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Quartzsite, Arizona

Monday, November 18, 2013

Quartzsite P & Z to hold Community Plan Workshop with ULI

Town of Quartzsite
Community Development Services

The Planning and Zoning Commission has scheduled a Community Plan workshop on November 19th, 2013 from 1 p.m.  – 4 p.m. that will focus on the General Plan and tips and tools for building a thriving, healthy community. The workshop will be located at Town Hall 465 N. Plymouth Ave Quartzsite, AZ. Workshop facilitators will help participants explore topics and come away with insights to hone decision-making and leadership skills.

Community Plan is a partnership of eight statewide agencies and organizations that have developed an educational curriculum for public officials.  Partners include: Urban Land Institute Arizona District Council (ULI AZ), American Planning Association Arizona Chapter (APA AZ), Arizona Department of Housing (ADOH), Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS), Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED), League of Arizona Cities and Towns, and County Supervisors Association of Arizona.

For more information, call Quartzsite Town Hall at 928-927-4333.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

1st Arizona Tesla Supercharger Station now open in Quartzsite

Quartzsite, AZ - Tesla Motors, the California-based maker of the award-winning Model S electric sedan, is expanding its Supercharger network with the opening of the first Arizona Supercharger station in Quartzsite on Thursday, November 14, 2014.
The Supercharger station is conveniently located along Interstate 10 to enable free long distance travel for Model S owners. 
This is the first of seven Tesla Supercharger stations slated to open in Arizona. Paired with the Indio, CA station (opening soon) this Quartzsite location will support free travel between Phoenix and Los Angeles. 

Superchargers are designed for city to city travel, allowing Tesla Model S electric vehicle drivers to travel for about three hours, take a 20 to 30 minute break, and get back on the road charged up.
A press conference and ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the new Quartzsite Supercharger located off Interstate 10 at Exit 17 in the Carl's Jr. parking lot. Dozens of Tesla owners and their cars were in attendance.
Tesla Superchargers allow Model S owners to travel for free between cities along well-traveled highways in North America. The Tesla Supercharger is substantially more powerful than any charging technology to date, providing up to 120 kilowatts of power and replenishing half a charge in twenty minutes.
Supercharger stations are strategically placed to allow owners to drive from station to station with minimal stops. Stations are located near amenities like roadside diners, cafes, and shopping centers so road trippers can stop for a quick meal and have their Model S charged by the time they’re done.

For more information, visit

Photos: Shanana Rain Golden-Bear, Publisher Desert Messenger

Thursday, November 7, 2013

BLM hosts Quartzsite meeting regarding recommended trail closures Nov. 21 at 3pm.

La Posa Travel Management Plan (TMP)
Preliminary Environmental Assessment Available

Yuma, Ariz. - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Yuma Field Office has announced that the La Posa Travel Management Plan preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) is available for review starting today.  There will be a 45-day public comment period and all comments must be received by close of business on December 21, 2013.  The preliminary EA may be reviewed on the BLM internet website at

To update the public on the preliminary EA, the BLM will hold an open house on 
Thursday, November 21, 2013.  
The open house will be held at the Quartzsite Community Center 
located at 295 Chandler Street; Quartzsite, Arizona; from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.

At the beginning of the meeting, there will be a brief presentation about the preliminary EA and travel management planning.  Following the presentation, residents and interested parties can individually speak with local BLM specialists and managers regarding their questions and concerns.  Maps will be on display for review, as well as general EA and travel management information. 

Written comments about the preliminary EA for the La Posa TMP will be accepted through December 21, 2013.  Comments postmarked by this date will be considered in making the final decision.  The comments should be specific to be most effective.  Comments should be mailed to BLM Yuma Field Office, Attention:  Joe Raffaele; 2555 E. Gila Ridge Road; Yuma, Arizona  85365; or through email to
The La Posa Travel Management Area surrounds Quartzsite, Arizona, and encompasses over 380,000 acres of public land in La Paz and Yuma Counties.
For more information about the open house, please contact Joe Raffaele at 928-317-3238.


"Alternative C (Proposed action): This alternative is intended to balance access and natural resource concerns within the TMA. As shown in Table 3.7.3, 54% of the mileage associated with ATV use and 55% of the mileage associated with 4-wheel drive use would remain open under this alternative. Similarly, 65% of the mileage associated with hunting, 86% of the mileage associated with hiking, and 81% of the mileage associated with camping would remain open. Finally, 66% of the mileage associated with rock hounding and 55% of the mileage associated with vehicle exploring would remain open. 

This alternative also addresses the RMP’s mandate to provide a unique set of recreational experiences and opportunities within each PRS. This alternative most adequately represents the BLM’s efforts to provide the recreational experiences and opportunities outlined in the RMP. As shown in Table 3.7.4, 55% of routes within the Semi-Primitive PRS would be closed, 65% of the routes in the Rural Natural PRS would be closed, 56% of the routes in the Rural Developed PRS would be closed, 11% of the roads in the Suburban PRS would be closed, and 59% of the roads in the Urban PRS would be closed under this alternative."


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