O’Neil to bring future-focus to EDC

O’Neil to bring future-focus to EDC

Rebecca Neipp

“A long time ago I came into touch with who I am — and I’m a builder,” said Scott O’Neil, who started this week in his new position as executive director of the IWV Economic Development Corp. and the China Lake Alliance. “I finally realized it . . . Read Full Story >>

Hail and  farewell —  an overview  of the real  estate market

Hail and farewell — an overview of the real estate market

By BRENT CLARK PALMER News Review Correspondent As hundreds of new employees were welcomed to China Lake in 2015 and 2016, according to Susan Walker of the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division Public Affairs Office, those in the real estate industry — and the . . . Read Full Story >>

Crowd turns out for Super Walmart grand opening

Crowd turns out for Super Walmart grand opening

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer More than 100 people came out early on a blustery Wednesday morning for the grand opening of Ridgecrest’s Walmart Supercenter. The event featured Desert Christian Center’s live band, cheer squads from Burroughs and Trona high schools, Boy Scout . . . Read Full Story >>

Walmart Supercenter to open Nov. 16

After being in the works for more than a decade, the Walmart Supercenter will have its official opening next week, Nov. 16. Just across the street from the existing Walmart, the Eastern Sierra Marketplace will also be home to at least two other businesses – . . . Read Full Story >>

Super Walmart  set for  November opening

Super Walmart set for November opening

As the Walmart Supercenter and Eastern Sierra Marketplace near completion, roads will be reopening soon. While more precise details were not available at press time, developers plan to have the new store up and running sometime next month. According to City Economic Development Manager Gary . . . Read Full Story >>

IYK Chamber of Commerce Annual Mtg. is Oct. 25

The Inyokern Chamber of Commerce will hold it’s annual meeting on Tuesday evening, Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the Inyokern Town Hall. The chamber will elect new directors and hold signups for new members. The Town Hall is located at 1439 Broadway in Inyokern. . . . Read Full Story >>

Icons speak at Bakersfield Business Conference

Icons speak at Bakersfield Business Conference

Rebecca Neipp

On a relatively quiet day in the Indian Wells Valley, leaders in business and politics, along with world-renowned entertainers, were igniting the main stage of the Bakersfield Business Conference on Oct. 8 during a mecca for conservative leadership. Included in the estimated 7,000 in attendance . . . Read Full Story >>

IYK targets first-quarter start of air service

INYOKERN AIRPORT — Inyokern Airport is working toward a first-quarter start for reestablishing passenger flights out of IYK, where Mokulele Airlines will be offering three flights to LAX daily. “We had originally hoped to restart service this fall, but we are still working with the . . . Read Full Story >>

IYK moves forward in restoring air service

Rebecca Neipp

With the award of a $450,000 grant to assist the restoration of air service at Inyokern Airport, General Manager Scott Seymour outlined the timeline and scope of the long-awaited return of commercial flights out of IYK. Seymour noted that, since IYK lost service in 2013, . . . Read Full Story >>

Living Desert Wellness Center opens

Living Desert Wellness Center opens

The Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce and healthcare business owners celebrate the grand opening of the Living Desert Wellness Center at 135 Balsam St. The center offers group exercise classes, massage therapy, personal training, nutrition coaching, natural skincare and more. -- Courtesy Photo . . . Read Full Story >>

More concerns raised about casino

More concerns raised about casino

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer For the third week in a row, the City Council Chambers were filled to capacity Wednesday night with concerned citizens endeavoring to gather more details on the Ridgecrest City Council’s proposed plan to enter into an agreement that . . . Read Full Story >>

IYK files grant, sets goal for air service

Rebecca Neipp

Although Inyokern Airport officials will not know for an estimated 60 days whether their grant application to offset the costs of restoring air service is approved, leadership is working on a plan to bring commuter service back to local travelers no matter what by Oct. . . . Read Full Story >>

IYK grant update today

Indian Wells Valley Airport District President Paul Valovich will host a meeting today, April 29, at noon at Inyokern Airport to hear the final status of the local Department of Transportation grant that could help restore commuter air service. According to General Manager Scott Seymour, . . . Read Full Story >>

IYK still seeks matching funds as deadline nears

Rebecca Neipp

“We’ve talked about this for years — getting airline service back at Inyokern,” said Indian Wells Valley Airport District President Paul Valovich. “It seems like we are finally getting close. But like most things, it is going to come down to money.” The IYK team . . . Read Full Story >>

Community meeting to focus on economic diversity

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Contractors for the East Kern Economic Diversification Plan will hold a community input meeting Wednesday, April 20, 10-11:30 a.m., in City Council chambers. The meeting will focus on challenges and opportunities for economic growth in the Indian Wells . . . Read Full Story >>

IYK seeks support for air service grant

IYK seeks support for air service grant

INYOKERN — Last week, the US Department of Transportation released a request for proposals for airports seeking grants from the 2016 Small Community Air Service Development Grant Program. Applications are due to the DOT on May 3. Indian Wells Valley Airport District is currently working . . . Read Full Story >>

Tournament success sets track for sports tourism

By NATHAN CARTER News Review Correspondent After seeing the positive economic impact from last year’s Pony League tournament, the Indian Wells Valley Economic Development Corporation went to work on generating a series of sports tournaments within the community. According to Dan Spurgeon, member of the . . . Read Full Story >>

Is Ridgecrest in a position to have a tourism boom?

By NATHAN CARTER News Review Correspondent The financial impact of the Death Valley “super bloom” on Ridgecrest has had a significant impact on the hotel industry this time of year, according to one of the leading hoteliers in the valley. “The ‘super bloom’ has brought . . . Read Full Story >>

Walmart Supercenter continues to take shape

Walmart Supercenter continues to take shape

An enormous crane lowers an air-conditioning unit onto the new Walmart Supercenter building as it begins to take form. The store is still on track to be ready by this December. Economic Development Manager Gary Parsons gave a report to the Ridgecrest City Council on . . . Read Full Story >>

Health care mirrors story of a growing community

Rebecca Neipp

As part of the recent IWV Economic Outlook Conference in February, Ridgecrest Regional Hospital CEO Jim Suver reported statistics that indicate that, after a tumultuous climate driven by changing reforms and regulations, the industry is starting to stabilize and the local institution has become a . . . Read Full Story >>