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Quartzsite, Arizona

Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year Quartzsite!

As we enter the new year, and the old year fades behind us, I encourage everyone to embrace the peace of the season. This past year has brought many shades of sadness and challenges, but together we can move forward in the hopes of a better future for our community and beyond.

It's natural for us to look back upon the previous year, along with all our successes and learning experiences. When I reflect upon our community, I see that our volunteers are the heart of Quartzsite. Without Volunteers, our community would not be the beautiful place I call home. For a small town, the incredible amount of participation from volunteers is totally amazing! No where else can you see the level of volunteerism as in Quartzsite, Arizona!

Some of the places you'll find Volunteers in Quartzsite are:
The Quartzsite Improvement Association (QIA), Senior Center, Food Bank, Quartzsite Business Chamber of Commerce, Quartzsite Community Thrift Store, the Salvation Army, Citizens on Patrol (COP), Quartzsite Historical Society and Museum, La Paz County Search & Rescue, VFW Post 769, Operation Hero Comfort, Quartzsite Rotary, GFWC Women's Club, Proud Neighbors of Quartzsite (PNQ) Quartzsite Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition and Youth Coalition, Isaiah 58 Project, Friends of the Library, Quartzsite Art Guild,  Adults Sharing with Kids (ASK), Quilters Club, "Heart"ists, Boy Scout Troop,  Metal Detector Club, Roadrunner Gem and Mineral Club, Ham Radio Club, RC Flyers, PTA, Cactus Dodgers Dancers, Volunteer Parents at the Rec Program, our incredible BLM Camp Hosts and Volunteers, Musicians at all the Jams and Events, the countless Volunteers at RV Park events, RV Rally Organizers, Event Coordinators, and all our Church Volunteers who lovingly serve their congregations. There are other folks who generously give, supporting quietly behind the scenes, such as our local business owners and vendors.

Then there are the Quartzsite Residents serving on the municipal boards year-round: Hi Jolly Cemetery Board, Vendor Board, Parks Board, Health & Development Board, Library Board, Personnel Board, Municipal Utilities Board, Planning and Zoning Board, Municipal Property Board, Public Safety Retirement Board, and the Board of Adjustments. The Arizona Centennial Board recently completed their commission and provided the town with many events over the two years they were active. Funds raised provided metal camel silhouettes which will be placed in key locations around town... watch for three to be placed shortly at the new Community Center!

Volunteers do their work quietly, because they love serving their community. Of course, in every community there are those who love to complain, but do not participate in the joy of giving. Volunteers experience incredible gifts when they share freely of themselves.

I've heard it said, "there's just something special about Quartzsite..." Well, it's obviously the people. That's what makes Quartzsite so special. Our hundreds of volunteers who share their wisdom, strengths, and knowledge with others, encouraging each other along the way.

So as we welcome in a new year, let us remember to be kind to each other and thank the volunteers for their service to Quartzsite. Those of us who live full time in Quartzsite experience the blessings of our volunteers. Those visiting Quartzsite may marvel at how the heck can this little town handle the influx of millions of visitors. It's the volunteers... our amazing people!

I am so grateful to be living in a community where people smile at one another walking down the street, and strangers wave as I'm driving by. It's the simple things that make a difference!

I am so grateful for all of you!

Wishing you a wonderful New Year full of gratitude!

Shanana "Rain" Golden-Bear
Publisher/Editor Desert Messenger

Friday, December 28, 2012

QPD increasing patrols on New Year's Eve

Quartzsite Police Department Chief Jeff Gilbert
encourages citizens to
Please Be Safe this New Year's Eve

During this holiday season, law enforcement officers will be out in full force looking for drunk and impaired drivers. Please enjoy the Holiday season, but to do so responsibly by getting a designated driver, not a DUI!

And please remember that in 1999, 14-year-old Shannon Smith was killed by a stray bullet from random gunfire while in her own backyard. It's now illegal to shoot a gun into the air, under Shannon's Law, and breaking this law is a felony in Arizona.

