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 will be held on Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 inside the Needles City Council Chambers in Needles, California.

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

**** Public Appearances: ****

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Questions were raised by Ruth Musser-Lopez to members of the Needles Board of Public Utilities regarding the situation where there was alleged loss marijuana cannabis crop harvest and as a result non-payment.

At the end of Ruth Musser-Lopez’ comments, Needles Board of Public Utilities Member Terry Campbell spoke briefly on her comments and told her that the questions raised are really for the Needles Public Utility Authority, not the Needles Board of Public Utilities because, “we have no jurisdiction over loss crops at medical marijuana growth facilities; it’s not our jurisdiction – it has nothing to do with us. And our understanding is the utility bills are still being paid. You need to bring this up to the N.P.U.A. (Needles Public Utility Authority) at a council meeting. But thank you for your concerns, but it’s really not our jurisdictional area.”

The loss harvest issue was brought up during the Needles Board of Public Utilities Meeting held on Tuesday, March 7th, 2017 which the meeting was recorded by ZachNews and posted onto ZachNews on YouTube.

 

**** Consent Calendar: ****

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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 3 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 regular meeting held March 7, 2017.

– Agenda Item #2: Approve and authorize the city manager to execute Revision No. 2, Exhibit B, to Contract No. 10-DSR-12165 between the City of Needles and Western Area Power Administration to provide for operation, maintenance, replacement and financial responsibilities at the Nora McDowell switchyard.

Members of the Needles Board of Public Utilities unanimously voted to approve agenda items #1 and #2 on the Consent Calendar.

 

**** Regular Items: ****

– Agenda Item #3:

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Approve the project budget for Firehouse Substation beginning with phase 1 – entitlements and permits (located east of Needles Highway at the I-40 On-Ramp).

Members of the Needles Board of Public Utilities unanimously voted to approve agenda item #3, adding that the budget figures for this project will come in lower.

 

– Agenda Item #3(A):

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Approve the project budget for Cure Farms Substation beginning with phase 1 – entitlements and permits (located east of East Broadway at Ice Plant Road).

Members of the Needles Board of Public Utilities unanimously voted to approve agenda item #3(A), adding that the budget figures for this project will come in lower.

 

– Agenda Item #4:

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Report on meeting with Western Area Power Administration regarding 230kV line financing and request for power allocation increase.

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

 

**** Report: ****

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– Agenda Item #5: Needles present perfected rights (PPR) report for February 2017.

– Agenda Item #6: Monthly activity report for January 2017.

– Agenda Item #7: Delinquency amounts as of January 31 and February 28, 2017.

– Agenda Item #8: EUSI, LLC operational support services relating to the wastewater treatment facility and collection system February 2017.

Agenda Items #5-#8 was information only and no votes was taken by members of the Needles Board of Public Utilities.

 

**** City Manager’s Report: ****

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During City Manager’s Report, Needles City Manager Rick Daniels talked about a variety of topics, including:

  • Regarding the issues with delinquencies, Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said, “There are no medical marijuana businesses that are in delinquency on their utility payments. Let me say that again, there are no medical marijuana facilities that are delinquency on their utilities.” 
  • Needles City Manager Rick Daniels then talked about the process and policy going on for medical marijuana cultivation facilities signing up for new accounts for utilities, including explaining what happens to the deposits well as a customer. 
  • Needles City Manager Rick Daniels then talked about theft related to utility meters, and discuss what happens criminally if somebody does this as well as what the City may do regarding meter replacement; doing them annually. 
  • Needles City Manager Rick Daniels then talked about the Western Area Power Administration Newsletter and the City of Needles being talked about in the newsletter regarding the role of power provider that they play in the City’s economic development strategy and how development can not occur without aggregate power. 

 

**** Board Requests: ****

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During Board Requests, a question was raised by Needles Board of Public Utilities Member Terry Campbell regarding the new Bill Yoney Substation and when will the substation gonna be energized. Jack Lindley, Electric Line Crew Supervisor with the City of Needles, said that they’re waiting for 2 parts to be deliver – either this week or next week, and when they arrive, then the substation can be energized. A ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Bill Yoney Substation is being discuss.

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels spoke during Board Requests bringing up 2 projects that are underway and will overlap; the Interstate 40/ Arizona Highway 95 Connector and the Bill Yoney Substation to Spikes Road Inter-Tie projects. 

