Traffic Alert!!: Needles, CA: Semi truck went into ditch along eastbound Interstate 40.

Traffic Alert!!: Needles, CA: Semi truck went into ditch along eastbound Interstate 40.

Accounting to the California Highway Patrol, a semi truck went down into ditch off on the right hand side of eastbound Interstate 40 in Needles, California.

Reports that the semi truck went 20 feet off the roadway down an embankment and that there was a lots of smoke coming from the semi truck.

San Bernardino County Fire Department was called to the incident, but has been cancelled.

Needles, CA: Everybody start your engines for the 10th Annual Route 66 Hot Boat and Custom Car Show.

Needles, CA: Everybody start your engines for the 10th Annual Route 66 Hot Boat and Custom Car Show.

Everybody start your engines as the 10th Annual Route 66 Hot Boat and Custom Car Show kicks off in Needles, California.

Enjoy a golf tournament, virtual poker run and ride, and plenty of delicious food surround the 10th Annual Route 66 Hot Boat and Custom Car Show, featuring lots of hot boats and custom cars near the cool Colorado River.

** Schedule of Events: **

The Needles Elks Lodge #1608 will be having a Taco Dinner and Registration Packet Pick Up event starting at 5:00pm PT on Thursday, February 22nd, 2018 inside the Needles Elks Lodge # 1608, located at 1000 Lillyhill Drive just south of Interstate 40, in Needles, California.

Taco Dinner tickets are $8.00 and there will be beverages, chips and salsa, and a full bar.

The Golf Tournament will be held at 8:00am PT on Friday, February 23rd, 2018 at River’s Edge Golf Course, located at 144 Marina Drive, in Needles, California.

Register for the shotgun start, 3 man scramble tournament, and get a chance at the Free Hole-In-One competition for a 2018 White Chevy Camaro, sponsored by Bradley Chevrolet and River City Pizza of Needles, California.

Sign ups will begin at 6:30am PT.

The Virtual Poker Run and Ride will be held at 8:00am PT on Friday, February 23rd, 2018 starting at the Needles Chamber of Commerce Office, located at 100 G Street, in Downtown Needles, California.

The Virtual Poker Run and Ride will take place along historic Route 66 and the Mojave Trails National Monument.

** Pictures from ZachNews: **

The 10th Annual Route 66 Hot Boat and Custom Car Show will be held on Friday, February 23rd, 2018 and Saturday, February 24th, 2018 at Jack Smith Memorial Park, located at 1000 River Road, in Needles, California.

There will be lots of hot and fast classic, custom and performance boats and vehicles as well as vendors and entertainment just steps away from the beautiful Colorado River.

** Ticket Price Information: **

Tickets for the 10th Annual Route 66 Hot Boat and Custom Car Show are haft off if you purchase before the event, $10.00 for 2 days of fun.

On the day of the events, tickets for the 10th Annual Route 66 Hot Boat and Custom Car Show will cost are $10.00 for each day of the event.

** Ticket Purchasing Locations: **

According to the Needles Chamber of Commerce, tickets for the 10th Annual Route 66 Hot Boat and Custom Car Show can be purchases at the following locations:

  • Ace Hardware:

2350 Miracle Mile #160 in Bullhead City, Arizona

4515 Arizona State Route 95 in Fort Mohave, Arizona

  • Hardware Express:

419 West Broadway in Downtown Needles, California

  • NAPA Auto Parts / Big O & Auto Parts:

949 West Broadway in Downtown Needles, California

  • Needles Chamber of Commerce Office: 

100 G Street in Downtown Needles, California

** Parking Information: **

Parking at the event next to Jack Smith Memorial Park will be $10.00.

Free parking with shuttle service will be behind Giggling Cactus, located at 2411 Needles Highway (2411 West Broadway) in Needles, California.

After all of the events, Giggling Cactus will be presenting the 2nd Annual Boat Show Brunch starting at 9:00am PT on Sunday, February 25th, 2018 inside Giggling Cactus, located at 2411 Needles Highway (2411 West Broadway), in Needles, California.

Come hang out with the boat and car folks and say good by until next year’s event, a truly elegant feast.

This will be a no-host brunch event.

