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Quartzsite, Arizona

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Quartzsite activities this weekend! Parade, Crafts, Soup, BBQ, Dances, Jams, more!

Lots of activities in Quartzsite this weekend!

It's going to be a great Yard Sale Weekend- all over town including 
Lutheran Church, RV Parks and multi-families. 

Check this week's Desert Messenger, ,for list on page 37.

Some events this weekend include QIA Craft Show, VFW Chiknik fundraiser at Fire Station, Soup & Chowder Festival fundraiser for Food Bank at QIA, and the Annual Christmas Light Parade down Main St. ending at Town Hall. Music Jams, Bingo at QIA, Dances at Senior Center and QIA, and lots more happening in Quartzsite!

For Quartzsite news, events & entertainment
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Scam Alert for busy shopping season

Scammers are taking advantage of the holiday shopping season with fake email shipping notifications that pose as FedEx, UPS or the United States Postal Service. This holiday season, don't let these scams fool you into opening a virus on your computer. 
How the Scam Works:
You receive an email message that appears to be a shipping notification for a package. You've been doing your holiday shopping online, so you figure it must be something you've ordered. Curious, you open the email and attachment.
When you click on the file, you find that it isn't a tracking notification after all. It's really a virus that will download to your computer. Typically, these viruses phish for personal and banking information on your machine. But the FBI recently warned about the resurgence of a type of virus called "ransomware." Once downloaded, this virus will lock your computer and urge you to pay a ransom to the scammer responsible. 
Like all scams, this one has many variations. Scammers have posed as FedEx, UPS, USPS and even big online retailers, like Amazon. They also change up the email content. A common version of this scam is a fake delivery failure notification. Scammers claim the attached virus is the receipt you need to collect your package from the local office. 
Tips to Avoid Email Scams:
Spot common email scams by following these tips: 
1.      Don't believe what you see. Scammers make emails appear to come from a reputable source. Just because it looks like an "" address does not mean it's safe. 
2.      Be wary of unexpected emails that contain links or attachments. As always, do not click on links or open the files in unfamiliar emails. 
3.      Beware of pop-ups. Some pop-ups are designed to look like they've originated from your computer. If you see a pop-up that looks like an anti-virus software but warns of a problem that needs to be fixed with an extreme level of urgency, it may be a scam. 
4.      Watch for poor grammar and spelling. Scam emails often are riddled with typos. 
5.      Immediate action is necessary. Scam emails try to get you to act before you think by creating a sense of urgency. Don't fall for it. 
For More Information

For more information about scams, see BBB's Scam Stopper.  Check out FedEx and UPS websites for more information about fake shipping emails and examples of typical scams. 

Monday, November 10, 2014

Quartzsite to get much needed Dog Park

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona 

Promotes Wellness and Sense of Community by Funding

 Improvements to Quartzsite Town Park

(PHOENIX –Nov. 10, 2014) – With a continued focus on promoting health, wellness, and community, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona (BCBSAZ) is proud to provide improvement funding to Quartzsite Town Park. In honor of its 75th anniversary statewide outreach campaign, “Arizonans First. Always.,” the generous donation from BCBSAZ will be used for various park enhancements, including development of the town’s first dog park. The much-needed park improvements will encourage physical activity, community spirit and greater enjoyment of the public space by Quartzsite residents and visitors.

Quartzsite Town Park is located on the northwest corner of N. Plymouth Ave and Chandler. As the centerpiece of Quartzsite, it hosts various community gatherings and events including an annual Easter Egg Hunt, 4th of July and Labor Day celebrations, car shows and a summer program for children. It is enjoyed by thousands of people every year, especially when the population of Quartzsite swells in the winter months with RV visitors in town for the gem show and swap meets.

"The Town of Quartzsite is very thankful for the donation from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona,” said Skylor Miller, Quartzite Town Manager. “With this funding, the Town will be able to move forward with a much needed amenity in our park."

“Quartzsite Town Park is a hallmark of the community that serves as a gathering place for residents and visitors of Quartzsite alike,” said Rich Boals, president and CEO of BCBSAZ. “We are happy to fund park enhancements that will encourage increased physical activity, resulting in better overall health and wellness in one of the communities we serve.”

