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July, 2018

  • 17 July

    Mosley now accused of sexism at the legislature

    A state representative who made international news last week after Parker Live first reported his fateful traffic stop in Parker, AZ is now under fire for allegedly sexist comments made at the legislature. Photo: VoteMosley.com According to The Arizona Republic, the freshman lawmaker “has asked whether people are married, why they don’t have children and why working mothers aren’t, instead, …

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  • 16 July

    Rock House to be closed for maintenance

    The Rock House Recreation Area, visitor center and boat launch, managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will not be available for public use from July 23rd to August 1st, 2018, in order to ensure safety during maintenance and repaving. The parking lot repair will enhance the recreational experiences at the site and improve facilities. During the construction, parking, …

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  • 16 July

    Parker schools to have free lunch for all students

    All students at Parker schools will get free breakfast and lunch, starting on the first day of school this year, thanks to a new federal program. The program is the National School Lunch Program’s Community Eligibility Provision, which is in turn part of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. It was made available to all states in 2014-2015. For …

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  • 16 July

    BLM lifts fire restrictions

    The federal Bureau of Land Management has lifted all fire restrictions for the public lands it administers in the Parker area. Due to widespread precipitation across the area, additional rain in the weather forecast, and a rise in fuel moistures, BLM has determined that the likelihood of wildfire has lessened to the degree that the restrictions can be rescinded. The …

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  • 12 July

    Mystery solved: Floating hazards were swim area markers

    The mystery of how a collection of miscellaneous chains and padlocks came to be floating just under the surface of the Colorado River may have been solved. Deputies from San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department were made aware of the floating hazards on Monday. At least two foam noodle tubes were found floating just below the water’s surface on the Parker …

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  • 12 July

    Sheriff says deputy acted according to state law

    The Sheriff’s Deputy who pulled over Arizona State Representative Paul Mosley for speeding acting properly in letting him go on his way, according to a statement by the La Paz County Sheriff’s Department. Paul Mosley cited his legislative immunity under the following section of the law: “Members of the legislature shall be privileged from arrest in all cases except treason, …

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  • 11 July

    WATCH: Arizona lawmaker brags to cop about speeding

    UPDATE: Mosley apologized on his Facebook page to his constituents, saying: ”I would like to apologize to my colleagues and constituents, as well as law enforcement, for my conduct on March 27th, 2018, which is shown in the recently-released video. My desire to get home to see my family does not justify how fast I was speeding nor my reference …

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  • 9 July

    Patch re-gains seat as CRIT Chairman

    Dennis Patch is back in office as Chairman of the Executive Council of the Colorado River Indian Tribes after he ran for the seat he held before a recall earlier this year. Patch was one of only two out of nine council members recalled in the special election at the end of April. He was challenged in Saturday’s election by …

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  • 9 July

    Is someone purposely trying to harm boaters?

    A river-goer in Parker, AZ made an alarming discovery last weekend: several of these floating boobytraps not far from Parker Dam. “I was on a jetski today and I saw four of these floating in the water up river about a half mile down from Parker Dam,” a Facebook user called Maria posted to a Parker-area page. “I could only …

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  • 5 July

    San Bernardino Sheriff conducts Operation Dry Water

    The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Colorado River Station Marine Enforcement Unit conducted it’s 2018 Fourth of July Weekend Operation in conjunction with Operation Dry Water, from June 29th through July 1st. Operation Dry Water is a national year-round campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of boating under the influence. The operation was conducted along the Colorado River from …

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  • 5 July

    CRIT at the table as Arizona talks drought contingencies

    The Colorado River Indian Tribes (CRIT) was one of many Arizona entities and stakeholders who met to discuss contingency plans to deal with the worsening drought conditions in the southwestern United States. The water officials committed last Thursday to reach a multi-state plan by the end of the year to stave off potential shortages. The move comes after the U.S. …

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  • 5 July

    Big River woman arrested for drugs, stolen vehicle

    A Big River woman has been arrested for possession of a controlled substance for sale and possession of a stolen vehicle. On Tuesday, July 3rd at about 9 a.m., the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department’s Parker Dam Resident Deputy along with two Detectives from the Colorado River Sheriff’s station served a search warrant at a business in the 7100 block of …

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  • 5 July

    Cops: Which state’s laws are enforced on the Parker Strip?

