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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Native American group files suit against BLM for failure to consult

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BLYTHE, CA. La Cuna de Aztlan Sacred Sites Protection Circle, a prestigious Native American cultural protection group, filed suit Monday in the United States District Court, Southern District of California, challenging the Bureau of Land Management permitting processes related to six large solar facilities planned for the Mohave, Sonoran and Colorado deserts of Southern California, Case No.10CV2664 WQH WVG. According to Patricia Piñon Chairperson of La Cuna's Advisory Committee, the group was joined by CARE, Californians for Renewable Energy, and 6 individual Native American plaintiffs. Piñon indicates La Cuna de Aztlan Sacred Site Protection Circle has standing to sue by virtue of meeting the definition of "Indian Tribe," according to Section 106 of the National Register of Historic Places, and by virtue of an existing Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the BLM.

According to court documents, the projects include the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating Project (Brightsource Energy), the Blythe Solar Power Project (Chevron Energy Solutions and Solar Millenium, LLC), the Imperial Valley Solar Project (Tessera/NTR), Chevron Energy Solutions Lucerne Valley Solar Project, Calico Solar Project (Tessera/NTR), and the Genesis Project (Florida Power and Light subsidiary NextEra™). La Cuna founder Alfredo Figueroa states that cumulatively, the projects would grade and develop 23,842 acres of essentially pristine desert lands, designated as class "L" under the California Desert Conservation Area Plan. Class L (Limited Use) lands protect "natural, scenic, ecological, and cultural resource values. The lands are "managed to provide for generally lower-intensity, carefully controlled multiple use of resources, while ensuring that sensitive values are not significantly diminished." The complaint indicates that each of the projects was permitted with an "amendment" to the CDCA according to the Bureau of Land Management.

The suit follows the filing of the Quechan tribe's legal challenge to the Imperial Valley Solar Project which was granted an injunction by Judge Larry Burns on December 15, Civil Action No. '10CV2241 LAB CAB, United State District Court for the Southern District of California. Robert Lukefahr, CEO of Tessara Solar said at the time, "Tessera Solar is deeply disappointed with the federal court's ruling last night." Company press releases stated on December 9, 2010 (prior to Congress extending the time limits for ARRA, American Reinvestment and Recovery Act 30% project cash grants--at the end of the lame duck session--to December 30, 2011) parent company NTR (National Toll Roads of Ireland) had taken a "write down" of 96 million Euros. The Quechan suit further clouds the issues for investors. Now La Cuna de Aztlan's complaint and request for a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO), giving time for an injunction to be considered by the court, adds another impediment for industrial development of the desert. Following La Cuna's filing, the future of 5 additional projects is in jeopardy.

According to La Cuna de Aztlan Piñon, the pressure of the ARRA "fast track" process approved by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar resulted in inadequate Environmental Impact Statements and inadequate government to government consultation with the tribes, under Section 106 of the National Register of Historic Places. Bill Powers of San Diego based Powers Engineering, a prominent energy engineer states, "So the Orwellian aspect of the government involvement in this process is that now instead of the analysis being focused on is this a cost effective project, is it a project that will minimize or eliminate environmental damage, is it a good investment strategically for this state, all of that is secondary for the race to get the permit so that the project can get a 30 percent cash grant. In this case -- that's $600 million up front per project. So the money is so big that it's now like a bull rush to the finish line."

The potential impacts are both environmental and cultural. Jim Andre, Ph.D. University of California Riverside botanist, and Director of the Sweeney Granite Mountains Desert Research Institute states, “Rather than be smart from the start by utilizing ecologically degraded sites first, a reckless and scientifically unmerited decision has been made to instead race into our most pristine desert and obliterate some of the most botanically significant lands in California.” With over 250 projects in application in California alone, over 2 million acres of desert would be graded if all of the projects now in application were to be approved. Dr. Andre continues, "This scale of an impact has never occurred before. When you consider the importance of these (eco) systems to provide corridors for species to move as climate changes, whether its human caused change, or just the natural course of variation in climate change, you’ve really done in the entire ecosystem at that scale."

At stake also are the region's unique and invaluable cultural resources. According to the testimony of Elizabeth A. Bagwell, Ph.D., RPA and Beverly E. Bastian before the California Energy Commission, "This analysis estimates that more than 800 sites (Cultural Resource Sites--Sacred Sites) within the I-10 corridor, and 17,000 sites within the Southern California Region will be potentially destroyed. La Cuna de Aztlan Sacred Sites Protection Circle has an agreement with the BLM to work together to protect Native American sacred sites and cultural resources.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

ADOT Prepared as Major Winter Storm Moves Into Arizona

PHOENIX - As winter weather moves into Arizona Wednesday, the Arizona Department of Transportation is prepared for this latest storm that will bring snow and rain to much of the state, while making sure drivers have the tools and tips they need to plan their trips.

ADOT staff and plows are prepared to tackle snow and ice on interstate and state routes throughout the holiday weekend, but drivers should be prepared for temporary highway closures, quickly changing weather conditions and unpredictable roadways. I-40 and I-17 will remain the top priorities in Northern Arizona, patrolled by ADOT crews who consistently lead first responders into situations like those expected this week.

This week’s forecast calls for high winds and heavy snow – up to 20 inches – on Wednesday and Thursday, along with very cold temperatures that will lower the snow elevation significantly. ADOT is already making preparations to temporarily close a few Northern Arizona highways with little notice if the large amount of snow and ice create unsafe conditions for the traveling public.

Some of the highways likely to be closed temporarily include:
•US 180 between mileposts 236 (Kendrick Park) and 248 (Cedar Ranch)

•SR 89A between mileposts 386 (Pumphouse Wash) and 397 (Forest Highlands)

•SR 64 between mileposts 268 and 295 (east entrance to Grand Canyon National Park)

These possible closures will allow more resources to be used on the highest priority roads. ADOT’s first priority is to keep Interstates 40 and 17 clear of snow and ice and open to drivers. If blowing and drifting snow become severe, even the interstate routes may be closed, as was experienced last year.

ADOT’s first priority is public safety, and snowplowing is always a main focus during critical winter safety operations. These operations are a year-round focus for ADOT. The agency prepares by servicing equipment, training personnel and stocking up on materials. When weather hits, ADOT staff clear the snow and ice, focusing on the most critical transportation routes first. Afterwards, Transportation Department personnel repair damaged roads and equipment. It’s a continuous cycle, but one that is crucial as we work to ensure the safety and mobility of the traveling public.

Resources translate into readiness. ADOT has 395 employees who are trained snowplow operators. During winter storms, these operators typically work 12-hour shifts to keep roads clear and open. ADOT also has 196 snowplow trucks in its fleet statewide that are serviced, staffed and ready to go. In addition, Arizona is fully stocked with deicer chemicals, which include a granular product called Ice Slicer and liquid magnesium chloride. Finally, ADOT has many employees statewide who are ready to manage operations during the height of any winter storm.

While ADOT is prepared to keep the roads clear and open as we have in years past, motorists should be prepared when driving through regions prone to snowy and icy conditions. That includes becoming more familiar with safe driving tips and carrying a winter preparedness kit in your vehicle. This information can be found below and also on ADOT’s “Know Snow” Web site at The Web site also contains downloadable snow maps of snowplowing routes.

