Needles, CA: Prepared and ready for an earthquake.

Needles, CA: Prepared and ready for an earthquake.

Employees at the San Bernardino County Public Library in Needles, California participated in the California Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills on Thursday, October 18th, 2018.

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This was the 10th Anniversary of the Great ShakeOut, which began in southern California in 2008 and has millions of people in California and worldwide practicing how to Drop, Cover, and Hold during an earthquake.

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Employees at the San Bernardino County Public Library were ready to Drop under a sturdy table or desk, Cover your head and neck with one arm and Hold on until the shaking stops.

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Afterwards, employees at the San Bernardino County Public Library went into evacuation mode and got their emergency kit out, which ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez got to see was loaded with supplies; from drinking water and food, to tools to turn off the gas and even a medical kit; they wanted to let people know that we’re ready for an earthquake here at our public library.

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After a check around the outside of the building to make sure there were no damages or any kinds of leaks, employees at the San Bernardino County Public Library gave the all clear to enter back into the building and continue the day of reading or working on school work on the computer.

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As we all know living in Needles, California and living in the Colorado River Tri-State area, we don’t have major earthquakes, but let me remind you all of 2 earthquakes that occurred far away, but was felt in our own area; the magnitude 7.3 earthquake known as the “Lander’s Earthquake” that occurred in Landers, California on Sunday, June 28th, 1992, and the magnitude 7.1 earthquake known as the “Hector Mine Earthquake” that occurred in a remote part of the Mojave Desert, 47 miles east-southeast of Barstow, California on Saturday, October 16th, 1999.

The “Lander’s Earthquake” killed 3 people, injured over 400 people and caused roads to buckled and buildings and chimneys to collapse, as well as damage a bowling alley in Yucca Valley, California (Top Picture).

The “Hector Mine Earthquake” injured a total of 5 people, caused some cracks along overpasses that cross over Interstate 40, and caused an Amtrak passenger train known as the “Southwest Chief”, en route from Chicago, Illinois to Los Angeles, California, to derail some of their cars near Ludlow, California (Bottom Picture) more than 125 miles northeast of Los Angeles, California.

At least 4 passengers of the 155 passengers on the Amtrak passenger train suffered minor injuries in the derailment.

Both of these earthquakes were far away from our area, but people remember feeling those earthquakes and tell stories of what they did when the earthquake hit.

These earthquakes, far away they were, still shock us all here so just in case of an earthquake from afar or any disaster, be prepare and ready; have an emergency kit stocked up and ready, and have a plan so you, your family, your friends and your community can survive any disaster, near or far.

** More information regarding the earthquake drills can be found at the following website address: **

https://www.shakeout.org/california/

** More information regarding on how to protect yourself in an earthquake can be found at the following website address: **

https://www.shakeout.org/california/dropcoverholdon/

** If you don’t know how to prepare for an earthquake or just need a refresher on what to do, find more information on earthquake preparation at the following website addresses: **

– Ready.Gov:

https://www.ready.gov/earthquakes

– America Red Cross:

https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/earthquake.html

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Live News Alert!!: Needles, CA, Topock, AZ and Lake Havasu City, AZ: Intermittent closures planned along Colorado River to conduct search operations for missing boater Raegan Heitzig in boat collision.

Live News Alert!!: Needles, CA, Topock, AZ and Lake Havasu City, AZ: Intermittent closures planned along Colorado River to conduct search operations for missing boater Raegan Heitzig in boat collision.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Colorado River Station, Dive Team will be conducting search operations on the Colorado River from Park Moabi to Lake Havasu on Thursday, October 18th, 2018 and Friday, October 19th, 2018 in support of the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office fatal boat collision investigation.

There may be closures on the river during the operation.

As stated earlier this week, the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office would like to inform the community of the ongoing search efforts being conducted in regards to the last missing boater Raegan Heitzig from the boat collision that occurred on Saturday, September 1st, 2018.

Future Dive Operations were scheduled for October 18-21, coordinated with San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office, and have now been rescheduled to October 18-19 and will include intermittent river closures for the safety of the divers.

The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office is in no way discouraging the community’s efforts to create volunteer search teams, however, any future large scale searches conducted by volunteers should be coordinated with Mohave County Sheriff’s Office so as to not hinder any previously scheduled plans made by the Division of Boating Safety.

Our searches have continued since the collision to include shoreline and top water searches, diving, Search and Rescue dogs, kayakers, drones, helicopters, and sonar.

Our agency feels very strongly that this search will not end until Raegan Heitzig is located, and our main goal remains wanting to bring closure to the family and the community.

