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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

BLM cautions drivers-watch for burros Hwy 95 south of Quartzsite

Use Caution When Traveling on Highway 95

Yuma, Ariz. - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Yuma Field Office continues to ask the public to use caution when traveling on Highway 95 between Yuma and Quartzsite, especially between Mile Posts 45 - 65.

“Recently, there have been several traffic accidents associated with wild burros along Highway 95 and five burros were killed in one accident this morning,” said BLM Yuma Field Manager John MacDonald.  “We are very concerned about the safety of the traveling public and also the burros that roam in the area.  Please be extra careful when you drive through that stretch of the road after dark.” 

“The wild burros normally live along the Colorado River during the summer months because of the water source; however, because of the recent rains, they are crossing Highway 95 to get to their food and water,” stated Wild Horse and Burro Specialist John Hall.  

The BLM Yuma Field Office completed a wild burro gather in June, gathering 350 wild burros from the Cibola-Trigo Herd Management Area (HMA) north of Yuma, Arizona.  “We estimate there are still approximately 350 burros left in the HMA,” said Hall.  “Our appropriate management level for wild burros in the HMA is 165.”

For more information, please call John Hall at 928-317-3202 or Lori Cook at 928-317-3243.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Quartzsite's Jennifer Jones speaks at Meet the Candidates Forum in Wenden, AZ

Wenden, Arizona- Thursday, July 26th, the McMullen Valley Chamber of Commerce held a Meet the Candidates Forum. The room was packed with La Paz County voters and candidates, along with Arizona state candidates, and U.S. candidates. 

The three hour event was well organized by the large group of volunteers. Attendees had the opportunity to visit with candidates beforehand, and to submit written questions for each of the 19 candidates. Each candidate was given five minutes to speak before questions were asked. Republican candidates dominated the evening with a sprinkle of independents and democrats.

The only Quartzsite candidate is Jennifer Jones, who is running La Paz County Supervisor District 3. District 3 now includes a portion of Quartzsite (south of I-10), La Paz Valley, Rainbow Acres, Cibola, Salome, Wenden, Vicksburg, and Alamo Lake areas.

Jones answered a question regarding the controversy around her residency, by stating she does live in La Posa North area of BLM's LTVA (Long Term Visitor Area), located just south of Quartzsite and I-10 (District 3). Jones shared how she loves the peace and quiet of the desert. She said people can buy a seasonal winter pass and also a summer pass, of which she has. 

However, according to BLM's website, La Posa LTVA summer fees are:
"From April 16th through September 14th, the fee is $10 per vehicle for day-use, $15 per vehicle for overnight use, or $75 annually per vehicle, for up to 5 people per vehicle. There will be a $1 per person fee charged over the 5 person limit. The maximum stay is 14 days in a 28-day period."Between April 16 and September 14, you may stay in an LTVA only 14 days in any 28-day period." Rule 34 states "After your 14th day of occupation at an LTVA, you must move outside of a 25-mile radius of that LTVA."

Jones said she can prove that she lives in District 3 because "another news publication" (I'm assuming that would be me, the publisher of Desert Messenger) knows where she lives and "came all the way out to my campsite and took pictures...". Jones may be referring to when I took photographs of her camp on federal lands flying an upside down American flag (as a candidate for Quartzsite Town Council). That photo was taken in December, 2011 (over 7 months ago) and the article was published in Desert Messenger's January 4th issue. See article on Page 7 at

It is well known by locals that Jones is currently living and working on the North side of I-10 (District 2) on Richard Oldham's property near the old airstrip. Many dog owners have taken their pets there to be groomed. In an effort to clarify this issue, I drove out Saturday afternoon, July 28th, to La Posa North (District 3), near the same location photos were taken back in December. No camp was seen anywhere in La Posa North. Not a trailer, nor motor home, nor even a tent; just a few quail roaming the desert. 
Jones' final comment Thursday evening was, 
"being educated makes you more of a better decision maker."


