Month: August 2012

News Update!!: Power Restored in Mohave Valley.

Mohave Valley, AZ: At around 9:30am MST, power was restored to the area of Mohave Valley, Arizona.

The traffic signals at the intersection of Mohave Valley Highway and Willow Drive are working again and the nearby Chase Bank Branch is open for business.

At around 8:45am MST, reports of power being out in the area of Mohave Valley, Arizona which affected businesses as well as the Chase Bank Branch located near the intersection of Mohave Valley Highway and Willow Drive.

No information at this time to the cause of the power outage, but there is some unconfirmed reports that a utility pole may have went down.

ZachNews has contacted Mohave Electric Cooperative and is awaiting more information regarding this power outage.

Breaking News!!: Mohave Valley, AZ: Power Outage reported. 

Breaking News!!: Mohave Valley, AZ: Power Outage reported.

A power outage has been reported in Mohave Valley, Arizona.

The power outage occurred at around 8:45am MST.

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The Chase Bank Branch located near the intersection of Mohave Valley Highway and Willow Drive was seen turning people away because of the power outage.

The traffic signals at the intersection of Mohave Valley Highway and Willow Drive were out. Driver should use caution at intersections where the traffic signals aren’t working.

ZachNews has contacted Mohave Electric Cooperative and is awaiting more information regarding this power outage.

Stay tuned to ZachNews for more news updates with more information regarding this news story.

 

Rollover Accident Kills Florida Man Near Needles Last Tuesday.

Needles, CA: On Tuesday, August 27th, 2012 at approximately 8:15pm PT, a 2012 Volvo Tractor with a trailer containing Orange Juice failed to negotiate a curve at the intersection of U.S. Route Highway 95 and Five Mile Road just south of Needles, California.

The tractor trailer rolled over with the tractor coming to rest on its top.

The driver, 61 year old Robert Frantz of Old Town, Florida was trapped inside the cab.

The San Bernardino County Fire Department responded to the scene to the rollover accident.

Robert Frantz was pronounced dead at the scene.

The incident is under investigation by the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department.

U.S. Route Highway 95 between Needles, California and Blythe, California is a heavy traveled route for both shipping goods as well as tourist wanting to travel up the Colorado River.

But this highway can get dangerous as the highway has had incidents of vehicles failing to negotiate curves as well as incidents of vehicles crossing into oncoming traffic and crashing.

In June 2011, 51 year old Daniel John DiRusso of Phoenix, Arizona died after his 2010 Nissan Versa collided with a 2004 GMC Envoy head-on.

The head-on crash also occurred along U.S. Route Highway 95 south of Needles, California.

The 2010 Nissan Versa was trying to pass a big rig truck when it collided with the 2004 GMC Envoy.

One person from Fort Mohave, AZ in the 2004 GMC Envoy was later transported to Colorado RiverMedicalCenter with minor injuries.

Another issue is in communities where the public has to cross this highway to get from one place to another such as at the intersection of U.S. Route Highway 95 at San Clemente Street near Interstate 40.

Those who want to cross the highway to get to the Dollar Tree Store have to wait to cross the highway well watching out for those drivers who use the highway as a race track by speeding around other vehicles and not caring of those around them. There are no traffic signals along this part of the highway or even a crosswalk to safely cross the highway.

Making this highway safer for everybody has been an issue for years, but the issue gets clogged up in red tape, government politics, and funding issues have pulled this issue into the rest stop.

The issue will only get worst unless those who are in power work together with those communities along this highway in making this highway safer so that everybody who uses this highway can do so safely.

Both the public as well as those who come to enjoy the Colorado River Tri-State area should be safe and always be on alert as you cross or drive on this highway.

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** ZachNews wants to hear from you; if you’re living or travel along U.S. Route Highway 95 between Needles, California and Blythe, California: **

– Have you notices more accidents along this highway?

– If you’re living near this highway, do you worry about your safety?

– If you’re living near this highway, are there enough safety barriers or walls in your areas?

