Desert Messenger

April 20, 2011

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FREE! WED. APRIL 20 2011 Vol. 7 PLEASE TAKE ONE N�� O�����! Quartzsite’s FREE Community Paper have the best training and equip- ment needed to do their jobs for us, and this will be the main focus of the new store. The store also hopes to help Isaiah 58 Project with feeding the homeless, as well as helping the students at the schools with food for breakfast and lunches that they don’t get now. They are also hop- ing that if there is not a program anymore through the Salvation Army to take kids to camp, they will help with that also, through the churches. The ribbon cutting ceremony Thrift Store Ribbon Cutting held April 9 What’s Inside 2 Editorial 4 Letters to Editor 6 Voices from the Past 10 Around Town 15 Restaurants 16 Church Directory 20 Puzzles 21 Astrology 23 Classifi eds For the latest council meeting videos visit user/qwatchingeyes See and hear for yourself! By Joanne Winer A ribbon cutting and grand opening was held on Saturday, April 9th to welcome the new Quartzsite Community Thrift Store. The Thrift Store is located behind Silly Al’s at the end of Showplace Lane in Quartzsite, where the Salvation Army has been for the past 10 years. The Salvation Army has moved to their new location on Moon Mountain Road, and is building a new facility that should be open this fall. The new thrift store is being run by volun- teers, and all of the monies raised will stay in Quartzsite and used for Quartzsite only. They are hoping to help other organizations, churches and schools with needed items that they cannot get funding for any other way. These include the Fire Dept., Police Dept., and Search and Rescue. These service orga- nizations helping our community deserve to • New Breakfast Bowls • Waffl es • Vegetarian Options • Walking Tacos • Burgers • Vienna Beef Hot Dogs • Taco Salad • Daily Specials MAIN ST. EATERY • Quesadilla • Biscuits & Gravy All Day! • Brown Rice w/Vegies & Tofu or Chicken Entry & Parking west of Main St. Laundromat was organized by the Quartzsite Business Chamber of Commerce. There were 65 people in atten- dance, as well as all the volunteers who are working at the store now. The town was represented by coun- cil members Jerry Lukkasson, Joe Winslow and Patricia Anderson, as well as Chief Jeff Gilbert, and Town Manager Alex Taft. Everyone wel- comed the new store and said they hoped for a very successful venture that would help Quartzsite. Organizers would like to thank every volunteer for all their hard work in getting the store ready to open. It took a lot of hands and hearts to make it look like it does, with new carpeting, painting and landscaping, and the volunteers have been very busy with all the donations that have been coming in since people have heard it was opening. The community support  SEE OPENING PAGE 3 Showers $6 Town of Quartzsite Salaries compared QUARTZSITE, AZ- The League of Cities and Towns in cooperation with the Arizona Association of Counties recently released results of the 2011 Arizona Local Government Salary and Benefi t Survey. Information from fi fteen Arizona coun- ties and eighty-three incorporated cities and towns is contained in the survey. The annual salary and benefi ts listed in the survey were ef- fective as of October 1, 2010. The Desert Messenger compared the salaries of supervisory and administrative positions in twenty-three Arizona Towns with a population of 2,000 – 4,999. Quartzsite is 15th in terms of population. When comparing information for similar jobs positions, it’s important to remem- ber that the duties and responsibilities will vary from one government jurisdiction to the next. The Town of Parker salaries are included for comparison (pop. 3,280). Quartzsite Town employee wages were pub- lished recently in a local tabloid revealing the Federal wages paid to ALL employees. That is the actual amount each employee received on their W-2. These fi gures may include 401K’s, sick leave, overtime etc. The list below only includes the Administrative and Supervisory positions. TOWN MANAGER Of the 22 towns, the Average Annual Salary is $87,348, with the highest in Litchfi eld Park (pop. 4,528) where the Town Manager salary is $127,500. The lowest salary for Town Manager is $45,996 in the town of Pima (pop. 2,085). In the small town of Jerome (pop. 330) the town manager earns $60,000/year. Parker Town Manager is listed at $100,320. Quartzsite Alexandria Taft, Town Manager was paid $69,494.48 in Federal wages. She  SEE SALARIES PAGE 8 MAIN ST. LAUNDROMAT Full Service Laundry! Pick up & Delivery! The “Coolest” Laundromat in town! OPEN YEAR-ROUND! ~ 205 E. Main St. Quartzsite ~ 928-308-0011 Issue #129 Open Daily 6AM Open 6AM- 2PM

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