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About Desert Focus Media LLC

We are passionate about Lake Havasu City, Arizona and love that we have the privilege of calling this community our home. The Lake Havasu City area is a beautiful and amazing place to visit all year round and we want to advocate for it worldwide. Our goal is to showcase all community activities, events, news and resources from a central digital publishing brand. We will strive to share and represent all real-world and digital communities of both residents and visitors alike.

riverscene rsm team staffWe have formed a team of talented photographers, videographers, content producers, writers and editors. Our initial publishing property, RiverScene Magazine, is for all ages, demographics and groups existing on the river scene. Initial editorial publishing schedule is weekly for web site content and monthly for our digital magazine.

 

 

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11 Jillian Danielson
Publisher/Photographer

Jillian moved to Lake Havasu in 1987 from a small Iowa farm town. She started taking photos in 2001 of her newborn daughter and photography not only became her artistic passion, but then became her career. Jillian started freelance photography for the Today’s News Herald in 2007 and since then has had many photographic opportunities within Lake Havasu and beyond. Some of these career opportunities include shooting photos for the Arizona State Fair, Ballooning Magazine, credentials with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Phoenix Suns, as well as having photos appear on NBC Today Show of the Masche Sextuplets and Phoenix news stations of her monsoon season images.

“I have grown up in Lake Havasu and have had the amazing opportunity to photograph the families and events around this beautiful city. The brilliant sunsets blaze through my camera lens during the monsoon season storms one day, and the next I am shooting photos of our Havasu citizens donating their time to helping others. Thank you Lake Havasu for embracing my photography throughout the years! I live my life looking through a camera lens and am excited to using RiverScene Magazine as a showcase on the internet of the people and scenery along the Colorado River. Let the fun Begin!”

Body of work with RiverScene Magazine: RSM Articles

1. Jillian Danielson
Publisher/Photographer

22 Nathan Adler
Co-Owner/Web Developer

Nathan is a native of Havasu and has enjoyed everything this diverse community has to offer its residents and visitors throughout the year. He feels fortunate that his work, family, hobbies, and community involvement have helped him to form a strong connection with the community and his neighbors. From SCUBA diving 2 miles down river, exploring the “Bat Cave” as a child and sailing to Parker Dam and back in <24 hours, Nathan enjoys Lake Havasu City to its fullest.

Nathan is also a graduate of the Lake Havasu Area Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Development Program and is currently employed full-time in the emergency services field for his community. From his early days in Computer Aided Drafting at Lake Havasu High School, he has always had a passion for technology and computers and has made it his second profession to gain skill, knowledge, and experience in Web Design, Computer Repair, System Administration and Rich Media Content Creation.

rsm dive team riverscene gopro dive scuba“Web Design, specifically user interface (UI) and Social Media, have had a unique effect on the quality of customer experiences with many businesses around the world. We must strive to deliver what our customers want and have come to expect as far as their interactions with companies online.”-Nathan. RiverScene Magazine has been a labor of love and it is the culmination of all of his interests in Lake Havasu in one place. His desire isto share the stories, experiences, and excitement of all the River Scenes.

Body of work with RiverScene Magazine: RSM Articles

2. Nathan Adler
Co-Owner/Web Developer
Becky Maxedon Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

33 Becky Maxedon
Editor

Becky Maxedon has lived in Lake Havasu City for more than seven years, coming to the city as the managing editor of the Today’s News-Herald. She is currently the executive director of the Lake Havasu Museum of History.
After a 30-plus year career in journalism, Becky has taken leave of the seven-day deadline-driven industry to give back to the Lake Havasu community that she has fallen in love with.

This forward-thinking innovative project to bring another perspective of the Lake Havasu community is exciting and needed and Becky hopes her editorial experience can help lead to success and longevity.
Becky was raised in Colorado, her career in journalism has afforded her the opportunity to live and work in various locales throughout the Midwest and Southwestern United States, but she is happy to make Lake Havasu City her home.
“Since producing the first London Bridge Days special section for the newspaper to the publication of the 50-year anniversary section, I have been immersed in the history of the area,” she said.

