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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Imperial Fire update 7-31-16

Imperial Fire Information For Release: July 31, 2016
Contact: Nate Caswell, Refuge Manager – 928-783-3371

FIRE NAME: Imperial Fire 

LOCATION: The fire is located on the Imperial National Wildlife Refuge on the California side of the river between Ferguson Lake and the old gauging station across from the Eureka Mine area.

TIME REPORTED: July 30, 2016 at 8 a.m.

ACRES BURNED: The total perimeter of the fire is currently under 100 acres.

RESOURCES: There are currently six engines, one Type II hand crew and one Type I hand crew, three fire boats, one law enforcement boat, one helicopter, and overhead personnel totaling approximately 100 people.

AGENCIES: Agencies involved with suppression of the fire include U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Yuma Wildland Fire crew, and several state and local agencies

LAND STATUS: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

VEGETATION: Primarily salt cedar and phragmites

WEATHER: High temperature today is expected to be between 101 and 105 degrees with humidity between 26 to 31%. Winds are from the South at about 8 to 17 mph and are expected to calm this evening and remain from the south. Winds could become gusty in the afternoon if thunderstorms form.

RESOURCES AND STRUCTURES THREATENED: There are no structures threatened. Fire engines have been placed at strategic locations on the Arizona side of the river in case of any spot fires in locations reachable by road.

CONTAINMENT: Currently at 5% CAUSE: This fire was caused by lightning.


CURRENT STATUS: The Imperial Fire is slowly burning downstream on the California side of the Colorado River and is only accessible by boat. The western side of the fire is desert upland habitat.
Firefighters conducted a burnout operation and stopped the fire’s upriver movement on Saturday. There was one small spot fire on the Arizona side of the river Saturday that was extinguished. Smoke and flame will continue as vegetation continues to burn toward the south. Fire boats are on the river.
A fire line has been prepared at a narrow area near Ferguson Lake.

The Meers Point Recreation Area is closed to public use to accommodate firefighting equipment. The river remains open but river users are asked to use extreme caution in the area.

Firefighter and public safety continues to be the top priority.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Seeking Comments for/against Wenden School Dist. override


La Paz County School Superintendent, Jacquline Price, hereby makes a public notice of the opportunity to submit supporting or opposing arguments that may be included in the Wenden Elementary School District Information Pamphlet for the November 8, 2016 special election.

Wenden Elementary School District No. 19 of La Paz County, Arizona (the "District"), will hold a
special 15% maintenance and operation budget override election on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. The total 15% budget override amount for the first year of the proposed override is estimated to be $98,998 and would be funded in that year by an estimated $0.68 tax rate per $100 of net assessed valuation used for secondary property tax purposes. The La Paz County School Superintendent will prepare an informational pamphlet that will be mailed to households containing one or more registered electors within the District. Any persons wishing to submit an argument "for" or "against" the proposed 15% budget override (not to exceed 200 words) may do so by mail or hand delivery of the argument to the La Paz County School Superintendent's office, 1112 Joshua Avenue, Suite 205, Parker, AZ 85344; telephone: (928) 669-6183.

To be included in the informational pamphlet, such argument must be received in the office of the La Paz County School Superintendent on or before 5:00 p.m., August 8, 2016. 

Such argument must be signed and include the name of the District, the author's name, the name of any person or entity submitting an argument, address and telephone number. The person or entity and author's name will be printed in the informational pamphlet. The last day to register to vote in order to be eligible to vote in this election is Monday, October 10, 2016. 

For more information concerning the election, please contact the 
Wenden Elementary School District No. 19, 
71001 Santa Fe Avenue, Wenden, AZ 85357, 
Telephone: (928) 859-3806. 

Gloria Dean, District Superintendent 

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Quartzsite Shows and Calendar of Events 2017

Come join the fun as Quartzsite celebrates its 150th! Check out the list of Shows, events, swap meets, craft fairs, ATV rallies, Off Road Swap meet, Entertainment and more! It's going to be Rockin' in Quartzsite for 2017! We look forward to seeing you soon!


October 1, 2016 -March 31, 2017 
Tyson Wells Market Center Swap Meet

October 31, 2016 - March 1, 2017
Quartzsite Market Place Street Fair

November 1, 2016 - April 1, 2017
Rice Ranch “Yawl Come” Show

November 2016 - April, 2017
Grease Wood Swap Meet

December thru Mid-March, 2017
Prospectors Panorama

1st Sunday Deember thru March
Off-Road Swap Meet - QIA 9 am - 1 pm

January 1 - February 28, 2017
Desert Gardens Int’l Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show

January 6 - January 15, 2017
Tyson Wells Rock & Gem Show

January 18 - 22, 2017
51st Annual QIA Pow Wow Gem & Mineral Show

January 20 - 29, 2017
Tyson Wells Sell-A-Rama

January 21 - 29, 2017
Quartzsite Sports, Vacation & RV Show (The Big Tent)

Febrary 3 - 12, 2017
Tyson Wells Art & Craft Show

February 10 - 12, 2017
Gold, Treasure & Craft Show - QIA 9 am - 5 pm

Quartzsite Annual EVENTS

October 31, 2016
Annual Halloween Party, Haunted House - Community Center

Wednesdays, December - March 2016
Farmer’s Market Desert Gardens Swap Meet 8 am - 1 pm

November 11, 2016
Veterans Day Ceremony VFW

November 11, 2016
Gunny’s Museum Annual Veteran’s Day BBQ

November 15, 2016
Spaghetti Fundraiser for Celia’s Rainbow Gardens - QIA 5 pm

November 20, 2017
Chili & Cornbread Fundraiser - Friends of the Quartzsite Food Bank
Tyson Wells Showground Building

November 26, 2016
Shop Small Saturday - Quartzsite Chamber & Tourism 1240 W. Main

November 26 - 27, 2016
Santa’s Workshop Arts & Crafts Show - 9 am - 5 pm
Tyson Wells Showgrounds

December 3, 2016
VFW Fraser Chik Nik Fundraiser & Rally 10 am - 4pm 

December 10, 2016
Operation Hero Comfort Silent Auction - 1 pm - 4 pm - QIA
Soup & Chowder Festival - 3 pm - 5 pm - QIA
Christmas Light Parade - Main St. 7 pm

January thru February 2017
Author’s Fair Readers Oasis

January 13 - 14, 2017
Quartzsite Art Guild Art Show - Senior Center 9 am - 5 pm

January 14, 2017
Annual Hi Jolly Daze Parade - Town Park

January 14, 2017
New Christy Minstrels - QIA 2 pm & 7 pm

January 15, 2017
Paul Winer Show - Senior Center 2 pm & 7pm

February 2, 2017
Paul Winer Show - QIA- 2 pm & 7pm

January 22 - 28, 2017
QuartzFest Amateur Ham Radio Convention

February 3 - 4, 2017
Quartzsite Quilt Show 9 am - 4 pm

February 4, 2014
VFW Ground Hog Rally

February 10, 2017
Desert Flyers RC Fun Fly - Town Park

February 10 - 12, 2017
Gold, Treasure & Craft Show - QIA 9 am - 5 pm

February 18, 2017
Quartzsite Masters Tough Golf Tournament VFW

February 24 - 25, 2017
Southwestern Art Show Roundup

March 3 - 4, 2017
The GRAND Gathering - QIA

CRAFT FAIRS - November thru March

1st Saturday at QIA 9 am - 1 pm
3rd Friday at Senior Center 9 am - 1 pm

For the latest updates visit

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