By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Needles, California: An independent news service that provides news, weather, traffic, sports, politics, and events to the people in the community celebrates their 10th anniversary on Tuesday, January 21st, 2020.
ZachNews began their independent news service 10 years ago today on Thursday, January 21st, 2010 by local resident Zachary Lopez, with the goal of bringing the people the latest news, weather, traffic, sports, politics, and events effecting Needles, California as well as the Colorado River Tri-State area.
Independent, self funded and mainly using his own running shoes, Zachary run ZachNews from his residence, operating 24/7 a day, fact checking and confirming information without bias, and ready to go the distance to bring the people the news happening in their community.
Over those 10 years, ZachNews reported on a variety of news stories that affected the community change the lives of those who lived in the community and brought the community together.
Here are a few of the notable news stories ZachNews reported include (just to name a few):
- The closing of the Bashas grocery store on Friday, May 9th, 2014, the only grocery store in the community.
- A powerful storm with damaging winds leaves a mess of destruction through the community, including the old movie theater.
- The microburst that blew through the community on Tuesday, August 12th, 2014, knocking the roof of the Route 66 Burger Hut.
- Snow fell on the community of Needles, California on Wednesday, December 31st, 2014, a beautiful site in the desert by the Colorado River.
- The wildfire known as the Willow Fire that swept across Mohave Valley, Arizona on Saturday, August 8th, 2015, changing lives for residents, and some working to rebuild from the ashes.
- The changing growth of cannabis business and development from medical to recreational over the years in Needles, California, like the groundbreaking of a new medical cannabis cultivation development on Wednesday, October 12th, 2016 off Needles Highway near Interstate 40. The cannabis industry would be also reported on ZachNews as well as electric infrastructures being upgraded from funding by the cannabis industry, revenue growth that would get national wide news attention later in the years.
- Needles’ Lady Stangs arrive to Needles High School celebrate winning the N.I.A.A. State Basketball Championship Final 2017.
- Officials from the City of Needles work to bring new businesses and retail, even reaching out to get a new grocery store, at the International Council of Shopping Centers conventions in Las Vegas, Nevada and Los Angeles, California.
- The Second Amendment Sanctuary City gets approved by members of the Needles City Council in the summer of 2019; first reported on ZachNews followed by national wide news attention a week after reporting.
- The Second Amendment Sanctuary City gets approved by Mohave County Supervisors in November 2019.
- The recent Lillyhill Drive Drive bridge water line rupture interrupting water service and flooding eastbound Interstate 40, but also showed this hard work that city employees did to repair water line leaks in our community for the community they love.
ZachNews is also covered many local community events that brought the community together show and show their communities Heritage culture and history as well as the talents and great fooda few of the events that’s actors reported ZachNews on includes
Here are a few of the notable community events ZachNews reported (just to name a few):
- Having fun along the Colorado River during the Route 66 Hot Boat and Custom Car Show.
- Needles High School Homecoming Week, including the homecoming parade.
- Needles High School sports such as football and volleyball games.
- City of Needles celebrates with Taiwan their National Day of the Republic of China 10-10.
- Community celebrates the history of the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe during Fort Mojave Indian Days event and parade.
- Community celebrates the people in our community during the annual Needles Chamber of Commerce Dinner Awards.
- Community comes together for joy, fun and thrills during the Needles Holiday Fun Fair.
So many news stories and community events that ZachNews reported on over the last 10 years; many great supporters and fans that have continue to show their love, respect and trust in ZachNews.
Thanks to our many fans and followers for your love and support for ZachNews over the last 10 years, and for becoming your new source for local news, breaking news and community event reporting.