Laughlin, NV: Community speaks out on proposed boating restrictions.

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Laughlin, NV: Community speaks out on proposed boating restrictions.

Crowd of people filled up the conference hall at the Avi Resort and Casino in Laughlin, Nevada on Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016 to speak out on the United States Fish and Wildlife Service proposed boating restrictions.

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ZachNews Photojounralist Zachary A. Lopez went to the public meetings which were fulled of people from in and around the Colorado River Tri-State area.

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: 1:00pm PT Public Meeting. **

The proposal includes watercraft to travel at no-wake speeds in waters in the Havasu National Wildlife Reserve jurisdiction, banning personal watercraft, waterskiing, wakeboarding, and tubing in backwaters, and requiring boat motors not to exceed 30 horsepower in the Topock Marsh.

According to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service say that due to an increase in safety concerns and the protection of wildlife habitat, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service is in the process of reassessing all boating recreation activities taking place at the Refuge.

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As the comment section of the public meetings began, people who live, work, and play on the Colorado River and Havasu National Wildlife Reserve spoke up raising their concerns on how these proposed boating restrictions could affect the local economy, local businesses, and the community.

Some of the speakers question the motives of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service calling the proposed boating restrictions and the draft documents misleading, confusing, and incomplete.

As people spoke against the proposed boating restrictions, the crowd clapped, and when the facilitator asked the crowd not to clap, some in the crowed shouted, “Why not?” and “It’s our rights too”.

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Representatives from local governments; including from Bullhead City, Arizona and Needles, California, as well as county government were present and spoke out on the side of the people against the proposed boating restrictions.

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: District 5 Mohave County Supervisor Steve Moss. **

ZachNews spoke with District 5 Mohave County Supervisor Steve Moss after the 1:00pm PT public meeting regarding the proposed boating restrictions.

Very few people spoke up in support of the proposed boating restrictions for safety to other people, including people kayaking on the Colorado River.

Many of the speakers urged the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to extend the comment period, which is set to expire in a few days, so that more people can comment on these proposed boating restrictions.

Well the speakers ask questions, representatives from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service remained silent and didn’t response to the questions.

Representatives from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service only spoke only about the updated map that was released and the areas being proposed.

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Representatives from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service explaining the proposed boating restrictions location, which included an area on the east side of the Colorado River just north of Lake Havasu City, Arizona and the Topock Marsh area near Topock, Arizona, and said to the crowed that there will be no changes in the 17.5 miles from the Interstate 40 bridge to the southern buoy line and the California side in the area south of the 2-mile expansion, and no new areas will be closed to access or cut off to through traffic.

The original 11 page draft documents and the old map of the proposal was released by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service for the public to review and comment on.

** Documents: Draft Compatibility Determination: **

http://www.fws.gov/uploadedFiles/Havasu_NWR_Boating_DRAFT%20CD_12April2016.pdf

This Draft Compatibility Determination will be available for public review and comment until Thursday, May 12th, 2016.

If you were unable t make the public meetings, comments can be sent either by mail or by email to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.

** Written comments can be sent to the following address: **

United States Fish and Wildlife, Havasu National Wildlife Refuge
Attn: Draft Recreational Boating CD:
317 Mesquite Avenue
Needles, California, 92363

** Written email comments can be sent to the following address: **

Havasu_Boating_Comments@fws.gov

Comments will be accepted through close of business on Thursday, May 12th, 2016.

**** Stay tuned to ZachNews for more news updates with more information regarding this news story. ****

News Alert!!: Laughlin, NV: Day 2 of public meetings today regarding proposed additional boating restrictions along Colorado River within Havasu National Wildlife Refuge.

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News Alert!!: Laughlin, NV: Day 2 of public meetings today regarding proposed additional boating restrictions along Colorado River within Havasu National Wildlife Refuge.

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service will be having their second day of public meetings regarding proposed additional boating restrictions along Colorado River within Havasu National Wildlife Refuge.

