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January 5, 2011

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P��� 36 Creating small business jobs Creating Small Business Jobs: AWC SBDC Gets Additional Funding Yuma, AZ — The Jobs Initiative funding proposal has allocated $115,000 to the Arizona Western College(AWC) Small Business Development Center (SBDC). The Jobs Initiative proposal will priori- tize counseling services to help facilitate small business job creation and reten- tion. With additional funding allocated for 2 years, the AWC SBDC will expand services to both the San Luis area and the communities of LaPaz county. They are also looking to add personnel with expertise in government procurement and international trade to help the lo- cal communities develop skills for the future. Please contact Randy Nelson, AWC Di- rector of SBDC, at (928) 317-6151 to learn more or for employment infor- mation. PAUL WINER IN CONCERT Wed. Jan. 12 • 7-9pm Boggie Woogie and Misc. Entertainment. A Family Show! $5 donation. 928-927-6325 235 E. Ironwood St., Quartzsite Fleece and CottonFabric by the Yard & more... Creations by Shirley McKiernan Tyson Wells space S 5-6 behind Rada Cutlery - OPEN JAN. 19 - FEB. 15 951-201-3561 QIA Quartzsite’s Own ���.D�����M��������.��� by Joanne Winer Many people who live in the desert area here, as well as the winter visitors, love to get out into the great outdoors and ride their ATVs. This sport has been growing in popularity for many years, and new clubs have been spring- ing up all over the place. The lure of the open desert can be great, and the chance to go riding into the wilderness can also be very tempting. For those whose passion is ATVing, this area can be a memorable experience. For the surrounding desert flora and fauna, it can be extremely disturbed by ATVers who have no special place to go, and who don’t know where they can ride without damaging the desert environ- ment. The desert and surrounding hills are full of wheel marks, many of them not even on the roads or trails. This misuse of the lands makes it very hard for those who share the passion for riding with their deep commitment to not destroying our beautiful desert. Recycle... in Quartzsite--over the past several years, many ATV enthusiasts got to- gether to work on making ATVing fun for everyone without harming the ecosystem. They formed the Arizona Sunriders ATV Club, and are now working tirelessly with local branches of government to create a wonderful trail system that will eventually link all over the county, about 2500 miles of trails that will give ATVers a safe and structured trail system that will be maintained and filled with unique trails that are well marked. This is an enormous undertaking, and going through all the red tape with the gov- ernment entities they are dealing with has not been a fast process. But, it has been well worth all the time and effort, for this is finally coming be one of the most popular ideas from everyone’s standpoint--government offices in- cluded. The Arizona Sunriders have been J������ 5, 2011 Arizona Sunriders ATV Club creating trail system in touch with all kinds of officials to One such club has now taken root get this project in the works, and they have received unconditional support from everyone they have taken their proposals to, including state and local officials. They are hoping to eventually create a world class trail system like the one up in Utah, the Paiute Perim- eter Trail. The club consists of 260 members it all adds up! Recycle your empty inket cartridges and used cell phones! Help raise funds for the local Arizona Centennial celebration! DROP OFF LOCATIONS: • Horizon Community Bank • Quartzsite Library • Senior Center • General Store • Business Chamber Sponsored by Proud Neighbors of Quartzsite so far, and they are all working really hard to get this trail system up and running. The support has been great from all the state officials like State Senators, Assemblymen, BLM. Ari- zona Governor, Parks Dept., Fish and Game, even the President got a letter. La Paz County officials like the Board of Supervisors, Parker Chamber of Commerce, Bouse Chamber, Quartz- site Business Chamber, Colorado Riv- er Indian Tribes (CRIT), Town Coun- cils from Parker and Quartzsite, Rock and Gem Club, Metal Detecting Club, and Mayors. Their proposal got sup- port from everyone they showed it to, and now they are waiting for approval for their ideas so they can go forward. They are already going out and map- ping the trails and are working on get- ting together a map of the places they have already mapped. Club President Richard McGill credits Sunglass Kountry Bi-Focal & Polarized Sunglasses • Readers Rice Ranch Space #A 32 Fabric Bundles Batik Fat Quarters Calico Fat Quarters Beading Watch Faces Beading Spacers all his fellow members for working so hard to get this trail system proposal done, and also thanks Alex Taft at Town Hall for all her help in getting them started on their quest. The Arizona Sunriders hope to pro- vide a safe trail system for the benefit of everyone who loves to ride in the desert, as well as protecting and respecting the desert environment and ecosystem. If you would like to be a part of this club, you are welcome to come to their meetings on the 2nd Monday of each month from Novem- ber to March at the Senior Citizens Center at 10 a.m. They also meet in October and April at the Arizona Sun RV Park, same date and time. Membership is only $10 per year from January to January. For further information, please visit, email, or call Richard McGill at 209-482-7594. RV & TRUCK REPAIR BEST AUTO SERVICE YOU CAN DEPEND ON! 585 N. Central Quartzsite Open Mon-Fri 8-5 928-927-8787 Johnny DelPino, Owner NOW OPEN SATURDAY 8am till noon thru March 20th

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