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October 17, 2012

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WED. OC . 1 ED. OCTT. 177, 2012 VOL. 9 - #160 9th www.DesertMessenger .com Netherlands documentary includes Quartzsite children By Shanana Rain Golden-Bear and Joanne Winer Dutch fi lm producer Barbara Smit returned to Quartzsite Friday, October 5th with world famous director and children's television host, Stef Bie- mans to fi lm a documentary at Read- er's Oasis bookstore. The fi lm crew is on a road trip from Los Angeles to Mi- ami, interviewing children and adults along the way. The documentary will be shown on VPRO, which often col- laborates with other European broad- casting organizations such as WDR, the BBC, and Arte. Smit was in Quartzsite last month with Israel Lewites of Nicaragua, the poorest country in South America. ����� | S���� B���C�� ����� | S���� B���C�� Part of the project will benefi t the or- phan children of Nicaragua as they are collecting donations along their trav- els. Quartzsite answered the call with boxes of children's toys and supplies dropped off at Reader's Oasis. Paul Winer, owner, donated over 500 chil- dren's books to the Nicaraguan chil- dren. The children visiting the book- store were able to choose books to take By Shanana Rain Golden-Bear Quartzsite, AZ - Interim Town Manag- er, Laura Bruno announced Tuesday, October 9th, she received a 90-day notice of termination of the town's in- surance from Arizona Municipal Risk Retention Pool (AMRRP/Risk Pool). Quartzsite joined the Risk Pool when it incorporated in October 1989. From 1989 to 2010, the town's loss experi- EATERY Early Bird Breakfast 6-9am $ MAIN ST. 350 ence was typical for a town of its size. According to the Risk Pool, "around 2010 events started to occur that dras- tically changed the town's risk profi le. Ed Foster became mayor in May, 2010. The town's 2010-2011 loss ratio was 615%. 2011-2012(to date) is 249% and growing. On Sept. 27th the Risk Pool asked for an external evaluation of the release of current litigation docu- MONDAY Meatloaf $ Fish & Chips $ FRIDAY home with them as a remembrance of the experience. "The children really took to Steph," Winer said. "It was such a pleasure to have the youth in the store." The fi lm crew will personally deliver the dona- tions to the children in Nicaragua after fi lming is complete. Winer said, "Thank you, Quartzsite for all your donations!" Quartzsite receives notice of insurance termination ments which led to Tuesday's censure of Council Member Pat Workman. In letters dated Sept. 7th, 25th and 27th, AMRRP cited the following spe- cifi c concerns which to date have not been effectively addressed: • Failure to provide adequate Town management to ensure that typical SEE INSURANCE PAGE 3 6 875 Specials Mon-Fri $ 500 TUESDAY Tacos $ 6 Prime Rib $ SATURDAY 1195 FREE coffee with every meal! WHAT'S INSIDE 2 Editorial 4 Letters to Editor 6 Delights Opening 8 Around Town 9 Voices from the Past 10 Spirit Walk 13 Students of Month 14 Assessor's Corner 15 Restaurants 16 17 Perspectives 19 Classifi eds "Quartzsite's FREE Community Paper" 541-218-2560 N�� �� ��� YEAR! Church Directory Adventures in Rock 21 Astrology 22 Paul Winer's Comic 23 DINNER SPECIALS • 4-7pm LUNCH THURSDAY Spaghetti $ Hamburger Pie $ SUNDAY OPEN YEAR-ROUND! >>>> 205 E. Main Street, Quartzsite <<<< 928-927-4163 6 6

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