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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Losing candidate Jennifer Jones files claim against Towns of Quartzsite, Parker, a Judge and Desert Messenger Publisher

By Shanana Rain Golden-Bear
Desert Messenger Publisher

Jones' Campaign Scooter
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Quartzsite, AZ - Within hours after losing her bid for Arizona State Representative District 5 in August 26th primary election, Jennifer Marie Jones filed a new claim in U.S. District Court - Phoenix, AZ.

The claim dated August 27th, 2014 names the following defendants:
The Town of Parker, Town of Quartzsite, Parker Magistrate James Putz-Artrup, Quartzsite Prosecutor David Ward, former Quartzsite Town Manager Laura Bruno (& husband), former Quartzsite Community Developer Director Stephen Henrichs (& wife), Quartzsite Council Members Mark Orgeron, (& wife) Norma Crooks (& husband), Carol Kelley, and Mike Jewitt (& wife); and Desert Messenger Publisher Shanana "Rain" Golden-Bear.

Jones, who represents herself, alleges in the 28-page Complaint CV-14-01907-PNX-SPL, that defendants violated her rights when Quartzsite Police Dept. and Henrichs visited her location at Rice Ranch Swap Meet on August 22, 2013 with a warrant to inspect a 1956 trailer to ensure compliance with Town Codes. According to a press release issued by the Town of Quartzsite they found 15 Pit Bull dogs housed in cages in the trailer. The Town of Quartzsite emailed the press release to the Arizona Republic, Parker Pioneer, Palo Verde Times, and Desert Messenger. It was published on this blog on Aug. 26, 2013. Jones alleges the Press Release was "libelous and defamatory."

Jones' Facebook page profile photo

Jones publishes The Desert Freedom Press, a free tabloid, and proudly proclaims on the paper's Facebook page, "MY FREE SPEECH IS NOT NEGOTIABLE".

In the past few years, Jones ran failed political campaigns for Quartzsite Town Council, Quartzsite Mayor, La Paz County Supervisor and Arizona State Representative Dist. 5. Jones became famous when the 2011 video of her being removed from a town council meeting went "viral." Jones stated she retired from her dog grooming business in the spring of this year.

In her latest claim, Jones alleges Golden-Bear (along with other defendants):
"Violated the First Amendment Right to Free Speech, Press and Assembly; First Amendment Right to be Free from Retaliation; Fourth Amendment Right to be Free from Unreasonable Search and Malicious Prosecution; Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress; Conspiracy to Violate the Constitutionally Protected Rights of the Plaintiff; see paragraph 66. Intentional Interference with Contract; Violating of Equal Protection by Singling out Plaintiff for Unequal Treatment for no other Reason Other Than Malice, as a Class of One."

Jones is seeking compensatory and punitive damages, along with "attorney's fees" and also demands a jury trial.

As of today, Desert Messenger has not been able to confirm that any defendant has been legally served a summons in this case. See below for the full document.

On a personal note: There is much more I would love to say about a self-proclaimed Free-Speech-Advocate tabloid publisher filing a federal court claim against me for publishing an Official Press Release issued by the Town of Quartzsite, but I won't... for now!

© Desert Messenger 2014




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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Arizona DPS set to increase presence during Labor Day weekend