Before heading out on the roads, drivers are encouraged to call 5-1-1 or log on to ADOT’s Traveler Information Center at for the latest highway conditions around the state. The Web site features images along state highways that give drivers a glimpse of weather conditions in various regions.

ADOT reminds motorists to drive with caution and offers these tips:

•Slow down. Drive defensively. Be patient and allow additional time for your trip.

•Carry snow chains or cables, in case highways are snow-packed and icy. Also be sure to pack an emergency kit in your car that includes a fully charged cell phone, extra food and water, blankets, a flashlight, extra batteries, a shovel, an ice scraper, and sand for traction.

•Leave sufficient space between your vehicle and others. Give yourself plenty of room and time to stop to avoid upcoming hazards.

•If stopped on the roadway, leave room for emergency vehicles to get around you.

•Don’t follow snowplows too closely, and do not pass them.

•Make sure your vehicle has plenty of fuel and pack extra clothing for winter weather.

•If you slide off the roadway, stay with your vehicle. ADOT or the Highway Patrol will respond.

•Check weather and road conditions before you leave. Let someone know your route.

More tips are available from the Arizona Department of Public Safety at

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Quartzsite gets ready for new year of success!

Quartzsite, Arizona
is the Rock Capital of the World!
Come on down and see for yourself why!

Check out on the southwest side of Quartzsite, on W. Kuehn, where Desert Gardens is filling up with vendors. This is one show specializing in ROCKS!  Rough and tumbled stone, minerals and jewelry!

"Buy" the piece, "buy" the pound, "buy" the kilo, "buy" the pallet or how about "buy" the whole truck load?

Everywhere you go in Quartzsite, you'll find rough or polished rocks, slabs, gemstones, minerals, beads, lapidary equipment, tools and supplies, jewelry, and amazing wonders of nature for sale! While searching for your "treasures", there are many food vendors supplying delightful treats and meals all over town, along with our year round restaurants and businesses!

Wholesale buyers are on their way to Quartzsite. Visit Tyson Wells Rock and Gem Show at the corner of Hwy. 95 and W. Kuehn. The wholesale preview days for Village Originals starts Jan. 5th. Show dates for Tyson Wells Rock and Gem Show is Jan. 7 - 16, 2011.

The famous QIA Pow Wow begins on January 19, 2011 with over 400 spaces!

Here are the shows and events for the upcoming season:

Oct 1, 2009 - March 30, 2011

Oct. 1, 2010 - April 31, 2011

Annual RICE RANCH “Yawl Come” SHOW
Nov 1, 2009 - Feb 28, 2010

Nov 1, 2010 - Feb 28, 2011

Nov 1, 2010 - Mar 28, 2011

Nov 1, 2010 - Feb 28, 2011

Nov 1, 2010 - Feb 28, 2011

Nov. 1, 2010 - April 1 2011

Jan. 1, 2011 - Feb. 28, 2011

Jan. 8, 2011 - Jan. 23, 2011

Jan. 8, 2011 ends at Town Park
Jan. 7 - Jan. 16, 2011

Jan. 21 - Jan. 30, 2011

Jan. 19 - Jan. 23, 2011

Jan. 22 - Jan. 30, 2011

Jan. 28 - 29, 2011

Feb. 2 - Feb. 6, 2011

Feb. 4 - Feb. 13, 2011

Feb. 5 - Feb. 6, 2011

Feb. 12, 2011, Quartzsite Town Park

Feb. 11 & 12, 2011 Senior Center


Feb. 26, 2011 Town Park

Rock Auction March 5, 2011

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Jedidiah Free comments on new Quartzsite paper

This Town Ain't Big Enough
For the Two of Us, Pahdnah.

by Jedidiah Free
Normally, I write about the peace and beauty of the desert, and the interesting things to do here in Quartzsite. Occasionally I write about the people and businesses that make our town exciting. I typically stay out of politics and the public forum as much as possible, but once in a while a topic arises that I cannot, in good conscience, remain quiet about, like my article last April about the closing of the State Parks here in Arizona. Today happens to be another one of those times.

There is a bully here in Quartzsite. I know about bullies. I grew up in a rough Jewish/Italian inner city neighborhood in Philadelphia, during the 70’s and 80’s when desegregation of schools was taking place. In my neighborhood, when a bully showed up, he didn’t last long. We were tough and not easily intimidated. We stood up for ourselves and each other. Even kids who weren’t friends beforehand banded together to fight a bully. If a new kid decided to be a bully or step on someone’s turf, he’d better be sure of the group dynamics of the neighborhood before he started something. That small, wimpy kid on the block could have a loyal gang of twenty brutes ready to back him up in the blink of an eye.

Several months ago the Desert Messenger ran an article about bullying. I wonder if the editor of the brand new “newspaper”, the Desert Free Press, whose name I could mention, but won’t, read that article. The Desert Free Press has decided to bully its way into this community and try to stir things up. The challenge has been thrown, and the line has been crossed. Words have been printed and tactics have been used to cause people to choose a side. I have made my choice. I choose to leave the peace and quiet of the desert, metaphorically speaking, and come to the defense of my friends, some of whom have been personally attacked by this bully.
I believe strongly in a free press, but I also understand that with freedom comes responsibility. There is a fine line between free speech and slander, between fact and opinion, between reporting and ranting and raving, between citizen advocacy and personal vendettas. Both the New York Times and the National Enquirer consider themselves newspapers, but that does not mean their quality or content are equal. I could go on a rampage and take some cheap shots at this bully, but I refuse to lower myself to that level. I prefer to look bullies in the face and call things as I see them. I will, instead, let the readers choose.

The people of Quartzsite, the vendors, and the winter visitors, are intelligent, discerning citizens. We know solid decent journalism when we read it. When citizens participate in town hall meetings, ask questions, and get involved in the community, the distinction between truth and lie becomes obvious. Hearsay becomes just juicy gossip without any solid foundation. Discrepancies, distortions to the facts, and half-truths can be discerned. Armed with truth, we, the people of Quartzsite, both permanent and temporary, can decide who our friends are and who the ranting and raving bully in the community is.

In the Wild West, gun battles on Main Street were common to run a bully out of town. In my neighborhood in Philly we settled alot out in the street, too. Many times the bully showed up only to find the fight was way bigger than he expected, and had to make a hasty retreat. This winter, in Quartzsite, a bully has appeared and is trying to mess with us by dragging us into a childish game of name-calling, propaganda, cheap shots, and gossip. It will end quickly if we band together and stand up to this bully. Let’s show this bully what this town, our neighborhood, is made of. One thing about bullies is that deep down inside they are cowards. They try to get their way by bluffing their way through with scare tactics, manipulation, and tricks. They try to appear bigger and tougher than they really are. But they are cowards, and they only win when the object of their bullying allows them to win.

We didn’t start this fight. But we can finish it. So let’s look this in the eye and call it as it is. A turf-war. A bullying situation. A barrage of propaganda and manipulative half-truths. And let’s stand up for each other, join forces, and show this bully that she won’t win. Let’s show her what were made of. Let’s do it now and get it over with, so we can just get on with the business of the town and the season. And so I can get out of politics and the public forum, and go back to my peace and quiet out in the desert.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Quartzsite Chili Cookoff planned for February 26th

Quartzsite, AZ - Rumors buzzed around town, after incomplete information was printed in a new publication about the Annual Chili Cook Off.

