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Breaking News!!: Downtown Needles, CA: Needles City Council to take action regarding Amtrak passenger train discontinuing long distance service.

Breaking News!!: Downtown Needles, CA: Needles City Council to take action regarding Amtrak passenger train discontinuing long distance service.

Members of the Needles City Council will be taking action regarding Amtrak passenger train discontinuing long distance service into Downtown Needles, California.

At the Needles City Council Meeting being held at 6:00pm PT on Tuesday, March 27th, 2018, members of the Needles City Council will approving a letter executed by the City of Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget voicing the City of Needles’ objection to discontinuing long distance Amtrak passenger train service and authorizing advocacy to retain Amtrak passenger train service.

According to documents from the City of Needles, the current federal budget proposes eliminating all long distance Amtrak service, including the Southwest Chief service which served 363,272 in 2017 between Los Angeles and Chicago. In Needles 9176 boarding occurred by residents of Needles and the greater tri-state region with their primary destination being Los Angeles.

The federal government recently spent in excess of $11.0M to rehabilitate the El Garces adding the Amtrak station.

Discontinuing this service will further isolate Needles and other rural communities across the United States from major metropolitan centers and similar communities metropolitan centers and similar communities. The lack of service will harm tourism and general access by those without private transportation options.

Transferring the train trips to automobile trips will further exacerbate congestion and air pollution problems in the non-attainment LA basin.

A draft letter to federal elected officials requesting their assistance has been prepared for the Council’s approval and the Mayor’s signature.

** More Information: Agenda Item #11: **

http://cityofneedles.com/2018%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/3%20MARCH/MEETING%202/cc_032718-11-amtrak.pdf

The community can address their concerns over this agenda item during the Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting will be held at 6:00pm PT on Tuesday, March 27th, 2018 inside the Needles City Council Chambers located off the J Street, next to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station sign and flag pole, at the Needles Civic Center located at 1111 Bailey Avenue in Needles, California.

Parking is located around the Needles Civic Center just off of J Street near the Needles Recreation Center or just off of Bailey Avenue near the San Bernardino County Needles Branch Library building.

The Needles City Council Meeting will be broadcast live at ZachNews on Facebook starting at 6:00pm PT.

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

Information from the Office of Management and Budget said in the Major Savings and Reforms report for fiscal year 2019, the 2017 budget for Amtrak’s long distance trains was $1.495 billion.

The 2019 requested budget is $738 million, a decrease of $757 million.

** Anybody who wants to address their concerns over Amtrak passenger train discontinuing long distance service to Downtown Needles, California should contact the following officials: **

  • Paul Cook, United States Representative for 8th District of California:

(Washington, DC Office)

By Mail: 1222 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, DC 25015

By Phone: 1 (202) 225-5864

(Phone Hours: Monday through Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm ET)

(Local District Office)

By Mail: 14955 Dale Evans Parkway, Apple Valley Town Hall, Apple Valley, California 92307

By Phone: 1 (760) 247-1815.

(Phone Hours: Monday through Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm PT)

(Second Local District Office)

By Mail: 34282 Yucaipa Boulevard, Yucaipa, California 92399;

By Phone: 1 (909) 797-4900.

(Phone Hours: Monday through Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm PT)

  • Dianne Feinstein, United States Senator:

(Washington, DC Office)

By Mail: 331 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510

By Phone: 1 (202) 224-3841

By Fax: 1 (202) 228-3954

By Email: https://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/e-mail-me

(Local District Office)

By Mail: 11111 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 915, Los Angeles, California 90025.

By Phone: 1 (310) 914-7300

By Fax: 1 (310) 914-7318

(Office serves San Bernardino County, California)

  • Kamala Harris: United States Senator of California:

(Washington, DC Office)

By Mail: 112 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510

By Phone: 1 (202) 224-3553

By Fax: 1 (202) 224-2200

(Local District Office)

By Mail: 11845 West Olympic Blvd., Suite 1250 W, Los Angeles, CA 90064

By Phone: 1 (310) 231-4494

By Fax: 1 (202) 224-0357

By Email: https://www.harris.senate.gov/contact/email

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

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News Alert!!: Downtown Needles, CA: River Valley Air Conditioning, Inc. is moving to Fort Mohave, Arizona.

News Alert!!: Downtown Needles, CA: River Valley Air Conditioning, Inc. is moving to Fort Mohave, Arizona.

ZachNews has learned that River Valley Air Conditioning, Inc. is moving out of their building along the 200 block of F Street in Downtown Needles, California to their new building off Arizona State Route 95 in Fort Mohave, Arizona.

River Valley Air Conditioning, Inc. confirming the move to their new building that is currently being worked on and is hoping to be completed for opening in the middle of April 2018.