 

**** You can view the full agenda at the following City of Needles website addresses: ****

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/3%20UTILITY%20BOARD/03%20MARCH/Mtg%202/ub_032117-agenda_LINKED.pdf

**** 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.

 

Breaking News!!: Las Vegas, NV: Suspect arrested in shooting and barricaded situation on the bus along the Las Vegas Strip.

Breaking News!!: Las Vegas, NV: Suspect arrested in shooting and barricaded situation on the bus along the Las Vegas Strip.

According to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, the suspect in a shooting and barricaded situation on the bus along the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada has been arrested at 3:24pm PT on Saturday, March 25th, 2017.

The barricaded situation all began with a shooting earlier shortly after 10:48am PT on Saturday, March 25th, 2017.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department responded to a reported shooting on a bus on Las Vegas Boulevard near the Cosmopolitan Resort.

According to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, 2 people in the shooting were transported to UMC Trauma, and of the 2 victims, one died at the hospital and the other is in unknown condition.

The suspect barricade himself on the bus and SWAT Team responded to the barricade situation on the bus.

Over 5 hours later, the suspect reportedly armed with a handgun, was arrested without incident and with no shoots being fired.

The investigation continues into the shooting.

According to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, there’s no evidence of a second shooter, no active shooter situation at any of the casinos, and the shooting is not an act of terrorism.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is asking that anybody who was on the bus or has info on the suspect or shooting that occurred today, to call: 1 (702) 828-7777.

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More information is still coming into ZachNews.

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Needles, CA: Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting on Tuesday.

Needles, CA: Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting on Tuesday.

A Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 28th, 2017 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 City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting will start at 6:00pm PT with an Executive Session starting at 5:30pm PT.

**** You can view the full Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting agenda packet at the following City of Needles website address: ****

** Coming Soon **

**** 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 City Council Meetings, please contact Dale Jones in the City Clerk’s Office at the City of Needles at: 1 (760) 326-2113 Ext. 345.

San Bernardino, CA: Fast food restaurant damaged in “2 Alarm Fire”.

San Bernardino, CA: Fast food restaurant damaged in “2 Alarm Fire”.

According to the San Bernardino County Fire Department, at 12:26pm PT on Friday, March 24th, 2017, firefighters were dispatched to a reported commercial structure fire at 9th Street and Waterman Avenue in San Bernardino, California.

Crews arrived on scene within 3 minutes to find smoke and fire showing from the roof of a single story fast food restaurant.

Due to the heavy smoke and fire, a 2nd Alarm Fire was quickly called to bring additional manpower and equipment to the scene.

Firefighters initiated a coordinated fire attack using crews inside and on the roof to limit fire spread and gain the upper hand.

During offensive fire attack, crews found a large HVAC unit that was compromised, posing a danger to crews inside.

A “Life Safety Alert” was called notifying all crews on the foreground of the hazard.

Working around the hazardous areas, crews were able to knock the fire down in 40 minutes.

Due to the knockdown of the fire, some units from the 2nd Alarm Fire were canceled.

Damage to the fast food restaurant was extensive to both the inside, roof area and expensive restaurant equipment.

Firefighters will remain on scene in to the afternoon to check for hot spots and work with the business to salvage items from the fire building.

No injuries were reported to civilians or fire department personal.

The fast food restaurant was operational at the time of the fire, however when units arrived all persons were evacuated.

At least 7 Engines, 4 Ladder trucks, 2 Chief Officers, a Safety Officer and a Fire Investigator responded to the fire.

Firefighters from Loma Linda Fire Department and Colton Fire Department assisted with the fire.

Rialto Fire Department and San Manuel Fire Department assisted with station coverage in Division 6 to ensure the 911 needs were met while crews worked the 2 Alarm Fire.

Damage estimates are still on-going, however the business was sustained heavy damage.

A fire investigator is on scene to work on the cause and origin of the fire.

** Pictures from the San Bernardino County Fire Department. **

Needles, CA: Route 66 Needles Wayside Rest Stop Clean Up being held on Friday.

Needles, CA: Route 66 Needles Wayside Rest Stop Clean Up being held on Friday.

Come and volunteer to help do some clean up work at Route 66 Needles Wayside Rest Stop starting at 8:00am PT on Friday, March 24th, 2017 on the corner of Needles Highway and National Old Trails Road in Needles, California.

Volunteers are asked to bring gloves, rakes, wagons, wheelbarrows, hats and drinking water for the clean up work.

For more information, please contact Terry Campbell by email at: tcracing098@yahoo.com

Please help keep our community clean and coming out to the Route 66 Needles Wayside Rest Stop Clean Up.