Quartzsite Town Council Member, Jerry Lukkasson, explained at the Town Hall meeting yesterday that the Quartzsite Chili Cookoff is still on...keeping the same date of Saturday, February 26, 2011, with a new look and new venue! The Quartzsite Business Chamber of Commerce had cancelled their annual "It's Chili in Quartzsite" when challenges arose with the La Paz County Health Department.

The Arizona Centennial Committee of Quartzsite will sponsor the Cook Off this year, with cooperation from the Business Chamber. The Quartzsite Chili Cookoff will take place at the Town Park, on N. Plymouth. Lukkasson expressed his hopes that the new "Snack Shack" at the park would be completed by then, to help with issues raised by the health department.

So get your favorite chili recipies ready and plan on a wonderful family event at the park on Saturday, February 26th!

Watch for more information in the next issue of the Desert Messenger on Wed. Jan. 5, 2011.

For more information, contact 928-308-0011.

Friday, December 17, 2010

AZ Health Dept. releases first draft of Medical Marijuana Rules

The Arizona Department of Health Services announced their draft of rules for Medical Marijuana Program. Proposition 203 was passed in November by Arizona voters.

Here's a couple of highlights:

Debilitating Medical Conditions

An individual applying for a qualifying patient registry identification card shall have a diagnosis from a physician of at least one of the following conditions:

1. Cancer;

2. Glaucoma;

3. Human immunodeficiency virus;

4. Acquired immune deficiency syndrome;

5. Hepatitis C;

6. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis;

7. Crohn's disease;

8. A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or the treatment for a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition that causes cachexia or wasting syndrome;

9. A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or the treatment for a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition that causes severe and chronic pain;

10. A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or the treatment for a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition that causes severe nausea;

11. A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or the treatment for a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition that causes seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy;

12. A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or the treatment for a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition that causes severe or persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis; or

13. A debilitating medical condition or treatment approved by the Department under A.R.S. § 36-2801.01 and R9-17-106.

To qualify for a dispensary, there are some important guildelines, some of which are:

Dispensary owners must be AZ residents for past 2yrs. Principal officer and board members.

Application fee for Dispensary $5000, Patient $150, Caregiver $200

No unpaid Judgements to goverment agencies (student loans etc, no missed child support etc)

Must provide remote access to computer system and unannounced inspections

Provide video cameras in dispensary and growing areas

Must cultivate 70% of your own medicine

Must offer education and support to patients

Food products must contain warning labels

If you are a Dispensary owner you can not use Medical Marijuana unless you are also a patient.

For the full rough draft of the new rules visit:

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Quartzsite Town Council meeting tonight and new look at Town Hall

The next time you attend a Town Council meeting, you’ll notice there’s been a change in the furniture arrangement.

It has a more formal appearance with the addition of a new wood wall designed specifically for the chambers, and a center aisle. The podium is now facing the council, as a reminder that when one speaks, they are to address the council, not the public. Quartzsite Town Manager, Alex Taft, said. "it’s beautifully designed and can be easily moved for other town functions."

Friday, December 10, 2010

Could Quartzsite Mayor Ed Foster be censured AGAIN?

The agenda for regular meeting of the Quartzsite Town Council
of Tuesday, December 14 is now online. 

Item 121410 – 6, the last on the agenda, states 
"Discussion and possible action to censure Mayor Foster"
submitted by Council Member Joe Winslow. 

Use the link below for the full agenda. Remember, the PDF will take awhile downloading.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Quartzsite Christmas Light Parade Saturday 7pm

Christmas Light Parade this weekend!!!

Don't forget to get some warm clothes on and come on out and enjoy the 8th annual Christmas Electric Light Parade this coming Saturday, Dec. 4!! The parade starts at Mesquite St (just east of La Mesa Rv) and goes

east on Main Street to Plymouth Road, where it turns left and and goes north on Plymouth Rd. to Town Hall. There is still time to enter a float or decorated vehicle but you must have your entries in by Thursday Dec. 2 to be included. Numbers for the entries will be given out at the Business Chamber office on Friday, Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. No entry will be allowed in without signing up and getting their number. Refreshments and awards will be given out at Town Hall after the parade. Get into the Christmas spirit and join in the fun!!

ADOT travel alert for the high country

Travel Alert:
Winter season brings annual highway closures

PHOENIX—As the snow begins to fall around Arizona and the winter driving season begins, the Arizona Department of Transportation is closing a few roadways in the higher elevations. These closures take effect every year due to the large accumulations of snow and ice on the highways—roads that see very little traffic.

ADOT has closed State Route 473 to Hawley Lake for the winter. State Route 261 between State Route 260 and Big Lake and State Route 273 between Sunrise Park and Big Lake will both be closed on Wednesday, Dec. 15. All three highways are located northeast of Show Low in the White Mountains, near Sunrise Park Resort. These annual closures do not affect access to Sunrise.

Also closed for the winter is State Route 67 between Jacob Lake and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.

ADOT closes these highways each winter and reopens them in the spring, usually by mid-May. However, there is the potential for temporary unscheduled highway closures due to severe winter weather, large accumulations of snow and ice, or unsafe driving conditions.

ADOT reminds motorists to drive with caution this winter and offers these tips:

•Slow down. Drive defensively. Be patient and allow additional time for your trip.
•Carry snow chains or cables, in case highways are snow-packed an d icy. Also be sure to pack an emergency kit in your car that includes a fully charged cell phone, extra food and water, blankets, a flashlight, extra batteries, a shovel, an ice scraper, and sand for traction.
•Leave sufficient space between your vehicle and others. Give yourself plenty of room and time to stop to avoid upcoming hazards.
•If stopped on the roadway, leave room for emergency vehicles to get around you.
•Don’t follow snowplows too closely, and do not pass them.
•Make sure your vehicle has plenty of fuel and pack extra clothing for winter weather. If you slide off the roadway, stay with your vehicle. ADOT or the Arizona Department of Public Safety will respond.
•Check weather and road conditions before you leave. Let someone know your route.

More travel tips and information can be found on ADOT’s “Know Snow” website at The website also contains downloadable snow maps of snowplowing schedules and routes.

Before heading out on the roads, drivers are encouraged to call 5-1-1 or log on to ADOT’s Traveler Information Center at for the latest highway conditions around the state. The website features images along state highways that give drivers a glimpse of weather conditions in various regions.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Drivers encouraged to allow extra travel time for trips home at end of holiday weekend

PHOENIX — Travelers heading home on state highways to wrap up the holiday weekend are encouraged to allow extra travel time and get an earlier start due to anticipated heavy traffic Sunday afternoon and evening (November 28). The Arizona Department of Transportation says traffic backups can be expected approaching some existing work zones, although construction work will not resume until next week. Among the safety improvement locations where delays should be anticipated:

Interstate 10 approximately 11 miles west of the State Route 85 junction west of the Phoenix area: A major bridge repair project at the Hassayampa River has required the closure of the westbound I-10 bridge. I-10 is limited to one lane in each direction on the eastbound bridge. Drivers are encouraged to allow at least 90 minutes of extra travel time in the area Sunday afternoon and evening due to busy traffic conditions. Travelers also can consider alternate routes, including US 60 through Wickenburg and Salome to travel beyond the bridge repair site. The US 60 junction with I-10 is east of Quartzsite in western Arizona.

