Loss of local control a big issue in new water tax fight

By JON COUPAL, president Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association Throughout his tenure as governor, Jerry Brown has consistently pursued new revenue for transportation, housing and water. The legislature, whose default reaction to any problem is to raise taxes on middle-class Californians, has only been too happy . . . Read Full Story >>

Brown admin. advances water tax

By DON?ZDEBA, IWV?Water District General Manager The California legislature is considering a proposal to impose a tax on your drinking water. In March 2017 State Sen. Bill Monning, a Democrat from Carmel, introduced Senate Bill 623 aimed at funding projects to assist disadvantaged communities that . . . Read Full Story >>

This year’s market off to a sunny start

By CLINT FREEMAN, Coldwell Banker Best Realty As go the warmer temperatures of late winter so goes the movement of the housing market in Ridgecrest. Buyers continue to shuffle through a low inventory of homes, and sellers are setting realistic prices. New construction is moving . . . Read Full Story >>

The nostalgia of Route 66 and Highway 99

By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL Some people cannot get enough of Route 66. Consider the enormous number of books on the subject. Yet “Portrait of Route 66: Images from the Curt Teich Postcard Archives” (T. Lindsay Baker, more than 100 color and b&w photos, indexed, Univ. . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Continues concerns about parks

Back again to the citizen’s review of the City Parks Department improvement wish list that the city wants to tax us to get the money for. Again, this review is provided as information that you are not being given by the city at this time. . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Sylvia:’ the story of a man and his dog ... and his wife

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer “Hey!” thinks the dog as it paces around the living room of its new home — somehow both thrilled and anxiety ridden. “I’m looking around. I gotta get used to things. I’m not ready to sit. I’m too . . . Read Full Story >>

It would be a crime to miss these movies!

It would be a crime to miss these movies!

By NICK ROGERS Just the facts, ma’am! Several heinous crimes have been committed, and it’s time to round up the “usual suspects” — Humphery Bogart, Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Edward G. Robinson, Joan Crawford, James Cagney and Bette Davis. They are all part of the . . . Read Full Story >>

March brings rich new adventures

March brings rich new adventures

By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL March delivers particularly rich and varied opportunities, as you’ll see in this month’s round-up for short hops to nearby destinations and longer trips in California and beyond. Down below in Los Angeles at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, . . . Read Full Story >>

Star parties resume this month

Star parties resume this month

By ROGER?BROWER The China Lake Astronomical Society will meet Monday, March 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Maturango Museum. Calendars for 2018 and handbooks will be available. The society will also resume its star parties beginning March 16. Signs will be out at 7:30 p.m., . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Opposes park tax

Remember the proposed city parks tax assessment? The city manager and parks staff are laser-focused on pushing another tax on us to “fund” parks needs. The list is long, and so far your representatives on the council have held no reviews of this list or . . . Read Full Story >>

Workshop offered for potential DAR, SAR members

By TEX HOPPUS President, Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert We just celebrated our nation’s Presidents’ Day, which was historically established to celebrate George Washington’s birthday. (For you history buffs, Washington’s birthday was actually Feb. 11, 1732, under the Julian calendar in effect at . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: ‘City is dragging its heels’

I must say, the editorial by Daniel Spurgeon, general manager, SpringHill Suites, prompted me to write this letter to the editor, regarding the Indian casino that will be built on North China Lake Boulevard. This city is really losing out bigtime on bed taxes plus . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Recommends Griffin interview

This Sunday, Feb. 25, the Lifestyle Magazine Show will feature the counterculture mom, Tina Marie Griffin. A few years ago I had an opportunity to meet Tina during a phone interview for potential speakers for the Pregnancy Care Center. Since that time we have kept . . . Read Full Story >>

Keep it reasonable with repair requests

By CLINT?FREEMAN A very important part of a home purchase contact is the buyer’s 17-day inspection period. During this time it is highly advised that buyers request a whole-house inspection, check city permits and review the seller’s disclosures. At the buyers’ discretion, based upon all . . . Read Full Story >>

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books ‘Giving My Self to the Wind’

By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL For a one-word description of “Giving My Self to the Wind,” try “versatile.” The author’s range shines on every page of poems, letters, essays, and fiction including flash fiction. More than 100 selections explore self-discovery and the natural world, love and . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: ‘Council, step up and lead’

The wastewater fund has been a contentious issue for many, many years because of theft from the fund, a loan from the fund not repaid, a terribly flawed rate study that subsidizes the Navy at our expense, a premature threefold increase in sewer fees added . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Supports parks assessment

“Dirty baseball fields.” When I first lived here in Ridgecrest, yes we had dirty baseball fields because all we had here was dirt. In fact as you drove west on Ridgecrest Boulevard, it was paved all the way from China Lake Boulevard. to Norma Street! . . . Read Full Story >>

Democrats must pass defense funding

Democrats must pass defense funding

By KEVIN MCCARTHY, U.S. House Majority Leader Couple of quick notes just so you know: every day we are seeing more bonuses from more companies to their employees, which is a very good sign. This month you’ll begin to see it in people’s paychecks — . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Yesterday’ tribute band is a fabulous take on the Fab Four

‘Yesterday’ tribute band is a fabulous take on the Fab Four

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer I’m never sure what to expect when I’m sitting down to hear a cover band or a tribute group. Is the band going to take well-loved songs and try to make them their own? Are they going to . . . Read Full Story >>

It would be a crime to miss ‘Reel People’

It would be a crime to miss ‘Reel People’

By NICK ROGERS The Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert’s current series, "Reel People," will be winding down on a lively operatic note on Wednesday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m., as the much-awarded super star, Meryl Streep, once again disappears into a film role that brings her comedic talents into . . . Read Full Story >>