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Colorado River Tri-State: Communities showed their patriotism for the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 as they honor veterans and preserve military history.

Colorado River Tri-State: Communities showed their patriotism for the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 as they honor veterans and preserve military history.

Communities in the Colorado River Tri-State area showed their patriotism for the United States of America as the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 honored veterans and preserve military history in a convoy along historic Route 66 on Tuesday, October 10th, 2017.

The Military Vehicle Preservation Association (M.V.P.A) is conducting a Route 66 Convoy 2017 from Chicago, Illinois on Saturday, September 16th, 2017 to Santa Monica, California on Saturday, October 14th, 2017.

As part of their journey along historic Route 66, the convoy was going to make a stop in Needles, California were a community was planning a welcoming event for their arrival.

The convoy began their journey to Needles, California leaving their rest stop in Kingman, Arizona at around 8:00am MST on Tuesday, October 10th, 2017.

The convoy drove westbound along historic Route 66 heading up the Black Mountains into the town of Oatman, Arizona then going down the Black Mountains into the community of Topock, Arizona where they made a stop at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6306 where they hosted a reception for the convoy and for the community.

** Pictures from Loree Gaskill: **

These pictures sent into ZachNews by Loree Gaskill show their arrival at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6306.

After meeting with the great people of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6306, the convoy started off towards Needles, California.

The convoy drove across the Colorado River along westbound Interstate 40, then got back onto historic Route 66 into Needles, California.

** Drone Video from Richard Hazlewood for ZachNews: **

ZachNews was able to get an aerial of convoy along East Broadway thanks to a drone that was operated by Richard Hazlewood from Needles, California.

** Drone Video Pictures from Richard Hazlewood for ZachNews: **

These aerial pictures captured in the drone video shows the convoy driving along East Broadway near Goodwill Street in Needles, California.

** Video from ZachNews on Facebook: **

At around 12:43pm PT, the convoy arrived into Downtown Needles, California.

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez captured on camera the convoy arrival into their rest stop for that day and for the welcoming event waiting for the group.

** Pictures from ZachNews: **

The convoy drove west along West Broadway and entered a dirt lot next to the Needles Chamber of Commerce in Downtown Needles, California.

** Pictures from ZachNews: **

After arriving, the group were treated to a delicious lunch thanks to Golden Valley Cable and Communications Inc. and was welcomed on a tour of the historic El Garces Train Depot.

** Live Video from ZachNews on Facebook: **

After lunch, a welcome ceremony was held kicked off at Santa Fe Park.

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez broadcast live on Facebook the welcome ceremony welcoming the Route 66 Convoy 2017 group to their community.

** Pictures from ZachNews: **

The welcome ceremony began with music and the playing of the national anthem preformed by the Fort Mojave Tribal Band.

Proclamations were then handed out by both City of Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget and San Bernardino County 1st District Supervisor Robert Lovingood to Dan McCluskey, Convoy Commander for the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017.

** Pictures from ZachNews: **

Dan McCluskey thanked the community for welcoming them into their community and for the great lunch, and presented to City of Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget a licence plate that read, “Needles, AZ — Our Host City”.

** Pictures from ZachNews: **

Doran A. Sanchez from the Bureau of Land Management welcomed the convoy to California and thanked everybody, including the City of Needles Mayor and City Council as well as Pam from the Needles Chamber of Commerce and Janet from the Needles Downtown Business Alliance for putting this event on.

Dan McCluskey was presented with a gift, a Historic California Route 66 Needles sign, from the California Historic Route 66 Association.

** Video from ZachNews on Facebook: **

After the welcoming ceremony, Zachary Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez talked with Dan McCluskey, Convoy Commander for the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017, about the group and the convoy’s journey along historic Route 66.

Established in 1976, the non-profit Military Vehicle Preservation Association (M.V.P.A) has over 6,000 members worldwide and is dedicated to providing an international organization for military vehicle enthusiasts, historians, preservationists and collectors interested in the acquisition, restoration, preservation, safe operation and public education of historic military transport.

ZachNews asked Dan McCluskey what has been the experiences been like on their convoy journey along historic Route 66?

