Needles, CA: William Shakespeare’s The Tempest at Needles High School is tonight.

Needles, CA: William Shakespeare’s The Tempest at Needles High School is tonight.

Come and enjoy an evening of monsters, fairies, betrayal, revenge, and forgiveness as the Education Department of the Utah Shakespeare Festival presents William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, sponsored by the Needles High School Drama Club.

This free performing of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest will be held at 7:00pm PT on Tuesday, February 20th, 2018 inside the auditorium at Needles High School, located at 1600 Washington Street, in Needles California.

According to the Utah Shakespeare Festival website, the tour 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.

** 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

** Picture Flyer from the Education Department of the Utah Shakespeare Festival and the Needles High School Drama Club: **

Downtown Needles, CA: Over 100 people attended an event on the history of the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe and the Chemehuevi Tribe at Palo Verde College’s Needles Center.

Downtown Needles, CA: Over 100 people attended an event on the history of the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe and the Chemehuevi Tribe at Palo Verde College’s Needles Center.

Over 100 people came out to learn about the history of the Aha Macav (Fort Mojave Indian Tribe) and the Nuwu (Chemehuevi Tribe) on Thursday, February 15th, 2018 inside the Palo Verde College’s Needles Center in Downtown Needles, California.

** Live Broadcast: Presentations by Simon Garcia of the Aha Macav (Fort Mojave Indian Tribe): **

** Live Broadcast: Presentations by Matt Leivas of the Nuwu (Chemehuevi Tribe): **

The event was broadcast live at ZachNews on Facebook as the Needles Regional Museum and Palo Verde College’s Needles Center featured a presentations by Simon Garcia of the Aha Macav (Fort Mojave Indian Tribe) and Matt Leivas of the Nuwu (Chemehuevi Tribe).

Simon Garcia talked about life, history, and traditions of the Aha Macav (Fort Mojave Indian Tribe), including the stretch and spirit of the Aha Macav people, what man and woman warn and lived in back then, and what was done ceremonial to a person who passes away.

According to the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe website, Mojave Indians are Pipa Aha Macav — “The People By The River.” Mojave culture traces the earthly origins of its people to Spirit Mountain, the highest peak in the Newberry Mountains, located northwest of the present reservation inside the Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

The Tribe’s spirit mentor, Mutavilya, created the Colorado River, its plants and animals, and instructed the Pipa Aha Macav in the arts of civilization. They were prosperous farmers with well-established villages and trade networks that stretched as far away as the Pacific Ocean.

In the 16th Century, the time the Spanish arrived in the territory, the Mojaves were the largest concentration of people in the Southwest.  With the ever-growing insurgence of non-Indian people to the region traditionally occupied by Pipa Aha Macav, a United States military outpost was established in 1859 on the east bank of the Colorado River to give safe passage to American immigrants traveling from east to west. Initially, this outpost was called Camp Colorado, but it was soon renamed Fort Mojave. After the military fort was closed in 1891, the buildings were transformed into a boarding school, which operated until 1930. Ruins of Fort Mojave still exist today as a reminder of the once-troubled historic relationship between Pipa Aha Macav and American civilization. The ruins are located on a bluff overlooking the Colorado River just south of the boundary of present-day Bullhead City.

The Fort Mojave Indian Reservation is located along the Colorado River in the vicinity of Needles, California.  The Reservation covers nearly 42,000 acres in the tri-state area of Arizona, California, and Nevada.  The land is divided into three major segments: 23,669 acres in Mojave County Arizona; 12,633 acres adjacent to Needles, California; and 5,582 acres in Clark County, Nevada.  Tribal headquarters are located in Needles, California.

According to the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, agriculture provides the basis for the Fort Mojave economy and 15,000 acres of land are under cultivation. Crops grown include staples like cotton, alfalfa and wheat.

