New email scam aimed at domain name owners

Internet–A new email scam is running around the web targeting owners of domain names. The email comes from “John” whose email address was, but the Reply to is

The initial email is in broken English informing the person that someone is interested in purchasing your domain name, but it does not specify which domain name. Subsequent emails offer you $9000 for your domain name and instruct you to go to

The first email reads:

We have a customer interested to buy your domain. If you are interested to sell it let me know your asking price
We dont know how to contact with you, if you got this email please contact us ASAP

John Sean

A follow-up email reads:

Sorry for delayed, i lost your email in bulk folder.
my customer offer is $9000 for your domain
i want buy though its secure for both

A Whois search reveals no information about the owner of the site and only reveals that it is registered in Colorado. The site was registered in February of this year.

The purpose of the scam remains a mystery.

Source: Williams TEA Party

House to hear bill to decriminalize marijuana

House republican John Fillmore from Apache Junction has introduced several bills covering the use of marijuana and protecting medical marijuana dispensaries.

House Bill 2044 would reduce the possession of one-ounce or less to a petty offense. The bill passed through the Judicial and Rules committee and had its second read on January 10.

The bill would change Subsection B of 13-3405 to add a Paragraph 1 to read, “Subsection A, paragraph 1 of this section involving an amount of marijuana not possessed for sale having a weight of one ounce or less is guilty of a petty offense and, notwithstanding section 13‑802, the person shall pay a fine of not more than four hundred dollars.”

13-802 provides, “A sentence to pay a fine for a petty offense shall be a sentence to pay an amount, fixed by the court, of not more than three hundred dollars.” The change would allow a fine up to one hundred dollars more.

The bill does not make the use of marijuana legal for recreational purposes.
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Williams TEA party joins blackout protest

Today at midnight, Wikipedia blacked out the English version of their encyclopedia on the Internet. They were joined by a host of other web sites.

The Williams TEA Party, while not totally blacked out, joined the protest by blacking out the header on their web site with a quote by Thomas Jefferson.

Wikiprotest may have had an effect

By Glen Davis

In an interesting protest against the SOPA and PIPA bills in Congress, the English version of Wikipedia went dark at midnight today. Some report being able to access the online encyclopedia through certain smartphones according to CNN.

The protest is over concerns that these bill would allow the United States to take down domains for virtually any excuse. Proponents say the bills are necessary to protect intellectual property available on the Internet. Thefts and piracy do present a problem, but industry estimates of the dollar loss could be inflated.

Read more at the Williams TEA Party Blog

Your $2 investment

If you are one of those who have been sinking your retirement into the $1 investments hoping for a return of $20-million or more, tomorrow your payments will increase. The price of the Powerball ticket will rise to two-dollars. The price of the Mega-millions, The Pick and other games remains the same.

The Arizona Lottery urges you to play responsibly, just pay more.

Slight chance of snow predicted

The weather will be beautiful through Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. Sunday turns to a 20% chance of rain turning to snow Sunday night. The week-long forecast shows that the chance of snow will persist on Monday, the day we celebrate the accomplishments of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Travelers are urged to consider that snow during the night could mean icy road conditions and take the appropriate precautions.

Coconino County Parks and Recreation to Automate Services

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Coconino County residents waiting until the New Year to reserve picnic ramadas at County parks can make their reservations beginning March 1.

Traditionally, visitors to parks managed by the County Parks and Recreation Department could reserve ramadas beginning Jan. 1, but the County is in the process of switching over to a new recreation-management system to assist in managing the parks.

When up and running within the coming months, the Internet-based system will allow visitors to reserve campsites for the summer season at Fort Tuthill Park between May 1 and Sept. 30. The public can receive information on the entire County Park system at

Ramada reservations will begin March 1 and can be done Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ramadas can only be reserved by calling the County Parks and Recreation Department at (928) 679-8000 or in person at Fort Tuthill County Park at 2446 Fort Tuthill Loop.

Coconino County Supt. of Schools Seeks Applicants to Fill Void on Maine School Board

Coconino County Supt. of Schools Seeks Applicants to Fill Void on Maine School Board

PARKS, Ariz. – Coconino County Superintendent of Schools Robert Kelty is seeking applications to fill a vacancy on the Maine Consolidated Unified School District Governing Board.

A vacancy was left after Board Member Scott Pomeroy resigned with one year left on his term. In an effort to meet the needs of the community and the District, Kelty is seeking applications for those interested in serving the remainder of the term, which runs from January to Dec.31, 2012.

To be eligible to serve on a school district governing board:

• A candidate must be a registered voter of the State of Arizona;

• A candidate must be a resident of the school district for at least one year prior to  the appointment;

• A candidate or their spouse may not be an employee of the district.

Those interested in serving on the MCUSD Governing Board should mail a letter of interest to Coconino County Superintendent of Schools Robert Kelty at 2384 N. Steves Blvd., Flagstaff, AZ  86004; e-mail at Email; or fax to 928-679-8077.

The candidate’s email, telephone number and home address must be included in the letter. Once a letter of interest is received, an application for appointment will be sent to the candidate. All letters of interest and applications should be received no later than 4:00 p.m. Jan. 12.

An advisory committee consisting of district residents and a current board member will be assembled to conduct interviews and advise Superintendent Kelty on the appointment.

Parks Chief Blocked Plan for Grand Canyon Bottle Ban

Photo courtesy of Marvelous Marv

Weary of plastic litter, Grand Canyon National Park officials were in the final stages of imposing a ban on the sale of disposable water bottles in the Grand Canyon late last year when the nation’s parks chief abruptly blocked the plan after conversations with Coca-Cola, a major donor to the National Park Foundation.

Stephen P. Martin, the architect of the plan and the top parks official at the Grand Canyon, said his superiors told him two weeks before its Jan. 1 start date that Coca-Cola, which distributes water under the Dasani brand and has donated more than $13 million to the parks, had registered its concerns about the bottle ban through the foundation, and that the project was being tabled. His account was confirmed by park, foundation and company officials.

A spokesman for the National Park Service, David Barna, said it was Jon Jarvis, the top federal parks official, who made the “decision to put it on hold until we can get more information.” He added that “reducing and eliminating disposable plastic bottles is one element of our green plan. This is a process, and we are at the beginning of it.”

Read more at New York Times

The Gazette going through changes

We originally tried to use b2Evolution for our format which has some nice features. We could set up a blog for various cities around northern Arizona. There were technical problems, however, which makes WordPress easier to use. Therefore, we have moved to that program for this blog.

We can set up blogs for individual cities located in the north-land and may do so in the future. That will depend on a number of factors, such as writing staff, interest and so-forth.

We hope you will enjoy the new format.