Ridge Writers On Books

(by) Donna McCrohan Rosenthal “Gastro Obscura” by Cecily Wong and Dylan Thuras (color illus., Workman, hardcover, indexed, 438 pages, 2021, $42.50) full-color Just the ticket for anyone who feels trapped at home by travel restrictions and pandemic concerns, “Gastro Obscura: A Food Adventurer’s Guide” handily . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: IWGA trying to end all AG in Indian Wells Valley

To all concerned water users, I became aware yesterday of the Department of Water Resource’s approval of the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP). This GSP is radically different from those proposed in the Southern San Joaquin Valley and sets a dangerous precedent that . . . Read Full Story >>

Editorial: A new unspotted leaf

A new sheet He came to my desk with a quivering lip, the lesson was done. “Have you a new sheet for me, dear teacher? I’ve spoiled this one.” I took his sheet, all soiled and blotted and gave him a new one all unspotted. . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Do you have water rights?

That is the question that will be answered as a result of the Indian Wells Valley (IWV) Water District (WD) lawsuit requesting adjudication. Searles Valley Minerals (SVM) filed a similar suit following the WD’s. Those lawsuits resulted from the Groundwater Authority (GA)’s lack of accountability . . . Read Full Story >>

Major concerns aired on adjudication suit

By Patricia Farris News Review Publisher The agenda Item #4 titled “Discussion regarding the Board of the IWGA” (Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority) dominated the City Council meeting on Wednesday January 5. Since all property owners in the basin were now receiving their copy of . . . Read Full Story >>

Willful Ignorance and Political Denial

Governor Newsom, Twice in the past two weeks you have referred to Kern County as “tragically, the homicide capital of California.” Your comments come in response to pointed questions about smash and grab thefts that are plaguing Los Angeles and San Francisco Counties. Legislation supported . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Legislation and Litigation’

Indian Wells Valley Water District General Manager Don Zdeba – If I were to sum up 2021 with respect to the world of California water it would be two words, legislation and litigation. If the prolonged drought California experienced from 2011 through 2017 taught us . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Record low life behavior at GA meeting

Hold on, you just thought the Groundwater Authority couldn’t go lower ... wrong. On Dec 8 the GA Board began a vindictive action against the Water District due to not being able to stomach the ethical past and current actions of Board member Stan Rajtora. . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: A new year another chance

What it is........A New Year! Another chance. One more look at our hole card. First, go outside and look at the moon. It is a grand sight. In the New Year we hope we might even get a new deal. Shuffle up and deal again. . . . Read Full Story >>

Remembering the real meaning of Christmas

Remembering the real meaning of Christmas

Christina MacGregor News Review Correspondent I love Christmastime- I really do. I enjoy decorating my house with tinsel and holly. I love putting up the garlands on my mantle and setting up my reindeer lights and blow-up Santa on my lawn. The scent of cinnamon . . . Read Full Story >>

Where have all the sellers gone?

Coldwell Banker Best Realty Clint Freeman– Ridgecrest has always been a very transient community, and yet on the other hand there remains a solid veteran population. There are those in the builder generation who arrived here in the 50s, 60s, and 70s to work at . . . Read Full Story >>


Donna McCrohan Rosenthal Ditch post-holiday gloom as we move into January with these dazzling destinations from this month’s roundup of short trips and longer hops throughout the Golden State. But exercise care and caution, and prepare for changes that the pandemic could trigger, including cancellations. . . . Read Full Story >>

There’s no place like home for the holidays

There’s no place like home for the holidays

There is no place like home for the holidays. I’m also convinced that home is where the heart is. We are faced with new challenges in recent days. Families are being required to change plans about being home for the holidays. With the upsurge in . . . Read Full Story >>

GA denies WD of rightful place on GA Board

I was at my shop contorted under the dashboard of my forklift probing for an intermittent voltage path when I remembered about the Groundwater Authority (GA) meeting that I was missing.  Damn!  The GA was going to vote on denying our IWV Water District their . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: All time low, open mic night at City Council

The Groundwater Authority (GA) has reached a new all-time low in civility and decorum. I have attended GA meetings for years, and for years the GA has shown a disdain for the Indian Wells Valley Water District (WD) and it’s representative. Anyone who demonstrates a . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: A thank you to WACOM for generous support

I want to thank WACOM for their generous gift in support of the Ridgecrest Military Banners Program. The program was suspended for a while because we had trouble with raising the Banners. We now have our own Lift Truck and several group members certified to . . . Read Full Story >>

Ridgecrest a loving and caring community

Salvation Army Corps Officer Gina Noble – This community is a stunning circle of giving and receiving. And not just during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season, but every day, here in this dazzling desert. It is no wonder, the lights of this city shine . . . Read Full Story >>

A time to look up and be thankful

It is good that we as a people have set aside a day of Thanksgiving. A day of feasting and celebration, a time of gathering together with family and loved ones, a time to stop and count our blessings and be grateful. This past year . . . Read Full Story >>

In the Loop

(by) Donna McCrohan Rosenthal The holiday season returns with many favorite traditions from years past, as you will see in this month’s round-up of ideas for short hops and trips around the Golden State. Down below in Los Angeles, the Ahmanson Theatre launches its 2021-22 . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Family Resource Center thanks the community

This Thanksgiving holiday, I’m especially grateful to the community of Ridgecrest. I relocated at the beginning of this year to Ridgecrest to open the CAPK (Community Action Partnership of Kern) Oasis Family Resource Center in addition to supporting my spouse’s career. I had no idea . . . Read Full Story >>