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Quartzsite, Arizona

Friday, October 28, 2011

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Motorists traveling between Phoenix and Quartzsite should expect minor delays

Eastbound I-10 travel limited to one lane east of Quartzsite through the weekend

The Arizona Department of Transportation is in the process of repaving an 11-mile stretch of Interstate 10 east of Quartzsite to create a smoother ride for drivers. This ongoing project will require a lane closure through the upcoming weekend (Oct. 28- Oct. 30). Construction work will resume on Monday (Oct. 31).

What to expect during the weekend:

•Eastbound I-10 passing lane closed for approximately half a mile east of Quartzsite.
•The speed limit will be reduced to 55 mph in the construction zone.
•Law enforcement will be on-site to monitor speeds.
•Message boards will advise drivers of lane restrictions.

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.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Quartzsite Town Council agenda for Tues. Oct. 25th

There will be a council meeting on Tuesday, October 25th at 9am. The agenda information can be found online the town website at :

Friday, October 21, 2011

Quartzsite Library closed Fri. Oct. 28 for Haunted House

The famous Quartzsite Halloween Caravan will take place on Friday, October 28th. In preparation, staff and volunteers will be decorating and transforming the whole library in a Haunted House. The Library will be closed all day and reopen on Monday, October 31st.

Submitted By Joanne Winer

The annual Halloween Caravan for the kids of Quartzsite will be coming up on the 28th, starting at 2 p.m. The buses will be picking up the children and chaperones at the Town Hall by 1:45 at the latest, and permission slips must be filled out before anyone boards the buses. The children who are in school must have a permission slip filled out to get dropped off at Town Hall, and another permission slip to be able to board the bus at Town Hall (no exceptions). Permission slips are available at the Children's Library, Quartzsite Community Thrift Store, and at Town Hall. There is also a permission slip you can cut out on Page 23 in this issue of the Desert Messenger.

The caravan will leave promptly at 2 p.m. from Town Hall, so be sure to get there early and have your permission slips ready to show as soon as you can get there. Children can put their costumes on at Town Hall if necessary, if they get there early enough. Anyone wishing to set up a table to give out candy to the kids can do so at JRs RV Park--just call Anita Carlson and she will reserve a table for you--you must be there before 2 p.m. The buses will then take the kids all around the town to RV parks who have recreation halls, and to some businesses also who wanted to be included. The buses will return to Town Hall for the haunted house at the library.

This caravan has been going on for 20 years, and is a wonderful way for the kids to visit the people who wish to give out candy and be as safe as possible. Escorted by the Police and Fire Departments and other chaperones, it is the best way to get the kids their candy without having them running around the RV parks and streets. Judging by the number of people who set up tables, and the places on the route who have people waiting to see the kids, this popular event has so many who want to get involved every year that it is hard to fit them all in!! For more information about the caravan, please call Anita at 927-4292.

[Mayor Jose Lizarraga discussed the Caravan at Town Hall meeting on Wednesday. He said since the Caravan began, there has not been one child injured going trick-or-treating.]

Monday, October 17, 2011

Special Meeting of Quartzsite Town Council- Tues. Oct. 18, 2011 @ 9am

There is a special Quartzsite Town Council meeting planned for tomorrow at 9am. There are three items on the agenda which can be found at

An addendum was added to the agenda:

Quartzsite Police receives two grants

Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Grant Award

The Quartzsite Police Department was awarded two grants from the Arizona Governors’ Office of Highway Safety. The Police Department was awarded a total of $8,000.00 dollars of overtime funds. The funds will be used to enforce driving under the influence, seatbelt, child restraint laws, speed and aggressive driving laws.

"We will be conducting high visibility details to keep impaired drivers, speeders, and aggressive drivers off the road, and enforce seatbelt and child restraint laws to keep the roads safe for the public," said Quartzsite Police Chief Jeff Gilbert in a press release issued today.

The penalties for DUI can include loss of your drivers license, expensive fines, jail time, increased insurance rates, possible loss of life or injury and having your name published in the local paper.

Gilbert said, "We ask that if you drink, please be responsible. Don’t drink and drive, make sure to have a designated driver and wear your seatbelt at all times.

"If you are in need of a child restraint seat, please come by the Quartzsite Police Department. The Governors Office of Highway Safety has provided us with free child restraint seats."

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Former Quartzsite mayor Ed Foster out on bail

On October 7, 2011 former Quartzsite mayor Ed Foster turned himself in after acting Quartzsite Magistrate Karen Slaughter issued a warrant for his arrest. According to a press release issued yesterday by Quartzsite Police Chief Jeff Gilbert, Foster didn't show up to court to face charges of nonfeasance in public office. Foster was booked into the La Paz County Jail by the Parker Police Department on a $1,500.00 secured appearance bond.