Despite the sad confirmation of them leaving the community, River Valley Air Conditioning, Inc. wants the community to know that they will continue to serve all of the Colorado River Tri-State area communities, including Needles, California, but at their new centrally located new building.

At this moment, no details on if anybody is going to be moving into the building, but signs from Accord Realty have been posted up for weeks for the property.

Thanks River Valley Air Conditioning, Inc. for being a part of our community family.

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Breaking News!!: Downtown Needles, CA: Investigation into a fire at an abandoned house on I Street.

Breaking News!!: Downtown Needles, CA: Investigation into a fire at an abandoned house on I Street.

ZachNews has confirmed from the City of Needles that a fire occurred on Tuesday, March 6th, 2018 at an abandoned house along the 200 block of I Street in Downtown Needles, California.

The fire was reported at around 4:09am PT.

This picture sent into ZachNews by Timothy Terral (Picture Above) shows the taped off area from the parking lot area of the Jack In The Box fast food restaurant with San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department patrol vehicle near by.

** Pictures from ZachNews: **

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Anybody with information regarding this fire are urged to contact the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station at: 1 (760) 326-9200.

** Pictures from ZachNews taken on Monday, June 13th, 2015: **

The abandoned house has been abandon for years and survived a large fire back on Monday, June 13th, 2015 that burned an old 2 story apartment building and 2 houses along I Street and West Broadway in Downtown Needles, California.

ZachNews is asking the City of Needles what is being done to address this abandoned residential property and will have their response posted soon.

Downtown Needles, CA: Robinson Electric Company Inc. will soon be moving to new location and building.

Downtown Needles, CA: Robinson Electric Company Inc. will soon be moving to new location and building.

ZachNews has learn that Robinson Electric Company Inc. will be moving soon into this building on the corner of Third Street and F Street in Downtown Needles, California.

Officials with the City of Needles telling ZachNews of the move from East Broadway to Third Street.

Work continues on the building, including painting the building and placing new lighting on the outside of the building.

No official opening date has been set yet, but work is almost completed and an opening date will be announce soon.

Breaking News!!: Downtown Needles, CA: Firefighters responded to the Jack In The Box fast food restaurant to reports of smoke and electrical burning smell.

Breaking News!!: Downtown Needles, CA: Firefighters responded to the Jack In The Box fast food restaurant to reports of smoke and electrical burning smell.

Firefighters from San Bernardino County Fire Department Station 32 responded to reports of smoke and electrical burning smell inside the Jack In The Box fast food restaurant, located on the 200 block of J Street, in Downtown Needles, California.

The incident occurred before 5:50am PT on Sunday, February 18th, 2018.

Firefighters from San Bernardino County Fire Department Station 32 arrived to the Jack In The Box fast food restaurant and Mohave Valley Fire Department was called to assist on a “structure fire at the Jack In The Box”.

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez arrived to the Jack In The Box fast food restaurant to find firefighters inside the dining area and walking to the kitchen area.

No visible smoke or flames on the outside the Jack In The Box fast food restaurant.

Employees with Jack In The Box fast food restaurant tell ZachNews that there was a smell of something electrical burning and smoke coming from a vent area on the ceiling area of the dining area.

After checking out the Jack In The Box fast food restaurant, firefighters from San Bernardino County Fire Department Station 32 left the scene and assistance from Mohave Valley Fire Department was called off.

Employees at the Jack In The Box fast food restaurant also tell ZachNews that they are airing out the dining area and that they are open for business.

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Live Traffic Alert!!: Downtown Needles, CA: Travel trailer stuck in the North K Street Underpass.

Live Traffic Alert!!: Downtown Needles, CA: Travel trailer stuck in the North K Street Underpass.

A travel trailer has gotten stuck in the North K Street Underpass along North K Street in Downtown Needles, California.

At least 3 patrol vehicles from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department at the scene blocking both sides of the North K Street Underpass.

No reports of injuries.

Reminder to all oversize vehicles and semi trucks, the North K Street Underpass has a 8 ft. clearance, but may be a bit lower then that under the railroad bridge.

All oversize vehicles and semi trucks are told to use Needles Highway to West Broadway as a better route instead of the North K Street Underpass.

Live Traffic Alert!!: Downtown Needles, CA: Traffic accident at the intersection of J Street and West Broadway.

Live Traffic Alert!!: Downtown Needles, CA: Traffic accident at the intersection of J Street and West Broadway.

A traffic accident involving 2 vehicles occurred at the intersection of J Street and West Broadway in Downtown Needles, California.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, San Bernardino County Fire Department,

Baker Emergency Medical Service, and City of Needles crews responded to the traffic accident.

No details release from authorities on injuries, but a witness tells ZachNews that there were injuries.

Tow truck crews from A Tow Truck are on scene clearing the traffic accidents.

Cause of the traffic accident is under investigation.