The Quartzsite Police Department wishes everyone a safe and Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

VIDEO: Christmas in Quartzsite 2012

Greetings from sunny Quartzsite! 

Saturday, December 22nd, 2012 was Community Unity Day in Quartzsite! Organizers Gene and Maggie Ross gathered local folks from all walks of life to be Bell Ringers for our Salvation Army. Gene had already been busy for weeks, as Santa's helper, ringing that bell day in and day out, raising funds.

Also included in this video are Christmas light decorations from around town. (670 Olinger will be a dedicated separate video.)The beautiful flute music is from Quartzsite's own Mark Church. "Merry Christmas from Redfeather Rose Entertainment".

When questioned about the importance of loose change donated, Gene said, "It all adds up. Just last week, there was about $400 of loose change donated! That will help a lot of people in Quartzsite!"

Funds raised stay in Quartzsite to help folks with vouchers for food, propane, & fuel at local businesses, rent, clothing and other emergency help to get folks back on their feet.

Maggie and Gene are very active members of the Covenant Lutheran Church, donating both money and lots of time for the community. This was a wonderful project and lots of folks volunteered to help.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Quartzsite Solar Energy Project moves forward

The Western Area Power Administration (WAPA or Western) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) have completed the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Quartzsite Solar Energy Project and a related amendment of the BLM's Yuma Resource Management Plan.

Quartzsite Solar Energy, LLC, a subsidiary of SolarReserve, LLC, is the proponent for the project. It plans to use solar tower technology to produce up to 100 megawatts of solar-powered electricity in La Paz County, Arizona. The project is proposed on 1,675 acres of BLM-administered land 10 miles north of Quartzsite and adjacent to Arizona State Route 95.

The company plans to construct a 653-foot tower surrounded by an array of mirrors. The mirrors would focus the sun’s rays on a point at the top of the tower. The concentrated heat would be used to create steam, which would be used to power traditional steam turbine generators.
Western, a Department of Energy agency, took the lead in preparing the EIS. The project would require tie-in to Western’s power transmission lines.

Major projects that involve Federal land or resources are required by Federal law to be evaluated in an EIS. The EIS, which has been in development for more than two years, evaluates the effects of the proposed project on all resources, including wildlife, groundwater, cultural, and vegetation. The issues were considered, avoided, minimized or mitigated appropriately. 

In addition to evaluating whether to allow use of the land, the BLM is evaluating a proposal to amend the Yuma Resource Management Plan, which was adopted in January 2010. The amendment would change the visual resource management class for the proposed site to a category that would allow construction of a tower.

The EIS identifies BLM’s preferred alternative, which generally coincides with Quartzsite Solar Energy’s proposal.

Information on the project and a link to the draft EIS is available on the BLM Arizona web site at

The Final EIS is available for review at:

Thursday, December 20, 2012

The Gratitude Book Project 2013 hits #1 on Amazon!


I'm excited to announce that yesterday, 
December 19, 2012 the book reached 

#1 in "Hot New Releases" and 
#6 in the "Happiness" Category!

Thank you to Editor Donna Kozik, 
the 300 contributing authors and 
everyone who purchased the book yesterday! 

I'm grateful to be a co-author and Gratitude Ambassador!

A wave of gratitude is making its way around the world, 
and I'm so very honored to be a part of this project. 

Proceeds from national book sales will be split among three charitable organizations:
Feeding America, the ASPCA, and Women for Women International.

Besides supporting charitable organizations, this book is a great addition 
to your daily reading with a new message of 
gratitude for each day of the year.

What are you grateful for?

