Needles City Council Gets An Update On The Progress of the Sale of Colorado River Medical.

Needles, CA: At last Tuesday’s Needles City Council Meeting, the City Council got an update on the progress of the sale of Colorado River Medical Center in Needles, California by Needles Hospital Inc. President Rebecca Valentine.

Needles Hospital Inc. President Rebecca Valentine talked the Needles City Council the check list for Needles Hospital Inc. CF loan application that Needles Hospital Inc. is working with the USDA is moving quickly; not as quickly as Needles Hospital Inc. would like.

Needles Hospital Inc. President Rebecca Valentine brought up two items from that check list that Needles Hospital Inc. that haven’t been address out of the 18 items on the check list and according to Needles Hospital Inc. President Rebecca Valentine have been completed and approved.

The question on the minds of everyone is will the County of San Bernardino support Needles Hospital Inc. taking control of Colorado River Medical Center.

Needles Hospital Inc. President Rebecca Valentine read to the Needles City Council a letter supporting Needles Hospital Inc. address to the United States Department of Agriculture by San Bernardino County Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt.

“To whom it may concern,” said Needles Hospital Inc. President Rebecca Valentine as she reads the letter from San Bernardino County Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt, “Please accept this letter as a demonstration of support for Needles Hospital Inc. regarding their acquisition efforts for Colorado River Medical Center; which is currently own by the City of Needles, California. As you are aware Needles Hospital Inc. is seeking funding from the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development Agency (USDARD) to insisting in with the purchase and regulatory renovations needed to continue to provide critical health care services to the residents of the Needles area. Further, USDARD requires that Needles Hospital Inc. application include a letter or a certificate of support from the various local affected governmental entities. As first district supervisor for the County of San Bernardino, I strongly endorse the objectives that Needles Hospital Inc. in their goal to provide health care services to a underserve rural area in our county. I also understand that this letter in no way obligates the County or Board of Supervisors of San Bernardino County beyond this letter of support. Needles Hospital Inc. will be including this letter in their application packet and the County appreciates any strong consideration that the USDARD can give in this effort again. In the spirit of continuing the provisions of health care services to the citizens of Needles, California.”

Needles Hospital Inc. President Rebecca Valentine after reading the letter tells the Needles City Council that Needles Hospital Inc. is moving along and not needing an extension.

“So we’re moving along; we don’t see any need as this day – you know people wonder well, let us know – we are not getting an extension; an extension we are not participating needing an extension or even having to ask for that.

As for the dateline for closing escrow, Needles Hospital Inc. President Rebecca Valentine wanted to clear that up to the Needles City Council saying,

“April 27th is actually the dateline because so many times we heard we got to check almost written to the City by the 27th of April and what that is we need written approval of the necessary financing in such period and obtain the necessary funding commitment to closing escrow no later than 5’o clock on the closing day and that closing date is May 25th; the actually closing date of escrow and we are going to do that.”
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You can watch the update on the progress of the sale of Colorado River Medical Center by Needles Hospital Inc. President Rebecca Valentine at the Needles City Council Meeting held on Tuesday, March 27th, 2012 at ZachNews on YouTube.

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The Santa Fe Park Marketplace in Downtown Needles Is This Saturday.

Downtown Needles, CA: The City of Needles and the Needles Downtown Business Alliance (NDBA) are excited to announce the opening date for the Santa Fe Park Marketplace on Saturday, April 7th, 2012 at Santa Fe Park in Downtown Needles, California.

The Santa Fe Park Marketplace begins at 9:00am until 1:00pm PT and will feature a Farmers Market & Craft Fair. The event will also serve as the “kick-off” for fundraising and volunteer sign-ups for the upcoming community enhancement projects.

Local vendors offering fresh fruits and vegetables and arts and crafts (not “swap meet” items) have already signed up, and we have a few spaces left. Vendor spaces are only $10 and no electrical will be provided.

The Marketplace will also take place the first Saturday in May and June, weather permitting. You must register separately for each month.

The April event will also serve as the kick-off to celebrate the recently approved projects by the City Council to begin the physical enhancement of our city! Under the theme of “moving on”, we will be asking for volunteer sign-ups to help with the projects and monetary donations to help cover the costs. These are great projects that will benefit residents, businesses and visitors alike!

There will be food, drinks and live music, as well as brief remarks from the Mayor and members of the City Council.

Come on down and get involved in making a difference in our community.

Tell your friends, bring the whole family, and come have fun with us in Downtown Needles, California. We’ll see you there!

** Needles, California Is Open for Your Business and for Fun **

** Directions to the Santa Fe Park Marketplace event in Downtown, Needles will be posted on ZachNews. **
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**** Attention All Vendors!!: ****

Venders interested in participating or would like more information on the Santa Fe Park Marketplace in Downtown, Needles, Please contact Robert McDaniel at Four Seasons Nursery at:

1 (760) 326-2551
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Pete Rodriguez III, Pete Rodriguez IV, and Pete Rodriguez V; The Tragic Event One Year Ago.

Needles, CA: Pete Rodriguez III, Pete Rodriguez IV, and Pete Rodriguez V; The Tragic Event One Year Ago.

On Wednesday, March 30th, 2011; a tragic event would touch the lives of many living in the small Mojave Desert town of Needles, California.

