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Needles, CA: Drew Milburn with Medical Investors Holdings speaks today at Needles Chamber of Commerce General Membership Meeting.

Needles, CA: Drew Milburn with Medical Investors Holdings speaks today at Needles Chamber of Commerce General Membership Meeting.

Drew Milburn, Chief Operating Officer (C.O.O.) with Medical Investors Holdings (M.I.H.), will be speaking at a Needles Chamber of Commerce General Membership Meeting starting at 12:00pm PT on Thursday, June 22nd 2017 at Riverfront Cafe and Cocktails, located at 3520 Needles Highway near Rainbo Beach Resort, in Needles, California.

Drew Milburn will be discussing about the business community about the current over-site of the large-scale cultivation, extractions and manufacturing operations in Medical Investors Holdings (M.I.H.).

On Wednesday, October 12th, 2016, Medical Investment Holdings group broke ground on a new medical cannabis cultivation development during a groundbreaking event at their site located at 3240 Needles Highway in Needles, California.

ZachNews interviewed Drew Milburn after the groundbreaking event about the new medical cannabis cultivation development and what this facility be use for as well as about medical cannabis.

For more information regarding the meeting or for membership information, please contact the Needles Chamber of Commerce at: 1 (760) 326-2050.

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Needles, CA: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the Needles Courthouse.

Needles, CA: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the Needles Courthouse.

A ribbon cutting ceremony for the Needles Courthouse opening for limited court service will be held at 9:00am PT on Friday, July 7th, 2017 at the Needles Courthouse, located at 1111 Bailey Avenue near J Street, in Needles, California.

The ribbon cutting ceremony will celebrate the restoration of limited court services for the community.

In a press release from the Superior Court of California, County of San Bernardino, effective Friday, July 7th, 2017, the San Bernardino Superior Court will open limited service in Needles, California for members of the public to address traffic and non-traffic infraction matters.

The Needles Clerk’s Office will be open to the public on the first Friday of each month during the business hours of 8:30am to 12:30pm PT to provide limited services including non-cash payments, traffic school sign-ups, payment extensions or scheduling a Court date.

In addition, remote video proceedings will be supported by a judge sitting in the Barstow District.

This will allow residents to appear at the Needles District located at 1111 Bailey Avenue in Needles, California for remote appearance on traffic and non-traffic infraction arraignments.

Additional services will be provided gradually as resources become available.

The Victor Valley Transit Authority (V.V.T.A.) Route 200 will continue to make one round-trip each Friday, departing from Needles, California traveling to Barstow, California in the morning and returning to Needles, California in the afternoon for those individuals who wish to appear at the Barstow District.

This ongoing collaboration between the San Bernardino Superior Court, Needles City Council members and Robert Lovingood, San Bernardino County 1st District Supervisor, represents a continuing effort to restore services that were reduced or eliminated due to budget cuts over the last several years.

For more information, please contact the Court Executive Office at: 1 (909) 708-8746.

Needles, CA: Drew Milburn with Medical Investors Holdings will be speaking at upcoming Needles Chamber of Commerce General Membership Meeting.

Needles, CA: Drew Milburn with Medical Investors Holdings will be speaking at upcoming Needles Chamber of Commerce General Membership Meeting.

Drew Milburn, Chief Operating Officer (C.O.O.) with Medical Investors Holdings (M.I.H.), will be speaking at a Needles Chamber of Commerce General Membership Meeting at 12:00pm PT on Thursday, June 22nd 2017 at Riverfront Cafe and Cocktails, located at 3520 Needles Highway near Rainbo Beach Resort, in Needles, California.

Drew Milburn will be discussing about the business community about the current over-site of the large-scale cultivation, extractions and manufacturing operations in Medical Investors Holdings (M.I.H.).

On Wednesday, October 12th, 2016, Medical Investment Holdings group broke ground on a new medical cannabis cultivation development during a groundbreaking event at their site located at 3240 Needles Highway in Needles, California.