To get your copy, order online at

Shanana "Rain" Golden-Bear,
Editor/Publisher, Desert Messenger,
Quartzsite, Arizona

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Gratitude Book Project and Quartzsite

Have you heard of the 
Gratitude Book Project? 
It's finally here 

International Book Project 
Has More Than 300 People Sharing 
Their Stories of Gratitude, 
with National Book Sale Proceeds
Benefiting Three Charitable Organizations

I am so honored to be a co-author in The Gratitude Book Project: Celebrating 365 Days of Gratitude, a collaborative book sold on and featuring over 300 authors answering the question “What are you grateful for?” in 200 words or less. 

As publisher of Desert Messenger, Quartzsite's FREE Community Paper, I am so very grateful for the opportunity to participate in this project. Having an Attitude of Gratitude opens our hearts to possibilities unseen. 

The book features pieces of true stories of appreciation such as:

·       The soldier who skipped his nightly run—and saved his life
·        The nervous excitement of entering a classroom for the first time…as the teacher
·        The magic number tally of cars, kids and cats that make a marriage
·        The everyday front porch where everlasting love was found
·        The great vision and personal insights gained despite being blind
·        The treasured handwritten letters from grandparents to a frightened 18-year-old college freshman
·        The dad who laughs so hard when telling a joke he can’t get the punch line out

And 358 more stories of stopping to take say “thank you” to the good in life—and the “not so good” that makes us stronger.


Shanana Rain Golden-Bear’s contribution to the book centers around how gratitude  helps when fear takes over.  “I wanted to participate in this project because our community has suffered so much recently. Gratitude can shift how we perceive the world around us and I wanted to share the joys of finding gratitude in simple ways,” said Golden-Bear.

In keeping with the spirit of the project, proceeds from national book sales will be split among three charitable organizations: FeedingAmerica, the ASPCA and Women for Women International.
For more information about “The Gratitude Book Project,” contact the co-author Shanana Rain Golden-Bear at or Donna Kozik, coordinator of the project, at or

Friday, December 14, 2012

Keep the flame of hope alive

This morning, I was in the middle of writing an article for Wednesday's Desert Messenger when I heard of the horrific tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. The article is about local Quartzsite Elementary School District Board members extending Superintendent Jacque Price's contract. Some were happy about the decision and others are furious.

I was researching the history of our two local schools, at the same time Arizona School Board Members were ending their annual Conference today. The impact of the news of the deaths of so many innocent children stopped me in my tracks. An overwhelming wave of grief came upon me, and I reached out to family and friends for comfort.

My emotions were already raw from hearing about two friends' experience at the Clackamas shopping mall shooting just a few days ago. One friend, in a wheelchair, faced the shooter while his wife hit the floor as the glass shattered around her. The pain of their experience was felt "in our bones", as they said. With support of our extended family, the couple was just beginning the long healing process; and then came today's tragedy.

Such events as the recent shootings offer the opportunity to open up our hearts to each other...or... these events can turn our hearts cold as ice. We make our choices. In these changing times, we can heal from our wounds by recognizing another's pain. Allowing ourselves to grieve as a nation, and a community, for those who lost loved ones today and whose lives will never be the same again, will open us up to just how connected we are as human beings living on this earth together.

When we can sit at a table together with those we disagree with, the pain of our wounds begin to heal. When we light a candle and say prayers for the families who are suffering today, our own wounds will begin to heal. When we share a smile with a stranger, we offer a part of ourselves.

Today's tragedy shows us how connected we really all are. When our President sheds tears, the whole press corp was silent and moved. No politics, just human to human connection. We all feel the pain of today's events. When we send loving thoughts and prayers for the families involved, we help in our own healing process. When we begin our healing as a community, it reverberates around the whole world, just as a pebble in the pond.

In closing, I wish to share how grateful I am for all of you in my life, those I know very well, and those who only read my words here on this blog. I have learned from each and every one of you, even those who....(fill in the blanks)....

Reach out to loved ones and be grateful for each moment we share together. Don't allow the fear of the future stop you from joyfully living your dreams.

