News Update!!: Power Restored in Mohave Valley.

Mohave Valley, AZ: At around 9:30am MST, power was restored to the area of Mohave Valley, Arizona.

The traffic signals at the intersection of Mohave Valley Highway and Willow Drive are working again and the nearby Chase Bank Branch is open for business.

At around 8:45am MST, reports of power being out in the area of Mohave Valley, Arizona which affected businesses as well as the Chase Bank Branch located near the intersection of Mohave Valley Highway and Willow Drive.

No information at this time to the cause of the power outage, but there is some unconfirmed reports that a utility pole may have went down.

ZachNews has contacted Mohave Electric Cooperative and is awaiting more information regarding this power outage.

Breaking News!!: Mohave Valley, AZ: Power Outage reported. 

Breaking News!!: Mohave Valley, AZ: Power Outage reported.

A power outage has been reported in Mohave Valley, Arizona.

The power outage occurred at around 8:45am MST.

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The Chase Bank Branch located near the intersection of Mohave Valley Highway and Willow Drive was seen turning people away because of the power outage.

The traffic signals at the intersection of Mohave Valley Highway and Willow Drive were out. Driver should use caution at intersections where the traffic signals aren’t working.

ZachNews has contacted Mohave Electric Cooperative and is awaiting more information regarding this power outage.

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

 

Rollover Accident Kills Florida Man Near Needles Last Tuesday.

Needles, CA: On Tuesday, August 27th, 2012 at approximately 8:15pm PT, a 2012 Volvo Tractor with a trailer containing Orange Juice failed to negotiate a curve at the intersection of U.S. Route Highway 95 and Five Mile Road just south of Needles, California.

The tractor trailer rolled over with the tractor coming to rest on its top.

The driver, 61 year old Robert Frantz of Old Town, Florida was trapped inside the cab.

The San Bernardino County Fire Department responded to the scene to the rollover accident.

Robert Frantz was pronounced dead at the scene.

The incident is under investigation by the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department.

U.S. Route Highway 95 between Needles, California and Blythe, California is a heavy traveled route for both shipping goods as well as tourist wanting to travel up the Colorado River.

But this highway can get dangerous as the highway has had incidents of vehicles failing to negotiate curves as well as incidents of vehicles crossing into oncoming traffic and crashing.

In June 2011, 51 year old Daniel John DiRusso of Phoenix, Arizona died after his 2010 Nissan Versa collided with a 2004 GMC Envoy head-on.

The head-on crash also occurred along U.S. Route Highway 95 south of Needles, California.

The 2010 Nissan Versa was trying to pass a big rig truck when it collided with the 2004 GMC Envoy.

One person from Fort Mohave, AZ in the 2004 GMC Envoy was later transported to Colorado RiverMedicalCenter with minor injuries.

Another issue is in communities where the public has to cross this highway to get from one place to another such as at the intersection of U.S. Route Highway 95 at San Clemente Street near Interstate 40.

Those who want to cross the highway to get to the Dollar Tree Store have to wait to cross the highway well watching out for those drivers who use the highway as a race track by speeding around other vehicles and not caring of those around them. There are no traffic signals along this part of the highway or even a crosswalk to safely cross the highway.

Making this highway safer for everybody has been an issue for years, but the issue gets clogged up in red tape, government politics, and funding issues have pulled this issue into the rest stop.

The issue will only get worst unless those who are in power work together with those communities along this highway in making this highway safer so that everybody who uses this highway can do so safely.

Both the public as well as those who come to enjoy the Colorado River Tri-State area should be safe and always be on alert as you cross or drive on this highway.

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** ZachNews wants to hear from you; if you’re living or travel along U.S. Route Highway 95 between Needles, California and Blythe, California: **

– Have you notices more accidents along this highway?

– If you’re living near this highway, do you worry about your safety?

– If you’re living near this highway, are there enough safety barriers or walls in your areas?

– If you’re living near this highway, is there enough lighting along this highway?

– If you’re living near this highway, are there enough safe areas along this highway to cross the highway?

– Is there anything being done to fix or make the highway in your area safer?

– Have you seen incidents of reckless driving along this highway?

– Are law enforcement doing enough to address the issue of safety along this highway as well as stopping reckless drivers?

– Are your local government and state government doing enough to address the issue?

– What should be done about making this highway safer and how should it be funded?

– What should the public know about when driving along this highway?

** Please comment on this news story here on ZachNews. Thank You. **

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News Update!!: Statement Released Regarding the Closing of the Bank of America Branch In Downtown Needles.

Downtown Needles, CA: ZachNews can confirmed that the Bank of America Branch in Downtown Needles, California is closing this bank branch on Friday, January 25th, 2013.

 

 

 

ZachNews has received by email the statement from Bank of America’s Media Relation Department regarding the closing of the Bank of America Branch in Downtown Needles, California:

 

 

“We constantly evaluate our retail network to ensure we are meeting evolving customer demand, and may add or consolidate banking centers as a result.

After careful consideration, we have decided to not renew the lease at our banking center located at 1001 W. Broadway Street in Needles when it expires at the end of February, 2013.   We typically give local customers 90 days notice regarding a banking center closure.

