Live Weather Alert!!: Monsoon 2018: Colorado River Tri-State: Latest Information: Scattered thunderstorms and blowing dust in area.

Live Weather Alert!!: Monsoon 2018: Colorado River Tri-State: Latest Information: Scattered thunderstorms and blowing dust in area.

ZachNews has the latest information regarding scattered thunderstorms and blowing dust in the Colorado River Tri-State area on Wednesday, July 18th, 2018.

**** Latest Information: ****

** As of 6:20am PT on Wednesday, July 18th, 2018 (Final Update): **

Weather radar from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 shows thunderstorms have cleared the Needles, California and Lake Havasu City, Arizona areas.

Be on watch throughout the day and evening just in case of any more scattered thunderstorms.

** As of 1:55am PT on Wednesday, July 18th, 2018: **

Weather radar from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 shows more scattered thunderstorms south and southeast of Lake Havasu City, Arizona.

The scattered thunderstorms are moving west to southwest.

 

** As of 1:41am PT on Wednesday, July 18th, 2018: **

The National Weather Service has posted on their official Twitter page that a cluster of showers and storms are approaching the 29 Palms, Yucca Vally, and Joshua Tree. These are expected to arrive between 2 am and 230 am. Expect brief heavy rain and wind gusts between 35-45 mph.

 

** As of 1:00am PT on Wednesday, July 18th, 2018: **

Blowing dust blow into Needles, California as flashes of lightning lighted up the clouds surrounding the community.

 

** As of 12:50am PT on Wednesday, July 18th, 2018: **

Weather radar from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 shows scattered thunderstorms were spotted south of Needles, California.

These scattered thunderstorms are seen far south of Lake Havasu City, Arizona and Parker, Arizona.

The scattered thunderstorms are moving west to southwest.

The National Weather Service has posted on their official Twitter page that strong winds are likely to push west across San Bernardino County over the next 1-2 hours. Will likely impact SR-62, Twentynine Palms, Joshua Tree, and Yucca Valley with gusts to at least 45 MPH.

Beware of flooded roadways in the area of the thunderstorms. If a roadway is flooded and closed, “Turn Around, Don’t Drown.”

** More information is still coming into ZachNews. Please check back in soon. **

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, July 9th, 2018 to Sunday, July 15th, 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.

** The weekly arrests press release was release by officials from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station to the public and all news media. Any complaints regarding this official public record documents should contact their local San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department or file the “Citizen Complaints” form as shown above, this includes any ages, names, and locations identified, spelling errors, grammar mistakes, misidentified names, or wrong times and dates. **

Needles, CA: Marine Enforcement Unit Deputies recovered a boat along the Colorado River.

Needles, CA: Marine Enforcement Unit Deputies recovered a boat along the Colorado River.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station, Marine Enforcement Unit recovered a boat along the Colorado River near Needles, California on Sunday, July 15th, 2018.

The vessel struck a rock bar and sunk.

The were no reports of any injuries.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station want to remind the boating public that water levels can change on the Colorado River, always keep a safe lookout and be mindful of hazards.

** Picture from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station: **

Needles, CA: Summary and voting results from the Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting.

Needles, CA: Summary and voting results from the Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting.

A Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting was held on Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 inside the Needles City Council Chambers in Needles, California.

The Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting was broadcast live at ZachNews on Facebook.

** Please Note: Needles City Council Members Tona Belt, Tom Darcy, Louise Evans and Shawn Gudmundson, and Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget M.D. were present. Needles Vice Mayor Jeff Williams and Councilor Clayton Hazlewood were given excused absent. **

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

**** Executive Session: ****

No Executive Session Held Tonight.

 

**** Public Appearances: ****

 

**** Administer Oath of Office: ****

  • Agenda Item #1:

Administer Oath of Office to Patrick Martinez, Director of Development Services.

Needles City Clerk Dale Jones administered the oath of office to Patrick Martinez, Director of Development Services.