Thursday, July 26, 2012

Huge turnout for today's Quartzsite Community Center Groundbreaking Ceremony

Quartzsite, Arizona- There was a great turnout 
from community for the 
Quartzsite Community Center Groundbreaking 
this morning at Town Park.

Participating in the traditional ground breaking were (Left to Right) 
Council Member Patricia Anderson, Parks Board Member Shirley Phillips, 
Town Manager Alex Taft,  Pastor Mike Hobby of Isaiah 58 Project, 
Angie Howell in honor of her father Gary Howell, 
and Recreation Director Tracey Hess.

Speakers included,  Alex Taft, Patricia Anderson, La Paz County Supervisor Holly Irwin 
and Parks Board Member Kevin Cushman.

Pastor Mike Hobby was the Master of Ceremonies and led with a heartwarming prayer.

All the speakers focused on the positive addition the Community Center brings to the community. Groundbreaking ceremonies are an expression of optimism, hope for the future, and celebration. They are an opportunity to bring people together in celebration of a new beginning;  a historic time in the life of a community.

A surprising discovery was made recently during the process of clearing the building site. 
According to Town Manager, Alex Taft, this Ironwood tree is over 1200 years old. 
The tree is located just east of the building site for the Community Center. Ironwoods are a protected species, so the town has taken measures to protect it by cordoning it off. Taft told Desert Messenger that she is planning on having a special plaque made to honor this old tree.

This tree is two hundred years older than the Arizona Witness Tree located behind the County Court. Taft said, "We are so excited to make this discovery!" 

Many La Paz County candidates were in attendance at today's ceremony. All three La Paz County Supervisors were in attendance. All Quartzsite Town Council Members were present except Carol Kelley, who was at work as Director of Food Bank (open only on Tues. and Thurs.) and newly elected Pat Workman. Conspicuously missing were Ed Foster and local government reform political activists, which created a lot of discussion among attendees. The event was co-sponsored by the Quartzsite Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (QSAPC) who felt this is the perfect time for the community to come together and work towards a positive future for Quartzsite.

Desert Messenger Clarification regarding "River of Tears" post


In light of recent events and correspondence from Mr. Doug Gilford, Desert Messenger felt it important to make this clarification regarding the “River of Tears” blog post on July 20, 2012 on

The emotionally charged post was written last weekend by Hygeia Halfmoon shortly after hearing of the Aurora, Colorado theater shootings.

Halfmoon's post began, “Just weeks ago former and recalled mayor Ed Foster had the audacity to tell a reporter for all the world to see and hear him say that if our town government doesn’t seat him, then someone is gonna come into Town Hall with a gun and start shooting.”

Mr. Gilford's email to Desert Messenger focused on a paragraph naming certain individuals in the following question: "How dare you......exploit the media and claim your constitutional rights to harass our community…how DARE you make light of the serious nature of a killing spree!!!” 
Desert Messenger did not imply nor intend to imply that the named individuals made light of the Aurora shootings or any killing spree.

Desert Messenger reached out to Ms. Halfmoon for clarification. She said she did not write "the” killing spree and was not referring to the recent Aurora shootings. She was referring to Ed Foster’s statements in the first paragraph of the article.

In an email Ms. Halfmoon stated, “I wrote ‘a killing spree’ which would obviously be the natural byproduct of what Ed Foster has been telling reporters...that someone is gonna come into Town Hall with guns and start shooting.” 

Ms. Halfmoon told Desert Messenger that she felt it was obvious those named in the post are active outspoken supporters of Foster, referring to them as "the negative faction". 

In her opinion, “These regular and consistent comments on the part of Ed Foster do in fact ‘make light of the serious nature of a killing spree’”. She said she felt “anyone who supports Foster’s statements and does not take a stand against that type of behavior or violence is in sense harassing our community. I am one of their primary targets for the simple fact that I am a free-lance writer with a community website.”

According to Ms. Halfmoon, Mr. Gilford has not contacted her demanding a retraction of any of her statements.