– If you’re living near this highway, is there enough lighting along this highway?

– If you’re living near this highway, are there enough safe areas along this highway to cross the highway?

– Is there anything being done to fix or make the highway in your area safer?

– Have you seen incidents of reckless driving along this highway?

– Are law enforcement doing enough to address the issue of safety along this highway as well as stopping reckless drivers?

– Are your local government and state government doing enough to address the issue?

– What should be done about making this highway safer and how should it be funded?

– What should the public know about when driving along this highway?

** Please comment on this news story here on ZachNews. Thank You. **

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News Update!!: Statement Released Regarding the Closing of the Bank of America Branch In Downtown Needles.

Downtown Needles, CA: ZachNews can confirmed that the Bank of America Branch in Downtown Needles, California is closing this bank branch on Friday, January 25th, 2013.

 

 

 

ZachNews has received by email the statement from Bank of America’s Media Relation Department regarding the closing of the Bank of America Branch in Downtown Needles, California:

 

 

“We constantly evaluate our retail network to ensure we are meeting evolving customer demand, and may add or consolidate banking centers as a result.

After careful consideration, we have decided to not renew the lease at our banking center located at 1001 W. Broadway Street in Needles when it expires at the end of February, 2013.   We typically give local customers 90 days notice regarding a banking center closure.

This decision is driven by a number of factors including declines in transactions as customers increasingly rely on other banking channels such as mobile and online banking.”

 

 

 

The reports of the Bank of America Branch in Downtown Needles, California began to unfold late Tuesday afternoon and was even heard in the crowd at Tuesday’s Needles City Council Meeting.

 

 

City of Needles Officials are talking to ZachNews about the closing of the Bank of America Branch in Downtown Needles, California including City Manager for the City of Needles David G. Brownlee and the videos with their reaction to the closing of the Bank of America Branch in Downtown Needles, California will be posted later on ZachNews.

Breaking News!!: Downtown Needles, CA: Bank of America is closing.

Breaking News!!: Downtown Needles, CA: Bank of America is closing.

ZachNews can confirmed that Bank of America, located at 1001 West Broadway, in Downtown Needles, California is closing this bank branch on Friday, January 25th, 2013.

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Notices from Bank of America will start going out 30 to 60 days before the day of closing.

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

ZachNews is a wait for a statement from Bank of America Media Relation with more information regarding the bank branch closure.

City of Needles Officials are telling ZachNews that they are very sad that the community is about to lose the only bank in the community.

Stay tuned to ZachNews for more news updates with more information regarding this news story.

 

 

Community Meeting Alert!!: Needles City Council Meeting Is Tonight.

  

Needles, CA: The regular meeting of the Needles City Council will be held on Tuesday, August 28th, 2012 starting at 6:00pm PT at the Needles City Council Chambers located off of J Street near Bailey Avenue in Needles, California.

The full Needles City Council Meeting Agenda for Tuesday, August 28th, 2012 is posted above.

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Here are a few of the agenda items coming up at the Needles City Council Meeting being held on Tuesday, August 28th, 2012:

 

**** (As stated on the Needles City Council Meeting Agenda dated for Tuesday, August 28th, 2012) ****

 

 

** Presentation: **

 

Item #1: Presentation to be made by Ms. Janet Jernigan, NDBA (Needles Downtown Business Alliance) seeking approval of the Santa Fe Park Sign Monument, using the Reader’s Digest funds, to be placed on the corner of G Street and Front Street in front of the El Garces (El Garces Hotel next to Santa Fe Park) and direct staff to proceed with the preparation necessary for the site location upon notification the NDBA is ready to construct.

 

Item #2: San Bernardino County Fire Department representative will review the July 2012 Administrative Monthly Report.

 

 

** Consent Calendar: **

 

Item #5: Waive the reading and adopt Resolution Number 2012-39 adopting the Measure I Five Year Capital Improvement Plan.