Afterwards, Patrick Martinez shook hands with Needles City Clerk Dale Jones, Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget M.D. and other Needles City Council Members welcoming him and thanking him for his work with the City of Needles.

 

**** Public Hearings: ****

  • Agenda Item #2:

Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against approving a conditional use permit for a medical marijuana distribution facility located at 1203 E Broadway, APN 650-361-05; Applicant, Justin King.

Approve the Findings of Facts and Resolution No. 2018-38 approving a conditional use permit for a medical marijuana distribution facility located at 1203 E Broadway, Suite B, APN 650-361-05.

** More Information: **

http://cityofneedles.com/2018%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/7%20JULY/MEETING%201/cc_071018-2-marijuana-dist.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve the Findings of Facts and Resolution No. 2018-38 approving a conditional use permit for a medical marijuana distribution facility located at 1203 E Broadway, Suite B, APN 650-361-05.

 

**** Recess The Needles City Council Meeting And Convene A Joint Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting: ****

**** Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority 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 Mayor or any member of the Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority may pull an item from the Consent Calendar for discussion. Prior to Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority action, a member of the public may address the Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority on matters Scheduled on the Consent Calendar. A 3 minute time limit per person applies. Recommended Action: Approve items #3 through #6 on the Consent Calendar by affirmative roll call vote.

  • Agenda Item #3:

Approve minutes of September 26, October 10 and October 24, 2017.

** More Information: **

http://cityofneedles.com/2018%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/7%20JULY/MEETING%201/cc_071018-3-minutes.pdf

 

  • Agenda Item #4:

Authorize use of $502,000 from the electric asset replacement fund over the next year to purchase replacement electric department vehicles subject to lowest bid review.

** More Information: **

http://cityofneedles.com/2018%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/7%20JULY/MEETING%201/cc_071018-4-vehicles.pdf

 

  • Agenda Item #5:

Authorize the City Manager to execute Amendment 2 to the Joint Funding Agreement (“JFA”) 15WSCA600101110_A2 for the continuation of the monitoring network to improve understanding of the groundwater that impacts the water quality and quantity at the City of Needles well fields at the All American Canal.

** More Information: **

http://cityofneedles.com/2018%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/7%20JULY/MEETING%201/cc_071018-5-all-american.pdf

 

  • Agenda Item #6:

Approve Change Order #1 for the Murl Shaver Substation which shall not exceed the amount of $300,000 for the additional materials purchased and construction labor to Western Construction Specialist to complete the substation.

** More Information: **

http://cityofneedles.com/2018%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/7%20JULY/MEETING%201/cc_071018-6-shaver-substation.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority unanimously voted to approve agenda items #3 through #5 and pulled agenda item #6 on the Consent Calendar.

After a short discussion, members of the Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority unanimously voted to approve agenda item #6 on the Consent Calendar.

 

**** Adjourn Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council and Reconvene Needles City Council: ****

**** Needles City Council 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 Mayor or any member of the Needles City Council may pull an item from the Consent Calendar for discussion. Prior to Needles City Council action, a member of the public may address the Needles City Council on matters Scheduled on the Consent Calendar. A 3 minute time limit per person applies. Recommended Action: Approve items #7 through #14 on the Consent Calendar by affirmative roll call vote.

  • Agenda Item #7:

Approve the warrants register through July 10, 2018.

** More Information: **

http://cityofneedles.com/2018%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/7%20JULY/MEETING%201/cc_071018-7-warrants.pdf

 

  • Agenda Item #8:

Approve the minutes of October 10 and October 24, 2017.

** More Information: **

No Agenda Packet for Agenda Item #8 Provided.

 

  • Agenda Item #9:

Accept the work completed by Benold Construction for the Shade Structure project in the amount of $70,000 and direct staff to issue and record a Notice of Completion with the San Bernardino County Recorder’s Office.