The “Arizonans First. Always.” campaign has already visited Pima, Maricopa, Santa Cruz, Cochise, Greenlee, Graham, Apache, Navajo and Mohave counties. Following La Paz County, BCBSAZ will visit Coconino County. To learn more about BCBSAZ and its 75 years in Arizona, visit

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Unofficial general election results for Quartzsite, AZ Nov. 4th, 2014

Quartzsite, AZ
By Shanana Rain Golden-Bear
·            La Paz County continues to tabulate ballots from the 2014 General Election. State law gives the counties five business days, until the end of Wednesday, November 12th, to verify and process the remaining early and provisional ballots. The unofficial results were released late Tuesday evening. All 11 districts had reported. Quartzsite Precinct 58 (north) had a voter turnout of 42.84%. Quartzsite Precinct 64 (south) had 44.22% turnout.

·           QUARTZSITE TOWN COUNCIL:  5 candidates ran for two (2) four-year council seats. Carol Kelley received 246 votes (25.20%) Terry Frausto received 202 votes (20.70%), Hal Davidson received 200 votes (20.49%) Bradley Trainer received 179 votes (18.34%). Monica Timberlake received 141 votes (14.45%) With just 2 votes separating Frausto and Davidson, there will be recount.

·         SCHOOL BOARD QES DISTRICT 4:  8 candidates ran for three (3) 4-year seats. Incumbent Monica Timberlake received 349 votes (19.49%). Carrollynn Henshaw received 327 votes (18.26%). Yesenia Jackson received 284 votes (15.86%)
Shirley Foster received 266 votes (14.85%). Bonnie Quintana received 175 votes (9.77%). Cindy Drakulich received 150 votes (8.38%). Iliana Cruz received 139 votes (7.76%). Irene Segura received 95 votes (5.30%).

·         La Paz County races: Tammy Carnevale (R) ran unopposed for JUSTICE OF THE PEACE JP 4 and received 686 votes (98.0%).

·         CONSTABLE JP4: Marie Wister (R)  received 578 votes (71.01%) Starr BearCat (D) received 235 votes (28.87%).

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Quartzsite Halloween Walk planned for Friday, Oct. 31st

Join the fun! Halloween Walk on Friday, Oct. 31st

Sponsored by The PTA, Town of Quartzsite, Rotary, PNQ, QPD, & QFD

• 4:30 pm Kids Fun, Games, Costume Contest & Prizes,
Free Hot Dogs for Kids, at Community Center
• 5:30 pm
Trick or Treating along the Haunted Walking
Path from Community Center to Town Hall
• 6:00- 8:00 pm Haunted House at Town Hall

The public is encouraged to come on down and see all the kids in costume. Folks can park along the street on E. Quail Trail, in the parking lots at the Community Center or at Town Hall. Please be mindful that Quail Trail will be closed at 5:30 pm. There will be 15 MPH speed limit and barricades in the area to keep our youth safe.
Businesses, Organizations, RV Parks and Groups are encouraged to participate. You can set up a “station” (Table, Traditional Trunk or Treat, Booth, Themed Spooky Scene, etc.) in one of three locations: outside the Community Center, along the decorated walking path on E. Quail Trail, or Town Hall. 

For More Info contact Town Hall 928-927-4333.
Businesses/groups wishing to donate candy or set up, call Rain 928-916-4235.


Sunday, September 7, 2014

Losing candidate Jennifer Jones files claim against Towns of Quartzsite, Parker, a Judge and Desert Messenger Publisher

By Shanana Rain Golden-Bear
Desert Messenger Publisher

Jones' Campaign Scooter
© Desert Messenger
Quartzsite, AZ - Within hours after losing her bid for Arizona State Representative District 5 in August 26th primary election, Jennifer Marie Jones filed a new claim in U.S. District Court - Phoenix, AZ.

The claim dated August 27th, 2014 names the following defendants:
The Town of Parker, Town of Quartzsite, Parker Magistrate James Putz-Artrup, Quartzsite Prosecutor David Ward, former Quartzsite Town Manager Laura Bruno (& husband), former Quartzsite Community Developer Director Stephen Henrichs (& wife), Quartzsite Council Members Mark Orgeron, (& wife) Norma Crooks (& husband), Carol Kelley, and Mike Jewitt (& wife); and Desert Messenger Publisher Shanana "Rain" Golden-Bear.

