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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Quartzsite Police Dept. conducts DUI detail July 4th

DUI Traffic Enforcement Detail

 The Quartzsite Police Department, in conjunction with the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety will be conducting a DUI enforcement detail during the July 4th holiday weekend. We will be enforcing speed, aggressive driving and DUI laws.

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

The Quartzsite Police Department reminds you that if you drink, do so responsibly, don’t drink and drive, make sure to have a designated driver and always wear your seat belt at all times. 

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Former Quartzsite business owner shut down in State sting

PHOENIX, AZ - Attorney General Tom Horne announced the resolution of a case in his ongoing auto repair “sting” operations, a program he instituted to deter auto repair shops from defrauding consumers. 
In the sting operation, an automotive repair expert shut off an undercover vehicle’s fuel cutoff switch before the State’s undercover operator called Sun Valley Towing for service.   Sun Valley Towing towed the vehicle to its repair shop where a mechanic simply reset the switch, correcting the problem.  The owner then charged the State’s undercover operator $340.00 for replacing the fuel pump, an unnecessary repair that was never performed. 
In a Consent Judgment totaling $686,582.09 the Court approved an award of $610,000 in civil penalties and $67,580.59 in restitution to consumers.  The Judgment against Tim Kunselman, owner of Sun Valley Towing LLC, located at 1354 S. 39th Avenue in Phoenix, was based upon both customer complaints of deceptive business practices, and the State’s undercover auto sting operations. In 2009, Kunselman owned Quartzsite Tire, which was located at 1077 W. Main St. Quartzsite. 
“This judgment results from our ongoing undercover auto sting operations and holds Sun Valley Towing’s owner personally liable.”  Horne said.  “The many serious complaints we received from Sun Valley customers were validated when Kunselman and his company, Sun Valley Towing, were caught red-handed in one of our undercover auto stings charging for repairs they never performed – a very serious and expensive deception for consumers.”
The State’s suit also contained allegations regarding 59 complaints made by customers against Sun Valley Towing and Kunselman, alleging they failed to make promised repairs, kept their vehicles for months or years, returned them stripped of parts in the same or worse mechanical condition, and repeatedly lied to customers about their vehicle’s status and supposed refunds. 
In a similar judgment obtained last October against the business, the Court found, after reviewing the consumer complaints, “that Defendants engaged in a highly culpable, persistent course of callous, willful and deceptive misconduct that caused severe damage to an extraordinary number of consumers over an extended period of time.”
The Consent Judgment also includes a permanent injunction prohibiting Kunselman from engaging in auto repair, tow operations, vehicle repair, vehicle sales and vehicle service. 

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Interior Dept. approves Quartzsite Solar Energy Project

Monday, June 3, 2013 - The U.S. Secretary of the Interior today announced the approval of three major renewable energy projects totaling 520 megawatt capacity.
Combined, the projects will deliver enough clean power to supply the electricity needs of nearly 200,000 homes and will create hundreds of jobs.

The 100-megawatt Quartzsite Solar Project in Arizona project will use concentrating solar thermal technology and will be situated on 1,600 acres of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management administered lands. The facility will generate enough electricity to meet the needs of an estimated 30,000 homes. The solar farm will use dry-cooling technology to minimize water consumption.

The 350-megawatt Midland Solar Project in Nevada is solar panel based and will provide enough electricity to power about 105,000 homes.

The 70 megawatt New York Canyon Geothermal Project in Lovelock, Nevada will provide enough power to serve around 60,000 households.

"These projects reflect the Obama Administration's commitment to expand responsible domestic energy production on our public lands and diversify our nation's energy portfolio," Secretary Jewell said. "Today’s approvals will help bolster rural economies by generating good jobs and reliable power and advance our national energy security."

In all projects, the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) worked closely with stakeholders to minimize potential environmental impacts.

25 utility-scale solar farms, 9 wind farms and 11 geothermal plants have been approved by the Department of the Interior since 2009. When all have been constructed, they will represent a total of  12,500 megawatts of capacity, enough electricity to power more than 4.4 million homes. The Department  surpassed President Obama's goal of authorizing 10,000 MW of renewable energy projects on public lands by the end of 2012.

A further 15 active renewable energy proposals are in the BLM pipeline, which will be reviewed this year and in 2014.


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