Council says no to sanctuary status

Council says no to sanctuary status

Councilman Wallace Martin and Mayor Peggy Breeden during the discussion of Sanctuary City status. — Photo by Laura Austin ------ By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council voted Wednesday to oppose California’s “sanctuary state” efforts to protect undocumented immigrants. While Ridgecrest will . . . Read Full Story >>

Two dead after  395 collision

Two dead after 395 collision

California Highway Patrol Officer Dan Lilly responds to the scene of a double fatality Wednesday on Highway 395. — Photo by Laura Austin ------ By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Sgt. Matt Hunt of the California Highway Patrol confirmed two fatalities from a Wednesday . . . Read Full Story >>

Council discusses  ‘sanctuary city’ status

Council discusses ‘sanctuary city’ status

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Following Gov. Jerry Brown’s approval of Senate Bill 54 in October 2017, California’s status as a “sanctuary state” remains questionable as cities across Southern California move to oppose the bill and support the federal lawsuit against California. The . . . Read Full Story >>

Tribal-City Advisory  Committee reinstated

Tribal-City Advisory Committee reinstated

George Gholson, Timbisha Shoshone tribal chair, during Wednesday’s meeting of the Ridgecrest City Council. — Photo by Laura Austin ------ By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Plans for the Timbisha Shoshone to begin operating a casino in Ridgecrest have hit some snags over the . . . Read Full Story >>

Charlon recognized for Municipal Clerks Week

Charlon recognized for Municipal Clerks Week

City Clerk Ricca Charlon with flowers she received during Wednesday evening’s City Council meeting in honor of Municipal Clerks Week. “The last year has been a challenge for me, but it’s one that I wouldn’t give up for anything,” said Charlon. “I just really love . . . Read Full Story >>

Council honors National Police Week

Council honors National Police Week

Ridgecrest Police Chief Jed McLaughlin receives a proclamation from the Ridgecrest City Council, presented by Wallace Martin, in honor of National Police Week (May 13-19). The city will recognize Tuesday, May 15 as Peace Officers’ Memorial Day, “in honor of those law enforcement officers who . . . Read Full Story >>

Letter cites ‘crooked  and backward path’  of casino project

Letter cites ‘crooked and backward path’ of casino project

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer “I feel like it is necessary to warn you about the crooked and backward path that [the casino] has taken to get to where it is today so that you can make an informed decision,” said former Councilmember . . . Read Full Story >>

What happened to the Tribal-City Advisory Committee?

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer “When is the next tribal-city meeting? We’ve had only one. Is there another one scheduled?” That was the question from resident Scott Miller during the public comment portion of Wednesday’s City Council meeting. According to City Manager Ron . . . Read Full Story >>

Petitioners: ‘we can’t give up’

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer In the last two weeks, the News Review reported on two unrelated traffic collisions on Highway 395 that killed four people, two of whom were Ridgecrest residents. Since our last publication, another woman was killed in an accident . . . Read Full Story >>

Valley Fever still on the rise in Kern County

Kern County Public Health and Services Department announced this week that according to preliminary data, the county saw 2,929 confirmed cases of Valley Fever, including nine fatalities this year. “This is the fourth consecutive year that Valley Fever cases have increased in Kern,” said a . . . Read Full Story >>

Casino required to  undergo NEPA

Casino required to undergo NEPA

City Attorney Lloyd Pilchen and City Manager Ron Strand at a previous council meeting. — Photo by Laura Austin ------ By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer City Manager Ron Strand met with James Cason, associate deputy secretary of the Department of Interior, last week . . . Read Full Story >>

Landscaping-lighting district tabled

Landscaping-lighting district tabled

Local business owners Rusty and Tina Warren address council about development delays due to the city’s outdated landscaping and lighting district ordinance. — Photo by Laura Austin ------ By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council voted last week to continue three . . . Read Full Story >>

Neel files for injunction to block further casino discussion

Neel files for injunction to block further casino discussion

At press time, the News Review learned that Ridgecrest citizen Mike Neel is filing an injunction to prevent city staff and council from further discusions with the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe or casino developers regarding the MSA or land sale for the casino project. Tune in . . . Read Full Story >>

Stephens: tribe’s  needs are being put before city’s

Stephens: tribe’s needs are being put before city’s

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council met Wednesday evening while City Manager Ron Strand was in Washington, D.C., for a meeting with the assistant secretary of the Department of the Interior to support the Timbisha Shoshone casino project in Ridgcrest. . . . Read Full Story >>

Tribal, city representatives travel to D.C. Wednesday

Tribal, city representatives travel to D.C. Wednesday

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer City Manager Ron Strand will accompany representatives from the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe to Washington D.C. to meet with the Secretary of the Department of the Interior next week. The tribe scheduled the meeting for Wednesday, April 4, after . . . Read Full Story >>

Community still awaits  finding on Mallett death

Community still awaits finding on Mallett death

Pictured: Members of Malik Mallett’s family in Chicago have joined locals in calling for action. — Courtesy photo ------ By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Ridgecrest residents took to the streets again on Friday for a second “Justice for Malik Mallett” march. Nearly a . . . Read Full Story >>

Parks & Rec gathers public input

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Members of the public had the opportunity Monday to weigh in on local recreation improvement projects during the Parks and Recreation Quality of Life Committee’s public workshop at Kerr McGee Center. The workshop was one of several ways . . . Read Full Story >>

City approves sale of business park parcel

City approves sale of business park parcel

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council voted last week to approve selling three acres of land in the Ridgecrest Business Park to Hobbs & Carr Development Corp. to be developed as a mixed-use retail and residential area. H&C has offered . . . Read Full Story >>

Public asked to attend quality of life workshop

The city of Ridgecrest invites members of the public to participate in a workshop, scheduled for Monday, March 26, at 6 p.m. in the Kerr McGee Center, to explore needs relating to parks and recreation and quality of life. “We are seeking input on what . . . Read Full Story >>

City manager to go to DC for casino

City manager to go to DC for casino

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Battle lines between proponents and opponents of an Indian gaming casino resurfaced during Wednesday’s five-hour Ridgecrest City Council meeting — which ultimately led to a narrow decision to honor a Timbisha Shoshone Tribe request to send City Manager Ron Strand to meet with the secretary . . . Read Full Story >>