Needles, CA: Needles Spark of Love Toy Drive 2016.

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Needles, CA: Needles Spark of Love Toy Drive 2016.

The Needles Spark of Love Toy Drive 2016 is underway in Needles, California.

The toy drive is being conducted by the San Bernardino County Fire Department, the Women’s Club of Needles, and other partners to collect new toys for families in the community who may not be able to afford to give to their children.

You can donate new unwrapped toys for children, from newborns to 18 years old, into donation boxes set up at several local businesses in Needles, California, including at Rite Aid inside the Needles Towne Center off of East Broadway near Interstate 40 and the new Dollar General store off of Hospitality Lane and J Street.

New toys will be collected until Friday, December 16th, 2016.

For more information or have any questions, please call either Sue Godnick at: 1 (760) 617-2862 or Tena McGee at: 1 (760) 985-4050.

Please help bring joy and happiness to a child for the Christmas and Holiday Season.

News Alert!!: Columbus, OH: Former Astronaut and United States Senator John Glenn has died.

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News Alert!!: Columbus, OH: Former Astronaut and United States Senator John Glenn has died.

According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (N.A.S.A.) and Ohio State University, 95 year old John Glenn, a former astronaut and a United States Senator, has died at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio on Thursday, December 8th, 2016.

As the first American to orbit the Earth, John Glenn’s was one of the most instantly recognizable faces in the United States at the start of the Space Age.

It was author Tom Wolfe who dubbed him the nation’s “last true national hero,” and John Glenn rode that fame and love like a rocket into the United States Senate, serving Ohio for 24 years before returning to space again in 1998 at 77 years old — another first.

John Glenn’s body will lie in state at the Ohio Statehouse for one day, and a public memorial service will be held at Ohio State University.

John Glenn is to be buried in a private service at Arlington National Cemetery, but no dates has been announced.

Condolences have been coming in to the passing of John Glenn have been coming out and being posting on social media.

John Glenn is, and always will be, Ohio’s ultimate hometown hero, and his passing today is an occasion for all of us to grieve. As we bow our heads and share our grief with his beloved wife, Annie, we must also turn to the skies, to salute his remarkable journeys and his long years of service to our state and nation,” said Ohio Governor John Kasich.

We are saddened by the loss of Sen. John Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth. A true American hero. Godspeed, John Glenn. Ad astra,” National Aeronautics and Space Administration (N.A.S.A.) wrote on Twitter.

When John Glenn blasted off from Cape Canaveral atop an Atlas rocket in 1962, he lifted the hopes of a nation. And when his Friendship 7 spacecraft splashed down a few hours later, the first American to orbit the Earth reminded us that with courage and a spirit of discovery there’s no limit to the heights we can reach together. John always had the right stuff, inspiring generations of scientists, engineers and astronauts who will take us to Mars and beyond—not just to visit, but to stay,” United States of America President Barack Obama wrote in a statement.

Today we lost a great pioneer of air and space in John Glenn. He was a hero and inspired generations of future explorers. He will be missed,” United States of America President Elect Donald J. Trump wrote on Twitter.

 

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Downtown Needles, CA: Deputies recover a vehicle stolen out of Arizona and arrested a man on active parole for murder.

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Downtown Needles, CA: Deputies recover a vehicle stolen out of Arizona and arrested a man on active parole for murder.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, at about 1:50pm PT on Tuesday, December 6th, 2016, detectives and deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station obtained information about a stolen vehicle in Downtown Needles, California.

The vehicle was stolen in Phoenix, Arizona on Monday, November 14th, 2016.

The Arizona license plate information was entered into a Sheriff’s database which assisted deputies who located the stolen vehicle in 400 block of Acoma Street in Downtown Needles, California.

Deputies made contact at the Acoma Street residence and 46 years old Charles Brown from Needles, California was found inside.

Charles Brown is on active parole in Arizona for murder and should not have been in California.

Charles Brown was interviewed and subsequently arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle.

Detectives are working with law enforcement agencies from Arizona regarding the crimes committed in their state.

Charles Brown was booked at the Needles jail with a $50,000.00 bail.

This investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is urged to contact Detectives Preston or Caronna at: 1 (760) 326-9200.

Those who wish to remain anonymous can all the We-Tip Hotline at: 1 (800) 78-CRIME (27463) or leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at: http://www.wetip.com

** Press Release: **

https://local.nixle.com/alert/5796017/?sub_id=1651930

http://cms.sbcounty.gov/sheriff/MediaCenter/SheriffPressReleases/PressReleasesfor2016/December/Needles-RecoveryofStolenVehicle.aspx

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Pearl Harbor, HI: Remembering the Attack on Pearl Harbor 75 years ago.