I wish all of you a joyful tomorrow and beyond...

Shanana Rain Golden-Bear
Publisher/Editor Desert Messenger

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Quartzsite gears up for wonderful season!

Here are some helpful links for 
getting around Quartzsite this year:

If you're planning a trip to Quartzsite this year, 
be sure to check out the 
2012-2013 Show and Swap Meet Schedule 
and Calendar of Events:

There's a map of all the shows and swap meets around Quartzsite 

For a list of restaurants open for the season check out:

For camping in and around Quartzsite:

The current list of Music Jams in and around Quartzsite:

Vendor permits are still only $50/season (no increase for the last 9 years)
Vending forms; applications, requirements, etc.

Photo | Ken Hardies

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Nov. 6th election results; Quartzsite Constable

Quartzsite, Arizona - The results of the tied write-in race for Quartzsite Constable JP#4 from the November 6th election are finally in.

After Tuesday's recount of the write-in candidates for Quartzsite Constable JP#4,
Starr BearCat won the position by one vote. 
BearCat received 62 votes. Bill Moore received 61 votes.

Yesterday (BearCat's birthday) Judge Michael Burke signed the official results of the recount held Tuesday, December 4, 2012.

According to Donna Hale the La Paz County Board of Supervisors will then adopt an amended canvass at their next meeting on December 17th, to declare Starr BearCat elected. Once approved, the Certificate of Election and Oath of Office documents will be issued.

Quartzsite Constable results

Monday, December 3, 2012

Quartzsite Police Chief to hold Coffee with Cops Wed.

Join Quartzsite Police Chief Jeff Gilbert 
for his monthly Coffee with Cops meeting 
on Wed. Dec. 5th. 

Coffee and donuts will be available during the 
8am meeting 
at Quartzsite Town Hall, 
465 N. Plymouth, Quartzsite, Arizona.

Town Hall Tues. Dec. 4th at 4pm, Quartzsite Improvement Assoc

The Town of Quartzsite will hold a Town Hall meeting Tuesday, Dec. 4th at 4pm in the Quartzsite Improvement Assoc.(QIA) hall. The town posted a possible quorum notice that council members may appear. This will be the first Town Hall meeting for Quartzsite's Interim Town Manager, Laura Bruno.

Bring your questions and ideas for the meeting.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Construction on Hwy. 72 next week west of Vicksburg

Arizona Department of Transportation

Intermittent lane restrictions for APS project on 
State Route 72 west of Vicksburg next week

Arizona Public Service crews will be working on State Route 72 near milepost 46 from 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. daily beginning Monday, Dec. 3 through Sunday, Dec. 9. Intermittent lane restrictions can be expected during work hours.

ADOT advises drivers to proceed through the work zone with caution, slow down, and be alert for APS 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. For more information about this project, please visit

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

FREE Internet workshops at AWC in Quartzsite

Free Community Workshops 
Available at 
Arizona Western College Quartzsite – 
December & January

Arizona Western College (AWC) in Quartzsite will host one-hour community workshops in the months of December and January. Featured workshops include: Creating an Email, Attaching a File to an Email Account, Creating a Personal Facebook, and How Is the Internet Useful?  During hour-long community workshops participants will have the opportunity to learn new skills in the above areas.

Attaching a File to Email - Wednesday, December 5, 2012, 9-10am and 
Tuesday, December 18, 2012, 10-11am (email account required prior to class)

How is the Internet Useful? - Wednesday, December 5, 2012, 12:15-1:15pm; 
Monday, December 17, 2012, 10-11am; 
Wednesday, January 9, 2013, 1-2pm (email account required prior to class)

Creating an Email Account - Monday, December 17, 2012, 10-11am and 
Wednesday, January 9, 2013, 10-11am

Creating a Personal Facebook - Tuesday, December 18, 2012, 1-2pm, 
(email account required prior to class)

Call or Stop by Today to Reserve a Seat! 
Space is limited for these free community workshops. 
AWC Quartzsite, 695 N Kofa Ave. Call 928-927-8299

Friday, November 23, 2012

Generic Lipitor recall. Check your bottles!