ZachNews interviewed Drew Milburn after the groundbreaking event about the new medical cannabis cultivation development and what this facility be use for as well as about medical cannabis.

For more information regarding the meeting or for membership information, please contact the Needles Chamber of Commerce at: 1 (760) 326-2050.

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Needles, CA: Needles Courthouse to reopen one day per month starting July 2017.

Needles, CA: Needles Courthouse to reopen one day per month starting July 2017.

In a press release from the Superior Court of California, County of San Bernardino, effective Friday, July 7th, 2017, the San Bernardino Superior Court will open limited service in Needles, California for members of the public to address traffic and non-traffic infraction matters.

The Needles Clerk’s Office will be open to the public on the first Friday of each month during the business hours of 8:30am to 12:30pm PT to provide limited services including non-cash payments, traffic school sign-ups, payment extensions or scheduling a Court date.

In addition, remote video proceedings will be supported by a judge sitting in the Barstow District.

This will allow residents to appear at the Needles District located at 1111 Bailey Avenue in Needles, California for remote appearance on traffic and non-traffic infraction arraignments.

Additional services will be provided gradually as resources become available.

The Victor Valley Transit Authority (V.V.T.A.) Route 200 will continue to make one round-trip each Friday, departing from Needles, California traveling to Barstow, California in the morning and returning to Needles, California in the afternoon for those individuals who wish to appear at the Barstow District.

This ongoing collaboration between the San Bernardino Superior Court, Needles City Council members and Robert Lovingood, San Bernardino County 1st District Supervisor, represents a continuing effort to restore services that were reduced or eliminated due to budget cuts over the last several years.

For more information, please contact the Court Executive Office at: 1 (909) 708-8746.

Traffic Update!!: Downtown Needles, CA: Needles Jam: West Broadway, J Street, and North K Street Underpass reopened.

Traffic Update!!: Downtown Needles, CA: Needles Jam: West Broadway, J Street, and North K Street Underpass reopened.

As of 10:40am PT on Friday, April 21st, 2017, West Broadway between L Street and J Street was reopened with 1 southbound and 1 northbound as well as West Broadway between I Street and J Street was also reopened to all lanes.

Along with the reopening of West Broadway, J Street between Third Street and Front Street was also reopened to all lanes as well as the North K Street Underpass was reopened to motorists, expect for semi truck or tall camper due to the 8 feet clearance.

K Street at the West Broadway intersection remains closed but is hope to soon be reopen.

The closures were part of the Interstate 40 / Arizona Highway 95 Connector construction project.

News Update!!: Needles, CA: Latest Information: Mesa Grande Apartments Fire.

News Update!!: Needles, CA: Latest Information: Mesa Grande Apartments Fire.

ZachNews has the latest information regarding the fire at the Mesa Grande Apartments that occurred on Thursday, March 30th, 2017 in Needles, California.

** A Week Later, No Identity Release on Fire Victim: **

As of 3:32pm PT on Tuesday, April 11th, 2017, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Coroner’s Office tells ZachNews that the identity of the person who died in the apartment fire has not been release, hasn’t been positive identification, and is being called a “Jane Doe”. 

Despite what a local newspaper has reported, no official age or name of the person has been release.

ZachNews has been contacting the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Coroner’s Office daily for any updates and has been taking note of all contacts in the last week of calls.

ZachNews will wait for an official released of the fire victim’s identify as well as cause of the apartment fire. 

** How the Mesa Grande Apartments Fire unfolded: **

At around 5:02pm PT on Thursday, March 30th, 2017, calls reporting a fire at the Mesa Grande Apartments, located at 1600 Lilyhill Drive, in Needles, California began coming into emergency dispatch.

** Live Video from ZachNews on Facebook: **

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez was alerted on the fire, ran over to the fire, and began reporting on the fire live on Facebook.