This Clarification shall be posted in such ways only as the original posting was.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Meet the Candidates Night planned for Thurs. July 26 in Salome

The McMullen Valley Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a Meet the Candidates in Salome, Arizona. Candidates for La Paz County will have the opportunity to answer voters' questions in a moderated event.

Join fellow citizens Thursday evening, July 26th at 7pm

at the Centennial Community Center in Salome.


Social Media Workshop planned for Aug. 2nd in Quartzsite

Quartzsite, Arizona - If you have every wondered what all the fuss is about with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or other words, Social Media, join Desert Messenger's Publisher, Shanana Rain Golden-Bear for an experiential workshop in Quartzsite, Arizona.

The workshop will be held Thursday, August 2nd from 6:30pm-8pm at Desert Gardens RV Park Rec Room. You don't need to bring a computer. Just bring your questions. This workshop is a basic introduction into the world of Social Media. Cost is only $5/person.

With over 15 years of Marketing experience, Rain will explain, in layman's terms, how Social Media is affecting the world we live in and how you can get involved. Even if you're already active on Facebook, this workshop will help you understand the other Social Media options available today.

For more information, contact Rain at 541-218-2560 or Email:

Social Media Workshop

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Monsoon rains can bring mosquitoes

The Arizona monsoon usually brings much-needed rain to the state. But that rain can leave behind puddles and pools that are perfect for breeding mosquitoes. The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) wants everyone in the state to protect themselves and their families from mosquito bites. Mosquitoes can carry the West Nile Virus, which can be fatal to people and animals.

"So far, we haven't had any cases of West Nile Virus reported for the 2012 season, but it's always a threat," said Will Humble, ADHS Director. "Because it's carried by mosquitoes, we have to work together to prevent the spread of the virus. Make sure there's no standing water around your house. Simple actions, like tipping over your wheel barrow, can reduce potential mosquito breeding grounds. If you see something at your neighbors, work with them to resolve it. Reducing the breeding places for mosquitoes will cut down the number of cases of West Nile we get in the state."

ADHS is already investigating a few possible cases of West Nile Virus this year, but has not confirmed them. Last season, Arizona had 69 reported cases of West Nile Virus - the second highest number of cases in the nation. The year before, we were the highest in the nation with 166 cases.

The best way to protect yourself from mosquito-borne illnesses is by reducing the number of mosquitoes around your neighborhood, and taking personal precautions to avoid mosquito bites:

* Eliminate standing water where mosquitoes can breed. Check for and eliminate items outside the home that may collect water, such as cans, bottles, jars, buckets, old tires, drums and other containers.

* Change water in flower vases, birdbaths and animal watering pans at least twice a week

* Make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens. Repair or replace screens that have tears or holes in them.

* Wear lightweight clothing that covers the arms and legs.

* Use insect repellent to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes anytime you go outside. This is particularly important for the elderly and small children.

It is still early in the West Nile Virus season, so activity is expected to increase during the summer and fall. This may result in an increase in human cases.

For additional information on West Nile Virus, please visit the Arizona Department of Health Services' website at

Quartzsite represented at Focused Future II - La Paz County, Arizona

Parker, AZ - Community members, local government officials and staff attended the APS Sponsored Focused Future II Economic Development Town Hall Meeting on June 13, 2012. 

Of the almost 70 participants, Quartzsite was represented by 10 community members, including Council members Mike Jewitt and Patricia Anderson (both also of Quartzsite Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition-QSAPC) Town staff members Al Johnson and Nora Yackley, Pastor Bruce Swart (of First Assembly of God Church, QSAPC and PNQ), Norm Simpson (of Mountain Quail Cafe, Bouse Chamber and AZ Outback), Shanana Rain Golden-Bear (of Desert Messenger, PNQ, QSAPC, and AZ Centennial), Richard Trusty (of Nature's Nuggets, PNQ and AZ Centennial), residents Mark Goldberg (of Art Guild and PNQ), and Dennis Wall (of PNQ).

