Well, air service is finally returning to Inyokern Airport next month after a four-year absence. I am very glad to see that. A story in the July 8-9 Daily Independent stated service will include two daily flights to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) using the eight-seat Swiss-manufactured Pilatus PC-12.

I hope this will be the beginning of a new era of air travel for the Indian Wells Valley because this has been a long time coming. I also hope there will be a great ridership demand to justify expanding air service because as it stands now, only 16 people can fly out of Inyokern a day.

I would like to see the airport cater not only to China Lake’s business travel, but also to the casual traveler. This would be a great boost for tourism and the local economy.

Speaking of the economy, I read Jessica Weston’s story in Thursday’s DI headlined, “O'Neil: economic outlook for IWV full of potential.”

The story stated IWV Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Scott O'Neil told the Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce he thinks the new administration in Washington, D.C. brings new opportunities to this area.

I like the idea of attracting venture capitalists and private corporations to the area. Perhaps this can be a way to diversify the local economy. If he needs ideas, I suggest O’Neil visit the City Hall Library and see if the studies the city paid for on how to diversify the local economy are still there.

I also like the idea of developing a marketing plan for Ridgecrest that emphasizes the high number of visitors to the area and developing the planned aquatic center.

Making some of these things happen may require the city of Ridgecrest’s cooperation. The thing is that the city has shown itself to be difficult to work with in past economic development efforts. Let’s see if anything changes.

Well it happened. Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) filed House Resolution 438, which is an article of impeachment against President Donald Trump.

I read the resolution. It alleges the president tried to hinder the investigation of alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election by firing then-Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey.

The question on my mind is what did the Senate committee conclude? There may be some evidence of obstruction of justice, but is it proof beyond a reasonable doubt?

This is what Special Counsel and former Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Robert Mueller is tasked with determining. Let the investigation run its course.

I would like to congratulate local author Liz Babcock on being honored by the Ridge Writers Club upon her retirement from editing the club's newsletter. I had the opportunity to work with Liz when I worked for the News Review. She was the best editor I ever worked with and was a big help to me with my writing. Hats off to Liz.

— John V. Ciani is retired Daily Independent public safety/water/education reporter. He currently resides in Florida.


The views expressed are those of the columnist and do not necessarily represent the official stance of the Daily Independent.