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** Picture from Timothy Terral from Needles, California: **

Well fire department crews were still in route to the fire, residents and people who seen the fire ran over to the apartments on fire to help get as many people and animals out of the apartment units.

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Firefighters from San Bernardino County Fire Department’s Station 32 arrived to find smoke and flames coming from the apartment units.

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Firefighters from Mohave Valley Fire Department, Fort Mojave Mesa Fire Department, Golden Shores Fire Department, and Bullhead City Fire Department were called and arrived to the fire.

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Firefighters as they battle the fire well battling against the gusty winds and some blowing dust at kept blowing into the area.

Adding to the situation, firefighters had some trouble with a near by fire hydrant.

According to the San Bernardino County Fire Department, a private fire hydrant on the property wasn’t functioning at the time of the fire.

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Firefighters battle the fire for an hours as people gathered across the street hoping that the fire gets put out soon.

Lilyhill Drive was closed by San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department from Bailey Avenue to Clary Drive.

With the fire out, fire officials searched inside the burned apartment units to find if there were anybody inside during the fire.

At 6:30pm PT on Thursday, March 30th, 2017, San Bernardino County Fire Department confirmed that a body of a female in the bedroom of the apartment was found and the unidentified female was confirmed dead by firefighters.

The confirmed information by the San Bernardino County Fire Department was then posted on the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Coroner’s Office website.

At 6:35pm PT on Thursday, March 30th, 2017, the San Bernardino County Fire Department posted on their Twitter page, “Needles(Update): IC reports knock down on fire. One vict w/ smoke inhalation. One subject located deceased. Secondary search continues“.

After getting additional confirmation on the death over the phone, ZachNews broke the confirmed information from the San Bernardino County Fire Department at 7:12pm PT on Thursday, March 30th, 2017.

 

As of 6:22pm PT on Friday, April 7th, 2017, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Coroner’s Office tells ZachNews that the identity of the person who died in the apartment fire has not been release.

As of 3:32pm PT on Tuesday, April 11th, 2017, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Coroner’s Office tells ZachNews that the identity of the person who died in the apartment fire has not been release, hasn’t been positive identification, and is being called a “Jane Doe”. 

Despite what a local newspaper has reported, no official age or name of the person has been release.

ZachNews has been contacting the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Coroner’s Office daily for any updates and has been taking note of all contacts in the last week of calls.

ZachNews will wait for an official released of the fire victim’s identify as well as cause of the apartment fire. 

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The cause of the fire remains under investigation through San Bernardino County Fire Department’s Office of the Fire Marshal and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Bomb/Arson Unit.

Many of the people, including those who called 911 reporting the fire, are asking San Bernardino County Fire Department and City of Needles officials why there was a delay in repose to the fire and why was there problems with a near by fire hydrant during the fire.

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According to the American Red Cross Northern Arizona Chapter, Disaster Action Team (D.A.T.) volunteers Marilyn Bailey, Pat and Charles Traylor responded to the fire and assessed damages as well as provide for the emergency needs of those affected by the fire.

**** Please Help Mesa Grande Apartments Fire Survivors: ****

In wake of the tragic fire at the Mesa Grande Apartments, donations are being accepted to help fire survivors.

** People wanting to donate can drop off donations at the following locations: **

  • Donations can be dropped off at the Mesa Grande Apartments, located at 1600 Lilyhill Drive in Needles, California during normal business hours from 7:00am to 4:00pm PT Monday through Friday. For more information regarding donations, please call: 1 (760) 326-2404.
  • Donations can be dropped off at the Needles Chamber of Commerce located at 100 G Street near Front Street in Downtown Needles, California during normal business hours from 9:30am to 3:30pm PT Monday through Friday. For more information regarding donations, please call: 1 (760) 326-2050.
  • Donations can be dropped off at the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store, located at 839 Front Street, in Downtown Needles, California during normal business hours from 9:00am to 2:00pm PT Tuesday through Saturday. For more information regarding donations, please call George DeLeon at: 1 (760) 326-4420.
  • As for financial donations, Colin Williams, Regional Communications Officer at the America Red Cross, tells ZachNews that the best way for people to contribute to the fire in Needles, California is by making a financial donation through the American Red Cross. You can make your financial donations either by phone at: 1 (800) RedCross or online at: http://www.redcross.org