The Mohave were among the few Southwestern nations that fished for their food. They did not make canoes like other tribes; instead they used rafts and poles to travel to different fishing spots. They utilized nets and baskets to catch the fish. Although the region was dry, the Mohave were able to develop irrigation systems which allowed them to grow crops of beans, squash, corn (or maize), and pumpkins. Even with their knowledge of how to use the land around them, they believed rain dances would help bring the rain they needed to crow their crops. The Mojave people did not wear much in the way of clothing. The men usually wore a simple loincloth. Women wore simple clothing made from animal skins like beaver and rabbit. Animal skin robes were sometimes worn on cool nights. The Mojave tribe differed from many other tribes in that they did not wear moccasins. They preferred to just go barefoot or wear sandals.Tattoos were popular among this tribe. They used ink from a blue cactus plant to adorn their bodies.

The jewelry they are most known for is their beadwork. They would create beaded collars with elaborate designs and patterns. These were valuable and often used in trading.

Mojave people built two different types of houses. One for the warm season and one for the cold season.In spring and summer when they were fishing near the Colorado River, the homes they built were raised on stilts in order to protect from flooding. These thatched huts or Wickiups were very simple homes which had wooden frames covered with grass or brush. Sturdier homes were built further from the river which they occupied during the colder months. These were usually made with clay which helped make the walls thick in order to keep the heat in.

The Mojave cremated their deceased and sang song cycles during the funeral. Wailing usually accompanied the bringing of the body and the cremation ceremony. If the deceased was a war chief or a warrior, they put on a ritualistic reenactment of the war. The Mojave believed that the spirit of the deceased remained with them for four days, at which time it went to join relatives in the spirit world. Spirits then went into a series of cremations and transformations. They believed that the spirit eventually ceased to exist.

The Mojave were religious and very spiritual. They beloved in the afterlife and tribe members were often buried with their belongings and with gifts from those in mourning.

** Information Sources: **

http://mojaveindiantribe.com/about/

http://itcaonline.com/?page_id=1156

Simon Garcia, burn in Needles, California and is half Mexican and half Mojave, gave his life story growing up on the Mojave Reservation and sang songs well his great-niece and great-cousin, Emilee Jaylene Mills and Peyton Riley Jackson, dance during his presentation.

Afterwards refreshments provided by members of the Needles Regional Museum, Matt Leivas spoke about the history of the Nuwu (Chemehuevi Tribe) and the importance of the water along the Colorado River.

According to the Chemehuevi Indian Tribe website, Nüw (The People) were very civilized, not prone to human or animal sacrifice. All things, particularly those in nature, were revered as gifts from the Creator, the Ocean Woman. All Her creatures and even inanimate objects were endowed with supernatural powers, particularly the Animals (The First People). Mouse and Woodrat, for example, were able to extract diseases from a person.

There were three ages of Nüw civilization though some non-Indian “experts” say there were two.When the Earth Was Covered with Water speaks of Creation, When the Animals Were People was the time of myth and magic, and When Wolf & Coyote Went Away began the age of man. In story-telling, a winter pastime, one always precedes his story with the appropriate phrase.

After Wolf & Coyote Went Away, man was on his own. The Creator’s two helpers left us with everything we needed to survive and rose to the sky to become the rainbow. Their colorful capes drape the earth after a rain.Religion was in no way ritualistic but more a personal and individual relationship between a person and the Creator.

The gods are called Huivarum Karur, which means “those who sit here” and, when said, the space beside one is always indicated. It was not until modern times that Chemehuevi accepted the Christian notion that the Creator was male and became known as a “he”. Prayers were said only to the Ocean Woman in times of trouble. When a child lost its first baby tooth, the tooth was thrown away with a prayer to Her that she replace it with a bigger and better one. Prayers to the departed (Spirits) were necessary to protect the living, especially children.

Religion and daily living were one and the same, so no aspect of life was dichotomized. Our nomadic forebears traveled in family groups and very often settled near relatives and became a virtual village. Chieftaincy was inherited, handed down from father to the eldest son, and these Clan Chiefs were outranked by the High Chiefs, who were revered almost as much as the shamans. Black- eyed beans were said to be the food of the High Chiefs as its properties gave them wisdom and courage.

Male and female children were treated the same. All learned to make weapons and tools, and hunt and prepare food because survival skills were paramount. As they neared puberty, they would begin to learn the differences between men and women, which, to the old ones, were few.

