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News Alert!!: Mohave County, AZ: New watercraft restrictions being proposed for the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge.

News Alert!!: Mohave County, AZ: New watercraft restrictions being proposed for the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge.

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service is again proposing new series of no wake and restricted zones throughout the backwaters of the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge in Mohave County, Arizona just a year after a controversial watercraft restriction, that proposed restrictions on recreational boating in the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge, failed to get any support and was withdrawn.

** Map (Pictured Above) of new watercraft restriction being proposed from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service: **

Under the new proposal, waters inaccessible to boaters will be designated as backwaters, prohibiting boaters from launching watercraft or operating personal watercraft in the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge areas, including Beal Lake, Pintail Slough, Lost Lake and Topock Bay.

The stipulation would prohibit towed recreational activities in these areas and prohibit kite-boarding and hydro-flight equipment in waters south of Interstate 40 near Topock, Arizona.

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service’s proposal would also remove restrictions on air-cooled outboard engines, while prohibiting the use of hovercraft within refuge waters.

** A draft CD of the new proposal was released to the public and can be viewed at the following website address: **

https://www.fws.gov/uploadedFiles/HavasuBoatingCD-Draft-July_2017.pdf

The public comment period is for 30 days, beginning Tuesday, August 1st, 2017 through Wednesday, August 30th, 2017.

To be part of the record, comments must be in writing to:

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Havasu National Wildlife Refuge,

Attn: Draft Recreational Boating CD Comments

317 Mesquite Avenue

Needles, California, 92363.

You can also email the United States Fish and Wildlife Service with your comments to: havasu_comments@fws.gov

In addition comments must be received on, or postmarked by, Wednesday, August 30th, 2017.

In 2016, a previous draft CD was released of a proposal watercraft restriction by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service resulted in public outcry against stricter proposals.

Crowd of people (Pictured Above) filled up the conference hall at the Avi Resort and Casino in Laughlin, Nevada on Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016 to speak out against the United States Fish and Wildlife Service proposed boating restrictions, including from local city, county, and state officials, including Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget, San Bernardino County Supervisors Robert Lovingood, Mohave County Supervisor Buster Johnson, United States Congressman Paul Cook, and United States Senators McCain and Flake.

United States Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake, both Arizona Republicans, filed an amendment to the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill designed to drive the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to drop proposed restrictions on recreational boating at Havasu National Wildlife Refuge.

“USFWS’s proposal to restrict recreational boating near Lake Havasu could devastate small businesses throughout the region that depend on the millions of people who visit every year to enjoy boating, water skiing, and other activities on the lake. The USFWS should rethink its proposal and listen to the concerns raised by the citizens of Mohave County whose lives and livelihoods depend on outdoor recreation,” said United States Senator John McCain of Arizona.

After a lot of public outcry and extension of the comment period, the proposed boating restrictions was withdrawn.

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service is saying that these new proposed restrictions will do little to obstruct recreational boating in the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge or on the Colorado River.

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service have not said yet if there will be any public meetings for the public to address their concerns on this new proposal.

 

Weather Alert!!: Needles, CA: Rain over Needles, California.

Weather Alert!!: Needles, CA: Rain over Needles, California.

Rain is falling over communities moving towards Needles, California and Mohave Valley, Arizona.

Weather radar from KNBC Channel 4 shows moderate to some heavy rain moving over the communities of Needles, California and Mohave Valley, Arizona.

In case the storm get worst and you’re in the area of Needles, California and Mohave Valley, Arizona, please be on watch and ready for the thunderstorms and if there’s any flooding along dirt channels, creeks, or rivers, stay away and don’t drive through the flooded roadway.

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch until 8:00pm PT/MST on Tuesday, July 25th, 2017 for portions of northwest Arizona and southeast California, including the following areas, in northwest Arizona, Lake Havasu and Fort Mohave and Northwest Deserts. In southeast California, San Bernardino County-Upper Colorado River Valley.

