Ashley Furniture celebrates 10 year in Ridgecrest

John (left) and Melissa Gradin work with Ashley Furniture Homestore salesperson Thomas Jackson as they pursue potential new furniture pieces during the local Ashley store’s 10-year anniversary sale. “We are very grateful for the support the community has given us that’s allowed us to be . . . Read Full Story >>

It’s happening!

It’s happening!

The beginnings of the Walmart Supercenter can be seen on the corner of Bowman Road and China Lake Boulevard. The new “hypermarket” is scheduled to be operational as early as this coming December. -- Courtesy photo . . . Read Full Story >>

New fuel farm at IYK

New fuel farm at IYK

Operators from GEMS Environmental place tanks for the new state-of-the-art fuel farm at Inyokern Airport. According to General Manager Scott Seymour, the airport got a $1.6- million grant from FAA to upgrade the facility. -- Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

Testing facility could bring hundreds of jobs to IWV

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The state’s air pollution laboratory in El Monte is looking for a new home for its updated facility. And Ridgecrest is on the short list. California Air Resources Board’s Arie Jan Haggen-Smit Laboratory, a vehicle emissions testing facility, . . . Read Full Story >>

Walmart construction project breaks ground

Walmart construction project breaks ground

From left, Desert Empire Fair Executive Director Chip Holloway, Councilmember Mike Mower, Kern County 1st District Supervisor Mick Gleason, Councilmember Lori Acton, future Walmart Supercenter Manager Jason Haile, Tom Wicknich, Councilmember Jim Sanders, Councilmember Eddie Thomas, Mayor Peggy Breeden, Duke Martin and Parks and Recreation . . . Read Full Story >>

Walmart Supercenter groundbreaking is today

Walmart Supercenter groundbreaking is today

East Bowman Road will remain closed from China Lake Boulevard to Sunland Street through May of next year for the Walmart Supercenter construction project. But the groundbreaking ceremony is on for this afternoon at 2 p.m. Because of the road closure, the ceremony will no . . . Read Full Story >>

Green Awards

Green Awards

Chip Holloway presents a “Green Business” certification to Alyssa Kirkpatrick with the Ridgecrest Pizza Factory. The certificate is given by the city, partnering with Waste Management, to businesses “for implementing sustainable practices to conserve resources and protect the environment. Ridgecrest Pizza Factory is one of . . . Read Full Story >>

Walmart arrival causes surprise road closure

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff?Writer Although many residents are celebrating the impending groundbreaking for the long-awaited?Walmart Supercenter, the arrival of the store’s presence in the Indian Wells Valley caught many drivers off guard with the surprise closure of East Bowman Road. City officials announced . . . Read Full Story >>

IYK not selected for DOT grant

INYOKERN AIRPORT — Inyokern Airport leadership learned this week that its application was not among those selected for a grant through the Department of Transportation’s Small Community Air Service Development Program. Since losing air service in 2013, IYK has sought federal assistance in securing a new . . . Read Full Story >>

Spaceport board names new CEO

Spaceport board names new CEO

Rebecca Neipp

Karina Drees, who has been serving as the deputy general manager under Mojave Air & Space Port CEO Stuart Witt since 2013, has been chosen as his successor, the spaceport board of directors announced this week. Witt announced in 2013 his plans to retire from . . . Read Full Story >>

Seymour clarifies soil issue

Rebecca Neipp

As Inyokern Airport endeavors to modernize its fuel farm, engineers are exploring options for mitigating contamination in the soil that surrounded the belowground fuel tanks that have been removed. According to General Manger Scott Seymour, the airport was able to secure some $1.3 million in . . . Read Full Story >>

Green Awards

Green Awards

Representatives of Southern California Edison present employees of Searles Valley Minerals with a $884,143 rebate check for successfully implementing multiple energy efficiency projects. EnerNOC, a company that works closely with SVM on these projects and specializes in evaluating the success of energy efficiency projects joined . . . Read Full Story >>

Walmart Supercenter could break ground in October

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council was shown a PowerPoint presentation complete with images of fireworks and the sound of trumpets that announced that the years-awaited Walmart Supercenter will come to Ridgecrest in winter 2016. Councilmembers and attendees alike clapped. . . . Read Full Story >>

Survey gages Internet use

In an effort to form a comprehensive understanding of the need for reliable and adequate Internet connections in the Indian Wells Valley, the Broadband Action Team has launched a survey to establish the user input that will help drive community solutions. “The main goal of . . . Read Full Story >>

Pertexa chosen to collaborate with consortium

PERTEXA — Pertexa Health-care Technology, Inc., a next-generation medical technology company headquartered in Ridgecrest, was recently chosen to join other high-profile tech firms to innovate in the U.S. Army’s $1.3 billion medical initiatives. Pertexa will collaborate with primary contractor SCRA Applied R&D to create the . . . Read Full Story >>

Council tables TAB funding for businesses

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer After an hour-long discussion, the Ridgecrest City Council decided during its Wednesday night meeting to table its big-ticket discussion item regarding a Tax Allocation Bond grant program for Ridgecrest small businesses. The program’s goal is “to retain the . . . Read Full Story >>

IYK seeks support for air service

INYOKERN AIRPORT — In pursuit of a federal grant that could help draw a commuter air service vendor back into Inyokern Airport, General Manager Scott Seymour is seeking a $50,000 cash match for an application of $500,000 through the Department of Transportation’s Small Communities Air Service . . . Read Full Story >>

Goodwill closes doors in IWV

By KATHRYN GARCIA News Review Correspondent Both Goodwill employees and the Ridgecrest community were surprised to find that Goodwill Industries had closed its doors to the public on Friday, June 26. According to Jake Slayton, chief operations officer at Goodwill Industries of South Central California, . . . Read Full Story >>

Monarch receives FAA exemption

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Monarch, Inc., local unmanned air systems manufacturer, has partnered with the California State Parks System to perform aerial surveys and pioneer new methods of agricultural surveying, according to Monarch CEO Eileen Shibley. Monarch has been granted a “333 . . . Read Full Story >>

Soda Ash bill could protect local jobs

Rebecca Neipp

A bill that would reduce royalties paid on soda ash will keep mining companies competitive in a global market, and help preserve local jobs in the mining industry, according to proponents of the American Soda Ash Competitive-ness Act. On April 23 Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple . . . Read Full Story >>