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9/14/2018

article Mayoral candidates address road maintenance, rent control, casino
(California) -- The race for mayor of Elk Grove took center stage on Sept. 8. Mayor Steve Ly and his two challengers, Vice Mayor Darren Suen and Tracie Stafford, shared...

8/24/2018

article Council candidates share views
(California) -- Three of the four Ridgecrest City Council candidates introduced themselves and shared their views on key issues at the Ridgecrest Republican Women,...

8/20/2018

article Ridgecrest passes amendments to casino municipal services agreement
(California) -- In southern California, Wednesday reportedly saw the city council for Ridgecrest narrowly ratify three amendments to the small community’s...

8/17/2018

article Ridgecrest City Council passes casino municipal services agreement amendment 3-2
(California) -- The Ridgecrest City Council voted three to two Wednesday to approve an amendment to the 2016 casino municipal services agreement between the city and the...

8/14/2018

article Water, cannabis: Casino MSA amendment before council today
(California) -- One of the more controversial topics facing the City of Ridgecrest will be back at the city council meeting today. On the agenda is a request for council...

8/11/2018

article Council to discuss casino MSA amendment Wednesday
(California) -- After canceling its meeting on Aug. 1, the Ridgecrest City Council will be back on Wednesday. On the agenda is an item regarding an amendment to the...

5/6/2018

article CIANI: Casino debate and the questions around it
(California) -- To nobody’s surprise, the proposed Timbisha Shoshone casino has caused a deep division and contention in the community. I read the Publisher’...

5/3/2018

article Tribal/city casino committee to resume meeting: Schedules will be on an as-needed basis
(California) -- The tribal/city casino committee will resume meeting on an as-needed basis but with no lawyers present. That was the decision voted on by the Ridgecrest...
article Water, public services: County planning department critiques casino TEIR
(California) -- Kern County Planning Director Lorelei Oviatt in a letter dated January 30, 2018, offered feedback on several aspects of the draft Timbisha Shoshone...

5/1/2018

article Council to talk tribal/city committee, sanctuary city, parks district Wednesday
(California) -- When the Ridgecrest City Council meets May 2, on the agenda will be resuming meetings for the tribal/city casino committee, the topic of sanctuary cities...
article Memo: Casino project could force county to reopen Ridgecrest jail
(California) -- According to a report from Kern County Sheriff’s Lt. Michael DeLeon, the proposed Timbisha Shoshone casino project would require Kern County to...

4/30/2018

article Council to talk tribal/city committee
(California) -- The status of the tribal/city casino project committee has itself been a point of contention at a recent council meeting. The committee was established...

4/28/2018

article Timbisha Shoshone Tribe off-reservation casino remains the talk of the town
(California) -- Two years after proposing an off-reservation casino in southern California, the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe appears no closer to its goal. The tribe believes...

4/27/2018

article Casino: Debate is OK, blacklisting is not
(California) -- There’s no getting around it; the casino debate has been divisive and contentious for the community. The Daily Independent (like the RACVB) is...

4/25/2018

article Casino proponents stage letter drive, cite numbers
(California) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior is currently in the process of determining whether the Ridgecrest lands intended for the Timbisha Shoshone casino...

4/20/2018

article Casino dominates public comment at council meeting
(California) -- The casino was not listed on the regular agenda, but that didn’t stop people from talking about the controversial project at the Ridgecrest City...

4/14/2018

article Timbisha Shoshone Tribe faces hurdles in Washington for casino bid
(California) -- As predicted, the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe is running into obstacles as it pursues an off-reservation casino in California. Tribal leaders and local...

4/11/2018

article Follow the money: Casino looked to as economic driver for city
(California) -- While the Timbisha Shoshone casino project land trust application works its way through the US Department of the Interior (see the April 11 edition of...

3/31/2018

article City asks for 14 day extension on casino-related FOIA request
(California) -- The city of Ridgecrest has asked for an additional 14 days to comply with the Daily Independent’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for...

3/20/2018

article NEEL: A response to Skip Gorman
(California) -- A March 13 column by Skip Gorman attempted to cast blame and shame on two City Council members and declared discontent with all persons who oppose the...
article Strand, Stephens go to Washington? Council to consider two trips
(California) -- After three agendas, the Ridgecrest City Council will be meeting on Wednesday. According to the final amended agenda, council will be discussing two...