** More Information: **

http://forecast.weather.gov/showsigwx.php?warnzone=CAZ527&warncounty=CAC071&firewxzone=CAZ229&local_place1=4%20Miles%20N%20Needles%20Airport%20CA&product1=Flash+Flood+Watch&lat=34.8402&lon=-114.6071#.WXdC1usrLcc

If the thunderstorms begin to get worst and approach the Needles, California area, ZachNews will be live of Facebook reporting on the thunderstorms.

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

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

Weather Alert!!: Fenner, CA: Thunderstorms over communities near Route 66 and Interstate 40.

Weather Alert!!: Fenner, CA: Thunderstorms over communities near Route 66 and Interstate 40.

Thunderstorms over communities near Route 66 and Interstate 40.

Weather radar from KNBC Channel 4 shows moderate to heavy rain with possible thunder and lightning over communities near Route 66 and Interstate 40 near Fenner, California and Essex, California.

Some small thunderstorms were seen on the weather radar pooping up near U.S. 95 and Interstate 40 just west of Needles, California and lightning in the clouds could be seen distance in the mountains west of Needles, California.

In case the thunderstorms get worst and you’re in the area of Fenner, California, Essex, California, and Needles, California, please be on watch and ready for the thunderstorms and if there’s any flooding along dirt channels, creeks, or rivers, stay away and don’t drive through the flooded roadway.

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch until 5:00am PT/MST on Tuesday, July 25th, 2017 for portions of northwest Arizona, southeast California, and Nevada, including the following areas, in northwest Arizona, Lake Havasu and Fort Mohave and Northwest Deserts. In southeast California, Cadiz Basin, Eastern Mojave Desert, Morongo Basin, San Bernardino County-Upper Colorado River Valley, and Western Mojave Desert. In Nevada, Esmeralda and Central Nye County and Western Clark and Southern Nye County.

** More Information: **

http://forecast.weather.gov/showsigwx.php?warnzone=CAZ527&warncounty=CAC071&firewxzone=CAZ229&local_place1=4%20Miles%20N%20Needles%20Airport%20CA&product1=Flash+Flood+Watch&lat=34.8402&lon=-114.6071#.WXbWXOsrLcc

If the thunderstorms begin to get worst and approach the Needles, California area, ZachNews will be live of Facebook reporting on the thunderstorms.

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

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

Downtown Needles, CA: Embrace Me! Adoption and Foster Care holding a C.P.R. and First Aid Class for adoptive and foster parents on Saturday. 

Downtown Needles, CA: Embrace Me! Adoption and Foster Care holding a C.P.R. and First Aid Class for adoptive and foster parents on Saturday.

Embrace Me! Adoption and Foster Care will be holding a C.P.R. and First Aid Class for adoptive and foster parents starting at 2:00pm PT on Saturday, July 22nd, 2017 at their new office located at 244 G Street, Suite F, in Downtown Needles, California.

** Picture from ZachNews: **

Embrace Me! Adoption and Foster Care is a nonprofit that has been contracted by the County of San Bernardino, Children and Family Services to find Resource Families and Resource Partners in Needles, California.

Resource Families are families interested in fostering or adopting.

The goal is to keep removed children in their own school and community to facilitate visitation with their family with the hope of reunification.

Resource Partners are individuals, churches, businesses or organizations who can partner with Embrace Me! Adoption and Foster Care to provide Welcome Baskets, Meal Trains, Clothing Drive, Birthday/Holiday Gifts, Spiritual and Professional Services.

Embrace Me! Adoption and Foster Care was founded by Isabel’s two teenage sons, Michael and Joseph, who were 14 and 15 years old, who won Community Hero for their Community Project in 2012.

Since that time, they have helped hundreds of families and children.

Please sign up on the Embrace Me! Adoption and Foster Care website to partner with them in helping children and families in Needles, California.

http://www.wateroflifecc.org/embraceme

For more information about Embrace Me! Adoption and Foster Care, please contact Isabel Hunt at: 1 (909) 418-4640.

