Mojave Businesses to Get Funds for Facade Upgrades

Mojave businesses are now eligible for grants worth up to $10,000 to upgrade their building facades under a new Kern County program aimed at helping to revitalize the community.

The program will be unveiled at a business mixer next Thursday, April 11, at 6 p.m. in the Mariah Country Inn on Business Route 58. The mixer, which is being sponsored by the Mojave Chamber of Commerce, will include light refreshments and drinks.


Revitalize Mojave Honored With Merit Award

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (Kern COG PR) — Kern Council of Governments (COG) will honor 16 individuals, organizations and programs for making major contributions to this area’s quality of life through innovative, cooperative efforts during its 22nd annual Regional Awards of Merit Program on March 7, 2013.

Regional Awards of Merit recipients, as decided by a Kern COG Board subcommittee, are divided among nine broad categories and include:

Local Government: Revitalize Mojave citizen group for its unique private-public partnership and development of a new Vision Plan project that improves Mojave’s physical environment…

This is the 22nd year Kern COG has recognized those programs and people in our region whose ideas and hard work have made life in Kern County better for us all.

The awards banquet will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 7, 2013 at the Petroleum Club on the 12th floor of the Stockdale Towers, 5060 Stockdale Highway in Bakersfield. Cost is $40 per person, which includes a dinner buffet.

Reservations are due by noon Tuesday, March 5, 2013 by calling (661) 861-2191 or emailing . No money will be accepted at the door.

Space 2013: A Very Busy Year Lies Ahead in Mojave

old_mojave_tower_snowI had only two wishes for Christmas. Can you guess what they were?

A trip to Hawaii? Well, yes. But, that really wasn’t—

Winning a $100 million lottery jackpot? That would have been great, to0. But…any other guesses?

The Eagles winning the Super Bowl? No, I gave up on that waaay before Christmas. I mean, what the hell happened?!

OK. Since you’re way off, I’ll just tell you: My two wishes for Christmas were to see SpaceShipTwo in powered flight and the Lynx making its first runway hop from the Mojave Air and Space Port by the end of the 2012.

Neither of these wishes came true. Which means 2013 –best known thus far as the year not wiped out by the Mayan apocalypse — just got a whole lot better.


Christopher Pike in Mojave? Beam Him Down

A familiar looking symbol can be seen at the Mojave Air and Space Port in this satellite photo from Google Maps. This is actually the “A” in Mojave in the spaceport’s logo.

Now you might be forgiven for thinking that this letter looks more than a little bit like an insignia from a certain science fiction show about a bunch of star trekkers called….believe it or not….Star Trek. Let’s take a looksie, shall we?


Mojave Visioning Workshop Set for this Weekend

Revitalize Mojave will be hosting a Community Visioning Workshop this Friday and Saturday that will allow residents and business owners to help plan the future of the town.

The two-day workshop will include hands-0n exercises in which participants will be able to help design a plan for revitalizing Mojave. The goal is to create a public vision for the town’s future and a list of projects and improvements that would need to be done to accomplish the vision.


Mojave Space Port Moves Ahead with Extensive Improvements Program

To boldly go…. (Credit: Douglas Messier)

By Douglas Messier
Parabolic Arc Managing Editor

The Mojave Air and Space Port is making a series of infrastructure improvements designed to enhance services for existing tenants and users and to lure new companies to the High Desert test center.

The projects include improvements to two of the airport’s three runways, the extension of utilities to new areas, the installation of high-speed Internet services, and the development of a large building for meetings and special events.


Revitalize Mojave Community Meeting Set for Thursday

I received this notice from the Revitalize Mojave group:

Calling all Mojave residents and those interested in the future of Mojave!!

This Thursday, the Mojave Revitalization program will be holding a meeting for the entire community.  If you are interested finding out more about the direction this program is going, please join us at the Veteran’s Building at 5:30pm – all are welcome to attend!

Mojave Community Meeting – Bring a Neighbor!
Thursday, July 19th @ 5:30 pm
Mojave Veteran’s Building – 15580 O Street

Each of the three Mojave Revitalize committees (Design, Economic Restructuring & Promotions) will provide progress reports on their accomplishments to date.

Also, Lorelei Oviatt, from Kern County Planning Department will share insight into the upcoming August “Visioning” Event, to which the entire Mojave community is invited. The visioning process is a means of collecting community input on how residents and businesses hope to see their town in the future. Contracted consultants will query participants on everything from aesthetics to amenities, then transform our input into a plan, which is refined and prioritized at a second community gathering.

Our goal is to obtain a significant grant from the Kern Council of Governments, similar to that which Rosamond received last year!