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September 15, 2010

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WED. SEPT. 15, 2010 Vol. 7 Issue #115 ONE COPY PER PERSON PLEASE NOW ONLINE! Quartzsite’s FREE Community Paper Harry Luge to perform at Quartzsite Country Bash Oct. 2nd! “I am not from Nashville...I’m from Arizona!” QUARTZSITE- Saturday, October 2nd, the first Quartzsite Coun- try Bash will take place at Town Park from 4pm-10pm. This family event will showcase the Harry Luge Band, a well-known performer from “Country Thunder” Festival circuit from the Southwest to Midwest. Harry Luge is the ever-consummate singer/songwriter with deep and proud roots in the Arizona desert. He’s experienced beyond his 32 years and his non-stop creative personality trans- lates to high energy live performances on some of the largest stages in the Country Music industry. A genuine storyteller that literally can shake songs out of his sleeve (with some real “believe it or not” moments in his life and music); truth, life and the “hook”. “Harry’s music is most relevant when one hears a simplicity that transcends the transient, reaches across political lines and reaches deep inside each listener with stories relating to family, sense of place, personal growth and everyday life. As a result, Harry’s popularity is a well developed institution throughout Arizona.”  SEE QCB PAGE 2 read the letter of recommenda- tions sent to Foster dated Sept. 1, 2010. The 8 points are: “1. Require additional elected official training for Mayor Foster and Council Members. 2. Refer possible criminal matters to the Arizona At- MAIN STREET LAUNDRY SERVICE, TOO! pick up and delivery LAUNDROMAT 205 E. Main St.(across from Roadrunner) 928-308-0011 QUARTZSITE- In an unprec- edented move Tuesday night, the Quartzsite Town Council voted 6-1 to approve the rec- ommendations made by the ad hoc Ethics Committee which includes censuring of Mayor Ed Foster. The standing room only meeting started with a power struggle over who should give the invocation. Foster then challenged the proceedings saying, “We are actually in illegal territory,” when Town Attorney, Pam Walsma would not sign a pa- per Foster presented. He then challenged her to “find any- where in The General Powers of the Common Council ARS 9.240 that the council could take sanctions against one of its members.” Walsma and Foster bantered about pro- ceedures, before Bob Kelley explained, “we [the ad hoc Ethics Comm.] had an execu- tive session and you refused to attend.” Vice Mayor Barbara Cowell Town Council censures Mayor Ed Foster! torney General’s office or the appropriate law enforcement agency for review. 3. Direct Mayor Foster to turn over all documents, corre- spondence and records per- taining to or purported to per- tain to Town business to the Town Clerk. 4. The Mayor may not repre- sent the Town on any official Town business until the above referenced matters have been resolved. 5. Withhold permission for Mayor Foster to attend com- mittee meetings or contact outside agencies in his offi- cial capacity as Mayor until the above referenced matters have been resolved. 6. Require that Mayor Foster stop using his title of Mayor in the Mineshaft blog. 7. Require Mayor Foster to comply with the Town Code, Town Council Procedure Poli- cy, and the Personnel Policy. 8. Censure Mayor Foster for act- ing outside his scope of office.” Council member Jose Lizar- raga said, “I don’t believe it goes far enough. I do agree any possible criminal matters be referred for prosecution. I do believe the mayor should be censured!” He read a state- ment asking for a written apol- ogy from the mayor to staff, Town Manager, Chief of Police, the towns people, the council. He also asked for the Mayor’s immediate resignation. Mayor Foster allowed the crowd to get out of hand and Council members Bob Kel- ley, Jerry Lukkasson and Joe Winslow actually left the room. Vice Mayor Cowell stood up to try and calm the crowd. Quartzsite Police Chief Jeff Gilbert stepped in and de- manded “we will have order!”  SEE CENSURE PAGE 2 2 3 4 8 9 9 10 15 16 20 21 What’s Inside Editorial Gospel Bluegrass Letters to Editor Happenings Distemper in AZ Zumba comes to Qtz Voices from the Past Restaurants Church Directory Puzzles Astology 22-23 Classifieds Sunsetters RV Park 165 E. Main St., Quartzsite Conveniently located across from Roadrunner Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Yearly Rates 928-927-3043 FREE! Open Daily 6-3 (Closed Wed.) Showers $ 6

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