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Monday, April 13, 2015

Desert Messenger offers new online Quartzsite Calendar



Quartzsite, AZ -

   It’s 2015 and we’re accustomed to looking up any information we want at the touch of our fingertips. Now there’s a new online events calendar just for Quartzsite! QuartzsiteCalendar.com website is now part of the Desert Messenger (www.DesertMessenger.com) publication family. The online, interactive calendar allows service groups, non-profit organizations, and individuals to post their events for free.

   The Quartzsite Calendar dot com website will feature everything happening in and around Quartzsite; from Community Events, Entertainment, Music, Meetings, Classes, Swap Meets & Showgrounds, Non-Profits, Clubs, Seminars, Civic Board Meetings, etc.

   The calendar at QuartzsiteCalendar.com allows anyone to suggest an event to be posted on the “Submit Event” button at the top of the calendar. Users can fill in the details about the event which will pop-up when clicked on by a viewer. Users can also attach a link to their event website.  Visitors to the onine calendar can subscribe to events, email them to friends, or share them on social media. Visitors can also print the calendar.

   Desert Messenger publisher, Shanana "Rain" BearCat, stated, “I've been searching for a simple community calendar for years. I’m so excited to finally find a service where people can submit their own information. This is a great opportunity for event organizers to get the word out and promote their events, all for free!”

   The online Quartzsite Calendar will also be promoted on other content rich websites, such as Town of Quartzsite, Quartzsite Business Chamber of Commerce, Visit Quartzsite and Quartzsite Visitor Guide.

   Users can also subscribe free for iCal feeds of the calendar’s events into Apple iCal, Outlook & Google. RSS feeds is a technology that allows users to subscribe to automatic delivery of information from web sites.  If you’d like to include a mini-calendar or events listing on your website, send an email to Editor@DesertMessenger.com for details.

Be sure to check it out at www.QuartzsiteCalendar.com

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

BLM extends comment period on proposed trail closures near Quartzsite

La Posa Travel Management Plan 

Comment Period Extended



Yuma, Ariz. - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Yuma Field Office La Posa Travel Management Plan (TMP) comment period has been extended for an extra 30 days to Monday, March 23, 2015. 

“The original closing date for comments is February 19, 2015, however, we have decided to extend the comment period so the public can have sufficient time to review the route designations and make their comments,” said BLM Yuma Field Manager John MacDonald. 
Written comments about the preliminary EA for the La Posa TMP will be accepted through March 23, 2015.  

Comments postmarked by this date will be considered in making the final decision.  The comments should be specific to be most effective.  Comments should be mailed to BLM Yuma Field Office, Attention:  Ray Castro; 2555 E. Gila Ridge Road; Yuma, Arizona  85365; or through email to blm_az_ym_trails@blm.gov.

The La Posa Travel Management Area surrounds Quartzsite, Arizona, and encompasses over 380,000 acres of public land in La Paz and Yuma Counties.

For more information, please contact Ray Castro at 928-317-3251.


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Court issues final orders in theft/fraud case


Court Issues Final Orders in Theft/Fraud Case

Court allows third-party claimant to take $4,050.00 

from the $43,000.00 deposited with the court by defendant Jacque Nelson 

for restitution to the Bouse School District.


Parker, AZ - On Friday, February 6, 2015 Superior Court Judge Robert C. Olson issued the final orders in State v. Nelson.  The Judge ordered the distribution of the remaining $38,950.00 and vacated the final restitution hearing set for later this month.  The court ordered that the school district be paid in full from the sum previously deposited by Ms. Jacque Nelson. The Court also ordered that the remainder of the $43,000.00 be paid to the insurance company as partial reimbursement, with the remainder to be paid in monthly installments when Nelson is released from prison.

Ms. Nelson was convicted of two crimes against the Bouse Elementary School District pursuant to a plea agreement negotiated by County Attorney Tony Rogers, who said Nelson wrote herself checks from the District's funds. For the crime of theft she will serve 1.5 years in the Arizona State Department of Corrections.  For the crime of fraudulent schemes, a class 2 felony, she will serve 7 years of supervised “White Collar” probation to follow her release from prison.