It’s been amazing. One of the things is, we’re not following the interstates, we’re following the original routes that went through the middle of all of these small towns that are slowly being bypassed by the interstate, and we’re getting these towns that have 1500 people in it and we’ll get 2,000-3,000 people empty into the town. We had schools we had passed; all of the students are out along their fence, they’re sitting along the curb waving flags, we had one school – it was elementary all the way to high school – the whole school was out along the road waving flags that they made by hand. It was just amazing and it brings tears to your eyes to see this patriotism we have; honoring the veterans, honoring the military, which is what we are doing on this convoy,” said Dan McCluskey.

ZacHnews asked Dan McCluskey if there were people in the convoy who have served in the military?

About 70 percent of the people on the convoy – owners of these vehicles – are veterans and then we have that small number that are just collectors, and they’re here to preserver and protect this amazing amount of history here that we have,” said Dan McCluskey.

Dan McCluskey said that the vehicles are, “all privately own” and that, “we pay all of our expenses – all the way across the U.S., and it’s all about preserving the history.”

ZachNews asked Dan McCluskey how was the drive over from Kingman, Arizona to Needles, California?

It was incredibly beautiful drive going out of Kingman and up to Oatman, we even brought our heavies through the Oatman highway, and we actually had no problems with them,” said Dan McCluskey.

Dan McCluskey then talked to ZachNews about their stops in Oatman, Arizona and Topock, Arizona on their way towards Needles, California.

We had a morning break in Oatman – we spent a hour and a haft there and then we came down the hill, and the day before we have been invited by the V.F.W. hall in Topock to stop and we did, We stopped there for a haft hour confer break to meet the veterans there, to shake their hands, to have them tell us their stories; we had our veterans who are on the convoy, they’re telling stories to them, and it was an amazing route that we just did here today and then crossing the Colorado River to come into Needles,” said Dan McCluskey.

** Pictures from ZachNews: **

Some of the military vehicles remained parked on display after the welcoming ceremony for the community to view well the other military vehicles drove around the community checking out Needles, California.

As evening fell, some of the people in the convoy camped out in the dirt lot next to the Needles Chamber of Commerce and enjoyed free WiFi during their stay thanks to Golden Valley Cable and Communications Inc.

The rest of the people in the convoy decided to either camp at the Needles K.O.A. Campground off National Old Trails Road (Route 66) or stay at the Rio Del Sol Inn off Pashard Street in Needles, California.

** Live Video from ZachNews on Facebook: **

As morning rose, Route 66 Convoy 2017 group said a goodbye to Needles, California and began their journey west at 7:00am PT on Wednesday, October 11th, 2017.

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez broadcast live on Facebook the convoy left along Needles Highway then headed westbound on Interstate 40 towards their next stop for an event at the Marine Corps Logistics Base (M.C.L.B.) in Barstow, California.

These pictures from the Marine Corps Logistics Base (M.C.L.B.) – Barstow on Facebook shows the convoy stopped for an event at the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Barstow, California.

ZachNews has learn that the convoy arrived at the Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, California on Saturday, October 14th, 2017 ending the historic Route 66 convoy journey.

The convoy is currently resting historic Route 66 convoy journey at Fort MacArthur Historic Park in San Pedro, California after taking a short journey south along Pacific Coast Highway 1 in the South Bay portion of Los Angeles, California.

** For more information about the Military Vehicle Preservation Association and the Route 66 Convoy 2017, please go to the following Military Vehicle Preservation Association website address: **

  • Website:

http://www.mvpa.org/

** More information about the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 can also been found at the following Military Vehicle Preservation Association social media website addressees: **

  • Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/MVPAConvoy

  • Twitter:

https://twitter.com/MilitaryVehicle

**** ZachNews would like to say congratulations to the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 for arriving safely to your final destination and thanks to everybody with the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 for coming to Needles, California and thanks to all of the veterans for their service in our military and all they did for us and our country. ****

** ZachNews would like to say great work to everybody who worked on the welcoming event for the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 to Needles, California. **

** Picture Above from Richard Hazlewood for ZachNews: **

Needles, CA: Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 on Tuesday.

Needles, CA: Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 on Tuesday.

The Military Vehicle Preservation Association (M.V.P.A) is conducting a Route 66 Convoy 2017 from Chicago, Illinois on Saturday, September 16th, 2017 to Santa Monica, California on Saturday, October 14th, 2017.

Over 100 historic military vehicles are participating in the retracing the original 1926 Route 66.

As part of the journey along historic Route 66, the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 will driving into Needles, California on Tuesday, October 10th, 2017.

