Living Desert Wellness Center opens

Living Desert Wellness Center opens

The Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce and healthcare business owners celebrate the grand opening of the Living Desert Wellness Center at 135 Balsam St. The center offers group exercise classes, massage therapy, personal training, nutrition coaching, natural skincare and more. -- Courtesy Photo . . . Read Full Story >>

More concerns raised about casino

More concerns raised about casino

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer For the third week in a row, the City Council Chambers were filled to capacity Wednesday night with concerned citizens endeavoring to gather more details on the Ridgecrest City Council’s proposed plan to enter into an agreement that . . . Read Full Story >>

IYK files grant, sets goal for air service

Rebecca Neipp

Although Inyokern Airport officials will not know for an estimated 60 days whether their grant application to offset the costs of restoring air service is approved, leadership is working on a plan to bring commuter service back to local travelers no matter what by Oct. . . . Read Full Story >>

IYK grant update today

Indian Wells Valley Airport District President Paul Valovich will host a meeting today, April 29, at noon at Inyokern Airport to hear the final status of the local Department of Transportation grant that could help restore commuter air service. According to General Manager Scott Seymour, . . . Read Full Story >>

IYK still seeks matching funds as deadline nears

Rebecca Neipp

“We’ve talked about this for years — getting airline service back at Inyokern,” said Indian Wells Valley Airport District President Paul Valovich. “It seems like we are finally getting close. But like most things, it is going to come down to money.” The IYK team . . . Read Full Story >>

Community meeting to focus on economic diversity

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Contractors for the East Kern Economic Diversification Plan will hold a community input meeting Wednesday, April 20, 10-11:30 a.m., in City Council chambers. The meeting will focus on challenges and opportunities for economic growth in the Indian Wells . . . Read Full Story >>

IYK seeks support for air service grant

IYK seeks support for air service grant

INYOKERN — Last week, the US Department of Transportation released a request for proposals for airports seeking grants from the 2016 Small Community Air Service Development Grant Program. Applications are due to the DOT on May 3. Indian Wells Valley Airport District is currently working . . . Read Full Story >>

Tournament success sets track for sports tourism

By NATHAN CARTER News Review Correspondent After seeing the positive economic impact from last year’s Pony League tournament, the Indian Wells Valley Economic Development Corporation went to work on generating a series of sports tournaments within the community. According to Dan Spurgeon, member of the . . . Read Full Story >>

Is Ridgecrest in a position to have a tourism boom?

By NATHAN CARTER News Review Correspondent The financial impact of the Death Valley “super bloom” on Ridgecrest has had a significant impact on the hotel industry this time of year, according to one of the leading hoteliers in the valley. “The ‘super bloom’ has brought . . . Read Full Story >>

Walmart Supercenter continues to take shape

Walmart Supercenter continues to take shape

An enormous crane lowers an air-conditioning unit onto the new Walmart Supercenter building as it begins to take form. The store is still on track to be ready by this December. Economic Development Manager Gary Parsons gave a report to the Ridgecrest City Council on . . . Read Full Story >>

Health care mirrors story of a growing community

Rebecca Neipp

As part of the recent IWV Economic Outlook Conference in February, Ridgecrest Regional Hospital CEO Jim Suver reported statistics that indicate that, after a tumultuous climate driven by changing reforms and regulations, the industry is starting to stabilize and the local institution has become a . . . Read Full Story >>

Senior Services closes doors after 44 years

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Senior Services of I.W.V., formerly known as the Homemaker Service of Indian Wells Valley, announced in a press release last week that it was closing its doors permanently. According to the press release, the Homemaker Service ceased operation . . . Read Full Story >>

What are our real economic concerns?

Rebecca Neipp

“Never mind the markets, here’s the real story.” Such was the theme of a talk delivered by Christopher Thornberg of Beacon Economics, who outlined the economic factors you should — and shouldn’t — worry about in his keynote address at last week’s Economic Outlook Conference . . . Read Full Story >>

Film crew visits Downtown Inyokern

Film crew visits Downtown Inyokern

A film crew for “Glucerna,”a diabetic drink, closes a section of downtown Inyokern to film an upcoming commercial. “This is one of the largest film crews we have had in the last few years,” said Inyokern Airport Manager Scott Seymour, who worked with the location . . . Read Full Story >>

Economy looking up for IWV?

Economy looking up for IWV?

The future looks bright, the jail will stay open (for now) and the demand for work at China Lake is stronger than ever. More than 200 professionals, community leaders and interested residents filled the Kerr McGee Center on Thursday to hear from local leaders, Navy . . . Read Full Story >>

Outlook conference next week

Rebecca Neipp

The professional event of the season is upon us with the annual IWV Economic Outlook Confer-ence and Business Expo, scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 25, at the Kerr McGee Center. “I don’t know of any other event in our community that brings together our leaders from . . . Read Full Story >>

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 >>