White Collar Probation is a strict program which requires that the probation department monitor all aspects of Ms. Nelson’s financial dealings.   She is prohibited from incurring new debts without permission and from gambling.  In addition she is required to submit to a review of all her accounting records. Ms. Nelson is also required to release information for all banking accounts and tax returns, not open new checking accounts, provide proof of all household income and pay a minimum of 10% of that household income toward restitution to the victims.  She must also notify any employer of this conviction.

Violation of this probation could result in an additional prison sentence of up to 12.5 years.
As part of the plea agreement Ms. Nelson deposited with the court clerk $43,000.00 for restitution to the victims, to be distributed between Bouse School District and  their insurer, who had already covered the school’s losses in part. 

County Attorney, Tony Rogers stated: “The plea agreement was structured to provide justice, community safety, and restitution, compensating the Bouse School District for all of its financial losses, including nearly $20,000.00 for the cost of the forensic accounting and investigation into the theft.”

The Judgment, Sentencing, and Distribution Hearings were held on Friday January 9, 2015.  During those proceedings several individuals claiming to be victims of Ms. Nelson described their losses to the court.  The Judge found one individual had a colorable claim on the funds Ms. Nelson had deposited with the court for restitution to the school.  The court awarded Mr. Kirk Wilson $4,050.00.

County Attorney Tony Rogers states “This was Ms. Nelson’s first criminal conviction.  While prison is not the norm for a first time conviction, this case was unique due to the number and severity of the offenses and victims discovered during the investigation. The seven years of White Collar probation following her incarceration insures that the community will be protected from future financial crimes by Ms. Nelson through close monitoring of her financial dealings.  And finally, the prison sentence sends the right message, that perpetrators of financial crime will be held accountable in La Paz County.”

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Remains found near Quartzsite identified as Eric Stapleton

The Town of Quartzsite and Police Department issued the following press release today:

"January 29, 2015 In the morning hours of January 20, 2015, Quartzsite Police Department (QPD) received a call from a concerned citizen in the Scaddan Wash area located east to south-east from the Town of Quartzsite. The concerned citizen physically took QPD officers to the skeletal remains found while going on a morning walk in the desert. QPD officers arrived on scene and identified human skeletal remains located approximately one mile south of Interstate 10 in the desert area, east to south-east of the Town of Quartzsite.

"After a thorough investigation, the human skeletal remains were removed from the scene by the Parker Funeral Home and sent to the Pima County Medical Examiner’s Office in Tucson, Arizona for a scientific medical examination and for identification purposes. This included dental, hair and DNA comparisons. In the evening hours of January 28, 2015, Quartzsite Police Department’s case officer was advised by the Pima County Medical Examiner’s Office that the human remains were positively identified as Eric Paul Stapleton. Identification was determined from comparison of his dental records.

Eric Paul Stapleton


"Quartzsite Police Department has made the next of kin notifications to his family. Mr. Eric Paul Stapleton has been a missing person since May 18, 2014 from his residence in Quartzsite, Arizona. Quartzsite Police Department is dedicated to working with the Pima County Medical Examiner’s Office and others to determine his method of death. 

Ernie Renfro Chief of Police 
Town of Quartzsite Office: (928) 927-4644 "


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Skeleton remains found in desert near Quartzsite

The following is a press release issued by Town of Quartzsite this morning.

"In the morning hours of January 20, 2015, Quartzsite Police Department (QPD) received a call from a concerned citizen in the Scaddan Wash area located east to south-east from the Town of Quartzsite. 

The concerned citizen physically took QPD officers to the skeleton remains found while going on a morning walk in the desert. QPD officers arrived on scene and identified a human skeleton remains located approximately one mile south of Interstate 10 and east to south-east of the Town of Quartzsite. QPD officer immediately established a perimeter of the area and determined it was on the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land but within the jurisdiction of QPD. 