The roles of men and women were never defined or delineated because both had to do the same kind of work at some point. While parents were initially responsible for them, it was incumbent on sundry aunts and uncles to keep children in check; “it takes a village” certainly applied then. The sense of right and wrong began at an early age and usually came from stories (fables, if you will). Bad behavior invited unbearable gossip and public ridicule. The most extreme punishments were banishment or death.

Death was perhaps the more preferred because a banished person could never return or claim to be of the people who had driven him away. As in a death, his name could never be spoken again. He finished out his days as a non- person.

Harmony and respect were the way. A person with negative traits such as anger, meanness of spirit, jealousy and laziness was considered a liability. Having a good sense of humor was very important to Nüw.

While much of the culture is lost, a few remember the stories and language of their forebears. The Chemehuevi Tribe offers classes in Nüwü Ampagap (the People’s Language).

Nüw being a Southern Paiute, our language very closely resembles that spoken by the Moapa Paiutes. It is classified as Uto-Aztecan, and more precisely Numic.

Interesting “tidbits” When a female infant’s umbilical cord falls off, it is put in Packrat’s nest so that she will be a good gatherer.

A male infant’s is buried along a Deer trail so that he will be a good hunter.It is customary to offer the first bite to the Spirits when you eat outdoors because you are in their domain.

Nüw did not eat anything from the water because it was thought unclean. It is likely that this goes back to the Creator. When the Animals Were People, they gathered to discuss civilization.

When it was time to decide how many seasons there should be, only Owl answered by raising a foot, so the number of seasons is four.

** Information Source: **

http://www.chemehuevi.net/about-us/

The event was organized by the Needles Regional Museum and Palo Verde College’s Needles Center, and during the event, the Needles Regional Museum received items from Simon Garcia of the Aha Macav (Fort Mojave Indian Tribe) and Matt Leivas of the Nuwu (Chemehuevi Tribe).

 

The Needles Regional Museum is located at 929 Front Street near G Street in Downtown Needles, California and is opened Monday through Saturday from 10:00am to 2:00pm PT.

Great work to Simon Garcia, Matt Leivas, and staff at the Needles Regional Museum and Palo Verde College’s Needles Center.

** Live Broadcast and Pictures from ZachNews: **

News Alert!!: Colorado River Tri-State: Large controlled burns underway.

News Alert!!: Colorado River Tri-State: Large controlled burns underway.

According to the Mohave Valley Fire Department, there are 2 large controlled burns in the valley on Tuesday, February 20th, 2018.

There a large controlled burn near the Crossing Event Center in Fort Mohave, Arizona and another large controlled burn on the California side just across the Colroaod River from Willow Valley.

According to the Mohave Valley Fire Department, these are farmers burning off grass fields.

Several calls into the fire department as well as into ZachNews asking what was burning and if this was an out of control brush fire.

Again, the Mohave Valley Fire Department is telling ZachNews that these fires are controlled burn fires.

** Pictures from the Mohave Valley Fire Department: **

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, February 12th, 2018 to Sunday, February 18th, 2018.

** 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: **

**** Information: Citizen Complaints: ****

Anybody who feels a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s employee has committed an act of misconduct should bring the matter to the attention of a department supervisor.

People may make a complaint in person at any San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Station or San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Internal Affairs regardless of where the incident occurred.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Internal Affairs is located at 655 East 3rd Street in San Bernardino, California.

If you do not wish to make a complaint in person, you may call San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Internal Affairs during normal business hours at: 1 (909) 387-3726 to have a Citizen Complaint form mailed to you.

** Website for Citizen Complaint: **

http://cms.sbcounty.gov/sheriff/Divisions/InternalAffairs/CitizenComplaintProcedure.aspx

** Citizen Complaint Form (English): **

http://cms.sbcounty.gov/Portals/34/Internal%20Affairs/citizen_complaint_form_02_english.pdf?ver=2016-12-19-081643-193

** Citizen Complaint Form (Spanish): **

http://cms.sbcounty.gov/Portals/34/Internal%20Affairs/citizen_complaint_form_02_spanish.pdf?ver=2016-12-19-081643-660

Please complete the Citizen Complaint form, print it, and mail it to the following address:

San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

Internal Affairs Division

655 East Third Street

San Bernardino, California 92415-0061

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, if you feel more comfortable making a complaint in writing, and there is not enough room on the complaint form to fully explain your concerns, you may attach additional pages along with any documents you feel are relevant.

