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News Update!!: Essex, CA: All lanes reopened after semi truck rollover crash along eastbound Interstate 40.

News Update!!: Essex, CA: All lanes reopened after semi truck rollover crash along eastbound Interstate 40.

All lanes along eastbound Interstate 40 are reopened after a semi truck rollover crash near Essex, California at around 2:22am PT on Wednesday, December 27th, 2017.

California Highway Patrol and firefighters from San Bernardino County Fire Department’s Station 32 responded to the scene of the rollover crash.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the driver of the semi truck is okay.

All lanes of eastbound Interstate 40 were blocked because the rollover crash and traffic was backed up.

Caltrans crews along with towing crews worked to upright the semi truck that was laying on side and clean up some diesel fuel that leaked onto eastbound lanes of Interstate 40.

This picture from Drew’s News shows the up righted semi truck as towing crews work to get the semi truck ready to tow away.

As of 12:29pm PT, the California Highway Patrol reports lanes are cleared, but there is some traffic in the area.

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.

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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!!

News Alert!!: Mohave Valley, AZ: Town Hall Meeting regarding Central Arizona Project water rights and transfer on Tuesday.

News Alert!!: Mohave Valley, AZ: Town Hall Meeting regarding Central Arizona Project water rights and transfer on Tuesday.

A town hall meeting regarding Central Arizona Project water rights and transfer will be held at 5:30pm MST on Tuesday, December 12th, 2017 at the Mohave Valley Fire Department Station 81, located at 1451 Willow Drive, in Mohave Valley, Arizona.

According to Mohave County Supervisor Lois Wakimoto, the proposed sale is to the 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 1989, the Mohave Valley Irrigation and Drainage District passed a resolution and revised the resolution in 2008 prohibiting the transfer of contracted water outside Mohave Valley Irrigation and Drainage District boundaries, but that resolution could change if the Central Arizona Project board votes to change it.

In September 2017, the Central Arizona Project’s governing board, the Central Arizona Water Conservation District, approved the purchasing of 7 farms in the Mohave Valley, Arizona for $34 million and their associated water rights for the purpose of securing rights to water from the Colorado River and to implement a rotational fallowing program to generate a water supply for Central Arizona Project Groundwater Replenishment District.

The Central Arizona Project is attempting to close the deal by mid February 2018.

The Bullhead City, Lake Havasu City and the Mohave County Board of Supervisors all have passed resolutions objecting to the acquisition of water rights by Central Arizona Water Conservation District and any movement of the water outside the district.

The community is urged to attend this town hall meeting to learn more about the proposed sale or to address any concerns or issues regarding the water transfer or water rights.

For more information about the town hall meeting, please contact Mohave County Supervisor Lois Wakimoto at: 1 (928) 758-0739.

** ZachNews on Facebook will be broadcasting live the town hall meeting starting at 5:30pm MST (4:30pm PT) on Tuesday, December 12th, 2017. **

https://www.facebook.com/ZachNews

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Orangecrest, CA: Please help find a stolen 1941 BMW R12 German motorcycle and box trailer.

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Orangecrest, CA: Please help find a stolen 1941 BMW R12 German motorcycle and box trailer.

Put yourself in this man’s shoe you’re about to hear from.

A motorcycle – a 1941 BMW R12 German Motorcycle – that you worked so hard for restoring, just disappears right off your property by thieves in the early morning hours.

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez spoke with Mike Dunn, a resident of Orangecrest, California, about what happen when thieves stolen the motorcycle and a box trailer off of his driveway at approximately 5:00am PT on Monday, February 27th, 2017.

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If you have any information on the theft or the thieves whereabouts, please contact the Riverside Police Department at: 1 (951) 826-5700.

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

 

News Update!!: Riverside, CA: Man pleads guilty to providing guns in terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California.

News Update!!: Riverside, CA: Man pleads guilty to providing guns in terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California.

A man has pleaded guilty to providing the high powered rifles used to in the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California that killed 14 people and wounded 22 people on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015.

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** Picture from NBC News: **

NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 is reporting that the plea agreement between 25 year old Enrique Marquez Jr. of Riverside, California and prosecutors was accepted on Thursday, February 16th, 2017 by a federal judge in Riverside, California.

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** Pictures from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 and NBC News: **

In addition to providing material support to terrorists, Enrique Marquez also pleaded guilty to conspiring with one of the terrorist shooters in plots for mass killings that were never carried out.

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** Picture from Picture from Photojournalist Alex Vasquez of NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4: **

A news conference was held outside the courthouse discussing what happening in court.

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** Sketch pictures by artist Bill Robles: **

ZachNews received these sketch pictures by artist Bill Robles of Enrique Marquez Jr. inside the courtroom in Riverside, California on Thursday, February 16th, 2017.

