Needles, CA: Celebrating as a community family our home during Needles High School’s Homecoming Week 2017.

Needles, CA: Celebrating as a community family our home during Needles High School’s Homecoming Week 2017.

Needles High School celebrated home and community family during Homecoming Week 2017 held from Monday, October 9th, 2017 to Saturday, October 14th, 2017 in Needles, California.

** Here are a few of the highlights from Needles High School’s Homecoming Week 2017: **

Students, school faculty, and parents all gathered up near the Needles Chamber of Commence for the Mustang Drive to Needles High School on Thursday, October 12th, 2017.

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez broadcast live on Facebook the Mustang Drive.

Cars and trucks full of Needles Mustang pride as they drove along West Broadway, up L Street, along Washington Street, and onto Park Avenue where students, school faculty, and parents cheered and waved to people along the way, spreading Needles Mustang pride as they drove along.

After the Mustang drive, students, school faculty, parents, and the community gathered inside the Needles High School gymnasium for a Community Pep Rally.

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez broadcast live on Facebook the Community Pep Rally.

The Community Pep Rally kicked off with the Needles High School Band preforming the National Anthem, followed by the Needles Mustang Cheerleaders preforming to the crowd and getting the crowd all ready for all of the fun and games that were about to begin.

Games were held during the Community Pep Rally, including Around the Wagon and Ship to Shore as well as held a watermelon eating contest.

This year’s guest speaker for the Community Pep Rally was Abby Chandler; grow up in Needles, California, attended Needles High School, and graduated with the Class of 2013.

Abby Chandler spoke about Needles Mustang pride, what happen after graduation and after moving to South Dakota, and how “Home” called her back to her Needles Mustang family.

Abby Chandler began saying, “Along with all of you, I’m sure the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the words “Needles” or “Needles High School”, you think of the word “Home”.  So I began researching the definition of “Home” and came across a ton of ton of information during my short time of research, but 3 of these definitions grabbed her attending right away.”

“The first one: Home – (a noun) – the place where one lives permanently, especially as a member of a family or household. Needles was my permanent home for 18 years straight; I lived in the same house my whole life, that wasn’t what stuck with me from this definition. What struck me was “as a member of a family” part. Yes, I am a member of the Chandler family – you know the one with the crazy soft ball dad; his name is Sandy – but what was missing from this definition was that they didn’t include my Mustang family. I always known, that I was was reminded when I read this, that here in Needles, family doesn’t begin or end with your immediate family that you were related to, it only begins there. Most of my family and all of your families are here in this gym today. The people that supported me at my home games, even when I wasn’t an athlete at Needles High School anymore, The people who followed up Needles High School, my life, and my successes, through the newspaper and social media, the people that I graduated with and that taught me and coached me from my time in the Needles school system; my family extends out to my friends I started my time at my first day of kindergarten life or when I started my Mustang family late but quickly became one of us because lets be honest, do you really have a choice? My family includes the Mustangs that became before and after me that I have not yet met because we all share the same school pride. To anyone who doesn’t live here, who didn’t grow up here, or who don’t have kids of their own in the school system would think that I was out of her mind, but what those people don’t understand is that we all got the same blood. Each and every one of us bleeds blue and always will,” said Abby Chandler.

“The second definitions: Home – (a adjective) – (of a sports game) played at the team’s own field or court. For this I would like to start off by saying you’re entering this corral – the softball and baseball fields, the football field, or our golf course as the opposing team – beware. Entering our playing facilities is intimidating, it’s scary, and it is awesome. Obviously, we are all here to win, especially when Lincoln is here (Crowd cheered “Oh Ya!!” and applauded). We are all here to support athletes, but what you don’t realize until you are a washed up Needles athlete, is that this took place for fellow Mustangs to gather, reunite, and to reminisce. At these events, people from the band, the choir, the student council, alumni, teachers, city council members, school board members, business owners, current students, and people who are here just because they are just Mustang fans gather. The power of our home facilities is much greater then most of us can imagine. These home facilities have shaped me, my sister, and the many other athletes to continue their journey after we throw our (graduation) caps on that football field. Each home facility have seen blood, sweat, and tears and have created state championship teams and some of the best athletes that I have ever seen come through Needles High School. These facilities prepared us for battle and I can wait to see that hard work put into action tomorrow when Lincoln – unfortunately for them – enters Needles city limits (Crowd loudly cheered “Ya!!” and applauded),” said Abby Chandler.

