Come and join our community as we counting down to the Needles Centennial Celebration.

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Needles, CA: Come and join our community as we counting down to the Needles Centennial Celebration.

Events are being held counting down to the Needles Centennial Celebration being held Friday to Sunday, October 4th to 6th, 2013 in Needles, California and the community wants you to come and join us in the celebration.

** Here is a list of upcoming events counting down to the Needles Centennial Celebration: **

– On Thursday, August 1st, 2013: 35th anniversary celebration of the Wagon Wheel Restaurant located at 2420 Needles Highway in Needles, California.

Come and join our community as Wagon Wheel Restaurant celebrates 35th Anniversary of service and great tasty food with a party.

Come in anytime between 8:00am to 5:00pm PT to sign up for free raffle drawing for great prizes.

Special food and drink specials will be offer when you present your Needles Centennial Celebration Commemorative Coin well dinning in at the Wagon Wheel Restaurant.

The main event will begin at 5:00pm PT which will include a cake cutting, free raffle drawings starting at 5:15pm PT, and champagne and cider toast at 5:30pm PT with the original owners of the Wagon Wheel Restaurant.

All attendees will receive a 10% discount card for for 6 months.

If you purchase a Needles Centennial Celebration Commemorative Coin for $10.00, you will receive 35% off your next meal at Wagon Wheel Restaurant.

Wagon Wheel Restaurant is located at 2420 Needles Highway just off of Interstate 40 in Needles, California.

For more information, please contact the Needles Chamber of Commerce at: 1 (760) 326-2050 or the Wagon Wheel Restaurant at: 1 (760) 326-4305.

– On Thursday, August 15th, 2013: Bake Extravaganza inside the lobby area at the Colorado River Medical Center starting at 9:00am PT located at 1401 Bailey Avenue in Needles, California.

– On Saturday, September 7th, 2013: the Woman’s Club Of Needles will be having a Ice Cream Birthday Party being held at Woman’s Club Of Needles’ Clubhouse located at 305 West Broadway at A Street in Downtown Needles, California.

– On Monday, September 23rd, 2013: Honorees reception event will be held at the Palo Verde College Needles Campus located at 725 West Broadway at E Street in Downtown Needles, California.

– From Monday, September 30th, 2013 to Thursday, October 3rd, 2013: Centennial Film Festival will be held inside the Needles High School Auditorium at Needles High School located at 1600 Washington Street at Park Avenue in Needles, California.

Movie that were filmed in the Needles, California area are reportedly will be shown at the event.

There will be also a “Pay To Get Out” event where bad movies will be played which will be free to get in, but you will have to pay to get out.

Popcorn and soda will be sold at the event.

**** All events are free and open to the public unless stated otherwise. All events are subject to change. More information on these events can also be found on the Needles Centennial Celebration on Facebook. ****

More information at the following Needles Centennial Celebration on Facebook website address:

Please make sure to “Like” and share with your friends the Needles Centennial Celebration on Facebook.

** Shopping Alert!!: **

You can purchase Needles Centennial Celebration Commemorative Coins for $10.00 and Needles Centennial Coffee Mugs for $5.00 each.

Needles Centennial Celebration T-Shirts and Wooden Coins are reportedly coming soon.

You can purchase a Needles Centennial Celebration Commemorative Coins or Needles Centennial Coffee Mugs by emailing to: candles2cool@yahoo.com

** Vendors Wanted!!: **

Make your plans now to be a vendor at our Centennial Celebration on Saturday, October 5th, 2013.

Print out this application and send it in as instructed on form.

The form can be found at the following Needles Centennial Celebration on Facebook website address:

** Come and Join Us In Our Centennial Parade!!: **

Citizens of Needles, California would love to have you join them in their Centennial Parade on Saturday, October 5th, 2013.

Fill out the entry from and return it as indicated on form.

The form can be found at the following Needles Centennial Celebration on Facebook website address:

Great prizes are in store.

** Save the dates, tell a friend, and come join our community as we celebrate the 100th year centennial of the incorporation of Needles, California. **

San Bernardino County Fire Department’s Administrative Monthly Report for June 2013.

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Needles, CA: San Bernardino County Fire Department’s Administrative Monthly Report for June 2013.

The San Bernardino County Fire Department’s Administrative Monthly Report for June 2013 was posted for view during the Needles City Council Meeting held on Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013.

According to the June 2013 Administrative Monthly Report, San Bernardino County Fire Department responded to a total of 124 request for assistance.