State Route 87 between the Phoenix area and Payson: A highway widening and shoulder improvement project five miles north of the Bush Highway/Saguaro Lake turnoff (south of Sunflower) limits travel to one lane in each direction. Heavier traffic, especially in the southbound direction, should be expected.

Grand Avenue (US 60) in the Phoenix region: New lanes were opened Wednesday (November 24) between 83rd Avenue and Loop 101. However, an existing work zone with limited lanes remains in place between Loop 101 and Loop 303.

Interstate 17 between Flagstaff and Phoenix: Although no major lane restrictions are in place this weekend, drivers are encouraged to allow extra travel time Sunday due to anticipated heavier traffic.

ADOT reminds drivers to remember the following safe driving tips: Be patient, do not follow other vehicles too closely; obey speed limits; buckle up and never drive while impaired. Information about highway conditions is available on ADOT's Travel Information site at or by calling 5-1-1.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Cronkite News releases video on Quartzsite

Cronkite News came to Quartzsite recently and produced a very nice video. Cronkite News provides dozens of original news, feature and investigative stories each week on issues critical to Arizonans. Launched in September 2010 as a service to Arizona citizens. Cronkite News combines professionally edited content produced by Cronkite News Service, Cronkite NewsWatch and other professional experiences offered to advanced students in Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Mayor Ed Foster spoke about how all signs point toward a better season for winter visitors now that the Great Recession is officially over. David Rookhuyzen interviewed two hopeful vendors also. Glad to finally see postive video and news article about Quartzsite posted on the Internet!

The link to the story and video is below:

Cronkite News is available free online at

Quartzsite: Two arrested at Council meeting last night

Quartzsite, AZ- Recently declared council candidate, Jennifer "Jade" Harris-Jones was arrested as she approached Quartzsite Town Hall on Tuesday evening, November 23, 2010. She was arrested on two charges: Obstructing Governmental Operations; a Class 1 misdemeanor; and False Reporting to Law Enforcement Agencies; a Class 1 misdemeanor. The charges were pertaining to an incident on Friday, November 19, 2010, when Quartzsite Building Official, Al Johnson, went to 645 N. Central Blvd., Quartzsite on official Town Business.

The property consists of J & S Covers, a year-round business owned by Jim and Stephanie Aaron, and A Fur Salon, a seasonal dog grooming vending business owned by Jennifer "Jade" Harris-Jones. To view the video of the incident taken by John "Jack" L. Jones, visit

During the Quartzsite Town Council meeting, Mr. Russell Sias, Manager of Crawford's RV Park and a previous candidate for council, presented manilla envelopes to each council member, Town Manager Alex Taft, and asked Town Attorny Pamela Walsma to give an envelope to Al Johnson, who was not present. Sias proceeded to the back of the room where Police Chief Jeff Gilbert stood, with crossed arms. Sias slammed the envelope into his chest and face, creating outcries from the crowd. Sargeant Javier Frausto took Sias into custody on a misdemeanor charge of assault.

Mayor Ed Foster posted bail for Harris-Jones during the night, while Sias was unable to secure bail and will appear before the judge this morning in Parker.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

ADOT annouces no construction over holiday weekend

ADOT: No closures scheduled along state highways
over Thanksgiving weekend; please drive safely

PHOENIX – Travelers who will be using state highways over the Thanksgiving weekend will not encounter any construction-related closures.

The Arizona Department of Transportation is holding off on projects requiring closures to ease travel and promote safety as the holiday travel season gets under way.

Drivers are still urged to prepare for trips ahead of time and to use caution when out on the road, especially when traveling through existing work zones.

Travel to and from Las Vegas is improved with the recent opening of the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge along US 93. ADOT also is completing fifteen miles of new lanes south of the dam this week, creating a safer divided four-lane section of US 93 in the area.

Closer to the Phoenix area, ADOT plans to open new third lanes in each direction along Grand Avenue (US 60) between 88rd Avenue and Loop 101 in the Peoria area on Wednesday (Nov. 24). A Grand Avenue work zone remains in place between Loop 101 and Loop 303.

If traveling between the Phoenix area and Payson, please allow extra travel time along State Route 87 north of the Saguaro Lake Turnoff. SR 87 is narrowed to one lane in each direction for approximately six-miles (mileposts 208-214) until spring 2011. That’s when crews will open a new southbound passing lane and complete other safety-based work, including shoulder improvements.

ADOT urges drivers to be prepared in the event of any unscheduled highway restrictions. Information about driving in winter weather conditions is available on ADOT’s Web page at (click on Know Snow).

Twelve people were killed in 11 fatal crashes along state highways and local roads over the Thanksgiving weekend a year ago (2009). Drivers are asked to follow these safety tips before and during any road trips:

•Buckle Up
•Be Patient and Don’t Speed
•Never Drink and Drive; Use a Designated Driver
•Check Your Vehicle, Including Tire Pressure
•Get Some Rest Before Your Trip
•Check Highway Conditions at
ADOT has joined with the State Department of Public Safety and Governor’s Office of Highway Safety in asking drivers to focus on safe driving over the Thanksgiving weekend and throughout the holiday driving season.

Update: Paving project on I-10 near Harquahala Valley Road to start on Monday

Drivers can expect ten miles of one-lane traffic

YUMA - Paving is scheduled to begin Monday, Nov. 29 along 10 miles of Interstate 10 between the Maricopa county line and Harquahala Valley Road near Salome.

Beginning Nov. 29, commuters can expect the following:

•One westbound and one eastbound lane will be closed between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday to allow crews to access the roadway safely.

•The speed limit through the work zone will be reduced to 45 mph.

•Drivers can expect delays of up to 15 minutes.

•Loads wider than 14 feet will be allowed to travel through the area on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, when paving operations are not taking place.

Message boards will be displayed to inform commuters of construction. Law enforcement officers will be present along the work zone to control traffic and monitor speeds.

Paving is expected to be completed by December 16.

ADOT will fill cracks and apply material to protect the roadway on I-10 near Harquahala Valley Road. Over time, varying temperatures, along with traffic, have worn down the roadway surface, creating small cracks. This project will seal the highway surface, preventing water from seeping into the cracks and damaging the base layer of pavement. Performing preventative maintenance is a cost-effective method for extending the life of the roadway.
As always, drivers are reminded to proceed through the work zone with caution, slow down, and be alert for construction equipment and personnel.
ADOT works to inform the public about planned highway restrictions, but there is a possibility that unscheduled closures or restrictions may occur. Weather can also affect a project schedule. To stay up-to-date with the latest highway conditions around the state, visit the ADOT Traveler Information Center at or call 5-1-1.

For more information regarding this project, please contact Gaby Gonzalez at (928) 699-8983 or e-mail

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Quartzsite Scholars' Academy Football Team State Champions!

In Triple Overtime, the
#1 ranked Quartzsite Scholars' Academy Stars
#2 ranked Scottsdale Prep Spartans
in the Charter Athletic Association's
Championship Game!

The final score was Stars 40 - Spartans 38.

Fans from Quartzsite, including Quartzsite Town Council Member Joe Winslow attended the game held in Phoenix, on Saturday, November 20, 2010. Quartzsite will be celebrating the wins of our youth!

Congratulations to the State Champions
Quartzsite Scholar's Academy Stars!

Go Big Blue!

Great job, coaches, players, parents, cheerleaders, teachers, & supporters!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Darvon pulled from US market

On Friday, Nov. 19, 2010 the FDA pulled a 53 year old pain killer from the US market.

Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals Inc. makers of Darvon and Darvocet, the brand version of the prescription pain medication propoxyphene, has agreed to withdraw the medication from the U.S. market at the request of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Generic manufacturers of products that contain propoxyphene have been requested to remove those as well.

Clinical data shows that the drug puts patients at risk of potentially serious or even fatal heart abnormalities.

Darvon and Darvocet users are urged to contact their physicians as soon as possible to discuss their options. For more information visit the website below.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Quartzsite Town Council meeting agenda online

Quartzsite Town Council will be meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 23rd at 7pm, Town Hall. The agenda is now available online at:

The Town Council meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. The agenda is in a PDF, and takes awhile to download the large file.

If you missed a council meeting recently, now you can watch them online. Videos from meetings held from June through present are online at

FREE Movie at Quartzsite Town Hall Sat. 7:30pm

The Quartzsite Community Prevention Coalition is sponsoring a free movie night, Saturday, Nov. 20th! The movie starts at 7:30pm. The group will be selling popcorn, soda and candy. The movie is "August Rush". The plot is about:

After cellist Lyla (Keri Russell) and guitarist Louis (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) share an enchanted night together, circumstances rip them apart, and the child (Freddie Highmore) produced by the union is raised by an opportunistic stranger (Robin Williams) who nurtures the boy's musical talent. Determined to find his parents, the boy -- known as August Rush -- relies on music to draw his mother and father to him. Terrence Howard co-stars.

Quartzsite Townwide Cleanup today and tomorrow!

It's that time to clean up around your home!

The Town of Quartzsite is sponsoring the annual Townwide Cleanup day today and tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 19 & Sat. Nov. 20th.

Dumpsters are available on the Town Lot just east of Scholars' Academy, 560 E. Coyote (just around the corner from the Police Station, off Plymouth).

Free trash and household goods disposal, however NO TIRES OR WHITE GOODS (nothing with freon, such as air conditioners, refrigerators, freezers).

If you need some help with and cannot get to the dumpsters, call Quartzsite Town Hall at 928-927-4333.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Quartzsite, AZ Football team going to state championship

Scholars' Academy Football team is going to the State Championship Game! 
The game will be this Saturday, Nov. 20th at 4pm in Phoenix.

Ride the FAN BUS for FREE!

Call the school at 928-927-9420. Come out and support your team!

The school has 115 students and 27 students on the football team.
They also have a large cheerleader squad, and a flag team! Awesome job everyone!
You have so much to be proud of!

Quartzsite, AZ Desert Messenger newspaper latest issue online!

Today's issue of the Desert Messenger, Quartzsite's FREE Community Paper, is now available online. The papers will be delivered today in over 70 locations in and around Quartzsite, AZ.

CLICK HERE for the current issue of the Desert Messenger

For the latest news, visit

Friday, November 5, 2010

ADOT announces new license plates for organizations

New, revised specialty license plates offered by ADOT

Adds character and supports charitable organizations

PHOENIX – Authorized under legislation and individually approved by the Arizona Department of Transportation, the range and style of specialty license plates continues to expand, providing drivers with a way to make a statement while supporting a cause, achievement or movement.

From a sunrise over the Grand Canyon to a fighting Cardinal, a Sun Devil to a Wildcat to a Lumberjack, desert vistas and wildlife, service and sacrifice, ADOT offers more than 45 special license plates that allow owners to support a local cause or as a form or recognition, like those for former POWs or Gold Star families.

Arizona ’s standard license plate is among the most attractive in the nation – purple mountain majesty, saguaros, and a postcard view of the desert. The unique artwork and design of the specialty plates further enhances the attractiveness of the Arizona license plate and provides options to drivers. All of the specialty plate designs undergo a review, which includes law enforcement professionals.

ADOT has just released the redesigned Arizona State University collegiate plate. The redesigned Sparky plate was unveiled by the ASU Alumni Association during homecoming weekend on Oct. 29. The first ASU plate was released in 1989 and there have been almost 11,000 issued.

“The bold redesign of ASU’s collegiate license plate allows university supporters and Sun Devil fans to demonstrate their school spirit while at the same time contributing to scholarships for deserving students,” said Christine K. Wilkinson, president of the ASU Alumni Association. The specialty plate provides financial support for the ASU Medallion Scholarship Fund, designated to support deserving students with the awarding of scholarships focused on academic, leadership and personal development.

Other specialty plates have also been recently redesigned, including Northern Arizona University , Families for Fallen Police Officers and Arizona Sportsman for Wildlife Conservation. Newer plates to the specialty lineup include those for Arizona Agriculture, Masonic Fraternity, Arizona Cardinals, Phoenix Suns and Arizona Highways Magazine.

In addition to regular vehicle registration fees, specialty plates cost an additional $25 – with $17 returned to the sponsoring organization. Personalization can be added for another $25 each year.

To view available specialty plates, or place an order, visit any ADOT Motor Vehicle Division office statewide or visit (click on Personalized/Specialty Plates). There are more than 45 choices that are available, several requiring special authorization, like those for amateur radio operators, Congressional Medal of Honor recipients, Pearl Harbor survivors and street rods.


Thursday, November 4, 2010

BLM Announces “Fee-Free” Day at Recreation Sites for Veterans

Yuma, AZ – In celebration of Veterans Day, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Arizona State Director Jim Kenna has announced that all United States (U.S.) military veterans and current members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families will be admitted free-of-charge on Veterans Day to public lands managed by the BLM Arizona. The fee-free designation applies only to Thursday, November 11, 2010.

Recreation areas in the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Yuma Field Office that will be free include Squaw Lake Campground and Boat Launch, Senator Wash Boat Ramp and Day Use Area, Senator Wash North Shore Campground, Senator Wash South Shore Campground, Betty’s Kitchen Watchable Wildlife Area, Oxbow Recreation and Wildlife Area, and Ehrenberg Sandbowl Off-Highway Vehicle Area.

Free admission will NOT be granted at Imperial Dam Long-Term Visitor Area, La Posa Long-Term Visitor Area, Walters Camp, and Hidden Shores RV Village.
BLM would like to thank all U.S. military veterans and current members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families for their service and hope they enjoy their visit to public lands!
The BLM manages more land – more than 245 million acres – than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Quartzsite Club Fair Thurs. Nov. 4, 10-2

Public Invited to get involved!

Quartzsite- On Thurs. Nov. 4, from 10-2 clubs and organizations will be set up at the Quartzsite Senior Center. Everyone is invited to meet and greet the many service organizations in town.

Quartzsite is a unique community that appeals to people from every walk of life. It is also a town that relies on its many volunteer clubs and organizations to make things happen. Our service organizations depend on volunteers whose desire is to help in any way they can.

Every club and organization in town could use a jolt of new blood- new ideas, new energy, and new volunteers to help share they load. Most people who belong to a club or organizations also belong to more than one, and it spreads them pretty thin sometimes. We need to get more people involved in our community to help keep these valuable organizations and clubs active!

We hope you will participate and join in helping to rejuvenate these much needed clubs and organizations. For more infomation, or to reserve a table for your organization, please call the Quartzsite Business Chamber of Commerce at 928-927-9321 or email

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Quartzsite, La Paz County election results- unofficial

The unofficial election results for Quartzsite and La Paz County can be found on the link below. As of 9:30pm All 12 precincts have reported in. Unofficial results show that 3 new faces will be joining the Quartzsite District 4 School Board. Congratulations to Tracey Richardson, Christina Carter, and Monica Timberlake.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Quartzsite youth in running for $50K Pepsi grant

Pepsi is giving away millions each month to fund refreshing ideas that change the world.

