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Casino’s final impact statement released
BARSTOW • A proposed $160 million casino and resort off Lenwood Road near Interstate 15 has been cleared of any major negative impact on the environment by the U.S. Department of Interior. The final environmental impact statement released Frida... Full story
Officials’ weeklong trip to China postponed
City, county reps were to visit aluminum factories
BARSTOW • A weeklong trip by city officials to China to review sites similar to the $1.5 billion aluminum plant proposed south of a defunct golf course has been postponed. Two council members, two staff members and an economic development repre... Full story
Escapee found, arrested in Las Vegas casino
The Barstow man who escaped from local authorities after being arrested in March was found and arrested in Las Vegas on Wednesday, police said. Diante “Butchie” Yarber was located walking in the Planet Hollywood Casino by detectives from... Full story
Website listing salary information expanding
Controller uses authority to compile wide-ranging database
A state website that offers a look at public employees’ salary and retirement information is being expanded, a spokesman for Controller John Chiang said. The website — — was launched two months after the August 201... Full story
BCC promotes tech education to create jobs
Obama boosts community college education with $600 million in grants
BARSTOW • Barstow Community College has a plan, according to Vice President of Administrative Services George Walters, to get the institution in compliance with the California 50 percent law. At the same time, the process of evaluating its budge... Full story
Boy, 14, arrested in connection with Tuesday fire
BARSTOW • Barstow police arrested a 14-year-old boy whom they believe was involved in starting a vegetation fire Tuesday. The Barstow Fire protection District received a report of the fire in a desert area, near the Barstow Suncrest Apartments ... Full story
Plea bargain reached in Robertiroz robbery case
VICTORVILLE • After nearly four months of suspended criminal proceedings, only one suspect remains to be tried in the 2013 Robertiroz Mexican Restaurant robbery case. The second of the three suspects arrested last year in connection with the ro... Full story
City’s finances ‘relatively strong’
BARSTOW • Despite an aggressive street and infrastructure improvement program, City Manager Curt Mitchell says Barstow is in a “relatively strong financial position, and we plan on maintaining that status into the future.” Mitchell ... Full story
Ex-Bell leader gets 12 years in prison
Rizzo was Hesperia’s first city manager
LOS ANGELES • The former city manager of Bell was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in prison and ordered to make restitution of $8.8 million in a corruption scheme that nearly bankrupted the small, blue-collar city. Robert Rizzo, who was Hesperi... Full story
Boys & Girls of Barstow: Providing a safe place to go after school
The Boys & Girls Club of Barstow will be celebrating 15 years of serving the community’s youth in October. The group’s mission is “inspiring and enabling all young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to r... Full story
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