ZachNews has just learn the official schedule from the official organizers of the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017.

The Route 66 Convoy 2017 will leave Kingman, Arizona at around 8:00am MST.

The Route 66 Convoy 2017 will arrive in Oatman, Arizona between 9:30am and 10:30am MST.

The Route 66 Convoy 2017 will arrive in the Golden Shores, Arizona and Topock, Arizona area at 11:30am MST.

The Route 66 Convoy 2017 will be stopping to met with a veterans group in Golden Shores, Arizona for a few minutes then continue on their journey.

The Route 66 Convoy 2017 will arrive in Needles, California at 12:00pm PT.

Despite what is being reported elsewhere, the Route 66 Convoy 2017 is not arriving to Needles, California at 2:30pm or 3:30pm PT.

The Route 66 Convoy 2017 will be driving along southbound along Route 66 (Oatman-Topock Highway), westbound along Interstate 40, southbound and westbound along Five Mile Road, northbound along U.S. Highway 95, northbound along East Broadway, and westbound along West Broadway towards our camp site.

Official organizers of the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 are also telling ZachNews that there will be drones flying over the Route 66 Convoy 2017, including in the area of Interstate 40 at the Colorado River, Interstate 40 at Five Mile Road, and along East Broadway near the Carty’s Camp location.

ZachNews will be having at drone flying over East Broadway near Goodwill Street to capture the Route 66 Convoy 2017 passing by that location.

The Route 66 Convoy 2017 will enter the dirt parking lot located along the 1000 block of West Broadway near Santa Fe Park where a welcoming event will be held for all of the participates in the Route 66 Convoy 2017.

An estimated 62 military vehicles will be stopping at the welcoming event at Santa Fe Park in Downtown Needles, California.

Most of the historic military vehicles and participates in the Route 66 Convoy 2017 will be parked in the dirt parking lot overnight well some of the military vehicles and participates will be staying at hotels along Needles Highway, including the Rio Del Soul hotel.

The welcoming event at Santa Fe Park, located on the 900 block of Front Street near G Street, in Downtown Needles, California will include a proclamation by the City of Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget and San Bernardino County Board of Supervisor Robert Lovingood as well as the Veterans of Foreign (V.F.W.) Post 404 from Mohave Valley, Arizona and the Fort Mojave Tribal Band will also be participating in the welcoming event and there will be free food for all of the participates in the Route 66 Convoy 2017.

At 7:00am PT on Wednesday, October 11th, 2017, the Route 66 Convoy 2017 will leave Needles, California heading west along Route 66, passing Amboy, California and Newberry Springs, California, stopping at their next pit stop along Route 66 in Barstow, California.

According to the Military Vehicle Preservation Association (M.V.P.A) website, World War II caused a marked decline in civilian and tourist traffic, but it stimulated new business along U.S. 66, when it acted as a military transport corridor moving troops and supplies from one military reservation to another. Motels saw an increase in occupancy, as families of servicemen stationed at military bases stayed for long stretches. But more significantly, Route 66 facilitated perhaps the single greatest Wartime mobilization, as thousands of jobseekers headed to California, Oregon and Washington to work in defense plants.

Route 66 had its official beginnings in 1926 when the Bureau of Public Roads launched the nation’s first Federal highway system. Like other highways in the system, the path of Route 66 was a cobbling together of existing local, State and National roads. The highway quickly became a popular route because of the active promotion of the U.S. 66 Highway Association, which advertised it as the shortest, best and most scenic route from Chicago through St. Louis to Los Angeles.

The original 1926 route began in Chicago, Illinois traveling through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona before ending in Santa Monica, California covering a total of 2,448 miles. Route 66 is remembered by a popular song “Get Your Kicks on Route 66″ recorded in 1946.

** More information about the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 can be found at the following website address and social media websites: **

  • Website:

http://www.mvpa.org/

  • Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/MVPAConvoy

  • Twitter:

https://twitter.com/MilitaryVehicle

Follow the hashtag: #MVPACONVOY on Twitter for more pictures and videos from the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017.

Please come out and welcome the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017.

**** ZachNews will have live news coverage of the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 from Needles, California at ZachNews on Facebook. ****

https://www.facebook.com/ZachNews/

** More pictures and videos of the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 later on ZachNews and ZachNews on YouTube. **

** Pictures and videos from Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017: **

Needles, CA: Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017.