** More Event Information: Contacts: **

  • Golf Tournament:

Please contact the River’s Edge Golf Course at: 1 (760) 326-3931.

  • Virtual Poker Run and Ride:

Please contact the Bureau of Land Management’s Needles Field Office at: 1 (760) 326-7000.

  • Route 66 Hot Boat and Custom Car Show:

Please contact the Needles Chamber of Commerce at:  1 (760) 326-2050.

  • Boat Show Brunch:

Please contact Giggling Cactus at: 1 (760) 326-2233.

** More Event Information: Facebook Pages: **

  • Needles Route 66 Hot Boat and Custom Car Show:

https://www.facebook.com/NeedlesHBCCS/

  • Needles Chamber of Commerce:

https://www.facebook.com/NeedlesChamberOfCommerce/

** Weather Forecast During Events: **

Keep a watch of the weather conditions during the 10th Annual Route 66 Hot Boat and Custom Car Show in Needles, California.

  • National Weather Service (Weather Forecast):

http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=34.8385&lon=-114.6043#.Wo7VYoPwa1s

  • NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 (Weather Forecast):

https://www.nbclosangeles.com/weather/?zipCode=92363

  • National Weather Service (Weather Radar):

https://radar.weather.gov/radar.php?rid=ESX&product=N0R&overlay=11101111&loop=yes

  • NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 (Weather Radar):

https://www.nbclosangeles.com/weather/maps/

** ZachNews Broadcasting Live During Events: **

ZachNews on Facebook will have broadcasting live during the 10th Annual Route 66 Hot Boat and Custom Car Show.

https://www.facebook.com/ZachNews/

ZachNews will have pictures and videos of the 10th Annual Route 66 Hot Boat and Custom Car Show.

Enjoy the 10th Annual Route 66 Hot Boat and Custom Car Show everybody.

** Flyer Pictures from the Needles Chamber of Commerce: **

Downtown Needles, CA: Robinson Electric Company Inc. will soon be moving to new location and building.

Downtown Needles, CA: Robinson Electric Company Inc. will soon be moving to new location and building.

ZachNews has learn that Robinson Electric Company Inc. will be moving soon into this building on the corner of Third Street and F Street in Downtown Needles, California.

Officials with the City of Needles telling ZachNews of the move from East Broadway to Third Street.

Work continues on the building, including painting the building and placing new lighting on the outside of the building.

No official opening date has been set yet, but work is almost completed and an opening date will be announce soon.

Washington, DC: Public Safety Medal of Valor presented to San Bernardino County law enforcement for the work during the terror attack in December 2015.

Washington, DC: Public Safety Medal of Valor presented to San Bernardino County law enforcement for the work during the terror attack in December 2015.

Several deputies with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department along with officers with the San Bernardino Police Department and Redlands Police Department were presented on Tuesday, February 20th, 2018 with Public Safety Medal of Valor by United States of America President Donald Trump for the work during the terror attack in December 2015.

The Public Safety Medal of Valor were presented during an awards ceremony inside the White House in Washington, District of Columbia.

** Live Broadcast from The White House: **

United States of America President Donald Trump presented Public Safety Medal of Valor to Deputy Shaun Wallen, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department; Corporal Rafael Ixco, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department; Detective Bruce Southworth, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department; District Attorney Investigator Chad Johnson, San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office; Officer Nicholas Koahou, Redlands Police Department; Detective Brian Olvera, San Bernardino Police Department; and Redlands Police Officer Nicholas Koahou for chasing down and putting an end to the terrorists who killed 14 people during the terror attack at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015.

**** We all thank all of the deputies and officers who responded to the terror attack, protected lives, and went after the terrorists on that day. ****

United States of America President Donald Trump also presented Public Safety Medal of Valor to:

  • Hesston Police Department Chief Douglas Schroeder, who’s life-saving actions during a workplace shooting in Hesston, Kansas.
  • Lieutenant William Buchanan with the Avery County Sheriff’s Office and Emergency Medical Technician Sean Ochsenbein with the Putnam County Rescue Squad, who saved a man from a burning vehicle in Elizabethton, Tennessee.
  • Firefighter/Harbor Patrol Officer David Poirier Jr., who rescued 3 people from drowning at a beach in Redondo Beach, California.
  • Engineer Stephen Gunn with the Peoria Fire-Medical Department, who was first on scene to a house fire in Phoenix, Arizona and rescued a man before the house collapsed.
  • Officer Andrew Hopfensperger Jr. with the Antigo Police Department, who fatally shot a gunman outside a Antigo High School prom in April 2016.