Division wide, San Bernardino County Fire Department responded to a total of 688 incidents in the South Desert area during June 2013.

Estimated fire lose totaled $1,105,000 dollars and value lose totaled $1,105,000 dollars during June 2013.

** San Bernardino County Fire Department responded to the following incidents: **

– Fire: 9

-Rupture / Explosions: 0

– EMS / Rescue : 75

– Hazardous Conditions: 1

– Service Calls: 6

– Good Intent Calls: 31

– False Calls: 0

– Other: 0

** Outside of Needles, California, San Bernardino County Fire Department responded to the following incidents: **

– Fires: 5

– Traffic Incidents 7

– Railroad: 2

– Medical Aid: 8

For City of Needles response area year to date, non-fire response were totaled 560, fire responses totaled 28, and alarms totaled 588.

** Significant events includes: **

– San Bernardino County Fire Department Crews preparedness for the 2013 Wildfire Season completed at annual training event.

– Confined Space Awareness Training completed for all crew members.

– Fire loss attributed to semi-truck, passenger vehicle, and railroad car.

Attached to the San Bernardino County Fire Department’s Administrative Monthly Report for June 2013, safety tips dealing with the extreme heat.

Needles City Council approved a $5.00 a day overflow parking fee at Jack Smith Park.

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Needles, CA: Needles City Council approved a $5.00 a day overflow parking fee at Jack Smith Park.

During a Needles City Council Meeting held on Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013, members of the Needles City Council Meeting approved a $5.00 a day parking fee for the overflow parking area at Jack Smith Park.

Members of the Needles City council approved Resolution 2013-29 imposing a fee for parking at Jack Smith Park’s additional parking area which would be effective Friday, September 13th, 2013.

The fiscal impact is unknown at this time, according to the agenda item packet, but states that due to the number of patrons who use the overflow additional parking on a daily basis and especially weekend, there is a guaranteed increase in revenue.

The overflow parking area is just to the right of the kiosk entry into Jack Smith Park on River Road and is mainly covered with broken up gravel and small rocks. Part of the far western end of the overflow lot is dirt covered with an exit out onto Santa Fe Road which leads back to River Road.

** Community Comments: **

– What do you think about the new parking fee for the overflow parking at Jack Smith Park?

– What do you think about the current parking fees for parking nearest to the boat launch docks at Jack Smith Park?

**** Please leave your comment here on ZachNews in the comment section.****

** Thank You for Participating. **

Needles City Council approved fare increase for the Needles Area Transit.

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Needles, CA: Needles City Council approved fare increase for the Needles Area Transit.

During a Needles City Council Meeting held on Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013, members of the Needles City Council Meeting approved a fare increase for ridership on the Needles Area Transit effective Thursday, August 1st, 2013.

This fare increase is reportedly due to the continued increase in fuel and other operating expenses.

The fare increase will reportedly help in the city maintaining the minimum required 10% fare box ratio for the Needles Area Transit.

The fare increase was discussed with McDonald Transit staff and are were in agreement that the fare increase is necessary at this time.

The last fare increase was reportedly happened in August 2008.

**** Here is the list of the new fare increase prices for Needles Area Transit effective Thursday, August 1st, 2013: ****

– Fixed Route Service; Per each boarding: $1.10

– Fixed Route Service; Senior Over 60 Years Old and Persons With Disabilities; Per each boarding: $1.00

– 30 Punch Card Pass; Per each boarding: $31.50

– Route Deviations Service: $1.60

– Route Deviations Service: Over 60 Years Old and Persons With Disabilities; Per each boarding: $1.50

** This requires presentation of city issued photo identification. **

Members of the Needles City Council added to the motion to approve to have more information be provided back regarding the refusing of pennies as payment and the idea of expanding the bus routes to include River Road.

Some of the members of the Needles City Council where questioning why that pennies are no longer being accepted as payment onto the bus by riders which was brought up during public comments on this agenda item.

Cheryl Sallis brought up the issue of riders not putting in the right amount of fare to aboard the bus.

Some of the members of the Needles City Council said that a pennies are still United States currency and such be accepted.

As for the idea of expanding the bus routes to include stops along River Road, that was brought up during public comment by a resident who would like to see the bus route include stops for those who living along River Road who may not have transportation.

Some think that the expanding the bus routes would bring in more riders as well as bring riders to the River Edge Golf Course, Jack Smith Park, and the Colorado River which currently doesn’t have a bus stop at either the River Edge Golf Course or Jack Smith Park and riders would have to walk to those points of interests.

