Election Watch 2014 Alert!!: Needles, CA: Robert Shaw running for Needles City Council.

July 23, 2014 Leave a comment

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Election Watch 2014 Alert!!: Needles, CA: Robert Shaw running for Needles City Council.

ZachNews has confirmed on Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 that Robert Shaw of Needles, California is running for Needles City Council.

Robert Shaw is a retired from San Bernadino County Sheriff’s Department as a Reserve Deputy and is currently serving as a Citizen on Patrol with S.B.C.S.O. (San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office), a Commissioner on the Needles Public Utility Board, and Past President of the Parowan Chamber of Commerce.

Robert Shaw was also on the Friends of the El Garces group and Friends of the Needles Centennial committee which helped in the planning of the Needles Centennial Celebration in October 2013.

More information will be coming soon to ZachNews.

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Election Watch 2014 Alert!!: Needles, CA: Current City Mayor and 3 City Council Members running for re-election.

July 23, 2014 Leave a comment

Needles City Council Members 2014

Election Watch 2014 Alert!!: Needles, CA: Current City Mayor and 3 City Council Members running for re-election.
ZachNews has learned that Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson, Needles City Council Member Linda Kidd, Vice Mayor Terry Campbell, and City of Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget are all running for reelection and have pulled paperwork to run again.

More information will be coming soon to ZachNews.

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News Update!!: Twentynine Palms, CA: Updated information regarding the search for Erin Corwin.

July 22, 2014 Leave a comment

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News Update!!: Twentynine Palms, CA: Updated information regarding the search for Erin Corwin.
In a press release from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department dated Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014, detectives have received information regarding possible locations to be searched for potential evidence of foul play regarding the disappearance of 19 year old Erin Corwin of Twentynine Palms, California.

The information is the result of an extensive three-week investigation.

“We are looking for a crime scene,” said Leland Boldt, the captain of the Sheriff’s Specialized Investigation Division.

Investigators from the Sheriff’s Specialized Investigation Division have spoken to numerous persons who knew Erin prior to her disappearance looking for any and all information that may lead them to Erin’s whereabouts. It is imperative investigators determine whether or not there was foul play, Sgt. Trevis Newport said. Search warrants have been executed as part of this investigation to assist investigators in determining what may have occurred.

Further information regarding the facts outlined in the search warrant will not be discussed. It is unfortunate such extensive details were released regarding this investigation because it can affect the outcome of the case. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department has a responsibility to Erin’s family, her loved ones and her unborn child to provide answers regarding her disappearance. It is essential the integrity of the investigation be maintained in order for justice to be served.

Christopher Lee was known to Erin Corwin prior to her disappearance and as a result of their contact, a search warrant was issued in the 700 block of Geronimo Trail in Yucca Valley. Investigators located a destructive device and arrested Lee for its possession, per PC18710(a). Lee was arrested for a felony charge not related to the disappearance of Erin Corwin. The case regarding the arrest for the destructive device has been completed and forwarded to the District Attorney’s office for filing.

Although suspicious circumstances have existed from the inception of this investigation there is still not enough evidence to rule out that Erin Corwin could be voluntarily missing. It is crucial all acquaintances be contacted and interviewed, in an effort to solve the case.

Investigators continue to ask anyone with information about Erin Corwin is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Specialized Investigation Division at (909) 387-3589 or Sheriff’s Dispatch at (909) 387-8313.

Callers wishing to remain anonymous can contact the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at www.wetip.com

** Picture was courtesy of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. **

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Needles, CA: Pacific Gas and Electric Topock Compressor Station Soil Investigation Project Public Hearing Is Tonight.

July 22, 2014 Leave a comment

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Needles, CA: Pacific Gas and Electric Topock Compressor Station Soil Investigation Project Public Hearing Is Tonight.

The public is invited to an open house and public hearing regarding a draft soil investigation environmental impact report for the Pacific Gas and Electric Topock Compressor Station being held at the Needles Senior Center located at 1699 Bailey Avenue near Lilly Hill Drive in Needles, California on Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014.

The open house will start at 5:30pm PT and the public hearing will start at 6:30 pm PT.

If you are unable to attend the Needles, California open house and public hearing on Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014, there will be another open house and public hearing at the Golden Shores Community Center located at 13136 South Golden Shores Parkway in Topock, Arizona on Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 with an open house starting at 5:30pm MST and the public hearing starting at 6:30 pm MST.

The Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) Topock Compressor Station Topock is located in the Mojave Desert of San Bernardino County, California approximately 12 miles southeast of Needles, California.

The Project involves soil investigation activities including soil sampling and sample analysis, bench scale tests, pilot studies, geotechnical evaluations, and plant and biota sampling.

The Draft Environmental Impact Report (E.I.R.) identifies that the Project could result in significant biological resources, cultural resources, and noise impacts.

Mitigation measures to reduce these impacts are described in the Draft Environmental Impact Report (E.I.R.).

After mitigation measures are applied, significant unavoidable cultural resources, and noise impacts would continue to occur with Project implementation.

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (D.T.S.C.) determined a draft Environmental Impact Report (E.I.R.) was needed to evaluate the potential environmental impacts of implementing soil investigation activities.

Public comment for the draft Environmental Impact Report (E.I.R.) is happening from Monday, July 7th, 2014 to Thursday, August 21st, 2014 and the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (D.T.S.C.) will evaluate and respond to all public comments prior to making a decision.

Comments made by the public at the 2 public hearing meetings will also be accepted as part of the public comment period.

Public comments must be postmarked or emailed before Thursday, August 21st, 2014.

Send comments to the following mailing address or email address:

Aaron Yue, Project Manager,
California Department of Toxic Substances Control
5796 Corporate Avenue
Cypress, California, 90630-4732.

Aaron.Yue@dtsc.ca.gov

The Pacific Gas and Electric’s Topock Compressor Station opened in 1951 and is located 15 miles southeast of Needles, California overlooking the Colorado River and Interstate 40.

The Pacific Gas and Electric’s Topock Compressor Station pressurizes the natural gas in the pipeline helping the natural gas journey to its ultimate destination of Central California and Northern California.

The environmental investigation and cleanup project has been under way since 1997, when a plume of chromium was detected in the groundwater.

From 1951 to 1985, Hexavalent chromium was used at the Pacific Gas and Electric’s Topock Compressor Station to prevent rust in its cooling towers.

From 1951 to 1968, Cooling tower waste water was being discharged into percolation beds in a dry wash area next to the Pacific Gas and Electric’s Topock Compressor Station.

The hexavalent chromium seeped into the groundwater over time and created a groundwater plume that extends from below the station toward the Colorado River.

Reportedly, testing showed that the plume is not impacting the quality of the water in the Colorado River.

Historical operations at the station have resulted in soil contamination in and outside the Pacific Gas and Electric’s Topock Compressor Station’s fence line.

In 1996, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) entered into a voluntary agreement with the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (D.T.S.C.) to investigate the nature and extent of the contamination at the site.

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (D.T.S.C.) is the lead agency dealing with the groundwater contamination cleanup at the compressor station and will be the lead agency for the soil cleanup if one is needed.

If soil cleanup proves necessary, it would be on its own timeline and would complete its own California Environmental Quality Act process complete with public comment periods and other processes.

**** More information regarding the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (D.T.S.C.) Draft Environmental Impact Report (E.I.R.) for the Pacific Gas and Electric Topock Compressor Station Soil Investigation Project is at the following website addresses: ****

http://www.dtsc.ca.gov/sitecleanup/projects/pge_topock.cfm

http://www.dtsc.ca.gov/

http://dtsc-topock.com/

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News Update!!: Needles, CA: Latest information on the new 99 Cents Only Store.

July 22, 2014 Leave a comment

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News Update!!: Needles, CA: Latest information on the new 99 Cents Only Store.

ZachNews has the latest information on the new 99 Cents Only Store coming to the old Bashas Grocery Store building inside the Needles Towne Center in Needles, California.

ZachNews has reached out to both representatives for the 99 Cents Only Stores and to Needles City Manager Rick Daniels to find out what is the latest information on the new 99 Cents Only Store and to respond to some questions regarding the new 99 Cents Only Store that ZachNews is finding out to be not what is being promoted to the community.

ZachNews did not receive a response from representatives for the 99 Cents Only Stores, but did get a response from Needles City Manager Rick Daniels.

** The following is what Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said to ZachNews regarding the new 99 Cents Only Store: **

- What is the latest information regarding the new 99 Cent Only Store?

“The construction company is finishing up its work. They have requested their final inspection for the structural and matters covered by the building permit. That allows them to start preparing the store for occupancy,” said Needles City Manager Rick Daniels.