Chief Ernie Renfro placed a call for assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) to assist QPD with the processing of the scene. The FBI Agents and QPD officers process the scene into the evening hours of Tuesday, January 20, 2015. The human skeleton remains were removed from the scene by the Parker Funeral Home and eventually sent to the Pima County Medical Examiner’s Office in Tucson, Arizona for a scientific medical examination and for identification purposes. This will include dental, hair and DNA comparisons. The Quartzsite Police Department is dedicated and will work very hard to determine the identification and method of death. Once a positive identification has been accomplished, we will make notification to the family and then release further information to the Town of Quartzsite and media.
Ernie Renfro Chief of Police Town of Quartzsite Office: (928) 927-4644"


Many suspect the remains are of local resident Eric Stapleton, who went missing on May 18th, 2014, where he was last seen at his residence off Riggles Rd. Eric failed to report to work on May 20th and has not been seen or heard from since. His cell phone and car was at the house with the front door open. 

Friends and local residents pulled together search parties during the summer, scouring the surrounding desert on ATVs, scooters, cars, trucks, and on foot. Eric's family posted a reward, but there has been no news on his whereabouts. 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

BLM hosts Quartzsite Open House on proposed trail closures, WED. Jan. 21


La Posa Travel Management Plan
Preliminary Environmental Assessment Available

Yuma, Ariz. - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Yuma Field Office has announced that the La Posa Travel Management Plan preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) will be available for review starting Wednesday, January 21, 2015.  There will be a 30-day public comment period and all comments must be received by close of business on February 19, 2015.  Beginning on January 21, 2015, the preliminary EA may be reviewed on the BLM internet website at http://www.blm.gov/az/st/en/prog/travel_mgmt/la_posa.html.

To coincide with the comment period and to update the public on the preliminary EA, 
the BLM will hold an open house on Wednesday, January 21, 2015.  

The open house will be held at the Quartzsite Community Center 
located at 295 Chandler Street; Quartzsite, Arizona; from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.


Local BLM specialists and managers will be available so that residents and interested parties can ask questions and voice concerns.  Maps will be on display for review, as well as general EA and travel management information. 

Written comments about the preliminary EA for the La Posa TMP will be accepted through
February 19, 2015.  Comments postmarked by this date will be considered in making the final decision.  The comments should be specific to be most effective.  Comments should be mailed to BLM Yuma Field Office, Attention:  Ray Castro; 2555 E. Gila Ridge Road; Yuma, Arizona  85365; or through email to blm_az_ym_trails@blm.gov.

The La Posa Travel Management Area surrounds Quartzsite, Arizona, and encompasses over 380,000 acres of public land in La Paz and Yuma Counties. For more information about the open house, please contact Ray Castro at 928-317-3251.


The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands. 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Looking for events in Quartzsite this winter? Local RV Parks & Craft Fair schedule

Desert Messenger, Quartzsite's FREE Community Paper, January 7, 2015


Quartzsite, Arizona- This week's edition of Desert Messenger, Quartzsite's FREE Community Paper, was so full of advertising there was not enough space for my prepared editorial nor all this fantastic information: 

Looking for more things to do in Quartzsite 

this winter? 


Check out events at local RV Parks and Craft Fairs. 


Arizona Oasis RV Resort located at: 50238 Ehrenberg Parker Hwy in Ehrenberg
Office:   928-923-8230
January 17 –Barefoot and Boots Dance- 7 PM. Wine and cheese event. Reserved seating- $7.00
January 24 - “The Dump Station Revue” Hilarious RV Comedy Show 7 PM. Reserved seating - $5.00
January 31- SkyHawk with a twist of entertainment – 6:30 PM Dessert Night. Reserved seating- $7.00
February 27 –”The Illusion of Elvis” with Danny Vernon- 7:00 PM. Reserved seating seats go fast- $8.00
Ice cream Sunday Social and Karaoke – 3 PM $
Reservations requested:  928-923-8230
Breakfast Tuesday – Saturday 7 AM- 10 AM $

The Quartzsite Quilters meet every Tuesday at the Senior Center on Moon Mountain Rd from 9am to 3pm. We meet with friendship to share our skills and improve our knowledge. We always have a fun time. On January 20th we will have a Trunk Show and class by two sisters and a friend from Yuma. This will be FOR MEMBERS only.