United States of America President Donald Trump tweeted, “Yesterday, it was my great honor to recognize extraordinary Law Enforcement Officers and First Responders, and to award them the the highest possible decoration for bravery by public safety officers, the Medal of Valor.”

**** We all thank all of our law enforcement and first responders for protecting and saving lives. ****

** Picture from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station: **

Needles, CA: Needles Planning Commission Meeting is today.

Needles, CA: Needles Planning Commission Meeting is today.

A Needles Planning Commission Meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 21st, 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 Planning Commission Meeting will start at 4:00pm PT.

ZachNews on Facebook will be broadcasting live the Needles Planning Commission Meeting starting at 4:00pm PT.

https://www.facebook.com/ZachNews/

**** 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 Cindy Semione, Secretary to the Board, at the City of Needles at: 1 (760) 326-2113 Ext. 327.

Needles, CA: Community enjoys a wonderful performance by Utah Shakespeare Festival of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest at Needles High School.

Needles, CA: Community enjoys a wonderful performance by Utah Shakespeare Festival of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest at Needles High School.

The Utah Shakespeare Festival preformed William Shakespeare’s The Tempest inside the auditorium at Needles High School in Needles, California on Tuesday, February 20th, 2018.

According to the Director Chris DuVal, William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, a story about love, redemption, and forgiveness that offers an extraordinarily resonant and timely story for all ages in this era of political and social unrest, and the many ways in which humanity’s both internal and external “tempests” can ravage; the ambiguities of justice; what it is to need to control or manipulate others; the desire for vengeance—are all completely transformed by the discovery of true goodness and forgiveness, deep compassion, and the inevitable changes that develop within any human contention that places compassionate vulnerability as its foundation.

The cast includes Erica Alexandra Carvalho who plays both Boatswain and Miranda, his daughter; Stefanie Resnick who plays Alonsa, Queen of Naples; Tony Sloan who plays both Sebastian, his brother and Stephano, a drunken butler; Josh Durfey who plays both Antonio, the usurping Duke of Milan and Ferdinand, son of the King of Naples; Christobal Iniguez Perez who plays both Gonzalo, an honest old councillor and Caliban, a savage and deformed slave; Trent Dahlin who plays Prospero, the right Duke of Milan; Ava Kostia who plays Ariel, an airy spirit; and Stefanie Resnick who plays Trincula, a jester.

The community enjoyed a wonderful performance by Utah Shakespeare Festival which was sponsored by the Needles High School Drama Club and was free to the community.

Students from the Needles High School Drama Club and the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s William Shakespeare’s The Tempest cast took a group picture after the event (Pictured Above).

According to the Utah Shakespeare Festival website, the performance was part of the Utah Shakespeare Festival ’s Shakespeare in the Schools tour and will be performing 67 shows for over 120 schools and 25,000 students throughout the states of Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming.

The cast and crew will be on the road for fourteen weeks from January 2018 through April 2018 to bring this classic comedy to schools, community centers, and correctional facilities.

ZachNews talks with Company Manager Devery North about the Utah Shakespeare Festival and their performance of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest at Needles High School in Needles, California on Tuesday, February 20th, 2018.

Devery North talks about wonderful actors and actresses who who perform tonight for the community, the reaction from the communities they’ve performed in, what’s the goal of the tour, and how’s the tour and performance inspiring young people to get involved in the performing arts.

Devery North tells ZachNews that their next performance will be at Williams High School in Kingman, Arizona starting at 7:00pm MST on Wednesday, February 21st, 2018.