ZachNews has been hearing different opening dates in the last few weeks since Needles City Manager Rick Daniels told ZachNews in was going to be Thursday, July 24th, 2014.

Now, opening dates from Friday, July 25th, 2014 to Monday, July 28th, 2014 have been going around the community and at least 2 Needles City Council Member saying that the new 99 Cents Only Store would open somewhere in August 2014 and September 2014.

- What is the date of opening as there has been a lot of dates being said around the community by members of the Needles City Council?

“I have heard no firm date from the owner. The Construction firm said that they will be done by the end of this week and it their understanding that the store will be stocked and open shortly thereafter. While that is hearsay it is the latest that I have been told second hand,” said Needles City Manager Rick Daniels.

Regarding the deli and bakery like Bashas had inside the new 99 Cents Only Store; when ZachNews spoke with Needles City Manager Rick Daniels after the Needles City Council Meeting held on Tuesday, June 24th, 2014, ZachNews asked Needles City Manager Rick Daniels if this new 99 Cents Only Store is going to be different then the rest of the other 99 Cents Only Stores and if the rumors are true that there is going to be a deli and bakery just like how Bashas had theirs?

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said, “Yes; the plans that we approve included plans for a… you know… a meat case, products; a large area for fresh product. It includes a deli, it includes a bakery, so it’s a… it’s a full service grocery store.”

ZachNews then asked Needles City Manager Rick Daniels if this deli and bakery is going to be shaves or that a person can walk up to, order, and order like how Bashas grocery store had theirs?

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said, “I understand that it will be similar to what Bashas was.”

** Video: New information on 99 Cents Only Store: **

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ek9gc2sDsv4

But, ZachNews is finding that what Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said may be more talk then proof.

Customers who have been other 99 Cents Only Stores in California and Nevada are telling ZachNews that they have never seen a 99 Cents Only Store with a deli and bakery like a regular grocery store has and that the only thing seen were meat and bread cases.

- Is there really going to be a deli and bakery like Bashas?

“You need to talk to the 99 Cent folks about exactly what they are going to do. That is a business decision of theirs and not the City’s,” said Needles City Manager Rick Daniels.

- Is the City of Needles going to have a tour of the store before the opening and when?

“Any tours is for the 99 Cent folks to decide. It is still a construction site. The City plans no tours,” said Needles City Manager Rick Daniels.

- Will there be a ribbon cutting event on the day of opening?

“That is for the 99 Cent folks to decide; if and when. Although it is usual and customary for new store to have one. It is a good way for them to draw attention to the store being open,” said Needles City Manager Rick Daniels.

- Will this store help in addressing the need of the community as well as to help bring more funding to the budget?

“Availability of fresh fruits and vegetables, and basic foods are essential to the needs of our community. Businesses which create jobs are always welcome as is the tax revenue that allows the City to fund Public Safety and other general public services,” said Needles City Manager Rick Daniels.

ZachNews is still awaiting a response from representatives for the 99 Cents Only Stores and will bring their response as soon as ZachNews receives them.

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Monsoon Watch 2014!!: Colorado River Tri-State: Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 Thunderstorm.

July 22, 2014 Leave a comment

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Monsoon Watch 2014!!: Colorado River Tri-State: Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 Thunderstorm.

At around 5:20pm PT on Tuesday, July 8th, 2014, a large and slow moving thunderstorm hit the Colorado River Tri-State area dumping lots of rain, gusty winds, and loud thunder with lots of lightning and leaving a mess of mud, rocks, flooding, and wind damages.

At around 5:20pm PT on Tuesday, July 8th, 2014, storm clouds began to build over the mountains west of Needles Highway and north of Interstate 40.

** Video: Monsoon Watch 2014: 7-8-2014: **

http://youtu.be/kdUJh0hR9n4

Well coming back from covering a breaking news story earlier that day, ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez spotted the large stormy clouds on the way to report on the Needles City Council Meeting.

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez reported the storm to the National Weather Service and reported before on the approaching storm on ZachNews as the storm clouds grow in size and began to dump a wall of rain onto the northern area of Needles, California along Needles Highway.

At around 6:02pm PT on Tuesday, July 8th, 2014, the storm clouds moved right over Needles, California and dumped heavy rain, gusty winds, and loud thunder with lightning to the area.

