Water confusion due  in part to poor policies and communication

Water confusion due in part to poor policies and communication

By STAN RAJTORA, News Review Guest Columnist There is much confusion and frustration regarding local water issues – due partly to poor IWV Groundwater Authority communications and due partly to poor Kern County land use policy. The upcoming election is critical to reduce both the . . . Read Full Story >>

Hot summer housing market

Hot summer housing market

By CLINT FREEMAN Ridgecrest has seen some hot summer days in 2020 and hopefully the heat is behind us. Along with a few scorching days came a housing market that burned through new records of local highs. The brisk activity is being felt statewide and . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Supports replenishment fee

I support the Basin Replenishment fee recently passed by the Groundwater Sustainability Agency. I am grateful to Councilman Hayman and to other GA directors who exercised political courage and cast votes to pass it. This is a pivotal time. Many recent high quality studies identify . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: ‘In light of revelations’

Following the revelation, in 1998 that then-President Bill Clinton had a sexual liaison with a young, female intern, the publisher of the News Review demanded that he resign from office, citing his alleged immorality and lack of integrity. In light of recent revelations that President . . . Read Full Story >>

Impacts of IWVGA fees

Impacts of IWVGA fees

By DON ZDEBA, IWVWD general mgr. The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority has taken actions recently with regards to fees that will affect customers of the Indian Wells Valley Water District. These are pass-through fees implemented by the Authority. Though they will appear on your . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: ‘We have a triple threat’

Wake up people, while you still have the chance. Most of you do not realize right now we have a triple threat. Not just the pandemic, but the smoke. Kernville you can cut it with a knife until 2-3 p.m. With the South Lake fire . . . Read Full Story >>

Looking for a nearby Labor Day getaway?

Looking for a nearby Labor Day getaway?

Rebecca Neipp

While COVID-related travel restrictions may put a damper on your plans to escape this Labor Day Weekend, there are plenty of places to explore that are close enough for a day trip. And many of these still offer relative respite from our scorching temperatures (check . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Tales Along El Camino Sierra Three!’

‘Tales Along El Camino Sierra Three!’

By David & Gayle Woodruff, B&W photos, 143 pgs., paperback, El Camino Sierra Publishing, 2020, $10.95 ———————— By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL On the heels of two engaging collections of Hwy 395 legends and lore, the Woodruffs have produced 39 more tales ranging from delightful to . . . Read Full Story >>

Searching for silver linings

Searching for silver linings

“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” – Desmond Tutu ———————— I know Distance Learning is exhausting for everyone, but I wanted to share a poignant moment from this morning. All of our band kids start school . . . Read Full Story >>

County clerk answers election FAQs

County clerk answers election FAQs

Mary Bedard, Kern County Auditor-Controller-Clerk, recently provided the following responses to frequently asked questions about the upcoming Nov. 3 General Election. ———————— Q. Will there be poll sites on Nov. 3? A. Kern County will have as many poll sites in November as in the . . . Read Full Story >>

Planets on the move in Sept.

By ROGER BROWER The China Lake Astronomical Society will hold its next club meeting, scheduled for Monday, Sept. 7, via zoom. (See contact information, at the end of this column, to reach out to a member for more detail.) The September star party has been . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Regrets supporting Hayman

I apologize to the people of Ridgecrest, who I publicly made statements of support to on behalf of Scott Hayman’s campaign for City Council in 2018. At the time I was lead to believe that he would be a firm voice for the type of . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Searles responds to GA vote

The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority held a public hearing Aug. 21 to determine the results of a Proposition 218 protest vote and assess the community’s opposition to the authority’s proposed Replenishment Fee. Despite significant opposition expressed by community members participating in today’s hearing, the . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Water board opposes fee

I have been authorized by the Indian Wells Valley Water District’s Board of Directors to send this letter on behalf of the district. Initially, the board supports the acquisition of imported water as a component of achieving sustainability in the IWV aquifer to provide a . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Questions GA’s authority

The Indian Wells Valley Ground Water Authority is nothing more than a glorified multi-government study group under California. Law that was authorized only to submit a proposed plan to the State for approval to deal with the claimed overdraft of water in the IWV. The . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: CLA supports GA fee

The China Lake Alliance is a community based non-profit organization that supports, informs and advocates for the Navy mission at China Lake and the community where the workforce resides. This letter expresses our support for the pending decision by the IWVGA to adopt a Basin . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Opposes GA fee

We wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for meeting with us last week along with the other city officials. We appreciate your time. The Ridgecrest Area Association of Realtors wants to be very clear. We understand that our water issue needs to be . . . Read Full Story >>

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL The newest title in the children’s Wilcox and Griswold Mystery series, “The Case of the Bad Apples” pits policemouse Detective Wilcox and his boss Captain Griswold against whoever tried to poison Porcini the pig. Porcini lives on a farm with over . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: ‘In God we trust’

When our children were small, we’d say, “In God we trust” every time one of us would find a coin — something I showed them was inscribed on all our money. I’d hide several coins where I knew they’d be found; not so the money . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: ‘Never trust the government’

Welcome to the Socialist Republic of California with a self-appointed dictator Gavin Newsom . A man who continues to take unconstitutional and unlawful actions regarding his COVID-19 orders, requiring the wearing of masks, people must stay at home and businesses must close. He has no . . . Read Full Story >>