The Associated Press is reporting Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals, Inc just announced they are recalling dozens of lots of its generic version of cholesterol drug Lipitor because some may contain tiny glass particles.

Ranbaxy, India's largest drug maker, has recalled their 10-, 20-, and 40-milligram doses of tablets of atorvastitin calcium, the generic of Lipitor

The 80-milligram strength tablets are not affected.

Patients who have recently filled prescriptions should contact their pharmacy to find out if their medicine was made by Ranbaxy or another generic drug maker. If it is from Ranbaxy, ask your pharmacist if it came from a recalled lot. 

For the full story, read:,0,239211.story

For a full list of the recalled lots, visit:

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Santa's Workshop Arts & Craft Show this weekend

After all the turkey and fixings have settled, and the holiday is over, be sure to rest up for another great event in Quartzsite!
The Quartzsite Business Chamber of Commerce invites you to come and check out our first annual Santa’s Workshop Arts and Crafts Festival that will be held at Tyson Wells Showgrounds on
Sat. & Sun. Nov. 24th & 25th.

The event will take place in the second metal building from the corner, where the artists had their Rock Motel, 100 W. Kuehn. The inside of the building is filled, and there will be lots of outside tables and booths as well.  Crafters from all over the place will be set up and ready to greet you and entice you with their wonderful handmade items!

   The theme is “Christmas with Santa’s Workshop”, but not all items will be Christmas related. Some of the crafters will be bringing jewelry, crocheted items, painted rocks, wood carving, handmade clothing and gift items, plastic canvas items, dolls, cards, magnets, pot holders and lights.

  There will also be rope cowboy art, vases, clocks, beaded scarves, items in wood, leather, and metal, marble tiles, painted sand dollars, bird feeders, handmade crosses, walking sticks, wood-burning items, engraving on glass and plastic, quilts, Christmas wreaths, candles, ornaments and much, much more!!
     Crafters will be able to set up Friday afternoon, and the booths and doors will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Be sure to come over and check out all the goodies you will find for yourself or as a gift for a special friend or loved one.

  There will be a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, lots of little elves running around, and a raffle will be held both days with items donated by the crafters in the festival. Lots of fun for everyone!!
    For more information, please call the Business Chamber at 928-927-9321 or drop in to the office at 110 W. Main St.  Hope to see you all there!!!

Annual Christmas Boutique in Rainbow Acres Dec. 1st and Thank you letter to QFD

Quartzsite CHRISTMAS BOUTIQUE at Maggie and Gene Ross's home!
Mark your calendars for December 1st

Christmas is right around the corner and we invite you to join us at

49513 Pearl Ave. in Rainbow Acres, for our Christmas Boutique. 

There will be free cookies and spiced cider to enjoy as you browse the lovely crafter's items. Time is from 9am - 4pm. Everything from homemade jewelry, crocheted and beaded scarves, embroidered towels, yarn, cookies and candies, art work and much, much more!

If you would like to help the Quartzsite Food Bank with their holiday food drive, please bring your donations and we will have a collection area. Thank you.


On two separate occasions this past week, the Quartzsite Fire Department medics and personnel that work for the local ambulance service have sitied Rainbow Acres. Both a friend that lives here as well as a friend that was visiting required trips to the hospital. The medics arrived and handled both emergencies effieniently and with much care. We want to thank the young men and lady who came and let them know how very much we appreciate their services to the community. In both incidences both friends are recovering and also wish to express their gratitude.
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! We, as a community are very fortunate to have such wonderful people available in emergency situations.

Maggie and Gene Ross

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Wishing you and your loved ones
 a wonderful Thanksgiving!

I just wanted to take a moment and let you all know 
I am so very grateful for having you in my life!