** More information regarding The Tempest tour at the following website addresses: **

https://www.bard.org/news/educational-tour-hitting-the-road

https://www.bard.org/tour

**** Great work to the cast and crew of the Utah Shakespeare Festival and thanks to the Needles High School Drama Club. ****

** Picture and Video from ZachNews: **

 

Needles, CA: Summary and voting results from the Needles Unified School District Board of Trustees Meeting.

Needles, CA: Summary and voting results from the Needles Unified School District Board of Trustees Meeting.

A Needles Unified School District Board of Trustees Meeting was held on Tuesday, February 20th, 2018 inside the Needles Unified School District Support Office in Needles, California.

The Needles Unified School District Board of Trustees Meeting was broadcast live at ZachNews on Facebook.

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

**** Presentations: ****

  • Agenda Item #G(1):

Presentation by City Manager Rick Daniels: Update on the City of Needles.

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels spoke to members of the Needles Unified School District Board of Trustees about what’s happening in the City of Needles, talking about community growth, school safety including work to restore a school resource officer, and funding that’s coming from the medical marijuana cultivation and distribution facilities. 

**** Annoucements: ****

  • Agenda Item #H(1):

March 6, 2018: Special Meeting of the Board of Trustees with Dr. Kegham Tashjian at 5:00pm, in the District Office Board Room. The next Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held on March 13th, at 5:00pm, in the District Office Board Room.

 

**** Public Inputs: ****

Nobody spoke during Public Input.

 

**** Action Items: ****

  • Agenda Item #J(1):
  • Williams Monitored School Second Quarterly Report for SY 2017-2018:

Board approval is sought to approve the Fourth Quarterly Report for the 2017-2018 school year. California Education Code section 1240 requires that the County Superintendent visit all decile 1-3 schools. Dr. McNeil, Superintendent, will answer any questions. Dr. McNeil, Superintendent, recommends approval.

Members of the Needles Unified School District Board of Trustees voted unanimously Agenda Item #J(1).

 

  • Agenda Item #J(2):
  • San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools County Form 700:

Board approval is sought to approve the County Form 700 – Statement of Economic Interests for each Trustee. The completed form must be returned to the office of the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors by the deadline date of April 2, 2018. Dr. McNeil, Superintendent, will answer any questions. Dr. McNeil, Superintendent, recommends approval of the filing of the County Form 700.

Members of the Needles Unified School District Board of Trustees voted unanimously Agenda Item #J(2).

 

  • Agenda Item #J(3):
  • CSBA Delegate Assembly Information and Ballot:

Board approval is sought to review and approve the CSBA Delegate Assembly Information and Voting Ballot for the 2018 Delegate Assembly. Christina Cameron-Otero has been the delegate representing the Needles USD at the CSBA Convention. Delegates will serve two-year terms beginning April 1, 2018-March 31, 2020. The next meeting of the Delegate Assembly is on Saturday, May 19 – Sunday, May 20 at the Hyatt Regency in Sacramento. Christina will be available to answer any questions about the assembly or voting process. Dr. McNeil, Superintendent, recommends approval.

Members of the Needles Unified School District Board of Trustees voted unanimously Agenda Item #J(3).

 

  • Agenda Item #J(4):
  • Tentative Agreement between the CSEA (California School Employees Association and its Chapter 22, Needles) and the Needles USD – Successor Agreement 2017 – 2020:

Board approval is sought to approve the Tentative Agreement between the CSEA (California School Employees Association and its Chapter 22, Needles) and the Needles USD – Successor Agreement 2017 – 2020. Dr. McNeil, Superintendent, recommends approval of the CSEA Successor Agreement for 2017-2020.

Members of the Needles Unified School District Board of Trustees voted unanimously Agenda Item #J(4).

 

  • Agenda Item #J(5):
  • Needles Unified School District School Safety Plan 2017-2018 for All School Sites:

Board approval is sought to approve the Needles Unified School District School Safety Plans for school year 2017-2018 for all school sites. Principals Armijo, Avila and Rolls are available to answer any questions. Dr. McNeil, Superintendent, recommends approval.

Members of the Needles Unified School District Board of Trustees voted unanimously Agenda Item #J(5).

