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Live Breaking News!!: Colorado River Tri-State: Loud explosion sound heard and felt across the area.

Live Breaking News!!: Colorado River Tri-State: Loud explosion sound heard and felt across the area.

ZachNews has been receiving reports of people hearing a loud explosion sound across the Colorado River Tri-State before 6:00pm MST (5:00pm PT) on Wednesday, January 17th, 2018.

People on social media reporting to heard the loud explosion sound and even feeling their building shake in Laughlin, Nevada and Bullhead City, Arizona, and heard the loud explosion sound as far south as Needles, California, as far west as Essex, California, and as far east as Kingman, Arizona.

Bullhead City Police Department’s Dispatch confirmed that they’ve been receiving calls of the loud explosion sound, but they don’t know what it was and are investigating.

ZachNews has contacted Nellis Air Force Base and Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, and await a response.

Mohave Valley, AZ: Vehicle collision with no injuries along Arizona State Route 95 near Courtwright Road.

 

Mohave Valley, AZ: Vehicle collision with no injuries along Arizona State Route 95 near Courtwright Road.

A vehicle collision occurred along Arizona State Route 95 near Courtwright Road in Mohave Valley, Arizona.

Terry Wyatt alerted ZachNews of the vehicle collision near the AM/PM Gas Station that reportedly occurred at 7:40pm MST on Monday, January 15th, 2018.

According to the Mohave Valley Fire Department, at least 2 vehicles were involved in the vehicle collision, but there were no injuries.

The roadway was closed, but Arizona Department of Transportation said the roadway is reopened.

Mohave Valley, AZ: Transformer catches on fire causing power outage.

Mohave Valley, AZ: Transformer catches on fire causing power outage.

A transformer catches on fire at the corner of King Street and Kingsley Street in Mohave Valley, Arizona causing power outage.

The fire occurred before 7:49am MST on Thursday, January 11th, 2018.

According to the Mohave Valley Fire Department, firefighters responded to the fire and put out the flames.

Utility crews with Mohave Electric Cooperative repaired the transformer and restored power to the affected area.

At this moment, unknown what caused the fire.

Mohave Valley, AZ: Investigation underway into vehicle and dumpster fires.

Mohave Valley, AZ: Investigation underway into vehicle and dumpster fires.

According to the Mohave Valley Fire Department, firefighters responded to a report of a vehicle fire with a structure endangered and a dumpster fire in the 10000 block of Mint Road in Mohave Valley, Arizona.

The fires reportedly occurred in the overnight hours of Thursday, January 11th, 2018.

Mohave Valley Fire Department as well as Fort Mohave Mesa Fire Department and San Bernardino County Fire Department responded to the fire.

The fires were put out and are under investigation.

If anybody has any information that can help with this investigation, please contact Fire Marshal Don Gibson at Mohave Valley fire: 1 (928) 768-9113.

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Breaking News!!: Bullhead City, AZ: Water outages reported.

Breaking News!!: Bullhead City, AZ: Water outages reported.

According to the EPCOR Utilities Inc., a water outages has occurred in their Mohave District service area, which includes the Bullhead City, Arizona area.

The water outage was reported 6:20am MST on Thursday, December 14th, 2017.

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**** Water Outage: Affected Areas: ****

  • 375-563 Marina Blvd.
  • 372-569 Harbor Dr.
  • 1970-1850 (Even Only) Oliver Dr.
  • 1970-1861 (All) and 1858-1764 (Even Only) Artesia Dr.
  • 1970-1871 (All) and 1869-1765 (Odd Only) Granada Dr.
  • 1969-1884 Clearwater Dr.
  • 1975-1900 Diamond Dr.
  • 1970-1909 Avalon Dr.

As of 9:51am MST, EPCOR Utilities Inc. said the estimated time of restoring water service is 1:00pm MST and crews are working to replace a water valve.

** Picture Above from EPCOR Utilities Inc.: **

As of 10:15am MST, EPCOR Utilities Inc. reports more customers affected by a water outages in their Mohave District.

**** Water Outage 2: Affected Areas: ****

  • 1966-1818 Del Norte Dr.
  • 1969-1829 Monterey Dr.
  • 1870-1814 El Dorado Dr.

According to EPCOR Utilities Inc., the estimated time of restoring second water service is 11:00am MST.

More information is still coming into ZachNews.

News Update!!: Mohave Valley, AZ: Community address their concerns and opposition towards a proposed sale to water rights and transfer by the Central Arizona Project.

News Update!!: Mohave Valley, AZ: Community address their concerns and opposition towards a proposed sale to water rights and transfer by the Central Arizona Project.

A town hall meeting regarding Central Arizona Project water rights and transfer was held on Tuesday, December 12th, 2017 at the Mohave Valley Fire Department Station 81 in Mohave Valley, Arizona.

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez was at the town hall meeting and broadcast live on Facebook the town hall meeting.

Over 80 people attended the town hall meeting that discussed a proposed sale to water rights to nearly 14,000 acre feet of water from farms in the Mohave Valley, Arizona to be use in the Phoenix, Arizona and Tucson, Arizona areas.

In September 2017, the Central Arizona Project’s governing board, the Central Arizona Water Conservation District, approved the $34 million purchase of 7 farms in the Mohave Valley, Arizona area that come with about 13,900 total acre-feet of water rights.