“And the final definition: Home – (a verb) – (of an animal) return by instinct to its territory after leaving it. This last one hits home for me. I left for 4 years, I went haft way across the country to find a new journey; to see what life has to offer me outside of our home. I gave respect on falling in love with the new place when I left Needles. I thought staying when I graduated was what I wanted or what I needed. Living in South Dakota took me to many places around the country and even the world; I traveled, I saw the world and met many new friends, but still a piece of my heart is missing. Every time I saw my friends coming home from homecoming and home games, it make my heart broke. Every time we came to watch a basketball game and I wasn’t the one wearing the jersey, I felt out of place. When tragedy hit my little home, I was distraught that I wasn’t here supporting the Mustang family. So like an animal, I instinctively came to my territory – my home. I live by the quote “roots to grow wings to fly”; Needles gave me that. I had the confidence to grow wings because of this place – to me knowing where home will always be, but my roots brought me back. Remember Mustangs: no matter where you are, who you meet, and where you go, Needles is out home. I cannot ask for a better place to come back to and never forgetting – “Once A Mustang, Always A Mustang,”” said Abby Chandler.

The crowd cheered in applause for Abby Chandler, showing that support she stated by the great Needles Mustang family she loved and missed.

At the end of the Community Pep Rally, the whole Needles Mustang family sang the traditional Alma Mater, “All Hail to Thee,”

Afterwards, everybody rushed pass Branigan Field for the traditional Bonfire.

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez broadcast live on Facebook the Bonfire.

The large crowd of students, school faculty, parents, and people from the community all stood close as the stack of wooden pallets with an ‘L’ on top was set on fire.

The wooden pallets and the ‘L’ for Lincoln County was engulfed in flames as the crowd backed up because of the heat.

Some students and ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez stayed as close to the burning bonfire as much as they can until the heat got way to hot for them or until the camera broadcasting live the bonfire went out because of the heat overheated the camera.

Firefighters with the San Bernardino County Fire Department watched over the bonfire and made sure that everybody was safe and not getting too close to the bonfire.

As morning rose on Friday, October 13th, 2017, students at Needles High School held another Pep Rally inside the Needles High School gymnasium.

Afterwards, the Coronation of Homecoming Royalty was held inside the Needles High School auditorium.

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez broadcast live on Facebook the Coronation of Homecoming Royalty.

The crowd cheered and applauded as the Homecoming Royalty court walked up to the stage and walked along the catwalk.

Caela Castillo and Tristan Pletcher were named Queen and King for Needles High School Homecoming 2017.

The pair were crowned by Trina Funderburg and Boz Brown, Queen and King for Needles High School Homecoming 2016.

The Coronation of Homecoming Royalty 2017 court included Prince and Princess Wyatt and Aurora Butterfield; Junior Attendants Jenella Martinez and Isidro Ramirez; Sophomore Attendants Lauren Hartter and Lucas McCann; Homecoming 2016 Queen and King Trina Funderburg and Boz Brown, Newly Crowned Homecoming 2017 Queen and King Caela Castillo and Tristan Pletcher; Senior Attendants Brooklyn McCorkle and Trey Tsosie; Freshman Attendants McKenna Sauceda-Duarte and Armondo Rabanales; Dedicatees Patricia Calderon, Donna McCorkle and Amy Serbaroli.

After the Coronation of Homecoming Royalty, the traditional Homecoming Parade started at Needles High School.

