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December 7, 2011

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WED. DEC. 7, 2011 Vol. 8 Issue #141 "Quartzsite's FREE Community Paper" 541-218-2560 public meeting planned Quartzsite, AZ - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Western Area Power Administration released the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Quartzsite Solar Energy Project. A public meeting on the project is scheduled for Dec. 14, 12 noon, at the Quartzsite Improvement Association Building, 235 East Ironwood Street, Quartzsite. The release of the draft EIS begins a 90-day period photos by Starr BearCat Live Camel a hit at Christmas Light Parade Christmas Light Parade a huge success despite cold By Joanne Winer The 9th annual Christmas Electric light parade was a big hit again this year, despite the cold temperatures. Many of the spectactors lining the parade route stayed in their vehicles along the sides of the streets to keep warm, but once the wind died down it wasn't so bad. The parade judges had a hard time again this year choosing the best of each category for the trophies. The winners are: Best Overall Travelling Trophy went to The First Assembly of God Church for their beautiful float of the nativity, accompanied by REAL donkeys and a camel!! They also won for Best Church Group. The Best Lit trophy went to the Quartzsite Roadrunners Gem and Mineral Club. Best Non-Profit went to Celia's Rainbow Gardens, Best In- dividual went to Evelyn Wisner, Best Business went to Silly Al's, Best Ven- dor was Grandma's Apple Pies (who also gave the judges a sample ) Best Youth Group went to Quartzsite Rec- reation Program, Best Classic/An- tique Vehicle went to John Hendrix, and Best ATV was Art and Becky Hastings. The Quartzsite Business Chamber would like to thank all the participants who entered the parade, and hope that next year will get more people putting entries in--it is so much fun and a good way to get your name out there!! They would also like to thank Town Hall staff for the refreshments and tree lighting and all their other help, and to the Quartzsite Police and Fire SEE PARADE ON PAGE 7 MAIN ST. EATERY * $ 275 NOW OPEN FOR DINNER Wed, Thurs. Fri., Sat., & Sun. 4-7pm FISH FRIDAYS! min. PRIME RIB SATURDAYS! in which the public can comment on the proposed project and the proposed amendment to the BLM Yuma Field Office Resource Management Plan. The comment period ends Feb. 10, 2012. Quartzsite Solar Energy, LLC, a subsidiary of So- larReserve, LLC, proposes to construct a 100-mega- watt solar-powered electrical generation facility on Hi Jolly Monument Dedication Ceremony planned for Dec. 17 10am Quartzsite, AZ -The Cemetery Board invites ev- eryone to a Ceremony dedicating the Hi Jolly Monument to the National Register of Historic Places, as designated by the United States De- partment of Interior. This will take place at the Hi Jolly Cemetery December 17th at 10:00 A.M. The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation's historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National His- toric Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America's historic and ar- cheological resources. The Gathering Place of Quartzsite for Good Food, Fun and Friendship! SEE TOWER ON PAGE 7 What's Inside 2 Editorial 4 Letters to Editor 6 Voices from the Past 8 Around Town 15 Perspectives 17 New column: Paperglassaluminumtinplastic 19 20 BEST OF QUARTZSITE! 32 Church Directory 34 Rock Map 35 Show Schedule 36 Puzzles 38 Classifieds Watch council meeting videos at user/qwatchingeyes BLM Solar Tower LAUNDROMAT Full Service Laundry! MAIN ST. OPEN YEAR-ROUND! >>>> 205 E. Main Street, Quartzsite <<<< 928-927-4163 FREE! Open Daily 5AM Open 6AM- 2PM FREE with any meal* COFFEE Showers $6

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