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January 15, 2014

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6 OPINION DESERT MESSENGER By Shanana "Rain" Golden-Bear Quartzsite s FREE Community Paper Founded by Walt Akin October 1, 2004 P�������� �� P���� R��� P��������� C�. P.O. Box 3185 Quartzsite, AZ 85359 P�������� ����� � ����� 1st & 3rd Wednesday Sept. thru May with Special Summer Editions June, July & August EDITOR/PUBLISHER Shanana "Rain" Golden-Bear There are hundreds of paths up the mountain, all leading in the same direction, so it doesn't matter which path you take. The only one wasting time is the one who runs around and around the mountain, telling everyone that his or her path is wrong. ~ Hindu teaching A very warm welcome to all our winter visitors! With so much to see and do this month, the air is filled with excitement, and smiles are everywhere! Those of us who live in Quartzsite year-round now remember why there's four lanes on Main Street! Those empty roads during the summer makes our town look likes a ghost town. But our full time residents know otherwise. Local residents and visitors support the infrastructure during the busy winter season, working long hours, many without days off. Our volunteers are the best group of caring folks around! Just check out the QIA Pow Wow with their 300+ volunteers. Be sure to say thank you when visiting one of the greatest events in town and join in the fun volunteering for one of our many organizations. CONTRIBUTING JOURNALIST Joanne Winer GUEST COLUMNIST Louise Rouse GUEST COLUMNIST Jedidiah Free GUEST COLUMNIST The late Rosalee O Wheeler GUEST COLUMNIST Violet Kiss CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER Starr BearCat NAME PLATE LETTERING Paul Winer E-mail: Copyright 2013 Opinions expressed herein are not necessarily those of the Desert Messenger. LIKE US on DesertMessengerNews FOLLOW US on Twitter @QuartzsiteRain Proud to be a Quartzsite Licensed Business 928-916-4235 Copyright 2014 Cowboy, Indian, US Cavalry and Unique Quality • • • • • • • Old Costume Jewelry Old Fountain Pens Silver & Gold Coins Sterling Silverware Gold Filled Jewelry Old Watches Gold & Silver Jewelry Any Condition • Gold Nuggets • Dental Gold WESTERN ITEMS! Main St. Traders Space P-31 (across from Pilot, behind Food Court) 719-289-4717 BUYING Hi Ally Swap Meet ~ Front Row January 15, 2014 With a population of 3770, our community thrives on tourism. To enhance tourism, we need to reach out beyond our little community and promote the positive happenings in and around town. This past week, members of The GRAND Gathering board attended the FMCA Rally in Indio, Calif. to promote Quartzsite, The GRAND Gathering and QIA Pow Wow. Folks reported they were pleased to see Quartzsite being promoted after so many years of negative publicity. As the above saying teaches, there are always those who tell folks their path is wrong. One must admit it's a bit challenging for a small rural community to host such a tremendous number of visitors. However, each year, we welcome back our snowbird friends along with vendors sharing their wares, offering up great shopping experiences for everyone. As they say, "If you can't find it Quartzsite, you don't really need it!" Enjoy the shows, the vendors, music and activities, and feast your eyes on the beauty of the Sonoran Desert. Please come back and see us! Those of us who live here year-round will "keep the light on!" You could Be Anywhere, Doing Anything, and You are Here Doing This, Thank You" ~ Robert Greygrass (thank you from me too!) Main St., Quartzsite Main Trading Post INDIAN ARTIFACTS & JEWELRY Sterling Silver Jewelry 50% OFF! NEW! MeMe's les! Collectib Huge Selection! INFANT THRU ADULT BEADS Findings Horse Hair Pottery 1170 W. Main (across from Pilot) PO Box 4028, Quartzsite, AZ 85346 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. Send letters to: 928-927-3200 Desert Messenger, P.O. Box 3185, Quartzsite, AZ 85359 or E-mail to: 928-916-4235

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