Local

March 30, 2012

Mojave Revitalization Plan kicking off

The community of Mojave, Calif., is setting itself on the path to revitalize itself.

Making Mojave a more desirable place to live is the goal. The long sleepy community is home to the Mojave Air and Space Port. That asset is known worldwide as a hub of innovative aerospace and commercial space flight breakthroughs. It is perhaps better known worldwide than inside California.

The East Kern Airport District operates Mojave Airport. At a recent board meeting, President Jim Balentine reflected that we should try to bring the success that we have had “outside our fence.”

Airport CEO Stuart Witt certainly agrees. Making Mojave a more desirable town will greatly assist the airport’s tenants in their recruitment of professional employees. The situation is similar to that faced by Edwards Air Force Base when a few years ago it was given added responsibility for initial and development flight test of the F-35 aircraft. Many personnel who worked at Kirkland AFB were reluctant to move to the Edwards area.

The Mojave Chamber of Commerce is becoming more active in fighting community blight under new President Cathy Hansen. Kern County Code Enforcement Officer Al Rojas recently addressed the Chamber on abandoned houses in the community. He pointed out that it is difficult to get absentee owners to follow the rules. The Chamber is compiling a listing of eyesores that will be brought to the county’s attention.

Neighboring Tehachapi has renewed itself over the last several years. Mojave community leaders like Bill Deaver have pointed out that it may provide a model for Mojave. Differences are that Tehachapi is an incorporated city and has about three times the population of Mojave.

The airport is rehabilitating one of its buildings with plans to establish it as a community center. Airport district board members, such as Hansen, are active in revitalization efforts. One example is that Witt is interested in the possibility of a charter school in Mojave. Board member Dick Rutan has had discussions with an interested group.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Headlines December 19, 2014

News: SpaceX’s attempt to land rocket on floating barge postponed - It’s set to be one of the most groundbreaking moments in humanity’s six decades of space exploration. Obama signs $1.1 trillion spending bill into law - President Obama signed the $1.1 trillion federal spending measure into law Dec. 16, officially ending any threat of a government...
 
 

News Briefs December 19, 2014

Trial set for ex-Navy engineer in military secrets case A former Navy civilian engineer is scheduled to stand trial next summer on charges of trying to steal aircraft carrier schematics. Media outlets report that 35-year-old Mostafa Awwad of Yorktown, Va., pleaded not guilty Dec. 17 to two counts of attempted exportation of defense articles and...
 
 
Army photograph by C. Todd Lopez

Army to launch cruise missile-detecting aerostat at Aberdeen Proving Ground

Army photograph by C. Todd Lopez The Army plans to launch an aerostat, part of the “Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor,” in late December 2014. The JLENS aerostat will be tethered to the...
 

 
Air Force photograph by SrA. Jordan Castelan

AF delivers Iraqi F-16s for training in US

Air Force photograph by SrA. Jordan Castelan Iraqi air force captain Hama conducts preflight inspections while inside a new to service Iraqi F-16 Fighting Falcon Dec. 17, 2014, located at the nearby Tucson International Airport...
 
 
Air Force photograph by SSgt. Derek VanHorn

Short-notice: A new way to exercise

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Derek VanHorn Airmen from Kadena Air Base, Japan, prepare for an aeromedical evacuation exercise on a KC-135 Stratotanker Dec. 5, 2014, at Misawa Air Base, Japan. The operation was executed in supp...
 
 
Lockheed Martin photograph by Andy Wolfe

Japan, Australia to provide F-35 maintenance sites in Pacific region

Lockheed Martin photograph by Andy Wolfe An F-35C Lightning II joint strike fighter carrier variant prepares to launch from the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz in the Pacific Ocean, Nov. 6, 2014. Japan and Australia will be sharing...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>