Linda Ward, Quartzsite Elementary School, was notified today that her grant proposal was approved. The grant proposals with the most votes will win!

"Inspire Dreams of Art for the Quartzsite Elementary School Students" is a proposal for an art program in Quartzsite Elementary School. Quartzsite is the Rock Capital of the World and this program combines rocks, art, and entrepreneural spirit, perfect for Quartzsite! So spread the word and get the votes out! Learn more and vote:

So vote today and everyday!

Inspire Dreams of Art for the
Quartzsite Elementary School students.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Quartzsite Mayor Ed Foster suppresses Public Comments

6 Videos are now available online.

The videos are of the Quartzsite Town Council meeting of October 26, 2010. See and hear for yourself Mayor Ed Foster's words telling the Council Members and the public he would not accept any comments under "Reports and Announcements". Council Member Patricia Anderson asked about the council reports. Foster denied any reports or announcements. His excuse was he was afraid that someone might say something off topic and he could be fined, according to Arizona Open Meeting Laws. Foster said he would seek a second opinion after Town Attorney Pamela Walsma advised him of his obligations.

He also denied the people's free speech rights during "Communications/Petitions and Citizen Comments". Both items were on the agenda. Originally, Mayor Ed Foster was not going to allow any public comments at all during the meeting, but he changed his mind, allowing comments under each agenda item.

There are 6 videos in all.

NOTICE: if anyone wishes to make a report or announcement at the next Quartzsite Town Council meeting of Tues. Nov. 9, 2010, make sure it gets on the agenda. According to Town Code Section V.2, "Requests for items to be placed on the agenda should be submitted to the Town Manager or Town Clerk in writing no later than 11:00am on the Wednesday of the week preceding the scheduled Council meeting."

Make sure your submission request is turned in by 11am Wed. Nov. 3, 2010.

Also in the Quartzsite Town Council meeting of Tues. Oct. 26th, the council passed new regulations regarding vendor permits. One of the big changes is that there is now a Special Event Vendor Permit for only $15. This will allow vendors to come for one, two or three day events in Quartzsite and not have to pay the normal $50 fee.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Quartzsite Town Hall meeting today 3pm, QIA

There is a Town Hall meeting planned for this afternoon at 3pm to be held at the Quartzsite Improvement Association (QIA). This is an open meeting for the public to discuss town issues with Quartzsite council members. It is a moderated meeting and questions should be submitted on cards, which will be provided.

According to Wikipedia,

 "A town hall meeting is an informal public meeting. Everybody in a community is invited to attend, voice their opinions, and hear the responses from public figures and elected officials about shared subjects of interest, although attendees rarely vote on an issue. In today's heterogeneous communities with large populations, more often, town hall meetings are held so that people can influence elected officials in their decision making or to give them a chance to feel that their voices are being heard."

Monday, October 25, 2010

ATV Trails near Quartzsite informational meeting, Nov. 3

Parker, AZ- The public is invited to the Parker meeting with Arizona Sunriders ATV Club to help bring awareness to the potential threat of trail closures.

Response has been so great location has moved to:
Parker High School- Multi Purpose room- located just left of the student parking lot.
1600 Kofa Ave
Parker, AZ 85344
Time: 6:00 pm

The issue at hand is the possible trail closures by the BLM. Please come and learn how you can help!

928-669-6115- office number

AZ Centennial Event Calendar Planning meeting tonight!

If you missed the last meeting, here's your chance to have input for the Arizona Centennial of Quartzsite Committee plans for the year!

Join us at the Quartzsite Improvement Association (QIA) on Ironwood at 7pm. This is a once-in-a-lifetime event for Arizona! Don't miss out on the fun! Organizations, clubs, churches, businesses, groups, individuals, and snowbirds are ALL WELCOME!

The meeting is held in cooperation with the Quartzsite Busines Chamber of Commerce during their regular business meeting. It doesn’t matter if you are ‘seasonal’, snowbirds or snowbird groups, winter visitor-related, or year-round. The more the merrier. Come one, come all.

Bring your calendars for the rest of this year and especially next year’s to coordinate with the Centennial’s calendar. It will give one large “kick” to a fun Centennial Year finishing off with the biggest party of the State here in Quartzsite ending on February 14, 2012!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

What an awesome day! Rockin' in Quartzsite and Red Ribbon Week kickoff!

Thank you Quartzsite for another beautiful event for the whole community! This post will have more personal touches than normal, as I am so grateful for the countless volunteers that helped make yesterday's event such a positive experience for the community!

Rockin' in Quartzsite is a public art event focusing on the uniqueness of what drew many folks to this area, the rocks! Artists paint rock art pieces which go on display around town for the whole season. In March, the rock art will be auctioned at the Rock Auction! Using a Volunteer Equity Program, funds raised will be donated back to the community through the various organizations designated by the volunteers.

The 2nd Annual Rockin' in Quartzsite kicked off yesterday!  Quartzsite Community Prevention Coalition joined the event this year with kid's events, free hot dogs and t-shirts. The theme was "If you abuse..." alcohol, prescription and illicite drugs. There was a special guest teenager, who shared her pain of losing 4 friends over the last two years to drug abuse.

This year, Proud Neighbors of Quartzsite decided to change it up a bit, by using flagstone slabs instead of boulders. Last year, some boulders were difficult to see on the ground. By using the slabs, the level of visibility will increase. Many hours of discussion were held about how to display the rock art. Mark Goldberg, an artist and creative genius, designed and built a protype stand for the stones.  Many volunteers gathered at his workshop to cut, drill, sand, and paint the beautiful stands to showcase the artists work. Mr. Goldberg worked very hard on attention to details and his concern for safety was paramount! Thank you, Mark Goldberg for the untold hours of work you have put into this project.