As you take time to gather with family and friends today,
 enjoy the moments of gratitude the day brings. 

GRATITUDE is the inward feeling of kindness received. THANKFULNESS is the natural impulse to express that feeling. THANKSGIVING is the following of that impulse.
Henry Van Dyke

Blessings to you all in and around Quartzsite, 

Tues. Nov. 27th Quartzsite Town Council meeting agenda

It appears it will be another long meeting for the Quartzsite Town Council next Tuesday. Mayor Ed Foster has placed Items which were pulled from the Nov. 13th's agenda back on Tuesday's agenda. There are 14 new business items, including a presentation regarding solar grants awarded to the Town awarding of $12,000 Economic Development Funds, and four Planning and Zoning requests. The link to the whole agenda is below:

Arizona DPS expects large volume of travelers this holiday weekend

Highway Patrol officers will focus their efforts on preventing collisions

Throughout this long Thanksgiving holiday weekend, which will be one of the busiest travel weekends of the year, the Department of Public Safety (DPS) will be focusing their efforts on driving behaviors that can lead to crashes.
In 2011, 10 people were killed in 9 separate crashes during the Thanksgiving weekend on state and federal highways in Arizona. Two of those crashes involved impaired drivers.
The Highway Patrol will be vigilant in trying to prevent these types of crashes from happening but ask the public for help. Taking steps to ensure you and your family are safe while driving starts before you hit the road.
· Do not consume alcohol or other drugs that can cause impairment
Get plenty of rest
Check your tires for proper inflation and sufficient tread
Avoid distracted driving; texting, checking emails, etc.
Always wear your seatbelt
Do not drive aggressively or become impatient with other motorists
Should you suspect that someone is impaired while driving, please call 911.
Helping ensure that your family makes it to their destination safely is the main goal of the Highway Patrol and we will take that responsibility seriously.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Quartzsite Youth Coalition holds Turkey Dinner Raffle

Quartzsite Youth Coalition 
will hold a 
Turkey Dinner Raffle. 

Tickets are $5 each.

The Turkey dinner for a family of five will include 
One Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Stuffing, 
Green Beans, Dinner Rolls, 
One Holiday Pie, Two Liters of Soda. 

All items will be uncooked. 

For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Melissa or Yesenia at 
Quartzsite Town Hall Recreation Department. 928-927-4333.

Quartzsite Flu Clinic WED. NOV. 14 at QIA 4-5pm

The La Paz County Health Department 
will be in Quartzsite tomorrow evening from 4 pm -5 pm  
at the QIA building. 
It's not too late to get your flu shot.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Quartzsite Town Council 15-item agenda for Tues. Nov. 13th

Quartzsite Town Council has 15 New business items to discuss Tuesday, Nov. 13th beginning at 9am, including a four-item Executive Session. On the agenda includes:


111312 — 01. Executive Session:
• An Executive Session for discussion or consultation for legal advice with special counsel
for the Town regarding the terms of an employment contract with Alexandra Taft as
Town Manager and liability issues pursuant to A.R.S. §38-431.03(A)(3),
• An Executive Session for discussion or consultation with special counsel for the Town in
order to consider its position and instruct special counsel regarding the Town's position
regarding an employment contract with Alexandra Taft as Town Manager that is the
subject of contemplated litigation or settlement discussions conducted in order to avoid
litigation pursuant to A.R.S. § 38-431.03(A)(4).
• An Executive Session for discussion or consideration of employment, assignment,
appointment, promotion, demotion, dismissal, salaries, disciplining or resignation of Alex
Taft as Town Manager pursuant to A.R.S. § 38-431.03(AX I).
• Discussion regarding the Town Manager position.

