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May 19, 2010

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Vol. 6 Issue #110 FREE Community Paper Serving The Communities Of Quartzsite, Ehrenberg, Brenda & Bouse Wed. May 19, 2010 “Walk across America” comes through Quartzsite New student radio station airs in Quartzsite experience of running their own ra- dio station began back in 1999. On October 18, 2007 E. Q. Scholars, Inc, applied to the FCC for a construction permit for a new Class A non-commer- cial educational FM radio station to serve Quartzsite, Arizona on 91.7 MHz. In February, 2009, the FCC approved their permit. “It has been a long process,” said Steve McClenning, principle of Schol- ars’ Academy, “but worth it!” The 1oo watt radio station will play a variety of music 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Some programs will be live while others will be pre-programmed. There are 8 student DJs and 2 student project managers. All positions are paid with budgeted funds. Requests will also be accepted. Plans are to air local sports events. Arizona Broadcast Engineering Ser- QUARTZSITE- Ten years in the making, KEQS FM 91.7 is now on the air! Signs went up Friday and the Scholar’s Acad- emy students began on-air broadcast- ing about 11pm Saturday night! The idea to provide students the will also work directly with the stu- dents teaching them how to use the the equipment. The school received a partial grant in the beginning process from La Paz County. The station participates in meth Awareness. Because the school is located within a close proximity of Mexico, the Mexican authorities had to approve the project, which was time consuming of itself. The new radio station will serve to be your source for weather updates, emergency services, as well as some great music. Donations are needed for the station’s continued growth. Billie Madewell said, “The kids love it! We bought small boom boxes for all of our classroooms so we can listen throughout the day. We are now doing morning announcements over the air also, done by our student council pres- ident Joey Hager. We are so excited!” vices of Lake Havasu City was instru- mental in helping the students get on the air. They helped in building the station, fi nding the best prices for new, used and donated equipment. They RESULTS VISIT: Main_Pages/Dept_ Elections/elections.htm FOR ELECTION Walker Richard Hunsucker (center) is welcomed by Dennis Dole (left) and Mike Davis (right) By Joanne Winer QUARTZSITE- One of the best perks about writing articles for newspapers or magazines is the chance to meet some very special people when you interview them for an article. Such was the case this past week when I was invited by the VFW Post 769 to come to the post to interview a true patriot and veteran who is walking across America to raise awareness and money to help the Dis- abled American Veterans. The January storms, brought many giant saguaros to the ground. La Casa del Rancho on N. Central uprighted many of their fallen friends and re- planted the broken tops. Not only are they still alive, but they now are in full bloom! Photo by Starr BearCat His name is Richard Hunsucker, a Vietnam era veteran from Green Bay, Wisconsin. Richard Hunsucker is a 53 year-old veteran who joined the service in 1974 at the age of 17. He saw many veterans who came back from serving their country that had been injured, some very severely, and the scars that he saw growing up never left him. He says he was inspired by a vision he had that God wanted him to do  SEE WALK AMERICA PAGE 15 AT&T wireless outage in Q page 19 FREE!

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