Celebrating the people and events who contribute to the unique culture of our Indian Wells Valley community.

Edited by: Rebecca Neipp

FIRE IN THE SKY: Early risers on Monday morning were treated to a spectacularly colorful sunrise.

FIRE IN THE SKY: Early risers on Monday morning were treated to a spectacularly colorful sunrise. . . . Share This Snapshot

-- Photo by Rebecca Neipp
  • First Posted: 2013-10-09
COMMUNITY ONCE AGAIN DEMONSTRATES GENEROSITY: The annual Run for the Fund, which raises money for the Semper Fi Fund for injured Marines, drew hundreds of runners and walkers for the 5K, 10K and kids events on Saturday. According to the event’s facebook page, this year’s contribution to the fund will be between $7,000 and $8,000.

COMMUNITY ONCE AGAIN DEMONSTRATES GENEROSITY: The annual Run for the Fund, which raises money for the Semper Fi Fund for injured Marines, drew hundreds of runners and walkers for the 5K, 10K and kids events on Saturday. According to the event’s facebook page, this year’s contribution to the fund will be between $7,000 and $8,000. . . . Share This Snapshot

-- Photo by Laura Austin
  • First Posted: 2013-05-15
FOSTERING LOVE OF COUNTRY IN OUR YOUTH: Students at Las Flores Elementary School recite the pledge of allegiance as part of a program by the Daughters of the American Revolution to inspire patriotism in children. In addition to learning about what the words of the pledge mean, each student received his or her own flag.

FOSTERING LOVE OF COUNTRY IN OUR YOUTH: Students at Las Flores Elementary School recite the pledge of allegiance as part of a program by the Daughters of the American Revolution to inspire patriotism in children. In addition to learning about what the words of the pledge mean, each student received his or her own flag. . . . Share This Snapshot

-- Laura Austin
  • First Posted: 2013-03-20
COMMUNITY CELEBRATES THE VISION AND LEGACY OF DR. KING: Rapt expressions on the faces of these attendees at the Community Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday attest to the compelling oratory of the featured speaker, Pastor Haywood Hannah. The event was held at New Beginnings Baptist Fellowship Church on Monday, and was well attended. The theme was “Community Involvement.”

COMMUNITY CELEBRATES THE VISION AND LEGACY OF DR. KING: Rapt expressions on the faces of these attendees at the Community Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday attest to the compelling oratory of the featured speaker, Pastor Haywood Hannah. The event was held at New Beginnings Baptist Fellowship Church on Monday, and was well attended. The theme was “Community Involvement.” . . . Share This Snapshot

-- Photo by Laura Austin
  • First Posted: 2013-01-23
NATURE

NATURE'S EYE CANDY: So this may be a celebration of our natural setting rather than the "people and events who contribute to the unique culture of our IWV community," but the spectacular skies in our high desert sunrises and sunsets is one of our greatest local treasures. . . . Share This Snapshot

-- David Johnson, High Desert News
  • First Posted: 2012-12-12
A COMMUNITY THAT CARES: At the Great Strides for Cystic Fibrosis Walk Dec. 1, participants stride around the track at Cerro Coso Community College. More than 100 people walked to raise funds and awareness, raising approximately $28,000 this year. In the last six years, $200,000 has been raised right here in Ridgecrest.

A COMMUNITY THAT CARES: At the Great Strides for Cystic Fibrosis Walk Dec. 1, participants stride around the track at Cerro Coso Community College. More than 100 people walked to raise funds and awareness, raising approximately $28,000 this year. In the last six years, $200,000 has been raised right here in Ridgecrest. . . . Share This Snapshot

-- Photo by Laura Austin
  • First Posted: 2012-12-05
The Ridgecrest Desert Classic Saturday, Nov. 3, attracted 120 riders, old and new friends and fun rides, according to reports on the event’s Facebook page. Above, Rider #70 is Robert Rubin, 45, who rode in the Men’s 40-49 category for the crosscountry and Super D race. For more statistics see www.racersandchasers.com.

