Desert Messenger

February 1, 2012

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Page 4 Thank you from newlyweds We want to thank all of you who helped make our wedding celebration such a great day. It was such a good time for us and we hope for you too. Thank you for all your prayers and con- cern while I went through my ordeal after the wedding. It makes such a difference knowing so many care. Again thank you so much, Mike and Charlotte Quartzsite Once upon a time "Let's make Quartzsite the way it once was." It's a cry one hears from voices of short memory. In a wishful past, vendors had problems with strong winds pound- ing their tents and blinding dust as well. With buyers snug inside most vendors closed, though gritty barbecue was avail- able. People huddled in their RV's staring at roads streaming with dirt raised by turn- ing wheels. Since we now enjoy a stable, efficient town government, most once dirt roads are now paved streets. The turning wheels no longer produce so much dust. Even with the winds of Saturday the 21st people were out and about, looking, buying and other things people tend to do. No one said, "Bring back that thick dust we once had, things don't seem the same without it." THE PEOPLE'S VOICE The five lanes of Main and Central moves traffic, one can no longer walk faster than the vehicles. I once filmed activity on B-10 now called Main. Driving in traffic took 45 minutes from Plymouth St. to where Burg- er King is now. When this town was part of the county, that's the way it was, folks. Improvements are something to be proud of. They happen, thank goodness, by leadership working for all, with ideas and actions that improves our lives. Look forward, folks, looking backwards stiffens one's attitude as well as the neck. Elmer F. London Quartzsite SAR successful yard sale The members of La Paz County Search and Rescue want to thank all of the shop- pers for their support at our yard sale. Meeting and talking with all of you made the time fly by. A special thank you goes to David Plunkett Realty for the extra parking space. Parking would have been a nightmare without your support. Hope to see you all again next year. Teri Gilford, SAR Part of the solution Many thanks to Maggie Ross, this wonder- ful lady who chose to let her actions speak as loud as her words by submitting her let- ter "Disturbed by Article" in the last issue of Desert Messenger. Maggie, you have spoken for the quiet majority of Quartzsite who are sick and tired of troublemakers, liars, and instigators. Thank you, again for standing up and speaking out, for be- ing part of the solution and not part of the problem! Hygeia Halfmoon Quartzsite Resident Hello Neighbors; I drove around town today; the cour- tesy I saw extended to fellow drivers and pedestrians was very heart warming plus the happy faces I saw was extraordinary. That's what Quartzsite is all about. Folks come here to enjoy the fantastic weather, to see all the beautiful merchandise from around the world, the handcrafted items made by such talented artisans, to enjoy all the wonderful music created by equally tal- ented musicians, to meet and greet friends, to volunteer to serve the public. I love Quartzsite "where you never meet a stranger". Bye for now, Patricia Anderson Quartzsite Town Council "THE PEOPLE'S VOICE" 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 HERE DO NOT NECESSAR- ILY REPRESENT THOSE OF THE DESERT MESSENGER. We invite you to not only see a problem, but February 1, 2012 Scholars' Academy update Monday, January 23rd, The Schol- ars' Academy went before The Arizona State Board for Charters seeking early renewal of its charter contract. The original charter was for a term of 15 years, the renewal would be for twenty years. That renewal request was de- nied. The reason for denial was due to a trend of declining test scores over the past few years. The renewal request is now in the ap- peal process. The Scholars' Academy still has a year left on the original con- tract and will continue to operate and provide a quality educational choice to the children of this community. As part of the appeal process, the school is required to submit a performance management plan that will highlight the areas in which action will be taken to improve the academic performance of students on the 10th grade AIMS test. The faculty and staff have worked diligently to try and reverse the trend of declining test scores. During this same time frame, the graduation rate has increased and the school continues to produce outstanding graduates. The Arizona Board for Charter Schools does need to hear from the community about the impact the school has had on the community. For further informa- tion about the renewal process and steps that can be taken to help The Scholars' Academy in their appeal, please contact the school at 928-927-9420. Steve McClenning, Principal HAM RADIO Amateur Radio Bible Study 147.360 MHZ search for the solution to share with the com- munity, 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 com- mon 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. 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