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COMINGS & GOINGS: Tesla charging station going in at Pivot Point

COMINGS & GOINGS: Tesla charging station going in at Pivot Point

Aug 04, 2013 (Menafn – The Sun – McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) –Electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. has promised to boost the number of fast-charging stations in the U.S. and Canada to make cross-country travel possible in the coming year for owners of Tesla’s Model S sedans.

And one of those charging stations is coming to Yuma, one of eight the car maker reportedly wants to establish between Phoenix and San Diego where several cars have been sold. A few of the cars also are owned by Yuma residents.

A request to put the supercharging station at the Pivot Point Conference Center was approved recently by the city’s Design and Historic Review Commission. The station would have eight stalls and provide free charging to supercharging-enabled vehicles.

A supercharging station can charge up to 50 percent in 20 minutes, Tesla said on its website.

Alexis Georgeson, spokeswoman for Tesla, confirmed that the car maker is planning to develop a supercharging station in Yuma but didn’t provide a timeline.

— Blackhawk Broadcasting, which filed in June to buy NBC affiliate KYMA-TV, now has a deal to add CBS affiliate KSWT-TV to its lineup of Yuma-area television stations.

According to a notice published in the Yuma Sun last week, Blackhawk has filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission for the license of KSWT. Blackhawk, owned by Brian Brady, will pay 900,000 for the station in a deal with Lee Shubert, the trustee who is liquidating assets of the bankrupt Pappas Telecasting.

KYMA came in a 1.3 million deal with a subsidiary of Intermountain West Communications Company.

In its application to the FCC, Blackhawk is seeking a “failing station waiver” of the FCC’s television duopoly rule to obtain both stations in the same market area. The document states that KSWT has had an all-day audience share rating of only 3.7 percent, the financial condition of both KYMA and KSWT is poor and Blawkhawk is the only reasonable candidate willing and able to acquire KSWT despite a year-long effort to find a buyer.

In addition, according to the document, the combination of the two stations would create “economies of scale and produce cost savings vital to these stations’ survival.” Blackhawk proposes to combine the two stations into one facility with shared technical operations, news production, sales and administration staff.

Blackhawk also states it intends to preserve and enhance the stations’ existing news coverage.

— T.E.A. Investments LLC announces its plans to develop a new 40,000-square-foot medical and professional complex at the site of the existing Prince of Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2500 S. 8th Ave. T.E.A. is a locally-owned development company based in Yuma.

As part of the project, Pastor Richard Kugler has moved into a new parsonage, and the old parsonage on 8th Avenue has been demolished. Meanwhile, construction is underway on a new 5,000-square-foot church on Avenue 6E and is scheduled for completion this fall. The pastor and the parishioners are looking forward to the move to a new, larger facility more central to the congregation.

Christopher Thompson of Patterson Thompson Architects has been selected to design the new medical facility to be built on the church’s old site. Pilkington Commercial Co. will be the general contractor.

Plans are to start construction on the complex by November with completion by the end of 2014, providing a state-of-the-art medical and professional building a short distance from Yuma Regional Medical Center. Those interested in space in the new facility may contact Dan Winters at (928) 581-1735 or danwinters@live.com.

— Kenny and Debbie Brown have purchased Yuma Feed and Livestock from Reick and Vicki Fraser and are looking forward to working with the community, including 4-H and FFA leaders.
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