The Ridgecrest Desert Classic Saturday, Nov. 3, attracted 120 riders, old and new friends and fun rides, according to reports on the event’s Facebook page. Above, Rider #70 is Robert Rubin, 45, who rode in the Men’s 40-49 category for the crosscountry and Super D race. For more statistics see www.racersandchasers.com. . . . Share This Snapshot

-- Photo by Laura Austin
  • First Posted: 2012-11-07
MUSICIANS GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY: Shown are two members of the Desert Community Orchestra during the orchestra’s annual free Pops Concert last weekend. The concert, featuring the theme “Hooray for Hollywood!,” was presented at the Earl Powers Pavilion at the Desert Empire Fairgrounds. The Desert Symphony Singers joined the orchestra for a concert enjoyed by hundreds of residents.

MUSICIANS GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY: Shown are two members of the Desert Community Orchestra during the orchestra’s annual free Pops Concert last weekend. The concert, featuring the theme “Hooray for Hollywood!,” was presented at the Earl Powers Pavilion at the Desert Empire Fairgrounds. The Desert Symphony Singers joined the orchestra for a concert enjoyed by hundreds of residents. . . . Share This Snapshot

-- Photo by Ken Sanger
  • First Posted: 2012-10-03
THE MOST PATRIOTIC COMMUNITY IN AMERICA: Spectacular cloud hovers in the eastern sky as residents gather just before dusk for the Sept. 11 candlelight vigil, held in conjunction with the Ridgecrest Exchange Club’s annual Remembrance Field. Community, military and law-enforcement leaders were joined by hundreds of residents in honoring those who fell in 9-11 attacks, and those who have served our country since.

THE MOST PATRIOTIC COMMUNITY IN AMERICA: Spectacular cloud hovers in the eastern sky as residents gather just before dusk for the Sept. 11 candlelight vigil, held in conjunction with the Ridgecrest Exchange Club’s annual Remembrance Field. Community, military and law-enforcement leaders were joined by hundreds of residents in honoring those who fell in 9-11 attacks, and those who have served our country since. . . . Share This Snapshot

-- Photo by Laura Austin
  • First Posted: 2012-09-19
RAISING A GENERATION OF PROBLEM-SOLVERS: Dwight Morgan helps two of the more than 120 students at Monday

RAISING A GENERATION OF PROBLEM-SOLVERS: Dwight Morgan helps two of the more than 120 students at Monday's Scholastic Chess Tournament during a pre-tournament spar. For more than 20 years Morgan has been hosting a nine-tournament series at local schools, open to K12 students of the regions public, private and homeschooled students. Before retiring from Sierra Sands Unified School District he spent the last part of his career as an elementary school counselor, teaching critical thinking, problem-solving and sportsmanship through chess. Morgan was recognized with the SSUSD Community Service Award for his outreach to thousands of local students. Although most of the chess sets and other supplies have been paid for out of Morgan's pocket, he is seeking sponsorships to help defray the costs for the 2012-13 chess season. For more information, or to make a donation, call (760) 377-0034. . . . Share This Snapshot

-- Photo by Rebecca Neipp
  • First Posted: 2012-09-03
BEHIND EVERY GOOD CAUSE ... — "This is probably one of the most giving, generous communities around," said Lynn Riddick, pictured with husband John and children Krystal, Natalie and Spencer. Riddick discovered this when she, with the help of her family and friends, raised nearly $8,000 in one day to support the family of Stephen Neipp. The local 3-year-old has undergone five skin grafts since getting severely burned earlier this summer when a raven flew into powerlines on his street. The Neipps have been dividing their time between their Ridgecrest home and the Bakersfield burn center, where they expect to spend a significant amount of time for the years-long healing process. Riddick organized a fund-raising concert to help the local family cover the staggering costs of medical care — and the community rose to the challenge. Riddick said that money continues to pour in from people who could not be at the event, and she has raised her kicked her initial fund-raising goal of $1,500 up to $10,000.