According to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, due to an increase in safety concerns and the protection of wildlife habitat, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service is in the process of reassessing all boating recreation activities taking place at the Refuge.

The public meetings will be held in the next 2 days so that local residents and businesses can address their concern over the proposed additional boating restrictions.

** Public Meetings Locations: **

– On Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm PT and from 6:00pm to 8:00pm PT at the Avi Resort and Casino located at 10000 Aha Macav Parkway in Laughlin, Nevada.

** Written comments can be sent to the following address: **

United States Fish and Wildlife, Havasu National Wildlife Refuge
Attn: Draft Recreational Boating CD:
317 Mesquite Avenue
Needles, California, 92363

** Written email comments can be sent to the following address: **

Havasu_Boating_Comments@fws.gov

A draft recreational boating compatibility determination for Havasu National Wildlife Refuge is now available for public review and comment.

ZachNews have received a 11 page draft documents regarding the proposal that was released from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.

** More information and to view the draft documents is at the following ZachNews on WordPress website address: **

https://zachnews.wordpress.com/2016/04/23/news-alert-topock-az-united-states-fish-and-wildlife-service-proposing-additional-boating-restrictions-along-colorado-river-within-havasu-national-wildlife-refuge/

**** More information regarding the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge is at the following United States Fish and Wildlife Service website address: ****

http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Havasu/

** Stay tuned to ZachNews for more news updates with more information regarding this news story. **

Weather Alert!!: Topock, AZ: Storm approaching the Colorado River area.

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Weather Alert!!: Topock, AZ: Storm approaching the Colorado River area.

Weather radar from the National Weather Service is showing a storms with a mix of moderate to heavy rain falling northeast of Topock, Arizona.

The storm appears to be moving south to Interstate 40, but has been changing directions repeatedly to the southwest, south, and southeast directions.

The storm has showed repeated decrease and increase in strength.

Communities of Topock, Arizona; Lake Havasu City, Arizona; Mohave Valley, Arizona; and Needles, California should be on watch in case the storm moves into your area.

Always be prepared and ready in case of any flooding or power outages.

Use caution when driving along wet roadways and never cross a flooded roadway.

The National Weather Service is saying that possible thunderstorms this evening this afternoon.

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez is out in the storm and will have pictures and videos of the storm.

News Alert!!: Lake Havasu City, AZ: Public meeting today regarding proposed additional boating restrictions along Colorado River within Havasu National Wildlife Refuge.

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News Alert!!: Lake Havasu City, AZ: Public meeting today regarding proposed additional boating restrictions along Colorado River within Havasu National Wildlife Refuge.

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service will be having public meetings regarding proposed additional boating restrictions along Colorado River within Havasu National Wildlife Refuge.

According to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, due to an increase in safety concerns and the protection of wildlife habitat, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service is in the process of reassessing all boating recreation activities taking place at the Refuge.

The public meetings will be held in the next 2 days so that local residents and businesses can address their concern over the proposed additional boating restrictions.

** Public Meetings Locations: **

– On Monday, May 2nd, 2016 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm PT at the Hampton Inn located at 245 London Bridge Road in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.

– On Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm PT and from 6:00pm to 8:00pm PT at the Avi Resort and Casino located at 10000 Aha Macav Parkway in Laughlin, Nevada.

** Written comments can be sent to the following address: **

United States Fish and Wildlife, Havasu National Wildlife Refuge
Attn: Draft Recreational Boating CD:
317 Mesquite Avenue
Needles, California, 92363

** Written email comments can be sent to the following address: **

Havasu_Boating_Comments@fws.gov

A draft recreational boating compatibility determination for Havasu National Wildlife Refuge is now available for public review and comment.

ZachNews have received a 11 page draft documents regarding the proposal that was released from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.