Needles, CA: Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017.

The Military Vehicle Preservation Association (M.V.P.A) is conducting a Route 66 Convoy 2017 from Chicago, Illinois on Saturday, September 16th, 2017 to Santa Monica, California on Saturday, October 14th, 2017. 

Over 100 historic military vehicles are participating in the retracing the original 1926 Route 66.

As part of the journey along historic Route 66, the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 will driving into Needles, California on Tuesday, October 10th, 2017.

ZachNews has just learn the official schedule from the official organizers of the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017.

The Route 66 Convoy 2017 will leave Kingman, Arizona at around 8:00am MST.

The Route 66 Convoy 2017 will arrive in Oatman, Arizona between 9:30am and 10:30am MST.

The Route 66 Convoy 2017 will arrive in the Golden Shores, Arizona and Topock, Arizona area at 11:30am MST.

The Route 66 Convoy 2017 will be stopping to met with a veterans group in Golden Shores, Arizona for a few minutes then continue on their journey.

The Route 66 Convoy 2017 will arrive in Needles, California at 12:00pm PT.

Despite what is being reported elsewhere, the Route 66 Convoy 2017 is not arriving to Needles, California at 2:30pm or 3:30pm PT.

The Route 66 Convoy 2017 will be driving along southbound along Route 66 (Oatman-Topock Highway), westbound along Interstate 40, southbound and westbound along Five Mile Road, northbound along U.S. Highway 95, northbound along East Broadway, and westbound along West Broadway towards our camp site.

Official organizers of the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 are also telling ZachNews that there will be drones flying over the Route 66 Convoy 2017, including in the area of Interstate 40 at the Colorado River, Interstate 40 at Five Mile Road, and along East Broadway near the Carty’s Camp location.

ZachNews will be having at drone flying over East Broadway near Goodwill Street to capture the Route 66 Convoy 2017 passing by that location.

The Route 66 Convoy 2017 will enter the dirt parking lot located along the 1000 block of West Broadway near Santa Fe Park where a welcoming event will be held for all of the participates in the Route 66 Convoy 2017.

An estimated 62 military vehicles will be stopping at the welcoming event at Santa Fe Park in Downtown Needles, California.

Most of the historic military vehicles and participates in the Route 66 Convoy 2017 will be parked in the dirt parking lot overnight well some of the military vehicles and participates will be staying at hotels along Needles Highway, including the Rio Del Soul hotel.

The welcoming event at Santa Fe Park, located on the 900 block of Front Street near G Street, in Downtown Needles, California will include a proclamation by the City of Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget and San Bernardino County Board of Supervisor Robert Lovingood as well as the Veterans of Foreign (V.F.W.) Post 404 from Mohave Valley, Arizona and the Fort Mojave Tribal Band will also be participating in the welcoming event and there will be free food for all of the participates in the Route 66 Convoy 2017.

At 7:00am PT on Wednesday, October 11th, 2017, the Route 66 Convoy 2017 will leave Needles, California heading west along Route 66, passing Amboy, California and Newberry Springs, California, stopping at their next pit stop along Route 66 in Barstow, California.

According to the Military Vehicle Preservation Association (M.V.P.A) website, World War II caused a marked decline in civilian and tourist traffic, but it stimulated new business along U.S. 66, when it acted as a military transport corridor moving troops and supplies from one military reservation to another. Motels saw an increase in occupancy, as families of servicemen stationed at military bases stayed for long stretches. But more significantly, Route 66 facilitated perhaps the single greatest Wartime mobilization, as thousands of jobseekers headed to California, Oregon and Washington to work in defense plants.

Route 66 had its official beginnings in 1926 when the Bureau of Public Roads launched the nation’s first Federal highway system. Like other highways in the system, the path of Route 66 was a cobbling together of existing local, State and National roads. The highway quickly became a popular route because of the active promotion of the U.S. 66 Highway Association, which advertised it as the shortest, best and most scenic route from Chicago through St. Louis to Los Angeles.

The original 1926 route began in Chicago, Illinois traveling through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona before ending in Santa Monica, California covering a total of 2,448 miles. Route 66 is remembered by a popular song “Get Your Kicks on Route 66″ recorded in 1946.