Jones, who represents herself, alleges in the 28-page Complaint CV-14-01907-PNX-SPL, that defendants violated her rights when Quartzsite Police Dept. and Henrichs visited her location at Rice Ranch Swap Meet on August 22, 2013 with a warrant to inspect a 1956 trailer to ensure compliance with Town Codes. According to a press release issued by the Town of Quartzsite they found 15 Pit Bull dogs housed in cages in the trailer. The Town of Quartzsite emailed the press release to the Arizona Republic, Parker Pioneer, Palo Verde Times, and Desert Messenger. It was published on this blog on Aug. 26, 2013. Jones alleges the Press Release was "libelous and defamatory."

Jones' Facebook page profile photo

Jones publishes The Desert Freedom Press, a free tabloid, and proudly proclaims on the paper's Facebook page, "MY FREE SPEECH IS NOT NEGOTIABLE".

In the past few years, Jones ran failed political campaigns for Quartzsite Town Council, Quartzsite Mayor, La Paz County Supervisor and Arizona State Representative Dist. 5. Jones became famous when the 2011 video of her being removed from a town council meeting went "viral." Jones stated she retired from her dog grooming business in the spring of this year.

In her latest claim, Jones alleges Golden-Bear (along with other defendants):
"Violated the First Amendment Right to Free Speech, Press and Assembly; First Amendment Right to be Free from Retaliation; Fourth Amendment Right to be Free from Unreasonable Search and Malicious Prosecution; Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress; Conspiracy to Violate the Constitutionally Protected Rights of the Plaintiff; see paragraph 66. Intentional Interference with Contract; Violating of Equal Protection by Singling out Plaintiff for Unequal Treatment for no other Reason Other Than Malice, as a Class of One."

Jones is seeking compensatory and punitive damages, along with "attorney's fees" and also demands a jury trial.

As of today, Desert Messenger has not been able to confirm that any defendant has been legally served a summons in this case. See below for the full document.

On a personal note: There is much more I would love to say about a self-proclaimed Free-Speech-Advocate tabloid publisher filing a federal court claim against me for publishing an Official Press Release issued by the Town of Quartzsite, but I won't... for now!

© Desert Messenger 2014

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Arizona DPS set to increase presence during Labor Day weekend

The main focus will be DUI, Speed, 

Aggressive Drivers, and Restraint Use

 During the Labor Day weekend, travelers will see an increased presence of Highway Patrol Officers across the state of Arizona. The Highway Patrol Division developed a statewide campaign aimed to save lives by enforcing state laws and removing DUI drivers. Several of the operations across Arizona are funded by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.
Northern Arizona
The northern patrol bureau will have full staffing during the Labor Day Weekend. In addition to the regularly scheduled officers, there will be additional aviation speed enforcement details and several DUI saturation patrols.
The Highway Patrol will also be part of the Safety Corridor along I-17 between Black Canyon City and Cordes Junction. The purpose of this partnership between the Department of Public Safety (DPS), the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), and various fire departments along that portion of I-17 is to quickly respond to and remove blocking crashes. This will ensure the best response time and minimize the traffic impact in the area.
Metro Phoenix
Along with regular patrol officers, Highway Patrol officers will be participating in two DUI details in the east and west valley. There will also be designated speed details focusing on known criminal speeding locations.
Southern Arizona
The southern patrol bureau will be conducting a 10-mile detail focusing on maintaining a constant presence along our highways to deter fatigued drivers as well as decrease response times. By positioning officers across the entire southern half of the state, we will be able to quickly respond to crashes and constantly enforce state laws. Officers will also be participating in DUI saturation patrols along with other agencies.
The Department of Public Safety and its highway patrol officers will continue to be vigilant in protecting the lives of travelers along our highway system.

For more information visit

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Quartzsite Town Council unofficial primary election results

Unofficial results are in from today's election 
for Quartzsite Town Council

Robert "Gunny" St. Germain ran unopposed for a 2-year seat.

Town Council Incumbents Norma Crooks and Mike Jewitt lost their seats. 