** More information and to view the draft documents is at the following ZachNews on WordPress website address: **

https://zachnews.wordpress.com/2016/04/23/news-alert-topock-az-united-states-fish-and-wildlife-service-proposing-additional-boating-restrictions-along-colorado-river-within-havasu-national-wildlife-refuge/

**** More information regarding the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge is at the following United States Fish and Wildlife Service website address: ****

http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Havasu/

** Stay tuned to ZachNews for more news updates with more information regarding this news story. **

**** More information regarding the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge is at the following United States Fish and Wildlife Service website address: ****

http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Havasu/

** Stay tuned to ZachNews for more news updates with more information regarding this news story. **

Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: A vehicle went off an unpaved road.

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Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: A vehicle went off an unpaved road.

A vehicle went off an unpaved road along Smokestack Drive just east of N Street and near the Colorado River in Needles, California.

The report came in just before 2:30pm PT on Sunday, May 1st, 2016.

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San Bernardino County Fire Department, Baker Emergency Medical Services, and San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department responded to the incident.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department tell ZachNews that the occupies in the vehicle were not injured, nobody was under the influence, and nobody was arrested.

The cause of the vehicle going off the unpaved road is under investigation.

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Smokestack Avenue was closed during the crash as work crews from A&G Towing and Storage Inc. worked to remove the vehicle from the thick brush and trees down a rocky hillside.

 

Traffic Alert!!: Essex, CA: Traffic accident involving a motorcycle rider.

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Traffic Alert!!: Essex, CA: Traffic accident involving a motorcycle rider.

There’s a report of a traffic accident involving a motorcycle rider on Kelbaker Road near Interstate 40 in Essex, California.

The traffic accident was reported at 9:53am PT on Sunday, May 1st, 2016.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the person was driving the motorcycle was ejected off and has some injuries.

San Bernardino County Fire Department were called to the traffic accident, including San Bernardino County Fire Department’s Station 31 from Needles, California and San Bernardino County Fire Department’s Station 45 from Twentynine Palms, California.

Well in route to the traffic accident, firefighters from San Bernardino County Fire Department’s Station 31 reporting heavy traffic along westbound Interstate 40 near Fenner, California at around 10:20am PT delaying their response.

Just before 11:00am PT, San Bernardino County Fire Department’s Station 45 arrived to the traffic accident and San Bernardino County Fire Department’s Station 31 returned but to Needles, California.

California Highway Patrol also arrived to the traffic accident and a medical helicopter is being called.

** More information is still coming in. **

News Update!!: Needles, CA: El Rio Burritos is closed.

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News Update!!: Needles, CA: El Rio Burritos is closed.

Customers said their goodbyes as employees closed for business the El Rio Burritos in Needles, California just before 2:00pm PT on Friday, April 29th, 2016.

El Rio Burritos, located inside the Westside Chevron Circle K at 2321 Needles Highway in Needles, California, has only been opened at the Westside Chevron Circle K since Wednesday, October 14th, 2015 replacing Chester’s Chicken which closed on Sunday, July 12th, 2015.

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Customers came in and enjoyed their delicious tacos and burritos on their last day selling out their delicious burritos and drained out their fresh green salsa.

El Rio Burritos made the announcement that they were closing at 10:54am PT on Tuesday, April 26th, 2016 on their Facebook page saying, “It is with a heavy heart we announce that El Rio Burritos will be closing at the end of this week. First and foremost we would like to thank all our great customers, friends and family that have supported this venture. As you all know owning and operating a business is very time consuming and that can take a toll on your family. After much consideration we have decided that our family must come first. Also I’d like to thank Circle K for allowing us the opportunity to share their space and appreciate all their help and support. As a thank you to everyone all our burritos will be $1.00 OFF!!”

** El Rio Burritos on Facebook: **

At 12:23pm PT on Friday, April 29th, 2016, El Rio Burritos posted this message to their customers on their Facebook page saying, “Thanks to the overwhelming support of everyone on our last day we are running short or out of some items. Due to that we will be closing at 2:00 pm. Thanks you again.”

** El Rio Burritos on Facebook: **

Since breaking news of the closing, customers of El Rio Burritos have been posting how much they loved El Rio Burritos and how sad that they are closing.

** Stay tuned to ZachNews for more news updates with more information regarding this news story. **

News from Needles, California.

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