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May 17, 2023

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May 17, 2023 3 "Smile in the mirror. Do that every morning and you'll start to see a big difference in your life." ~Yoko Ono Happy Valley Pharmacy update Switch & Save Up to $250/Year On Your Talk, Text and Data Plan! © 2023 Consumer Cellular Inc. Terms and Conditions subject to change. New service activation on approved credit. Cellular service is not available in all areas and is subject to system limitations. All other products are trademarked by their respective manufacturers. Phones are limited to stock on hand. Savings calculation is based on a comparison of Consumer Cellular's average customer invoice to the average cost of single-line entry-level plans off ered by the major U.S. wireless carriers as of May 2022. CALL CONSUMER CELLULAR 877-401-1130 By Shanana Rain Golden-Bear There have been rumors of Happy Valley Pharmacy closing. In an effort to address these rumors, the owner Howard Pulver, spoke with Desert Messenger News last week. He said he would like to let the community know he is doing "everything I can to keep the doors open." Mr. Pulver told Desert Messenger News that he's been having issues with the Pharmacy Benefits Manager (PBM) OptumRx for about 3 months. There has been some miscommunication and he has not being able to get reimbursement funds for prescriptions issued. He estimates it's upwards of $200,000, but he said contacting the right person at the company has been extremely difficult. OptumRx claims the pharmacy did not respond to an audit. But Mr. Pulver said they did receive anything correspondence to respond to. Then he was told he could appeal, but he has no clue who to communicate with, because the pharmacy was never contacted. He also said there may be other audits he knows nothing about, so he is very concerned. So for now, the pharmacy is now only issuing generic prescriptions, as they can't afford going in debt more for name brands. The average age in Quartzsite is 69 years old, so this is impacting our community greatly. Mr. Pulver said, "We're trying everything. We're doing everything we can to keep the doors open. Please be patient with us as we work things out." Our hours are Monday though Thursday, 9am-4pm, Friday 9am-2pm. Closed for lunch Mon- Thurs, 12:30-1:30pm For more information call the pharmacy at 928-927-5300. Dairy Queen at #Quartzsite Pilot Truck Stop announced their last day was Wednesday, May 17th, 2023. Management told Desert Messenger News, "There were some great last minute deals!" Please use caution around the construction areas for the new Taco Bell which will be coming soon. Sub- way remains open as of press time. Pilot Truck Stop Dairy Queen closes Parker, AZ - Parker Regional Chamber of Commerce & Tourism will host the 45th Annual Parker Tube Float on June 10, 2023. Online Pre-Regis- tration will opened March 1, 2023 and will close at midnight June 4, 2023. You will still be able to register the morning of the event at La Paz County Park. You can register online or by visiting the Parker Regional Chamber of Commerce & Tourism office or at one of the off site locations (Pirate's Den, Whiskey River Steakhouse and Saloon, Sandbar Resort, Castle Rock, River Lodge, Branson's Resort, Echo Lodge, The Bar, The Sand Bar and Spanky's RV & Marine). The 45th Annual Parker Tube Float registration will be at La Paz County Park from 8 A.M to 11 A.M. with the float ending at 4 P.M. (NO-WAKE ZONE EXPIRES). Park at La Paz County Park ($10.00 parking fee) and we will shuttle you to Buckskin Mountain State Park where the starting line is. The last bus will leave La Paz County Park shortly after registration closes at 11 A.M. Buckskin Mountain State Park will have air compressors available to inflate your floats and get ready to launch. Ice will also be available for purchase at both La Paz County Park and Buckskin Mountain State Park. Once you are ready you will enter the beautiful Colorado River you will can enjoy beautiful scenery and will pass a few bars and restau- rants as you float down to the finish line at La Paz County Park/Pirate's Den Resort located where you originally parked. The Chamber suggests you pre-register as it is $30.00 per person. Once pre-registration closes the fee is $40.00 per person if you register the morning of the event. An additional fee of $30.00 is required if you will be using a motorized vessel to assist your floating group. Changes for 2023 Parker Tube Float. "We will not allow boats with any IO, Outboard or prop. Only allowed vessels will be jet boats or personal water crafts ONLY!" Water crafts are not allowed to launch at the registration area or starting line neither at La Paz County Park, Pirate's Den, or Buckskin Mountain State Park. You will either need to launch at the Public Launch Ramp or a park if they offer a launch ramp. You will need to drive your vessel up river to the starting line at Buckskin Mountain State Park. The first 300 registered will receive a free event tank top. All pre-regis- tered will be entered into a drawing for fabulous prizes. Pirate's Den will be hosting the After Float Party with music, drink specials and fun. There is still time to get your ticket. Go to to register online today! Tickets are $30 now! For more details call 928-669-2174. Parker Tube Float planned June 10

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