having attended all the local Ridgecrest meetings to date concerning this plan, I submit the following comments on its need to be implemented. 1. This plan has been stated by County Planning to have no effect on improving the Indian Wells Valley aquifer claimed to . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Opposes contracting library services

The fight is on between the Kern County Board of Supervisors and thousands of citizens who use Kern County libraries. The supervisors are determined to rid themselves of those pesky readers; you know, those darn kids who are just learning to read, the jobless looking . . . Read Full Story >>

Real Estate

By CLINT FREEMAN, Coldwell Banker Best Realty Spring is generally perceived as the best time to list a home for sale and the best period of opportunity for buyers to shop for the greatest available deals. The notion is that there are more homes on . . . Read Full Story >>

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

By Donna McCrohan Rosenthal Michelle Raffin began simply enough when she happened upon a bird in need. Before long she had more, then many, then themed aviaries filling her yard. She gave up a Silicon Valley career for a world of glorious winged beauties that . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Concerned about groundwater

Kathy and I attended a meeting at the Inyokern Town Hall that was set up by the local realtors. The handout issued was labeled “Alternative D.” It seems that the realtors wanted some alternative other than that proposed by the Kern County Planning Department. The . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Thanks RRH Foundation for support

I would like to expand on the appreciation expressed in a very thoughtful letter on Feb. 25, to the Ridgecrest Regional Hospital Foundation. In it, Barry A Lowry gave a brief history of the founding of this organization, dating back to the 1980s. Now sadly, . . . Read Full Story >>

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

By Donna McCrohan Rosenthal Route 66 brought dream-seekers to California during the Great Depression and afterward. Though “The Mother Road” remains, it plays a secondary role to the interstate, and most of its favorite structures long ago went the way of the buffalo. Books and . . . Read Full Story >>

Off the Shelf

By CHARISSA WAGNER, Children’s Librarian Besides our usual variety of activities (preschool storytime, Lego Club, youth and teen book discussion group, family movie afternoon, teen activity and adult discussion group), the Ridgecrest Branch Library has two really exciting programs coming up: 1) Tribute to Dr. . . . Read Full Story >>

In the Loop

In the Loop

By DONNA McCROHAN ROSENTHAL Unlike much of the rest of the country, we have beautiful weather to enhance our travels – not that we need more enticement. Indulge your own favorite getaway schemes, or find ideas in this roundup of tips for short hops to . . . Read Full Story >>

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

By Donna McCrohan Rosenthal Written and produced by the California Cultural & Historical Endowment with assistance from the Center for California Studies at California State University, Sacramento, “Preserving Califor-nia’s Treasures” reveals our state’s geographic richness and unfolding saga through nearly 150 projects funded by the . . . Read Full Story >>


An increasing number of open forums regarding land use, dust control and water consumption; a plethora of incompatible directives and incongruous information about how best to manage local resources; and conflicting mandates from state, county and federal levels have left local residents in a fog . . . Read Full Story >>

A Review

A Review

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Not a single body was still in the Burroughs High School Parker Performing Arts Center last Thursday, Feb. 19, as the audience clapped and stamped along to the sounds of old Napoli provided by musical ensemble “O Sole . . . Read Full Story >>