The jam packed event had attendees addressing difficult questions such as
~ How do we work together as a community?
~ How are we strengthening our community's ability to solve problems?
~ Prioritize Strategies to improve: 
   - Business Development, 
   - Hospitality and Tourism, 
   - Healthcare and 
   - Promoting Quality of Life and Livability.

The busy event kept the group working during lunch, preparing for the afternoon presentations. Participants left with a sense of hope for the future of La Paz County, but knowing there is much work to do.

The La Paz Focused Future II program was co-sponsored by APS and the La Paz Economic Development Corporation. The lunch everyone enjoyed was sponsored by about a dozen businesses and organizations from across the La Paz area, as listed on the last page of the document below. 
The following is the report with details of the meeting, goals and strategies.

Focused Future II La Paz County

Saturday, July 21, 2012

La Paz County Attorney issues response to supervisor candidate Blain Harold's complaint

Parker, Arizona - Wed. July 18, 2012 Salome resident and candidate for La Paz County candidate, Blain Harold, filed a complaint with the County Attorney's Office alleging Supervisor Holly Irwin violated ARS 11-401 by using board of supervisors' office address and phone number in her campaign literature and website.

UPDATE: Holly Irwin told Desert Messenger today, "I never would do anything intentionally that would spark such controversy. I am getting new cards made though, just so there's no confusion." She also talked with the Secretary of State's office who had no issue with using the phone number/address of the Board of Supervisors.

The following is the response from County Attorney Sam Vederman's Office.

Response from La Paz County to candidate Harold's complaint

Friday, July 20, 2012

Quartzsite woman's emotional expression after Aurora's mass shootings


By Hygeia Halfmoon
Just weeks ago former and recalled mayor Ed Foster had the audacity to tell a reporter for all the world to see and hear him say that if our town government doesn’t seat him, then someone is gonna come into Town Hall with a gun and start shooting.
Ed Foster, how DARE you make such a riduculously irresponsible comment that first of all is absolutely not true and second of all is capable of inciting such behavior by the mere suggestion…just like when you incited to riot last summer, and lied to the world about our police chief putting Quartzsite Town under martial law.
A few hours ago, a gunman went into a movie theatre in Aurora, Colorado and started shooting…fourteen people are dead thus far and fifty are wounded.  Hundreds of police officers from all over had to rush there for the sake of the injured, the anguished, the shocked, the chaos, and the crowd control not to mention needing to apprehend the man responsible for this horrific act.
And you, Ed Foster, have the sociopathic mentality to flippantly tell the world that someone’s gonna come into Town Hall with a gun and start shooting just because we don’t want another round of bullying from you!!!  Who the hell  do you think you are????
And Jade, I dare you to critique the videos of the police officers who are at this very moment dealing with the nightmare in a movie theatre up north…I dare you to accuse them of something when none of them are gonna make their way home for hours to come and then when they finally do, they must find a way to take a shower and go to bed with this real life nightmare still in their head…the cries from those in physical pain, the primal screams  from those who now face the death of loved ones, the trauma that will never leave those who were lucky enough to leave the theatre alive.
How DARE the negative faction including Ed Foster, Jennifer Jade Jones, Pat Workman, Michael Roth, Dana Stadler, Richard Oldham, Richard Abbey, Doug Gilford, and every other damn one of you right along with your followers who exploit the media and claim your constitutional rights to harass our community…how DARE you make light of the serious nature of a killing spree!!!
Right this moment there is a police chief in Aurora, Colorado who has the weight of the world on his shoulders.  Police Chief Dan Oates is experiencing the worst nightmare his department could face and there’s people in the world like Ed Foster and his bunch of thugs who would rather criticize, falsely accuse, and incite for the sheer fun of it (how else do you explain those smirks on your faces that each and every one of you negative faction members wear?) than to experience respect and awe for the ones in life who actually make a contribution to society…the ones who risk their lives for our safety…the ones who maintain order at our town council meetings when all you want to do is cause chaos.
So here’s a big SCREW  YOU!!! to Ed Foster, Pat Workman, Jennifer Jade Jones and the rest of your sociopathic party, and here’s a huge THANK YOU!!!!!!! to every police officer who has to deal with people who actually go on killing sprees as well as those who exploit this insane idea for their own gain, and here’s a river of tears for the victims of one man’s insanity in Aurora, Colorado.
[Editor's NOTE: The above was written by Hygeia Halfmoon early Friday morning, shortly after hearing of the senseless theater shootings in Aurora, Colorado. Her level of frustration is what many have felt, but cannot express into words. Around town, residents were expressing how grateful they were for her words at this time. We may not always agree with each other, but we are all feeling the pain of those who suffered in last night's shootings. Their pain is our pain, and Quartzsite has felt enough pain.
When these tragic events occur, we are reminded of how we are so very connected to each other. To hear the pain of a mother learning of her daughter's death, her willingness to be interviewed, and to share her pain with the nation on television, is beyond what many can imagine. Many of our Quartzsite residents have suffered, on all sides of the political realm. As our president said today, there will be time for politics, but today is not that day. 
Tomorrow is a new day, a new beginning.
I, along with Oprah, ask for those of all religious persuasions to offer prayers tomorrow at 9am for the healing of our nation; the healing of our wounds; that those who are so angry find an avenue to release their frustrations in a healthy manner, without not causing more harm to others. It is time for us to come together as a community, not just in Quartzsite, but as the community of our humanity. A community of loving, caring people who can forgive the harsh words and deeds of those who have caused so much harm. A community willing to come together for the greater good of the whole.
It has been a hard day for many empathetic people. Tears have been shed all around the world for those who lost their lives today, their families and friends. Those who survived that horrible ordeal will never be the same, and the community of Aurora showed how to come together tonight, saying, "Aurora is STRONG!" I suggest Quartzsite community come together in the same way, for QUARTZSITE IS STRONG! ~ God Bless our Country and our Town ~ Rain] 

