A piece of our history goes to market

A piece of our history goes to market

Rebecca Neipp

The most costly single-family dwelling in the Indian Wells Valley was recently listed on the local real estate market — offering sprawling square footage, spacious acreage, premium views and some of the most unique appointments to be found in a local home. But perhaps the . . . Read Full Story >>

Independence  Day pageant to return next July

Independence Day pageant to return next July

Rebecca Neipp

“Our Country ’Tis of Thee,” one of our community’s most popular Fourth of July traditions has been suspended for this year, but tentatively is set to return for 2021. COVID-19 restrictions that limit crowds and other social gatherings and performances is one factor. But promoters . . . Read Full Story >>

Moe’s to expand in new location

Moe’s to expand in new location

Friends, local musicians and other volunteers help renovate the new Moe’s Music location on West Ridgecrest Boulevard. Proprietors David and Ashley Jones plan to reopen the store – complete with a performance space for live music – sometime late this summer. “We are so excited . . . Read Full Story >>

New 'culinary destination' now open

New 'culinary destination' now open

Kent McGowan launched the soft opening of Mac’s International Restaurant on Thursday. McGowan said that the staff had a test run on Father’s Day to try and work out the workflow. “The feedback was very positive. Everyone commented that the ambiance is great and the . . . Read Full Story >>

Cinemas open — with upgrades!

Cinemas open — with upgrades!

Ridgecrest Cinemas general manager Kelly Walden (right), pictured with Lindsey Miller and Connor Weimholt, show off some of the new upgrades in the local theater — adult beverages and other new movie treats, a recently remodeled concession stand and heightened measures for sanitizing and distancing. . . . Read Full Story >>

Dad of two, father figure to hundreds

Dad of two, father figure to hundreds

Rebecca Neipp

Brian Williams’ positive outlook on getting through life might be summed up in what he calls his “Valley Metaphor.” “We take a lot of walks, a lot of hikes, and when we do we have metaphorical talks along the way,” said Brian. “Here we are . . . Read Full Story >>

A summer for modified adventures

A summer for modified adventures

Rebecca Neipp

Last summer, News Review Correspondent Christina MacGregor spent several weeks sharing with her five children the free and low-cost experiences offered by the Ridgecrest Branch Library, Historic USO Building, Maturango Museum, Kerr McGee Center and the Freedom Park Splash Pad. Once she finished writing a . . . Read Full Story >>

National heartbreak hits home

National heartbreak hits home

By REBECCA NEIPP and BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writers A single protester stood at the corner of China Lake and Ridgecrest boulevards on Sunday afternoon. That number grew to more than a dozen by that evening, and kept growing the next few days. While . . . Read Full Story >>

SpaceX makes history

SpaceX makes history

Rebecca Neipp

Space junkies rejoiced with our return to the final frontier on May 30 — when the U.S. sent astronauts into space for the first time in nearly a decade, and Space X made history by taking them via commercial transport. Launching from a bridge in . . . Read Full Story >>

Donut Day: ‘share little bits of happiness’

Donut Day: ‘share little bits of happiness’

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Graduation season is dying down, and Father’s Day is close on its heels. But in the flurry of transitioning from the academic year into summer, it’s easy to overlook National Doughnut Day – which falls on Friday, June . . . Read Full Story >>

Smiths cling to art, faith, family in quarantine

Smiths cling to art, faith, family in quarantine

Rebecca Neipp

Harrowing stories of loss associated with COVID-19 — and our attempts to contain it — dominate the mainstream media. But for some, the time in isolation has bred a mini-Renaissance. Take Darren Smith, for example, who started fabricating super-hero armor out of his garage several . . . Read Full Story >>

Mac’s to bring culinary world to our doorstep

Mac’s to bring culinary world to our doorstep

Rebecca Neipp

As residents of the Indian Wells Valley enter the third month of confinement, local chef Kent McGowan is preparing to bring global cuisine to their doorsteps. Just three weeks into occupying a space in the Heritage Village Plaza — previous home to popular eateries like . . . Read Full Story >>

A look ahead ...

A look ahead ...

Darren Smith points to a photo of himself with comic book legend Stan Lee and other superhero fans at a past San Diego Comic-Con. The local man gave us an inside look at his new shop and his growing body of work in the fabrication . . . Read Full Story >>

RMES announces sing-off winners

RMES announces sing-off winners

RIDGECREST MUSICAL ENRICHMENT SOCIETY – RMES is proud to announce the winners of our first-ever Facebook Sing Off! Our judges panel — RMES Boardmember and performer Larry Cosner and guest judges Sharon Nicole and Ala Tiatia — selected nine out of more than 50 talented . . . Read Full Story >>

Mystery film crew comes to IYK

Mystery film crew comes to IYK

Rebecca Neipp

While residents across the nation shelter in place in hopes of reducing COVID-19 outbreaks — choosing to endure financial hardship and isolation in exchange for protecting human life — many point to the difficulty in finding any associated silver linings. But V/SPEED co-founders Mike Knockenhauer . . . Read Full Story >>

Motherhood: ‘The most important work’

Motherhood: ‘The most important work’

Rebecca Neipp

“The most important work you will ever do will be within the walls of your own home.” — Harold B. Lee —————— Kimm Washburn is an accomplished musician, experienced organizer and peerless volunteer. But raising her children alongside husband Ephraim is the role she cherishes . . . Read Full Story >>

’Our sole goal is to keep people healthy’

’Our sole goal is to keep people healthy’

Rebecca Neipp

With two emergent medical crises in the last year, most residents did not need the national observance of Nurses Week to remind them of the value of our front-line workers in healthcare. “The earthquake kind of prepared us for the pandemic, to be honest,” said . . . Read Full Story >>

The woman behind the potato suit

The woman behind the potato suit

By CHRISTINA MACGREGOR News Review Correspondent Although Ridgecrest resident Arianne Costner’s debut novel “My Life as a Potato” has only been out for a month, she has already received distinguished recognition for her work. Amazon editors selected her work as Best Book of the Month . . . Read Full Story >>

RMES hosts virtual sing-off

RMES hosts virtual sing-off

RIDGECREST MUSICAL ENRICHMENT SOCIETY — Calling all singers! Due to social distancing and stay-at-home orders, the Ridgecrest Musical Enrichment Society is unable to provide any of its normal community musical productions this year. But RMES doesn’t want to let that stop our local performers from . . . Read Full Story >>

‘It’s nice to spread joy’

‘It’s nice to spread joy’

Rebecca Neipp

Not all trends associated with COVID-19 are bad. Despite the many restrictions that have hampered cultural and economic vitality, friends and neighbors in the Indian Wells Valley continue to find ways to elevate the spirits of those around them. Take the Keehan and Kyte families, . . . Read Full Story >>