** More information about the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 can be found at the following website address and social media websites: **

  • Website:

http://www.mvpa.org/

  • Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/MVPAConvoy

  • Twitter:

https://twitter.com/MilitaryVehicle

Follow the hashtag: #MVPACONVOY on Twitter for more pictures and videos from the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017.

Please come out and welcome the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017.

**** ZachNews will have live news coverage of the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 from Needles, California at ZachNews on Facebook. ****

https://www.facebook.com/ZachNews/

** More pictures and videos of the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 later on ZachNews and ZachNews on YouTube. **

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Colorado River Tri-State: Getting ready for Solar Eclipse 2017.

Colorado River Tri-State: Getting ready for Solar Eclipse 2017.

Get ready everybody as a solar eclipse will be happening on  Monday, August 21st, 2017 over the United States of America.

As seen on the map above from National Aeronautics and Space Administration (N.A.S.A.), depending on where you are in the United States of America, you will enjoy a full solar eclipse well other states may enjoy some part of the solar eclipse, all depending on the weather conditions in your area.

Depending on the weather conditions, people in the Colorado River Tri-State area, including Needles, California; Topock, Arizona; Mohave Valley, Arizona; Laughlin, Nevada; and Kingman, Arizona, will enjoy 70% of the solar eclipse.

** Needles, California: **

 

The solar eclipse will start at around 9:10am PT.

The maximum solar eclipse will be at around 10:28am PT.

The end of the solar eclipse will be at around 11:54am PT.

According to the National Weather Service, scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny and hot, with a high near 107. Calm wind becoming south 5 to 8 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

** More Weather Information: **

http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lon=-114.60701260691674&lat=34.84005564091872#.WZqEQz5961t

**** Important Notice: Needles Unified School District: ****

According to the Needles Unified School District, a “Modified Shelter in Place Drill” will be in place from 10:00am to 11:00am PT for the Total Solar Eclipse on Monday, August 21st, 2017.

“The eclipse can be a terrific teaching tool, however there can be safety issues to consider! Needles USD will take precautions to ensure that all students are safe as they can learn about this scientific phenomenon,” said the Needles Unified School District on their website.

** More Information: Needles Unified School District: **

https://1.cdn.edl.io/7JYQmpKb8U2vynAvLxrxPjm3E0SYaZF2tqTpJQfbJjFvjG1T.pdf

 

** Topock, Arizona: **

The solar eclipse will start at around 9:10am MST.

The maximum solar eclipse will be at around 10:28am MST.

The end of the solar eclipse will be at around 11:54am MST.

According to the National Weather Service, scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny and hot, with a high near 107. Calm wind becoming south 5 to 9 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

** More Weather Information: **

http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lon=-114.48086141088787&lat=34.777224823480324#.WZqDjD5961t

 

** Mohave Valley, Arizona: **

The solar eclipse will start at around 9:10am MST.

The maximum solar eclipse will be at around 10:28am MST.

The end of the solar eclipse will be at around 11:54am MST.

According to the National Weather Service, scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny and hot, with a high near 107. Calm wind becoming south southwest 5 to 9 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

** More Weather Information: **

http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lon=-114.59862507141521&lat=34.86558500749109#.WZqDjz5961t

 

** Laughlin, Nevada: **

The solar eclipse will start at around 9:09am PT.

The maximum solar eclipse will be at around 10:28am PT.

The end of the solar eclipse will be at around 11:54am PT.

According to the National Weather Service, scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 104. Calm wind becoming south southwest 5 to 8 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

** More Weather Information: **

http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lon=-114.57499812442536&lat=35.16131601224568#.WZqDkz5961t

 

** Kingman, Arizona: **

The solar eclipse will start at around 9:10am PT.

The maximum solar eclipse will be at around 10:29am PT.

The end of the solar eclipse will be at around 11:58am PT.

According to the National Weather Service, showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 94. Calm wind becoming southwest 5 to 8 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

** More Weather Information: **

http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lon=-114.06314130067207&lat=35.189428548489204#.WZqDpD5961s

**** Solar Eclipse 2017 Events: ****

  • Kingman Branch Library, located at 3269 North Burbank Street in Kingman, Arizona, will be having a Solar Eclipse 2017 event to witness this natural event. Free eclipse glasses will be available for the viewing. The event will be in front of the library at 10:00am MST. The event is free and open to the public.
  • Lake Mead National Recreation Area is holding a free viewing party at the visitor center from 9:00am to 12:00pm MST. Park rangers will be giving a presentation and be available to answer questions throughout the event. There will be solar glasses available for purchase for those who wish to experience the event on their own. There will also be a solar telescope for people to look through at the ranger station.