The remaining top 8 candidates will face off for 4 positions in the General Election on November 4th. 

Quartzsite's Jennifer Jones lost her attempt for Arizona State Representative District 5 which covers La Paz & Mohave Counties. 

For up to date results visit

Monday, August 25, 2014

Quartzsite resident dies in I-10 crash Sunday, August 24th

Photo courtesy Arizona DPS

QUARTZSITE, Ariz. - Just before 9:30 a.m., Sunday, a two-vehicle fatal crash closed eastbound I-10 in Quartzsite, Arizona. 

According to Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS), Robert Bennett, 31, of Quartzsite, drove westbound in the eastbound lanes of I-10 hitting a semi truck head-on. Bennett was killed in the crash and the semi truck driver, identified as Julio Godinez, 58, of Hialeah, Florida, suffered minor injuries. 

Earlier that day, Quartzsite Police Department, had responded to a domestic violence call involving Bennett. According to law enforcement reports, Bennett left the scene of that incident. Quartzsite Police followed but called off the chase before Bennett drove west on the eastbound lanes of the freeway. 

The Arizona Department of Public Safety's Vehicular Crimes Unit is investigating the crash. The investigation is in the early stages but detectives will look into the events leading up to the crash. 

Interstate 10, eastbound, was closed at Exit 1 (Ehrenberg) in Arizona, backing traffic up for miles into Blythe, California. The freeway reopened around 6:40 p.m., Sunday night. 

Get out and Vote on Tuesday, Aug. 26

Primary election for Arizona voters 
Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 
Here's some information issued by Arizona Secretary of State office.
Polling places will open Tuesday at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. Any voter already in line at 7 p.m. will be able to cast a ballot. Voters may find their polling place at and clicking on the Voter View icon or contacting the County Recorder. If voters have cast an early mail ballot, they should not vote in person. Early ballots may be dropped off with election officials at any polling place in their county of residence. Quartzsite Senior Center is the polling location for Quartzsite voters.

The Secretary of State’s Office is projecting statewide voter turnout around 25 percent. Statewide voter turnout in primary elections over the last decade has fallen within that range for non-presidential elections.

Arizona’s primary election is open to all registered voters, including independent and unaffiliated voters, as well as those who are members of unrecognized parties. These voters must request the ballot of one of the following parties: Republican, Democratic, Libertarian or Americans Elect.

Every voter must show identification before being able to cast a ballot at a polling place. The voter must provide:
-     one piece of ID that bears his/her name, address and photograph (Ex: An Arizona driver license), or
-     two forms of ID that bear his/her name and address (Ex: a utility bill and bank statement), or
-     one form of acceptable photo ID with another form of non-photo ID that includes his/her name and address (Ex: a passport and utility bill).

The Secretary of State’s Office has an Election Night Reporting system [Click Here] for displaying voting results. This system is online at, and will provide up-to-the-minute updates Tuesday evening as counties report unofficial voting results. Click on the “Customize My Search” icon (on the right side of the front page) to select specific races you’d like to follow.
Initial unofficial results should be reported around 8 p.m., with updates throughout the evening as they become available.

Quartzsite Senior Center on Moon Mountain Rd. 
is the polling location for Quartzsite voters. 
Doors open at 6am and CLOSE at 7pm
Get out and VOTE!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Arizona voters - Deadline to request early mail ballot is Aug. 15

Deadline to request early mail ballot is Aug. 15
All voters may vote by mail, 
early in person or on Primary Election Day

STATEWIDE – The last day to request a ballot from your County Recorder for the Primary Election is 5 p.m., Friday, August 15. The Secretary of State’s Office recommends having your early ballot voted, signed, sealed and sent by August 22. If early voters miss the August 22 deadline they may return their ballot to an early voting location, at the County Recorder’s Office, or at the polling place in their county on Primary Election Day.

For security reasons, election officials recommend to only give your early mail ballot to your postal worker. Should you miss the mailing deadline, you may drop your ballot at an early voting location or with your County Recorder. For locations and availability, contact the County Recorder’s office. If you vote by early mail ballot, do not vote in person.

All voters – including independent voters or those without a party preference – are able to vote through one of three ways:
1.     Early mail ballot;
2.     Early in-person voting; or
3.     In-person on Primary Election Day, Tuesday, August 26.