Beware of electronic skimmers at fuel pumps in Quartzsite

July 20, 2012 PRESS RELEASE

Quartzsite, Arizona - The Quartzsite Police Department has taken several reports recently from customers at local gas stations that have been the victim of credit card theft. It appears that customers have been victims of thieves who have probably installed a hard-to-detect electronic device, know as a “skimmer” that is attached to a gas pump.

Skimmers are devices that steal credit and debit card information which are placed over what look like
otherwise standard card readers. Criminals can capture PIN and account data and then use the information to counterfeit credit or debit cards in order to drain a victim’s account. Skimmers also are commonly planted in ATMs. The funds are often not taken until several months later making the crime of the actual scam difficult to pinpoint. 

The skimming devices can be installed outside or inside the pump, and can be molded and painted to match the machine and are small, making them hard to detect. The devices are typically left on the pump for a short period of time and then later removed by the criminals. There have been increased reports of this type of crime all across the country, and may be the result of more organized criminal gangs.
The best way to avoid falling victim to debit card fraud at the pump is to select “Credit.” That way, you can avoid typing your PIN into the machine and making it available to criminals. Also, it is a good practice to routinely check your bank statements and use credit cards with fraud-protection guarantees to avoid identity theft. Any discrepancies in bank statements should be reported immediately to the bank, police and credit bureaus.

If you believe you have been a victim of this type of crime locally, 
please report it to the Quartzsite Police Department at 928-927-4644.

Jeff Gilbert
Chief of Police
Quartzsite Police Department

Town of Quartzsite responds to allegations made by Council Member Pat Workman

Quartzsite, Arizona - The Town of Quartzsite released a statement statement in response to Council Woman Pat Workman's complaint filed with Arizona Attorney General's Office. Workman's complaint alleges that Town Manager, Alex Taft, misused public funds and "exceeded her authority in disbursement of funds" regarding the investigation of voter fraud in recent elections. 