Both of these items will be discussed and the information will be brought back to the members of the Needles City Council at a future Needles City Council Meeting.

** Community Comments: **

– What do you think about the new fare increase to ride the Needles Area Transit?

– What do you think about pennies not being accepted as payment to ride on a Needles Area Transit bus?

– What do you think about expanding the Needles Area Transit bus route?

**** Please leave your comment here on ZachNews in the comment section.****

** Thank You for Participating. **

New City Manager for the City of Needles?

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Needles, CA: New City Manager for the City of Needles?

During a Needles City Council Meeting held on Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013, members of the Needles City Council Meeting announced Rick Daniels to become the new city manager for the City of Needles in Needles, California.

This is subject to final contract provisions which would come back to members of the Needles City Council at a meeting in August 2013.

Rick Daniels met with members of the Needles City Council in executive session before the Needles City Council Meeting where the announcement was made to the public.

This would replace acting the current Needles City Manager seat being held by David Brownlee.

** Here is what we found so far about Rick Daniels: **

– Rick Daniels has reportedly worked for local government for a number of years.

– Rick Daniels worked as a Director of Community Development in Gresham, Oregon, Director of Land Use and Transportation in Washington County, Oregon, and Vice President as well as General Manager of Oregon Waste Systems Inc. and Washington Waste Systems Inc.

– Rick Daniels earned his Bachelor of Science at the University of Oregon in 1974.

– Rick Daniels worked in a variety of city government departments in Portland, Oregon from 1974 to 1979 which included experience in managing planning, economic development, and public works capacities.

– Rick Daniels then served as Director of Community Development in the City of Gresham, Oregon from 1979 to 1980 where he took on many responsibilities which included preparing building and land use regulations to allow for greater economic opportunity in Gresham.

– Rick Daniels then became the Director of Land Use and Transportation in Washington County, Oregon in 1980 where he worked to facilitate as department head of a planning, transportation, and public works agency.

– Rick Daniels accepted a position as the Vice President and General Manager of Oregon in 1987 where he was the department head of a public works agency in a county experiencing rapid growth and led important economic developments for the cities in this county.

– Rick Daniels reportedly chose to take a position as the Vice President and General Manager of Oregon Waste Systems, Inc. and Washington Waste Systems, Inc. in Portland, Oregon, in 1987 where he carried out the duties related to the $40 million Columbia Ridge Landfill in Arlington, Oregon.

– In 1989, Rick Daniels directed a $150 million capital program for Waste Management of North America and served as the Capital Projects Director. He reportedly helped create landfill and recovery facilities in Arizona, California and Nevada.

– Rick Daniels accepted a position as the President and CEO of Mine Reclamation Corporation located in Palm Desert, California and for ten years, dedicated his time and efforts to the help the corporation generate a solid waste landfill for the state of California.

– In 2001, Rick Daniels decided to branch out into his own professional venture, by creating Richard A. Daniels, Inc. This private corporation developed multimillion dollar business plans and helped identify unique business opportunities for private interests and public agencies seeking economic growth. Although he managed his own private company until 2007.

– Rick Daniels also served as the President and CEO of the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership from 2004 to 2005.

– Rick Daniels reportedly the City Manager for the community of Desert Hot Springs, California and has been the City Manager since 2007 where he worked to bring about major improvements to the community and cared about the Desert Hot Springs’ appearance, safety, and the well being of its citizens.

** More information on Rick Daniels can be found at the following website addresses: **

http://rickdanielscitymanager.com/

http://www.cityofdhs.org/City_Manager

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/rick-daniels/10/bb2/650

http://rickdaniels.org/

– In 2010, according to a news story report from ABC affiliate KESQ Channel 3, Rick Daniels was reportedly placed on medical leave after announcing he was entering a rehab facility to deal with alcoholism.

** More information regarding this news story is at the following ABC affiliate KESQ Channel 3 website address: **

http://www.kesq.com/Desert-Hot-Springs-City-Manager-To-Enter-Rehab/-/233230/496588/-/131ay3o/-/index.html

– In 2010, according to a news story report from ABC affiliate KESQ Channel 3, Rick Daniels would later return to work after seeking treatment for alcoholism.