The main focus will be DUI, Speed, 

Aggressive Drivers, and Restraint Use


 During the Labor Day weekend, travelers will see an increased presence of Highway Patrol Officers across the state of Arizona. The Highway Patrol Division developed a statewide campaign aimed to save lives by enforcing state laws and removing DUI drivers. Several of the operations across Arizona are funded by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.
Northern Arizona
The northern patrol bureau will have full staffing during the Labor Day Weekend. In addition to the regularly scheduled officers, there will be additional aviation speed enforcement details and several DUI saturation patrols.
The Highway Patrol will also be part of the Safety Corridor along I-17 between Black Canyon City and Cordes Junction. The purpose of this partnership between the Department of Public Safety (DPS), the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), and various fire departments along that portion of I-17 is to quickly respond to and remove blocking crashes. This will ensure the best response time and minimize the traffic impact in the area.
Metro Phoenix
Along with regular patrol officers, Highway Patrol officers will be participating in two DUI details in the east and west valley. There will also be designated speed details focusing on known criminal speeding locations.
Southern Arizona
The southern patrol bureau will be conducting a 10-mile detail focusing on maintaining a constant presence along our highways to deter fatigued drivers as well as decrease response times. By positioning officers across the entire southern half of the state, we will be able to quickly respond to crashes and constantly enforce state laws. Officers will also be participating in DUI saturation patrols along with other agencies.
The Department of Public Safety and its highway patrol officers will continue to be vigilant in protecting the lives of travelers along our highway system.

For more information visit http://www.azdps.gov


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Quartzsite Town Council unofficial primary election results

Unofficial results are in from today's election 
for Quartzsite Town Council



Robert "Gunny" St. Germain ran unopposed for a 2-year seat.

Town Council Incumbents Norma Crooks and Mike Jewitt lost their seats. 

The remaining top 8 candidates will face off for 4 positions in the General Election on November 4th. 

Quartzsite's Jennifer Jones lost her attempt for Arizona State Representative District 5 which covers La Paz & Mohave Counties. 

For up to date results visit


Monday, August 25, 2014

Quartzsite resident dies in I-10 crash Sunday, August 24th

Photo courtesy Arizona DPS

QUARTZSITE, Ariz. - Just before 9:30 a.m., Sunday, a two-vehicle fatal crash closed eastbound I-10 in Quartzsite, Arizona. 

According to Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS), Robert Bennett, 31, of Quartzsite, drove westbound in the eastbound lanes of I-10 hitting a semi truck head-on. Bennett was killed in the crash and the semi truck driver, identified as Julio Godinez, 58, of Hialeah, Florida, suffered minor injuries. 


Earlier that day, Quartzsite Police Department, had responded to a domestic violence call involving Bennett. According to law enforcement reports, Bennett left the scene of that incident. Quartzsite Police followed but called off the chase before Bennett drove west on the eastbound lanes of the freeway. 


The Arizona Department of Public Safety's Vehicular Crimes Unit is investigating the crash. The investigation is in the early stages but detectives will look into the events leading up to the crash. 


Interstate 10, eastbound, was closed at Exit 1 (Ehrenberg) in Arizona, backing traffic up for miles into Blythe, California. The freeway reopened around 6:40 p.m., Sunday night. 



Get out and Vote on Tuesday, Aug. 26

Primary election for Arizona voters 
Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 
YOUR VOTE DOES COUNT!  Get out and VOTE!
Here's some information issued by Arizona Secretary of State office.
POLLING PLACES
Polling places will open Tuesday at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. Any voter already in line at 7 p.m. will be able to cast a ballot. Voters may find their polling place at www.azsos.gov and clicking on the Voter View icon or contacting the County Recorder. If voters have cast an early mail ballot, they should not vote in person. Early ballots may be dropped off with election officials at any polling place in their county of residence. Quartzsite Senior Center is the polling location for Quartzsite voters.

PROJECTED TURNOUT
The Secretary of State’s Office is projecting statewide voter turnout around 25 percent. Statewide voter turnout in primary elections over the last decade has fallen within that range for non-presidential elections.

WHO MAY CAST A VOTE
Arizona’s primary election is open to all registered voters, including independent and unaffiliated voters, as well as those who are members of unrecognized parties. These voters must request the ballot of one of the following parties: Republican, Democratic, Libertarian or Americans Elect.

BRING THIS TO THE POLLS
Every voter must show identification before being able to cast a ballot at a polling place. The voter must provide:
-     one piece of ID that bears his/her name, address and photograph (Ex: An Arizona driver license), or
-     two forms of ID that bear his/her name and address (Ex: a utility bill and bank statement), or
-     one form of acceptable photo ID with another form of non-photo ID that includes his/her name and address (Ex: a passport and utility bill).

