Desert Messenger

December 15, 2021

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WHAT'S INSIDE 2 Denim & Dust 4-H 3 Hi Jolly Documentary 3 Food Handlers Classes 5 Omicron updates 6 Editorial 6 Town Texting 7 COVID-19 Updates 7 Letters to Editor 7 Council Meeting Recap 8 CDBG Public Hearing 9 The Salvation Army updates 9 Chamber Thanks Community 10 Gardening with Dennis 11 Art Guild 11 QES Students of the Month 12 RTRs return to Quartzsite 12 Joe & Carol Young 15 Olinger Lane Christmas Lights 14 Thrift Store Donations 16 Musuem Update 20 Porch Pirates 21 Jackie Deal Changes 21 AA meetings 22 AROUND TOWN 23 Grief 23 Christmas Thoughts 24-25 In Memoriam 26 Puzzles 27 Calendar 28-29 CLASSIFIEDS 29 Paul Winer's Cartoon 30 PHOTOS • "Quartzsite's FREE Community Paper" • 928-916-4235 , 2021 VOL. 18 41 Alwa y s FREE! N�� �� ��� N�� �� ��� 18 t h YEAR! Hi Jolly Daze Parade planned January 8th SEE COURTS PAGE 8 Quartzsite Justice Court on the chopping block "Support your ho-ho-home town!" "Support your ho-ho-home town!" "Support your Santa says... Santa says... Quartzsite, AZ - The Annual Hi Jolly Daze Quartzsite, AZ - The Annual Hi Jolly Daze Parade is planned for Saturday, January Parade is planned for Saturday, January 8th, 2021. Parade starts at 11:30am and 8th, 2021. Parade starts at 11:30am and ends with festivities at the Dance Slab at ends with festivities at the Dance Slab at Town Park. The Quartzsite Area Chamber Town Park. The Quartzsite Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism invites everyone to be part of the fun. The Theme this year is "Camels marching through the West." There will be Live Camels in this year's pa- rade! Line up is on E. Tyson St. near the Fire station starting at 10:30am. So get your party hats on and come out and enjoy the day! Gather your camels, fl oats, pets, bikes, dance & music groups, classic cars, off -road vehicles, bicycles, etc. and make this a great parade! This is a wonder- ful opportunity for businesses to show off too! And the entry is FREE! All groups, organizations, businesses, individuals, are encouraged to participate. Everyone is in- vited to honor our past and our future. Af- ter the parade, enjoy festivities, food, and award presentation at the Park with SKY- HAWK's music! Parade entry forms are available at the Town Hall at 465 N. Plymouth Ave. and Quartzsite Chamber & Tourism offi ce lo- cated at 1240 W. Main Street, across from McDonald's Friday & Saturday 10-2. For more information call the cham- ber at 928-927-5200 or email At their regular meeting of Monday, December 20th, La Paz County Board of Supervisors will be addressing the pos- sibility of closing Quartzsite and Salome Justice Courts to consolidate all the justice courts into one court in Parker. The county currently has justice courts in Parker, Quartzsite and Salome. Courts hear mostly civil and misdemeanor cas- es. Justice courts also hear felony cases and decide if they should be bound over to the Superior Court. Durig their regular meeting in September, Board of Super- visor Duce Minor clearly stated they planned to hold Town Hall meetings in the areas that would be affected, but that has not occurred. In their regular meeting of November 15th, the board heard from concerned citizens and court employees. It appears the board will make their decision on Monday, December 20th at 10am. Gary Zakrajsek, Salome resident, said he would prefer to have Quartzsite remain open rather than Parker because it's the busiest of the courts. The Quartzsite court has a lot of truck traffi c due to citations issued on Interstate 10, and he wouldn't want all those trucks coming to Parker. In each county there are limited jurisdiction courts that are presided over by a Justice of the Peace, who is elected to a four year term. Judge's hear a variety of cases in their jurisdictions these include civil lawsuits where the amount in dispute is $9,999 or less, landlord and tenant contro- versies, small claims cases and the full range of civil and criminal traffi c offenses, including DUIs. Justices of the peace also resolve other types of misdemeanor allegations (i.e. shoplifting, writing bad checks, violating restraining

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