3/17/2018

article Publisher’s Pen: Walkouts, casino support, and legislation galore
(California) -- Here are kudos to youths in Ridgecrest and across Kern County. They joined in the nationwide recognition/remembrance of the Florida shooting which...

3/10/2018

article ‘Where is the integrity?’ Casino item pulled, but heated casino debate goes on
(California) -- The item regarding the Ridgecrest casino project was pulled from the agenda at the most recent Ridgecrest City Council meeting, but that did not stop the...

3/7/2018

article Timbisha Shoshone Tribe faces attack from anti-Indian gaming group
(California) -- Despite winning local support for a casino in California , the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe is battling a new rival, one that has tied up gaming projects with...

3/6/2018

article Casino talk: Council to discuss tribal request for Mayor to go to DC
(California) -- In a potentially intriguing agenda item, the Ridgecrest City Council will on March 7 discuss a request from the Timbisha Shoshone tribe for Mayor Peggy...
article Challenge issued on casino land acquisition memo
(California) -- According to an email from resident Mike Neel to the Daily Independent, the Ridgecrest City Clerk’s office and other media outlets, Neel, Ricky...

2/12/2018

article Timbisha Shoshone Tribe refutes rumors of marijuana at casino
(California) -- The Timbisha Shoshone Tribe will not engage in "any " marijuana activities at the site of its proposed casino in California, Chairman George Gholson said...

2/9/2018

article No cannabis in Ridgecrest: Gholson defends self, tribe
(California) -- “I want to be perfectly clear. The tribe will never sell, carry or condone or have any type of cannabis activity on any level whatsoever in the...

2/8/2018

article No cannabis in Ridgecrest: Gholson defends self, tribe
(California) -- “I want to be perfectly clear. The tribe will never sell, carry or condone or have any type of cannabis activity on any level whatsoever in the...

1/24/2018

article Breeden holds roundtable with Dems
(California) -- It was a wide-ranging discussion as Mayor Peggy Breeden sat down with the Democratic Club of the High Desert at its luncheon meeting Sat., Jan. 20. The...

1/16/2018

article California tribe begins accepting public feedback on casino proposal
(California) -- In California, the proposal from the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe to build a $29 million casino on an off-reservation site near the small city of Ridgecrest...

1/15/2018

article Timbisha Shoshone Tribe solicits local input for off-reservation casino project
(California) -- The Timbisha Shoshone Tribe is asking the public to comment on plans for an off-reservation casino in California. The tribe wants to build the facility...

1/13/2018

article Public feedback collected in brief casino meeting
(California) -- In what may well be the briefest casino meeting in local memory, Analytical Environmental Services President David Zweig collected public input on the...

1/6/2018

article Public meeting on casino environmental impact Jan. 11
(California) -- The public will have an opportunity to weigh in on the Timbisha Shoshone casino project — at least from the environmental aspect. A public meeting...

12/22/2017

article Public meeting on casino EIR Jan. 11
(California) -- A public meeting to receive comments on the Draft TEIR for the Timbisha Shoshone casino will be held on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at the...

10/24/2017

article Timbisha Shoshone Tribe anticipates uphill battle with Trump team over casino
(California) -- Leaders of the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe are preparing for some big battles as they pursue a casino in California. The tribe began the land-into-trust...

4/18/2017

article Drilling wells? Selling water? Tribe says ‘no’
(California) -- The Timbisha Shoshone tribe has no intention of drilling a well on their local property, let alone selling water from such a well. That was the word from...

4/15/2017

article Casino workshop provides closer look at history, process
(California) -- The Timbisha Shoshone tribe fully expected to acquire the Ridgecrest land parcel intended for a casino through a discretionary acquisition requiring the...
article OP/ED: A look at behind the city’s new tribal expert lawyers
(California) -- I listened to the comments and read the news stories on the Ridgecrest City Council’s decision to retain the law firm of Nielsen, Merksamer,...

4/12/2017

article White, Gholson present casino rendering
(California) -- Casino developer Nigel White gave the Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce a first look at a rendering of the Timbisha Shoshone tribe’s planned casino...

4/8/2017

article Casino environmental prep notice online, public comment period open
(California) -- The Tribal Environmental Impact Report process for the Timbisha Shoshone casino is underway. The Notice of Preparation (along with information about the...

