EDC to branch off from Alliance

EDC to branch off from Alliance

Rebecca Neipp

The Indian Wells Valley Economic Development Corp. and its subsidiary, the China Lake Alliance, are departing from a shared corporate structure and establishing two independent companies with distinct, but cooperative, missions. Leaders of both agencies confirm that they will continue to coordinate efforts to protect . . . Read Full Story >>

Parsons  steps down from city

Parsons steps down from city

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Gary Parsons is stepping down from his role as the city’s economic development manager. Beginning Sept. 15, Phenvana “Pen” Panpradith will take over as head of the Economic Development, Planning and Building departments and the Planning Commission. Panpradith . . . Read Full Story >>

What should aquatic center look like?

What should aquatic center look like?

Rebecca Neipp

Wednesday night’s public hearing for input on a proposed aquatic center put the IWV Economic Development Corp. and consultant organization Counsilman-Hunsaker one step closer to fleshing out the scope and cost of a facility that would serve our community while helping to attract visitors. But . . . Read Full Story >>

EDC unveils ‘One-Minute Tourist’ videos

EDC unveils ‘One-Minute Tourist’ videos

Rebecca Neipp

Ridgecrest’s burgeoning tourism industry just got another boost with the release of the IWV Economic Development Corporation’s “One-Minute Tourist” series highlighting nearby destinations for visitors to explore. According to the latest Runyon Report — an analysis of leisure travel within California — the number of . . . Read Full Story >>

Air service  resumes Aug. 8

Air service resumes Aug. 8

Rebecca Neipp

“I purchased the very first ticket leaving IYK on the very first flight!” Inyokern Airport General Manager Scott Seymour, after nearly four years of endeavoring to restore air service to the remote installation, announced in an e-mail to local media this week that residents and . . . Read Full Story >>

RRH moves forward with expansion projects

RRH moves forward with expansion projects

Rebecca Neipp

While Republican leaders are expressing disappointment with the Senate’s failure on Monday to pass a bill that would repeal the Affordable Care Act, the development resulted in a collective sense of relief from stewards of local healthcare — who have hedged on moving forward with . . . Read Full Story >>

Public input gathered for  aquatics  facility

Public input gathered for aquatics facility

Rebecca Neipp

The first meeting to gather broad public input on the development of a local aquatics complex brought to light keen interest, some concerns and an overview of how the IWV Economic Development Corp. plans to move forward in balancing need with longterm sustainability. “The excitement . . . Read Full Story >>

New leadership, goals for chamber

New leadership, goals for chamber

By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer After nearly three years without an executive director, the Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce will be bringing a new leader on board July 17, when Suzette Caufield takes the helm. “Suzette has a good feel for the chamber’s mission . . . Read Full Story >>

House Hunters episode showcases Bursons, community

House Hunters episode showcases Bursons, community

By JAYME KINARD News Review Correspondent Our remote little community was the subject of national attention last week when HDTV aired an episode of the wildly popular show “House Hunters,” titled “Returning to Ridgecrest.” The episode featured two of our very own residents —Nick and . . . Read Full Story >>

$46K grant awarded to EKCRCD

EASTERN KERN COUNTY RESOURCE CONSERVATION DISTRICT — On May 10, 2017, the EKCRCD was awarded a $46,209.24 (maximum amount) grant from the California Department of Conservation. The grant, which will run from May 2017 through February 2019, is funded by $2.5 million allocated by the . . . Read Full Story >>

Tractor Supply holds grand opening

Tractor Supply holds grand opening

Sarah Crist of Tractor Supply Co., flanked by Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, cuts the ribbon at the new store’s grand opening last weekend. The store, which caters to the needs of agrarian and rural living, opened up in the former Walmart building on South . . . Read Full Story >>

RRH brings new breast ultrasound system

Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, thanks in part to community-wide support to the Development Foundation, are now offering the Invenia automated breast ultrasound system to patients. The cutting-edge system is approved by the Federal Drug Administration for breast cancer screening as an adjunct to mammography for asymptomatic . . . Read Full Story >>

EDC moves forward with feasibility study for aquatics complex

EDC moves forward with feasibility study for aquatics complex

Rebecca Neipp

Emerging needs for a community pool — particularly in light of the closure of the only one accessible to the public — has prompted the IWV Economic Development Corp. to champion an effort to bring an aquatics complex to Ridgecrest. IWVEDC Executive Director Scott O’Neil . . . Read Full Story >>

Public input invited for aquatics complex

Public input on a proposed aquatics complex will be solicited at a community forum Thursday, June 22, from 5:30-7 p.m. at the SpringHill Suites. The Indian Wells Valley Economic Development Corp. has contracted with Counsilman-Hunsaker, an expert in aquatic design, to conduct a feasibility study . . . Read Full Story >>

Airport’s quest for renewed service continues

Airport’s quest for renewed service continues

INYOKERN AIRPORT — As the Inyokern Airport team struggles to restore commuter air service to the remote Indian Wells Valley, General Manager Scott Seymour points to existing challenges within the industry that have beleaguered the local endeavor. “When we lost service in 2013, that was . . . Read Full Story >>

Declining property values tied to SGMA

Rebecca Neipp

A recent report on the outlook for Kern County agricultural land indicates that new state water regulations will have a major impact on property values. The study focused on development in West Kern, noting that pumping restrictions under the State Groundwater Management Act could result . . . Read Full Story >>

RRH breaks   ground for  new crisis  stabilization center

RRH breaks ground for new crisis stabilization center

Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, in partnership with the Kern County Mental Health Department, began site preparation this week on the future home of the Ridgecrest Crisis Stabilization Unit. The new clinic will be built near the existing hospital campus. The partnership will enable KCMH and RRH . . . Read Full Story >>

Air show brings economic infusion

Air show brings economic infusion

Rebecca Neipp

While the Blue Angels raised spirits among the massive audiences that turned out for the China Lake Air Show, the hundreds of performers and crew members, and thousands of visitors, left a positive impact on our local economy by spending an estimated $750,000 during the . . . Read Full Story >>

IYK ramps up filming, military ops

IYK ramps up filming, military ops

By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer While Inyokern Airport officials continue to leverage a half-million in grant funds into reestablishing commuter air service out of IYK, General Manager Scott Seymour said that he and his staff have had one of the busiest years on . . . Read Full Story >>

Suver reports on expanding  hospital services

Suver reports on expanding hospital services

Rebecca Neipp

While the primary role of a hospital is the provision of vital health careservices, Ridgecrest Regional Hospital — as the second largest employer in the valley and a resource to the rural communities along the Eastern Sierra — has also emerged as an important economic . . . Read Full Story >>