Grocery Outlet is now open

Grocery Outlet is now open

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer After a one-week delay, Ridgecrest’s Grocery Outlet officially opened its doors to the public on Thursday, July 23. The bargain market is a place where shoppers can find overstocked, discounted grocery goods of all kinds. “Our groceries cost . . . Read Full Story >>

Team Dosen earns national distinction

Team Dosen earns national distinction

By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writers Christine Dosen led “Team Dosen” — which includes her son Joey and his significant other Sarah Bingham — into distinction as one of the most successful real estate agents in the country, according to a recent ranking of . . . Read Full Story >>

Test groups return to Inyokern Airport

Test groups return to Inyokern Airport

Rebecca Neipp

As commercial operations begin to resume across the state, the pent-up demand for staging military testing has triggered an uptick in demand for facilities use at Inyokern Airport. It means a healthy infusion of revenue for our remote airport, said General Manager Scott Seymour, but . . . Read Full Story >>

Grocery Outlet opens July 15

Grocery Outlet opens July 15

Construction crews tear up the old parking lot as renovations continue for the future Grocery Outlet coming to the Ridgecrest Plaza. According to owner-operators Kristina Mahr and Adam Cross, the “extreme-value grocery retailer” will open for business on July 15. — Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

Regional film commission resumes operations

Regional film commission resumes operations

The Ridgecrest Regional Film Commission announced this week that it is one of the first in the state to reopen to filmmakers, as California moves into Stage 3 of resuming commercial operations. RRFC officials said that, after several months monitoring the COVID-19 situation, it is . . . Read Full Story >>

Hotels reopen, but  traffic still down

Hotels reopen, but traffic still down

Rebecca Neipp

California hotels have been allowed to host leisure traffic just in time for summer travel, now that Gov. Gavin Newsom has released authority and guidance for commercial operations to enter into “Stage 3” of our plan to reopen. However, some local hoteliers are pointing out . . . Read Full Story >>

Some restaurants welcome patrons back into their dining rooms

Some restaurants welcome patrons back into their dining rooms

Kristy’s waitress Lucy Vasquez serves lunch to Cathy Castillo and Dick Dickson on Monday. With approval from the governor and county last week, restaurants in the Indian Wells Valley began reopening their dining rooms late last week. Many restaurants remain open only for curb-side pick-up . . . Read Full Story >>

Shops, restaurants reopen Friday

Shops, restaurants reopen Friday

A groundswell of advocates from our community, county and state appear to have been successful in gaining approval from the office of Gov. Gavin Newsom to accelerate the next phase of “Stage 2” reopenings, which means that dine-in restaurants and small shops could be receiving . . . Read Full Story >>

Oasis complex breaks ground

Oasis complex breaks ground

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Developer G&L China Lake LLC continues to take steps forward with its 17-acre commercial development on South China Lake Boulevard, between Bowman Road and Rader Avenue, dubbed “Oasis at China Lake.” The Ridgecrest City Council approved a developmental . . . Read Full Story >>

Surviving the shutdown

Surviving the shutdown

Rebecca Neipp

While scores of businesses around town have shuttered their operations because of restrictions relating to COVID-19, some entrepreneurs have made significant modifications in order to maintain some level of service. Ryan Abbatoye of Rad Custom Graphics, specializing in everything from T-shirt printing and embroidery to . . . Read Full Story >>

Grocery Outlet, other stores coming to town

Grocery Outlet, other stores coming to town

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Despite an economic downturn due to COVID-19, new business prospects are still moving forward in Ridgecrest. In addition to a Holiday Inn Express breaking ground on North China Lake Boulevard, Grocery Outlet and Panda Express are moving forward . . . Read Full Story >>

Holiday Inn Express breaks ground

Holiday Inn Express breaks ground

The construction crew from Gilliam & Sons breaks ground on a Holiday Inn Express development across the street from Ridgecrest Regional Hospital. The Ridgecrest Planning Commission approved the project, which includes a four-story, 103-room hotel and a pad for additional retail development, in the summer . . . Read Full Story >>

Struggling cinemas still finds way to give back

Struggling cinemas still finds way to give back

“In my mind, it’s not a question of if we will still be here. I have to find a way to keep the theater going,” said Kelly Walden, general manager of Ridgecrest Cinemas. Scores of businesses in the Indian Wells Valley finished their second full . . . Read Full Story >>

Isolation strains small businesses

Isolation strains small businesses

Rebecca Neipp

As critical industries struggle to continue services during Gov. Newsom’s executive order for Californians to stay at home, those deemed “non-essential” battle for their very survival. Last week’s “shelter in place” directive (covid19.ca.gov) ordered Californians to stay in their homes, making allowances to leave only . . . Read Full Story >>

How will social distancing impact commerce?

How will social distancing impact commerce?

Rebecca Neipp

With unprecedented closures and directives to self-isolate to help slow a coronavirus outbreak, the community is bracing for the impact social distancing will have on stores, restaurants and other public spaces. Over the weekend, Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered bars, wineries and pubs to cease operations. . . . Read Full Story >>

How will social distancing impact commerce?

How will social distancing impact commerce?

Rebecca Neipp

With unprecedented school closures and directives to self-quarantine and maintain social distancing to help slow the spread of coronavirus, the community is bracing for the impact of what the reduction of traffic will have on stores, restaurants and other public spaces. Over the weekend, Gov. . . . Read Full Story >>

Elected officials weigh in at Outlook Conference

Rebecca Neipp

Among the leaders from defense, industry and community, attendees at the IWV Economic Outlook Conference heard elected officials give their take on the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, State Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove and Assemblyman Vince Fong each . . . Read Full Story >>

Is the economic boom over?

Is the economic boom over?

Rebecca Neipp

What a difference two weeks make. On Feb. 27, economist Mark Schniepp told a packed audience at the IWV Economic Outlook Conference that the economy was still booming — on the national scale as well as locally. But the biggest threat to that steady growth . . . Read Full Story >>

City braces for rebuild

City braces for rebuild

Rebecca Neipp

As Navy officials roll out plans to spend some $3 billion on an effort to provide earthquake recovery and modernization of China Lake, the city of Ridgecrest is partnering to provide the necessary support that will be required in our remote community. City Manager Ron . . . Read Full Story >>

China Lake thriving in recovery

China Lake thriving in recovery

Rebecca Neipp

Part 1 in a series: in keeping with our 2020 Vision theme, the News Review will present in-depth reports from IWV Economic Outlook Conference speakers in the coming weeks —————————— Between the launch of the recovery process and the report from the annual IWV Economic . . . Read Full Story >>