** More information about Embrace Me! Adoption and Foster Care can also be found at the following website and social media websites: **

  • Embrace Me!:

http://www.embraceme-family.com/

  • Embrace Me! on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/Embrace-Me-Adoption-Foster-Care-345548658868466/

** Flyer Pictured Above from Embrace Me! Adoption and Foster Care: **

Downtown Needles, CA: Embrace Me! Adoption and Foster Care hosting “Call to Action” Luncheon Meeting.

Downtown Needles, CA: Embrace Me! Adoption and Foster Care hosting “Call to Action” Luncheon Meeting on Friday.

Embrace Me! Adoption and Foster Care will be hosting a “Call to Action” Luncheon Meeting starting at 12:00pm PT on Friday, July 21st, 2017 at their new office located at 244 G Street, Suite F, in Downtown Needles, California.

** Picture from ZachNews: **

Embrace Me! Adoption and Foster Care is a nonprofit that has been contracted by the County of San Bernardino, Children and Family Services to find Resource Families and Resource Partners in Needles, California.

Resource Families are families interested in fostering or adopting.

The goal is to keep removed children in their own school and community to facilitate visitation with their family with the hope of reunification.

Resource Partners are individuals, churches, businesses or organizations who can partner with Embrace Me! Adoption and Foster Care to provide Welcome Baskets, Meal Trains, Clothing Drive, Birthday/Holiday Gifts, Spiritual and Professional Services.

Embrace Me! Adoption and Foster Care was founded by Isabel’s two teenage sons, Michael and Joseph, who were 14 and 15 years old, who won Community Hero for their Community Project in 2012.

Since that time, they have helped hundreds of families and children.

Please sign up on the Embrace Me! Adoption and Foster Care website to partner with them in helping children and families in Needles, California.

http://www.wateroflifecc.org/embraceme

For more information about Embrace Me! Adoption and Foster Care, please contact Isabel Hunt at: 1 (909) 418-4640.

** More information about Embrace Me! Adoption and Foster Care can also be found at the following website and social media websites: **

  • Embrace Me!:

http://www.embraceme-family.com/

  • Embrace Me! on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/Embrace-Me-Adoption-Foster-Care-345548658868466/

** Flyer Pictured Above from Embrace Me! Adoption and Foster Care: **

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: **

Downtown Needles, CA: Embrace Me! Adoption and Foster Care July 2017 Activities and Events.

Downtown Needles, CA: Embrace Me! Adoption and Foster Care July 2017 Activities and Events.

Embrace Me! Adoption and Foster Care, located at 244 G Street, Suite F, in Downtown Needles, California, will be putting on several activities and events for July 2017.

** Flyer Pictures from Embrace Me! Adoption and Foster Care: **

Embrace Me! Adoption and Foster Care is a nonprofit that has been contracted by the County of San Bernardino, Children and Family Services to find Resource Families and Resource Partners in Needles, California.

Resource Families are families interested in fostering or adopting.

The goal is to keep removed children in their own school and community to facilitate visitation with their family with the hope of reunification.

Resource Partners are individuals, churches, businesses or organizations who can partner with Embrace Me! Adoption and Foster Care to provide Welcome Baskets, Meal Trains, Clothing Drive, Birthday/Holiday Gifts, Spiritual and Professional Services.

Embrace Me! Adoption and Foster Care was founded by Isabel’s two teenage sons, Michael and Joseph, who were 14 and 15 years old, who won Community Hero for their Community Project in 2012.

Since that time, they have helped hundreds of families and children.

Please sign up on the Embrace Me! Adoption and Foster Care website to partner with them in helping children and families in Needles, California.

http://www.wateroflifecc.org/embraceme

For more information about Embrace Me! Adoption and Foster Care, please contact Isabel Hunt at: 1 (909) 418-4640.

** More information about Embrace Me! Adoption and Foster Care can also be found at the following website and social media websites: **

  • Embrace Me!:

http://www.embraceme-family.com/

  • Embrace Me! on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/Embrace-Me-Adoption-Foster-Care-345548658868466/

** Picture Above from ZachNews: **