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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Public invited to meeting on AZ K-12 Math & ELA Standards



Standards Development Committee Seeks Public Input on Math/English Language Arts Standards

Parker— The State Board of Education’s Standards Development Committee will be holding a public input meeting on Arizona’s Mathematics and English Language Arts Standards in Parker, Arizona, on November 10, 2015.

In March 2015, Governor Ducey tasked the State Board of Education with reviewing Arizona’s Math and English Language Arts Standards in order to ensure that the standards are vetted, approved and controlled by Arizona, and that they are the best for Arizona’s students.

In April 2015, the State Board of Education established the Arizona Academic Standards Development Committee to oversee the development of Arizona Mathematics Standards and Arizona English Language Arts Standards.

As part of the standards review process, county superintendents across the state will be hosting public meetings to allow for feedback to the Standards Development Committee on the current academic standards.

For more information on Arizona’s K-12 Mathematics and English Language Arts Standards, please visit:
https://k12standards.az.gov/
To submit feedback online, please visit: https://k12standards.az.gov/comment-standards

WHAT: Public Meeting on Arizona’s K-12 Math and ELA Standards

WHEN: Tuesday, November 10, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM


WHERE: Parker High School Library, 1608 Laguna Ave., Parker, AZ


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

New Quartzsite-opoly Game Party planned for Oct. 24th

Kym Scott (L) & Joanne Winer (R)

by Joanne Winer
     The new Quartzsite-opoly game, which is a custom version of Monopoly that highlights our home town just arrived in Quartzsite. To kick off the brand new game there will be a special Game playing event held at the Quartzsite Community Center at the end of Chandler Street on October 24th. Doors will open at 2:30 pm, so come and get your seat early.  Admission is only $10 per person. All funds raised will benefit the Quartzsite Business Chamber of Commerce. Players will also get a raffle ticket and at 6 p.m. games will be given away to winning tickets. You will also be able to purchase the games at the event for $25.
     This game was the idea of Kym Scott of Tyson Wells Enterprises, who has long been a supporter of many organizations in town to help them raise funds to keep going. He wanted to help the Quartzsite Business Chamber by creating something that could be sold retail or wholesale, and loved the idea of this game. He got all the advertising raised, designed and created all the game pieces and cards, and even the game board and cover ideas came from him. What a tremendous job!!  We saw the prototype, and it was fantastic!!  Some of the game pieces include a saguaro, a miner, a camel, an ATV and other items specific to this area. 

     The Monopoly Game has been around since the first mass-produced games were made in 1934 in America by Parker Brothers, The games that were manufactured and put together in England were made at the Waddington facility, a place that had perfected the technique of printing on silk. During the 2nd World War, the British government approached the Waddington facility and asked them to create a way to hide silk maps and tools that could be put into the games going through “charities” to the POW camps and the allied prisoners of war. Every special game in the shipment had a secret mark on the box that was sent with a load of games for the prisoners--the Nazis figured letting them have games would keep them happy and they wouldn’t create problems from the boredom.

     Each specially marked game would have a playing board that was twice as thick as the others, with secret compartments cut into them to hold a compass, metal files, coded messages, local currency and a silk map (so it wouldn’t make a noise when opened) All they had to do was peel off the coating on the board, and underneath was their help for escape--and over 35,000 allied POWs used this game to make their way out of the POW camp and back home again!! I had never heard of this until recently, but it sure makes the game a little more interesting. After they took out their maps and tools, they destroyed the games so no one would know about this very secret effort. It is not known if any of these special games were ever known by others or if any are still around--probably not.  

    That piece of history is well known on the Internet and TV, and just makes you want to play even more. Be sure to come out to the Community Center on October 24 and see this great new game and take a chance on winning one during the raffle, which will be held at 6 p.m.  You may also buy the games at this event for $25. each. The Quartzsite Business Chamber will be selling them at the office at 101 W. Main Street. Advertisers and other businesses can buy the games at wholesale to resell, too.

   Refreshments will be provided at the Game Night. It is hoped to get lots of people to come and play with it and see what it is all about. Hope to see you there! For more information, please call the Quartzsite Business Chamber at 928-927-9321. 
   And, thanks again, Kym Scott, for all your support!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

APS urges all customers to be aware of possible fraud

CONSUMER ALERT:

NEW SCAM HAS SMALL BUSINESS CUSTOMERS 

CALLING FAKE CALL CENTER


APS urges all customers to be aware of possible fraud


PHOENIX – Several small businesses in the Phoenix metro area have been called by individuals falsely representing themselves as APS employees. The potential victims are instructed to call a toll-free number to pay their electric bill under threat of having service disconnected within the hour.

