National  parks begin  to re-open

National parks begin to re-open

Rebecca Neipp

Like any other year, the onset of warm weather and the closure of schools has residents eyeing destinations for possible summer getaway. But in light of lingering restrictions for many state and national parks, officials are warning that admission may be greatly scaled back this . . . Read Full Story >>

Realtors gather food donations for those experiencing hardship

Realtors gather food donations for those experiencing hardship

Carole Vaughn, president of the Ridgecrest Area Association of Realtors, invites the community to contribute to its canned food drive. RAAR is supporting the Salvation Army, which is reportedly scrambling to meet a high level of need for families affected by shelter-at-home orders. Donations can . . . Read Full Story >>

RC Cinemas, Immanuel continue drive-in movie nights

RC Cinemas, Immanuel continue drive-in movie nights

More than a hundred vehicles flooded the Ridgecrest Cinemas parking lot last Saturday for its drive-in showing of “Goonies.” Weather permitting, the movie theater will host more drive-in showings this weekend, May 29 and 30 at 8:30 p.m., of “E.T.” First-come-first-served parking begins at 7 . . . Read Full Story >>

Duque weds, graduates

Duque weds, graduates

Nikholas Duque, son of Jerry Duque and Charlotte Becker, will be graduating from the University of California, Berkeley. Nik will be graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Molecular and Cellular Biology and a second Bachelor of Arts in Near Eastern Studies. Although unfortunately all . . . Read Full Story >>

Quilt Guild to meet by Zoom

The Hi-Desert Quilt Guild will hold a virtual meeting using Zoom, to protect the safety of its members, on Thursday, June 4, at 6:30 p.m. President Nancy Cheadle will share tips and tricks for machine embroidery and quilting. Anyone interested in calling into the meeting . . . Read Full Story >>

‘It’s a drive-in Saturday’

‘It’s a drive-in Saturday’

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer It’s been about 10 weeks now since COVID-19 has upended, well, *gestures to everything*. Once-everyday activities like going out to eat or a trip to the movies are all but nonexistent and have been replaced by Netflix and . . . Read Full Story >>

Houchin seeks blood donors

Houchin seeks blood donors

Rebecca Neipp

Between emergent medical needs and restricted community access, a nationwide scarcity continues to impact the mission to provide blood, platelets and plasma “so that no one fears losing their life over a shortage.” Yessica Diaz-Conti of Houchin Community Blood Bank said that local residents will . . . Read Full Story >>

Community mourns the passing of trustee, advocate, friend

Community mourns the passing of trustee, advocate, friend

Rebecca Neipp

On Monday morning, local social media pages were awash with expressions of grief from those mourning the sudden passing of Amy Castillo-Covert. Hundreds of stories, memories, photos and tributes began cropping up when news of her death went public. These messages came from politicians, educators, . . . Read Full Story >>

Coso Stoics

Coso Stoics

Phineas and Sukey Smith take a breather at “Coso Stoics,” the artwork of Don McCauley which decorates a utility box on the corner of Downs and Drummond. McCauley’s creations can be seen all over town, incorporating influences of the historic rock art left by the . . . Read Full Story >>

Limbo continues for some businesses

Limbo continues for some businesses

The Historic USO Building, popular gathering spot and home of the classic summer movie series, leaves a pithy and light-hearted reminder about its closure. According to early interpretation of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s four-stage plan to reopen California businesses after COVID-19 closures, the building will reopen . . . Read Full Story >>

‘It’s about feeding people’s souls’

‘It’s about feeding people’s souls’

Rebecca Neipp

By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer As social distancing protocols drag out for the sixth week, the Parent family knows that people buying a gourmet frank from “Roaming Dog Kitchen” are looking for more than a hearty lunch. “Our mission has always been more . . . Read Full Story >>

Beecroft named ‘Woman of the Year’

Beecroft named ‘Woman of the Year’

Assemblyman Vince Fong has selected Carol Beecroft of Ridgecrest as “Woman of the Year,” representing the geographic area he serves in the 34th district. Beecroft is the chief executive officer of the Women’s Center-High Desert, which serves women suffering from abuse, domestic violence and other . . . Read Full Story >>

’Ryan Abbatoye’s quiet dedication to public service’

’Ryan Abbatoye’s quiet dedication to public service’

Don McCauley is pictured with a wrap printed by the subject of last week’s top story, featuring “Ryan Abbatoye’s quiet dedication to public service in Ridgecrest.” McCauley wrote to the News Review this week, sharing photos and additional testimony of Abbatoye’s dedication to his craft, . . . Read Full Story >>

RRH takes action to protect Bella Sera

RRH takes action to protect Bella Sera

RIDGECREST REGIONAL HOSPITAL — Ridgecrest Regional Hospital announced significant measures take to protect the safety of residents and staff of Bella Sera, the skilled nursing facility, during the COVID-19 outbreak. “Nursing home patients, like our residents at Bella Sera, are one of the most vulnerable . . . Read Full Story >>

Not a baaaaaaaaaaad year for grazing

Not a baaaaaaaaaaad year for grazing

Sheep graze in the southwest Rademachers this week, enjoying the second-spring foliage yielded by our abundant rain this season. Blair Street, rangeland management specialist for the Ridgecrest field office of the BLM, noted that grazing permits are issued on local public lands from March 1 . . . Read Full Story >>

"What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well"

"What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well"

A thriving apricot mallow, surrounding by desert sunflowers, blossoms along Highway 395. Residents are enjoying a second bloom this wildflower season, thanks in part to abundant rain and warming temperatures. — Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

How are you spending your quarantine?

How are you spending your quarantine?

Dixie Risden, a 17-year-old junior at Burroughs High School, is using her time under quarantine in teaching herself to paint. “I have never taken an art class, ever, in school,” she said. But, “I was luckily gifted with my mom’s incredible creative abilities. She drew . . . Read Full Story >>

RRH Foundation seeks support

RRH Foundation seeks support

As the hospital is now focusing on responding to COVID-19 and protecting patients, staff and community, we are immensely grateful for the outpouring of support we have received over the past few weeks and continue to receive. The Foundation has had several inquiries as to . . . Read Full Story >>

Looking to give?

Looking to give?

Rebecca Neipp

“Apparently, I’m going to be getting about $1,000 from the President’s stimulus package whether I need it or not, and I do not. I feel really weird about receiving it. I’m thinking a lot about what I should do with it. What do you think?” . . . Read Full Story >>

Need increases

Need increases

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer With schools and non-essential businesses closed for the foreseeable future as a result of health and safety directives, The Salvation Army has reported an uptick in the community’s reliance on its services. “We have especially seen an increase . . . Read Full Story >>