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 >>

New Golden Age of China Lake is here

New Golden Age of China Lake is here

Rebecca Neipp

When historians look back at the Golden Age of China Lake, they will be talking about 2017-2020. That was the message Rear Adm. Brian Corey, commander of the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, delivered to the attendees of the Indian Wells Valley Economic Outlook . . . Read Full Story >>

Conference brightens outlook of attendees

Conference brightens outlook of attendees

Reporting on the Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce’s annual IWV Economic Outlook Conference continues this week with a report on keynote speaker Scott O’Neil and the valley’s locally elected officials. Watch next week’s edition for updates in health care, real estate and the Navy’s mission at . . . Read Full Story >>

O’Neil: IWV poised to  capture opportunity

O’Neil: IWV poised to capture opportunity

Rebecca Neipp

Scott O’Neil delivered a keynote address that outlined potential for growth in both Navy and community ventures in the Indian Wells Valley, acknowledged challenges in the landscape, and urged stakeholders to work together to ensure a bright future. O’Neil recently closed out a 40-plus year . . . Read Full Story >>

‘It’s going to be a rosy picture’

‘It’s going to be a rosy picture’

Rebecca Neipp

“We are just starting to paint the picture. We are putting on the background color now, and as we move forward and begin to exploit opportunities, we will begin to paint in the details. But it is going to be a rosy picture.” The hundreds . . . Read Full Story >>

Community to hear economic outlook

Members of the local business community, along with community leaders, will gather Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Kerr McGee Center for the Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce’s annual IWV Economic Outlook Conference. Speakers will give updates on challenges and opportunities in health care, real estate and . . . Read Full Story >>

Harbor Freight open for business

Harbor Freight open for business

The new Harbor Freight Tools, located on the corner of Balsam Street and Argus Avenue, has opened its doors to shoppers. The discount tools and equipment retailer had its soft opening on Tuesday and plans to have a grand opening on March 1. -- Photo . . . Read Full Story >>

Keynoter announced for Outlook  Conference

Keynoter announced for Outlook Conference

Rebecca Neipp

Details are emerging for this year’s Indian Wells Valley Economic Outlook Conference — historically the most significant IWV gathering of leaders from the community, county and base, who give an annual report on challenges and opportunities ahead. The Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce presents the event . . . Read Full Story >>