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September 04, 2013

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September 4, 2013 letters to the editor BLM lifts Fire restrictions Fire Restrictions Lifted for BLM Colorado River District Lake Havasu, Ariz. - Effective Friday, August 30,2013 fire restrictions were be lifted for Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands MY FAVORITE PLACE administered by the Lake Havasu I want to let the town of Quartzsite and Yuma Field Offices. This to know how much we enjoy being includes public lands in the Yuma, there for our visits. We enjoy comLa Paz, and Mohave counties in ing, staying in the RV parks or BLM Arizona and Imperial, San Berlands. We bring a good amount of nardino, and Riverside counties in money to spend while we are there; California. shopping, and eating out in our Due to weather conditions and favorite places. I personally look sufficient firefighting resources, forward to the coming year, even as fire restrictions are no longer we are leaving from our stay, on our necessary. way home! "The BLM greatly appreciates I have had cause to think, maybe the public's cooperation in helping some may not like all the visitors to minimize the number of hudescending on the small town of man-caused wildfires this summer Quartzsite, but I am thinking it is on BLM lands," said Roxie Trost, extremely good for the community; BLM Colorado River District Manas all the money spent must bring a ager. "Even though restrictions lot of good to the town. It's a good are no longer needed, we're asking time and opportunity for the town the public to be very careful when to bring in a lot of finance, as most using fire. Under the right condiof us do a large amount of shopping, tions our public lands still have and using all the businesses you potential for wildfires to spread offer. rapidly and become dangerous. Once again, we are all looking forward to our visit in the town, Please be extremely careful and meeting up with friends and family. exercise the following precauI can say for myself, it is my favorite tions when using fire. Make sure place. you have a ten-foot circle cleared Opinions expressed in letters to the editor do not necessarily represent those of the Desert Messenger. around your campfire, be sure to Sincerely, have a shovel and plenty of water Warren and Zoe Peverill on hand, and put the fire DEAD OUT before leaving. Town Hall meeting Wed. Sept. 18th - 3pm Town of Quartzsite will hold Town Hall meetings the third Wednesday of each month. The next meeting will be held Wed. Sept. 18 at 3:00pm at the new Community Center, 295 Chandler, Quartzsite. A quorum of council members may be present, however no official business will be conducted by the mayor or council. For more information call Town Hall at 928-927-4333. 7 Smokers need to make sure their cigarettes or cigars are put out when they are through smoking and dispose of them properly. Remember not to park motor vehicles where the exhaust system could cause grass or other vegetation to ignite. To Donate $10 to American Red Cross Text "REDCROSS" to 90999 15 Pit Bulls found in swap meet By Shanana Rain Golden-Bear The Town of Quartzsite issued an unusual Press Release Monday, Aug. 26th regarding Jennifer "Jade" Jones, owner of "A Fur Salon" and "The Desert Freedom Press" (which according to the Town, neither business has a current business or vendor license.) Quartzsite Police officers and Town Building Inspector, Steve Henrichs visited Jones at her location at Rice Ranch Swap Meet on August 22, 2013 with a warrant to inspect a 1956 trailer to ensure compliance with Town Codes. According to the press release, they found 15 Pit Bull dogs housed in cages in the old trailer. Two days later, Jones moved the trailer out of Rice Ranch to a BLM camping area in the desert. Jones now states she's "being stalked by the BLM at my totally lawful campsite." Jones spoke to Quartzsite Town Council during Monday's meeting, accusing Henrichs of not being qualified to inspect a recreational vehicle. She threatened to file felony perjury charges against Henrichs and Town Manager Laura Bruno if she discovers they lied on the affidavit supplied to the court for the warrant. According to Jones, she also notified Parker Court that, although she may not be able to sue the appointed magistrate judge who issued the warrant, she said, "I can certainly sue his employer and the LETTERS TO EDITOR POLICY Desert Messenger encourages letters from its readers. Letters should be no longer than 300 words, and may be edited for grammar, content and length. OPINIONS EXPRESSED HEREIN DO NOT NECESSARILY REPRESENT THOSE OF THE DESERT MESSENGER. We invite you to not only see a problem, but search for the solution to share with the community, keeping the benefit of all in mind. Letters considered libelous, in poor taste, on a personal issue, mean spirited or dominated by Scripture quotes will not be published. Third party letters will not be accepted. To avoid confusion over people with common or similar names, writers must provide a full name and indicate the name they are known by. Writers must provide a full street address and phone number. Rvers can provide the location of park/BLM land, etc. Street addresses will not be published. Phone numbers are for verification only and will not be printed. Town of Parker can expect a Notice of Claim in this matter." According to Jones, she has not received any citations from the Town. However, Bruno sent owners of Rice Ranch a Notice of Violation. The notice states violations were found during the inspection: 1. Operation of illegal kennel. 2. Improper disposal of animal feces. 3. Operation of illegal dog grooming business. Town Code requires swap meet owners to notify the Town when a vendor does not have permit. Failure to remedy the situation may result in revocation of the swap meet license. Jones stated, "If the search of my travel trailer revealed any evidence that the dogs were being mistreated I would have been cited or arrested on the spot. I believe the fact that I was not cited or arrested is because the Town does not have the jurisdiction that they claim." Quartzsite Town Code 6-2-6 requires a person operating a kennel to obtain a permit. "Failure to obtain a permit after 30 days of written notification is a guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor." JOHN'S MOBILE HANDYMAN SERVICE 27 Years Experience. Commercial & Residential. Specializing in Painting, Spray Painting, Drywall Repair & Finishing, General Housekeeping, Yard Maintenance, Off-Season Home Caretaker. References. Qtz. 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