** Thank You for Donating to Survivors of the Mesa Grande Apartments Fire. **

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** ZachNews sends our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the family and friends of the victim in the fire.  May our community unite together and be there for everybody who were affected by the fire. **

**** Stay tuned to ZachNews for more news updates with more information regarding the Mesa Grande Apartments Fire in Needles, California. ****

Needles, CA: Summary and voting results from the Needles Planning Commission Meeting.

Needles, CA: Summary and voting results from the Needles Planning Commission Meeting.

A Needles Planning Commission Meeting was held on Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 inside the Needles City Council Chambers in Needles, California.

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

**** Public Appearances: ****

 

**** New Business: ****

– Agenda Item #6 (A):

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Amendment of City Code Section 96.01 “Table of Permissible Uses, Section 104.17.6 “L” “Offsite Signs”, and Section “P” “Outdoor Advertising Displays” (continued from the March 1, 2017 Planning Commission Meeting).

Members of the Needles Planning Commission unanimously voted to approve Agenda Item #6 (A).

 

– Agenda Item #6 (B):

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Amendment of City Code Section 13-63 “Prohibited parking areas—at all times” Replacing “no parking” areas with additional parking along J Street in the vicinity of Nikki Bunch Ball Field.

Members of the Needles Planning Commission discussed the painted parking lines along J Street and what will be results of this replacement. 

Chalking lines in the dirt parking area at Nikki Bunch Ball Field so there is better organized parking spaces and hopes for the property owner of lots down the hill along J Street for a new parking lot to be build in the future was discussed. 

Members of the Needles Planning Commission voted 3-3 on Agenda Item #6 (A); the motion failed and will be placed again on the agenda for the next Needles Planning Commission Meeting.

 

– Agenda Item #6 (C):

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Amendment of Landscape Requirements for Project Located at 105 W. Broadway Replacing greenery with public art.

Agenda Item #6(C) was information only and no votes was taken by members of the Needles Planning Commission.

 

**** Board Requests: ****

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Members of the Needles Planning Commission discussed and asked Needles City Manager Rick Daniels about a variety of topics.

  1. Needles City Manager Rick Daniels was asked about signage before the North K Street Underpass and the continuing issue regarding semi trucks and tall recreational vehicles trying to go through the North K Street Underpass. A suggested came up to paint something saying height restriction ahead on the roadway. 
  2. Needles City Manager Rick Daniels was asked about Needles Highway and what is the latest on that project. Currently, utility location and relocation is happening along Needles Highway, including the gas company. Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said that the last thing he heard is that they’re $147,000 short and moving back and forward between project Phases 1 to 2 on the Needles Highway Project. The $147,000 is out of $2 1/2 million dollars for the project. There’s also a pending federal allocation that hasn’t been procreated yet that would fund project Phase 3. 
  3. Needles City Manager Rick Daniels was asked by Needles Planning Commission Member Linda Kidd about the old Colorado River Ford Auto Repair building, located at 539 West Broadway in Downtown Needles, California and if that was supposed for a new car dealership. 
  4. As for what’s been going on in the last few weeks inside the old Colorado River Ford Auto Repair building with all of these large pipes being moving in and out for the building, Needles Planning Commission Member Robert McDaniel said that crews are taking old Southern California Gas Company piping – 20 miles outside of Amboy, California and later going to do 10 miles out of Needles, California soon – taking the old pipe out, clean out all of the tar and everything on the pipe, then they’ll sent it out to be scrap metal. The inside of the old Colorado River Ford Auto Repair building has been gutted out. Work on the old pipes may go on for at least 6 months. 

