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 >>

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 >>

AquaHelio files for smaller Freemont Valley project

By JAMES SIMMONS, News Review Correspondent AquaHelio Resources, LLC, the developer proponent of what it initially called the “Fremont Valley Preservation Project,” has returned to the Kern County Planning Department with a new, smaller proposal. First disclosed by Advance Planning/Community Development Division Chief Craig Murphy . . . Read Full Story >>

Council weighs options for economic development

Rebecca Neipp

How to spend what could be the last-ever funding pot for economic development was weighed by the Ridgecrest City Council at its May 21 meeting. In 2010 Ridgecrest was able to sell some $24 million in tax allocation bonds through the now-dissolved Ridgecrest Redevelopment Agency. . . . Read Full Story >>

Fee increase, TAB funds on council agenda

Rebecca Neipp

A minor increase in the fee for trash and recycling service, allocation of TAB funds for economic development and a public hearing on a landscape and lighting district are among the items on the agenda for tonight’s meeting of the Ridgecrest City Council. A resolution . . . Read Full Story >>

IYK seeks $500K grant

Rebecca Neipp

The Indian Wells Valley Airport District Board of Directors approved an action item at its April 17 meeting that could help Inyokern Airport restore commercial air service. The board approved $15,000 in funding to Sixel Consulting, which was contracted to recruit a new vendor after . . . Read Full Story >>

Cal UAS — the path forward

Rebecca Neipp

With a continuously changing political landscape that has altered the face of Cal UAS over the last several months, Eileen Shibley recently outlined how the effort has reinvented its organizational structure and mission to adapt to that environment. Chief among those developments is its new . . . Read Full Story >>

DEF — no fall fair this year?

Linda Saholt

The Desert Empire Fairgrounds is in serious financial difficulty. According to Mike Leming, DEF manager, there’s a 50-50 chance the Desert Empire Fair won’t be held this year. If there is a fair, it might be the last one. “This is going on our third . . . Read Full Story >>

Outlook speakers celebrate innovation

Outlook speakers celebrate innovation

Rebecca Neipp

While the technical definition of “innovation” merely relates to the introduction of something new or different, the unspoken associations conjure up a subtext that these changes make us more efficient, more capable, more relevant. The speakers on this theme — who addressed nearly 200 at . . . Read Full Story >>

Inventor-record holder shares story of triumph in adversity

Inventor-record holder shares story of triumph in adversity

Rebecca Neipp

Sometimes a lack of resources is not a deterrent to success, but a vehicle for it — especially when that deficit is offset by creativity, passion and old-fashioned hard work. Headlining a slate of innovative speakers for the annual IWV Economic Outlook Conference (see also . . . Read Full Story >>

Aerospace speakers headline outlook conference

A few tickets still remain for the 27th Annual IWV Economic Outlook Conference and Business Expo, set for Thursday, Feb. 27 at the Kerr McGee Center, hosted by the Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce. With a theme of “Innovation” and a dynamic panel of speakers, this . . . Read Full Story >>

Aviator-entrepreneur to  highlight Outlook Conference

Aviator-entrepreneur to highlight Outlook Conference

Attendees at the 27th annual Indian Wells Valley Economic Outlook Conference will look up as well as ahead as they learn about the latest in electric airplane technology from keynote speaker Chip Yates. A world-class aviator and entrepreneur, Yates has brought excitement and world records . . . Read Full Story >>

Aerospace bills pass Assembly

The California Assembly passed two bills relating to aerospace last week, paving the way for what local leaders hope may be economic growth in the burgeoning unmanned-systems and commercial space sectors. Assembly Bill 1327 is a first step toward opening up the skies for potential . . . Read Full Story >>

Real Estate: What buyers may not know about realtors

By CLINT FREEMAN Coldwell Banker Best Realty Many buyers are often unaware of the process of working with and selecting a realtor. A potential buyer has the ability to select and work with any agent they choose. A survey from the National Association of Realtors . . . Read Full Story >>