Needles, CA: Needles High School’s Drama Club presents William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Needles, CA: Needles High School’s Drama Club presents William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Needles High School’s Drama Club will be presenting William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream starting at 7:00pm PT on Thursday, May 3rd, 2018 and Friday, May 4th, 2018 inside the auditorium and Needles High School in Needles California.

General admission tickets are $5.00.

Needles, CA: Firehouse Ministries’ Car Wash for Ivan’s House.

Needles, CA: Firehouse Ministries’ Car Wash for Ivan’s House.

Firehouse Ministries will be having a car wash from 8:00am to 12:00pm PT on Saturday, April 21st, 2018 in the parking lot of Circle K / Westside Chevron Gas Station, located at 2321 Needles Highway, in Needles, California.

All proceeds from the car wash will go to for Ivan’s House, Firehouse Ministries’ new women and children’s shelter.

For more information, please contact Pastor Jim at: 1 (760) 443-4342.

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Needles, CA: Prescription Drug Takeback at the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station.

Needles, CA: Prescription Drug Takeback at the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 15th opportunity in over seven years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs.

Bring your pills for disposal from 10:00am to 2:00pm PT on Saturday, April 28th, 2018 at San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station, located at 1111 Bailey Avaune near J Street, in Needles, California.

The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

In October 2017, the public turned in 912,305 pounds (456 tons) of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for disposal at more than 5,300 collection sites. That is almost 6 tons more than was collected at last spring’s event.

This brings the total amount of prescription drugs collected by DEA since the fall of 2010 to 9,015,668 pounds, or 4,508 tons.This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse.

Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. Also, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

“Educating the public on the proper disposal of unused medicines has led to over 4,500 tons of prescription drugs being turned in. The success of this program is evident; I believe residents are aware of this every six-month service being provided to them and, they plan for it,” said San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department John McMahon.

** Flyer Picture from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department via the City of Needles: **

Needles, CA: Needles Cemetery Advisory Committee Meeting today.

Needles, CA: Needles Cemetery Advisory Committee Meeting today.

A Needles Cemetery Advisory Committee Meeting will be held on Thursday, April 19th, 2018 inside the Needles City Council Chambers located off the J Street, next to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station sign and flag pole, at the Needles Civic Center located at 1111 Bailey Avenue in Needles, California.

Parking is located around the Needles Civic Center just off of J Street near the Needles Recreation Center or just off of Bailey Avenue near the San Bernardino County Needles Branch Library building.

The Needles Cemetery Advisory Committee Meeting will start at 3:00pm PT.

**** You can view other City of Needles meetings agendas at the following City of Needles website address: ****

http://cityofneedles.com/Pages/Departments-Services/Boards/

For more information regarding the Needles Cemetery Advisory Committee Meetings, please contact Cheryl K. Sallis at the City of Needles at: 1 (760) 326-2113 Ext. 315.

Needles, CA: Public open house held inside Needles Regional Senior Center regarding Pacific Gas and Electric Topock Compressor Station groundwater remediation project.

Needles, CA: Public open house held inside Needles Regional Senior Center regarding Pacific Gas and Electric Topock Compressor Station groundwater remediation project.

A public open house regarding the Pacific Gas and Electric Topock Compressor Station groundwater remediation project was held on Tuesday, April 17th, 2018 inside the Needles Regional Senior Center in Needles, California.

The Pacific Gas and Electric Topock Compressor Station is located on 65 acres of land south of Needles, California and is surrounded by the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge and is on a hilltop overlooking the Interstate 40 bridge and Colorado River.

The public open house, which was hosted by United State Department of the Interior with support from the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) and others officials, gave the community the chance to learn more about the project that is schedule to begin late 2018.

Officials from the City of Needles were there at the public open house to learn more about the start of the clean up project.

An environmental investigation and cleanup around the Pacific Gas and Electric Topock Compressor Station has been underway since 1997, when a plume of chromium was detected in the groundwater.

From 1951 to 1985, Pacific Gas and Electric used hexavalent chromium as a corrosion inhibitor for the facility’s gas compression cooling tower.

From 1951 to 1964, the hexavalent chromium was dumped into near by dry washes and treated wastewater was discharged into ponds for storage and evaporation.

Eventually, hexavalent chromium seeped into the groundwater and created a groundwater plume under Pacific Gas and Electric Topock Compressor Station.

In 1996, Pacific Gas and Electric self-reported contamination of the groundwater and testing located an underground plume from 28 to 35 feet below ground covering about 150 acres.

Operations at the Pacific Gas and Electric Topock Compressor Station also resulted in contamination of soils located both inside and outside the Pacific Gas and Electric Topock Compressor Station’s fence line.

There has been no detection of the chemical in the Colorado River and no contaminated drinking water wells in the area.

According to a report by the from the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, an interim cleanup measure was installed in 2005 to continue to protect the Colorado River; to date, more than 8,700 pounds of chromium have been removed from groundwater, with the cleaned water recycled back into the aquifer.