The false number goes to a phone system that acts and sounds like the actual APS call center. Customers are asked to select a number for the service they require, including reporting an outage. After selecting the option to pay your bill, an individual picks up the phone and says, “This is Wendy (or another name), thanks for calling APS. How can I help you?”

If a potential fraud victim begins to question the fake APS employee, the response is rude, followed by a disconnection of the call.  

APS security, local law enforcement and the FBI are currently working together to apprehend those responsible.  

To help customers from becoming a victim of consumer scams, including the most recent attempts, APS provides the following suggestions:

  • The only valid numbers to the customer call center are listed on customer bills
  • If there is ever a question about the validity of an email, website or person claiming to be an APS representative, call the APS Customer Care Center immediately at 602-371-7171 in order to verify this information.
  • Recognize the signs of a phishing email: mismatched fonts, missing hyperlinks, improper grammar and misspellings.
  • Never share credit card information with an unverified source. Customers who pay by credit card at aps.com will be directed to the KUBRA EZ-Pay website which asks the customer to enter a “captcha” validation code. Any other credit card payment site is fraudulent and should not be used (A “captcha” typically uses a set of letters and numbers that the user is required to manually retype and submit).

APS, Arizona’s largest and longest-serving electricity utility, serves nearly 1.2 million customers in 11 of the state’s 15 counties. With headquarters in Phoenix, APS is the principal subsidiary of Pinnacle West Capital Corp. (NYSE: PNW).

Monday, September 21, 2015

Quartzsite Police participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day 2015


The Quartzsite Police Department will be participating in the 
federal D.E.A.’s “National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day” on 

Saturday, September 26th from 10:00AM – 2:00PM. 


Please bring in all of your unwanted and expired prescription medications for proper disposal. Personal information will not be gathered and you will remain anonymous. Please remove all pills from prescription containers and put into plastic baggies. For safety reasons, needles, liquids and powders should remain in their original containers. 

Proper disposal of prescription medications at the Quartzsite Police Department ensures that these medications do not get flushed into and contaminate the water systems or sit in a landfill. Most importantly, it helps keep children, teens, and adults from accessing them and unlawfully abusing them. 

As a reminder, the Quartzsite Police Department has been awarded a Prescription Drug Drop Box from the Arizona Attorney General’s Office located inside the Police Department’s front door. To use the Prescription Drug Drop Box, just read and follow the simple instructions written on the outside of the drop box. Once finished, pull the green handle and drop your unwanted prescription medications into the Prescription Drug Drop Box. 

Anybody can access and use the Prescription Drug Drop Box during normal business hours Monday thru Friday. Any questions, please call us at the QPD main phone number (928)927-4644. 

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Quartzsite Visitor Guide now online!


Quartzsite, AZ - The new 2015-2016 Quartzsite Visitor Directory & Business Directory debuted at League of Arizona Cities & Towns Conference in Tucson. For the first time, over 30 cities, towns and chambers were given copies of the Guides during the conference to take back into their communities. Plus Council Member Carol Kelley distributed many as she traveled from town to town afterwards. The new Guides are now available at Town Hall for distribution. 

Publisher Shanana Rain BearCat, of Desert Messenger, took on this year’s publication after the previous publisher opted out of the project. BearCat stated, “I’m excited to provide a fresh new look for the guide. In the past only 20,000 copies were printed. This year, 50,000 copies were printed and we added 16 more pages.” 

With additional pages, there is more information Quartzsite visitors are seeking. The Business Directory is now in two sections; by categories and by name to make it easier for customers to find a local business. The Quartzsite Map was redesigned with Show Locations and Town Park Points of Interest. Readers will lean about the History of Hi Jolly Cemetery, the new Arizona Peace Trail and Sites to See in and around Quartzsite. 

BearCat continued, “It was a pleasure working with Town Manager Skylor Miller and his Staff on this project. It could not have happened without them!” 

The Digital Edition of 2015-2016 Quartzsite Visitor Guide is now available online at 

To arrange for pick up, call Janet at Town Hall, 928-927-4333.  
Quartzsite Town Hall is located at 465 N. Plymouth Ave. Quartzsite.



Sunday, August 16, 2015

Update on Mittry Lake Fire NE of Yuma

Mittry Lake Fire

UPDATE TUESDAY, AUG. 18 9 AM


RESOURCES:  There are currently 1 engine, 1 Fire Boat, 2 water tenders, one dozer, and overhead personnel totaling approximately 30 people.

