Desert Messenger

January 19, 2022

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WHAT'S INSIDE 5 Sons of the Desert 5 Museum Updates 6 Editorial 6 Town Texting 7 COVID-19 Updates 8 Education Advocacy Forum 9 The Salvation Army updates 10 Gardening with Dennis 11 Art Guild 11 QES Students of the Month 12 Around Town 13 Council Meeting Recap 13 Camelpalooza II 14 New Hospital CEO 14 Gem & Mineral Club update 16 Rendezvous 16 Redistricting maps 25 Stewart Rhodes ties to Quartzsite 26 Jackie Deal 26 American Pickers 27 Camels in Quartzsite 28 Letters to Editor 30 QuartzFesst 2022 32 Puzzles 33 Calendar of Events 34 Sites to See 35 AA meetings 36 In Memoriam 37-38 CLASSIFIEDS 38Paul Winer's Cartoon 39 PHOTOS • "Quartzsite's FREE Community Paper" • 928-916-4235 January 19 January 19 January 19 January 19, 2022 VOL. 18 42 Alwa y s FREE! SEE COURTS PAGE 15 County votes to County votes to County considate courts N�� �� ��� N�� �� ��� 18 t h YEAR! ����� | S������ R��� G�����-B��� Quartzsite, AZ - January in Quartzsite is like no other place on earth, even during COVID-19! Deals and vendors display- ing their treasures and delights are everywhere around town! All shows have free admission and free parking available. You can shop for Gems, Rocks, Minerals, Arts, Crafts, Hobbies, Jewelry, Silver and Goldsmithing, Faceting, Precious Metals, Antiques, Coins, Lapidary Tools, RVs and Supplies, Lapidary Equipment and Supplies, and delicious Foods to amaze you! The "Largest Gathering of RVs and RVers" is happening right now all over town! Desert Gardens International Gem & Mineral Show, Hi Ally Swap Meet, Tyson Wells Mar- ket Centre & Showgrounds, Prospectors Panorama, Quartzsite Showgrounds, Vendors on Main Street, Main Street Traders, and Rice Ranch are in full swing. The 56th Annual Quartzsite Improvement Association (QIA) Pow Wow Gem and Mineral Show will be held Wednes- Pow Wow Gem and Mineral Show will be held Wednes- Pow Wow Gem and Mineral Show day through Sunday, January 19-23. Show hours are 9 am - 5 pm daily, located right in the middle of town! With 650 vending spaces outside, inside and under cover, vendors are selling 75% rock related materials. Tyson Wells hosts the 44th Annual Sell-A-Rama opened Friday, January 21 - 30. The 10-day show boasts 860 sell- ing spaces on 25 acres! Stay around for the Arts & Craft Show is from Arts and Crafts Show February 4 - 13. TysonWells. com The 39th Annual Sports, Vacation and RV Show, or as we fondly call it, "The Big Tent" opens January 22 - 30. Hours are 8am-5pm. with Free admission and free parking. This huge tent located on the south side of town on 20 acres. Rubber Tramp Rendevoux (RTR) returns to Quartzsite at January 16 - 23. This year's event will be held at the Ballfi eld at Quartzsite Town Park. Be sure to check out for all the year- round events. It's Show Time in Quartzsite! It's Show Time in Quartzsite! It's Show Time in Quartzsite! It's Show Time in Quartzsite! Tuesday, January 18, 2022 - La Paz County Supervisors voted to consolidate the three justice courts in the county into one jus- tice court. What that means is Quartzsite and Salome Justice Courts will be closed at the end of the year. The county will consoli- date the three justice courts into the one court located in Parker, AZ. The County needs to cut $2 million in its budget. County Ad- ministrator Megan Spielman said the cuts must come from staffi ng. She explained there will be many steps that must take place before

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