 

**** What Is U.T. (Universal Time) Means: ****

 

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (N.A.S.A.) will also be showing the solar eclipse online for anybody who is unable to enjoy the Solar Eclipse 2017 outside in their area.

**** Solar Eclipse 2017 Live: ****

Just in case the weather is good enough to enjoy the solar eclipse, here is some information from N.A.S.A. you needs to know about the solar eclipse as well as how to see the solar eclipse safely.

  • What is a solar eclipse?

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, obscuring part or all of the star from the planet. During a partial eclipse, the sun basically looks like a bite has been taken out of it, but at the time of totality – when the moon passes fully in front of the sun – it’s fully obscured. For the Aug. 21 eclipse, the longest period when the moon obscures the sun’s entire surface along its path will last about 2 minutes and 40 seconds.

  • Why are they so rare?

A total solar eclipse hasn’t been visible from the contiguous U.S. since 1979, and total solar eclipses usually only grace the skies above a given location every 100 years or so, according to NASA estimates. However, solar eclipses in general happen pretty often. On average, solar eclipses of one kind or another happen about two to four times per year somewhere across the planet.

  • Where can I see it?

The path of totality begins in Lincoln Beach, Oregon. From there, the deep shadow of the moon will pass over parts of Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina before ending at 4:09 p.m. ET. Most cities along the path have planned festivals and viewing events to watch the eclipse. If you’re not able to get to one of the locations, you can always catch the eclipse live online.

  • Can I stare at the sun during the eclipse?

No. Dangerous UV light will cause severe retinal damage or blindness. Looking directly at the sun is unsafe except during the brief total phase of a solar eclipse or totality, when the moon entirely blocks the sun’s bright face, which will happen only within the narrow path of totality.

The only safe way to look directly at the un-eclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewers.

** More Information: Eyewear Safety: **

https://1.cdn.edl.io/CfZfazy1UEc9xLJbU6gGmeJoddQ6qOoN2VULzZP84YehAntV.pdf

Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun. To date four manufacturers have certified that their eclipse glasses and handheld solar viewers meet the ISO 12312-2 international standard for such products: Rainbow Symphony, American Paper Optics, Thousand Oaks Optical and TSE 17.

Always inspect your solar filter before use; if scratched or damaged, discard it. Read and follow any instructions printed on or packaged with the filter.

Always supervise children using solar filters. Stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer before looking up at the bright sun.

After glancing at the sun, turn away and remove your filter — do not remove it while looking at the sun. Do not look at the un-eclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device.

Do not look at the sun through a camera, a telescope, binoculars or any other optical device while using your eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewer — the concentrated solar rays will damage the filter and enter your eyes, causing serious injury.

Seek expert advice from an astronomer before using a solar filter with a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device.

If you are within the path of totality, remove your solar filter only when the Moon completely covers the sun’s bright face and it suddenly gets quite dark.

Experience totality, then, as soon as the bright sun begins to reappear, replace your solar viewer to glance at the remaining partial phases.

**** Have fun and enjoy safely the Solar Eclipse 2017 everybody. ****

** Picture Above from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4: **

Weather Alert!!: Colorado River Tri-State: Monsoon 2017: Preparing for the storms.

Weather Alert!!: Colorado River Tri-State: Monsoon 2017: Preparing for the storms.

With monsoon season 2017 in full swing, people living or visiting the Colorado River Tri-State area should be prepare for any monsoon storms that may surprise you.

Here are some information you, your family, and friends should know about to get ready for the next storm during Monsoon 2017.

**** Preparing For The Storms Tips: ****

  • Flooding Around Property:

Sandbags are the best way to divert water from doorways and help to protect your home from flooding during a monsoon storm. Free sand is available for pickup at many fire stations throughout the Valley.

Some stations provide bags and shovels for use, but others require residents to bring their own shovels and bags.

You can call your local fire department or check its website to see what you will need to bring to get sandbags for your home.

  • Flooded Roadways: 

According to the National Weather Service, nearly half of all flood fatalities are vehicle-related.

Never drive into a flooded roadway and if barricades are set up, never drive around the barricades. The barricades are there for a reason, usually because flooding is anticipated or has already happened.