RESULTS
The Secretary of State’s Office has an Election Night Reporting system [Click Here] for displaying voting results. This system is online at www.azsos.gov, and will provide up-to-the-minute updates Tuesday evening as counties report unofficial voting results. Click on the “Customize My Search” icon (on the right side of the front page) to select specific races you’d like to follow.
Initial unofficial results should be reported around 8 p.m., with updates throughout the evening as they become available.

Quartzsite Senior Center on Moon Mountain Rd. 
is the polling location for Quartzsite voters. 
Doors open at 6am and CLOSE at 7pm
Get out and VOTE!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Arizona voters - Deadline to request early mail ballot is Aug. 15

Deadline to request early mail ballot is Aug. 15
All voters may vote by mail, 
early in person or on Primary Election Day

STATEWIDE – The last day to request a ballot from your County Recorder for the Primary Election is 5 p.m., Friday, August 15. The Secretary of State’s Office recommends having your early ballot voted, signed, sealed and sent by August 22. If early voters miss the August 22 deadline they may return their ballot to an early voting location, at the County Recorder’s Office, or at the polling place in their county on Primary Election Day.

For security reasons, election officials recommend to only give your early mail ballot to your postal worker. Should you miss the mailing deadline, you may drop your ballot at an early voting location or with your County Recorder. For locations and availability, contact the County Recorder’s office. If you vote by early mail ballot, do not vote in person.

All voters – including independent voters or those without a party preference – are able to vote through one of three ways:
1.     Early mail ballot;
2.     Early in-person voting; or
3.     In-person on Primary Election Day, Tuesday, August 26.

To find an early voting location and availability, contact the County Recorder. 
Early in-person voting ends Friday, August 22.

For those voting on Election Day, August 26, make sure you know your correct polling location, as voting locations may change from election to election. To know before you go, go online to www.azsos.gov, and click on the Voter View icon or call 1-877-THE VOTE or in the Phoenix Metro Area 602-542-8683. The Voter View portion of the website is compatible with smartphones and tablets. You also may contact your County Recorder’s office.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Changes to Quartzsite Transit beginning Aug. 1st


Quartzsite, AZ - Janet Collier, Transit Coordinator, held a meeting Tuesday, July 29th for transit riders. She explained big changes will be effective August 1st, 2014.

~ The Town of Quartzsite will no longer be providing transit service to Parker. La Paz County Health Dept. will be the provider for WEEKLY Wednesday trips to Parker. However the Parker trip is now only $5 donation (previously $10). For more information or to schedule your pickupfff, call 928-669-6155.

Quartzsite Transit Services are available to elderly, disabled, and elderly disabled population. There is a limited occupancy of 8 passengers depending on the size of the van. Local bus trips remains at only $3 donation.

~ Beginning August 1st the Transit will be providing local service in town Monday through Friday.
The bus will now deliver passengers daily to Quartzsite Senior Center for their lunch meals. Lunch Donation is $3.50.

~ WACOG has granted the Town of Quartzsite 4,300 AAA passes. Residents must qualify for the free passes which can only be used for in-town bus trips. The trip must also be used for medical, pharmacy or food, such as at the Senior Center Lunches. For more information and to request a Transit Pass, call Quartzsite Town Hall at 928-927-4333.

AUGUST SCHEDULE:
Daily transit service in Quartzsite is now Monday - Friday ($3 donation)
The bus will go to Blythe on Tuesday, Aug. 5th and Tues. Aug. 19th. ($10 donation)
Yuma trips this month are Wed. Aug. 6th, and Wed. Aug. 20th. ($15 donation)
The only Lake Havasu trip this month will be on Wed. Aug. 13. ($15 donation)

To schedule your pick up, please call Quartzsite Town Hall at 928-927-4333.


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