The town hired private investigating firm, Ron Hergert Consulting of Phoenix, to investigate alleged voting irregularities. In her complaint, Workman claimed $30,000 has been spent on the investigation. During the July 16th Town Council meeting, Workman questioned an $11,000 check to the investigators from the agenda and council tabled it until the next meeting. Workman said the town code (Sections 3-4-1 D & E) require contracts over $5,000 be approved by the council.

Since being sworn in on June 6th, Workman has questioned two checks to the investigators, one for $6,738.44 and $11,018.61. She also attended a protest at the state capitol, in support of mayor-elect Ed Foster, holding the sign, "They stole my vote!" while making a public plea for assistance in resolving the town's election crisis.

Taft responded to the allegations with the following press release: 

"Allegations have been made that procurement of professional services by the Town
Manager were made in violation of Town Code Procurement Policies and/or without lawful
authority. Contrary to these allegations, an investigation is being conducted by the Town
Attorney as authorized by Arizona Revised Statutes Section 16-1021 which has
necessitated the engagement of professional investigative services. This assistance was
procured pursuant to Quartzsite Revised Town Code Section 3-409 which permits contracts
with professional service providers apart from the standard bidding requirements of
Quartzsite Revised Town Code Article 3-4. The procurement of these professional services
is substantially related to the authority granted to the Town Attorney by the Arizona
Legislature and the services were lawfully procured.

"The Town Attorneys' investigation is ongoing and the information obtained at this point
will remain confidential to prevent the destruction of evidence and to protect those whose
activities, while apparently suspicious, may yet prove to be lawful. The Town is working
diligently toward acquiring prima facie evidence of voter fraud and hopes to gain the
assistance of the Arizona Attorney General, the Arizona Secretary of State and/or the
United States Department of Justice in bringing those individuals who voted illegally to

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Candidate Blain Harold makes complaint to La Paz County Supervisors


Blain Harold, a candidate for La Paz County District 3 Supervisor, spoke today before the Board of Supervisors during the call to the public. His two issues were the proposed County Park in Wenden is located in an area that is frequently flooded; most recently this past weekend.

His second issue is that his opponent, Holly Irwin, is using the County Supervisors' office phone number as contact info on her website and in advertising products.

Harold told Desert Messenger that he believes Irwin is violating ARS11-410.

ARS 11-410 prohibits to the use of county resources or employees to influence elections:
A. A county shall not use its personnel, equipment, materials, buildings or other resources for the purpose of influencing the outcomes of elections.
Notwithstanding this section, a county may distribute informational reports on a proposed bond election as provided in section 35-454.
Nothing in this section precludes a county from reporting on official actions of the county
board of supervisors.
B. Employees of a county shall not use the authority of their positions to influence the vote or political activities of any subordinate employee.
Nothing contained in this section shall be construed as denying the civil and political liberties of any employee as guaranteed by the United States and Arizona Constitutions.

Desert Messenger reached out to Supervisor Irwin for comment, but there has been no response.

Storm damage road repairs- Hwy. 95 south of Quartzsite

Arizona Department of Transportation

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Pavement repair beginning Wednesday on State Route 95
Minor delays expected between Yuma and Quartzsite

Arizona Department of Transportation crews are scheduled to repair sections of State Route 95 from milepost 54 to 70 that were damaged during last week’s storms beginning Wednesday, July 18. Drivers should plan for intermittent traffic stops and minor delays north of the Yuma Proving Grounds and south of Quartzsite.

What to expect:
  • Work will take place weekdays between 5 a.m. and 5 p.m.  
  • Traffic will be temporarily stopped in the work zone during work hours.
  • Delays of up to 15 minutes possible.

The work is anticipated to take approximately one month to complete.