It is extremely difficult to estimate the depth of running water or the strength of a current.

In addition, the road could be damaged and unsafe for drivers.

Remember that saying, “Turn Around, Don’t Drown.”

It only takes 1 to 2 feet of water to float most vehicles, including S.U.V.’s.

If you spotted somebody in a vehicle stuck in the fast moving floodwaters and is in need of help, please call 911 immediately.

  • People Playing Around Floodwaters: 

Never allow anybody, especially children to play around floodwaters or washes during heavy rain storms.

As the great weatherman Dave Munsey from Fox 10 Phoenix always say for years at the end of his weather forecasts, “Watch your kids around water”.

They can be swept away and possibly drown in the fast moving floodwaters.

If you spotted somebody in the fast moving floodwaters and is in need of help, please call 911 immediately.

  • Thunderstorms and Lightning:

If you can hear thunder, then you are close enough to be struck by lightning.

Take shelter in a sturdy building or a hard-topped vehicle. You should remain in this shelter 30 minutes after hearing the last rumble of thunder.

Telephone lines conduct electricity, so avoid using landline phones during a storm.

Metal pipes also conduct electricity, so avoid taking showers and baths or using running water during a storm.

Bring pets indoors.

  • High Winds:

Thunderstorm winds often exceed 40 mph and straight-line winds can exceed 100 mph.

Move into a central interior room away from windows to avoid blowing debris that could shatter glass.

If you are driving in high winds, slow down and anticipate steering correction when moving from protected to unprotected wind areas or when encountering large passing vehicles.

Be aware of high-profile vehicles such as semi trucks, buses, campers, or those towing a trailer because they can be unpredictable during high winds.

Before the monsoon storm hits, evaluate large trees close to your home for potential hazards.

  • Dust Storms:

If you get caught in a dust storm while driving, pull off the roadway as far as safely possible, turn off headlights and taillights, put the vehicle in park, and take your foot off the brake.

With reduced visibility, other drivers behind you could see the brake lights and assume you are driving on the road and follow your lights.

When severe dust storms occur, consider cleaning your smoke detectors.

Dust can clog detectors and cause false alarms.

  • Downed Utility Lines:

If utility lines are down across a roadway, consider any downed power line to be energized and dangerous.

Never touch a downed power line or anything close to it.

High voltage can travel through the ground.

Stay at least 100 feet away from any downed lines.

If utility lines are down across a vehicle and the vehicle is occupied, stay in the vehicle until professional help arrives.

Avoid contact with metal surfaces both inside and outside the vehicle.

If there is a fire in the vehicle, jump from the vehicle landing on both feet.

Hop away, keeping both feet in contact with each other until you are at least 100 feet from the vehicle.

** Remember to have an emergency survival kit in your home and in your vehicle in case of any weather related emergency and make sure to have a plan ready in case you need to evacuate because of a weather elated incident. Only call 911 if there is a life threatening emergency and following all local weather and news outlets, including the National Weather Service and ZachNews for the latest information on the storms as well as foe the latest weather conditions for the rest of the week. Take Care, Be Safe, and Be Ready!! ** 

** Pictures from ZachNews: **

Weather Update!!: Needles, CA: Pictures: Lightning west of Needles High School.

Weather Update!!: Needles, CA: Pictures: Lightning west of Needles High School.

These pictures taken by ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez show lightning from a passing thunderstorm occurring west of Needles High School in Needles, California on Monday, July 10th, 2017.

Video by ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez of the lightning will be posted soon on ZachNews.

Weather Alert!!: Colorado River Tri-State: Scattered storms approaching Colorado River communities.

Weather Alert!!: Colorado River Tri-State: Scattered storms approaching Colorado River communities.

Scattered storms are approaching Colorado River communities, including Bullhead City, Arizona; Topock, Arizona; and Lake Havasu City, Arizona.

Weather radar from KNBC Channel 4 shows moderate to heavy rain with possible thunder and lightning.

If you’re in the area of Bullhead City, Arizona; Topock, Arizona; and Lake Havasu City, Arizona, please be ready for the storms and if there’s any flooding along dirt channels, creeks, or rivers, stay away and don’t drive through the flooded roadway.

ZachNews will be live of Facebook reporting on the storms.

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** Stay tuned to ZachNews for the latest information on Monsoon 2017. **