An acre foot of water is the amount needed to cover an acre of farm land with about 326,000 gallons; roughly enough water to support 2 households for a year.

The Central Arizona Project wants to transfer 5,538 acre-feet of water from the Colorado River outside the Mohave Valley Irrigation and Drainage District each year through a rotational fallowing program.

Mohave County Supervisor Lois Wakimoto talked during the town hall meeting about what Mohave County officials have been doing in opposition to the proposed sale and water transfer what the community can do to stop the proposed sale.

Mohave County Supervisor Lois Wakimoto also talked about the impacts the proposed sale and water transfer will have on the community; taking away from the needs of the community, affect farming and community growth in the area, and creating a “dust bowl” environment.

Water from the Colorado River serves the needs to nearly 40 million people and is responsible for irrigating 3.5 million acres of farmland.

Mohave County Assessor Jeanne Kentch also spoke at the town hall meeting, explaining to the residents that the county would also bear the loss of property taxes on the properties if the sale between Water Purchase Investors and Central Arizona Project goes through.

“Any government-owned property is exempt from property taxes. Everything they end up buying we will not be able to collect property taxes on,” said Mohave County Assessor Jeanne Kentch.

The public also got to speak during the town hall meeting addressing their concern over the proposed sale and water transfer, saying that this is “our water” and it should stay here in our community.

People in the crowd demand more action to be done to stop the  proposed sale and water transfer by officials.

Brad Hoover, who served as a board member of the Mohave Valley Irrigation and Drainage District until 2010, was in attendance and spoke during the town hall meeting.

“My feeling is that if the entity that bought the 7 parcels of land is in escrow for $34 million to sell 13,000 acre feet of water — well businessmen from New York are not going to buy that land if they can’t get that water for this transfer. I’m afraid they know something that we don’t know.  My fear would be we don’t have a commitment from MVIDD. If the MVIDD board has said that they’ll rely on the existing resolution, they should just re-ratify it.”

In 1989, the Mohave Valley Irrigation and Drainage District passed a resolution that prohibits the transfer of contracted water outside of the Mohave Valley Irrigation and Drainage District boundaries.

In 2008, the Mohave Valley Irrigation and Drainage District revised the resolution.

But that resolution prohibiting the transfer of contracted water outside of the Mohave Valley Irrigation and Drainage District boundaries could be changed if the board votes to do so.

The Central Arizona Project’s governing board officials are saying that the sale of the 7 farm properties is contingent on modification of that resolution and want to close the deal by mid February 2018.

Mohave County Supervisor Lois Wakimoto told the crowd that she attended a meeting Tuesday morning and heard the Central Arizona Project asked the seller of the 7 farms – Water Property Investors, LLC, a private equity fund based in New York – to extend the due diligence period during escrow.

Questions were raised over a representative who sits on the board of the Mohave Valley Irrigation and Drainage District and is a representative of the Water Purchase Investors, who’s selling the land to Central Arizona Project Groundwater Replenishment District.

Some of the people in the crowd wondered if the representative was going to casts a vote on this issue, but Mohave County Supervisor Lois Wakimoto told the crowd that this representative has abstained himself from the issue and will not cast a vote on this matter.

Members of the Mohave Valley Irrigation and Drainage District must be farmers who own land and farm a minimum of 20 acres in the district and Mohave Valley Irrigation and Drainage District registered voters.

There are at least 25 registered voters in the Mohave Valley Irrigation and Drainage District, which has 5 board members.

Mohave County Supervisor Lois Wakimoto encouraged those in attendance to keep writing letters or emailing their elected officials, stating their opposition to the proposed sale and water transfer.

“It’s the power of the people, the voice of the people and their concern about our life’s blood, our water and our community,” said Mohave County Supervisor Lois Wakimoto.

A list of contacts, which includes contacts for the Arizona Department of Water Resources (A.D.W.R.), the Central Arizona Water Conservation District (C.A.W.C.D.), and Arizona Governor Douglas A. Ducey, were passed out to those in attendance.

** The list of contacts has also been posted at the following Mohave County website address: **

https://resources.mohavecounty.us/file/BoardOfSupervisors/MVIDD/MVIDDPartiesofInterest.pdf

Mohave County Supervisor Lois Wakimoto informed the crowd of an upcoming Mohave Valley Irrigation and Drainage District Meeting being held at an undetermined location at 4:00pm MST on Thursday, January 4th, 2018.

When a location for the Mohave Valley Irrigation and Drainage District Meeting is decided, the public and news media will be notified about the meeting location.

After the town hall meeting, ZachNews talked with Mohave County Supervisor Lois Wakimoto about the proposed sale and water transfer as well as how this will affect people in Needles, California and what’s next in the process.

Mohave County Supervisor Lois Wakimoto tells ZachNews that they got support by the City of Needles opposing the proposed sale and water transfer.

The proposed sale and water transfer has already been met with opposition from Bullhead City and Lake Havasu City as well as from Mohave County Supervisors; all recently have passed resolutions objecting to the acquisition of water rights by Central Arizona Project and any movement of water outside the district.

**** Stay tuned to ZachNews for more news updates with more information regarding this news story. ****

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News Alert!!: Mohave Valley, AZ: Town Hall Meeting regarding Central Arizona Project Water Rights and Transfer Live!!

News Alert!!: Mohave Valley, AZ: Town Hall Meeting regarding Central Arizona Project Water Rights and Transfer Live!!