4/6/2017

article Gholson gives casino update, council approves attorney
(California) -- Casino issues dominated the Ridgecrest City Council meeting Wednesday. Timbisha Shoshone tribal chair George Gholson gave an update on the tribe’s...

4/5/2017

article Did Acton violate FPPC regulations? City Attorney says ‘no’ but watch it
(California) -- Did former Councilwoman Lori Acton violate fair political practice regulations by going to work for the Timbisha Shoshone tribe as a paid consultant on...

4/4/2017

article Council to hear casino update, wastewater facility report Wed
(California) -- The Ridgecrest City Council at its meeting Wednesday will hear a Timbisha Shoshone casino project update and decide whether or not to approve a contract...

3/31/2017

article Latest on casino: Acton to advise tribe, city may hire attorney
(California) -- The Timbisha Shoshone tribe has hired former Councilwoman Lori Acton as an advisor to assist them during the upcoming casino and entertainment center...

2/22/2017

article Timbisha Shoshone casino: A closer look at the process
(California) -- The Timbisha Shoshone tribe is going forward with plans to acquire a parcel of approximately 26.48 acres of Ridgecrest land via a mandatory fee-to-trust...

2/17/2017

article City manager's report on casino turns into robust discussion
(California) -- A robust discussion ensued at Wednesday's city council meeting after Ridgecrest City Manager Dennis Speer provided a report on a meeting with...

2/8/2017

article Gholson: Casino process as 'new to the tribe as to anyone else'
(California) -- The news that the Timbisha Shoshone casino project would be requiring a Tribal Environmental Impact Report rather than a National Environmental Policy...

2/3/2017

article Casino land swap plans revealed: Change in environmental process leads to questions from council
(California) -- The Timbisha Shoshone tribe has not violated the municipal services agreement with the city regarding their casino project plans, but their actions were...
article Martin on casino land swap plans: 'Smoke and mirrors and attorneys'
(California) -- The news that the Timbisha Shoshone tribe has entered into a memo of agreement with the US Department of the Interior regarding a land swap threw...

1/20/2017

article Council hears update on casino
(California) -- The Timbisha Shoshone tribe is working the casino development process with the federal government. They do not want out of any agreements nor are they...

1/16/2017

article California city seeks update on proposed casino
(California) -- Officials in Kern County, California, are reportedly scheduled to meet on Wednesday to further discuss a proposal from the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe to...

1/2/2017

article When Green Groups Fought Native Rights: The Timbisha Shoshone in Death Valley
(California) -- With recent broad green support for not only the campaign at Standing Rock but President Obama’s designation of two new National Monuments that...

12/30/2016

article 2016 in Review: Casino wars
(California) -- In what was possibly the year's most controversial move, the Ridgecrest City Council took decisive steps towards allowing a Timbisha Shoshone gaming...

11/15/2016

article The Timbisha Shoshone of Death Valley and the Shadow of Trump
(California) -- “In the desert, you see, there is everything and there is nothing,” Balzac wrote. “It is God without mankind.” The sensation of...

11/12/2016

article County vote by mail update Monday: Martin, Leahy still too close to call
(California) -- Kern County will have more information on election results Monday, specifically an updated total including vote by mail ballots that have been processed...

10/29/2016

article 'Ridgecrest is won over by transparency:' Propriety of O'Neill emails questioned
(California) -- Did city consultant Justin O'Neill act improperly by “coaching” and “colluding” with casino developer Nigel White, during the...

10/28/2016

article 'Ridgecrest is won over by transparency:' Propriety of O'Neill emails questioned
(California) -- Did city consultant Justin O'Neill act improperly by “coaching” and “colluding” with casino developer Nigel White, during the...

10/5/2016

article City Council approves $132 million agreement for proposed Elk Grove casino
(California) -- The Elk Grove City Council on Sept. 28 unanimously approved a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) with the Wilton Rancheria. The tribe is proposing a $400...

9/23/2016

article Council changes closed session noticing practice
(California) -- The Ridgecrest City Council at their meeting Wednesday voted to correct their public noticing practice for closed session items relating to real property...

9/17/2016

article My Thoughts by John Ciani: The Brown Act and Measure V
(California) -- A couple of stories in the Daily Independent caught my eye. The Thursday paper there was a story headlined, “Neel challenges casino land sale on...

