Economic Development efforts move forward despite staffing losses

Economic Development efforts move forward despite staffing losses

Rebecca Neipp

In the wake of losing two key economic development positions at City Hall — in the space of a single week — City Manager Ron Strand addressed how the city plans to move forward with various projects as staffing remains in flux. Strand confirmed Wednesday . . . Read Full Story >>

Council hears development updates

Council hears development updates

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer An item approving the sale of a 12-acre city lot for $105K was pulled from the Ridgecrest City Council’s agenda Wednesday night. According to Mayor Peggy Breeden, prospective buyer Hobbs & Carr Development Corp. pulled out of the . . . Read Full Story >>

Death Valley traffic boost benefits IWV

Death Valley traffic boost benefits IWV

Rebecca Neipp

Record-high crowds trekked to Death Valley for the 2016 Super Bloom — only to have that benchmark for visitors broken again in 2017. — Courtesy photo ------ Despite the temporary closure of several key attractions, Death Valley National Park announced a boost in both visitor . . . Read Full Story >>

Council approves property sales

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council discussed two separate property sales during its regular meeting on Wednesday evening – real property on South Desert Candles Street and a 12-acre parcel adjacent to the Kerr McGee Sports Complex. The council approved . . . Read Full Story >>

Kmart to close  in September

Kmart to close in September

The soon-to-be-empty Kmart building. — Laura Austin ------ By BRIAN COSNER News Review?Staff Writer Our local Kmart is one of more than 70 Kmart and Sears stores closing in early September, according to a May 31 announcement from Sears Holdings Corporation. The latest round of . . . Read Full Story >>

Chamber installation, awards are June 12

The Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Installation and Community Awards Luncheon Tuesday, June 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Maturango Room at SpringHill Suites. “We are looking forward to recognizing the people and the businesses that make our community . . . Read Full Story >>

New limestone plant to open in Searles Valley

New limestone plant to open in Searles Valley

Panamint Valley Limestone, Inc., announced last week that it will develop a plant in Trona. “The site and air emissions credits have been acquired, the Conditional Use Permit process has started and studies and preliminary engineering have been initiated,” said spokesperson Larry Trowsdale. The plant . . . Read Full Story >>

Digital  marketing  workshop  coming to IWV

Digital marketing workshop coming to IWV

IWV Economic Development Corporation will help bring a series of digital marketing workshops to our valley, starting on May 10. Partnering with the IWVEDC to present the workshops will be staff of the Eastern Sierra Connect Regional Broadband Consortium, which received a grant award from . . . Read Full Story >>

Movement seeks temporary housing solution

Movement seeks temporary housing solution

Rebecca McCourt of IWVEDC (left) discusses transitional housing options with longtime resident Camie Keeter. — Photo by Rebecca Neipp ------ By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer In February a message from the top-ranking civilian at China Lake identified an unconventional threat to our ability . . . Read Full Story >>

Digital marketing workshop coming here

IWV Economic Development Corporation will help bring a series of digital marketing workshops to the valley, starting May 10. Partnering with the IWVEDC to present the workshops will be staff of the Eastern Sierra Connect Regional Broadband Consortium, which received a grant from the California . . . Read Full Story >>

IYK-based  developer earns  new patent

IYK-based developer earns new patent

Rebecca Neipp

An Inyokern Airport tenant who has made headlines for his world records and defense contracts is back in the news for his development of an affordable cargo-delivery drone. “Having Chip Yates out at the airport means something exciting is always going on out here,” said . . . Read Full Story >>

Hospital still expanding  services, footprint

Hospital still expanding services, footprint

Rebecca Neipp

Despite tumultuously changing funding, mandates, resources and public expectations, Ridgecrest Regional Hospital CEO Jim Suver reported at the recent IWV Economic Outlook Conference that the local institution is improving patient-care services while remaining a top employer and contributor to quality of life in our valley. . . . Read Full Story >>

Albertaco’s comes to Ridgecrest

Albertaco’s comes to Ridgecrest

Workers put up signage for Albertaco’s Mexican Food in the old KFC building on South China Lake Boulevard on Monday. At press time, an opening date was unavailable. — Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

EDC looks to future needs

EDC looks to future needs

Rebecca Neipp

While many of the speakers at the recent IWV Economic Outlook Conference reported on the current pulse of our community and its near-term prospects, IWV Economic Development Corp. Executive Director Scott O’Neil focused on the groundwork he hopes will serve the valley much further down . . . Read Full Story >>

Starbucks holds official grand opening, honors vets

Starbucks holds official grand opening, honors vets

Starbucks employees, Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and members of the community celebrate the coffee shop’s grand re-opening March 7 at the corner of China Lake Boulevard and West Ward Avenue. As part of the program, Starbucks honored the local Armed Forces and their families. . . . Read Full Story >>

Johnson cites urgent need for housing

Johnson cites urgent need for housing

Rebecca Neipp

Stewards of the Navy mission at China Lake identified an unusual threat to the local charge to support national defense during an update at last week’s IWV Economic Outlook Conference. According to Joan Johnson, executive director of the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, her . . . Read Full Story >>

’We are growing, and we are going to continue to grow’

’We are growing, and we are going to continue to grow’

Hundreds of leaders and stakeholders in government, industry and the community turn out to hear updates on regional economic health at yesterday’s IWV Economic Outlook Conference. “We are growing, and we are going to continue to grow … what we need to do is posture . . . Read Full Story >>

Leaders unite for annual confab

Leaders unite for annual confab

Rebecca Neipp

Pictured: IWV Economic Development Corp. Executive Director Scott O’Neil chats with Councilmember Lindsay Stephens at a previous conference. — News Review file photo ------ “What can we do as a community to move forward for the benefit of everyone?” Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce CEO Suzette . . . Read Full Story >>

Outlook conference is Feb. 22

Rebecca Neipp

The Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce announced that the annual Indian Wells Valley Economic Outlook Conference will be held Thursday, Feb. 22, at the Kerr McGee Center. Each year stakeholders gather to learn about the challenges and opportunities facing various agencies and organizations in the region. . . . Read Full Story >>

Realtors install new officers, members

Realtors install new officers, members

Assemblyman Vince Fong installs incoming officers and members of the board for the Ridgecrest Area Association of Realtors. Pictured from left are Debbie Dibble (president), Norman Alexander (president-elect), Carol Wilson (director, realtor of the year), Christine Dosen (director), Carole Vaughn (director), Kathy Blurton (treasurer) and . . . Read Full Story >>