‘How can we make  the pie bigger?’

‘How can we make the pie bigger?’

Rebecca Neipp

As the chapter closed on 2017, leaders in local government, education, health care and economic development reflect on the successes and defeats of the past year while identifying challenges and opportunities of the coming year. Watch for continuing installments of this series during January! ------ . . . Read Full Story >>

EDC builds coalition for a brighter future

EDC builds coalition for a brighter future

Rebecca Neipp

“I’m really looking forward to the year ahead. We are building some excitement and momentum at the Economic Development Corporation, and we are looking to enlist people and corporations to partner with us.” Scott O’Neil recounted the successes in his first year as chief executive . . . Read Full Story >>

Casino impact up for discussion at Jan. 11 meeting

Casino impact up for discussion at Jan. 11 meeting

Pictured: Legal counsel for the tribe (foreground) addresses city representatives and casino proponents (including Lori Acton and George Gholson, background) during the last meeting of the Tribal-City Advisory Committee. — Photo by Laura Austin ****** By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer A public meeting . . . Read Full Story >>

World’s largest aircraft  passes test at Mojave

World’s largest aircraft passes test at Mojave

Rebecca Neipp

Pictured: Stratolaunch developments attracted the attention of Vice President Mike Pence, who visited the space port during a tour of California in October. Also pictured are House Representative Kevin McCarthy, Assemblyman Vince Fong and NAWS Commanding Officer Capt. Paul Dale. — Photo by Timothy Neipp . . . Read Full Story >>

Starbucks moving to drive-through location

Starbucks moving to drive-through location

The Ridgecrest Towne Center Starbucks is relocating to the former Pizza Hut location at the corner of China Lake Boulevard and Ward Avenue. For some years, the local Starbucks has been keeping its eyes open for a larger space that can accommodate a drive-through according . . . Read Full Story >>

Yates returns  to IYK to  develop  Silent Arrow  contract

Yates returns to IYK to develop Silent Arrow contract

Rebecca Neipp

The entrepreneur who made headlines in 2012-13 at Inyokern Airport for his groundbreaking records for speed and altitude in an electric airplane is back at IYK to develop his unmanned aerial system. Chip Yates, CEO of Yates Electrospace Corp., announced earlier this week that Marine . . . Read Full Story >>

Hundreds flock to Industry Day

Hundreds flock to Industry Day

Rebecca Neipp

Some 400 registrants from all over the country signed up to attend the California Contracting-Acquisition-Procurement Industry Days Expo Nov. 1 and 2 at the Kerr McGee Center. The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division and industry partners collaborate for the annual event to hear about . . . Read Full Story >>

Use it or lose it —  Seymour recounts how  we lost air service

Use it or lose it — Seymour recounts how we lost air service

Rebecca Neipp

Just a few months after regaining air service, the Indian Wells Valley Airport Board of Directors voted, after a closed-session discussion last Thursday, to terminate its contract with Boutique Airlines. “No one likes to fail, but this one hit me really hard,” said IYK General . . . Read Full Story >>

Air service in trouble?

Air service in trouble?

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Inyokern Airport may be burning through the grant funds that keep its current commuter air service afloat. This news came during Tuesday’s Indian Wells Valley Water District meeting during General Manager Don Zdeba’s report. According to Zdeba, . . . Read Full Story >>

RRH prepares to launch cancer center

RRH prepares to launch cancer center

RIDGECREST REGIONAL HOSPITAL — As Ridgecrest Regional Hospital gets closer to the Nov. 6 opening date of its new cancer center, June Brown, business analyst supervisor at the University of California Davis Health Cancer Care Network, visited RRH for final checks and to offer guidance . . . Read Full Story >>

EDC to branch off from Alliance

EDC to branch off from Alliance

Rebecca Neipp

The Indian Wells Valley Economic Development Corp. and its subsidiary, the China Lake Alliance, are departing from a shared corporate structure and establishing two independent companies with distinct, but cooperative, missions. Leaders of both agencies confirm that they will continue to coordinate efforts to protect . . . Read Full Story >>

Parsons  steps down from city

Parsons steps down from city

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Gary Parsons is stepping down from his role as the city’s economic development manager. Beginning Sept. 15, Phenvana “Pen” Panpradith will take over as head of the Economic Development, Planning and Building departments and the Planning Commission. Panpradith . . . Read Full Story >>

What should aquatic center look like?

What should aquatic center look like?

Rebecca Neipp

Wednesday night’s public hearing for input on a proposed aquatic center put the IWV Economic Development Corp. and consultant organization Counsilman-Hunsaker one step closer to fleshing out the scope and cost of a facility that would serve our community while helping to attract visitors. But . . . Read Full Story >>

EDC unveils ‘One-Minute Tourist’ videos

EDC unveils ‘One-Minute Tourist’ videos

Rebecca Neipp

Ridgecrest’s burgeoning tourism industry just got another boost with the release of the IWV Economic Development Corporation’s “One-Minute Tourist” series highlighting nearby destinations for visitors to explore. According to the latest Runyon Report — an analysis of leisure travel within California — the number of . . . Read Full Story >>

Air service  resumes Aug. 8

Air service resumes Aug. 8

Rebecca Neipp

“I purchased the very first ticket leaving IYK on the very first flight!” Inyokern Airport General Manager Scott Seymour, after nearly four years of endeavoring to restore air service to the remote installation, announced in an e-mail to local media this week that residents and . . . Read Full Story >>

RRH moves forward with expansion projects

RRH moves forward with expansion projects

Rebecca Neipp

While Republican leaders are expressing disappointment with the Senate’s failure on Monday to pass a bill that would repeal the Affordable Care Act, the development resulted in a collective sense of relief from stewards of local healthcare — who have hedged on moving forward with . . . Read Full Story >>

Public input gathered for  aquatics  facility

Public input gathered for aquatics facility

Rebecca Neipp

The first meeting to gather broad public input on the development of a local aquatics complex brought to light keen interest, some concerns and an overview of how the IWV Economic Development Corp. plans to move forward in balancing need with longterm sustainability. “The excitement . . . Read Full Story >>

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 >>