From the State Capitol: Chance to make state more affordable

From the State Capitol: Chance to make state more affordable

While many Californians are struggling to afford California, your state Senate should have the opportunity to take action by voting on common-sense solutions that work to make California more affordable. The Golden State has become a very expensive place to call home. In 2015 CNBC . . . Read Full Story >>

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

REVIEW: Ridge Writers on Books

By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL Todd Kessler, co-creator and show runner of the groundbreaking “Blues Clues,” has faith in the notion that youngsters have a fine attention span when we have the good sense to nurture it. He advanced this revolutionary premise in 1998 when pitching . . . Read Full Story >>

Star Gazing: Astronomical Society resumes star parties

Star Gazing: Astronomical Society resumes star parties

By ROGER BROWER, China Lake Astronomical Society The China Lake Astronomical Society will hold its next astronomy-related program on Monday, June 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Maturango Museum. The next star party will be held Friday, June 3. Signs are out at 8:30 p.m., . . . Read Full Story >>

Says no to casino Open letter to the Ridgecrest City Council:

The proponents’ argument “We already have crime here. We already have drugs and alcohol and murders, and theft, and abuse and sex trafficking, etc.” continue to amaze me. I have to ask each of you, So why, in heaven’s name, would we knowingly want to . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: ‘We need to reunite again’

I’ve been closely following the Ridgecrest casino issue for the past month. I have attended the past four meetings (city council or Town Hall) and have risen to speak at each of the last three. During the first meeting I raised my hand many times . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: What would gambling contribute?

The current casino/gambling issue before the residents of Indian Wells Valley makes it clear as always that the most important thing anyone can know about a person (including elected representatives at all levels of government) is his worldview, and that what a person believes is . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Says casino vote was premature

On May 18 the Ridgecrest City Council voted to approve an incomplete municipal services agreement with the Indians so that a casino can be brought to town. In spite of the fact that new material presented on the issue was not addressed, that citizens were . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Vote for unwritten MSA ‘shocking’

The trusting relationship between Ridgecrest citizens and City Hall was severely fractured May 18 at the third city council meeting discussing agenda items concerning the proposed Ridgecrest Indian Casino. The agenda item was “Indian Casino MSA” and the council “approved 4-1” thanks to Mayor Peggy . . . Read Full Story >>

Real Estate watch: Springtime zoom and boom

Real Estate watch: Springtime zoom and boom

By CLINT FREEMAN, Coldwell Banker Best Realty Mid-spring finds the local housing market moving at a rapid pace. Buyers are sifting through slim pickings, and sellers are finally setting prices that stimulate full-price offers. A seller’s market remains the norm and has been for the . . . Read Full Story >>

From the State Capitol: Mandatory minimum wage is problem, not solution

From the State Capitol: Mandatory minimum wage is problem, not solution

By SHANON GROVES, California Assembly Once again special interests have flexed their muscle in Sacramento to deal another blow to the working people, especially the young, disabled and senior workers in California. The legislature just approved an increase in the minimum wage from $10 per . . . Read Full Story >>

In the Loop: May brings spring attractions

In the Loop: May brings spring attractions

By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL May surrounds us with springtime attractions indoors and out, from familiar yet strange “beests” to succulent fruits to memorable music, as you will read in this roundup of tips for short hops to nearby destinations and longer trips in California. Up . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: ‘I do not like Trump, Hill and Sand’

Do you like Trump, Hill, and Sand? I do not like them, Ima I am. I do not like them in the White House. I do not like them, even with a louse. I do not like them here or there. I do not like . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: ‘Red flags’ for casino

I’ve been attending the council meetings regarding the casino, and a few red flags have been raised that are only partially being addressed. One evening it was pointed out that we don’t actually know either George Gholson, chief of the Shoshone tribe, or Nigel White, . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: ‘Let us vote on casino’

After three City Council meetings on the casino issue, we know the following: the casino will cost the city money due to increased crime. It will drain 30 to 50 million dollars per year from our local economy. Casino land will become tribal sovereign land, . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: ‘Be wary of sales technique’

The casino developer, Nigel White, has said that we must take the deal that is being offered now or his company will walk away. Based upon my experience and from reading articles from publications such as Consumer Reports, whenever a salesman tells you that the . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: ‘Gambling is immoral’

Gambling is immoral, and here is why. No, Moses did not come down off the mountain and say, “All you Jews, put away your dice, God says ‘No gambling.’” However, he did come down with the tablet of 10 commandments. One of the commandments is . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Concerned about casino

I came to Ridgecrest over 31 years ago to work for the base (now retired). I have read all the newspaper articles and editorials (from both local papers) about the proposed casino. I attended last night’s City Council meeting on the subject (although I had . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Reflects on local gambling history

In 1947, when I first came to Trona to begin my employment, we had many gambling slot machines in the recreation building. Also a gambling casino was 10 miles west of Trona, located at the intersection where the one road goes to Red Mountain and . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Asks about water, jobs

I have some questions about the casino1 Where is the water for all the people in and around the casino? Drug users, panhandlers, customers, police, etc. Also, usually the American Indians will get the jobs! How many American Indians do we have in this town? . . . Read Full Story >>

To the Editor: Says casino could cost the city

This is directed to all involved in “decision-making processes” whether Ridgecrest accepts legal responsibilities for a gaming casino owned and operated by American Indian Timbisha Shoshone Tribe. The tribe becomes the legal owner of city land where the casino would be constructed! Mayor Peggy Breeden . . . Read Full Story >>