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez broadcast live on Facebook the Homecoming Parade.

The parade went east on Highland Street, south on L Street (Also known as High School Hill), east on West Broadway, and north on D Street where the parade will end.

People cheered and applauded for the Needles Mustangs and the Homecoming Royalty court as the parade passed them by along Highland Street and West Broadway.

After the Homecoming Parade, the traditional Homecoming Parade started at Needles Lady ’Stangs played against the Lincoln County Lady Lynx during a junior varsity and varsity volleyball games.

** Video Above: Junior Varsity Volleyball Game: **

** Video Above: Varsity Volleyball Game: **

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez broadcast live on Facebook the full junior varsity volleyball game and part of the varsity volleyball games.

Lincoln County Lady Lynx won First SetGame 1: 25-22, Game 2: 25-17; and Second SetGame 1: 25-22, Game 3: 14-3.

Needles High School Lady ’Stangs won Second SetGame 2: 25-23.

The 4 volleyball games won by the Lincoln County Lady Lynx met the Needles High School Lady ’Stangs will miss the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association (N.I.A.A.) 2A South League volleyball playoffs.

The Needles High School Lady ’Stangs worked very hard this season and the community is proud of the work they did for their school and their community.

As the Needles Lady ’Stangs versus Lincoln County Lady Lynx volleyball games end, a large crowed of people gather for a varsity football game with the Needles Mustangs playing against Lincoln County Lynx.

** Video Above: 1st Quarter and 2nd Quarter: **

** Video Above: Halftime Event: **

** Video Above: 1st Quarter and 2nd Quarter: **

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez broadcast live on Facebook the full Needles Mustangs versus Lincoln County Lynx varsity football game as well as the halftime event.

The Needles High School Mustangs from Needles, California has won against the Lincoln County High School from Panaca, Nevada 32-20 in a varsity conference football game held on Friday, October 13th, 2017 on Branigan Field behind Needles High School in Needles, California.

The Needles Mustangs’ win puts them in first place in the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association (N.I.A.A.) 2A South League division.

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez broadcast live on Facebook reaction by the players and coaches to the win.

The Needles Mustangs’ win puts them in first place in the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association (N.I.A.A.) 2A South League division.

The Needles Mustangs team thanked all of the community for being their for support and say they are going all the way to a championship.

Needles High School’s Homecoming Week 2017 ended with students got all dressed up in their best for a wonderful night of dancing during the Homecoming Dance held at Fr. Hanley Hall behind St. Ann Catholic Church in Downtown Needles, California on Saturday, October 14th, 2017.

Needles High School’s Homecoming Week 2017 may have ended, but the what continues is the school pride and the message that Abby Chandler left on the great community; Needles, California is our home and our family; a community family that shows their Needles Mustang pride and support for the team and is there standing by you through the good and the bad.

As we’ve all seen on ZachNews over the last 7 years, the community has gone through goods moments that bring families and friends together such as community events and sports events that bring out the community ride and spirit, and we’ve seen the bad moments when disasters strike our community but yet unites our community together to help and rebuild lives.  May we never forget that we are part of the Needles, California family and nobody can not take that away from you. Remember that no matter where you go in life, you will always have a home here with your family; Once a Mustang, Always and Forever a Mustang.

** Pictures and Videos from ZachNews: **

Lake Havasu City, AZ: Come on out to the 40th Annual Run to the Sun Car Show.

Lake Havasu City, AZ: Come on out to the 40th Annual Run to the Sun Car Show.

The 40th Annual Run to the Sun Car Show, hosted by Relics and Rods Car Club, is being held from Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 to Sunday, October 22nd, 2017 on the Bridgewater Links Golf Course at the London Bridge Resort, located at 1477 Queens Bay, in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.

Over 750 vehicles from across the United States of America, consisting of 1972 and older cars and trucks, have come out to the event along with lots of activities for family and friends.

