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 >>

Mojave seeks successor for retiring CEO

Mojave seeks successor for retiring CEO

MOJAVE AIR AND SPACE PORT — The man who built a former Marine Corps air station into the nation’s first FAA-certified commercial spaceport is retiring, and the search is on to find a replacement. Chief Executive Officer Stuart O. Witt, a former Navy Top Gun . . . Read Full Story >>

Super Walmart could break ground soon

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Ridgecrest may finally get its Walmart Super Center by next year, according to Attorney Matthew Nelson, who represented Walmart at last week’s meeting of the Ridgecrest City Council. The council held a public hearing to adopt an environmental . . . Read Full Story >>

Dynamic keynoter wows audience

Dynamic keynoter wows audience

By JAMES SIMMONS News Review Correspondent In a relevant and expert keynote presentation to attendees at the annual economic outlook conference last Thursday, Gordon Fowler spent 75 minutes covering five generations, their characteristics and what motivates them to make purchases. He is president and chief . . . Read Full Story >>

Speakers at outlook conference say IWV’s future looks bright

Speakers at outlook conference say IWV’s future looks bright

NAWS Commanding Officer Capt. Rich Wiley gives an update on China Lake while scores of attendees take advantage of networking opportunities at the IWV Economic Outlook Conference. Watch future editions for additional reports. -- Photos by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

Pediatrics Plus to close

Pediatrics Plus children’s medical clinic is closing its doors and will see its last patients March 31. “We are closing for financial reasons related to recent state-funded budget cuts and impending changes in medical coding,” said Dr. Victoria Schauf, who has run the clinic since . . . Read Full Story >>

Leaders prepare for economic outlook

Leaders prepare for economic outlook

Rebecca Neipp

Leaders in business, defense and education and elected office will gather Thursday for the annual IWV Economic Outlook Conference, held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Kerr McGee Center. Each year the Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce and the city of Ridgecrest join forces . . . Read Full Story >>

Outlook Conference is next week

The Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce and the city will host the annual IWV Economic Outlook Conference and Business Expo Thursday, Feb. 26, at the Kerr McGee Center. This year’s theme is “Genera-tion XYZ and ME.” Generational differences in employment and consumer habits will be highlighted . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Generation XYZ and ME’ is theme for outlook conference

RIDGECREST CHAMBER OF COMMERCE — The Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce and the city of Ridgecrest will host the 28th annual IWV Economic Outlook Conference and Business Expo Thursday, Feb. 26, at the Kerr McGee Center. This year’s theme is “Generation XYZ and ME.” Generational differences . . . Read Full Story >>

Consortium hosts broadband summit

Consortium hosts broadband summit

Last Thursday, Eastern Sierra Regional Connect Broadband Consortium hosted its third annual Broadband Summit here in Ridgecrest at the SpringHill Suites Marriott. “This was tremendous opportunity to bring together industry leaders on broadband technologies and was attended by policy-makers, businesspeople, state agencies, Internet service providers, . . . Read Full Story >>

EDC to meet Dec. 9

The Indian Wells Valley Economic Development Corporation will hold its annual meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 9, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Clarion Inn banquet hall. The IWVEDC will meet in conjunction with the Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce to discuss activities related to . . . Read Full Story >>

CalUAS is now Monarch, Inc.

CalUAS is now Monarch, Inc.

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer California Unmanned Aircraft Systems, a company that manufactures unmanned aircraft systems, changed its name to “Monarch, Inc.” in mid-September and has established a firm headquarters in Ridgecrest. Monarch designs and produces professional aircraft systems for agriculture, energy and . . . Read Full Story >>

City officials address rumors about Super Walmart groundbreaking

Rumors about the coming Super Walmart have been around for years. Now unofficial sources have confirmed that the project will break ground soon. “Walmart has selected a site at the corner of Bowman and China Lake, and we have been working with Walmart’s engineering team . . . Read Full Story >>

Staples closing — this time for good

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Rumors of our local Staples store being closed were confirmed earlier this week. Store Manager Tamara Tuipala said the Ridgecrest location will permanently close its doors at noon on Sept. 20. Earlier this year, Staples’ corporate office announced . . . Read Full Story >>

Housing element workshop planned

The Ridgecrest Planning Commission invites the community to participate in a special workshop to provide input into the city’s updated housing element. The workshop will be held Tuesday, Aug. 12, at 6 p.m. in City Council Chambers. A city consultant will give an overview of . . . Read Full Story >>

Public input invited on economic dev.

Rebecca Neipp

The public is invited to give input on funding agreements for three projects that propose economic development at tonight’s 6 p.m. meeting of the Ridgecrest City Council, held in Council Chambers at City Hall. The draft agreements, which are still awaiting final approval from the . . . Read Full Story >>

Chamber to host marketing expert

“Now that our new Marshall’s is open, there really is no reason for our friends and neighbors to be going out of town to do their shopping a couple of times every month,” said a spokesperson of the Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce. “But it’s up . . . Read Full Story >>

IYK budget reflects activity, growth

IYK budget reflects activity, growth

INYOKERN, CA — A 50-percent leap in revenue and a slate of projects that will continue infrastructure improvements at Inyokern Airport were depicted in the budget for fiscal year 2014-15 passed this week by the Indian Wells Valley Airport District Board of Directors. “We had . . . Read Full Story >>

Council to revisit funds for economic development

Rebecca Neipp

Potential awarding of grants to proponents looking to diversify the local economy will once again be up for discussion at tonight’s meeting of the Ridgecrest City Council, held at 6 p.m. in council chambers. At the June 18 meeting, the council heard from five applicants . . . Read Full Story >>

Economic funding on the table

Rebecca Neipp

Among the items facing the Ridgecrest City Council at tonight’s regular meeting are funding requests ranging from $147,000 to $1.5 million to generate economic development opportunities in the city (see related article, this page). In 2009 the city of Ridgecrest procured some $24 million from . . . Read Full Story >>