Wingstop to  come to town

Wingstop to come to town

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Valley residents can expect the arrival of a Wingstop franchise in Ridgecrest in the near future. The aviation-themed Texas chicken wing restaurant plans on opening a new location in the old Starbucks building in the Ridgecrest Town Center . . . Read Full Story >>

City to address development concerns

City to address development concerns

Rebecca Neipp

City Manager Ron Strand moved his routine report to the Ridgecrest City Council to the beginning of Wednesday’s meeting to announce a special meeting at City Hall to address concerns about city processes raised by developers in the community. Strand said that on Wednesday, April . . . Read Full Story >>

Hospital upgrade in jeopardy

Hospital upgrade in jeopardy

Rebecca Neipp

RRH CEO Jim Suver (right) stands with Fred Hawkins on the site of a future hotel, which stands in the planned flight path of the hospital’s new helipad — Photo by Laura Austin ------ Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, after years of effort and more than $2 . . . Read Full Story >>

Chamber voices  support for building solution

Chamber voices support for building solution

Rebecca Neipp

Following a request to evaluate the confusing and irregular practices in the city’s building and development department, raised at the prior meeting of the Ridgecrest City Council by IWV Economic Development Corp. Executive Director Scott O’Neil , the issue was brought back at Wednesday’s council . . . Read Full Story >>

Death Valley boom benefits Ridgecrest economy

Death Valley boom benefits Ridgecrest economy

Rebecca Neipp

A graph provided by Death Valley National Park rangers shows a slump in traffic in the early 2000s, followed by a steep increase in more recent years. Experts noted that the increase in the last few years is particularly remarkable considering the closure of Scotty’s . . . Read Full Story >>

Local landmarks adorn magazine cover

Local landmarks adorn magazine cover

Rebecca Neipp

Inyokern Airport General Manager Scott Seymour, with two visiting Apaches, in front of the IYK terminal (and our world-famous southern Sierra Nevada) — Courtesy photo ------ The iconic image of Five Fingers, the backdrop of a photo taken at Inyokern Airport, graced the cover of . . . Read Full Story >>

Concerns about city practices continue

Concerns about city practices continue

Rebecca Neipp

After spending upwards of $750,000 developing their China Lake Boulevard property, the Warrens ran out of money to complete it. — Photo by Rebecca Neipp ------ Prominent leaders in economic development and property rights voiced their concerns during last week’s Ridgecrest City Council meeting about . . . Read Full Story >>

City called on to improve development practices

City called on to improve development practices

Scott O’Neil, executive director of the IWV Economic Development Corp., addresses local development obstacles at this week’s Ridgecrest City Council meeting — Photo by Laura Austin ------ By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer During the Ridgecrest City Council’s regular meeting on Wednesday, it heard . . . Read Full Story >>

EDC turns the tables at conference

EDC turns the tables at conference

Rebecca Neipp

Scott O’Neil speaks at a previous Economic Outlook Conference — News Review file photo ------ While the hallmarks of the annual IWV Economic Outlook Conference are critical updates relating to future market trends, this year’s presentations included one by the Economic Development Corp. that allowed . . . Read Full Story >>

Kooima: ‘The work is not slowing down’

Kooima: ‘The work is not slowing down’

Rebecca Neipp

The keynote speaker at the IWV Economic Outlook Conference, presented Feb. 28 by the Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce, told his listeners to be prepared to be “bored” by more of the same trends in the future. “If this is boring, I’ll take boring!” said Harlan . . . Read Full Story >>

Capt. Dale: ‘From where I  sit ... it’s going to be positive’

Capt. Dale: ‘From where I sit ... it’s going to be positive’

Rebecca Neipp

The overall projections presented at the Feb. 28 Indian Wells Valley Economic Outlook Conference were optimistic about continued growth this year — and the message from Capt. Paul Dale, commanding officer of the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake. “I’m here to tell you — . . . Read Full Story >>

Work Ready program returns

The Work Ready program will return to Indian Wells Valley teens and young adults looking to enter the workforce. The five-week training program will be held Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the SpringHill Suites, beginning March 30 and continuing through May 5 . . . Read Full Story >>

Valley thrives in booming economy

Valley thrives in booming economy

Rebecca Neipp

Dr. Mark Schniepp addresses attendees at the IWV Economic Outlook Conference — Photo by Laura Austin ------ “I could not find a better time economically in our history. This may be the best time we have ever known.” Dr. Mark Schniepp of California Economic Forecast . . . Read Full Story >>

Leaders promote East Kern for base of operations in space development

Rebecca Neipp

A letter dated Feb. 28 to President Donald Trump, co-authored by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, is prompting the administration to consider the high desert as a potential base of operations for the Space Development Agency. “As stated in the National Security Strategy, space is . . . Read Full Story >>

‘The future of Kern County is here’

‘The future of Kern County is here’

Rebecca Neipp

Kern County Supervisors Mick Gleason and Zack Scrivner update attendees at the EOC — Photo by Ian M. Terry ------ County leadership outlined extraordinary opportunities — both under way and on the horizon — to start the IWV Economic Outlook Conference with an unprecedentedly positive . . . Read Full Story >>

Young Professionals hear from IWV Economic Development Corp.

Young Professionals hear from IWV Economic Development Corp.

Eric Inoco, Suzy Gysler and James Long enjoy refreshments and socializing at Tuesday’s meeting of the Ridgecrest Young Professionals Network. Indian Wells Valley Economic Development Corporation hosted the mixer, which included an interactive presentation by Executive Director Scott O’Neil and Executive Assistant Rebecca McCourt, who . . . Read Full Story >>

Outlook Conference is next week

Outlook Conference is next week

Rebecca Neipp

State Sen. Shannon Grove (partly offscreen) captures a photo of Kern County Judge Chad Louie, Supervisor Mick Gleason, Denny Kline, Jim Suver and Dave Ostash during last year’s IWV Economic Outlook Conference — a perennial opportunity to meet with local leaders — Photo by Laura . . . Read Full Story >>

IWV Economic Development Corp. gains new membership

IWV Economic Development Corp. gains new membership

Business owners and other community stakeholders participate in an interactive presentation during the IWV Economic Development Corporation’s annual membership update on Tuesday evening. Executive Director Scott O’Neil discussed ongoing endeavors of the EDC, while testing attendees’ knowledge of the local area. Several polling questions also . . . Read Full Story >>

Project hiring solar panel installers

A job recruitment event for solar panel installers will be held in Ridgecrest on Thursday, Feb. 14, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Kern County Administration Building, 400 N. China Lake Boulevard. The event is co-hosted by Kern County 1st District Supervisor Mick Gleason . . . Read Full Story >>

‘What can the EDC do for you?’

‘What can the EDC do for you?’

Rebecca Neipp

Chip Yates (left) and a project engineer work on the Silent Arrow project at Inyokern Airport — Courtesy photo ------ “One of our focuses this year is finding out — what can we do to help you?” Scott O’Neil, executive director of the IWV Economic . . . Read Full Story >>