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The Reel Cinemaniac: The Crow Rebooted

By Josh Simpkins / September 12, 2017

By Josh Simpkins In 1994, an independent film directed by Alex Proyas (Gods of Egypt) and based on a graphic novel by James O’Barr, hit the silver screen and instantly became one of my top five favorite films. Starring Brandon Lee in his final and most poignant role, the film I speak of is The […]


Two Ways to Get Your Medicare Benefits

By Greg Dills / September 12, 2017

By Greg Dill At a family reunion last month, my Aunt Abby and Uncle Glen got into a squabble over the best way to get their Medicare benefits. Uncle Glen is an Original Medicare man and has been for nearly a decade. Aunt Abby prefers Medicare Advantage, which is similar to a health plan she […]


Stephen King’s “IT”

By Josh Simpkins / September 12, 2017

By Joshua Simpkins If I have said it once, I’ve said it some million-and-one times: I love me some Stephen King. In fact, the book I am currently hooked into is by Sai King. I took a two-year hiatus to devour two Dean Koontz series—Odd Thomas (9 books) and Frankenstein (5 books)—and now I’m back […]


Healthy Living: Pain & Adaptation

By Christine Harness / September 12, 2017

I have noticed that I’ve devoted an extraordinary amount of my life to the process of adaptation. When I take the time to think about it, I guess we have all done so. As we age and develop, our lives demand it of us. Adapt: “to make suitable especially by changing,” “to change so as […]


Writing Out Loud: PC-nado

By George Stahl / September 12, 2017

By George Stahl Computers are a bust! It took me at least an hour longer to write this than normal due to some stupid computer thing. Slow responding, then no responding. How many times has that or something else computer related caused you to have a mini nervous breakdown? There has to be a name […]


Field Day on the Kern

By Noble Smith / September 6, 2017

It has been tough lately to get on the water. Working a lot of hours definitely cuts into fishing time. To make things even worse, my boat is under repair, installing a new trolling motor. This last week, I had a window of opportunity. After a six-day work week, I had a day off. I […]


President’s Message: Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce

By Marsha Smith / September 6, 2017

Summer is wrapping up, although you wouldn’t know it from the fall heat of late, but the kids are back in school and the majority of the tourist season is behind us. Fortunately, we maintain a small but steady tourist trade throughout the year with the fall and winter events, such as Kernville’s Fall Festival […]


One Step Ahead of the Storm

By George Stahl / September 6, 2017

It was a dark and stormy night, the cheap dime store novel began. Many mysteries and old time horror books used that opening line, but if the story was set last Sunday night, it could have been a perfect description. Early that evening, a thunderstorm rolled into the valley and took on a strong indication […]


The Reel Cinemaniac: Remembering Tobe Hooper

By Josh Simpkins / September 6, 2017

There is an old saying that says something about deaths happen in threes. With the Reaper working overtime these past few months, it seems that deaths are happening hand over fist. No one is safe, not even beloved film directors. First back in April we lost Oscar-winning director Johnathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs). […]

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