** More information regarding this news story is at the following ABC affiliate KESQ Channel 3 website address: **

http://www.kesq.com/Embattled-City-Manager-Returns-To-Work/-/233230/495620/-/41lyx5z/-/index.html

– On Tuesday, June 25th, 2013, according to a news story report from The Desert Sun, Rick Daniels reportedly accused 2 City Council members of creating a “hostile” work environment through what he called “bullying and abhorrent behavior.”

** More information regarding this news story is at the following The Desert Sun website address: **

http://www.mydesert.com/article/20130625/NEWS01/306250007/Rick-Daniels-accuses-Desert-Hot-Springs-councilmen-bullying

– Just recently, according to a news story report from ABC affiliate KESQ Channel 3 talking about the Desert Hot Springs City Manager Rick Daniels looking for a new job, ABC affiliate KESQ Channel 3 reports that an outside attorney is investigating claims from Rick Daniels that city council members Russell Betts and Adam Sanchez are “bullying” him.

The investigation is reportedly costing the City of Desert Hot Springs nearly $80,000.

** More information regarding this news story is at the following ABC affiliate KESQ Channel 3 website address: **

http://www.kesq.com/kesq/dhs-city-manager-finalist-for-county-job-in-oregon/-/232254/20965918/-/msbn4u/-/index.html

More to come regarding this news story here on ZachNews.

** Community Comments: **

– What do you want to see done in the community from a new city manager of the City of Needles?

**** Please leave your comment here on ZachNews in the comment section.****

** Thank You for Participating. **

Needles, California Weather and Traffic:

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Needles, California Weather and Traffic:

Good Morning Everybody!! Hope you are having a great start to your morning.

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** Needles, California Weather: **

– Wednesday: Mostly sunny and hot, High 110*F. East northeast wind 5 to 9 mph becoming west in the morning.

– Wednesday Night: Mostly clear, Low 89*F. South wind 6 to 11 mph.

– Thursday: Mostly sunny and hot, High 111*F. East wind 7 to 14 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

– Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, Low 87*F. South wind 9 to 14 mph becoming light southeast in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

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More weather information and weather radars are on the National Weather Service website at: http://www.weather.gov/

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** Needles, California Traffic: **

– Downtown Needles, California:

**** The streets around the old El Garces Hotel remain closed even pass the reopening date of Monday, July 8th, 2013 on H Street at Front Street, Front Street from I Street to G Street, G Street at Front Street, and westbound Front Street from E Street to F Street will be closed due to construction near the El Garces Hotel. The delay may be related to the finding and removal of a tanker under Santa Fe Park. Reopening date of those streets remain unknow, but can be within the next few days or weeks. ****

– Near Needles, California:

According to the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) website, mill and overlay the existing asphalt is being done and is being done in and near Needles, California on Interstate 40 from Buzzard Wash to the California State Line. The construction project began on Thursday, March 7th, 2013 and estimate completion date is set for Monday, May 19th, 2014.

More information regarding the road work along Interstate 40 at the following California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) website address:

http://dot.ca.gov/hq/construc/consMap/consproject1.php?DISTEA=080K2604

Wagon Wheel Restaurant’s 35th Anniversary Party this Thursday.

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Needles, CA: Wagon Wheel Restaurant’s 35th Anniversary Party this Thursday.

Come and join our community as Wagon Wheel Restaurant celebrates 35th Anniversary of service and great tasty food with a party being held on Thursday, August 1st, 2013 in Needles, California.

Come in anytime between 8:00am to 5:00pm PT to sign up for free raffle drawing for great prizes.

Special food and drink specials will be offer when you present your Needles Centennial Celebration Commemorative Coin well dinning in at the Wagon Wheel Restaurant.

The main event will begin at 5:00pm PT which will include a cake cutting, free raffle drawings starting at 5:15pm PT, and champagne and cider toast at 5:30pm PT with the original owners of the Wagon Wheel Restaurant.

All attendees will receive a 10% discount card for for 6 months.

If you purchase a Needles Centennial Celebration Commemorative Coin for $10.00, you will receive 35% off your next meal at Wagon Wheel Restaurant.

Wagon Wheel Restaurant is located at 2420 Needles Highway just off of Interstate 40 in Needles, California.

For more information, please contact the Needles Chamber of Commerce at: 1 (760) 326-2050 or the Wagon Wheel Restaurant at: 1 (760) 326-4305.

This event is part of the “Road To The Centennial” celebration happening Friday to Sunday, October 4th to 6th, 2013 in Needles, California.

More information regarding the Needles Centennial Celebration Facebook Page at:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Needles-Centennial-Celebration/326894890746195