A group of kids practicing softball at Nikki Bunch Memorial Field ran under a covered patio area at Nikki Bunch Memorial Field to wait out the thunderstorm well lightning was seen hitting to the west of Bailey Avenue and to the northwest of Erin Drive well rain continued to fall.

Minutes later, the rain and gusty winds stopped for a while as the large thunderstorm clouds hanging over the Colorado River continuing to ring thunder over the sky above Needles, California.

** Video: Monsoon Watch 2014: 7-8-2014: Part 2: **

http://youtu.be/jUGuZKP0GcY

At around 6:02pm PT on Tuesday, July 8th, 2014, the storm clouds hits again with more rain, thunder with lightning, and gusty winds well people were leaving the Needles City Council Meeting.

** Video: Monsoon Watch 2014: 7-8-2014: Part 3: **

http://youtu.be/21ORyyrryK0

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez began recording the storm as a muddy color sky covers the view of the eastern mountains in Arizona from Downtown Needles, California with heavy rain and thunder with lightning falling all around the area.

** Video: Monsoon Watch 2014: 7-8-2014: Part 4: **

http://youtu.be/gJg_lhoCoJk

** Video: Monsoon Watch 2014: 7-8-2014: Part 5: **

http://youtu.be/XKcgvrPNYNM

Muddy water and rocks moved passed vehicles along J Street and stopped some vehicles at the intersection of J Street and West Broadway in Downtown Needles, California.

The muddy water and rocks moved passed West Broadway and passed homes along J Street collecting up onto Front Street then flowing west into the K Street Underpass flooding up the K Street Underpass and stopping traffic from passing.

** Video: Monsoon Watch 2014: 7-8-2014: Part 6: **

http://youtu.be/AUlJRESFl1U

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez joined National Weather Service (N.W.S.) SKYWARN Storm Spotters Merlin and Rose Willis to track the moving thunderstorm and well reporting important weather related information to the National Weather Service in Las Vegas, Nevada.

According to the National Weather Service, Needles, California set a new rainfall record with 1.02″ for Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 breaking the 1952 record of 0.25″. As for how fast the winds blew, people According to the National Weather Service, winds at 38 mph and gust at 53 mph were recorded at the Needles Airport on Tuesday, July 8th, 2014.

The heavy rain and gusty winds calmed later that night as a light show of lightning was seen over to the south of Needles, California.

** Video: Monsoon Watch 2014: 7-9-2014: **

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1yIpcWtoZ4

Into the night and into the next day, ZachNews continued to collect information on the storm damage around the community and even received pictures and information on the storm from people around the community.

**** The following is the latest information and a rundown of all the mess caused by the Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 thunderstorm that hit the Needles, California as well as the Colorado River Tri-State area: ****

** North and Northwestern side of Needles, California: **

- Rainbo Beach Resort located at 3520 Needles Highway and Fender’s River Road Resort located at 3396 Needles Highway had some indoor flooding.

- Fender’s River Road Resort located at 3396 Needles Highway had some roofing shingles blown off their roof as well as tree branches falling off.

- Tree branches fell in a back yard area of a home off of Balboa Place near Needles Highway.

- Pieces of an advertisement sign on a billboard were ripped off during the storm along Interstate 40 just before the westbound exit to Needles Highway.

- Roof pieces were blown onto T Street near Needles Highway.

- Gusty winds blow across Needles, California knocking out utility poles onto a moving freight train and knocked out power to the north side of Needles, California near Needles Highway and Interstate 40. According to City of Needles, utility crews had to shut off power for few hours as utility crews replaced the damaged utility poles. Power was reportedly restored late Wednesday night.

- Work crews had to shore up dirt access road along the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (B.N.S.F.) railroad east of Jack Smith Park.

- Several U Haul trailers at a U Haul business along Needles Highway near the Wagon Wheel restaurant were blown around and some of the U Haul trailers were blown up against the Interstate 40 fence, into other U Haul trailers, and even a parked vehicle.

- Needles Highway just passed Balboa Place was flooded with mud and rocks on the highway.

- The northbound shoulder of Needles Highway just south of the Rainbo Beach Resort was undermined by flash flooding.

** Downtown Needles, California: **

- Muddy water and rocks raced down J Street near Interstate 40 passing vehicles at the intersections of West Broadway and J Street as well as Front Street and J Street.

- Muddy water and rocks raced from a flood control basin on the south side of Interstate 40 and flowed down Downey Street to D Street, D Street to Acoma Street, Acoma Street to A Street, and A Street to West Broadway.