** Schedule of Events: **

For more information, call the Relics and Rods Car Club at: 1 (928) 855-0933 or go to the Relics and Rods Car Club website at: http://relicsandrods.com/2017-40th-annual-run-to-the-sun/

** Picture Flyers from the 40th Annual Run to the Sun Car Show: **

Needles, CA: Weekly Arrests by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station.

Needles, CA: Weekly Arrests by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station.

In a press release, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station posted their weekly arrests that were made in the Needles, California area from Monday, October 9th, 2017 to Sunday, October 15th, 2017.

** Pictures of Press Release from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station (@CORiverStation): **

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station said that they remain committed to a proactive approach to suppressing crime in the City of Needles.

Anybody with additional information regarding these investigations or any others are urged to contact the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station at: 1 (760) 326-9200.

Anybody wishing to remain anonymous is asked to contact We-Tip Hotline at: 1 (800) 78-CRIME or via the We-Tip Hotline website at: https://wetip.com/

** Press Release: **

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News Update!!: Bullhead City, AZ: Bullhead City Council accepts offer from Marnell Gaming to take over River Regatta.

News Update!!: Bullhead City, AZ: Bullhead City Council accepts offer from Marnell Gaming to take over River Regatta.

Members of the Bullhead City Council have voted 6-1 to approve the deal with Marnell Gaming to take over the River Regatta, including ownering, operating, and managing the river float.

The vote occurred during the Bullhead City Council Meeting held on Tuesday, October 17th, 2017 in Bullhead City, Arizona.

Bullhead City received an official request in September 2017 from Marnell Gaming, owners of the Colorado Belle Casino and the Edgewater Casino in Laughlin, Nevada, to take over the River Regatta, including ownering, operating, and managing the river float.

The purchase offer, costing $25,000, included coordinating with all federal, state and local agencies, assuming the fiscal responsibility required to promote and conduct the Regatta River, securing proper permitting, providing workforce services and marketing the event. 

Marnell Gaming would take over operation of the River Regatta beginning in August 2018, and would limit the number of participants at 22,000 people. 

If the River Regatta event is held in future years, the number of participants would not exceed 25,000 people. 

The River Regatta event will be no large, decorated floats would be allowed. 

Bullhead City would be reimbursed for all direct expenses, including all city employees assigned to work the event. 

Marnell Gaming would be required to carry liability insurance for the River Regatta event acceptable to the city, and the city would be named in all liability releases.

Marnell Gaming also pledged a formal cleanup plan and to pre-fund and maintain a $100,000 river cleanup fund for use during and after the River Regatta event, with the remainder available for use at least twice during the year.

Additionally, participants of the River Regatta event would pay a $5 environmental fee to recharge the fund.

All launching for the River Regatta event would occur at Davis Camp, Harrah’s Casino and the Pioneer Casino, with the arrival point to be at Rotary Park. 

Community Park would be closed for the River Regatta event to the public until the water safety zone ends; at that time, Community Park would be reopened to the public and water traffic would be allowed to head north.

Medical facilities at Rotary Park would be no less than what the city previously provided for the event.

Marnell Gaming also agreed to use the same inclement weather policy in cancelling the River Regatta event as the city.

Over 200 people filled the council chambers to capacity and dozens more watched the Bullhead City Council Meeting and the vote on televisions placed in the courtyard.

Members of the Bullhead City Council heard hours of opinions for and against the proposed sale from many residents, business owners, and members of the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe.

Those who were in favor spoke about how event brought business and tourists to their community and the economic impact events like the River Regatta event have on their community.

Those who were in opposition spoke about environmental concerns about the long term health risk to the Colorado River from the River Regatta event to the local community and communities south of Bullhead City, Arizona.

Those who were in opposition also spoke about the ongoing issues regarding public safety during the River Regatta event and trash collection during and after the River Regatta event.