According to the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, the final cleanup technology of in-place treatment with freshwater flushing was accepted in 2011 and Pacific Gas and Electric expects to begin construction, operation, and monitoring of the final groundwater remedy in the third quarter of 2018, after the Supplemental Environmental Impact Report is approved.

A soil remedial investigation report is being prepared concurrently with the soil risk assessment and is expected to be completed sometime in 2019.

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez spoke to Pamela S. Innis, C.H.F. Remedial Project Manager with the United States Department of the Interior, to learn more about the overall project and what the public will be seeing when construction work begins.

There will be a second public open house being held from 5:00pm to 7:00pm MST on Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 inside the Golden Shores Community Recreation Center, located at 13136 Cove Parkway, in Golden Shores, Arizona.

** More information regarding the Pacific Gas and Electric Topock Compressor Station and the groundwater remediation project can be found at the following website addresses: **

  • California Department of Toxic Substances Control:

http://dtsc-topock.com

http://dtsc.ca.gov/SiteCleanup/Projects/PGE_Topock.cfm

  • Pacific Gas and Electric:

https://www.pge.com/en_US/about-pge/environment/taking-responsibility/compressor-stations/topock-compressor-station.page

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Needles, CA: Summary and voting results from the Needles Board of Public Utilities Meeting.

Needles, CA: Summary and voting results from the Needles Board of Public Utilities Meeting.

A Needles Board of Public Utilities Meeting was held on Tuesday, April 17th, 2018 inside the Needles City Council Chambers in Needles, California.

** Here is a summary and the voting results that occurred during the meeting: **

**** Consent Calendar: ****

All matters listed on the Consent Calendar are considered to be routine and will be enacted by one motion in the form listed. The Chairman or any Member of the Board may pull an item from the Consent Calendar for discussion. Prior to Board action, a member of the public may address the Board on matters scheduled on the Consent Calendar. A three-minute time limit per person applies. Recommended Action: Approve Items #1 through #2 on the Consent Calendar by affirmative vote.

  • Agenda Item #1:

Minutes of the adjourned regular meeting held April 3, 2018.

  • Agenda Item #2:

Authorize the city manager to execute Attachment F; Revision No. 3 to Service Agreement No. 07-DSR-11785 for Network Integration Transmission Service between the City of Needles and Western Area Power Administration.

Members of the Needles Board of Public Utilities voted unanimously to approve Agenda Items #1 through #2 on the Consent Calendar.

 

**** Regular Items: ****

  • Agenda Item #3:

Refund $250,000 each of the electrical improvement deposit (placed to reserve power) to initial payors, Shirali R. Shah and Sahil B. Shah.’

Members of the Needles Board of Public Utilities voted unanimously to approve refund $250,000 each of the electrical improvement deposit (placed to reserve power) to initial payors, Shirali R. Shah and Sahil B. Shah.’

 

  • Agenda Item #4:

Continued review of the 2001 water system evaluation by Boyle Engineering Corp. and list of improvements with priorities and funding.

Agenda Item #4 was information only and no votes was taken by members of the Needles Board of Public Utilities.

 

**** Reports: ****

  • Agenda Item #5:

April 5, 2018 wastewater overflow in the area of the intersection of ‘M’ Street at Market.

  • Agenda Item #6:

Needles present perfected rights (PPR) report for February 2018.

  • Agenda Item #7:

Monthly activity report for February 2018 and delinquencies for January 2018.

Agenda Items #5 through #7 was information only and no votes was taken by members of the Needles Board of Public Utilities.

 

**** Pending Matters (Not For Discussion At This Time): ****

  • Agenda Item A:

Audit suggestions relating to inventory control and security procedures at the city/utility offices.

 

**** City Manager Report: ****

  • Needles City Manager Rick Daniels:
  • Agenda Item A: Incident Report(s):

 

**** Board Requests: ****

  • Members of the Needles Board of Public Utilities:

 

**** You can view other City of Needles meetings agendas at the following City of Needles website address: ****

http://cityofneedles.com/Pages/Departments-Services/Boards/

For more information regarding the Needles Board of Public Utilities Meetings, please contact Cheryl K. Sallis at the City of Needles at: 1 (760) 326-2113 Ext. 315.

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Sports Update!!: Needles, CA: Needles High School wins against Kingman Academy during a boys junior varsity baseball game.

Sports Update!!: Needles, CA: Needles High School wins against Kingman Academy during a boys junior varsity baseball game.

Needles High School wins against Kingman Academy during a boys junior varsity baseball game held on Tuesday, April 17th, 2018 at Needles High School in Needles, California.

ZachNews broadcast live on facebook the boys junior varsity baseball game.

Broken down into 2 baseball games of 5 innings, Needles High School won 20-1 against Kingman Academy.

** First Game (1:00pm PT): **

  • Needles High School: 14 
  • Kingman Academy: 1

** Second Game (3:00pm PT): **

  • Needles High School: 7
  • Kingman Academy: 0

** Final Total Score (Both Games): **

  • Needles High School: 20
  • Kingman Academy: 1

** Pictures and Live Broadcast from ZachNews: **

News from Needles, California.