ADOT advises drivers 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 about this project, please visit or contact Yuma District Senior Community Relations Officer Gabriella Kemp at 928.317.2165, or ADOT Community Relations Officer, Paki Rico, at 520.388.4233,

Friday, July 13, 2012

Slow going on I-10 east of Quartzsite

Arizona Department of Transportation

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Pavement striping on Interstate 10 east of Quartzsite scheduled next week
Minor delays expected between Phoenix and Quartzsite

The Arizona Department of Transportation is scheduled to stripe the new pavement on Interstate 10 east of Quartzsite Monday, July 16 through Friday, July 20 between 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Motorists are advised to plan ahead and allow extra travel time between Phoenix and Quartzsite due to lane restrictions.

What to expect during striping:
  • Slow moving traffic on I-10 in both directions between mileposts 52-63  
  • Reduced speed limits through the work zone
  • Law enforcement will be on-site to control traffic and monitor speeds 
ADOT advises drivers 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

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

AZ Attorney General warns small businesses of Telecom invoice

Consumer Alert: Attorney General Horne Warns Small Business Owners to Beware of Bogus Invoice for Telecom Warranty Maintenance Agreement

(Phoenix, Ariz. — July 11, 2012) -- Attorney General Tom Horne is warning Arizona small business owners to be wary of an official-looking Invoice for what is described as a warranty covering “Telecom Maintenance”. This invoice appears to be an attempt to scam small business owners into believing they need to pay for services that they never purchased.

The invoice, which requests a $425 maintenance fee, is a solicitation. The invoice attempts to appear official and contains a “reference number” and “Maintenance Terms and Agreement”. The Attorney General advises careful review of such invoices before paying.

If you believe you have been a victim of consumer fraud, please contact the Attorney General's Office in Phoenix at 602.542.5763, in Tucson at 520.628.6504, or outside the Phoenix and Tucson metro areas at 1.800.352.8431. Consumers can also file complaints online by visiting the Attorney General’s Web site at

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Photos of Quartzsite's 4th of July

Town staff worked overtime to get the Snack Shack ready!

Four local organizations raised money selling fruit smoothies, taco salads, 
hot dogs, snow cones, and sodas
The popular Rock Stacking game by Proud Neighbors of Quartzsite
Lots of Water Fun by Quartzsite Recreation Department
Free water was supplied by Isaiah 58 Project
Candidates had fun, too
Free watermelon was provided by Richard Oldham
Slipping and Sliding, staying cool
La Paz County Search and Rescue showed off their Communications Center
Quartzsite Fire Department provided their fire hose and "burning house"
The first Frozen T-Shirt Contest was a hoot! 
35 contestants of all ages
wrestled with the frozen block of material
Lots of smiles enjoyed by all. Everyone got a prize inside that was 
donated by former councilman, Joe Winslow. Plus 25 prize hats from Willpower!
Another beautiful sunset in Quartzsite
Quartzsite Fire Department put on a great show!

Thanks to everyone who made this year's 4th of July a fabulous community event!

A huge thanks to Tracey Hess, of Quartzsite Rec Dept. who did a great job of putting it all together!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Orgeron v. Town of Quartzsite moves forward in federal court

Phoenix, AZ - In the case of Mark Orgeron v Town of Quartzsite, U.S. District Court Judge Roslyn Silver issued an order yesterday for an Evidentiary hearing to be held next Thursday, July 12th at 1:30pm in Phoenix. The court will determine whether there is enough evidence to require a trial.
Orgeron took his case to U.S. District Court in Phoenix asking for an injunction to oust then-mayor Jose Lizarraga (who resigned June 25th) and Barbara Cowell.  Orgeron and Ed Foster won the May 15th election, but Quartzsite Town Council members refused to seat either one. Pat Workman, who won against Joe Winslow, was seated June 4th.
Orgeron was evidently not qualified to be seated because he allegedly did not meet the town's residency requirement of one year. Orgeron provided rental receipts from 2009, however he was still registered to vote in Yuma until June 2011.
Foster was not qualified to be seated because he admittedly owes the town money.  Foster was ordered to pay the town's attorney fees when he failed to appear at his own hearing challenging recall signatures. 


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