BEHIND EVERY GOOD CAUSE ... — "This is probably one of the most giving, generous communities around," said Lynn Riddick, pictured with husband John and children Krystal, Natalie and Spencer. Riddick discovered this when she, with the help of her family and friends, raised nearly $8,000 in one day to support the family of Stephen Neipp. The local 3-year-old has undergone five skin grafts since getting severely burned earlier this summer when a raven flew into powerlines on his street. The Neipps have been dividing their time between their Ridgecrest home and the Bakersfield burn center, where they expect to spend a significant amount of time for the years-long healing process. Riddick organized a fund-raising concert to help the local family cover the staggering costs of medical care — and the community rose to the challenge. Riddick said that money continues to pour in from people who could not be at the event, and she has raised her kicked her initial fund-raising goal of $1,500 up to $10,000. . . . Share This Snapshot

-- Braelyn Havig
  • First Posted: 2012-08-14
PEER TO PEER ORIENTATION: "All the studies show that its not us, the parents and the teachers, who have the strongest influence on students — it

PEER TO PEER ORIENTATION: "All the studies show that its not us, the parents and the teachers, who have the strongest influence on students — it's their peers," said Burroughs High School Principal David Ostash. With that in mind, the student volunteers in the Link Crew will be showing freshmen the ropes at orientation this week. "This is a completely different take on the traditional process," said Ostash, which historically saw one adult addressing an auditorium full of hundreds of new students. Now juniors and seniors participate in a competitive interview process to be a Link mentor. Those mentors pair up to lead small groups of new students. Each pod breaks the ice with high-energy getting-acquianted activities. Last week Link Crew coordinators Randi Chappell and John Cosner (English and chemistry teachers, respectively) led mentors in a training session that instructs upper classmen in the nuts and bolts of the program, as well as techniques for leadership and positive influence. BHS Vice Principal Bryan Auld brought the program to the school, and recruited the counseling staff to help implement the peer-to-peer program. Pictured from left are Chappell, ASB President Brittanie Byrne, Link Crew Group Orientation Leader Christien Scott and Auld. . . . Share This Snapshot

-- Photo by Rebecca Neipp
  • First Posted: 2012-08-12
STORM WATCHERS WARN OF LOCAL WEATHER EVENTS, CAPTURE THE SKIES IN SPECTACULAR FASHION: Lindsay Johnson captures Friday night

STORM WATCHERS WARN OF LOCAL WEATHER EVENTS, CAPTURE THE SKIES IN SPECTACULAR FASHION: Lindsay Johnson captures Friday night's display in the northeastern skies over the Indian Wells Valley. Lindsay is a part of the High Desert News team, which specializes in storm chasing and contributes to local and national media outlets (including the News Review). The work of Lindsay and her father, David, can be followed via http://www.facebook.com/HighDesertNews. . . . Share This Snapshot

-- Photo by Lindsay Johnson
  • First Posted: 2012-08-04
TAKING ACTION TO FILL A NEED: Burroughs High School graduate and fixture the local stage Ryan Loewen responded to drastic cuts to the local performing arts programs by forming the Ridgecrest Musical Enrichment Society — which has raised more than $20,000 to support youth since 2009. That money has gone toward sending vocalists and instrumentalists to music festivals, helping purchase new equipment and establishing two memorial scholarships for graduating seniors. Loewen and a handful of other charter members — with the support of scores of other local talent and hundreds of loyal audience members — stage several productions each year to raise funds. Loewen said he wanted to match the efforts of Sierra Sands — which has kept some fine arts offerings despite budget cuts. "Our goal is to help these programs stand on their own so that someday they can operate without fear of being cut," said Loewen.

TAKING ACTION TO FILL A NEED: Burroughs High School graduate and fixture the local stage Ryan Loewen responded to drastic cuts to the local performing arts programs by forming the Ridgecrest Musical Enrichment Society — which has raised more than $20,000 to support youth since 2009. That money has gone toward sending vocalists and instrumentalists to music festivals, helping purchase new equipment and establishing two memorial scholarships for graduating seniors. Loewen and a handful of other charter members — with the support of scores of other local talent and hundreds of loyal audience members — stage several productions each year to raise funds. Loewen said he wanted to match the efforts of Sierra Sands — which has kept some fine arts offerings despite budget cuts. "Our goal is to help these programs stand on their own so that someday they can operate without fear of being cut," said Loewen. . . . Share This Snapshot