There is no set format, you may tell your story in the way which you feel comfortable.

Please remember it is important to include details such as when and where the incident occurred, the name of the employee involved if you know it and how we can contact you for additional information.

Please mail all the material directly to Internal Affairs at the address listed above.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, the allegation will be investigated, and appropriate action will be taken. Through this process, anyone can help maintain the high standards of quality the department demands and the members of our community deserve.

 

Needles, CA: Deputies arrested 3 people during a traffic stop for active warrants and other felony charges.

Needles, CA: Deputies arrested 3 people during a traffic stop for active warrants and other felony charges.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station, at 3:51pm PT on Sunday, February 18th, 2018, Deputy Yates conducted a traffic stop on Needles Highway at Race Street, in Needles, California.

Deputy Yates contacted the occupants of the vehicle and found 33 years old Jacob Stoddard from Fort Mohave, Arizona to have a $175,000 felony warrant for bringing drugs into a correctional facility.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station said 22 years old Rhiannon Sullivan from Bullhead City, Arizona was found to be in possession of a controlled substance and brass knuckles.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station said the driver of the vehicle, 38 years old Edward Ermocida from Fort Mohave, Arizona, was found to be a felon and in possession of a loaded firearm.

All 3 people were arrested and transported to the Colorado River Station Jail for booking.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station, Edward Ermocida is being held on $50,000 pending a court hearing; Jacob Stoddard is being held on $250,000 bond pending a court hearing; and Rhiannon Sullivan is being held on $25,000 bond pending a court hearing.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with additional information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station at: 1 (760) 326-9200.

Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call We-Tip Hotline at: 1 (800) 78-CRIME (27463), or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at: http://www.wetip.com

** Press Release: **

https://local.nixle.com/alert/6415493/

**** Information: Citizen Complaints: ****

Anybody who feels a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s employee has committed an act of misconduct should bring the matter to the attention of a department supervisor.

People may make a complaint in person at any San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Station or San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Internal Affairs regardless of where the incident occurred.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Internal Affairs is located at 655 East 3rd Street in San Bernardino, California.

If you do not wish to make a complaint in person, you may call San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Internal Affairs during normal business hours at: 1 (909) 387-3726 to have a Citizen Complaint form mailed to you.

** Website for Citizen Complaint: **

http://cms.sbcounty.gov/sheriff/Divisions/InternalAffairs/CitizenComplaintProcedure.aspx

** Citizen Complaint Form (English): **

http://cms.sbcounty.gov/Portals/34/Internal%20Affairs/citizen_complaint_form_02_english.pdf?ver=2016-12-19-081643-193

** Citizen Complaint Form (Spanish): **

http://cms.sbcounty.gov/Portals/34/Internal%20Affairs/citizen_complaint_form_02_spanish.pdf?ver=2016-12-19-081643-660

Please complete the Citizen Complaint form, print it, and mail it to the following address:

San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

Internal Affairs Division

655 East Third Street

San Bernardino, California 92415-0061

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, if you feel more comfortable making a complaint in writing, and there is not enough room on the complaint form to fully explain your concerns, you may attach additional pages along with any documents you feel are relevant.

There is no set format, you may tell your story in the way which you feel comfortable.

Please remember it is important to include details such as when and where the incident occurred, the name of the employee involved if you know it and how we can contact you for additional information.

Please mail all the material directly to Internal Affairs at the address listed above.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, the allegation will be investigated, and appropriate action will be taken. Through this process, anyone can help maintain the high standards of quality the department demands and the members of our community deserve.

 

Needles, CA: Deputies investigating a residential burglary located and arrested a suspect.

Needles, CA: Deputies investigating a residential burglary located and arrested a suspect.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station, at approximately 9:04am PT on Sunday, February 18th, 2018, deputies responded to the 500 block of North K Street in Needles, California reference a residential burglary.

While on scene, the victim advised the suspect was in the residence upon returning and gave chase in the area of Walnut Street and North L Street.