JR’S RV PARK UPDATES
82 N. Central Blvd.
Every Monday 7pm dancing with Smoking Joe Lonsdale. $3.

skyhawk returns
After a year hiatus, the band Skyhawk returns to entertain with their wonderful blend of music. The band will be featured every Friday night at the Senior Center Dances at 7pm.
Sat. Jan. 10 - Show JR’s RV Park          
Fri. Jan. 16 Dance - Senior Center
Fri. Jan. 30 - Dance - Senior Center
Fri. Feb. 6 Dance - Senior Center
Fri. Feb. 13 - Dance - Senior Center
Sat. Feb. 14 - Show Holiday Palms
Fri. Feb. 20 Dance - Senior Center
Sat. Feb. 21 - Show JR’s RV Park
Fri. Feb. 27 Dance - Senior Center
Fri. Mar. 6 Dance - Senior Center
Fri. Mar. 13 Dance - Senior Center

desert rv park gold news
Desert Gold RV Park is located at 46628 Hwy 60 in Brenda. 
The public is cordially invited to the following events:
Tuesday Night Gospel Jam – Every Tues., 7:00pm
Saturday Country Western Jam – Every Sat., 1:00pm
Barefoot & Boots Dance - $4.00
January 7th, Wednesday, 7:00pm
Craft Show, Café & Yard Sale
January 8th, Thursday, 9:00am-1:00pm
Western Strings Dance - $4.00
January 9th, Friday, 9:00pm
*JACK JACKSON SHOW - $10.00 (Reserved Seating)
January 14th, Wednesday, 7:00pm
Melody Masters Dance - $4.00
January 16th, Friday, 7:00pm
Ardon Galley Show - $4.00
January 21st, Wednesday, 7:00pm
Notables Dance - $4.00
January 23rd, Friday, 7:00pm
Laughing Bird Show – $6.00
January 28th, Wednesday, 7:00pm
*MYSTERY DESSERT THEATER PRODUCTION - $7.50 (Reserved Seating)
January 29th, Thursday, 6:00pm (Doors open 5:30 pm)
January 30th, Friday, 6:00pm, (Doors open 5:30pm)
*For Tickets or Info: 9-2, M-F,
928-927-7605.

gold star activities
• FREE Beginner Ballroom Dance Lessons 4th Tuesday of every Month at 1:30pm, December  9th. & 30th. 
• EVERY 2nd and 4th Thursday 7:00pm dance: Music by Westernaires Gill & Erma $2
• Jan. 13th Bost Family musical 7:00pm Kitty
• Jan. 17th Arden Gailey 7:00 pm. Kitty
• Jan. 20th World Renowned Dutton Family, Performing at Gold Star Clubhouse 3 programs, $10
• Jan. 24 - Lee Black and Friends 6:30 pm.
• Jan. 27th Lee Black and Friends 7:00pm
• Jan. 17th Arden Gailey 7:00pm
• Feb. 10th Al and Jean Ewell 7:00pm Kitty

Senior Center activities
3rd Wednesday. Free Crime Prevention Seminar after Lunch with Hoby Erickson and QPD. 928-662-8682
Skyhawk returns to Friday Night Dances! 7pm - 9:30pm $4 donation.

park place RV PARK activities
• Acoustic Music Jams every Saturday at 1:00pm
• Karaoke every Wednesday at 7 pm
• Beading by Eileen every Tuesday & Thursday 9:00 am
• Beading with Shirley every Wednesday 9:00 am  
Jan. 9  Craft & Indoor Yard Sale from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Jan. 15 “Barefoot & Boots”  7:00-9:00 pm   
Jan. 21  Sky-Med presentation & Pizza  5:00 pm
Craft Fair the 2nd Saturday of each month.  Contact 928-927-6699

gem & mineral CLUB now open
The Quartzsite Roadrunners Gem and Mineral Club is now open for its 2014/2015 season. Join the fun. Attend a general orientation any Thursday morning at 8am. Check out our field trips and class offerings at www.qrgmc.org. Or attend one of our meetings held at QIA Thursday at 2pm.