Foster, who was ousted from the office of Mayor of Quartzsite following a recall election on August 30, 2011, was evidently sent a summons by the court, but it was returned unclaimed by the Post Office.
According to Quartzsite Police, Foster had personally obtained copies of the file, including the summons, from the magistrate court prior to the hearing at which he failed to appear. Foster allegedly admitted to the Court staff that he did have a copy of the summons.

Foster alleges that he complained to the State Bar of Arizona that Town Attorney Martin Brannan had acted in violation of the Arizona Rules of Professional Conduct by bringing the charge of nonfeasance in public office against him. In spite of this apparent knowledge, Foster allegedly denied that he had notice of the summons to a clerk of the Quartzsite Magistrate Court. Additional charges of violating a court order and failing to appear as required are under consideration.

According to various reports, Foster was visiting family out of state at the time of the hearing.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Friday, October 7, 2011

New Oxide Gold found near Quartzsite, AZ

Riverside Resources and Partner Choice Gold Corp. Intersect 9.91 Metres of 1.76 g/t Gold in
Newly Discovered Oxide Zone At the Sugarloaf Peak
Gold Project in Arizona, USA

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA- - Riverside Resources Inc.  is pleased to announce with its partner, Choice Gold Corp. ("Choice") the discovery of a new oxide gold zone at the Sugarloaf Peak Project ("Sugarloaf"), near Quartzsite, Arizona. Diamond drill hole SLG-11-04 returned a 9.91 metre intercept of 1.76 g/t gold between a depth of 5.3 and 15.24 metres. The discovery hole is located approximately 1 kilometer northeast from the core of the historically known mineralized zone.

"The shallow oxide portion at Sugarloaf Peak has identified favourable near surface mineralization and has expanded the potential for the Project moving forward," stated John-Mark Staude, President and CEO of Riverside Resources Inc. "The results from Sugarloaf are the first reported from four partner funded drill programs that were undertaken during the summer, and shareholders can now expect a steady flow of drill results throughout the fall," added Staude.

Riverside currently holds 8.6M shares of Choice Gold and stand to receive an additional 5M shares over the course of the option agreement pursuant to the deal terms. For more information on Riverside's projects or its partnership network please visit

Gold in drill hole SGL-11-04 occurs in a strongly oxidized interval of faulting and tectonic brecciation. Iron oxides are dominated by hematite and jarosite; no sulphides are observed. Some scattered quartz crystals observed along the interval suggest that the host rock could be a strongly altered felsic volcanic rock, the dominant lithology present on the property. Drill holes SGL-11-01 and SGL-11-02 returned anomalous gold values in the top 200 meters with grades averaging 125 ppb hosted by a series of sericitized felsic volcanic units. These values show the strength of the mineralizing system. Sporadic gold values reach 0.78 g/t in hole SGL-11-01 and 0.53 g/t in hole SGL-11-02. The discovery of gold associated with hematite alteration, not previously described on the property, creates a new type of exploration target and will influence the next phase of proposed drilling.

Assaying and Qualified Person:

The scientific and technical data contained in this news release were prepared under the supervision of Locke Goldsmith, P. Eng., P. Geo.,an independent qualified person to Riverside Resources, who is responsible for ensuring that the geologic information provided in this news release is accurate and acts as a "qualified person" under National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects. All the samples were analyzed for Au using fire assay (FA-Pb30) by American Assays Labs, an independent laboratory based in Reno, NV. All the results were checked by a strict QAQC protocol using, blanks, standards and duplicates. Results for the other drilled holes are pending.

About Riverside Resources Inc.:

Riverside is a well-funded prospect generation team of focused, proactive gold discoverers with the breadth of knowledge to dig much deeper. The Company currently has approximately $10,000,000 in the treasury and fewer than 35,000,000 shares issued. Riverside`s model of growth through partnerships and exploration looks to use the prospect generation business approach to own resources, while partners share in de-risking projects on route to discovery. Additional property information on the Company's projects can be found on the Riverside Resources Inc. website at

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Quartzsite's Chalk the Police group

A small group gathered at La Paz County Justice Court today to express their freedom of speech rights. Under a dozen people showed up for the National Chalk the Police Day in Quartzsite. Quartzsite Police Department officers were waiting for them at Town Hall. As Contributing Photographer, Starr, and I arrived on the scene, this was the welcome gesture of free speech given.

(People in the photo were not chalking on the ground, but rather on black poster boards). Chalking was performed, as shown on Internet videos, by Michael Roth and Dana Stadler, who were also arrested last week.

The group was organized on Facebook by Kelly James, who stated, "I want to observe National Chalking Day in Qtown at the Police Department / Town Hall in protest of terminations of the Qtown 8"




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