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Pearl Harbor, HI: Remembering the Attack on Pearl Harbor 75 years ago.

Just before 8:00am HST on Sunday, December 7th, 1941, Japanese fighter bombers and torpedo planes staged a sneak attack on the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

The attack destroyed nearly 20 American naval vessels, including 8 enormous battleships and almost 200 airplanes, and killed more than 2,000 Americans soldiers and sailors as well as wounded 1,000 people.

A day after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States declared war on Japan and entered World War 2.

In a speech to United States Congress, United States President Franklin Roosevelt stated that the bombing of Pearl Harbor is, “A date which will live in infamy.”

People will be observing the 75th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor all across the United States of America on Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day which is on Wednesday, December 7th, 2016 with ceremonies honoring the men and women who lost their lives in the attack on Pearl Harbor.

** Video from NBC News: **

A ceremony marking the 75th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor was held in Hawaii honoring the men and women who lost their lives.

May we all pay our respects and never forget the many American service men and women who lost their lives the attack on Pearl Harbor, and those American service men and women who fought for our country during and after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

May we always honor all those men and women for their serve and for always giving their lives to protect our lives, our country, and our freedoms.

** You can learn more about the Attack on Pearl Harbor at the following website addresses: **

– History.com:

http://www.history.com/topics/world-war-ii/pearl-harbor

– United States Department of Defense:

http://www.defense.gov/News/Special-Reports/1215_pearlharbor

– Pearl Harbor Oahu:

https://pearlharboroahu.com/

https://pearlharboroahu.com/the-history-of-pearl-harbor/

https://pearlharboroahu.com/after-the-attack-on-pearl-harbor/

** Picture from United States Navy and Wikimedia Commons: **

Needles, CA: Summary and voting results from the Needles Board of Public Utilities Meeting.

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Needles, CA: Summary and voting results from the Needles Board of Public Utilities Meeting.

A Needles Board of Public Utilities Meeting was held on Tuesday, December 6th, 2016 inside the Needles City Council Chambers in Needles, California.

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

– Public Appearances:

Nobody came up to speak.

– Agenda Item #1: Letter from Terna Energy USA regarding status of Mojave Valley Energy, LLC’s (formerly known as Renewable Energy Partners aka Riverview Energy Ventures) 1500 MW scalable renewable energy project and interest in possible alternatives to partner in upgrading the transmission infrastructure.

Informational Only Item: No Action Taken.

** Consent Calendar: **

All matters listed on the Consent Calendar are considered to be routine and will be enacted by one motion in the form listed. The Chairman or any Member of the Board may pull an item from the Consent Calendar for discussion. Prior to Board action, a member of the public may address the Board on matters scheduled on the Consent Calendar. A 3 minute time limit per person applies. Recommended Action: Approve Items #2 through #7 on the Consent Calendar by affirmative roll call vote.

** Agenda Items #2 through #7 includes: **

– Agenda Item #2: Minutes of regular meeting held October 4, 2016; and minutes of regular meeting held October 15, 2016.

– Agenda Item #3: Purchase of property at 417 N. K Street (assessor’s parcel #0185-109-43) for the K Street lift station project (purchase price of $7,500).

– Agenda Item #4: Approve Change Order #1 to Western Construction Specialists, Inc. in the amount of $13,678.28 for a total bid amount of $28,678.28 for the Bush Street substation project.

– Agenda Item #5: Accept the completed concrete portion from Western Construction Specialists, Inc. for the Bush Street substation concrete project in the amount of $15,000 plus a change order of $13,678.28 for a total project cost of $28,678.28 and authorize staff to file a notice of completion with the San Bernardino County Recorder.

– Agenda Item #6: Approve modifications and upgrades at the River Road lift station.

– Agenda Item #7: Accept the bid from Outsource Utility Contractors including equipment in the amount of $750 per hour to assemble the relocated Bush Street substation with parts already purchased by the City of Needles and authorize staff to issue a notice of award and notice to proceed.

Members of the Needles Board of Public Utilities unanimously voted to approve Agenda Items #2 through #7 on the Consent Calendar.

– Agenda Item #8: Discussion regarding the Power Cost Adjustment (PCA) for the quarter ending Friday, September 30th, 2016 (continued from the Tuesday, November 15th, 2016 meeting).

