Needles, CA: The Needles Nugget for March 2012: By Elaine Cullen.

Needles, CA: The Needles Nugget for March 2012:

By Elaine Cullen
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Hello Everyone!  What an amazing start we have had to revitalizing the wonderful City of Needles!  We ended 2011 with the momentum gained during the successful Olde Fashioned Christmas event; and the first quarter of 2012 is full of successes, positive stories and City Council approvals for future projects – HOPE YOU’RE ONBOARD – IT’S FULL STEAM AHEAD!

We have some amazing people to thank for the successes below:  Cathy McConnell and  the wonderful  Mustang alumni, and the many local Needle-ites (& their friends & families) for participating in the Readers Digest contest –what an extraordinary effort!  To everyone involved in the 4th Annual Hot Boat & Car Show, and to “Billy B” for continuing to bring this event to Needles.  Our social media seminars were well attended and could not have happened without the generosity of Eden Rudin, instructor (The Social Garden); Frontier Communications (Nello Rusceitti, Mike Sevillo, Larry Hubbard & Bobbi Limon), Parks & Rec. Dept. (seating) and the Needles Desert Start & Zach News for helping with the promo.  A Big Thank You to all for your love and support of the City of Needles!

Our most recent success happened at 9:59pm Thursday night, March 1st!  We “hung on” to one of the top 18 spots in the Readers Digest Contest which awards us $5,000 toward a community project and vast media coverage! Needles received over 611,000 votes!  This hard earned award couldn’t come at a better time as there are many opportunities for its use.  More details to follow, but a slide show of the winners is on the Readers Digest website; our city is there complete with a picture of a Santa Fe Engine!  There is a link on the City of Needles Facebook page – be sure to check it out!

Another positive, fun & hugely successful event was the Hot Boat & Car Show last weekend at Jack Smith Park.  The Friday night parade & community BBQ were full of beautiful boats & cars & plenty of noise as the boat motors revved up around Santa Fe Park.  Saturday was an unbelievable success – 80 degree weather and unlike Sunday, no wind!  People were here from all over the US – many returning and large numbers attending for their first time.  Entries were a sell-out at 200+!  The feedback has been tremendous and many stated it was the best event ever and would definitely return next year!

During the next several weekends, we will have the privilege of hosting many out of town sports teams from the Tri-State area.  We want to welcome these families with a smile and “what can I do to help” attitude.  For those in the restaurant and hospitality fields, talk with enthusiasm about the positive things going on in Needles – let them know about the murals through town, the nostalgia of Route 66 they can experience by visiting our museum and about other projects you’ve read or heard about.  Remind them of our summer fun and invite them back to see the improvements we will be making during the next 12 months.  The money they spend in our hotels & restaurants contributes directly to our City’s general fund and will contribute to our economic recovery!

You may recall that two community enhancement projects were presented to the City Council on January 24th: 1) new, larger stenciling of the Route 66 logo along Broadway through the City, and 2) a new entrance monument at I-40W/West Broadway.  I’m happy to report the City Council unanimously approved both projects at the February 28th meeting and authorized us to move forward with fundraising for both.  New designs are already in the works based on feedback received after the original presentation; the new design will be presented at a City Council meeting for approval at a later date.   We are also in discussions with Fort Mojave Tribe representatives and  BNSF to see how they can best be represented on our monument.   Thank you to BCM Group for providing our new concept drawings!

The City Council also approved making preparations to market the 27-acre parcel behind Basha’s.  We will begin preparing marketing materials and determining which trade show to attend so we can talk directly to potential end-users for the site and/or developers who may have an interest.

We will be holding a Volunteer Kick-Off soon at Santa Fe Park to start the sign fund-raising campaign and solicit for volunteer sign-ups.  It’s going to be lots fun – food, live music – watch for details in the Needles Desert Star, Zach News and the City of Needles Facebook page.

The City of Needles received some “free press” in AAA (Arizona) magazine — a full color page of our mural at Econo Smog & Tune and narrative about our murals.  We are very appreciative of the coverage;  we want to be sure & invite Mr. Davis back (the author) as our projects move forward so he can see other positive changes taking place!

There is a new buzz around town that things are happening and it’s true!  We have so many supporters – near & far – that want us to succeed.  Keep the “YES WE CAN” mantra going!  Get involved!  There are so many opportunities for you to play a part in Needles’ economic recovery and every project is new and exciting!  Please email me any time with your thoughts, ideas, offers to help;  thank you to those who have contacted me to help and sharing your great ideas for our future!  Working together, we will succeed!

Just a reminder to like the “City of Needles” Facebook page; you can always contact me at Elaine.Needles@gmail.com.  I welcome your comments, feedback and suggestions.  Have a Safe & Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Train Day in Downtown Needles, California.

Downtown Needles, CA: Attention all railroad fans young and old, the City of Needles will be presents Train Day being held on Saturday, May 12th, 2012 at Santa Fe Park in Downtown Needles, California.

** Train Day Event Times: **

– Saturday: 10:00am to 3:00pm PT

** Event Activities: **

– Model Train Demonstrations
– Games
– Crafts
– Food
– Music
– Much More.

** Donation Alert!!!: **

There will be a canned good drive during the event to help local food banks. Bring a canned good and receive a free meal ticket for a hot dog, cupcake, and soda.

