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July 20, 2022

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WHAT'S INSIDE 2 Food Bank Update 3 Water/Wastewater increases 4 Be Red Cross Ready 5 Satellite Voting 6 Editorial 6 Town Texting 7 Letters to Editor 7 Council Meeting Recap 8 The Salvation Army update 8 New Vet at Circle H Hospital 9 QES Update 9 HAMS Field Day 10 Gardening with Dennis 10 Camel Express Update 11 DARC 1 Year Anniversary 12 Shop Small Bingo 12 Abortion Health Care 14 Elections 15 Candidates Answer Questions 18 Around Town 19 In Memoriam 19 Arizona Financial Credit Union 20 Sons of Desert Night Owls 17 Monsoon tips 21 Classifi eds 22 Paul Winer's Cartoon 23 Photos • "Quartzsite's FREE Community Paper" • 928-916-4235 July 20, 2022 VOL. 18 # 348 Alwa y s FREE! N�� �� ��� 1 8 t h YEAR! QES accepts construction bid for 4+ Million dollars; Quartzsite Campus rebuild to begin in August By Shanana Rain Golden-Bear Thursday, July 14, 2022, during their regular meeting, the Quartzsite Elementary School District #4 (QES) Board of Directors approved a re- vised budget to include $4,094,000 grant from School Facilities Board. They accepted a bid from Sun Valley Builders to rebuild the Quartzsite campus. QES Campus temporarily closed while waiting on new build- ings. Students have been bussed to the Ehrenberg Campus for instruc- tion. The full grant will provide the Quartzsite Campus with all new classrooms, library, and offi ce. There will be new fl ooring, walls and roofi ng in the gym. The foundations of the classrooms will be redone also. The Gym will also receive new HVAC's and weatherization. Eh- renberg Campus will have improvements as well, including a new water fountain and septic tank. The only cost for the district will be $5,000 for a one color school logo to be painted on the building. During their regular meeting Monday, July 18th, La Paz County Board of Supervisors approved Option 101 redistricting map for La Paz County, which is very similar to the present districts and will continue to split Quartzsite into two districts. Large section of CRIT reservation will now move into District 3. Supervisors also approved new district map for AWC (Arizona Western College) The U.S. Constitution re- quires that legislative and congressional districts get redrawn at least once every 10 years using new census data to guarantee equal rep- resentation, and the states are in charge. Under Arizona law, the La Paz County Board of Supervisors is required to undergo redistricting every 10 years following the release of decennial census population estimates and adopt new district lines for the purpose of balancing the population of each district to within 10 percent. These new districts will be refl ected in the 2024 elections. To learn more, visit Existing District Map Approved New District Map for 2024 Redistricting map approved The Project schedule from Sun Valley Builders plans to start Au- gust 1st and hopes to be completed by end of 2022. However, previous conversations with the company describes the the project may take one to two and half years. Quartzsite Elementary School District #4 (QES) staff and elect- ed offi cials began the process to improve the Quartzsite Campus building about 4 years ago. QES Board President Monica Timberlake said, "I'm glad we're fi nally getting to a place where we will be able to see construction. We've been saying all along we've been working on this grant. It re- ally was a temporary closure to get through this process."

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