Times of uncertainty call for our best

The word “crisis” may now carry new meaning. A mere three months ago, families and friends were gathering around Christmas trees singing carols and exchanging gifts. A booming economy was ushering in optimism for a New Year. By the end of January, the scene had . . . Read Full Story >>

A return to our homeschool roots

A return to our homeschool roots

Rebecca Neipp

As our culture is gripped by unprecedented directives to help slow outbreaks of COVID-19, social media offers us a unique glimpse into how differently the orders to stay home have impacted the individuals in our networks. Those scrambling for a way to replicate their typical . . . Read Full Story >>

Quarantine Tales

Quarantine Tales

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Last week saw rapid changes in our day-to-day as the world, and our town, tried to figure out how best to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. While the virus appears not to have reached Ridgecrest, yet, our community . . . Read Full Story >>

Finding sanctuary in the outdoors

Finding sanctuary in the outdoors

Rebecca Neipp

“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.” — John Muir The most dedicated followers of these columns knows that I need little encouragement to get lost in the outdoors. So I was pleased when the Centers . . . Read Full Story >>

Stars shine even without parties

By ROGER BROWER The China Lake Astronomical Society has canceled all up-coming gatherings — including the March 27 star party and the April 6 meeting — until further notice. APRIL CELESTIAL CALENDAR 1. Venus will shine brightly in the west for the first three-and-a-half hours . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Recommends ‘Fresh Air’

I recommend listening to the March 24 broadcast of “Fresh Air” at npr.org/programs/fresh-air/. It is an interview with Max Brooks (Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft’s son). (The major point begins about 8 minutes into the program, although the introduction gives Max Brooks’ credentials.) He has . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: ‘Here is our scary future’

In listening to all the debates I am reminded what Khrushchev said 60 years ago when he addressed the UN and pounded on the podium with his shoe as he spoke. These are his words — “Your children’s children will live under communism. You Americans . . . Read Full Story >>

An introvert’s guide to living life while ‘social distancing’

An introvert’s guide to living life while ‘social distancing’

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer With two Kern County residents testing positive (at press time) for COVID-19, aka coronavirus, authorities are asking members to practice “social distancing” to aid the effort to slow the spread and mitigate its impact on our healthcare infrastructure . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Sabby the Sea Otter’

By Kim Steinhardt, full-color photos, Craven Street Books, hardcover, 32 pgs., juvenile nonfiction, $17.95, 2020. —————— By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL Noted award-winning marine wildlife author and photographer Kim Steinhardt visited Ridgecrest and Ridge Writers two years ago to introduce his book “The Edge: The Pressured . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Realtors adapt to new norm

To continue delivering first-class services to California’s home sellers and buyers and ensure business continuity, the members of the Ridgecrest Area Association of Realtors are adapting their open house strategies to meet head-on the current coronavirus reality and the ever-changing government orders on what can, . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Waste not, want not’

By DON ZDEBA, IWV Water District “There is a thin line between using water and wasting water.” The idiom, “Waste Not, Want Not” means that if you use a commodity or resource carefully and without extravagance, you will never be in need. If the drought . . . Read Full Story >>

A Tale of Two Donkeys

A Tale of Two Donkeys

By KELLY ANNE COSNER, News Review Correspondent It wasn’t a new year’s resolution, exactly — it started with the findings from my annual physical. Every result came back normal except for one — I was borderline deficient in Vitamin D. Seriously? I live in one . . . Read Full Story >>

Youth shine in Pinto concert

By LAURA LEIGH MONTEREY Last Saturday, about 25 young musicians capped off the two-hour Peter Pinto Memorial Ensemble Concert with a spectacularly pleasing performance, and stole the show. A veritable forest of orchestra members spilled across the altar area at Grace Lutheran Church, barely containing . . . Read Full Story >>

End the discrimination

By REP. KEVIN MCCARTHY Imagine being exposed to bigotry simply because of your deeply held morals. Now imagine that the discrimination you’re experiencing is coming from your own state’s government. Sadly, that’s a reality for countless Californians who are being forced by the state to . . . Read Full Story >>

To cert? Or not to cert?

By CLINT FREEMAN Keeping a “roof over your head”, literally, can be an expensive ordeal especially if your roof has seen the end of its days and needs replacing. Whether a roof is composed of tile, shingles, foam, metal, or rubber it will need attention . . . Read Full Story >>

Sun bursts out in March

By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL The sun bursts out in March and folks can hardly wait to leap forth with it, seeking every playful possibility from escape rooms to festivals as you will find in this monthly round-up of short hops and longer trips in the . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Astoundingly,  inspiringly wonderful’

‘Astoundingly, inspiringly wonderful’

The following piece was submitted not as a review of last weekend’s performance by Patrick Rindt & Friends, but rather as an observation marking the apparent history in the making as one of our own continues to make the transition from concert pianist to world-class . . . Read Full Story >>

Star Party held tonight

Star Party held tonight

By ROGER BROWER The China Lake Astronomical Society will meet Monday, March 2, at 7:30 p.m. at the Maturango Museum. Ralph Paonessa will present a program on “Astrophotography: Art and Science,” highlighted by some of his own astronomy photographs. Don’t miss it! A special star . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Songs of the Spirit’ quicken our own

‘Songs of the Spirit’ quicken our own

By LAURA LEIGH MONTEREY An ancient Hebrew saying is that a prophet is never accepted in his own country. And how well they knew! Thankfully, that unhappy fate seems not to apply to Patrick Rindt, a local son who scored richly in musical ability. After . . . Read Full Story >>

‘March’ into a new month

‘March’ into a new month

By NICK ROGERS As if you weren’t familiar with this film legend, take a look at the very long Wikipedia entry for James “Jimmy” Stewart, an award-winning American film icon and decorated military officer (both World War II and Vietnam). He is among the most . . . Read Full Story >>