Get ready to rodeo

NEEDLES — The dust will barely settle from the 10th Route 66 Hot Boat and Custom Car Show when the 42nd Colorado River Round Up Rodeo takes the spotlight.

The rodeo sponsored by Colorado River Medical Center is set for Friday and Saturday, April 6 and 7, at the Needles Rodeo Grounds along San Clemente. A Grand Canyon Professional Rodeo Association sanctioned event, local contestants can enter by calling Mike Shott of the Needles Rodeo Association at 760-218-4891.

More information is available from the NRA’s Judy Judy Thornton at 760-333-5255 or Cory Payne at 760-267-5455.

Help water wildlife

CALIFORNIA — Water For Wildlife plans to perform general maintenance on guzzlers off Excelsior Mine Road west of the Mojave National Preserve March 8-11; and April 5-8.

Work includes grinding, repairing or replacing concrete and mortar, and coating.

For information, to volunteer or donate, contact Cliff McDonald at 760-449-4820.

No water in preserve

MOJAVE NATIONAL PRESERVE — While plans are for campgrounds to remain open water will be scarce to none in the Mojave National Preserve over the coming months.

Water is to be shut off to Mid Hills and Hole-in-the-Wall campgrounds and the Black Canyon Group and Equestrian Campground. Mid Hills isn’t expected to have water again until the end of April 2019; the other two are estimated to be back in service at the end of May 2018.

No hydrants are available to fill recreational vehicle tanks; a drive-up hydrant may become available at some point.

The National Park Service, which runs the preserve, expects to evaluate aquifers, install pumps and examine distribution systems for breaks or damage that would cause water loss over the coming months. Visit

Abandoned property to be removed from refuge

NEEDLES — During February, Havasu National Wildlife Refuge staff will remove abandoned property from refuge lands and waterways. Any man-made items or non-federally owned structures left on the refuge more than 72 hours are considered abandoned property (ie, canoes, hunting gear, tires, cross memorials) and are to be removed and disposed of.

Abandoned property can be claimed until the end of the month but is subject to abandonment fines.

Refuge headquarters are found at 317 Mesquite Ave., off J Street behind the California Highway Patrol station, in Needles. Phone is 760-326-3853.

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