 

Item #8: Accept the bid of Stewart Concrete in the amount of $9,534.00 for the New Ball Field Phase 2 at Duke Watkins Park and authorize staff to issue a Notice of Award and Notice to Proceed.

 

 

** Regular Items: **

 

Item #9: Discussion regarding the rental of the Needles Aquatic Center to River Valley High School for $600.00 per month from August through November.

 

Item #10: Consideration of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control’s notification to the City (City of Needles) of a request to modify the current liquor license held by Buy Rite Liquor Market located at 1932 J Street.

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For more information, please contact Dale Jones at the City of Needles, City Clerk’s Office at: 1 (760) 326-2113 Ext. 345

 

 

Earthquakes In Brawley, California Felt In Needles, California.

  

Needles, CA: Aftershocks from Sunday’s moderate earthquakes continue to shake the Southern California desert near the Salton Sea in Brawley, California.

 

The magnitude 5.5 occurring at 1:57pm PT Sunday and knocked trailer homes off foundations and windows shattered during the earthquake near Brawley, California.

 

According to CBS affiliate KSWT Channel 13 in Yuma, Arizona, the quakes have caused cosmetic damage to some older buildings in the area.

 

According to Brawley City Mayor George Nava, 20 mobile homes moved or shifted from their foundation during Sunday’s earthquake.

 

 

Staffers at the Emergency Operations Center are working with the American Red Cross to help people affected by the earthquake as well as to help open local shelter. 

 

 

So far, there have been no reports of injuries or deaths from these earthquakes.

 

There have been many aftershocks in Imperial County, California with the largest aftershock being a magnitude 4.9 at 9:41pm PT Sunday night as well as a magnitude 3.0 at 12:32am PT Monday.

 

 

The earthquakes and aftershocks were widely felt throughout Southern California as well as Yuma and La Paz counties in Arizona.

 

 

According to ABC affiliate KESQ Channel 3 in Palm Desert, California, People throughout the Coachella Valley reported feeling the ground move.

 

According to Indio Police Department Administrative Officer Benjamin Guitron, one of the earlier earthquakes was felt in Indio, California for about 30 seconds.

 

There have been no reports of injuries or deaths from these earthquakes in Indio, California.

 

 

The same earthquakes felt in Indio, California were also felt by some residents living in Needles, California.

 

Lawrence Sanchez felt the shaking inside his home and even heard bottles and dishes making a shaking noise.

 

Other Needles residents told ZachNews that they too felt the shaking and seen some things sway in their home.

 

There have been no reports of injuries or deaths from these earthquakes in Needles, California.

 

 

Breaking News!!: Hollywood, CA: KTLA 5 news helicopter makes an emergency landing after smoke was spotted.

Breaking News!!: Hollywood, CA: KTLA 5 news helicopter makes an emergency landing after smoke was spotted.

Scare moments in the sky over Hollywood, California on Monday, August 27th, 2012 as a news helicopter for KTLA Channel 5 had to make an emergency landing after being alerted by another news helicopter pilot from CBS affiliate KCBS Channel 2 that smoke was pouring out of their engine.

** Picture from CBS affiliate KCBS Channel 2: **

The KTLA news helicopter known as “Sky 5” and the KCBS news helicopter known as “SKY 2” were covering a breaking news story in Hollywood, California when SKY 2 Pilot noticed smoke from the engine of the Sky 5 news helicopter.

KCBS Channel 2’s News Helicopter Pilot Dan Catalano alerted KTLA Channel 5’s News Helicopter Pilot Tim Lynn by radio about the smoke coming from their news helicopter and told KTLA Channel 5’s News Helicopter Pilot Tim Lynn to land the news helicopter.

Dramatic video captured by CBS affiliated KCBS Channel 2’s News Helicopter as smoke poured out of the KTLA Channel 5’s News Helicopter as the news helicopter looks for a safe place to land.

