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!!: Power Outage in MohaveValley.

Mohave Valley, AZ: At around 8:45am MST, reports of power being out in the area of Mohave Valley, Arizona.

 

 

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.

 

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!!: Bank of America Branch In Downtown Needles Is Closing.

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.

 

 

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

 

 

ZachNews is a wait for a statement from Bank of America Media Relation with more information.

 

 

 

City of Needles Officials are talking to ZachNews about the closing of the Bank of America Branch in Downtown Needles, California and the video of their reaction to the Bank of America Branch closing will be posted later on ZachNews.

 

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ZachNews on YouTube:

 

 

http://youtu.be/d7HObqfJmX8

 

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News Helicopter Makes Safe Emergency Landing Monday Evening In Hollywood.

  

Hollywood, CA: Scare moments in the sky over Hollywood, California Monday evening as a news helicopter had to make an emergency landing after being alerted by another news helicopter pilot of smoke pouring out of their engine.

CW affiliated KTLA Channel 5’s News Helicopter, “Sky 5” and CBS affiliated KCBS Channel 2’s News Helicopter, “SKY 2” were covering a breaking news story in Hollywood, California when KCBS Channel 2 News Helicopter Pilot Dan Catalano noticed smoke from the engine of KTLA Channel 5’s News Helicopter.

KCBS Channel 2’s News Helicopter Pilot Dan Catalano alerted KTLA Channel 5’s News Helicopter Pilot Tim Lynn by radio about the smoke coming from their news helicopter and told KTLA Channel 5’s News Helicopter Pilot Tim Lynn to land the news helicopter.

Dramatic video captured by CBS affiliated KCBS Channel 2’s News Helicopter as smoke poured out of the KTLA Channel 5’s News Helicopter as the news helicopter looks for a safe place to land.

KTLA Channel 5’s News Helicopter Pilot Tim Lynn landing safely in a vacant parking lot at Highland Boulevard and Franklin Avenue in Hollywood, California and immediately shut down the engine to the news helicopter.

Both KTLA Channel 5’s News Helicopter Pilot Tim Lynn and KTLA Channel 5’s Photographer Jeff Laabs quickly exited their news helicopter uninjured and safe.

The Los Angeles City Fire Department as well as Los Angeles Police Department arrived soon after the emergency landing and inspected the news helicopter.

According to Los Angeles City Fire Department Officials, a crack in the engine of the news helicopter caused an oil leak which then led to the emergency landing.

According to CBS affiliated KCBS Channel 2, KTLA Channel 5’s News Helicopter Pilot Tim Lynn was taught how to fly by KCBS Channel 2 News Helicopter Pilot Dan Catalano and when Catalano told him to land, he knew that was his best and only option.

KTLA Channel 5’s News Helicopter Pilot Tim Lynn gave thanks to the news helicopter crew at KCBS Channel 2 for alerting them to the smoke and engine trouble.
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** You can read more about this news story at the following websites: **

– CW affiliated KTLA Channel 5:

News Story Dated: Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

“KTLA’s Sky5 Makes Emergency Landing in Hollywood”


http://www.ktla.com/news/landing/ktla-helicopter-emergency-landing,0,3133571.story

– CBS affiliated KCBS Channel 2:

News Story Dated: Monday, August 27th, 2012

“News Helicopter Makes Emergency Landing In Hollywood Parking Lot”


http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2012/08/27/news-helicopter-makes-emergency-landing-in-hollywood-parking-lot/

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** From ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez: **

Great work to KTLA Channel 5’s News Helicopter Pilot Tim Lynn and KTLA Channel 5’s Photographer Jeff Laabs for remaining calm and safely flying the news helicopter to a safe landing place well keeping the public safe.

Great work to KCBS Channel 2’s News Helicopter Pilot Dan Catalano and KCBS Channel 2’s News Helicopter Reporter Stu Mundel for caring for the safety of your fellow news colleagues in alerting KTLA Channel 5’s News Helicopter Pilot Tim Lynn about the smoke and engine trouble.
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(Map Was Made By ZachNews Using Google Earth)

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