 

News Update!!: London, England: Latest Information: Westminster Bridge and Parliament Building Terror Attack.

News Update!!: London, England: Latest Information: Westminster Bridge and Parliament Building Terror Attack.

ZachNews has the latest information regarding the Westminster Bridge and Parliament Building Terror Attack in London, England that occurred on Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017.

** How the Terror Attack Unfolded: **

The terror attack began at around 2:40pm (London, England Time) on Wednesday, March 22nd 2017 in London, England.

A man drives a gray Hyundai i40 across Westminster Bridge, hitting pedestrians along the way.

Several people were killed while dozens of others are seriously injured on the Westminster Bridge, among the injured were French school children.

A woman falls off the Westminster Bridge into the River Thames and was later rescued and given treatment at a nearby pier.

The man speeds off in the vehicle and crashes into railings outside the Parliament building.

At 2:45pm (London, England Time), armed with 2 knives, the man gets out of the vehicle and enters the grounds of the Palace of Westminster.

The man then stabbed an unarmed police officer.

The man was then shot and killed by armed police officers.

At 2:46pm (London, England Time), first responders, law enforcement personal, and medical crews rushed to the terror attack, including an air ambulance landing at the scene.

At 2:47pm (London, England Time), the Parliament building was placed on a locked down and journalists based inside the Parliament building were told to stay in their offices.

Streets around nearby 10 Downing Street, which serves as both the home and office of United Kingdom’s Prime Minister Theresa May, were evacuated.

Members of Parliament were later evacuated from the House of Commons Chamber by authorities.

Parliament Square was closed to traffic and the adjoining Westminster subway station was also closed.

At 3:32pm (London, England Time), the Metropolitan Police Service (M.P.S.) say the attack is being treated “as a terrorist incident.”

The threat level for international terrorism in the United Kingdom was already listed at severe, meaning an attack is “Highly Likely.”

** Death Total: **

At least 4 people in total were killed in the terror attack, including a police officer and an American.

The death total does not count the attacker.

** Victims Identified: **

On Thursday, March 23rd, 2017, names of the victims were release by authorities.

  • 54 year old Kurt Cochran from Utah:

The American who was killed was identified as 54 year old Kurt Cochran from Utah.

Kurt Cochran was in London, England with his wife Melissa on their final day of a trip to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary.

Family of Kurt Cochran revealed he died from his injuries in the terror attack.

Melissa was seriously injured in the terror attack and is recovering from her injuries.

Clint Payne, a family spokesman, said in a statement, “Our family is heartbroken. Kurt will be greatly missed, and we ask for privacy as our family mourns and as Melissa recovers from her injuries.”

In a tweet, United States of America President Donald Trump said, “A great American, Kurt Cochran, was killed in the London terror attack. My prayers and condolences are with his family and friends.”

  • 43 year old Aysha Frade:

Authorities identified 43 year old Aysha Frade who died in the terror attack.

Spanish media reports that Aysha Frade was a British woman of Galician origin.

Aysha Frade was on her way to pick up her children from school when she was killed on Westminster Bridge.

Aysha Frade was a language teacher and worked at DLD College London on the administration team.

Aysha Frade had 2 daughters ages 8 years old and 11 years old.

In a statement, DLD College London confirmed that she died in the terror attack.

We are all deeply shocked and saddened at the news that one of the victims yesterday was a member of our staff, Aysha Frade. All our thoughts and our deepest sympathies are with her family,” said Rachel Borland, the principal of DLD College London. “We will be offering every support we can to them as they try to come to terms with their devastating loss,” DLD College London said in their statement.

  • 48 year old Keith Palmer:

The police officer who was killed by the attacker outside the Parliament building was identified by Scotland Yard as 48 year old Keith Palmer.

Keith Palmer was a member of the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command and served on the force for 15 years.

Keith Palmer was a husband and father.

In a statement, London’s Mayor Sidiq Khan said, “Keith Palmer was killed while bravely doing his duty – protecting our city and the heart of our democracy from those who want to destroy our way of life.

  • 75 year old man (Identity Not Release Yet):

According to the Metropolitan Police Service (M.P.S.), a 4th person has died from his injuries sustained in the terror attack.

The man died after his life support was withdrawn.

The Metropolitan Police Service (M.P.S.) did not offer any details on the man’s identity.

** Injured Total: **

According to United Kingdom’s Prime Minister Theresa May, 30 people were injured in the terror attack.