9/15/2016

article Neel challenges casino land sale on Brown Act grounds
(California) -- Mike Neel is alleging the Ridgecrest City Council violated the Brown Act by improperly noticing closed session discussions relating to the land sale to...

9/9/2016

article Were casino meetings racist? Timbisha Shoshone member says meetings slighted tribe
(California) -- The land sale for a Timbisha Shoshone casino in Ridgecrest was approved by the Ridgecrest City Council Wednesday, but other questions remain. One of them...

9/8/2016

article Casino land sale approved 3 to 2: Breeden struggles visibly with vote
(California) -- In a nail-biting finish, the Ridgecrest City Council finally approved the land sale to representatives of the Timbisha Shoshone tribe at its meeting...

9/7/2016

article 'That is me doing my job:' Parsons, O'Neill and White defend casino process
(California) -- Asked about how he feels about accusations of potential ethics violations, possible misconduct on the part of city officials or other forms of...
article Casino emails: bias and information delays but no smoking gun
(California) -- An electronic paper trail of more than 700 emails to and from the city of Ridgecrest regarding the proposed casino in Ridgecrest reveals no smoking gun,...
article DI Editorial: City, people deserved better process on casino
(California) -- Ridgecrest needs economic development. On this all parties agree. As we continue to lose businesses, diversifying our economy is one obvious solution....

9/6/2016

article Death Valley tribe seeks approval to buy land for proposed casino
(California) -- At a meeting on September 7, the Ridgecrest City Council will decide whether to approve a request by the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe to purchase property in...

9/5/2016

article Council to talk Casino land sale Wednesday
(California) -- At their meeting September 7, the Ridgecrest City Council will finally have a chance to decide whether or not to approve the sale of property in the...

9/2/2016

article Our View: Some thoughts on the casino: slow down
(California) -- Like many others in the community, the Daily Independent has been studying the sale of city land to developers working for the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe to...

8/17/2016

article Council to hear casino land sale at upcoming meeting
(California) -- The Ridgecrest City Council will discuss the sale of property associated with a potential Timbisha Shoshone casino at an upcoming meeting. That was the...

8/16/2016

article Mayor talks casino with Optimists
(California) -- Mayor Peggy Breeden wanted to do things differently. Instead of the typical stand and address the group scenario, Breeden led the diners at the IWV...

6/22/2016

article Casino opponents not giving up
(California) -- The gambling debate goes on. The Ridgecrest City Council approved a final version of the municipal services agreement with the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe on...

6/7/2016

article BLOG: The Timbisha Decision ─ A Familiar Story and Dangerous Precedent
(California) -- The Death Valley Timbisha Shoshone Tribe was dealt another setback last week in its ongoing efforts to preserve its constitutional government in the face...

6/2/2016

article Council approves revised Timbisha Shoshone MSA 3 to 2
(California) -- Ridgecrest is another step closer to having a casino within city limits. The Ridgecrest City Council voted 3 to 2 late Wednesday night to approve a...

6/1/2016

article Revised MSA on agenda tonight
(California) -- After five meetings in five weeks, the Ridgecrest City Council finally approved a municipal services agreement with the Timbisha Shoshone tribe at their...

5/31/2016

article Casino, budget on council agenda
(California) -- After the first Wednesday without a casino discussion in six weeks, the topic is back on the Ridgecrest City Council's agenda June 1.
article New Tribal Constitution Moots Election Suit, 9th Circ. Says [sub req]
(California) -- The Ninth Circuit on Friday tossed a suit by former leaders of California's Timbisha Shoshone Tribe that challenged the U.S. Department of the...

5/27/2016

article Plans on way for new Super Casino in California
(California) -- The casino industry revenue topped $159.71bn in 2015 and will see continuous growth as we further move into 2016. As the digital age grows, the gaming...
article New Constitution Ends Tribe's Claims of Federal Meddling
(California) -- The Ninth Circuit on Friday dismissed a California Indian tribe's claims that the federal government violated its right to self-government by...

5/19/2016

article Council approves casino MSA: The reasons behind their votes
(California) -- After four weeks of being requested to remain silent and indicate approval by holding up their hands (and signs), casino supporters in Ridgecrest were...

