Stranded couple thanks  local BLM rescuers

Stranded couple thanks local BLM rescuers

Janice and Pres Meyers recount their rescue by Bureau of Land Management rangers based out of Ridgecrest on June 19. Rangers braved the mountain road and sheer cliff exposure at night to help the couple recover their wrecked truck camper. The entire account can be . . . Read Full Story >>

July brings some reopenings

By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL July brings us closer to traveling somewhere, though “reopening” has become a mixed bag, as you will see in this round-up of the possibility of short hops and longer trips in the Golden State. How we go has a great deal . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Cites lack of transparency

We are all familiar with the closed session technique used by local agencies to keep the public in the dark. Local agencies now have another technique for limiting access to public information. It is called the COVID-19 fear factor. Both the City Council and the . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Opposes ‘defund police’

First let me state — emphatically — that I do NOT condone what happened to George Floyd. However, neither do I condone the rioting, looting and general mayhem perpetrated by those with less than altruistic motives. After all — what does trashing a store and . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Close call on Highway 14

A near head-on collision going south on Hwy 14 from Inyokern was terrifying! I will briefly give the scenario and some safety suggestions. A few miles south of Inyokern Hwy 14 is divided, then turns into only two lanes, each going a different directions. My . . . Read Full Story >>

The role of monuments in our history, future

The role of monuments in our history, future

As our country grapples with the role that historical monuments play in reminding us of our past, and the influence they have on our future, I allowed my mind to turn to the annual pilgrimage to Manzanar (a virtual “tour,” in order to comply with . . . Read Full Story >>

Museum resumes  summer field trips

Museum resumes summer field trips

By JANET WESTBROOK, Maturango Museum volunteer The Mountains and meadows are calling, and we should go! Seriously, let’s head for the hills! The Kern Plateau Meadows are currently as lush as I’ve ever seen them, and should produce a bunch of nice summer flowers. Due . . . Read Full Story >>

Delta Aquariid comes in July

By ROGER BROWER The China Lake Astronomical Society, depending on the plans to open the Maturango Museum, will hold its next meeting Monday, July 6, at 7:30 p.m. Masks and proper social distancing protocol will be enforced. Because of the risks of sharing equipment, the . . . Read Full Story >>

To The Editor: Idea about temp. housing

It’s been nearly a year since the earthquake that caused some catastrophic damage to facilities at China Lake and elsewhere in the IWV. Now the effort to rebuild and/or construct new facilities is about to get underway. One of the primary considerations of this effort . . . Read Full Story >>

City needs to take initiative with wastewater

The Indian Wells Valley Water District sent a letter to the city of Ridgecrest on May 14 requesting to negotiate for the wastewater generated by the city’s proposed new wastewater treatment facility that has been in the planning stage for several years. A month later, . . . Read Full Story >>

The ‘rich’ history of Cerro Gordo mine

The ‘rich’ history of Cerro Gordo mine

By ELIZABETH BABCOCK News Review Correspondent Of all the tales of riches to be found in the mining history of Inyo County, one of the most fabulous may be told (in many chapters) about Cerro Gordo, which was recently lost to a fire (see related . . . Read Full Story >>

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books — ‘The Power of Positive Aging’

By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL Just out this month and subtitled “Successfully Coping with the Inconveniences of Aging,” this fearless, fact-filled, and compassionate guide both confirms and confronts the adage “Growing old is not for sissies.” As a stage-three cancer survivor, Dr. Lereah learned valuable lessons . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: More on the secretive city

Our city has quietly gutted their responsibilities for communication, transparency and accountability to the citizens of Ridgecrest for decades. Three significant examples are the casino that was planned behind closed doors for years, not dealing with critical water overdraft that has been known since the . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Why I oppose Trump

I feel very strongly that voters must vote our current president out of office. Here are some of my reasons why. First, he has rolled back protections for clean water, clean air, clean soil, the Migratory Bird Treaty and the Endangered Species Act and opposed . . . Read Full Story >>

Navigating grief, hope and fear

Navigating grief, hope and fear

It’s been a difficult last couple of weeks. Although the stressful impacts of COVID-19 and ongoing aftershocks continue to rattle the nerves of our community (figuratively and literally), the emotional toll of grappling with the crumbling pillars upon which our society is built has shaken . . . Read Full Story >>

Lions cancels fireworks show, plans for next year

Lions cancels fireworks show, plans for next year

To the Editor: Fellow community members and members of the surrounding communities of Ridgecrest, the Ridgecrest Lions, Ridgecrest Shoutouts, and the Desert Empire Fairgrounds regretfully and with heavy hearts must announce that due to the county and state regulations of social distancing guidelines, we must . . . Read Full Story >>

Water wise with ‘WaterSmart’

By DON ZDEBA, IWVWD Gen. Mgr. There is a quote attributed to renowned management theorist Peter Drucker to the effect that “what gets measured gets managed.” That is the foundation of the automated metering infrastructure project Indian Wells Valley Water District has recently completed and . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: On the wearing of masks

Let’s be clear – I don’t think anybody wants or likes to wear a mask, but for the greater good, we do (should do) because we realize that these are the new times we currently live in. We all have a choice whether we want . . . Read Full Story >>

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL If ever we needed delights, we surely do now. Ross Gay, National Book Award finalist and Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, set about gathering a year’s worth of them, from his forty-second birthday to his forty-third. These 102 . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Rebuts O’Neil letter

On May 22 a letter stating support for 5G cell technology written by Scott O’Neil on behalf of the IWV EDC (that he is paid to run) was printed. As that letter had numerous ambiguities, incorrect assumptions or misleading statements of fact I would like . . . Read Full Story >>