** More Information: **

http://cityofneedles.com/2018%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/7%20JULY/MEETING%201/cc_071018-9-structure.pdf

 

  • Agenda Item #10:

Waive the reading and adopt Ordinance No. 606-AC amending sections of Chapter 12A of the Needles Municipal Code; and amending Section 96.01 of the Needles Zoning Code related to adult use marijuana businesses (2nd Reading – Adopt).

** More Information: **

http://cityofneedles.com/2018%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/7%20JULY/MEETING%201/cc_071018-10-marijuana-ord.pdf

 

  • Agenda Item #11:

Waive the reading and adopt Ordinance No. 605-AC amending Ordinance No. 481-AC, 531-AC and 601-AC all of which relate to an exclusive franchise agreement with Republic Services (Allied Waste Transportation, Inc.) for the collection and handling of solid waste (2nd Reading – Adopt).

** More Information: **

http://cityofneedles.com/2018%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/7%20JULY/MEETING%201/cc_071018-11-alllied.pdf

 

  • Agenda Item #12:

Approve the Authorized Position List to be included as part of the approved Fiscal Year 2018-2019 budgets.

** More Information: **

http://cityofneedles.com/2018%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/7%20JULY/MEETING%201/cc_071018-12-authorized-positions.pdf

 

  • Agenda Item #13:

Approve the Compliance Agreement to issue the property owner for an extension to their building permit to correct all of the city code violations at The Burger Hut located at 701 W. Broadway St, APN 0186-107-14 14.

** More Information: **

http://cityofneedles.com/2018%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/7%20JULY/MEETING%201/cc_071018-13-burger-hut.pdf

 

  • Agenda Item #14:

Authorize the City Clerk to publish a notice of vacancy, due to the resignation of Debra Downey, to the Park & Recreation and Planning Commission with terms to expire December 31, 2018.

** More Information: **

http://cityofneedles.com/2018%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/7%20JULY/MEETING%201/cc_071018-14-vacancy.pdf

 

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve agenda items #7 through #14 on the Consent Calendar.

 

**** Regular Items: ****

  • Agenda Item #15:

Discussion regarding Needles Unified School District Development Impact Fees.

** More Information: **

http://cityofneedles.com/2018%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/7%20JULY/MEETING%201/cc_071018-15-school-impact-fees.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to send a letter to the Needles Unified School District in order to start discussions on the development impact fees and nominated Needles City Council Member Louise Evans, Needles City Council Member Clayton Hazlewood and Needles Vice City Mayor Jeff Williams to a committee in order to follow up with the Needles Unified School District.

 

**** Needles City Attorney’s Report: ****

  • Needles City Attorney John Pinkney:

**** Needles City Manager’s Report: ****

  • Needles City Manager Rick Daniels:

**** Needles City Council Requests: ****

  • Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson:
  • Needles City Council Member Louise Evans:
  • Needles City Council Member Clayton Hazlewood:
  • Needles Vice City Mayor Jeff Williams:
  • Needles City Council Member Tona Belt:
  • Needles City Council Member Robert Richardson, M.D.:
  • Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget M.D.:

 

**** After the Meeting Interview: ****

After the meeting, ZachNews talks with Needles City Manager Rick Daniels regarding the unanimous voted approving Agenda Item #10, allowing marijuana to be sold for adult use purposes in Needles, California.

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels tells ZachNews that there is a waiting period and after 30 days, and if dispensaries and cultivations get their state permits issued, they can sell adult use purposes.

 

**** You can view the full Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting agenda packet at the following City of Needles website address: ****

http://cityofneedles.com/2018%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/7%20JULY/MEETING%201/cc_071018-agendaALL.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.

News Update!!: Needles, CA: U.S. Route 95 reopens following a train derailment.

News Update!!: Needles, CA: U.S. Route 95 reopens following a train derailment.

Both directions of U.S. Route 95 from Nevada State Line (Nevada State Route 163) to Interstate 40 have reopened following a train derailment occurred west of Needles, California.