Among the injured people who required hospital treatment were 12 Britons, 3 French, 2 Romanians, 4 South Koreans, 1 German, 1 Pole, 1 Irish, 1 Chinese, 1 Italian, and 2 Greeks.

** The Attacker and Investigation: **

Authorities identified the man in the terror attack as 52 year old Khalid Masood.

Khalid Masood was born in Kent, England.

Khalid Masood was a British born man who was previously investigated for “violent extremism.”

On Thursday, Prime Minister Theresa May told the House of Commons that Khalid Masood was known to security services as “a peripheral figure” and “was not part of the current intelligence picture.”

Khalid Masood had convictions between 1983 and 2003 that included assault, weapons possession and public order offenses.

The Metropolitan Police Service (M.P.S.) say Khalid Masood was not subject of any current investigations and that there were no prior intelligence regarding his intent to launch a terrorist attack.

Islamic State claims it is behind the attack in London, England.

In a statement published by Amaq News Agency, ISIS called Khalid Masood, “a soldier of the Islamic State” and said he “carried out the operation in response to calls to target citizens of the international coalition.”

The terror attack in London, England comes on the year anniversary of the Brussels terrorist attacks which killed 32 people and wounded hundreds of people.

The terror attack in London, England was reminiscent of vehicle terror attacks that occurred in Berlin and Nice, France in 2016.

** Raids and Arrests: **

During a press conference on Thursday, March 23rd, 2017, Metropolitan Police Acting Deputy Commissioner Mark Rowley said that at least 8 people were arrested in connection with the terror attack after raids at various locations in England.

Overnight on Wednesday, march 22nd, 2017, police arrested a 39 year old woman at an address in East London, a 21 year old woman and a 23 year old man at an address in Birmingham and a 26 year old woman and 3 men ages 26 to 28 at a separate address in Birmingham.

On the morning of Thursday, March 23rd, 2017, police arrested a 58 year old man at a separate address in Birmingham.

According to the Metropolitan Police Service (M.P.S.), all 8 people were arrested on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts.

Detectives are searching a number of addresses linked to the investigation, including in Carmarthenshire, in East London, and 3 in Birmingham.

Authorities have concluded searches at addresses in Brighton and southeast London.

** Reaction and Condolences: **

  • United Kingdom’s Prime Minister Theresa May:

During a nationally televised address outside 10 Downing Street on Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017, United Kingdom’s Prime Minister Theresa May called the attacker a “sick and depraved terrorist” adding, “The location of this attack was no accident. The terrorist chose to strike at the heart of our national capital. Let me make it clear today, any attempt to defeat those values through violence and terror is doomed to failure.

  • Queen Elizabeth II:

In a statement on Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017, Queen Elizabeth II said, “My thoughts, prayers, and deepest sympathy are with all those who have been affected by yesterday’s awful violence.

  • United States of America President Donald Trump:

In a statement on Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 from the White House, United States of America President Donald Trump called United Kingdom’s Prime Minister Theresa May to offer his condolences on today’s terror attack in London and praise for the effective response of security forces and first responders.

He pledged the full cooperation and support of the United States Government in responding to the attack and bringing those responsible to justice,” said United States of America President Donald Trump in the release statement.

Londoners gathered in Trafalgar Square for a vigil for victims of the terror attack well Westminster Hall, the oldest part of Parliament’s buildings, politicians, journalists and parliamentary staff, lined up to sign a book of condolences for victims of the terror attack.

On Thursday, March 23rd, 2017, Parliament got back to business, opening the day with a minute’s silence for the victims and United Kingdom’s Prime Minister Theresa May saluted the heroism of police and the bravery of ordinary Londoners.

** ZachNews sends our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the family and friends of the victims in the terror attack in London, England. We stand with the people of London, England as they mourn the victims of the terror attack. **

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North Needles, CA: Customers with Frontier Communications upset because their internet service has been down for a week.

North Needles, CA: Customers with Frontier Communications upset because their internet service has been down for a week.

Customers with Frontier Communications in the North Needles, California area are upset because their internet service being down since Thursday, March 16th, 2017.

At least 30 customers are being affected and the cause to why the internet service being down is unknown.

Frontier Communications say the problem has been fixed, but residents are telling ZachNews that the problem has not been fixed and they’re still without internet service.

A phone number and case number has been provided to ZachNews for customers with Frontier Communications who their internet service is still down at: 1 (888) 481-0526 and refer to case number: #39093264.

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News from Needles, California.