split rail rv park
Split Rail RV Park has Karaoke Monday nights at 6:30pm

THE SCENIC ROAD rv park
GeekWeek begins Jan 12th at The Scenic Road RV Park.The Geeks on Tour will be presenting 90 min seminars daily on travel technology.  Seat reservation can be made with The Scenic Road’s office at 928-927-6443.  Fees apply for non-park guests.  Seating is limited.
January 24 7 pm Dance
February 14 7 pm Valentine’s Dance
March 14 7 pm St. Patrick’s Dance

 notables BAND schedule
50S & 60S POP, ROCK & DOO WOP
Sat. Jan. 10- Holiday Palms, Qtz
Fri. Jan. 23- Desert Gold, Brenda
Fri. Feb. 6 - Desert Gold, Brenda Sock Hop
Fri. Feb. 13- Holiday Palms, Qtz.
Sat. Feb. 21 - Indian Hills Rec Centre Salome
Fri. Feb. 27 - Brenda RV Park, Brenda
Fri. March 6 - Holiday Palms, Qtz.

TOPS AZ 0078 QUARTZSITE
(Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Meeting on Tuesday mornings in the fellowshipHall next to the Alliance Church. Weigh in from 7AM to 7:45Am, meeting from 8AM to 9AM. For more information, please call Ruth at 928-927-8352.

CALLING ALL QUILTERS, the Quartzsite Quilters will hold their annual quilt show on February 6th & 7th, 2015. All quilters are welcome to hang their treasured work and show your talents. The show is held at the Senior Center at 40 Moon Mountain Rd. Call Louise at 425-210-7468 for more information and to enter your quilt. This year’s raffle quilt is a gorgeous appliqué quilt with lovely teapots. Chances will be sold at the QIA craft sale and at the quilt show.

bouse, az  booster club
Plomosa Road and Frame Ave. in Bouse, Arizona. 928-851-1819
Monday Pancake Breakfast 7 – 9 a.m.
Tuesday Game / Card Night 7 p.m.
Thursday Bingo 7 p.m.

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TENTATIVE CRAFT SHOW SCHEDULE
through SPRING – 2015
(check with RV Parks, subject to change)

BRENDA RV RESORT
Contact: Alice Lundy-Bowman (ontheroadaljb@yahoo.com)
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Quilt Show 12 – 5PM Saturday, February 14, 2015 Contact: Sherry McClure  (There will be hamburgers and root beer floats for sale at the Craft Shows the Quilt Show)

DESERT GOLD  Contact: Sheri Wittlake
Craft Show & Yard Sales 9AM-1PM - 2nd Thursday of the month from  November 2014 through March 2015  (Note new schedule for next year)

WAGONS WEST
Craft Show 9 am-1 pm Saturday, February 7, 2015

BLACK ROCK  Contact: Kathy Baily
Craft Show & Yard Sales 9 AM to 1PM Friday, February 6, 2015

RAMBLIN ROADS Contact: Sally Egglaston
Craft Show 9 AM – 1PM Friday, February 6, 2015

CENTENNIAL COMMUNITY CENTER
Contact: Sharon Hillhouse
Craft Show 9AM-1PM Located in Salome
Saturday, February 28, 2015

SENIOR CENTER –Quartzsite – Contact: Donna Lucas
Craft Shows - 3rd Friday of each month, November to March - 9 am to 1 pm

QIA – Quartzsite Improvement Center. Contact 928-927-6325.
1st Saturday of each month, November - March - 9 am to 1 pm

PARK PLACE
Second Friday of every month from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

BOUSE BOOSTER CLUB Contact: Julie Riffe
Art Show February 6-7            
Spring Fever Daze March 6-7


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PUBLISHER
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