Fun for the Whole Family and Fans of the Railroad.
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For more information, Please contact Cindy Semione or Jan Paget at the City of Needles:

– Cindy Semione Contact:

1 (760) 326-2115 Ext. 327

ndlscdda@citlink.net

– Jan Paget Contact:

1 (702) 540-0586

** All Aboard to Downtown Needles, California and Celebrate the City of Needles’ Railroad History. **

Woman Arrested for Attempted Murder in Needles.

Needles, CA: On Sunday, March 4th, 2012 at approximately 9:00pm PT, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies in Needles, California responded to a report of a female subject that threw a lit match at a baby in a stroller near the intersection of K Street and Spruce Street in Needles, California.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies learned that Elizabeth Smoka was the named subject and she threw a rag soaked with gasoline on top of a blanket that was covering the three year old male victim while he was in his stroller.

Smoka then lit a match and threw it at the victim attempting to ignite the gasoline soaked rag.  Luckily the blanket and rag did not ignite.

Smoka fled the scene in her vehicle and was later located at her residence in the Arizona Village located in Mohave Valley Arizona.

During the investigation, Deputies located evidence linking Elizabeth Smoka and her vehicle to the crime.

Elizabeth Smoka was detained by the Fort Mohave Tribal Police Department while Deputies obtained an arrest warrant to extradite her back to California.

After the arrest warrant was obtained, Smoka was arrested and booked into the Colorado River Station jail for Attempted Murder and is being held under $1,000,000 bail.

A combined effort by both the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and the Fort Mohave Tribal Police Department, a dangerous suspect was arrested and taken off the streets.
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Anyone with information regarding the incident is urged to contact the San Bernardino County Sheriff Department at the Colorado River Station at:

1 (760) 326-9200

Callers wishing to remain anonymous can contact the WeTip’s Tip Line at:

1-800-78-CRIME

Tips can be place online on the WeTip website at:

http://www.wetip.com
(Click on the “Submit A Tip” Link Near the Top Right of the Webpage)
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(Map Was Made By ZachNews Using Google Earth)

5’O Clock on the Corner Kick Off of the 36th Annual Needles Rodeo in Downtown Needles.

Downtown Needles, CA: Come on down to a 5’O Clock on the Corner event being held on Wednesday, March 21st, 2012 at 920 West Broadway in Downtown Needles, California.

The 5’O Clock on the Corner event is a kick off to the 36th Annual Colorado River Round-Up Rodeo events which will be held on Friday, April 13th, 2012 and Saturday, April 14th, 2012 at the Needles Rodeo Grounds located at 1526 San Clemente Street in Needles, California.

A Rodeo in the Park event will be riding into Santa Fe Park in Downtown Needles, California on Thursday, April 12th, 2012 as part of the 36th Annual Colorado River Round-Up Rodeo events.

** 5’O Clock on the Corner Event Times: **

– Wednesday: 5:00pm PT

** Event Activities: **

– Grub
– Spirits
– Door Prizes
– Bring Business Cards
– Network with Pardners
– Much More.
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For more information, Please contact the Needles Chamber of Commerce at:

1 (760) 326-2050

http://www.needleschamber.com/

The 3rd Annual Honoring Education Awards and Dinner.


Mohave Valley, AZ: The 3rd Annual Honoring Education Awards and Dinner.

We are pleased to present the Nomination Criteria and Selection Process used to select the 2012 “Honoring Education Awards”.

Nominations are open for the 3rd Annual Honoring Education Awards.
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** The Honoring Education Awards Will Select A, “Teacher of the Year” Recipient For Each of the Following Schools: **

Coyote Canyon School, Desert Valley School, Diamondback Elementary School, Sunrise Elementary School, Mohave Valley Elementary, Fort Mohave Elementary, Camp Mohave Elementary, Topock Elementary, Vista Colorado Elementary, Bennett Elementary, Young Scholar’s Academy, Mohave Accelerated Learning Center, Bullhead City Junior High, Fox Creek Junior High, Mohave Valley Jr. High, Needles Middle School, River Valley High School, Mohave High School, Needles High School, Laughlin High School, Academy of Building Industries, and Aha Macav.

** Award Categories and Description: **

– Teacher of the Year
– Coach of the Year
– Classified Person of the Year
– Tri-State Elementary, Jr. High and High School Educator of the Year
– Tri-State Administrator of the Year
– Tri-State “Friend of Education” Individual
– Tri-State Schools Volunteer of the Year

** Nomination Deadline is Friday, Midnight March 16th, 2012. **
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Award winners announced at the 3rd Annual Honoring Education Awards & Dinner event has been scheduled for Tuesday, May 8th, 2012.

More Information on the 3rd Annual Honoring Education Awards at the Colorado River Union High School District Website at:

http://coloradoriverschools.org/index.cfm?pID=2030

http://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dDdVb295am9PRjZkNDc2TUh1bzJScUE6MQ

For more information about the 3rd Annual Honoring Education Awards & Dinner event or to purchasing tickets for the event, Please contact the event chairman Jacob Abeytia at:

1 (928) 201-2221
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(Map Was Made By ZachNews Using Google Earth)

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