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August 3, 2011

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P��� 14 THOUGHTBUSTER.COM By Coach Louise Rouse Giveaway Giving birth to a magnifi cent new age requires we learn from our ancestors, wise holders of wisdom, and imagine how this new age looks, feels, taste, and sounds like in all vast areas of our life. Then we know what seeds to plant in our garden of the future For every child born so is a par- ent, and when a child transforms so is conversion of the parent. The same goes for the earth. During my mourning year of my son’s transformation to above and beyond, I was blessed to me mentored by Grandmother Agnes Baker Pilgrim one of the Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers on our dear mother earth. http://www. Grandmother told me to give a Giveaway. So did our dear won- derful Rain. When I asked what is a Giveaway? Grandmother told me that through the mourning year the Native American tradition is: to make things for others in honor of your loved one to give away on the one-year anniversary. And to giveaway the persons belongings. Through the process of doing this ritual the hole in your heart will be fi lled. I painted paintings of my son wakeboarding, planted fl owers in all the many shoes he left behind, put pictures of my son in frames, wrote his name coping his signa- ture on bandanas and designed the art for wakeboards using his art, to have a company make boards in his remembrance. Plus I gave away 100 cedar trees. The day arrived. 75 friends came for a sit down garden dinner, fol- lowed by the Giveaway. The next day all I could hear in my mind was what was I thinking? I am not Native American, I want all of my sons belongings back right now! The hole in my heart just had not been fi lled. I cried and slept. Awaking for another day, I re- membered the organic baskets I had made to fl oat down the river with his ashes during the Give- away, but had forgotten about them with all the many people at the Giveaway. My family and I went to the river to complete my ceremony. My grandchildren were so eager to ask for more ashes to throw in the river, while the ���.D�����M��������.��� adults were timid placing them in baskets. Standing by the ma- jestic Rogue River we placed our baskets into the fl owing water and watched them fl oat away. All accept mine. My basket kept com- ing back to me, caught in a current of return. Finally I picked up my skirt and walked out into the river and pushed my basket down the river. Suddenly unexpectedly, a swoosh of energy hit my chest, fi ll- ing the hole in my heart with love and happiness. Grandmother was right after all. Never doubt the wisdom of a wise woman. For the hole to fi ll, the cup to overfl ow with love, peace, and joy for all us on dear mother earth, it also begins with the act of prepare. Prepare for what you want. Pre- pare and it shall come. Followed by the Giveaway, give and you will be rewarded. The wisdom of the Giveaway, applies to all areas of our life. Coach Louise Rouse Copyright 2011 Assessor’s Corner 2 La Paz County Taxing districts are faced with the diffi cult task of pro- viding and improving the services that all of us depend on. Benefi ting Quartzsite’s No Kill Animal Shelter Check out the newly remodeled gift shop & boutique with new designer jewelry! 455 E. Main St. Quartzsite Open Mon-Fri 9-2 Ad space donated by Desert Messenger951-764-6072 Every year, taxing entities such as schools, fi re districts, water dis- tricts and sanitation district hold public meetings where they deter- mine their budgets for the year. It is that time of year again. The result of budgeting decision Deadline for Sept. 7th issue of the Desert Messenger is WED. Aug. 31 Email: Phone: 541-218-2560 A����� 3, 2011 area taken into account around the same time the tax Rate is set. The La Paz County Board of Supervi- sors sets the tax rate. This rate, when applied to the assessed value of your property, determines the amount of tax dollars that you pay. Law limits the budgets of all tax- ing entities and as long as they do not exceed those limits, the county must approve them. The Board of Supervisors does not control the budget of a taxing entity that is within the legal limits. All of this should make it clear why it is important to attend the budget meetings. Go to the meetings, voice your opinion, and give some input. None of us enjoy paying taxes, and it is easy to sit back and complain about them. However, it is not so easy to go out and work for low- er taxes. However, if your input makes even a little difference, isn’t it worth your while? We would also like to talk about tax payer responsibilities. The most common problem our offi ce faces is incorrect mailing addresses. We encourage taxpayers to notify our offi ce if you move or have a dif- ferent address. This is to prevent problems in the future. There have been instances where we’ve had irate taxpayers come in or call our offi ce because they did not receive their tax bill. We verify the mailing address in our computer system they tell us that the address we have is incorrect. We try to explain that it is their re- sponsibility to notify our offi ce, we have no way of knowing if they had a recent address change. So keep us updated with your changes so there are no misunderstandings. As always, if you have any ques- tions please don’t hesitate to con- tact our offi ce at you convenience; we are here for you, the taxpayer. As always, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact our offi ce (928) 669-6165. Until next time… George Nault and Staff… Animal Refuge Thrift Shop

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