Holiday Inn  comes to  Ridgecrest

Holiday Inn comes to Ridgecrest

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Developers of a four-story Holiday Inn Express received the go-ahead from the Ridgecrest Planning Commission last month. The 2.46 acre development, which includes a 103-room hotel, 112 parking spaces and a pad for additional retail development, was unanimously . . . Read Full Story >>

Hospital expands into mobile care

Hospital expands into mobile care

Rebecca Neipp

Representatives of Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, Sierra Sands Unified School District and Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce celebrate the new Mobile Health Unit — Photo by Laura Austin ------ Scores of community leaders were on hand Wednesday morning to celebrate the expansion of care through the Ridgecrest . . . Read Full Story >>

Kmart closes doors

Kmart closes doors

The local Kmart closes its doors for good after announcing its closure in May. Ridgecrest’s Kmart was one of hundreds of Kmart and Sears stores closing around the country as a result of falling profits. For the last several months, inventory was whittled down as . . . Read Full Story >>

Amazon facility comes to Kern County

Amazon facility comes to Kern County

Rebecca Neipp

“We’re so excited! We just can’t hide it! Amazon is coming to Kern County!” Last week’s enthusiastic announcement confirmed reports that the online shopping giant had closed escrow on a fulfillment center near Meadows Field Airport. The operation will bring an estimated 1,000 new jobs . . . Read Full Story >>

Community briefed on economic development

Community briefed on economic development

Community leaders, along with scores of directors, members and guests of the IWV Economic Development Corp., gather Tuesday evening to hear updates on the agency’s progress in nurturing developments that contribute to local industry and quality of life. EDC Executive Director Scott O’Neil announced that . . . Read Full Story >>

Future home of new shopping center ...

Future home of new shopping center ...

Pacific Gas & Electric crews are doing preliminary work for “Shoppes at China Lake” a planned retail complex on the corner of South China Lake Boulevard and East Bowman Road, across the street from the Walmart Supercenter. The 16-acre lot will be home to several . . . Read Full Story >>

EDC to host social, update

EDC to host social, update

The Indian Wells Valley Economic Development Corp. will host a social hour and community update on Tuesday, Aug. 14, from 5-7 p.m. in the Maturango Conference Room of the SpringHill Suites. EDC leaders will be on hand to give the latest details on current and . . . Read Full Story >>

RRH announces new technology

RRH announces new technology

RIDGECREST REGIONAL HOSPITAL — Ridgecrest Regional Hospital recently received nine Zoll R Series defibrillators, thanks to the RRH Corporate Board of Directors’ approval of a one-time $165,000 expenditure. The purchase brings the hospital’s total up to 12 units, with the newest devices adhering to the . . . Read Full Story >>

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 >>