Enrique Marquez Jr. admitted in a plea agreement that he bought the assault rifles used by Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, in the deadly Dec.

Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik were killed in a gunfight with authorities later that day.

**** More information is still coming into ZachNews. ****

Storm Watch 2017: San Bernardino County, CA: Storms brings cold winds, heavy rain, and lots of snow.

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Storm Watch 2017: San Bernardino County, CA: Storms brings cold winds, heavy rain, and lots of snow.

Another round of storms moved into San Bernardino County, California on Sunday, January 22nd, 2017 and Monday, January 23rd, 2017 bring cold temperatures, lots of heavy rain, and lots of snow to the area.

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At around 2:36pm PT on Sunday, January 22nd, 2017, ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez captured on camera the storms entering into the Victorville, California and Hesperia, California area.

At around 2:41pm PT on Sunday, January 22nd, 2017, ZachNews heard the call of a vehicle stuck in a wash with 2 people inside the vehicle in the Cajon Pass area near Cajon Boulevard at Swarthout Canyon Road in Keenbrook, California.

NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 Journalist Mekahlo Medina captured on camera (Pictured Above) 2 people inside a blue truck surrounded by water.

The San Bernardino County Fire Department’s Swift Water Rescue Team was called and when arrived, began rescue operations.

During the rescue operations, an additional engine for down stream spotter was request as the water in the wash continued to rise.

According to the San Bernardino County Fire Department, rescue operations were complete with all victims rescued.

At around 2:42pm PT on Sunday, January 22nd, 2017, ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez captured on camera heavy rain and cold winds began to blow into the High Desert Gateway in Hesperia, California.

People were seen running to their vehicles as the heavy rain and cold winds continued into the evening.

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Well heading back to Victorville, California, the heavy rain began to cause roadways to flood for motorists along Amargosa Road well creating a beautiful rainbow to the north.

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At around 9:19am PT on Monday, January 23rd, 2017, ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez captured on camera how cold was the temperature in Victorville, California.

A chilly 38*F greeted people as they drive by the Pacific Horizon Bancorp at the intersection of Amargosa Road and Dos Palmas Road in Victorville, California.

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Motorists drove along the wet conditions in Victorville, California miles away from the Cajon Pass area of San Bernardino County, California where reports of snow falling were being reported.

At around 9:34am PT on Monday, January 23rd, 2017, ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez captured on camera a truck pass by him with snow on top as he was reporting on the weather conditions across the street from the Victorville City Hall in Victorville, California.

At around 11:52am PT on Monday, January 23rd, 2017, ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez captured on camera motorists driving through a flooded roadway along Main Street just before Pyrite Ave in Hesperia, California.

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Dark clouds from incoming storms continued to move into Hesperia, California bring not just rain, but even snow just 2 miles away to the south.

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NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 Photojournalist Alex Vasquez sent into ZachNews a wonderful picture of the snow that fell onto the high desert community of Oak Hills, California.

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NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 Journalist Tony Shin showed this picture of people enjoying the cold snow.

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The City of Hesperia posted these wonderful pictures of the snow near Interstate 15.

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ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez captured on camera another truck with snow on top well exiting northbound Interstate 15 onto 7th Street in Victorville, California.

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Well leaving Old Town near 7 Street and D Street in Victorville, California, reports on light snow snowflake were seen falling.

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Storms continued to move to the east across the high deser, but communities like Daggett, California; Newberry Springs, California; Ludlow, California; and Amboy, California had some of the sunshine breaking through the storm clouds.

At around 2:26pm PT on Monday, January 23rd, 2017, ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez captured on camera heavy rain falling along Interstate 40 just 12 miles west of Fenner, California from a passing storm.

At around 3:04pm PT on Monday, January 23rd, 2017, ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez captured on camera the storms moving out of California.

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Storm clouds were seen to the east of Needles, California in the mountains of Mohave County, Arizona.

When storms capable of producing cold temperatures, gust winds, heavy rain, and lots of snow prepare to move into San Bernardino County, California, please make sure to have an emergency survival kit ready; including a first aid kit, bring extra warm clothing, blankets, boots, rechargeable flashlight, food and water; drive carefully and stay away from flooded roadways; make sure to fully charge up cellular phone and bring an extra cellular phone battery also fully charged; and make sure to bring your snow tire chains if driving up into snowy conditions.

As seen in the video from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 (Shown Above) of the swift water rescue in the Cajon Pass area, the San Bernardino County Fire Department wants to remain everybody to do not drive through moving water; “Turn Around, Don’t Drown“.

** Thanks to the great first responders, road crews, and tow crews for their hard work during the storms. **

**** ZachNews thanks to our great news resources for their help capturing the storms moving into San Bernardino County, California. ****