Survey gages Internet use

In an effort to form a comprehensive understanding of the need for reliable and adequate Internet connections in the Indian Wells Valley, the Broadband Action Team has launched a survey to establish the user input that will help drive community solutions. “The main goal of . . . Read Full Story >>

Pertexa chosen to collaborate with consortium

PERTEXA — Pertexa Health-care Technology, Inc., a next-generation medical technology company headquartered in Ridgecrest, was recently chosen to join other high-profile tech firms to innovate in the U.S. Army’s $1.3 billion medical initiatives. Pertexa will collaborate with primary contractor SCRA Applied R&D to create the . . . Read Full Story >>

Council tables TAB funding for businesses

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer After an hour-long discussion, the Ridgecrest City Council decided during its Wednesday night meeting to table its big-ticket discussion item regarding a Tax Allocation Bond grant program for Ridgecrest small businesses. The program’s goal is “to retain the . . . Read Full Story >>

IYK seeks support for air service

INYOKERN AIRPORT — In pursuit of a federal grant that could help draw a commuter air service vendor back into Inyokern Airport, General Manager Scott Seymour is seeking a $50,000 cash match for an application of $500,000 through the Department of Transportation’s Small Communities Air Service . . . Read Full Story >>

Goodwill closes doors in IWV

By KATHRYN GARCIA News Review Correspondent Both Goodwill employees and the Ridgecrest community were surprised to find that Goodwill Industries had closed its doors to the public on Friday, June 26. According to Jake Slayton, chief operations officer at Goodwill Industries of South Central California, . . . Read Full Story >>

Monarch receives FAA exemption

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Monarch, Inc., local unmanned air systems manufacturer, has partnered with the California State Parks System to perform aerial surveys and pioneer new methods of agricultural surveying, according to Monarch CEO Eileen Shibley. Monarch has been granted a “333 . . . Read Full Story >>

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 >>