Locals witness crossing of the Messenger

Locals witness crossing of the Messenger

Rebecca Neipp

“Last chance to see Mercury’s transit for 30 years!” After this alert popped up on my phone, I did two things — looked for a local opportunity to view the spectacle and researched the veracity of this claim. The first was pretty easy. The generous . . . Read Full Story >>

Queen of Arts

By LAURA LEIGH MONTEREY Music from the ancient Celts’ bardic tradition jostled pleasantly with classical compositions and contemporary arrangements in Saturday’s concert at the Maturango Museum. Long revered for their uncanny power to reach our deepest consciousness, to evoke moods and emotions, conjure up images . . . Read Full Story >>

Time to get to back to work

By REP. KEVIN MCCARTHY Nov. 30, 2019, marks one year since leaders from the United States, Canada and Mexico came together to sign the initial USMCA trade deal. However, Democrats have failed to ratify this important agreement, despite Speaker Pelosi promising for months to make . . . Read Full Story >>

Heartwarming Holidays

Heartwarming Holidays

By NICK ROGERS This time of the year brings a bounty of warm and loving family film entertainments to the Historic USO Building’s big screen. On Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m., Cary Grant plays Dudley, the handsome, helpful all-knowing angel assigned the duty of . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Alzheimer’s fight continues

The past week has been historic for the fight to end Alzheimer’s in our community. On Saturday, Oct. 26, the Alzheimer’s Association kicked off its inaugural Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Ridgecrest. As a member of the volunteer committee, I joined nearly 200 participants who . . . Read Full Story >>

Chernobyl story — welcome shock for one viewer

Chernobyl story — welcome shock for one viewer

Elizabeth Babcock

Ridgecrestians do pop up in the most unexpected places! On Wednesday evening I was watching the PBS Newshour when I experienced a welcome shock of recognition — a familiar thousand-watt smile. I sudenly realized that my own stepson, Edwin Kumferman, was being interviewed in an . . . Read Full Story >>

November elicits ‘wow!’

By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL November elicits a thunderous “wow!” for feasting the senses as you will read in this month’s roundup of tips for short hops and longer trips around California. To the northwest the Napa Valley Wine Train serves a traditional Thanksgiving gourmet spread . . . Read Full Story >>

Thanks Seymour of IYK

Now that the excitement of the B-29 Super Fortress named Doc has passed, the great memories of old Doc have resurfaced to the forefront of our minds and new memories have been formed; it is time to say “thank you.” I would like to express . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Habitat closes local account

This letter is to officially notify Ridgecrest residents that Habitat for Humanity Indian Wells Valley will be transferring all mortgages to Habitat for Humanity Tulare-Kings Counties as of July 2019. We are making this transfer because we are no longer able to manage and facilitate . . . Read Full Story >>

Ensemble Schumann dazzles

By LAURA LEIGH MONTEREY Mondays are legendary for being the toughest day of the week, but Ensemble Schumann provided the perfect finish to last week’s opening day. Presented by the Ridgecrest Chamber Music Society, the renowned ensemble shared its musical talent at Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church, . . . Read Full Story >>

November brings Murcury’s transit

By ROGER BROWER The China Lake Astronomical Society will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, Nov. 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Maturango Museum. The last star party of the year will be held Friday, Nov. 22, at the club’s viewing location. Signs are out . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Celebrate desert protection

Oct. 31, 2019, is more than just Halloween. We can also celebrate the 25th anniversary of the enactment of the California Desert Protection Act, which was signed into law on Oct. 31, 1994. This act has been a tremendous benefit to our community. With this . . . Read Full Story >>

Inside the mind of a homebuyer

By CLINT FREEMAN Purchasing a home is known to be a highly stressful process. There are many inner thoughts and emotions that go along with it. Properly processing those feelings will make for less anxiety along the way. Did you know there are five psychological . . . Read Full Story >>

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL Telltale signs fester everywhere with the approach of Ridge Writers’ Edgar Allan Poe Tea, My Enchanted Cottage’s Witches & Warlock Tea, and the spooky certainty that we ought not accept invitations to tea of any description from disemboweled ghouls bent on . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Says casino is safe, secure

In a letter to the editor, Mike Neel made several prejudiced allegations, one being that the Ridgecrest Entertainment and Casino project poses a threat to the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapon Division. The approval of the Ridgecrest casino/hotel/entertainment center by the federal government is evidence . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Problems with B737Max8

Two very serious crashes of the B737Max8 occurred a few months ago, and 346 people were killed. The problem has been ascribed to a new “anti-stall” system that was totally new to this particular aircraft version. Since then several reports have cited some very serious . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Truth is the needed answer

The beginning of my life and all human life presents a “basic question mark.” Before I was born, all was dark! When I was born, all was light and the world was all around me! The “basic question mark” is where did this world come . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: IWVCA very much in business

I am writing to report that Indian Wells Valley Concert Association is still very much in business. We regret how our president’s remarks before the Sept. 26 Julian Gargiulo classical piano concert were received. Nevertheless, our next two presentations are the Ball Brothers on Oct. . . . Read Full Story >>

Reflections on  earthquake impact

Reflections on earthquake impact

By DR. DAVID OSTASH, SSUSD Superintendent Sometimes things happen in life that feel as though they happen “to us.” At first, that is exactly the way we felt in Sierra Sands Unified School District in the immediate aftermath of the July 4 and 5 earthquakes, . . . Read Full Story >>

Julian G enthralls with mirth, melody

Julian G enthralls with mirth, melody

By LAURA LEIGH MONTEREY With the introduction hardly concluded, a lithe young man in black comes bounding up the aisle, swoops into his seat at the piano like a raven on a hot nickel and begins to play. Enter Julian G, the Pianist With the . . . Read Full Story >>