-- Photo by Laura Farris Austin
  • First Posted: 2012-08-02
COMMUNITY SHOWS ITS TRUE COLORS: Demonstrating that the Indian Wells Valley is truly the most patriotic spot in America, more than 1,000 residents join the Ridgecrest Exchange Club to march in the annual Parade of 1000 Flags. Plans are already in motion to recruit participants for the annual event, which is held in conjunction with the observance of 9-11 attacks on U.S. soil. Anyone interested in carrying a flag is encouraged to call Pat Farris at 760-371-4301.

COMMUNITY SHOWS ITS TRUE COLORS: Demonstrating that the Indian Wells Valley is truly the most patriotic spot in America, more than 1,000 residents join the Ridgecrest Exchange Club to march in the annual Parade of 1000 Flags. Plans are already in motion to recruit participants for the annual event, which is held in conjunction with the observance of 9-11 attacks on U.S. soil. Anyone interested in carrying a flag is encouraged to call Pat Farris at 760-371-4301. . . . Share This Snapshot

-- Photo by Laura Farris Austin
  • First Posted: 2012-07-25
PATRIOTIC COMMUNITY WELCOMES HOME A LOCAL HERO: Capt. Alisha Franklin is greeted by her husband, Mike, their son, Thomas, and dozens of flag-bearing, friends, family and well-wishers upon her return from deployment in Kuwait. The News Review will follow up with her story in a future edition.

PATRIOTIC COMMUNITY WELCOMES HOME A LOCAL HERO: Capt. Alisha Franklin is greeted by her husband, Mike, their son, Thomas, and dozens of flag-bearing, friends, family and well-wishers upon her return from deployment in Kuwait. The News Review will follow up with her story in a future edition. . . . Share This Snapshot

-- Photo by Laura Austin
  • First Posted: 2012-07-25
COMMUNITY SHOWS ITS COLORS: More than 1,000 residents planted flags at Freedom Park for the Ridgecrest Exchange Club

COMMUNITY SHOWS ITS COLORS: More than 1,000 residents planted flags at Freedom Park for the Ridgecrest Exchange Club's annual Remembrance Field. . . . Share This Snapshot

-- Laura Austin
  • First Posted: 2012-07-25
Colorful skies are in stark contrast with still-bare branches on the first day of spring.

Colorful skies are in stark contrast with still-bare branches on the first day of spring. . . . Share This Snapshot

-- Photo by Laura Austin
  • First Posted: 2012-07-25
WALKING FOR A CURE: Shown are a few members of the more than 80 teams that participated in this year’s Relay For Life. Held at Cerro Coso Community College’s running track, the annual event benefits the American Cancer Society’s search for a cure for cancer. Survivors were honored, as were memories of those who didn’t survive. Final details were not available as of press time.

WALKING FOR A CURE: Shown are a few members of the more than 80 teams that participated in this year’s Relay For Life. Held at Cerro Coso Community College’s running track, the annual event benefits the American Cancer Society’s search for a cure for cancer. Survivors were honored, as were memories of those who didn’t survive. Final details were not available as of press time. . . . Share This Snapshot

-- Photo by Laura Austin
  • First Posted: 2012-07-25
RISING STAR CAPTIVATES SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AUDIENCE: Ala Tiatia, just a few weeks after graduating from Burroughs High School, reiterated his celebrated portrayal of Jean Valjean in the California Youth Conservatory

RISING STAR CAPTIVATES SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AUDIENCE: Ala Tiatia, just a few weeks after graduating from Burroughs High School, reiterated his celebrated portrayal of Jean Valjean in the California Youth Conservatory's presentation of Les Miserables at the Lawrence Welk Theater in San Diego. Tiatia took school and community stages by storm with his triple-threat talent in vocals, dance and acting. Scores of Ala's local fans made the trek to the Welk resort to catch his performance, which received a standing ovation when this viewer made the trip. . . . Share This Snapshot

-- Courtesy photo
  • First Posted: 2012-07-25