Equinox comes, but heat persists

Equinox comes, but heat persists

Rebecca Neipp

“No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face.” — John Donne ———————— Autumn Equinox came and went on Wednesday, Sept. 22. But in the Indian Wells Valley, leaves still appear to be clinging to their boughs, and . . . Read Full Story >>

"The fight against cancer won’t be postponed"

"The fight against cancer won’t be postponed"

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer As everybody finds ways to adjust to the “new normal,” organizers of the Ridgecrest Relay for Life have found a way forward and will still hold the annual fundraising event on the first weekend of October. Traditionally a . . . Read Full Story >>

Salvation Army strives to meet continuing needs

Salvation Army strives to meet continuing needs

Rebecca Neipp

Six weeks into closures and restrictions in association with attempts to drive down community transmission of COVID-19, officials of support programs have noted that the need for assistance remains high in the Indian Wells Valley. “We still serve a lot of people, a lot of . . . Read Full Story >>

Valley snapshots ...

Valley snapshots ...

A male tortoise tries to entice a female tortoise to come out and “play.” However, noted the photographer observing the autumn ritual, “he was not successful this day and he returned two more days before he wandered off to a different hole.” - Photo by . . . Read Full Story >>

Men’s recovery home launches

Men’s recovery home launches

Ridgecrest Restoration Ministries President Dakota Andekin, alongside RRM directors, residents and Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce representatives, cuts the ribbon of the men’s recovery home at 124 Gemstone St. The nonprofit offers a local addiction-treatment program for men seeking hope and healing. “It only takes a . . . Read Full Story >>

Community Garden plants first seeds

Community Garden plants first seeds

Dozens of volunteers turned out over the course of several hours on Saturday morning to plant seedlings for the grand opening of the Ridgecrest Community Garden at 231 W. Haloid Ave. “Ridgecrest is such a wonderful community,” said Tyrone Ledford, president of Holistic Divine Innovations . . . Read Full Story >>

Navy League installs new officers

Navy League installs new officers

The IWV Council of the Navy League recently installed new officers in a small ceremony at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ship 4084. Pictured are Mark Storch, Capt., USN (Ret), the former president of the council, and Shawn Pearcy, CWO3, USN (Ret), the council treasurer. . . . Read Full Story >>

Bella Sera, Haven keep seniors safe

Bella Sera, Haven keep seniors safe

Rebecca Neipp

“The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members.” — Mahatma Gandhi Since the pandemic hit our country, one of the gravest concerns among public health officials was the disproportionately high mortality rates on the elderly. Early . . . Read Full Story >>

Memory Lane ...

Memory Lane ...

A well-dressed golfer tees off, as spectators observe in the background, in Randsburg during the first decade of the 1900s. The photo was part of the “Album of Yesterday’s Southwest,” compiled by Charles F. Shelton and published by Desert Magazine. The original caption noted that . . . Read Full Story >>

Grief counseling available

“The death experience changes people, and creates some difficult challenges for those left behind,” said a local bereavement counselor. This volunteer group is offering help, as a free community service, through a multi-week class. Volunteers have been trained and certified under the mentorship of Dr. . . . Read Full Story >>

Child Dev. classes start Monday

Child Dev. classes start Monday

To meet the rising demand for educators and social workers who specialize in working with children, Cerro Coso Community College is offering late-start online child development classes designed to prepare students for employment in those fields. All three 12-week courses begin Monday, Sept. 21, and . . . Read Full Story >>

Community Garden opens Saturday

Community Garden opens Saturday

Gardeners in training provide the finishing touches for the Ridgecrest Community Garden, opening on Saturday, Sept. 19, from 9 a.m. to noon at 231 W. Haloid. Social distancing will be enforced. See @ridgecrestcommunitygarden on Facebook for details. — Courtesy photo . . . Read Full Story >>

Museum offers virtual program

Museum offers virtual program

The Maturango Museum Docents have re-invented its popular Children’s Hour offering to accommodate social-distancing restrictions associated with COVID-19. “Now your children can enjoy the Children’s Hour again!” said Charlotte Goodson. The museum partnered with Mark Pahuta, a professional videographer and film-maker, to make a “Hoot . . . Read Full Story >>

A call to ‘care for each other through the turbulence’

A call to ‘care for each other through the turbulence’

Nearly two decades later, most of us who were alive to remember it still recall exactly where we were when it became apparent, on Sept. 11, 2001, that our country was under attack. Two aircraft had flown into the World Trade Center in New York . . . Read Full Story >>

COVID-19 hinders 9-11 parade, but our spirit endures

COVID-19 hinders 9-11 parade, but our spirit endures

This year, the year of 2020, our community will not have 1,000 flags flying at Freedom Park. The bag pipes will not be playing. And the drums will not be beating. This is the first year since 2006 that locally we have been unable to . . . Read Full Story >>

"Dr. Ticklebone" PSA films at Historic USO

"Dr. Ticklebone" PSA films at Historic USO

Young dancers from Sierra Academy perform in a music video featuring “Dr. Ticklebone,” who filmed a project at the Historic USO Building last week. The character puppet from Little Green Apples Project is planning to film several public service announcements geared toward children. Producers praised . . . Read Full Story >>

Audubon to meet via Zoom

Audubon to meet via Zoom

The Kerncrest Audubon will host a virtual planning meeting Thursday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. “Because of the pandemic, the meeting will be held via Zoom,” said a spokesperson. Participants must download an app to participate. Biologists Peter Sanzenbacher and Ray Bransfield from the U.S. . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Unbroken, unbent, undefeated’

‘Unbroken, unbent, undefeated’

Resilience. Strength. Resolve. These are the threads that weave the fabric of our nation. Nineteen years ago on Sept. 11, 2001, terrorists attacked us on our own soil, bent on breaking our national spirit. They failed; we lost friends and loved ones, but we did . . . Read Full Story >>

‘May we remember your faithfulness’

‘May we remember your faithfulness’

On the morning of September 11, 2001, 2,976 people, from 93 nations, lost their lives in New York, at the Pentagon, & on Flight 93. Today, 19 years later, we pause to remember, those moments of horror, and pray for the lives left scarred by . . . Read Full Story >>

Library launches virtual 10-minute trivia

Library launches virtual 10-minute trivia

The Ridgecrest Branch Library is doing a weekly "Ten Minute Trivia" video slideshow on our Facebook page through November, on Thursdays at 7:30 pm. If you participate "live" you get 5 bonus points. If you participate before the next week’s round goes up, you get . . . Read Full Story >>