Members of the Needles Board of Public Utilities unanimously voted to approve a temporary rate of 0.459 for the months of January, February, and March 2017.

– Agenda Item #9: Resolution No. 12-6-16 BPU discontinuing monetary incentives for installation of residential and commercial solar systems required pursuant to SB 1; however, continuing to collect the conservation fee for an additional two years (through Monday, December 31st, 2018).

Members of the Needles Board of Public Utilities unanimously voted to approve to reduce the utility rates further by the SB 1 fee and make the remaining balance, approximately $24,800, available to parties, to apply for those funds including the City of Needles, starting Sunday, January 1st, 2017.

– Agenda Item #10: Delinquency amounts ending Monday, October 31st, 2016.

Informational Only Item: No Action Taken.

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

http://cityofneedles.com/2016%20website%20file%20posting%20(Needlesserver)/3%20UTILITY%20BOARD/12%20DECEMBER/ub_120616-agendaLINKED.pdf

**** 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.

Needles, CA: Summary and voting results from the Special Needles Board of Public Utilities, Needles Public Financing Authority, Needles Public Utility Authority, and Needles City Council Meeting.

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Needles, CA: Summary and voting results from the Special Needles Board of Public Utilities, Needles Public Financing Authority, Needles Public Utility Authority, and Needles City Council Meeting.

A Special Needles Board of Public Utilities, Needles Public Financing Authority, Needles Public Utility Authority, and Needles City Council Meeting was held on Tuesday, December 6th, 2016 inside the Needles City Council Chambers in Needles, California.

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Before the meeting started, the announcement that the Needles City Council portion of the special meeting was not being held because there isn’t a forum.

Needles Vice Mayor Jeff Williams was in the hospital and Needles Mayor Ed Paget was not present at the special meeting.

The Needles Board of Public Utilities, Needles Public Financing Authority, and Needles Public Utility Authority portion of the special meeting was allowed to continue.

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

– Public Appearances:

Nobody came up to speak.

– Agenda Item #1:

Needles Board of Public Utilities Action: Give direction to staff and financing team.

Members of the Needles Board of Public Utilities unanimously voted 7-0 to refinance the Needles Public Utility Authority revenue bonds and certificates of participation by reducing the annual payment amount, keeping the term and going with a private placement rather than a public offering.

– Agenda Item #2(A):

Needles Public Financing Authority Action: Resolution Number NPFA 2016-1 approving the amendment to the certain Joint Exercise of Powers Agreement forming the Needles Public Financing Authority to add Needles Public Utility Authority as an Associate Member of Needles Public Financing Authority (N.P.F.A.).

Members of the Needles Public Financing Authority unanimously voted 5-0 to approve Resolution NPFA 2016-1 amending the joint exercise of powers agreement forming the Needles Public Financing Authority (N.P.F.A.) to add the Needles Public Utility Authority as an associate member.

– Agenda Item #2(B):

Needles Public Financing Authority Action: Resolution Number NPFA 2016-2 establishing regular meeting day and time.

Members of the Needles Public Financing Authority unanimously voted 5-0 to approve Resolution NPFA 2016-2 establishing a regular meeting day and time that coincides with the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month during Needles City Council Meetings.

– Agenda Item #3(A):

Needles Public Utility Authority Action: Resolution Number 12-06-2016-NPUA approving Amendment to Joint Exercise of Powers Agreement to add NPUA as an Associate Member of NPFA

Members of the Needles Public Utility Authority unanimously voted 5-0 to approve Resolution 12-06-2016-NPUA amending joint exercise of powers agreement to add Needles Public Utility Authority (N.P.U.A.) as an associate member of Needles Public Financing Authority (N.P.F.A.).

– Agenda Item #4:

Needles City Council: Informational Only Item: No Forum; No Action Taken.

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

http://cityofneedles.com/2016%20website%20file%20posting%20(Needlesserver)/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/12%20DECEMBER/special_ccnpuanpfabpu-120616-agendaLINKED.pdf

**** 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 Dale Jones in the City Clerk’s Office at the City of Needles at: 1 (760) 326-2113 Ext. 345.

 

Downtown Needles, CA: Windy conditions didn’t stop the enjoy and fun of the Ol’ St. Nick on Route 66 Christmas in the Park 2016.

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Downtown Needles, CA: Windy conditions didn’t stop the enjoy and fun of the Ol’ St. Nick on Route 66 Christmas in the Park 2016.

Windy conditions didn’t stop the enjoy and fun of the Ol’ St. Nick on Route 66 Christmas in the Park 2016 held on Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 in Downtown Needles, California.