 

  • Agenda Item #J(6):
  • Approval of RFP submitted by Climatec for Prop 39 Energy Efficiency Project Plan:

Board approval is sought for the RFP by Climatec to develop a Prop 39 Energy Efficiency Project Plan to submit to the State of California for Prop 39 Tunding. Debra Downey, CBO, IS available to answer any questi Superintendent, recommends approval.

Members of the Needles Unified School District Board of Trustees voted unanimously Agenda Item #J(6).

 

  • Agenda Item #J(7):
  • Approval of Budget Revisions to the Head Start / State Preschool:

Board approval is sought for budget revisions by Preschool Services Department (PSD) to the Needles Head Start / State Preschool for the SY 2017-2018. Debra Downey, CBO, is available to answer any questions. Dr. McNeil, Superintendent, recommends approval.

Members of the Needles Unified School District Board of Trustees voted unanimously Agenda Item #J(7).

 

  • Agenda Item #J(8):
  • Approval of Contract Extension for Dr. Edwards:

Board approval is sought for an extension to the existing contract with Dr. Edwards, Psychologist in order to complete the Head Start/ State Preschool required behavioral documents for the SY 2017-2018. This extension will not exceed $1,040. Debra Downey, CBO, is available to answer any questions. Dr. McNeil, Superintendent, recommends approval.

Members of the Needles Unified School District Board of Trustees voted unanimously Agenda Item #J(8).

 

  • Agenda Item #J(9):
  • Approval of Declaration for Contract with PAR Electric:

Board approval is sought for revisions to the existing contract with PAR Electric to declare this project substantially complex in nature. This is a San Bernardino County requirement to complete the paperwork for the PAR Contractors Inc. payment package. Debra Downey, CBO, is available to answer any questions. Dr. McNeil, Superintendent, recommends approval.

Members of the Needles Unified School District Board of Trustees voted unanimously Agenda Item #J(9).

 

  • Agenda Item #J(10):
  • Approval of Notice of Completion for PAR Electric Contractors Inc.:

Board approval is sought for the Notice of Completion for PAR Electric Contractors Inc. who provided the electrical lines for the Big River school site. This notice concludes their work at this site. Debra Downey, CBO, is available to answer any questions. Dr. McNeil, Superintendent, recommends approval.

Members of the Needles Unified School District Board of Trustees voted unanimously Agenda Item #J(10).

 

  • Agenda Item #J(11):
  • Approval of Change to Board of Trustees Meeting Calendar Location:

Board approval is sought to change the Board of Trustees Meeting Calendar location for the April 17th to Big River and the September 11″ meeting to Chemehuevi Valley ES. Dr. McNeil, Superintendent, is available to answer any questions. Dr. McNeil, Superintendent, recommends approval.

Members of the Needles Unified School District Board of Trustees voted unanimously Agenda Item #J(11).

 

**** Information Items: ****

  • Agenda Item #K(1):

Update on Big River School Site (Monument Peak) Dr. McNeil and Debra Downey will provide an update on the current construction of the site.

Members of the Needles Unified School District Board of Trustees voted unanimously Agenda Item #J(6).

 

**** Consent Items: ****

  • Agenda Item #L(1):

Warrant Report.

  • Agenda Item #L(2):

Personnel Report.

  • Agenda Item #L(3):

Donation Report.

  • Agenda Item #L(4):

Enrollment Reports.

  • Agenda Item #L(5):

Financial Reports

  • Agenda Item #L(6):

Approval of Minutes

Members of the Needles Unified School District Board of Trustees voted 5-1 to approve Consent Items #L(1)-#L(6). Needles Unified School District Board of Trustees Member Leivas “Abstain” from voting during Consent Items.

The next meeting of the Needles Unified School District Board of Trustees will be held on Tuesday, March 13th, 2018 inside the Needles Unified School District Support Office, located at 1900 Erin Drive, in Needles, California.

The executive closed sessions of the Needles Unified School District Board of Trustees Meeting will begin at 5:00pm PT and the public sessions of the Needles Unified School District Board of Trustees Meeting will begin at 6:00pm PT.

For more information regarding the Needles Unified School District Board of Trustees Meeting, please call the Needles Unified School District Support Office at: 1 (760) 326-3891.

** Pictures and Live Broadcast from ZachNews: **

News from Needles, California.