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May 2, 2018

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WHAT'S INSIDE 3 Fake Service Animals 3 Food Bank Boxes 4 Alamo Lake Scoping Meetings 4 Blood Drive 6 Editorial 7 Carol's Closet 7 Youth Explore Unknown 8 Buck Connors 9 Restaurants 11 The Salvation Army Happenings 12 AWC Featured Alumni 13 Allergies 15 Kids & OHVs 15 Nancy's Kitchen 16 Travelogue 17 Police Arrest Report 18 Churches 20 Puzzles 21 Small Business Week 22 Classifeds 22 Paul Winer's Cartoon • "Quartzsite's FREE Community Paper" • 928-916-4235 WEDNESDAY, May 2, 2018 VOL. 14 # 278 Now in our 14 t h YEAR! Alwa y s FREE! Police Arrest Report 21 Small Business Week Paul Winer's Cartoon SEE ROMAINE PAGE 10 SEE ELECTION PAGE 10 Proposition 401 goes to voters May 15 A presentation was made by La Paz County District Supervisor Duce Minor Tuesday, April 17th at Quartzsite Community Cen- ter to inform and educate voters about Proposition 401. Prop 401 will be presented to voters on May 15ht ballot, which would raise the county's spending limit. La Paz County will hold a spe- cial election will be held Tuesday, May 15, 2018 to seek approval of Proposition 401, submitted by La Paz County Supervisors. The Proposition proposes expendi- tures of $3,000,000 in excess of the county's constitutional ex- penditure limitations for the fi s- cal year ending June 30, 2019. If approved, the excess expen- ditures will be expended by the county for any budgetary pur- poses of general government, including public safety services, health services, road services and landfi ll purposes and the source of revenues used to fi nance such excess expenditures will be ad va- lorem property and County and State-shared excise tax revenues and County enterprise revenues. Minor was joined by La Paz Coun- ty Supervisor Holly Irwin, County Administrator Ron Drake, Finance Director Terry Krukemyer, and County Assessor Anna Comacho. The county's current spending limit from local sources is $12.9 million. Minor explained that the county staff realized they were go- ing over the spending limit this year and has been doing so since 2014. Drake explained that the county has been working with the Auditor General and has made huge cuts in its payroll budget. Minor said they also created a Cit- izen's Budget Committee. Since Article 9, Section 20 was passed in 1980, Minor said vot- ers in every Arizona county have approved increasing the spending limit, except La Paz. Prop 401 would increase the county's spending limit by $3 mil- lion for one year only. A separate ballot issue in November will raise it permanently. Minor pointed to the La Paz County Land Conveyance Act which would allow the county to purchase land from the Bureau of Land Management for solar pow- er development. The act is making its way through Congress." The May 15th Special Election will address only the county bud- get through 2019. In November, the county will come back to the voters to approve a permanent E. coli from Romaine lettuce spreads to 22 states More reports of E. coli infections stemming from romaine lettuce grown in the Yuma, Arizona, region have surfaced over the weekend. As of April 26, 2018, 98 people infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O157: H7 have been reported from 22 states. Ill people range in age from 1 to 88 years, with a median age of 31. Sixty-fi ve percent of ill people are female. Of 87 people with information available, 46 (53%) have been hospitalized, including 10 people who developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure. No deaths have been reported.. The following information comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: What to look out for: • This outbreak has been linked to romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona, region. The lettuce in question includes whole heads and hearts of romaine, chopped romaine, and salads and salad mixes containing romaine lettuce. • Harrison Farms of Yuma, Arizona, has been identifi ed as the source H7 have been reported from 22 states. Ill people range in age from 1 whole-head romaine lettuce that sickened several people at an Alas- kan correctional facility in Alaska, according to the Food and Drug Administration. The farm has not been linked to other E. coli cases. The agency has not found where in the supply chain the contami- nation occurred. The farm is not currently growing lettuce. • Check with restaurants and gro- cers on where their romaine let- tuce is from. Do not eat the ro- maine lettuce if they do not know. • Packaging for romaine lettuce may not list where the vegetable comes from. Throw out any ro- maine lettuce if you're unsure of its origin.

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