To find an early voting location and availability, contact the County Recorder. 
Early in-person voting ends Friday, August 22.

For those voting on Election Day, August 26, make sure you know your correct polling location, as voting locations may change from election to election. To know before you go, go online to, and click on the Voter View icon or call 1-877-THE VOTE or in the Phoenix Metro Area 602-542-8683. The Voter View portion of the website is compatible with smartphones and tablets. You also may contact your County Recorder’s office.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Changes to Quartzsite Transit beginning Aug. 1st

Quartzsite, AZ - Janet Collier, Transit Coordinator, held a meeting Tuesday, July 29th for transit riders. She explained big changes will be effective August 1st, 2014.

~ The Town of Quartzsite will no longer be providing transit service to Parker. La Paz County Health Dept. will be the provider for WEEKLY Wednesday trips to Parker. However the Parker trip is now only $5 donation (previously $10). For more information or to schedule your pickupfff, call 928-669-6155.

Quartzsite Transit Services are available to elderly, disabled, and elderly disabled population. There is a limited occupancy of 8 passengers depending on the size of the van. Local bus trips remains at only $3 donation.

~ Beginning August 1st the Transit will be providing local service in town Monday through Friday.
The bus will now deliver passengers daily to Quartzsite Senior Center for their lunch meals. Lunch Donation is $3.50.

~ WACOG has granted the Town of Quartzsite 4,300 AAA passes. Residents must qualify for the free passes which can only be used for in-town bus trips. The trip must also be used for medical, pharmacy or food, such as at the Senior Center Lunches. For more information and to request a Transit Pass, call Quartzsite Town Hall at 928-927-4333.

Daily transit service in Quartzsite is now Monday - Friday ($3 donation)
The bus will go to Blythe on Tuesday, Aug. 5th and Tues. Aug. 19th. ($10 donation)
Yuma trips this month are Wed. Aug. 6th, and Wed. Aug. 20th. ($15 donation)
The only Lake Havasu trip this month will be on Wed. Aug. 13. ($15 donation)

To schedule your pick up, please call Quartzsite Town Hall at 928-927-4333.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Intermittent I-10 closures between Quartzsite & Tonopah Sunday

APS to close I-10 between Tonopah and Quartzsite this Sunday

Overhead power lines 
will installed over the interstate 

PHOENIX – Drivers traveling between Phoenix and California on Interstate 10 on Sunday morning, July 27, need to plan ahead and allow extra travel time as the highway will be closed intermittently between mileposts 67-68 as APS installs power lines over the interstate, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.
Arizona Department of Public Safety officers will stop traffic several times from 5 to 9 a.m. Sunday up to 15 minutes each time to allow APS crews to make the aerial crossings. The location of the work is about 75 miles east of Quartzsite and 43 miles west of the SR 85 junction in Buckeye.
Drivers can expect delays and congestion approaching the I-10 closure. The speed limit will be reduced near the work zone and flaggers will be present.
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 or call 5-1-1.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Last day to register to vote for Arizona Primary July 28th

Monday, July 28th 
last day to register to vote in 
Primary Election

Arizona Primary Election is 
Tuesday, August 26

ARIZONA – Secretary of State Ken Bennett reminds Arizonans that Monday, July 28th before midnight is the last day to register to vote or update voter registration to cast a ballot in the upcoming August 26th Primary Election.

“It is encouraging to see the citizens of Arizona taking seriously their role in government,” said Secretary Bennett. “The ability to vote for our leaders is a fundamental right more people should exercise.”

To be eligible to register, a person must be a citizen of the United States, 18 or older as well as a resident of Arizona and the county listed on the person’s registration. To view personal voter registration information, go online to the Secretary of State’s website at and click on the Voter View icon. Information on a person’s current registration, polling place, party affiliation and more is available.