Hats off to
  • Inland Builders, Ace Hardware in Blythe, CA for donating all the flagstone slabs and building materials for the Rock Art Pieces and stands. Thank you sooo much for your generousity and support of our community!
  • Kym Scott, of Tyson Wells Showgrounds for the extremely generous donation of his warehouse for two weeks! We couldn't do it without you, Kym! Hearts of gratitude for how much to contribute to the community of Quartzsite!
  • Mark Goldberg, for his incredible design, hard work, and long hours assembling the stands for the slabs. And to the many volunteers he recruited to help, even Council member Patricia Anderson and her husband, Floyd,  pounded a few nails!
  • Roger Williams for stepping up to take on the position of project manager for an event about which he knew little. Thank you to his wife, Patty, also for her long hours of volunteering! Awesome job!
  • All the artists who are donating their time and creative energies for this public art event! Jesse Koontz (Ray Ray), Tina Moore, Nan Burrows, Carol Brainerd, Patricia Oechslin, Mary Jo Gilder, Ron Stoltz, Jo Foster Snow, QES Students, Penai Bettmann, Mark Goldberg, Rainbow Patrick, Betty Michel, Annette Crandall, Rita Wilson. Artists Rock in Quartzsite!
  • Quartzsite Elementary School (QES) 3rd & 4th grade teacher, Mr. Wymer. Also of QES: Linda Ward (who's brilliant idea got the kids motivated) and Trina LaFontane for their many hours of volunteering.
  • 16 QES students who painted two Rock Art Pieces and their parents for allowing them to participate. 3rd graders, Ashley Coen, Frederick Hull, Gabriel Norris, Daniel Perez. 4th graders, Savana Adams, Isadore Baeza, Daniel Bedzyk, Cherokee Frazier, Cobey Hager, Zachary Hager, Rober Hull, Maleiah Sharp, Colton Robertson, Laianni Sales, Jeffrey Scott, Jasmine Tinoco. It was a pleasure to have you all there! We hope to see you on Nov. 6th at the Artist Reception! 
  • Thank you to Quartzsite Community Prevention Coalition coordinators, Tracey Richardson and Yesenia Jackson and all their volunteers. Isaiah 58 Project cooked the hot dogs, Mike and Linda Hobby coordinated a great effort for this event!
  • John D. "Skip" Gallup volunteered many hours of photography, both for the 1st Annual Rockin' in Quartzsite and this year's event. You can see his photos of last year's event hanging at Quartzsite Town Hall.  Thanks, Skip, for also taking photos of the Ribbon Cutting yesterday at Alternative Therapies!
  • Thank you, Monica Timberlake, for your tireless volunteering for this and many other events for the community! You Rock!
  • Town of Quartzsite helped with the use of the fork lift to get the pallet of stones off the truck. Thank you so much, Town Manager Alex Taft for your help and flexibility!
  • To the volunteer membership of Proud Neighbors of Quartzsite, I say a heartfelt thank you!  Awesome job everyone! I really appreciate the cooperation of everyone working together. Every event seems to have a few glitches, but ya'll worked together great and without losing your sense of humor! We have many more hours ahead of us, getting ready for the Artist Reception. Let's show Quartzsite what an amazing community we have when we all get together for the benefit of Quartzsite!
Tyson Wells Showgrounds allowed us to transform a warehouse into the Rock Motel where the Rock Art Pieces are now asleep in their "beds". The artists will be painting for the next couple of weeks, away from public viewing. (We don't want to "disturb the rocks" or "awake them" before it's time! tee hee) And then....

Please join us for the
Artist Reception Gala on Saturday, Nov. 6th from 5-8pm.
The public is invited to meet the artists and help wake up the Rocks so they can move onto their next locations all around town for the whole winter season! Here's your chance to get the first look at all the rock art, in one place, before they "hit the town"! This fancy event will honor our artists and allow them to shine! Please join us for the free elegant meet and greet evening of fun, food and entertainment.

Sponsor locations will be found in the Rock Map, published in the Desert Messenger. The public will be able to vote on their favorite for the People's Choice Award at each sponsor's location. Make sure to say thank you to the sponsors, also! It does take a village for an event of this magnitude to happen, so please spread the word and thank everyone involved.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

New Roundabout near Quartzsite! Vicksburg Rd. & Hwy 60

Construction begins on new roundabout at US 60 & Vicksburg Road Monday

The Arizona Department of Transportation is transforming a four-way stop intersection into a new roundabout at the interchange of Vicksburg Road and the US 60 east of Quartzsite in La Paz County . Construction will begin on Monday, Oct. 25 and should be completed by early spring 2011.
During construction motorists can expect:

•Beginning Oct. 25, work crews will be on-site from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. •Lane closures will take place and workers will be directing traffic through construction zone. •Vicksburg Road interchange will be closed to through traffic beginning Nov. 8. It is expected to reopen by the Thanksgiving weekend. •Local residents will have access to Vicksburg Road . •When Vicksburg Road closes, crews will work from 6 a.m. to midnight seven days a week. •US 60 will remain open at all times. •No work during holidays.

ADOT will replace the existing intersection with a roundabout to improve the flow of traffic through the area. The project also involves removing and replacing existing pavement as well as new lighting, traffic controls and upgrades to the drainage system. The closure of Vicksburg Road will allow the duration of construction to be reduced by two-and-a-half months and will keep motorists and workers safe during construction.

Message boards will be displayed to inform commuters of construction updates and restrictions. Law enforcement officers will be present along the work zone to control traffic and monitor speeds.
As always, drivers are reminded to proceed through the work zone with caution, slow down, and be alert for construction equipment and personnel.

ADOT works to inform the public about planned highway restrictions, but there is a possibility that unscheduled closures or restrictions may occur. Weather can also affect a project schedule. To stay up-to-date with the latest highway conditions around the state, visit the ADOT Traveler Information Center at or call 5-1-1.

For more information regarding this project, please contact Gaby Gonzalez at (928) 699-8983 or e-mail

Rockin' in Quartzsite! Today

It'll be a busy day in Quartzsite today!

There will be a ribbon cutting and open house to welcome a new business to Quartzsite at 10 a.m. The new business in town is Alternative Therapies, owned and operated by Barbara Lancaster. Barbara is a registered nurse, who is also trained in Reiki, Hypnosis, and Ear Candling. She also sells Mary Kay products.
Barbara's new office is located at Palm Plaza #8--255 N.Central Blvd (Hwy 95N).
The ribbon cutting is being sponsored by the Quartzsite Business Chamber of Commerce. Please come out
and show your support for this great new business in town and meet Barbara Lancaster and get to know what she does. Refreshments will be served after the ceremony. For further information, please call Barbara at 927-5858.

Proud Neighbors of Quartzsite presents the 2nd Annual Rockin' in Quartzsite- A Celebration of the Arts! Come on from 11-1 down to the Rock Motel and see the Rock Art Pieces being painted. There will be 15 third and fourth graders from Quartzsite Elementary School joining the fun this year. The Quartzsite Community Prevention Coalition will also be kicking off Red Ribbon Week. There will be lots of activities for the whole family along with free hot dogs! Come join the fun and see the new Rock Art!
This free family event will also include rock painting and a chance to meet the artists. The Red Hat Run-Abouts will have their October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month fundraising booth.
If you missed last year’s event, don’t miss this one! The artists are painting flagstone slabs, which will be very visible when the Rock Art is placed all around town from early November through March 1st. The Rock Art will be available for purchase at the Rock Auction on March 5, 2011.
After Rockin' in Quartzsite take a short drive over to Blythe for a car show. There will be a special concert following the car show in Blythe on October 23 at Quechan Park. The concert will feature Paul Winer doing some great piano boogie woogie and blues, doing songs he wrote from his Sweet Pie days, and will be accompanied by Ralph Martin on the washtub base. There is a dinner before the show and it starts at 5 p.m. The entertainment starts at 6 p.m. Cost for the dinner and show is $15.00 per persons, just for the entertainment $8.00. Have a great day at the car show and stay for the dinner and entertainment.The Country Rangers, who are playing at the car show, will also be featured at the evening dinner and entertainment show.They do classic rock and roll, country and country rock. For more information, please call Sam Patel at 760-922-5143.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

I-10 Paving Delays between Quartzsite & Phoenix

Update: Paving project on I-10
near Harquahala Valley Road
 to start on Monday

Drivers can expect 10 miles
of one-lane traffic

YUMA – Paving is scheduled to begin Oct. 25 for 10 miles on Interstate 10 between the Maricopa County Line and Harquahala Valley Road .

Beginning Oct. 25, commuters can expect the following:

•One westbound and one eastbound lane will be closed between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday to allow crews to access the roadway safely.