The event, sponsored by the Needles Downtown Business Alliance, is mostly held at Santa Fe Park, but windy conditions moved many of the vendors inside the El Garces Train Depot.

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** Pictures from ZachNews: **

The scene inside the warm El Garces Train Depot was filled with homemade items and gifts vendors all there to help you find a wonderful gift for the holiday and Christmas season.

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** Pictures from ZachNews: **

From Sra, Flores’ Hand Crafted Items for Kitchen, Bath, and Apparel, to Golden Gragon L.L.C., and even the Sunrise and Moonsong Jewelry, there were so many wonderful vendors.

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** Pictures from ZachNews: **

Sunrise and Moonsong Jewelry also had books you can purchase from author Erika M. Szabo, who writes magical realism-suspense, Health related books, and English and Spanish children’s books, including “Look, I Can Talk With My Fingers!” and “Pico, The Pesky Parrot.”

** Books by author Erika M. Szabo at: **

http://www.authorerikamszabo.com/

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** Pictures from ZachNews: **

Along with the homemade and gift vendors, food vendors where also set up inside.

Loaded baked potatoes served at the Needles Sandsharks swim team, which provides every member an opportunity to improve swimming skills and achieve success at his or her level of ability, from novice to international competitor well building self-confidence, self-discipline, integrity, and courage.

Across the way, pulled pork and barbecue sauce was served up at the A.V.I.D. (Advancement Via Individual Determination) booth, which helps students get interested in college and trains educators to use proven practices in order to prepare students for success in high school, college, and a career.

Both booth offered customers a special deal; when you purchased a baked potato at the Needles Sandsharks, you can top your baked potato with pulled pork and barbecue sauce at the A.V.I.D. booth, which was really very delicious bring together great food thanks to great people wanting to raise money to up our youth in our community in sports and in education.

Across the street, the Needles Regional Museum and the Community Thrift Shop was opened up for people to learn about our community and find a great gift well inside the warm building.

Just down the street, the Santa’s Workshop, hosted by Desert Communities Federal Credit Union and the Women’s Club of Needles, was held during the event.

Kids got to take pictures with Santa Claus and sign up your children up for the annual community toy drive well inside the warm building.

The winds also didn’t stop the great races and entertainment that were held during the event.

** Video from ZachNews: **

The Peewee Derby Races 2016 was held during the Ol’ St. Nick on Route 66 Christmas in the Park 2016 where kids got to race down a ramp and role onto Route 66 for the win.

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** Peewee Derby Races Winners: (By Racing Categories): **

4 years old to 6 years old:

1st Place: Tomi Trescartes

2nd Place: Kiden Russo

7 years old to 9 years old:

1st Place: Thomas Risse

2nd Place: Bleze Medlin

10 years old to 12 years old:

1st Place: Ben Barrackman

2nd Place: Angelo Calaunan

** Information provided from Jennifer Valenzuela. **

** Video from ZachNews: **

Later, the River Valley Dancers preformed along Route 66 bringing the joy and spirit of the holiday and Christmas season in dance to our community.

** Video from ZachNews: **

Continuing the joy and spirit of the holiday and Christmas season, the Needles Recreation Center’s Dance Trax 51 preformed along Route 66 and warming up the crowd of people watching and cheering for the wonderful dancers.

** Video from ZachNews: **

The Ol’ St. Nick on Route 66 Christmas in the Park 2016 event ended with a wonderful lighted parade down Route 66.

People lined up along Front Street to watch as decorated and lighted floats and vehicles as well as marching bands passed along Santa Fe Park.

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Awards were given out for the best floats, decorated vehicles, and group in the lighted parade.

** Lighted Parade Winners: **

Floats:

1st Place: Needles Recreation Center’s Dance Trax 51

2nd Place: Fraternal Order of Eagles #2599 (Eagles Aerie 2599)

3rd Place: A & G Towing and Storage

Decorated Vehicles:

1st Place: Bureau of Land Management – ‘The Grinch’

2nd Place: Mohave National Preserves

3rd Place: River Diamond Ranch

Group:

1st Place: Needles High School Marching Band

2nd Place: Fort Mojave Tribal Band

3rd Place: Colorado River Medical Center

** Information provided from Mary Gonzales. **

To claim your prize, please contact Mary Gonzales at: 1 (760) 326-7151.

Great work to the people who helped keep the Ol’ St. Nick on Route 66 Christmas in the Park 2016 joyful and fun through the winds.

News from Needles, California.