Body of work with RiverScene Magazine: RSM Articles

3. Becky Maxedon
Editor

44 Jayne Hanson
Reporter/Writer/Photographer

Jayne Hanson moved to Lake Havasu City in 2004. She attended South Dakota State University in her hometown of Brookings, South Dakota, and is a graduate of Black Hills State University
in Spearfish, SD. Her field of study is English and Mass Communications/Journalism. Her passion is creative writing and community reporting.

Jayne worked as a reporter, blogger, and writer at Today’s News-Herald in Havasu from 2008 to 2014. During that time, she was a well-known and self-proclaimed rock star earning the Western
News Inc. 2013 Journalist of the Year award. Jayne also is a two-time published poet and renegade blogger, but only in the shadows of a penname.

“I’m a London Bridge nerd,” Jayne said. “Through much project research over the years, I’ve gained a unique historical knowledge about London Bridge. I love it. I know many unusual fun
facts about it, and I’ve often photographed it during my free time.”

Jayne joined RiverScene Magazine in October 2015.

Body of work with RiverScene Magazine: RSM Articles

4. Jayne Hanson
Reporter/Writer/Photographer

55 Judy Lacey
Writer/Reporter

Judy moved to Lake Havasu City in 2006 from Southern California. She has
had a lifelong love of writing, and has created and written for numerous
newsletters for a variety of organizations, including hobbyist,
collectibles, credit union, school, sports, and social groups. During
her retirement, she was a reporter for the Arizona Independent for two
years, covering lifestyle, events, and local news.

After several years as a Child Support Investigator for the County of
Los Angeles, Judy worked for the legal department of a California
utility company for 15 years as a proofreader and for a credit union
trade organization for 17 years as a writer, editor, and proofreader.

Judy believes there is no other city like Lake Havasu. It is a tight-knit community where most people know each other and there is great compassion for those in need. She is very involved in veterans issues and is secretary and life member of the Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 975. She is also a member of the Lake Havasu Veterans Treatment Court Resource Team, Lake Havasu Military Moms, the Jerry Ambrose Veterans Council of Mohave County, and is the editor of the newsletter for Run For The Wall.

Body of work with RiverScene Magazine: RSM Articles

5. Judy Lacey
Writer/Reporter

66 Daisy Finch
Student Writer

Writing has been my passion since I could properly hold a pencil. Then I joined Kristal Norman’s journalism program at LHHS, and suddenly journalism became my world. I worked my way up the ranks, serving on the staff as a reporter, layout designer, managing editor, and finally editor-in-chief. My senior year, with the help of my wonderful staff, I created a sports program to sell at home football games called Purple Tide Golden Pride. Throughout high school, I was also involved in athletics. I played softball, soccer, and volleyball, lettering in the latter two. I plan to attend ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism in August to pursue a career in the field. I look forward to writing for RiverScene Magazine this summer!

Body of work with RiverScene Magazine: RSM Articles

6. Daisy Finch
Student Writer

77 Rick Powell
Photographer

Rick is a professional photographer at RicPOW Photography and staff photographer with RiverScene Magazine. Please contact him here with freelance work assignments. RicPOW Photography Page

Body of work with RiverScene Magazine: RSM Articles

7. Rick Powell
Photographer

88 Ken Gallagher
Photographer

Lived in Lake Havasu City since just before the turn of the century. Moved here from Florida in 1998. Actually transferred here with Fed Ex. After I retired from Fed Ex, I really got interested in photography, and for about the last 4 years, a camera is always with me. Preferring action photography, I really enjoy shooting events like Jet Ski Racing, Powerboat Racing, especially drag boat racing, and of course anything to do with horses. Kayaking and bird photography are also some favorite things to do around our lake.

8. Ken Gallagher
Photographer
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