111312 — 02, At the discretion of the Council, motion to terminate employment of Town
Manager Alexandra Taft pursuant to Town Code Section 3-2-113.
(not open for public discussion) Laura Bruno. Interim Town Manager

111312 — 03. Update on the waste water treatment plant expansion.
(not open for public discussion) Kevin Murphy, Atkins engineering

111312 — 04. Discussion and approval to collect monies owed to the Town by multiple parties by directing the Town Manager to take all actions necessary to collect monies owed to the Town, including commencing any necessary legal action, (not open for public discussion) Mark Orgeron, Council Member

111312 — 05. Discussion with Acting Town Attorney to provide Council with Clear
understanding of the Mayor's duties, responsibilities and role, and limits of his powers.
(not open for public Discussion) Norma Crooks, Council Member

111312-06. To adopt resolution 12-19 which resolves that the Council shall nominate and vote to select two council members to be identified to serve as primary-contact council representatives with the Arizona Municipal Risk Retention Pool (AMRRP), and provides that the same two council members selected thereby a vote of the Council shall also serve as the primary contact council-representatives to the Director of the League of Arizona Cities and Towns (LEAGUE), and provides that one of the council persons thereby selected must also be specifically nominated in, by, and though the same motion to be further designated by the council to serve in the additional capacity as a council representative charged with the authority ad duty of seeking insurance/loss coverage quotes from alternative risk coverage providers and/or bonding providers as need be, and that the Common Council directs that the individual who serves in the day-to-day capacity as town manager shall provide ready access to any and all administrative Town resources, any or all Town information, and any and all aforementioned quotes, all of the foregoing being resolved pursuant to the policies and directives as set forth in the aforementioned Resolution. (not open for public discussion) Pat Workman, Council Member

111312-07 To adopt Resolution 12-29 which resolves to reinstate Town Manager Alexandra Taft to full Town Manager duties as of the start of the business day of Wednesday, November 14, 2012 whereby she shall serve at the pleasure of the Common Council of Quartzsite Arizona; and to terminate "without cause" the contract between the Town of Quartzsite and Interim Town Manager Laura Bruno in that Ms. Bruno's Services will be no longer needed after the end of this business day by the Town and/or Council and that Ms. Bruno shall be provided with immediate Thirty (30) day written notice of her termination, forthwith, to be signed by the Mayor and to contain notice that Ms. Bruno shall perform no further duties for or on behalf of the town after 5pm today to the Mayor Or his designee, which shall be a council member of the Town, (not open for public discussion) Pat Workman. Council Member

111312-08. The Council shall by a majority vale rescind the July 10, 2011 emergency suspension of the Call to Public on the council Agendas; and as the Council finds there is no longer any emergency basis for the suspension of Call to the Public, Call to the Public shall be restored under the present Council Procedure rule of the Council which allows for public comment under Council Procedure Policy Section V(1). (not open for public discussion) Put Workman, Council Member

111312-09. Discussion and possible action to direct the acting Town Attorney to draft: Modify Town Code 2-4-1 " Regular Meeting to read : "regular meeting on the second and fourth Tuesday at 7 pm."
(not open for public discussion) Ed Foster, Mayor

111312-10. Discussion and possible action to direct the acting Town Attorney to draft: Modify Town Code 2-4-6 order of business to insert "Call to the Public" after Reports and Announcements and before Consent Agenda. (not open for public discussion) Ed Foster, Mayor

111312-11. Discussion and possible action to direct the Acting Town Attorney to draft: Modify Town Code 34-8, Bidding for professional services, "shall not" with "shall".
(not open for public discussion)  Ed Foster, Mayor

111312-12. Discussion and possible action to direct the Acting Town attorney to Draft: Repeal Ordnance I I-08 referring to Town Code 3-2-5 Town Attorney duties, and restore that section of the Code to its previous form.
(not open for public discussion) Ed Foster, Mayor

111312-13. Discussion and possible action regarding the Town Manager position.
(not open for public discussion) Ed Foster, Mayor

1113-14. Discussion and possible action the approval on change of ownership of license 407150013. Ownership is changing from La Vonne Edna Olson to her daughter, Barbara Helen Oys.
(open for public discussion) Beth Praast, Community Development

1113-15. Discussion and possible action the approval for Liquor License for Shay Oil, Company, lee. This is a new local location of the Chevron Convenience Store located at 41 North Riggles Road.
(open far public discussion) Beth Praast, Community Development

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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Casa Medical returns to Quartzsite helping Diabetics

Casa Medical in Quartzsite Wed.