According to Caltrans District 8, “Route 95 between I 40 and Nevada all lanes open.”

These pictures from the Nevada Department of Transportation shows the train derailment.

At least 15 train cars derailed off the track and reportedly onto the road.

The train, a Burlington Northern Santa Fe double stack container freight train, wasn’t carrying hazardous materials.

There are no reports of anybody hurt or killed related to the  train derailment.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the train derailment.

Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: Train derailment closes U.S. Route 95.

Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: Train derailment closes U.S. Route 95.

There are reports of a train derailment that occurred at U.S. Route 95 just west of Needles, California.

The train derailment after 3:00pm PT on Friday, July 13th, 2018.

These pictures from the Nevada Department of Transportation shows the train derailment.

At least 15 train cars derailed off the track and reportedly onto the road.

The train, a Burlington Northern Santa Fe double stack container freight train, wasn’t carrying hazardous materials.

There are no reports of anybody hurt or killed related to the  train derailment.

According to Caltrans District 8, clean up crews are having a tough time getting to the derailment because of weather.

U.S. Route 95 had earlier flooding from passing storms.

According to San Bernardino County Supervisor Robert Lovingood and Caltrans District 8, U.S. Route 95 is closed from Nevada State Line (Nevada State Route 163) to Interstate 40.

Caltrans District 8 posted the U.S. Route 95 closure area on their website map website.

From California, motorists are being advised to head east along Nevada State Route 163 to Needles Highway or Arizona State Route 95 south to Interstate 40 west get around the closure.

From Nevada, motorists are being advised to head east along Interstate 40 to Needles Highway or Arizona State Route 95 north to Nevada State Route 163 west to get around the closure.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the train derailment.

Live Weather Alert!!: Monsoon 2018: Colorado River Tri-State: Latest Information: Scattered storms popping up.

Live Weather Alert!!: Monsoon 2018: Colorado River Tri-State: Latest Information: Scattered storms popping up.

ZachNews has the latest information regarding storms popping up in the Colorado River Tri-State area on Friday, July 13th, 2018.

**** Latest Information: ****

** As of 6:00pm PT on Friday, July 13th, 2018 (Final Update): **

Weather radar from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 shows thunderstorms have cleared the Needles, California area.

** As of 3:31pm PT on Friday, July 13th, 2018: **

According to San Bernardino County Supervisor Robert Lovingood and Caltrans District 8, U.S. Route 95, between Nevada State Line and Interstate 40, Needles, California, is closed due to earlier flooding and now a train derailment. Unknown duration for recovery and investigation.

**** More Information: ****

https://zachnews.wordpress.com/2018/07/13/breaking-news-needles-ca-train-derailment-closes-u-s-route-95/

** As of 3:25pm PT on Friday, July 13th, 2018: **

The National Weather Service has posted on their official Twitter page that a Flash Flood Warning issued for central San Bernardino County, California. One inch of rain has already fallen, and flash flooding is expected to begin shortly in areas such as Ludow, California and Amboy, California along Interstate 40.

** As of 2:18pm PT on Friday, July 13th, 2018: **

The National Weather Service has posted on their official Twitter page that a Flash Flood Warning issued for parts of San Bernardino County, California. Thunderstorms producing heavy rain across the area with up to one inch already fallen. Flash flooding should commence shortly. Impacted areas include parts of U.S. Route 95 and Interstate 40.

** As of 2:25pm PT on Friday, July 13th, 2018: **

Weather radar from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 shows thunderstorms with moderate to heavy rain fall and possible lightning west of Needles, California.

Thunderstorms appear to be moving east and is over Route 66 and U.S. Route 95.

Beware of flooded roadways in area area of the thunderstorms, especially for Route 66 and U.S. Route 95.

If flooded and roadway is closed, “Turn Around, Don’t Drown.”

Currently, light rain is falling and breezy, winds coming from the west.

** More information is still coming into ZachNews. Please check back in soon. **

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