Rethinking ‘home’ during COVID-19

By CLINT FREEMAN As Ridgecrest and Kern County move toward re-opening business in the red tier home sales continue to glide in record numbers. 63 site-built homes sold last month which is a new high record for our valley. During the home buying spree both . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Rebuts Bruen’s accusations

I hope you all read Eric Bruen’s diatribe on the Ridgecrest Political Forum Facebook page. It is full of inaccuracies and conjecture. We don’t need this kind of BS. Lindsey Stephens has been involved in trying to get a swim facility in Ridgecrest since Pinney . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: ‘Shame on’ Mojave Pistachios, defends water importation

I used to attend all Indian Wells Valley Water District Committee, and Monthly Board Meetings, on a regular basis. I was known as the guy, “that never says anything.” I would always respond to that: “I will only say something, when something needs to be . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Bruen for Mayor

The past six months have been trying for all of us, and we are all watching the economic fallout of these unprecedented times. For many of us, seeing businesses we value so much struggle and close is just another hit, when we were already frustrated . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Responds to Gleason comments

Mr. Gleason – we are writing on behalf of Western Growers Association and the California Farm Bureau Federation regarding the draft groundwater sustainability plan that was submitted by the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority to the Department of Water Resources on June 3, 2020. Founded . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Support movie night sponsors

Dear members, friends, neighbors and Classic Movie Night lovers! It has been many months since we have been able to unroll our Giant movie screen. We all sure miss those friendly Wednesday evenings watching classic films from the Golden Age of Hollywood. Not to worry . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Supports Bruen for mayor

Since coming to Ridgecrest in 1959 have labored over many decisions, especially when it comes to politics. There is one decision however that has been very obvious to me: Eric Bruen clearly is the best choice to be our next Mayor! I have believed for . . . Read Full Story >>

Drive-in offers a magical experience

Drive-in offers a magical experience

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer What do you do when there’s a global pandemic but you run an indoor movie theater? Well you grab a projector, open up your parking lot, and turn it into a drive-in! Our increasingly on-demand world, with a . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: ‘Vote for Mallory Boyd!’

Water! I first met Dr. Pierre St.-Amand in 1960. He was the first person to tell me that the water table was in decline and had been since the Navy arrived here in 1943. He was correct then and it remains true since: the water . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Lindsey Stephens for Mayor

Ridgecrest citizens should support Lindsey Stephens for mayor, unless you think the candidate that collects the most out of town donations should become our mayor? What we must consider in the selection of a new mayor for our community? Should we make our selection based . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Comments on Searles lawsuit

Searles Valley Minerals filed a lawsuit against the IWV Groundwater Authority this week to avoid its reasonable share of the necessary costs to balance the water supply in the IWV Groundwater Basin. In sum, Searles is asking the court to grant their commercial industrial use . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor:Endorsements for city seats

The upcoming election for Ridgecrest Mayor and City Council will influence greatly the quality of your life, for good or bad. Consider carefully who best to select. For the good people of Ridgecrest, I offer my carefully considered opinion as to the best candidates. The . . . Read Full Story >>

Disasters don’t wait — make plans today!

Disasters don’t wait — make plans today!

By STEPHANIE MEEKS, Emergency Management-Regulatory Compliance, Ridgecrest Regional Hospital As our nation continues to respond to COVID-19, there’s no better time to be involved in the observance of National Preparedness Month. The 2020 theme is “Disasters Don’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today.” This is a . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Historic USO turns 75

To the Editor: Historic USO turns 75

On Oct. 13, 2020, we – and the whole Indian Wells community – will celebrate the Diamond Anniversary of the Historic USO Building! On Oct. 13, 1945, the venerable building was opened as the USO Club of Ridgecrest. For those of you who may be . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Stephens for mayor

Ridgecrest citizens need to support Lindsey Stephens for Mayor. Let there be no mistake — Mrs. Stephens is the only candidate for mayor that opposed the plan to develop and construct a casino right by the front gate to the Naval Air Weapons Station China . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Vote in favor of citizens

Vote for IWV Water District candidates who favor Valley Citizens. Been watching or reading about the “Groundwater Authority” activities of late? Know how it feels to have water used as a lever to tax you more and lay more rules on you? Dislike it? Then . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Rebuts Rajtora’s claims

Stan Rajtora (Water Confusion Due in Part to Poor Policies and Communication, Sept 25, 2020, News Review) is correct on one point — the basin has been in trouble for more than 60 years. During those 60 years the community has consistently argued about the . . . Read Full Story >>

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 >>

No place for surprise bills in health care

No place for surprise bills in health care

By ASSEMBLYMAN VINCE FONG As a nation, we continue to grapple with the rising cost of health care and health insurance. This problem has only been exacerbated by the ongoing pandemic, which has not only increased the need for access to quality care, but also . . . Read Full Story >>

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL Subtitled “Misadventures in Love and Travel” and scheduled for an Oct. 1 release, Suzanne Roberts’ latest revelations pack more than a lifetime of experiences into a series of short essays that tackle “the juxtaposition of the beautiful with the horrible” and . . . Read Full Story >>