This decision is driven by a number of factors including declines in transactions as customers increasingly rely on other banking channels such as mobile and online banking.”

 

 

 

The reports of the Bank of America Branch in Downtown Needles, California began to unfold late Tuesday afternoon and was even heard in the crowd at Tuesday’s Needles City Council Meeting.

 

 

City of Needles Officials are talking to ZachNews about the closing of the Bank of America Branch in Downtown Needles, California including City Manager for the City of Needles David G. Brownlee and the videos with their reaction to the closing of the Bank of America Branch in Downtown Needles, California will be posted later on ZachNews.

Breaking News!!: Downtown Needles, CA: Bank of America is closing.

Breaking News!!: Downtown Needles, CA: Bank of America is closing.

ZachNews can confirmed that Bank of America, located at 1001 West Broadway, in Downtown Needles, California is closing this bank branch on Friday, January 25th, 2013.

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Notices from Bank of America will start going out 30 to 60 days before the day of closing.

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ZachNews is a wait for a statement from Bank of America Media Relation with more information regarding the bank branch closure.

City of Needles Officials are telling ZachNews that they are very sad that the community is about to lose the only bank in the community.

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

 

 

Community Meeting Alert!!: Needles City Council Meeting Is Tonight.

  

Needles, CA: The regular meeting of the Needles City Council will be held on Tuesday, August 28th, 2012 starting at 6:00pm PT at the Needles City Council Chambers located off of J Street near Bailey Avenue in Needles, California.

The full Needles City Council Meeting Agenda for Tuesday, August 28th, 2012 is posted above.

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Here are a few of the agenda items coming up at the Needles City Council Meeting being held on Tuesday, August 28th, 2012:

 

**** (As stated on the Needles City Council Meeting Agenda dated for Tuesday, August 28th, 2012) ****

 

 

** Presentation: **

 

Item #1: Presentation to be made by Ms. Janet Jernigan, NDBA (Needles Downtown Business Alliance) seeking approval of the Santa Fe Park Sign Monument, using the Reader’s Digest funds, to be placed on the corner of G Street and Front Street in front of the El Garces (El Garces Hotel next to Santa Fe Park) and direct staff to proceed with the preparation necessary for the site location upon notification the NDBA is ready to construct.

 

Item #2: San Bernardino County Fire Department representative will review the July 2012 Administrative Monthly Report.

 

 

** Consent Calendar: **

 

Item #5: Waive the reading and adopt Resolution Number 2012-39 adopting the Measure I Five Year Capital Improvement Plan.

 

Item #8: Accept the bid of Stewart Concrete in the amount of $9,534.00 for the New Ball Field Phase 2 at Duke Watkins Park and authorize staff to issue a Notice of Award and Notice to Proceed.

 

 

** Regular Items: **

 

Item #9: Discussion regarding the rental of the Needles Aquatic Center to River Valley High School for $600.00 per month from August through November.

 

Item #10: Consideration of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control’s notification to the City (City of Needles) of a request to modify the current liquor license held by Buy Rite Liquor Market located at 1932 J Street.

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For more information, please contact Dale Jones at the City of Needles, City Clerk’s Office at: 1 (760) 326-2113 Ext. 345

 

 

Earthquakes In Brawley, California Felt In Needles, California.

  

Needles, CA: Aftershocks from Sunday’s moderate earthquakes continue to shake the Southern California desert near the Salton Sea in Brawley, California.

 

The magnitude 5.5 occurring at 1:57pm PT Sunday and knocked trailer homes off foundations and windows shattered during the earthquake near Brawley, California.

 

According to CBS affiliate KSWT Channel 13 in Yuma, Arizona, the quakes have caused cosmetic damage to some older buildings in the area.

 

According to Brawley City Mayor George Nava, 20 mobile homes moved or shifted from their foundation during Sunday’s earthquake.

 

 

Staffers at the Emergency Operations Center are working with the American Red Cross to help people affected by the earthquake as well as to help open local shelter. 

 

 

So far, there have been no reports of injuries or deaths from these earthquakes.

 

There have been many aftershocks in Imperial County, California with the largest aftershock being a magnitude 4.9 at 9:41pm PT Sunday night as well as a magnitude 3.0 at 12:32am PT Monday.

 

 

The earthquakes and aftershocks were widely felt throughout Southern California as well as Yuma and La Paz counties in Arizona.

 

 

According to ABC affiliate KESQ Channel 3 in Palm Desert, California, People throughout the Coachella Valley reported feeling the ground move.

 

According to Indio Police Department Administrative Officer Benjamin Guitron, one of the earlier earthquakes was felt in Indio, California for about 30 seconds.

 

There have been no reports of injuries or deaths from these earthquakes in Indio, California.

 

 

The same earthquakes felt in Indio, California were also felt by some residents living in Needles, California.

 

Lawrence Sanchez felt the shaking inside his home and even heard bottles and dishes making a shaking noise.

 

Other Needles residents told ZachNews that they too felt the shaking and seen some things sway in their home.

 

There have been no reports of injuries or deaths from these earthquakes in Needles, California.