CURRENT STATUS:  The Mittry Lake Fire has burned on both sides of Mittry Lake Road.  Today firefighters will work on hot spots along Mittry Lake Road and will work to rehab to the jetties that were burned.

CLOSURES:  Mittry Lake Road continues to be closed starting at the Betty’s Kitchen turn-off and opening up again on the east side of the Boat Ramp.

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UPDATE: MONDAY, AUG. 17 4 PM


CONTAINMENT:  80% contained.

CLOSURES:  Mittry Lake Road continues to be closed starting at the Betty’s Kitchen turn-off and opening up again on the east side of the Boat Ramp.

CURRENT STATUS:  The Mittry Lake Fire has burned on both sides of Mittry Lake Road.  Today firefighters were able to complete a line around the 18-acre spot fire across the Lake on the northwest corner of the fire.  Containment lines around the perimeter of the fire held even with the gusting winds throughout the day.

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UPDATE: MONDAY, AUG. 17 8AM:


FIRE NAMED:  Mittry Lake Fire
  
LOCATION:  The fire is located near the Mittry Lake Boat Ramp approximately 8 miles northeast of Yuma, Arizona.

TIME REPORTED:  August 16, 2015, at approximately 4 a.m.

ACRES BURNED:  Approximately 60 acres 

RESOURCES:  There are currently 1 engine, 2 Type II crews, 2 Fire Boats, 2 water tenders, one dozer, and overhead personnel totaling approximately 60 people.

LAND STATUS:  Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

VEGETATION:  Salt cedar, arrowweed, and mesquite

RESOURCES AND STRUCTURES THREATENED:  No structures threatened at this time. Agencies supporting the fire include Bureau of Land Management, Yuma Proving Ground, Rural Metro, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Buckskin Fire Department, and the Arizona State Forestry Department. 

CONTAINMENT:  40% contained.

CAUSE:  Human caused, under investigation

CLOSURES:  Mittry Lake Road is closed at Betty’s Kitchen.

CURRENT STATUS:  The Mittry Lake Fire has burned on both sides of Mittry Lake Road.  Today firefighters will focus on holding the containment lines and checking for any hot spots within the fire perimeter.

Firefighter and public safety continue to be top priorities for this fire.  The public is advised to stay away from the area until the fire in completely contained.  

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A fire northeast of Yuma broke out early Sunday morning 
The following is an update from BLM released Sunday afternoon:


Mittry Lake Fire

FIRE NAMED:  Mittry Lake Fire 

Mittry Lake Wildlife Area is located in the southwestern corner of Arizona on the lower Colorado River about 18 miles northeast of Yuma.
  
LOCATION:  The fire is located near the Mittry Lake Boat Ramp approximately 8 miles northeast of Yuma, Arizona.

TIME REPORTED:  August 16, 2015, at approximately 4 a.m.

ACRES BURNED:  Approximately 40 - 60 acres 

RESOURCES:  There are currently 2 engines, 1 Type II crew, 2 Fire Boats, and overhead personnel totaling approximately 40 people.  A Type II crew, a dozer, and a front end loader have been ordered.

LAND STATUS:  Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

VEGETATION:  Salt cedar, arrowweed, and mesquite

RESOURCES AND STRUCTURES THREATENED:  No structures threatened at this time. Agencies supporting the fire include Bureau of Land Management, Yuma Proving Ground, Rural Metro, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Arizona State Forestry Department. 

CONTAINMENT:  10% contained.

CAUSE:  Human caused, under investigation

CLOSURES:  Mittry Lake Road is closed at Betty’s Kitchen.

CURRENT STATUS:  The Mittry Lake Fire is currently burning on both sides of Mittry Lake Road.  Firefighters are working on the ground and also on the water to help contain the fire.

Firefighter and public safety continue to be top priorities for this fire.  The public is advised to stay away from the area until the fire in completely contained.  

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Desert Messenger publication schedule for 2015-16

Quartzsite, AZ -

Desert Messenger, Quartzsite's FREE Community Paper released the publication schedule for the upcoming season. Now it our 12th year, Desert Messenger News is your source for news, events & entertainment in the Quartzsite area.

The Messenger is published the first & third Wednesday of the month from September through May, with special monthly editions in June, July, and August.

For advertising rates and more details, visit www.DesertMessenger.com

Be sure to visit the new www.QuartzsiteCalendar.com for a full calendar of events!

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