5/18/2016

article Council approves Casino MSA four to one
(California) -- It's official. Ridgecrest is one step closer to having a casino within city limits, although the exact location still may be up for debate. The...
article Fifth meeting to discuss proposed Ridgecrest casino
(California) -- Officials in Kern County, California, are today holding their fifth meeting in as many weeks to discuss a proposal from the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe to...

5/16/2016

article Casino website provides wealth of information
(California) -- For anyone who has not heard enough about the proposed Ridgecrest casino yet, a new website conveniently groups a good deal of information in one place....
article Council to talk casino, budget
(California) -- If it’s Wednesday, it must be time to talk about casinos. For the fifth time in as many weeks, the Ridgecrest City Council and the public will meet...

5/14/2016

article Lucky number? Fourth casino discussion in four weeks
(California) -- “Is there a time limit as to how long this discussion can go on? How many weeks in a row can we do this?” The question came from Ryan Zeigler...

5/10/2016

article Casino town hall today
(California) -- The people of Ridgecrest and the surrounding areas will have another chance to weigh in on the casino issue at a special Town Hall meeting at City Hall...

5/6/2016

article And the casino debate goes on ...
(California) -- The public had their third shot at weighing in on the casino issue at the Ridgecrest City Council meeting Wednesday, but the rules were different this...
article Questions remain about Indian Casino in Ridgecrest
(California) -- The Ridgecrest City Council and the public had another go at the casino discussion at council’s regular meeting Wednesday, but they are not through...
article The values question
(California) -- What are Ridgecrest’s core values? That is what Pastor Bill Logan wanted to know. Logan spoke up during the casino question and answer period of...
article Timbisha Shoshone Tribe seeks support for California casino
(California) -- Officials in Kern County, California, are continuing to discuss plans that could see the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe build a new USD 29M casino at a site...

5/5/2016

article Whose land is it anyway? Land proposed for development half owned by former Mayor’s wife
(California) -- The land proposed for use as a Timbisha Shoshone casino belongs in equal shares to the Ridgecrest Redevelopment Successor Agency and a company called...

5/4/2016

article Timbisha Shoshone Tribe seeks support for California casino
(California) -- Officials in Kern County, California, are continuing to discuss plans that could see the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe build a new $29 million casino at a site...

5/2/2016

article Casino, election top agenda
(California) -- A proposed Timbisha Shoshone Indian casino is back on the agenda for the Ridgecrest City Council meeting Wednesday, but as a discussion item with no...

4/30/2016

article Casino pros and cons: Public has their say at Town Hall
(California) -- As locals squared off at the casino town hall meeting Wednesday, passionate opinions were offered on both sides. The meeting was intended to update the...

4/29/2016

article Capacity crowd for casino town hall: Debate rages on
(California) -- Should the city of Ridgecrest allow a Timbisha Shoshone casino within city limits? The debate rages on. A five-and-a-half-hour Town Hall meeting on the...
article Chairman explains tribe’s interest in casino
(California) -- “We want to be part of society, we want to be productive.” That, in a nutshell, is the reason the Timbisha Shoshone tribe is interested in...

4/28/2016

article Timbisha Shoshone tribe proposes $29 million casino in Ridgecrest
(California) -- A proposed $29 million gaming casino could open in Ridgecrest near the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake. The Timbisha Shoshone tribe wants to build...

4/25/2016

article Casino concept released: Fans and foes take the debate online
(California) -- The local debate over putting in a casino near the front entrance to Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake has ruffled more than a few feathers and may...

4/23/2016

article Proposed casino developer talks 'myths'
(California) -- After the people of Ridgecrest spoke up overwhelmingly opposing the idea of a casino in their midst, it was time for other side to have their say.

4/22/2016

article Public pans casino plans
(California) -- Increased crime. Bankruptcies. Gambling addictions. Corrupting schoolchildren. Interfering with the mission of the base. And, of course, the wrath of God.

4/21/2016

article Casino town hall Wednesday
(California) -- The Ridgecrest City Council is holding a special Town Hall meeting Wednesday to continue the discussion about the possibility of a casino in Ridgecrest....
article Timbisha Shoshone Tribe sees opposition to off-reservation casino
(California) -- It looks like the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe is facing a tough road with a proposed off-reservation casino in California. According to The Ridgecrest Daily...

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