Deputies followed the suspects last known direction of travel and located a majority of the stolen property.

While driving through the area, Deputy Yates spotted a male subject matching the description coming out from behind a vacant building on Chestnut Street, near N K Street.

Deputy Yates contacted the subject, identified as 28 years old Brian Ramos from Needles, California, who was found to be in possession of the victim’s property.

Brian Ramos, was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Colorado River Station Jail for booking.

Brian Ramos is being held on $25,000 bail, pending a court hearing.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with additional information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station at: 1 (760) 326-9200.

Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call We-Tip Hotline at: 1 (800 ) 78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at: http://www.wetip.com

** Press Release: **

https://local.nixle.com/alert/6414471/

 

**** Information: Citizen Complaints: ****

Anybody who feels a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s employee has committed an act of misconduct should bring the matter to the attention of a department supervisor.

People may make a complaint in person at any San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Station or San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Internal Affairs regardless of where the incident occurred.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Internal Affairs is located at 655 East 3rd Street in San Bernardino, California.

If you do not wish to make a complaint in person, you may call San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Internal Affairs during normal business hours at: 1 (909) 387-3726 to have a Citizen Complaint form mailed to you.

** Website for Citizen Complaint: **

http://cms.sbcounty.gov/sheriff/Divisions/InternalAffairs/CitizenComplaintProcedure.aspx

** Citizen Complaint Form (English): **

http://cms.sbcounty.gov/Portals/34/Internal%20Affairs/citizen_complaint_form_02_english.pdf?ver=2016-12-19-081643-193

** Citizen Complaint Form (Spanish): **

http://cms.sbcounty.gov/Portals/34/Internal%20Affairs/citizen_complaint_form_02_spanish.pdf?ver=2016-12-19-081643-660

Please complete the Citizen Complaint form, print it, and mail it to the following address:

San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

Internal Affairs Division

655 East Third Street

San Bernardino, California 92415-0061

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, if you feel more comfortable making a complaint in writing, and there is not enough room on the complaint form to fully explain your concerns, you may attach additional pages along with any documents you feel are relevant.

There is no set format, you may tell your story in the way which you feel comfortable.

Please remember it is important to include details such as when and where the incident occurred, the name of the employee involved if you know it and how we can contact you for additional information.

Please mail all the material directly to Internal Affairs at the address listed above.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, the allegation will be investigated, and appropriate action will be taken. Through this process, anyone can help maintain the high standards of quality the department demands and the members of our community deserve.

 

Riverside, CA: Burlington Northern Santa Fe locomotive on fire.

Riverside, CA: Burlington Northern Santa Fe locomotive on fire.

According to the City of Riverside Fire Department, firefighters responded to a report of a locomotive on fire on the tracks near Jefferson Street in Riverside, California.

When the first due Engine Company arrived, they reported a moderate amount of smoke coming from the engine compartment of the 400,000 pound Burlington Northern Santa Fe locomotive.

These pictures from Retired Fire Captain Bob Markin via the City of Riverside Fire Department show the firefighters putting out the fire on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe locomotive.

Firefighters confirmed the railroad tracks were shut down in both directions and pulled multiple hose lines up to the locomotive.

After shutting down all power to the massive vehicle, Riverside firefighters opened up the trains engine compartments to extinguish the fire and keep it from extending into the locomotives 4000 gallon diesel fuel tank.

Riverside Firefighters were able to knock down the fire in about 10 minutes, but remained on scene for another hour to ensure the fuel fed fire did not reignite.

The trains Engineer and Conductor were able to safely exit the locomotive.

A representative from Burlington Northern Santa Fe arrived about 30 minutes into the incident and was able to determine that a failed diesel fuel line had caused the fire.

Burlington Northern Santa Fe was able to reattach the line and anticipated moving the large locomotive and its mile of freight cars within the hour.

There were no firefighter or civilian injuries during the incident.

** Press Release: **

https://www.riversideca.gov/fire/pio/process?action=viewIncident&id=4742

** Pictures from Retired Fire Captain Bob Markin via the City of Riverside Fire Department: **

 

News from Needles, California.