There are three different ways to register to vote: by mail, in-person and online. Mail-in registration forms are available from the County Recorder and online from the Secretary of State at and click on the Voter Registration icon. Simply, fill in the form, print the form, sign and date it, affix the proper postage and mail the form to the County Recorder of the county of legal residence. In-person registration is also available at the County Recorder’s Office. If a legal Arizona resident has an identification card or driver license issued by the state of Arizona, the resident may register to vote or update voter registration online at

For questions about voter registration, contact the County Recorder or call the Secretary of State at 1-877- THE VOTE or in the Phoenix Metro Area 602-542-8683.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Quartzsite Town Council to hold special meeting Friday, June 20th at 3:30pm

Quartzsite Town Council will hold a Special Meeting Friday, June 20 at 3:30pm at Town Hall. The meeting was called after Town Manager Skylor Miller presented council members with a Memo updating them on meetings held with WIFA and USDA regarding the sewer expansion project and the case of Mayor Ed Foster v. Town of Quartzsite.

The full memo is below:

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Quartzsite Police to host meeting regarding Missing Person Eric Stapleton Thursday 5pm

Quartzsite Police Department
Hosting a Community Update and Awareness Meeting in regards to the recent Missing Person Case of 
Eric Stapleton

This meeting is for informational purposes and giving the community an update in the on-going investigation only, tips and information will be taken at that time. Please understand limited information may be given. 

When:        THURSDAY, JUNE 12, 2014 
                   AT 5:00 pm

Where:      Quartzsite Town Hall, 
                   465 N. Plymouth, Quartzsite

Who:          Friends and Family, Media and 
                    anyone interested

Why:          To inform the public of the 
                    current status in the case

For questions, please call Quartzsite Police Dept. 
at 928-927-4644.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Missing Person in Quartzsite


June 3, 2014 - Quartzsite, AZ - Quartzsite Police Department issued a Missing Person Notice early this morning. Eric Stapleton was last seen May 18, 2014 at his residence off Riggles Road. Eric failed to report for work on May 20, 2014 has not been seen or heard from since. He is 58 and has grey hair, about 5'10 or 6' tall. His cell phone & car was at the house with front door open.

If you have any information of the whereabouts of Eric Stapleton or any information pertaining to this flyer please contact the Quartzsite Police Department Officer Conley or Officer Tanakeyowma at 928-927-4644 or Dispatcher 928-669-2281

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Political Advertising Policies for Desert Messenger- Quartzsite, Arizona

It's political season again in Quartzsite. As a courtesy to political candidates, Desert Messenger is posting the requirements for advertising published by Arizona Newspaper Association and ARS Statutes regulating advertising for candidates.  SEE BELOW: It is the candidate's responsibility to know the law.

Political advertising, advertising on public policy questions and controversial issues will be prepaid. These ads must contain “Paid for by...” the name and contact of person(s) or organization(s) responsible for the advertisement.

Any advertisement by a candidate or political committee that advocates the election or
defeat of any candidate or solicits contributions to a political committee shall state that it
was paid for by the candidate or the candidate’s campaign committee, if that statement is
accurate, or shall state the name of the political committee that paid for the
advertisement, identify the chairman of the political committee and provide a telephone
number for that individual.

If the literature or advertisement is not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s
campaign, the advertisement shall so state. If the advertisement is an independent
expenditure (i.e., an expenditure by a person or political committee, other than a
candidate’s campaign committee, that expressly advocates the election or defeat of a
clearly identified candidate, that is made without cooperation or consultation or at the
request or suggestion of any candidate or committee or agent of the candidate) by a
political committee, the advertisement shall also state the names and telephone numbers
of the three political committees making the largest contributions to the political
committee that paid for the advertisement. If an acronym is used to identify any political
committee, the name of any sponsoring organization of the political committee must also
be identified.

The required disclosures must be printed clearly and legibly in a conspicuous manner in
the advertisement. In printed advertisements, the disclosure must appear in a font that is
at least 3/32 inches tall in a dark type on a light background surrounded by a dark box.

