Balsam Street renovations under way

Balsam Street renovations under way

Demolition crews kick off renovations the southern end of Balsam Street last week. According to developer Ryan Smith with the Sierra Project, the demo crew has finished and cleared out and renovations are on track to be completed by mid-to-late December. — Photo by Laura . . . Read Full Story >>

Kern Foundation solicits grant applications

Rebecca Neipp

Local nonprofit agencies looking to improve their fundraising capabilities are invited to submit applications for a Jumpstart Fundraising Technical Assistance Grant Opportunity, offered through the Kern Community Foundation with support from the county board of supervisors. “Jumpstart is truly a public-private partnership in growing philanthropy . . . Read Full Story >>

Balsam St renovation breaks  ground

Balsam St renovation breaks ground

THE SIERRA PROJECT – Local real estate investment and development company The Sierra Project is proud to announce its latest and largest project yet: a total facade transformation in the heart of downtown Ridgecrest. Numbers 126, 128, 130 and 132 Balsam Street (better known as . . . Read Full Story >>

Young leaders breathe new life into chamber of commerce

Young leaders breathe new life into chamber of commerce

Rebecca Neipp

As the leadership team of the Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce continues to refine its branding, programs and membership benefits, one driving goal is to reverse the national trend of declining membership. Decades ago, local chambers of commerce were pillars of economic develop- ment and networking . . . Read Full Story >>

County approves EDC request

County approves EDC request

Rebecca Neipp

With opportunities of potentially $4 billion in earthquake recovery funding, along with growing contributions to defense, aerospace and energy, IWV Economic Development Corp. Executive Director Scott O’Neil asked the Kern County Board of Supervisors for three action items expressing support for the mission at China . . . Read Full Story >>

RACVB named  state welcome center

RACVB named state welcome center

RIDGECREST AREA CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU — The RACVB joined 17 other “California Welcome Centers,” designated under the California Office of Tourism, in partnership with Visit California, to promote tourism throughout the state. Each CWC promotes its own region while supporting marketing efforts of partners . . . Read Full Story >>

Theater development takes step forward

Theater development takes step forward

Rebecca Neipp

A proposed complex that will include a new movie theater moved one step forward when the Ridgecrest City Council completed a public hearing and first-reading of a development agreement at its Wednesday night meeting. Based on the recommendation of the Planning Commission, G & L . . . Read Full Story >>

New logo reflects efforts to modernize

New logo reflects efforts to modernize

Rebecca Neipp

An updated logo is the latest development in ongoing efforts to modernize operations of the Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce. While chambers are closing and downsizing across the nation, leaders of the local organization are examining ways to adapt their services to meet the ever-changing needs . . . Read Full Story >>

Council to hear cinema proposal

Council to hear cinema proposal

Rebecca Neipp

A public hearing on the proposed development of a 10-screen cinema on a property at China Lake Boulevard and Rader Avenue will be on the agenda of the next Ridgecrest City Council meeting, held Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers. The hearing . . . Read Full Story >>

Chamber lunch is Tuesday

Chamber lunch is Tuesday

The Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce will host its monthly membership luncheon on Tuesday, Aug. 13, at noon at the Historic USO Building. The program, presented in partnership with So Cal Corporate Growth Partners, will focus on emergency preparedness. SCCGP offers training to small businesses and . . . Read Full Story >>

New theater complex progresses

New theater complex progresses

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Plans for a new commercial center, which currently include a 54,000-square-foot, 10-screen cinema, moved forward with the approval by the Ridgecrest Planning Commission last month. The proposed site for the 17-acre development, names “Oasis at China Lake,” is . . . Read Full Story >>

Hallmark store returns to Ridgecrest

Hallmark store returns to Ridgecrest

Cindy Parsons, owner of the Flower Shoppe at 229 W. Ridgecrest Blvd., has recently expanded her shop to include a Hallmark Gold Crown gift shop. The Flower Shoppe has been serving Ridgecrest for more than 50 years at the same location. The last Hallmark Store . . . Read Full Story >>

Chamber installs officers, recognizes community contributors

Chamber installs officers, recognizes community contributors

Rebecca Neipp

Individuals who have dedicated their time and efforts into investing in the community were acknowledged and celebrated during the Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce’s annual installation and awards ceremony on Tuesday afternoon. Six local graduates received $500 scholarships from the chamber — Azma, Emily Aralar, Area . . . Read Full Story >>

Chamber welcomes new  executive director

Chamber welcomes new executive director

Rebecca Neipp

During his second week on the job, Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tim Smith sat down to talk about what he hopes to bring to his new role as an advocate for the local business community. He, his wife Bree, a schoolteacher, and their . . . Read Full Story >>

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 >>