Classic Movie Night — a magical time for all ages

Classic Movie Night — a magical time for all ages

By CHRISTINA MACGREGOR, News Review Correspondent I have attended many events at the Historic USO Building over the years. I have watched friends perform in Open Mic Night and have been amazed at the amount of talent that there is in Ridgecrest. I watched ukulele . . . Read Full Story >>

Happy New (Fiscal) Year!

Happy New (Fiscal) Year!

By DON ZDEBA, IWV?Water District July 1 begins a new fiscal year for Indian Wells Valley Water District making this a perfect opportunity to provide an update on happenings within the district. I have a number of projects, both ongoing and new to mention. First, . . . Read Full Story >>

July explodes on the scene

July explodes on the scene

By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL July explodes on the scene with fireworks of course, as well as fabulous festivals and shows. Find some new favorites in this monthly round-up of trips around California and beyond. To the northwest over the July 24-26 weekend, the annual Gilroy . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Casino deal ‘alive and well’

The casino is alive and well, according to the U.S. Department of Interior. While I appreciate Mr. Neel’s blind loyalty to his hidden motive(s), his recent letter to the editor is void of some comprehensive facts. The Department of the Interior, in a decision that . . . Read Full Story >>

New adventures in old haunts

New adventures in old haunts

Nothing like triple-digit temperatures to coax us into the mountains. I love exploring nature, but it’s too easy to keep going back to my favorite places. We always know how to get there and what to expect — they are never a disappointment. But I . . . Read Full Story >>

Mid-year real estate market update

By CLINT FREEMAN, Coldwell Banker Best Realty As goes the weather in Ridgecrest, so moves the housing market in 2019. The cool winter months found home sales hitting their seasonal chill and moving at their usual midwinter pace. However, as the warm days peaked in . . . Read Full Story >>

For kids facing challenges

By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL These selections deal with young people coping with life’s challenges. In “Angel Birthdays” (Erin Garay, illus. by Kirstin Abbott, ages 4-8, 32 pages, hardcover, pub. FamiliUS, 2013, $16.95), Gracie and Jake’s grandmother has died. It hurts. Their mother suggests that they . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Casino deal is ‘null and void’

After a cancerous battle trying to keep Ridgecrest and our proud Navy base safe from the devastating effects of an off-reservation casino at the front gates, our community now has positive confirmation. I just received a copy of a letter from the Secretary of the . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Shelter offers two clinics

It’s that time of year again when the booming and banging of fireworks will scare your pets and cause them to escape. The Ridgecrest Animal Shelter wants to make sure that if your pets do get out and get picked up, you can be reunited . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Martin clarifies comments

This letter is in response to the Daily Independent editorial and a News Review article on “crime trends.” I would like to clarify my position on the rape statistics discussion during a recent budget meeting. First, I have a beautiful wife, daughter and granddaughter, and . . . Read Full Story >>

When stars (and planets) align

When stars (and planets) align

Every 13 months, Jupiter comes into opposition — the point in our orbit where Earth sits between the sun and our solar system’s largest planet. Because of the frequency of the conjunction, and the generally lackluster appearance (Jupiter is only barely brighter to the naked . . . Read Full Story >>

In witness of the healing  powers of nature

In witness of the healing powers of nature

I asked my dad more than 30 years ago, when humanity’s role in the ecological stewardship of our planet first landed on my radar, how serious these threats were to the existence of my homeworld.* “My Little Flower,” he reassured me, “I believe we have . . . Read Full Story >>

June explodes with travel opportunity

June explodes with travel opportunity

By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL June explodes with some long-awaited treats. For some, check out this month’s roundup of travel and transportation tips for short hops to nearby events and longer trips around the state and beyond. Down below in Hollywood’s El Capitan Theatre, Disney’s “Aladdin” . . . Read Full Story >>

Music warms local treasures

I want to personally thank the many Ridgecrest residents who attended the shows put on by Piano & Song, Steve Lawless at the piano and vocalist Dell Yount, on May 14-15. The musical duo received such a warm welcome that they have agreed to a . . . Read Full Story >>

American leadership in  space begins in California

American leadership in space begins in California

“Our travels beyond the Earth propel scientific discoveries that improve our lives in countless ways here, right here, at home: powering vast new industry, spurring incredible new technology and providing the space security we need to protect the American people.” — President Donald Trump Dec. . . . Read Full Story >>

‘39 Steps’ is a loony good time

‘39 Steps’ is a loony good time

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer What’s better than an early 20th century adventure novel? A film adaptation by the “Master of Suspense” himself, Alfred Hitchcock. What’s better than that? A 2005 parody adaptation of the movie adaptation of the novel “The 39 Steps” . . . Read Full Story >>

Worst of times brings  about best of plays

Worst of times brings about best of plays

By CHRISTINA MACGREGOR, News Review Correspondent Take a trip back in time to the French Revolution and be immersed in a wonderful, but also heart-wrenching, performance of “A Tale of Two Cities.” CHER (Christian Home Educators of Ridgecrest) high school drama students will be presenting . . . Read Full Story >>

Wartime Radio Revue is back!

Wartime Radio Revue is back!

By CHIP HOLLOWAY, Desert Empire Fairgrounds We will be bringing back, by popular demand, the Wartime Radio Revue on Friday, June 7, at 7 p.m. The revue appeared last November as part of the 75th Anniversary of China Lake, and all in attendance loved it. . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: ‘Another sad day in Ridgecrest’

It was a nice three-day Memorial Weekend, but a very sad day for the city of Ridgecrest. There were a lot of homeowners flying their flags, and some businesses had flags out in front. But not one single American Flag, other then the ones by . . . Read Full Story >>

It’s baaaaack! Summer movies return

It’s baaaaack! Summer movies return

By NICK ROGERS Wow! Can you believe it is almost summer? Long, lazy days and breezy evenings will put you in the mood for a classic family-friendly movieevery week during the summer through Aug. 7. The seventh annual “Summer of Movie Magic” will screen classic . . . Read Full Story >>