A 2007 Ford pickup truck driven by Pete Rodriguez III was near Jack Smith Park along River Road (Bridge Road) when suddenly their truck loses control and smashes into some trees and rocks along this dark stretch of road. The three inside the truck lost their lives in the crash.

Those who lost their lives that day were 51 year old Pete Rodriguez III, 30 year old Pete Rodriguez IV, and 10 years old Pete Rodriguez V.

The news of the death of Pete Rodriguez III, Pete Rodriguez IV, and Pete Rodriguez V; Also Known As The “3 Pete’s”, hit the hearts of many through the City of Needles.

Many throughout Needles as well as up and down the Colorado River Tri-State area flocked to Needles; many gather along a chain link fence behind the A Toe Truck in Downtown Needles where the truck that was involved in the crash sat. People placed flowers along the chain link fence as tears roll down their face. Many more gather at the crash site along a stretch of River Road (Bridge Road) just west of Jack Smith Park. Friends and those who knew the “3 Pete’s” placed flowers, messages of support, and candles in front of the crash site. 100 people gather in front of the Rodriguez family’s home showing their love for the family.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff Department Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) was called in to investigate the accident.

The cause of the crash was not related to alcohol or drugs, but a health related issue may have caused the drive to lose control of the pickup truck; seizure or a blackout.

The family and friends thank the many supports who have done so much to help the family during this tragic event.

May we all continue to pass on the spirit of care for our community and help others as like the 3 Pete’s have done.

The 3 Pete’s will always be a part of our Needles, California Family.
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For more information about the 3 Pete’s Memorial Foundation, Please check out the ‘In Loving Memory of Pete Rodriguez III, IV, & V’ Facebook Page at:

http://www.facebook.com/3Petes.Memorial.Youth.Fund
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The 3 Pete’s Uniting Needles Together.

Downtown Needles, CA: Last Saturday, the community came together as family to remember the 3 Pete’s as well as at the 1st Annual Horseshoe Tournament and Family Day in the Park at Santa Fe Park in Downtown Needles, California.

Many people from throughout the Colorado River Tri-State area event for a day of fun, tasty bar-b-que, and horseshoes.

The event started with a moment of silence, a prayer, and the National Anthem by Lisa Hernandez; a message from Pete Rodriguez II was read giving thanks to the many supports saying,

“I want a thank everybody for being here today to celebrate in honor and memories of the Pete’s. My name is Pete Rodriguez II. I am the father of Pele the III. I am the Grandfather of Pete the IV, and I am the Great-Grandfather of Pete the V. Once again I want to thank you all for being here for your kindness and support. God Bless You All.”

In tribute to the 3 Pete’s, Pete Rodriguez II and Daniel Rodriguez throw out the first horseshoe. Later, the second horseshoe thrown out by Tommy Rodriguez, Raymond Limon, and the third horseshoe was thrown out by Gabriel and Maria Rodriguez.

Over 35 teams sign up to play in the horseshoe tournament.

Money raise at the 1st Annual Horseshoe Tournament and Family Day in the Park went to the 3 Pete’s Memorial Foundation which is a non-profit organization that gives back to the community, aid in the promotion of youth education, personal development, and moral growth.

The 3 Pete’s Memorial Foundation was built in honor of 3 generations; Pete Rodriguez III, Pete Rodriguez IV and Pete Rodriguez V who loved giving back to their community as well as helping other.

As we all unite together to remember Pete Rodriguez III, Pete Rodriguez IV, and Pete Rodriguez V; may we all never stop the caring and helping spirit. Please go out and help out in your community; give to a local food bank, volunteer at a homeless shelter, or even help clean up you neighborhood.
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ZachNews was the only news station there filming the 1st Annual Horseshoe Tournament and Family Day in the Park event and will be presenting the event apart a ZachNews Special Report at ZachNews on YouTube.

ZachNews on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/user/TheZachNews
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For more information about the 3 Pete’s Memorial Foundation, Please check out the ‘In Loving Memory of Pete Rodriguez III, IV, & V’ Facebook Page at:

http://www.facebook.com/3Petes.Memorial.Youth.Fund
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Weather for Needles, California:

Weather for Needles, California:

* Today: Mostly sunny, High 82*F.

North northwest wind between 11 and 16 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.

* Tonight: Partly cloudy, Low 55*F.

North northwest wind between 5 and 9 mph.

* Wednesday: Mostly sunny, High 87*F.

South southwest wind 5 to 8 mph increasing to between 13 and 16 mph.

Winds could gust as high as 23 mph.

* Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy, Low 62*F.

Southwest wind between 13 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.

** National Weather Service Radar of the Colorado River Tri-State Area at: **

http://radar.weather.gov/radar.php?rid=ESX&product=N0R&overlay=11101111&loop=yes

** Weather from the National Weather Service at: **

http://weather.gov/

News Update!!!: Yucca Valley, CA: Vegetation Fire Burning.

News Update!!!: Yucca Valley, CA: Vegetation Fire Burning.

2 Acres Are Burning North of Sunnyslope Dr. Near Sage Ave.

As Of 4:00pm PT; San Bernardino County Firefighters Have The Fire At 25 Percent Contained.

Earlier Reports That The Fire Was Near Homes, But Currently No Structures Are Threat.

The Fire Was Seen From U.S. 62 Highway As Well As From Yucca Valley City Hall.

More Information Still Coming Into ZachNews.

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