 

**** City Manager Requests: ****

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels discussed about a variety of topics.

  1. Needles City Manager Rick Daniels talked about the latest information regarding the medical marijuana facilities in Needles, California; including who’s been approved, who’s soon to be up and running, who’s doing construction still, the latest Conditional Use Permit (C.U.P.) orders, and water related to medical marijuana facilities. There was a question asked about overbuilding medical marijuana facilities and short comment about what could be done if that did happen.
  2. Needles City Manager Rick Daniels talked about something that will be coming to members of the Needles Planning Commission regarding medical marijuana facilities and the use of volatile solvents. A couple of the medical marijuana facilities want the City of Needles to reconsider the use of volatile solvents; which the City of Needles’ ordnances doesn’t allow volatile solvents.
  3. Needles City Manager Rick Daniels talked about the new AutoZone, which will be getting build at the Needles Towne Center just off East Broadway near Interstate 40 in Needles, California. The was surveying would seen being done on the property where the new AutoZone is to be build and Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said that they have a sign permit issue for them, but they don’t want it until they get ownership of the property going on.
  4. Needles City Manager Rick Daniels talked about him still working with a hotel developer for a 105 room hotel to be build across the street from Panda Garden along Needles Highway in Needles, California (The dirt lot to the south of the Westside Chevron Gas Station).
  5. Needles City Manager Rick Daniels talked about his meeting with an individual and the plans he saw for a 50 to 60 housing development off River Road near Bureau Road in Needles, California (The dirt field to the south of Verde Shores Estates and River Road).
  6. Needles City Manager Rick Daniels talked about his meeting with a person who wants to do a R.V. park off Bureau Road in Needles, California (In the area where golf holes 14 and 15 are located).
  7. Needles City Manager Rick Daniels talked about an old development project named “Rusty Acres”, that has a final map approved for 78 lots for residential. A developer who wants to pick up those lots and finish up those lots to build a subdivision, building homes. Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said that this project seem to be really close to beginning, in the next couple of months.
  8. Needles City Manager Rick Daniels talked about another area of residential development interest located to the east of Clary Drive (land north of La Cima Road) in Needles, California. Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said that there’s a tentative map for 40 homes there and there’s somebody who wants to be that finalized.
  9. Needles City Manager Rick Daniels talked about yet another area of residential development interest located just east of Paseo Del Rey Street in Needles, California. Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said that there’s vacant property there from San Clemente Street to Lilyhill Drive. 
  10. Needles City Manager Rick Daniels talked about being contacted by 2 of the medical marijuana businesses who are wanting a list of all of the dilapidated houses in Needles, California because they want to buy them and convert them into homes for their employees. Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said that this will remove blight, create housing, and create some business. 
  11. Needles City Manager Rick Daniels talked about the City of Needles’ power, the inner-tie power project, and power related to medical marijuana facilities.
  12. Needles City Manager Rick Daniels talked about the City of Needles’ possible new revenue from medical marijuana facilities and what would be done with that money, including improving important infrastructures in the City of Needles; water, power, roads, and et cetera, as well as what is important for the community, that needs to be think about before spending the money. 
  13. Needles City Manager Rick Daniels talked about adding in the future a non sworn in police officer for medical marijuana facilities so to make sure everybody is in full compliance at all times. Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said that because what’s gonna happen is either the Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation could come in and want to know if we at the City of Needles are protecting kids; preventions in place to proven money laundering, organized crimes, and drug cartels; somebody is going to be checking and we at the City of Needles need to be at a state of profection. 
  14. Needles City Manager Rick Daniels talked about 2018 and the State of California issuing state permits for medical marijuana.
  15. Needles City Manager Rick Daniels talked about the future of wanting to hire in-house in 3 positions; Building Official, City Engineer, and City Planner, that are currently being contracted.

 

**** 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 Cindy Semione, Secretary to the Board, at the City of Needles at: 1 (760) 326-2113 Ext. 327.