KTLA Channel 5’s News Helicopter Pilot Tim Lynn landing safely in a vacant parking lot at Highland Boulevard and Franklin Avenue in Hollywood, California and immediately shut down the engine to the news helicopter.

Both KTLA Channel 5’s News Helicopter Pilot Tim Lynn and KTLA Channel 5’s Photographer Jeff Laabs quickly exited their news helicopter uninjured and safe.

The Los Angeles City Fire Department as well as Los Angeles Police Department arrived soon after the emergency landing and inspected the news helicopter.

According to Los Angeles City Fire Department Officials, a crack in the engine of the news helicopter caused an oil leak which then led to the emergency landing.

According to CBS affiliated KCBS Channel 2, KTLA Channel 5’s News Helicopter Pilot Tim Lynn was taught how to fly by KCBS Channel 2 News Helicopter Pilot Dan Catalano and when Catalano told him to land, he knew that was his best and only option.

KTLA Channel 5’s News Helicopter Pilot Tim Lynn gave thanks to the news helicopter crew at KCBS Channel 2 for alerting them to the smoke and engine trouble.

** ZachNews would like to say great work to Sky 5 Pilot Tim Lynn and Sky 5 Photographer Jeff Laabs for remaining calm and safely landing the news helicopter well keeping the public safe. **

** ZachNews would like to also say great work to SKY 2 Pilot Dan Catalano and SKY 2 Reporter Stu Mundel for caring for the safety of your fellow news colleagues. **

Stay tuned to ZachNews for more news updates with more information regarding this news story.

 

Uncovered After The Jack Smith Park Wildfire In Needles.

  

Needles, CA: Around 7:00pm PT on Monday, August 13th, 2012, dry lightning strike an area of mostly large trees, brush, and thick vegetation southeast of Jack Smith Park in Needles, California burning 60 acres on the California side then later jumping over the Colorado River into Arizona burning 300 areas of more large trees, brush, and thick vegetation until days later being fully contained by hard working fire crews.

More than a week after the wildfire, ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez walked through the areas of burned large trees, brush, and thick vegetation near a dirt road that runs off of Santa Fe Road just southeast of Jack Smith Park and what was covered up by those large trees, brush, and thick vegetation, is now uncovered and some of the stuff found was surprising and concerning.

Near what may have been an old camp ground or mobile home park off of a dirt road between Santa Fe Road and the Colorado River, about 9 barrels were found in an area which was covered by very large trees and heavy thick brush and vegetation. Most of the barrels can be seen but there was some still in the ground as well as some of the barrels burned by the wildfire.

Many in Needles, California who watched the wildfire that Monday afternoon heard explosions and seen bright flames rolling up into the sky like as if something erupted such as a gas line.

No gas lines erupted during that wildfire according to fire officials, but were those explosions cause by what was inside these barrels? Was there anything inside these barrels before the wildfire? What was inside these barrels? What were these barrels put here?

As ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez continued to walk through the areas of burned large trees, brush, and thick vegetation, areas in which people may have camp out and called home were uncovered.

Being homeless in temperatures over 105*F during the Mojave Desert summers or temperatures under 45*F during the Mojave Desert Winters isn’t something many would wish to live in or even survive in.

For those who have become homeless by no fault of their own, services out in this part of the Mojave Desert area in California like Needles, California may have trouble finding a way out of being homeless and so they try to find a safe place to rest and to call home.

Those areas in which were call home for some just southeast of Jack Smith Park near Santa Fe Road which was covered in large trees, brush, and thick vegetation are now gone and burned to the ground.

The issue of homelessness in the Colorado River Tri-State area needs to be address and services for those who do not want to be homeless need to be place here in this area to help those people.

As the temperatures continue to be over 105*F and move closer into Mojave Desert Winter with temperatures under 45*F at night, where will those who don’t want to be homeless anymore go?

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez continued walking through the areas of burned large trees, brush, and thick vegetation and got along the Colorado River and where the possible spot where the wildfire jumped across into Arizona.

