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A glance at some of Ridgecrest's Trending Topics

Casinos, coyotes and lawsuits, oh my – 2018 was an eventful year in Ridgecrest. From the end of the casino controversy (or perhaps not) to allegations over the appropriate residences of both Wallace Martin and the pack of unwelcome coyotes roaming the town, it was a year to remember.


Casino: game over?
You know what they say – it’s not over until Mike Neel plays James Brown into the mic during a city council meeting. Or is it? It is not entirely clear, but it looks like the Timbisha Shoshone casino project is either dead in the water or supremely stalled, depending upon your point of view.


A long year of casino controversy came to an abrupt end in December when the Ridgecrest City Council voted unanimously to terminate the land sale agreement between the city’s redevelopment agency and Global Investment Enterprise Ridgecrest, LLC for the piece of property intended to be used as a casino. The vote was arguably a technicality. The agreement essentially timed out when the buyer failed to provide the funds for the purchase by the deadline and the property fell out of escrow. Still, council could have chosen to extend the escrow agreement but did not do so.

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