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May 2, 2018

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May 2, 2018 3 • Birth • Obituary • Anniversary Place it FREE in the: Desert Messenger! 928-916-4235 Got something to share? Need Someone to Talk to? Problems with Drugs? Alcohol? Depression? Mental Health? Suicidal Thoughts? Serving Quartzsite 24 hour Crisis Line 1-866-495-3735 Sign up for Senior Food boxes at Food Bank New Arizona law aims to curb fake service animals with fines Corner of Moon Mt. & Cowell • Quartzsite • 928-927-5400 QUARTZSITE'S ONLY YEAR ROUND SALON - MON-FRI Cheyanne and Debbi ARE HERE FOR YOUR OPEN YEAR ROUND! Hair, Nails, and Pedicure Services DEADLINE : WED. MAY 9 TH for the may 16 th edition Desert Messenger News Email: 928-916-4235 Arizona has become the latest state to try to crack down on pet own- ers who fraudulently pass off their animals as service pets so they can bring them into stores, restaurants and other public places. Arizona Govenor Doug Ducey signed a bill into law earlier this month making it illegal to misrepresent a pet as a service animal. Violators could be subject to fi nes as high as $250. At least 19 other states have adopted similar measures. Service dogs, which are trained to perform tasks for a person with a dis- ability, were fi rst used by people with vision and hearing impairments. More recently, they have been used by people in wheelchairs, people who are prone to seizures, and those with autism or mental illness. The Ameri- can Humane Association, which pro- motes the welfare and safety of ani- mals, says there are 20,000 service dogs working in the U.S. Real service dogs undergo months or years of specialized training so they are well-behaved in crowded places and around other dogs. But there is no a unifi ed certifi cation indicating that a dog has received such training, making laws such as Arizona's diffi cult to enforce. The Americans with Disabilities Act requires all places open to the pub- lic, such as businesses, government agencies and entertainment ven- ues, to give access to service dogs and their owners. Proprietors can ask whether the dog is required be- cause of a disability and what tasks the dog is trained to perform, but it is illegal for them to request docu- mentation for the dog or to ask the nature of the owner's disability. Nationwide, there is no registry for service animals and for someone to have a service animal a person must show they have a disability and that the animal can perform a task. There's also no federal law that makes it illegal to misrepresent a service animal. The Food Bank used to have a limited number of CSFP Senior boxes that it was able to receive and pass out but now we have a much higher number available. At this time there is no waiting list like there used to be. If you were once on the list and removed or have never been please come down and sign up. There is no charge for these food boxes and are in addition to your TEFAP box. You must be over 60 years old. The income requirements to qualify are: 1 Person Monthly $1,316 2 People Monthly $1,784 3 People Monthly $2252 You must provide documentation of identity that includes the date of birth and photo. Examples: State issued ID, Passport, Driver's License. What is CSFP? Simply put, the Commodity Senior Food Program is a US Department of Agriculture Food & Nutrition Service Program to help ensure that Seniors 60 and over who are fi nancially limited have nutritious food in their diet in order to live healthier. For more information come into the Quartzsite Food Bank Tuesday and Thursday 8-Noon on 40 N Moon Mountain. For information on how to donate to the Friends of the Quartzsite Food Bank, visit: Or mail check to FQFB PO Box 4051 Quartzsite, AZ 85359 A Cowboy arrived in town on Friday He stays for three days and leaves on Friday How is this possible ?

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