•The speed limit through the work zone will be reduced to 45 mph.

•Drivers can expect delays of up to 15 minutes.

•Vehicles will be limited to a maximum width of 14 feet during work hours. Westbound loads wider than 14 feet will be detoured to US 60 at Salome Road . Eastbound loads wider than 14 feet will be detoured to US 60 at Vicksburg Road . Loads wider than14 feet will be allowed to travel through the area on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays

Construction is expected to be completed before the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

ADOT will fill cracks and apply material to protect the roadway on I-10 near Harquahala Valley Road . Over time, varying temperatures and vehicle tires have worn down the roadway surface creating small cracks. This project will seal the highway surface, preventing water from seeping into the cracks and damaging the base layer of pavement. Performing preventative maintenance is a cost effective method of extending the life of the roadway.

Message boards will be displayed to inform commuters of construction. Law enforcement officers will be present along the work zone to control traffic and monitor speeds.

As always, drivers are reminded to proceed through the work zone with caution, slow down, and be alert for construction equipment and personnel.

ADOT works to inform the public about planned highway restrictions, but there is a possibility that unscheduled closures or restrictions may occur. Weather can also affect a project schedule. To stay up-to-date with the latest highway conditions around the state, visit the ADOT Traveler Information Center at or call 5-1-1.

For more information regarding this project, please contact Gaby Gonzalez at (928) 699-8983 or e-mail

Friday, October 15, 2010

Travel alert for Hoover Dam Dedication tomorrow!

Public dedication of new Hoover Dam bridge to create heavy traffic, long delays tomorrow

Bridge expected to open to traffic next week

PHOENIX — More than 20,000 people are registered for tomorrow’s public dedication of the new Hoover Dam bridge over the Colorado River . ADOT is urging anyone who is traveling to Las Vegas on Saturday to take an alternate route due to heavy traffic and long delays from this event.

The $240-million Mike O’Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge is expected to open to traffic next week, according to the Federal Highway Administration. It will not be open during Saturday’s public dedication. The Bridging America dedication is being planned and organized by FHWA.

Motorists who are not confirmed participants at the event will run into heavy traffic delays on US 93 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow and should plan to take a different route when heading to or from Las Vegas . Travel options include using State Route 68 east of Kingman to Bullhead City, crossing the Laughlin Bridge onto Nevada State Highway 163, then using US 95 through Searchlight, Nevada. This detour route, however, also will experience heavier-than-normal traffic.

ADOT will provide messages to drivers on digital sign boards located along northbound US 93, westbound I-40, and eastbound SR 68.

Drivers can tune into the latest traffic alerts on 1610-AM and 1620-AM or by calling 5-1-1. Like for any road trips, travelers are advised to bring extra food, water and supplies with them if they must take US 93 and are caught in the delays.

For more information on tomorrow’s celebration, visit and click on “What to Expect” for a detailed description of how to plan accordingly, whether you are a participant in the event, or if you are traveling through the area that day.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Desert Messenger Letters to the Editor Policy

Folks often complain about their letters not being able to be published in the Desert Messenger. On page 4 of almost every edition is the stated policy. For clarification I've decided to reprint the policies here on this blog. For more information on publishing schedule and advertising rates, please visit

Letters to Editor Policy

"Desert Messenger encourages letters from its readers. Letters should be no longer than 300 words, and may be edited for grammar, content and length.

"We invite you to not only see a problem, but search for the solution to share with the community, keeping the benefit of all in mind.

"Letters considered libelous, in poor taste, on a personal issue, mean spirited or dominated by Scripture quotes will not be published. 3rd party letters will not be accepted.

"To avoid confusion over people with common or similar names, writers must provide a full name and indicate the name they are known by. Writers must provide a full street address and phone number. Rvers may provide the location of park/BLM land, etc. Street addresses will not be published. Phone numbers are for verification only and will not be printed."

Mail letters to:
The People’s Voice
Desert Messenger
P.O. Box 3185,
Quartzsite, AZ 85359

E-mail to:

If you have information that is timely, and can't wait until the next printing, please send your press releases and they will be published on this blog.

Busy day for Quartzsite Town Council on Thursday!

Quartzsite- It looks like the council members will be having a full day on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010. A special meeting is planned for 2:30pm. A work session is planned for 3:00pm. At 6:00pm is the Training with the League of Cities and Towns. All meetings take place at Town Hall, 465 N. Plymouth, Quartzsite.

All meetings are open to the public. Please note:

"Guidelines for Communications/Petitions & Citizen Comments:
1) The Town cannot discuss or take legal action on any matter not on the agenda;
2) Remarks should be limited to statements about Town issues and not personal attacks;
3) Public comments are limited to 2 minutes/5 minutes. One person may not assign his/her time to another;
4) If there are several speakers on a particular matter, citizen groups may select a person to make the presentation on their behalf;
5) If you wish to make a public comment, approach the podium and wait until you are recognized by the Mayor. State your name for the record;
6) Citizens shall observe rules of propriety, decorum and good conduct. Profanity, threatening or personal attacks and slanderous remarks are not permitted. If such behavior does not cease at the request of the Mayor, the individual may be barred from further audience before the Council, unless permission is granted by a majority vote of the Council;
7) Public officers may respond to criticism or request staff to review or place an item on the agenda."

All agendas for Quartzsite Town Council Meetings can be found online at:

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

AZ Centennial Event Calendar Planning meeting huge success in Quartzsite!

Quartzsite- This morning at 10am the Arizona Centennial Committee of Quartzsite held their first ever Event Calendar Planning Meeting. Members of many local organizations were in attendance as well as business owners, and individuals.

Chair Person, Shanana Rain Golden-Bear announced that the committee has worked all summer on this project, sometimes up to 10 hours a week. Events are being planned throughout the centennial year, beginning February 12, 2011 through February 14, 2012. Some of the publicity already in place are Twitter accounts, a Facebook page, a blog.

Education Coordinator, Mary Huntley, displayed the first of many paintings to be displayed during the year. The 3.5' x 4' art pieces will be added each month during the year, displayed on Main Street, on the railings across from McDonald's, etc. Folks will be able to participate in a contest all year long. There will be questions about the scene depicted in the art, what business they are located near, what unique items are in that business, etc. This should increase awareness of our local businesses along with educating folks about the surrounding areas.

Events Coordinator, Monica Timberlake spoke explaining the many new events being planned, as well as asking organizations to incorporate the Centennial theme into their existing events. She explained how important it is for the community to work together.

Lasting Legacy Chair Audrey Berger shared how much she wants everyone to get involved in the events.

Vice Chair Michelle Lukkasson, and Fundraising Coordinator, explained the many fundraising opportunites for businesses and individuals. The attendees were informed that there are no public funds available, none from the state level, county, or town levels. Lukkasson explained the deadline schedule for submissions for the Lasting Legacy Project.

Attendees were given a packet containing the yearly calendar, a detailed calendar, and Lasting Legacy submission information.

After the presentations, the floor was opened for discussion. Many great ideas were shared and some suggestions were given, adding to the calendar. Organizations can email their calendar events to Monica Timberlake at by October 21.

If folks missed the meeting, don't worry! There is an evening meeting planned in cooperation with the Quartzsite Business Chamber of Commerce on Monday, Oct. 25th at 7pm to be held at the QIA.

Please bring your calendars and ideas!


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