** Latest information regarding the search for missing boater Raegan Heitzig can be found at the following ZachNews website address: **

https://zachnews.wordpress.com/2018/09/02/news-update-needles-ca-and-topock-az-latest-information-boat-collision-along-the-colorado-river/

**** Stay tuned to ZachNews for the latest information regarding the boat collision and the search for missing boater Raegan Heitzig. ****

Needles, CA: Man from Barstow, California arrested for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and possession of cannabis for sales.

Needles, CA: Man from Barstow, California arrested for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and possession of cannabis for sales.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station, on Tuesday, October 16th, 2018, Deputy D. Martinez of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station responded to a Domestic Disturbance at the 1900 block of Erin Drive in Needles, California.

The reporting party said the suspect causing the disturbance left the location and had a firearm.

While checking the area, the deputy found a vehicle parked in a nearby apartment complex.

During the investigation, the suspect was identified as 25 year old Rayshun Phillips from Barstow, California.

When the deputy searched the vehicle, a loaded firearm, approximately a pound of suspected marijuana wax, and other items consistent with marijuana sales were located.

Rayshun Phillips was arrested for 29800 P.C. – Convicted Felon in Possession of a Firearm 11359 H.S. – Possession of Cannabis for Sales.

He booked into the Colorado River Station Jail in Needles, California.

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https://local.nixle.com/alert/6871148/

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Needles, CA: Please help find missing German Shorthaired Pointer Dog.

Needles, CA: Please help find missing German Shorthaired Pointer Dog.

ZachNews was contacted by Anita Weiss hoping for the community’s help in finding a missing German Shorthaired Pointer Dog.

The German Shorthaired Pointer is a male, 5 years old, and was wearing 2 collars and is micro-chipped.

The German Shorthaired Pointer went missing on the morning of Tuesday, October 16th, 2018 near Jack Smith Memorial Park in Needles, California, spotted 1 mile south on the west side of the Colorado River.

If you find the missing German Shorthaired Pointer, please contact the owner Kathy at: 1 (928) 692-1923 (Home) or 1 (360) 710-8775 (Cellular).

Thank You Community.

News Alert!!: Needles, CA: San Bernardino County Superior Court issues injunction to shut down illegal marijuana grow operation.

News Alert!!: Needles, CA: San Bernardino County Superior Court issues injunction to shut down illegal marijuana grow operation.

In a press release from the City of Needles, On Tuesday, October 16th, 2018, the San Bernardino County Superior Court issued a preliminary injunction in favor of the City of Needles and against Charles R. Ferril shutting down an un-permitted marijuana cultivation facility that Mr. Ferril was allegedly operating in Needles in violation of City and State law.

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The lawsuit titled City of Needles v. Charles R. Ferril (Case number CIVDS1824800) was filed by the City of Needles and alleges that an unpermitted and unlawful marijuana grow operation was being operated by Mr. Ferril in the City of Needles.

The City detected the operation in or about September and promptly filed its lawsuit to shut down and enjoin further operation of the grow facility.

The lawsuit also sought and resulted in an injunction banning Mr. Ferril from conducting any cannabis related business or activities anywhere within the City of Needles.

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said, “The City of Needles has worked diligently to adopt a regulatory framework related to the cannabis industry that complies with state law. We have spent years and substantial staff hours and resources to develop a comprehensive ordinance regulating this industry and we insist that any individuals coming into the City comply with our laws and all applicable state laws. Any individual or business that comes into this City and fails or refuses to comply with City and State law will be shut down and the City will pursue all legal remedies it has available to deal with violators. We take these matters very seriously and we will enforce our laws in this City.”

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels went on to explain that the City has had very few problems with rogue operators.

“Most people that are in this industry work within the law and spend substantial sums to comply with a comprehensive permitting system that has been established by both the state and the City to regulate this industry and ensure that it is conducted in a manner that is safe to our residents. Unfortunately, even though there is a lawful path to operate cannabis businesses in the State and here in Needles, there will always be those who either think that they are above the law or that can get away with ignoring the law. That will not be the case here in our City. We have an outstanding code enforcement team and City staff and they are diligently working to identify and pursue those who choose to come into our City and ignore our laws. If you violate our laws, we will find you and we will shut you down,” said Needles City Manager Rick Daniels.

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

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

A Needles Board of Public Utilities Meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 16th, 2018 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.

The Needles Board of Public Utilities Meeting will start at 4:00pm PT.

The Needles Board of Public Utilities Meeting will be broadcast live at ZachNews on Facebook starting at 4:00pm PT.

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

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

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2018%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/2%20UTILITY%20BOARD/10%20OCTOBER/MEETING%202/ub_101618-agendaALL.pdf

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

http://www.cityofneedles.com/Pages/Departments-Services/Boards/2018_CITY_MEETING.html

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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