Fort Mojave Indian Tribe Chairman Tim Williams addressed members of the Bullhead City Council reiterating the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe’s stance against the River Regatta.

“We are the ones left with the social ramifications of this event. Why do we have to have the regatta to protect the river?” said Fort Mojave Indian Tribe Chairman Tim Williams.

David Wolf, an attorney for the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe, said to members of the Bullhead City Council, “The river has been central to the tribe’s way of life and their very existence for thousands of years. This is a matter of respect and dignity.”

Before members of the Bullhead City Council cast their vote, Bullhead City Mayor Tom Brady spoke to the crowd on how the River Regatta has divided the community and how this offer will address almost all the concerns he had before. 

At least 6 members of the Bullhead City Council voted in favor of the offer well Bullhead City Council Member Steve D’Amico being the only person voting in opposition.

You can watch the live broadcast of the Bullhead City Council Meeting at Bullhead City, Arizona Government on Facebook. 

News Alert!!: Bullhead City, AZ: Bullhead City Council Meeting to discuss the selling of the River Regatta.

News Alert!!: Bullhead City, AZ: Bullhead City Council Meeting to discuss the selling of the River Regatta.

Members of the Bullhead City Council will be discussing the selling of the River Regatta during the Bullhead City Council Meeting being held at 5:30pm MST on Tuesday, October 17th, 2017 at 1255 Marina Boulevard in Bullhead City, Arizona.

** You can view the agenda at the following website address: **

http://bullheadcity.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=2&event_id=60965&meta_id=24822

The agenda item will discuss the consideration of an offer by Marnell Gaming to purchase the Bullhead City River Regatta.

Bullhead City TV4 will broadcast live the Bullhead City Council Meeting online at the City of Bullhead City’s website: http://www.bullheadcity.com

You can also watch the live broadcast of the Bullhead City Council Meeting at Bullhead City, Arizona Government on Facebook. 

Started in 2007, the River Regatta grew from 583 registrants to 29,329 registrants, people enjoying a ride down the Colorado River.

But concerns and complaints from the community about trash left behind from the event and the health of the Colorado River put the River Regatta on the hot seat, and in September 2016, members of the Bullhead City Council voted 4-3 to discontinue the River Regatta event. 

Since the discontinued vote, a movement has slowly grown to bring back the River Regatta event has sparked a debate for and against the River Regatta event.

According to the aganda, Marnell Gaming has requested to take over the River Regatta, including ownering, operating, and managing the river float.

The recommendation is to “direct the City Manager to negotiate and enter agreements with Marnell Gaming, consistent with the explanations noted above for: 1) the sale of all River Regatta social media, plans databases, and registration account information, various organizational documents, equipment, and supplies in return for Marnell Gaming’s payment of $25.000 to the City; and 2) the use of Rotary Park for the Regatta landing and other end of event activities, including the payment by Marnell Gaming to the City for a park rental fees, payment of costs of services deem necessary by the City  four items such as public safety, park management, trash containment and collection, and requiring the use agreement to be contingent upon Marnell Gaming’s commitment to a limit the event to 22,000 participants, $100.000 annually for river clean-up, a grant of a Coast Guard permit, compliance with weather safety cancellation plans and the preparation of liability release and insurance acceptable to the City.”

The public is being urged to attend the Bullhead City Council Meeting and voices their views, for or against, the River Regatta event.

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Needles, CA: Needles Planning Commission Meeting on Wednesday.

Needles, CA: Needles Planning Commission Meeting on Wednesday.

A Needles Planning Commission Meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 18th, 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 Planning Commission Meeting will start at 4:00pm 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 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: Needles Board of Public Utilities Meeting today.

Needles, CA: Needles Board of Public Utilities Meeting today.

A Needles Board of Public Utilities Meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 17th, 2017 inside the Needles City Council Chambers located on the 1700 block of J Street near the Needles Recreation Center and 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 Board of Public Utilities Meeting will start at 4:00pm 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 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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