Topp Stories

  • Gosford, where have ye gone?

    If you ever go searching for the community of Gosford, you might bring along some tea and crumpets. Gosford rated a mention in "Kern County Place Names," a nifty little book published by the Kern County Historical Society. Turns out this little corner of our city once had a connection,

  • Edwards Air Force Base begins consolidation, cost-cutting measures

    The Air Force Flight Test Center at Edwards Air Force Base in eastern Kern County has been redesignated the Air Force Test Center as part of a larger effort to cut costs and redundancies, the Air Force said in a release Friday. The change was officially recognized during a ceremony at Edwards on

  • Space tourism pioneer Virgin Galactic wants to launch satellites, too

    Virgin Galactic, the commercial spaceline developer with operations in eastern Kern County, has unveiled plans to build a new air-launched rocket designed to deliver small satellites into orbit. Commercial flights of a new orbital launch vehicle dubbed LauncherOne are expected to begin by 2016,

  • Virgin Galactic says it's back 'on track' for space tourism flights

    Press release -- Virgin Galactic MOJAVE, Calif. -- Virgin Galactic, the world's first commercial spaceline, today announced that its passenger-carrying suborbital space vehicle, SpaceShipTwo (SS2), successfully completed its first glide flight test on June 26 since a recent integration period

  • Mojave space company to offer training flights to aspiring astronauts

    An aerospace company in eastern Kern County has agreed to provide training flights in its spaceplane to future astronauts and customers of a commercial aerospace firm in the British Isles. Mojave-based XCOR Aerospace said in a release Wednesday that it has entered into an agreement with Excalibur

  • Mojave-based XCOR Aerospace to provide free ride to space

    An aerospace company in eastern Kern County has promised a free trip to suborbital space to a Northern California woman. In a news release today, Mojave-based XCOR Aerospace said San Francisco Bay Area resident Jennifer Brisco is the grand prize winner of a trip aboard XCOR's Lynx Mark I

  • Looking for a job in the commercial space industry?

    MOJAVE -- Jobs for spaceship designers and engineers are opening up in this high desert community in eastern Kern County -- and they tell the story of a new reality. NASA is no longer the only game in town when it comes to building spaceships, and eastern Kern is one of the launch pads for this

  • NASA employing local companies for payload transport

    At least two commercial aerospace companies with operations in eastern Kern County are expected to benefit from a new partnership between NASA and private companies developing commercial access to space. On Wednesday, NASA's Flight Opportunities Program announced its selection of 24 space

  • Ever hunted a megalodon?

    Can you dig it? Buena Vista Museum of Natural History will open the famed Ernst Quarries to the public for an additional weekend of fossil digging. The dig is open to everyone -- from the first time digger to the experienced fossil hunter -- this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Museum field guides

  • Draft environmental impact statement released for Isabella dam project

    News Release US Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District March 16, 2012 Corps presents possible Isabella Lake Dam fixes SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District released the Isabella Lake Dam Safety Modification Study's draft environmental impact

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    Reported valley fever cases in 2010 triple the number in 2009

    Kern County public health officials reported three times more valley fever cases in 2010 than they saw in 2009. Countywide, there were 1,812 cases reported last year, more than triple the 596 cases reported the year before, according to the Kern County Department of Public Health. But before you