As evening started to arrived near Jack Smith Park, ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez made his way to Santa Fe Road and found areas in which people dump junk and trash such as broken glass bottles, automobile parts, tires, bicycles, fixtures, tables, chairs, cabinets, beds, televisions, and even household cleaning products such as bottles of bleach and glass cleaner.

Many in the community hope that the burned and dead areas of large trees, brush, and thick vegetation can be clean and new tress can be replanted to make this area beautiful for all to enjoy. In time, nature will rebeautified the areas near Jack Smith Park and wildlife will return.

Before leaving the burned and dead areas of large trees, brush, and thick vegetation, birds flew by, jackrabbits hopped by, and even a coyote walked along a dirt trail very near ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez shows that life is slowing returning along the Colorado River.

Community Meeting Update!!!: Needles City Council Unanimously Voted for Community Healthcare Partner Inc.

  

Needles, CA: The Needles City Council during a special meeting held Wednesday afternoon unanimously voted for Bing Lum and Community Healthcare Partner Inc.

 

 

The Needles City Council hearing all testimonies for and against the sale of Colorado River Medical Center as well as making some modifications to the asset purchase agreement by and between Community Healthcare Partner Inc., a California Nonprofit Corporation, the City of Needles, and Needles Municipal Hospital (Colorado River Medical Center) in Needles, California.

 

 

After over 4 hours discussing, modifying, and some arguing over the sale of Colorado River Medical Center, members of the Needles City Council voted to approve Resolution No. 2012-36 with the modifications to the asset purchase agreement by and between Community Healthcare Partner Inc., a California Nonprofit Corporation, the City of Needles, and Needles Municipal Hospital (Colorado River Medical Center).

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** Some of the modifications listed to be made to the asset purchase agreement are as follows: **

 

– The sell price will be: $2,577,000.00

 

– 100% of the meaningful use funds to the Seller.

 

– Proof of funds provided by Tuesday, September 25th, 2012 in a form acceptable to the Seller.

 

– There will be a joint meeting of the Board of Hospital Trustees and the Needles City Council on Tuesday, September 25th, 2012 to determine whether or not that if the funds are acceptable.

 

– Closing will be on Thursday, January 3rd, 2013 at 5:00pm PT or contract terminates unless the parties agree to an extension.

 

– Adding Emergency Room, Radiology, and Respiratory Therapy services to Section 11.12b.

 

– The sale and ending will be condition upon all Board Members and the Buyer make resident of Needles, California prior to closing on Thursday, January 3rd, 2013.

 

 

**** (News Alert!!!: A news update with more information regarding the modifications made to the asset purchase agreement may be posted later on ZachNews.) ****

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**** Correction Alert!!!: ****

 

On the Special Meeting Needles City Council Agenda, a correction had to be made to Item #2 on the Special Meeting Needles City Council Agenda dated Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012.

 

Dale Jones at the City Clerk’s Office informed the Needles City Council as well as the public to the correction that was made to Item #2; “Resolution No. 2012-35” was changed to, “Resolution No. 2012-36”.   

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After the Needles City Council unanimously vote, members of the public came up to Bing Lum of AM Pharmacy and Community Healthcare Partners to congratulating him.

 

 

The overall feeling in the Needles City Council Chambers was split, but many in the crowd hope that whoever buys Colorado River Medical Center, that they can help move the hospital forward, bring new services needed for the community, and continue to provide services to the people of Needles, California.

 

 

For more information, please contact Dale Jones at the City of Needles, City Clerk’s Office at: 1 (760) 326-2113 Ext. 345 

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ZachNews is collecting more information as well as awaiting more information on the modifications made to the asset purchase agreement during the Special Meeting of the Needles City Council.

 

ZachNews will have a news update as soon as we receive that information.

 

ZachNews is also working on the over 4 hour long video and is trying to work on posting the full video onto ZachNews Channel on YouTube. Stay tuned to ZachNews for news updates to when the Special Meeting of the Needles City Council video is posted.

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