§ 16-901(14), (19). Definitions
In this chapter, unless the context otherwise requires:

14. “Independent expenditure” means an expenditure by a person or
political committee, other than a candidate’s campaign committee, that expressly
advocates the election or defeat of a clearly identified candidate, that is made without
cooperation or consultation with any candidate or committee or agent of the candidate
and that is not made in concert with or at the request or suggestion of a candidate, or any
committee or agent of the candidate. Independent expenditure includes an expenditure
that is subject to the requirements of section 16-917 which requires a copy of campaign
literature or advertisement to be sent to a candidate named or otherwise referred to in the
literature or advertisement. An expenditure is not an independent expenditure if any of
the following applies:
(a) Any officer, member, employee or agent of the political
committee making the expenditure is also an officer, member, employee or
agent of the committee of the candidate whose election or whose opponent’s
defeat is being advocated by the expenditure or an agent of the candidate whose
election or whose opponent’s defeat is being advocated by the expenditure.
(b) There is any arrangement, coordination or direction with
respect to the expenditure between the candidate or the candidate’s agent and the
person making the expenditure, including any officer, director, employee or
agent of that person.
(c) In the same election the person making the expenditure,
including any officer, director, employee or agent of that person, is or has been:
(i) Authorized to raise or expend monies on behalf of the
candidate or the candidate’s authorized committees.
(ii) Receiving any form of compensation or
reimbursement from the candidate, the candidate’s committees or the
candidate’s agent.
(d) The expenditure is based on information about the candidate’s
plans, projects or needs, or those of his campaign committee, provided to the
expending person by the candidate or by the candidate’s agents or any officer,
member or employee of the candidate’s campaign committee with a view
toward having the expenditure made.

19. “Political committee” means a candidate or any association or
combination of persons that is organized, conducted or combined for the purpose of
influencing the result of any election or to determine whether an individual will become a
candidate for election in this state or in any county, city, town, district or precinct in this
state, that engages in political activity in behalf of or against a candidate for election or
retention or in support of or opposition to an initiative, referendum or recall or any other
measure or proposition and that applies for a serial number and circulates petitions and,
in the case of a candidate for public office except those exempt pursuant to section 16-
903, that receives contributions or makes expenditures in connection therewith,
notwithstanding that the association or combination of persons may be part of a larger
association, combination of persons or sponsoring organization not primarily organized,
conducted or combined for the purpose of influencing the result of any election in this
state or in any county, city, town or precinct in this state.

§ 16-912(A)-(E). Candidates and independent expenditures; campaign literature and
advertisement sponsors; identification; civil penalty

A. A political committee that makes an expenditure for campaign literature or
advertisements that expressly advocate the election or defeat of any candidate or that make any
solicitation of contributions to any political committee shall be registered pursuant to this chapter
at the time of distribution, placement or solicitation and shall include on the literature or
advertisement the words “paid for by” followed by the name of the committee that appears on its
statement of organization or five hundred dollar exemption statement.

B. If the expenditure for the campaign literature or advertisements by a political
committee is an independent expenditure, the political committee, in addition to the disclosures
required by subsection A of this section, shall include on the literature or advertisement the names
and telephone numbers of the three political committees making the largest contributions to the
political committee making the independent expenditure. If an acronym is used to name any
political committee outlined in this section, the name of any sponsoring organization of the
political committee shall also be printed or spoken. For purposes of determining the three
contributors to be disclosed, the contributions of each political committee making the independent
expenditure during the one year period before the election being affected are aggregated.

C. Subsection A of this section does not apply to bumper stickers, pins, buttons,
pens and similar small items on which the statements required in subsection A of this section
cannot be conveniently printed or to signs paid for by a candidate with campaign monies or by a
candidate’s campaign committee or to a solicitation of contributions by a separate segregated fund
from those persons it may solicit pursuant to §§ 16-920 and 16-921.

D. The disclosures required pursuant to this section shall be printed clearly and
legibly in a conspicuous manner or, if the advertisement is broadcast on a telecommunications
system, the disclosure shall be spoken. For printed material that is delivered or provided by hand
or by mail, the disclosure shall be printed in a font that is at least 3/32 inches tall in dark type on
light background surrounded by a dark box. For communications that are broadcast on a
telecommunications system or other medium that can provide a viewable disclosure and a spoken
disclosure, the disclosure may be made in printed format only and a spoken disclosure is not

E. A person who violates this section is subject to a civil penalty of up to three
times the cost of producing and distributing the literature or advertisement. This civil penalty
shall be imposed as prescribed in § 16-924.

For all your Quartzsite Advertising needs, contact 
Shanana "Rain" Golden-Bear, Publisher of Desert Messenger, 
Quartzsite's FREE Community Paper 
at 928-916-4235. 


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