** Video: Monsoon Watch 2014: 7-9-2014: Part 5: **

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lG0B3G1zYBo

- Muddy water and rocks also raced from a flood control basin on the south side of Interstate 40 and flowed down an alleyway off of B Street onto B Street, B Street to Cibola Street, Cibola Street to Quivera Street, and Quivera Street to West Broadway.

- Muddy water, rocks, and street runoff flooded the K Street Underpass closing down the K Street Underpass to traffic.

** South and Southeastern Needles, California: **

- Several cracks along a dirt path along a flood control basin have been spotted to the west of Lilly Hill Drive, north of Interstate 40, and east of J Street. The cracks have not made it through the flood control basin wall, but at least 2 of the dirt walls are very deep and wide.

- Lilly Hill Drive just east of Bailey Avenue was flooded and had to be closed to traffic as water flowed to the nearby flood control basin.

- The northbound shoulder of D Street at the D Street and Lilly Hill Drive Bridge had a small undermined to the hill and northbound shoulder. The street lanes were not affected and work crews came and filled up the undermined area.

- A wooden fence fell over off of La Cima Road near Casa Real Street.

- Roofing shingles were seen off of their roof of 2 homes on Casa Loma Street,

- Highway 95 (State Route 95) remains closed south of Five Mile Road in Needles, California due to a 4 feet deep undermine of the east side of the highway.

Traffic was being turned around at the intersection of Highway 95 (State Route 95) and Spikes Road in Needles, California.

According to CalTrans has been working on this mess since 8:00pm PT last Tuesday night and the highway remained closed for 48 hours, and if no more rain, escorts will be done to get traffic through safety down the highway.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, at around 1:00pm PT on Thursday, July 10th, 2014, U.S. 95 (Highway 95 in California) is now open from Havasu Lake Road to Highway 62.

U.S. 95 (Highway 95 in California) is still closed between Havasu Lake Road and Interstate 40.

You can check for road closure updates and additional information at the following CalTrans website address:

http://www.dot.ca.gov/

** Video: Monsoon Watch 2014: 7-9-2014: Part 3: **

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dJjetmUIp8

**** Around Needles, California: ****

** Havasu Landing, California: **

- According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, at around 9:30am PT on Thursday, July 9, 2014, the power has been restored to the Havasu Landing, California area and the road closures remain in effect until further notice.

** Goffs, California: **

- The Sacramento Wash was flooded.

- U.S. 95 (Highway 95) near the Nevada and California border was flooded.

- U.S. 95 (Highway 95) just north of Interstate 40 was flooded.

** Amboy, California: **

- A dust storm blew to the west along Interstate 40 starting in Amboy, California. Reports were that the dust storm or Haboob was at least 2,000 to 3,000 feet high into the sky.

** Topock, Arizona: **

- County Route 1 near Topock, Arizona was flooded.

** You can view more videos of the Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 thunderstorm that hit Needles, California and the Colorado River Tri-State area at the following ZachNews on YouTube website address: **

https://www.youtube.com/user/TheZachNews

**** ZachNews would like to give a big thank you to National Weather Service (N.W.S.) SKYWARN Storm Spotters Merlin and Rose Willis, Robert and Lana Shaw, Dale Cicero McCracken, Fender’s River Road Resort Manager Rose Ramos, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, and CalTrans for providing ZachNews with pictures and important information regarding this news story. ****

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Election Watch 2014 Alert!!: Needles, CA: Jeff Williams running for Needles City Council.

July 21, 2014 Leave a comment

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Election Watch 2014 Alert!!: Needles, CA: Jeff Williams running for Needles City Council.

In a statement posted on his Facebook page dated Friday, July 18th, 2014, Former Needles, California Mayor Jeff Williams announced that he is runningfor Needles City Council.

In his statement, Jeff Williams writes:

“Good evening friends
I pulled papers today to run for a seat on city council.
I will be circulating my petition to run so if you would like to do me the honor of signing, please let me know and we can get together and while signing I would like to hear your ideas and issues for the city
Thank you
Jeff Williams”

Jeff Williams is currently the Co-Owner of AF & W Healthcare Solutions L.L.C. since Sunday, June 1st, 2013, was the mayor of Needles, California from 2000 to 2010, and was a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputy from 1985 to 1994.

More information will be coming soon to ZachNews.

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