‘Sweet Dreams, Sarah’ and ‘Martin & Ann’

By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL Creston Books has a particular flair with biographies for preteens and early teens. The people portrayed tend toward figures who don’t often appear on most school reading lists but, arguably, should. Yet at the opposite extreme, their new “Martin & Anne” . . . Read Full Story >>

How to recognize a qualified buyer

By SKIP?GORMAN Purchase offers are exciting to receive. However, unless a buyer has the ability to purchase, a sale may not truly be on the horizon. Wise sellers should always determine a buyer’s financial status before accepting an offer. A buyer’s purchasing power can be . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Chess season results announced

The scholastic chess season officially ended with chess pieces being bagged and boards stashed away until the next season begins on Labor Day in September. The February tournament was highlighted by the crystal trophies awarded to the grade level champions for the season. The top . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Thanks Crestwood for care

Recently we lost our wonderful companion Sophie, a Maltese who was an integral part of our family, as was her sister Maggie who departed more than a year ago. Importantly, they were also valued members of the Crestwood VCA family. Dr. Decker, Dr Kreitner and . . . Read Full Story >>

Take a trip through Wonderland!

Take a trip through Wonderland!

Caris Matlock, Allison Conliffe and Chloe Wetzel are Tall, Medium and Small Alice in the "Diamonds" cast of RMES Rising Stars’ "Alice in Wonderland, Jr," which wraps this weekend at Cerro Coso Community College — photo by Ian M. Terry ------ By IAN M. TERRY . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: ‘What is wrong with this city?’

It is very hard to believe that the City Council would vote on a park assessment within a month of “Shooting the Gift Horse,” which was the casino. There is something dreadfully wrong with city management, council and all the rest of the double-dippers involved . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Objects to parks assessment

I cannot in any way support the proposed property assessment. The general terms of the assessment are arbitrary and unsubstantiated. The terms of the agreement are unacceptable. To approve this agreement, I would commit to a contract to pay the city an increasing assessment permanently. . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Urges ‘no’ vote on assessment

Did you get the “Official Ballot Enclosed” letter from the city about its want to tax you more? Here’s the short of it all. Just like the long-neglected streets in Ridgecrest, our parks have had poor maintenance for the amount of money we give to . . . Read Full Story >>

Rediscovering Wonderland

Rediscovering Wonderland

Rebecca Neipp

Falling down the rabbit hole has never felt so enriching as experiencing it through the antics of 50 talented local children, who will bring “Alice in Wonderland Jr.” to life this weekend. The beauty of Ridgecrest Musical Enrichment Society’s selection for this year’s Rising Stars . . . Read Full Story >>

A Review: Take Three  dinner show packs house

A Review: Take Three dinner show packs house

Lindsay Deutsch, Jason Stoll, Lauren Jelencovich and Lila Yang perform “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” at the Desert Empire Fairgrounds — Courtesy photo ------ By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Take Three Trio brought their blend of veteran musicianship and youthful energy to Ridgecrest . . . Read Full Story >>

March ushers in new adventures

By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL March leaps enthusiastically, wildly and gloriously into spring with all sorts of adventures extending from festivals to Pompeii’s saga frozen in time, as you will see in this round-up of possibilities of short hops and longer trips around California. To the . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Opposes parks assessment

I am writing about the Parks and Recreation assessment process approved by our Ridgecrest City Council as it seems that our council members have changed their support of the Indian Wells Valley Economic Development Corporation aquatics pool complex. The assessment approved by the council was . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Challenges headline

The Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, issue of your publication had a headline proclaiming that the City Council had passed a park tax. This is not true; they voted to establish a park assessment district, which, if OKd by the public, will have an assessment fee. . . . Read Full Story >>

Getting ‘reel’ in March and beyond!

By NICK ROGERS Last year’s Classic Movie Night series, “Reel People,” was so well-received, we have decided that a “Part 2” is a must! So, our next series, “Reel People: Part 2” will screen six recently produced bio-pics at the Historic USO Building starting on . . . Read Full Story >>

Jupiter, Venus and Saturn on the rise

By NICK ROGERS The China Lake Astronomical Society will hold its next meeting Monday, March 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Maturango Museum. The society will also hold its first star party of the year Wednesday, March 6, at the club’s staging site. The signs . . . Read Full Story >>

Rain, showers ... flowers?

Rain, showers ... flowers?

By DAN BURNETT We desert dwellers start thinking about spring around now. We forget that temps are still dropping into the mid-20s some nights and that most every year we get a very cold snap in late April or early May. We’re optimists; we think . . . Read Full Story >>

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books – ‘The Confidence Code for Girls’

By DONNA?MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL On the heels of their New York Times bestseller “Womenomics,” two high-profile TV reporters have combined a wealth of first-hand experience and examples to guide tween girls to forge ahead in the challenging adventure of life. Making good on the promise of . . . Read Full Story >>

Local playwright creates ‘gem’ of a play

Local playwright creates ‘gem’ of a play

From left are “Miner’s Diner” castmembers (front) Ariel Meech as Rue B., Katie Merrill as Rosetta Stone, Melina Morgan as Sapphire, Susanna Meech as Dia Mond, Aedre Gilbert as Amethyst and Lacy Roberts as Opal; (back) Justine Mondragon as Pearl, Holly Cosner as Larimar and . . . Read Full Story >>

Watch for planets on the move

By ROGER BROWER The China Lake Astronomical Society will meet Monday, Feb. 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Maturango Museum for its monthly astronomy program. Calendars and handbooks for 2019 will be available. FEBRUARY CELESTIAL CALENDAR 1. Jupiter rises in the morning sky after 4 . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: TV Booster responds to outages

Booster volunteers have lately encountered a spate of viewer inquiries about loss of TV stations rebroadcast by the TV Booster. The booster was originally established for the purpose of pulling in signals from TV broadcasters in Los Angeles and retransmitting them at the TV antennas . . . Read Full Story >>