Casa Medical returns to Quartzsite 
this Wed. Nov. 14th 
help Diabetics get shoes at NO COST 
(in most cases) .

Join Casa Medical, a Medicare provider, this Wednesday 
at two locations in town:


QIA FROM 1:30-2:30PM

Quartzsite Historical Society Field trip to Swansea and Bouse Nov. 16


Quartzsite Historical Society will hold their first field trip of the season. 

WHEN:      Friday, November 16, 2012

WHERE:    Bouse and Swansea

MEET:       Bouse tanks and railroad tracks at 9:00 a.m.

Quartzsite on 95 North to Plomosa Road.  Turn right.
 Proceed to Bouse tanks and railroad tracks.

BRING:      Brown Bag lunch, water and camera.

PHONE:    (928) 927 – 5229 or Kay at (928) 927 – 6159

Public Is Invited

Sponsored by Quartzsite Historical Society

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Health Fairs planned for Quartzsite and Bouse Nov. 12 & 13

health.fair Quartzsite

Health.Fair Bouse

Quartzsite, Arizona - La Paz Regional Hospital will host a Health Clinics in Quartzsite and Bouse.

The Quartzsite Clinic will be held Monday, Nov. 12th from 8am to noon at
Quartzsite Senior Center, 40 Moon Mountain Ave.

Services available are:
FREE glucose and cholesterol testing (fasting required)
FREE oximetry testing
FREE blood pressures
FREE bone densities
FREE educational health information
PSA Testing for $30.00
Flu shots - $20.00
Also participating: Hospice of Havasu, Health Choice and More
Sponsored by: La Paz Regional Hospital - “Smaller Size – Big Results”
For more information call
(928) 669-9201

ADOT holds open house in Quartzsite tonight on I-10 project

Arizona Department of Transportation

Community invited to attend open house to learn about I-10 
Multimodal Corridor Profile Study

The Arizona Department of Transportation is conducting the I-10 Multimodal Corridor Profile Study, a long-range planning study for Interstate 10. The primary purpose of the study is to develop a long-range transportation plan for the busy corridor. The study will consider a range of mobility options including vehicle, rail, transit, and air service in the study area. The study area for this project extends from downtown Phoenix (Central Avenue) to the state line.

ADOT is hosting an open house to provide an opportunity for La Paz County residents to learn more about the study, review and comment on future transportation needs.

Date: Thursday, November 8, 2012

Time: 6 to 8 p.m. (presentation at 6:15 p.m.)

Place: Quartzsite Town Hall
           465 Plymouth Avenue
           Quartzsite, AZ 85346

For more information about this study, please visit or contact Yuma District Senior Community Relations Officer Gabriella Kemp at 928.317.2165 or or ADOT Community Relations Manager Jennifer Grentz at 602.510.9840 or

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Local unofficial election results for La Paz County

Quartzsite, Arizona - With 11 out of 12 precincts counted, the results for local races in La Paz County are the following. 

CANDIDATE                 PARTY      VOTES      PERCENT
La Paz County Supervisor DIST 1
WILSON, D.L.               REP 625

La Paz County Supervisor DIST 2

La Paz County Supervisor DIST 3








Write-in Votes for CONSTABLE JP 4 will be announced at a later date.


Write-in Votes for COUNTY ATTORNEY will be announced at a later date.

         242 30.91
PRUTCH, JOHN 539 68.84
Write-in 2 0.26


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