Ridge Writers on Books: ‘We, the Jury’

Ridge Writers on Books: ‘We, the Jury’

By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL The crime has unusual elements. Domestic abuse of a woman occurs painfully often. But in this instance, a husband has killed his wife and claims self-defense. His wife had a history of bullying him, demeaning him and even causing bodily harm. . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: New BHS leadership announced

The following announcement was made via ParentSquare on Wednesday, April 17, by outgoing Burroughs High School Principal Bryan Auld: As was previously announced, I will transition to the district office to serve as the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources after this school year. In addition . . . Read Full Story >>

Catch the magic of Peter Pan this weekend

Catch the magic of Peter Pan this weekend

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The adventures of Peter Pan, the Boy Who Never Grew Up, and the magical world of Neverland are loved and enjoyed the world over. But every legend has an origin story, and this one is being told on . . . Read Full Story >>

Sellers can make for smooth sale-ing

By CLINT FREEMAN Some sellers think it is totally the responsibility of the realtor to get things hopping and moving with the sale of a home. The thought is that it’s best to leave it up to the professionals since they know what they are . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Opposes parks assessment

I am writing to remind everyone of the upcoming assessment ballots due April 17. When you submit your ballot, be sure to vote no as the assessment district will be permanent, since there is no sunset clause. Another reason to vote no is to consider . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Urges no vote on park tax

All Ridgecrest property owners should vote no on the city’s proposed Parks and Recreation District. This is just another act by a city that believes the people have too much money and that their pocketbooks are there to be fleeced at will, rather than live . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: ‘Say no to new taxes’

Let’s say no to new taxes right here in Ridgecrest. The push to tax our properties even more by the city is in full swing, and the vote count on the parks tax assessment will be on April 17 at City Hall. This has been . . . Read Full Story >>

District Attorney honors law enforcement heroes

District Attorney honors law enforcement heroes

Kern County District Attorney Cynthia Zimmer was the keynote speaker at the annual Respect for Law dinner, held last Friday at the newly renovated Triple T’s. She gave the following address in recognition of the challenges facing those in public safety and criminal justice and . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Women’s Center raises awareness

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) and Women’s Center-High Desert, Inc., is raising awareness and honoring survivors of sexual violence by participating in Denim Day on April 24. This campaign creates an opportunity for our community to come together and support survivors. Why denim? . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Water, water — anywhere?

After following the claims of both sides as to whether or not this valley is verging on a drastic water shortage — I still don’t know which side is right. First let me say that I have not seen any definitive proof either way. Now, . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Reel’ entertainment continues downtown

By NICK ROGERS By the time movie lovers read this, two of the dramas in the Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert’s current Classic Movie Night film series, “Reel People, Part 2” will have been screened: Helen Mirren’s Oscar-winning role as Elizabeth II and . . . Read Full Story >>

April brings new travel opportunities

By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL April brings spring weather to Ridgecrest and much of California, though not necessarily to the rest of the country. Seize the opportunity to explore in the glorious sunlight with these tips for short hops and longer trips around the Golden State. . . . Read Full Story >>

The Sunday Escapist: Chasing wildflowers

The Sunday Escapist: Chasing wildflowers

Rebecca Neipp

Blue dicks (sometimes termed Desert hyacinth) can be found in abundance at Wind Wolves Preserve outside of Bakersfield — Photo by Rebecca Neipp ------ As if an abundance of rain and snow this winter were not blessing enough to our drought-afflicted state, the more rewarding . . . Read Full Story >>

Winter rain brings buds, blossoms

Winter rain brings buds, blossoms

Spring wildflowers crop up in nearby hillsides and canyons — Courtesy photo ------ By MAXWELL MOORE Maturango Museum Wildflower Committee Those of us who have recently hiked Rademacher Hills or driven through Lake Isabella have previewed full-swing spring — dense fields and hillside halos of . . . Read Full Story >>

Lyrid meteor shower coming in April

By ROGER BROWER, China Lake Astronomical Society The next meeting of the China Lake Astronomical Society will be held Monday, April 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Maturango Museum. The first star party of the year will be held Friday, April 5. (Contact club members, . . . Read Full Story >>

Going down the rabbit hole

By DON ZDEBA, IWV Water District General Manager Alice: “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” Cheshire Cat: “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.” Alice: “I don’t much care where —” Cheshire Cat: . . . Read Full Story >>

Local student shares award-winning Lincoln essay

Local student shares award-winning Lincoln essay

The following essay won second place in a Kern County contest soliciting student essays that addressed how President Abraham Lincoln would have handled a modern-day problem. Alysha’s photo ran in the News Review earlier this month. On Wednesday evening, she read her submission at the . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Catapult’ launches audience into a visual spectacle

‘Catapult’ launches audience into a visual spectacle

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Concert Association hosted “Catapult: The Magic of Shadowdancing” last week at the Desert Empire Fairgrounds – a visual feast that was quite unlike the association’s typical fare. As I watched what I can only . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Quilt Guild says thanks

On March 9-10, the Hi Desert Quilt Guild once again held its biennial quilt show at the Desert Empire Fairgrounds. Thank you, Ridgecrest community, for continuing to support our guild and our craft, as once again evidenced by the large attendance at the show. HDQG . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Sweet Dreams, Sarah’ and ‘Martin & Ann’

By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL Creston Books has a particular flair with biographies for preteens and early teens. The people portrayed tend toward figures who don’t often appear on most school reading lists but, arguably, should. Yet at the opposite extreme, their new “Martin & Anne” . . . Read Full Story >>