      Which state’s laws are enforced on the Parker Strip? California’s or Arizona’s? Does it depend on what side of the river you’re on? Or what state you’re a resident of? Or what state your boat is registered in? Or what agency pulls you over? How do boating cops do their job, and what should people expect when they encounter …

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  • 5 July

    New traffic signals to bring Parker area total to just 6

    The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) is adding new traffic signals, widening lanes and making pavement improvements at the intersection of State Route 95 and Mohave Road on the south-east end of town. The $800,000 project will aim to improve traffic flow and safety at the intersection, which handles a high volume of traffic, according to a news release from …

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June, 2018

  • 25 June

    COLUMN: A theory about kids and energy

    Last week I experienced (endured, underwent?) an annual tradition at Christ’s Church on the River, and many other churches, called VBS. For those of you who don’t know VBS stands for Vacation Bible School. And it’s something else! Vacation Bible School began in Hopedale, Illinois way back in 1894. Sunday school teacher D. T. Miles, who also was a public …

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  • 12 June

    WATCH: Parker Tube Float 2018

      Parker Live was at the Tube Float 2018 on Saturday morning, the river teeming with people enjoying this year’s event. Our video only told part of the story, however, with much less fun happening out on the road. People waited hours for shuttles to the start line, with many saying they gave up and went home instead. We’ll be …

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  • 7 June

    LISTEN: The Tube Float is back!

    This Saturday, June 9th, the Parker Tube Float returns with improvements and a streamlined entry process. Mary Hamilton stopped by our studio from the Parker Regional Chamber of Commerce and Tourism to talk about the float, what to expect, and more. Listen on your way to Parker right here. All official details and event info can be found at ParkerFun.com.

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  • 5 June

    Elks grant provides defibrillator, tourniquets

    A grant from the Elks has allowed a defibrillator and 10 tourniquets to be provided to the Parker Police Department. The Elks National Foundation Gratitude Grant was awarded after the local chapter in Parker applied for it. The defibrillator will be kept at Parker Police Department and used by officers as needed, according to Sergeant Michael Bailey. Tourniquets will be …

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May, 2018

  • 22 May

    What is a California Boater Card and do you need one?

    A law being rolled out over the next few years requires California residents to have a boater card, starting now for younger boaters, and increasing in age until 2025 when everybody will need one. The card The law went into effect on January 1st, 2018, requiring boaters under the age of 20 to pass an approved boating safety examination, get …

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  • 22 May

    A real courtroom, a real judge, a mock trial for students

    The civil war trial of a Confederate soldier was re-enacted in a Parker courtroom last week, with Superior Court Judge Matthew Newman presiding, and a Parker High School tribunal acting as jury. “You are a member of the military tribunal that has been assigned to hear the case of Henry Wirz,” reads the brief given to students. “Your job is …

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  • 17 May

    Some Parker streets to be closed Monday and Tuesday

    On Monday and Tuesday, some streets in the town of Parker will be partially closed for maintenance. The streets will be treated by scrub sealing for preservation, which involves applying hot asphalt emulsion and crushed rock aggregate to the roadway, helping to fill cracks and other pavement distresses. This is done by sweeping the street to remove dirt and debris, …

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  • 15 May

    COLUMN: May I suggest we have too many holidays?

    I think it’s interesting to stop every once in a while and pay attention to things that usually just slip right by me. One such topic is the number of holidays that occur during any given month. Here’s all the major holidays that I could find that happen in the month of May: May Day, Cinco de Mayo, National Teacher …

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  • 15 May

    Saturday’s fatal accident leaves injuries, man apologizes for brother

    A man is seriously injured and undergoing multiple surgeries in a Phoenix hospital after an accident on Highway 95 north of Parker that also killed another driver and seriously injured a passenger. Rocky and Maria Rhodes, a retired couple who have lived in Lake Havasu City for well over a decade, were involved in the head-on collision, according to their …

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  • 14 May

    Prop 401: What you need to know

    UPDATE: Initial election results indicate that the measure will pass. — ORIGINAL STORY: Proposition 401 will be put to the voters in a small, special election in La Paz County on Tuesday. It’s purpose is to raise the County’s ‘expenditure limitation’ for the next fiscal year, with a second special election needed in November to make the change permanent. Below, …

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  • 3 May

    Young people step into Supervisors’ seats

    ‘Youth Day’ was Thursday in Parker, AZ, with young people touring local governments, businesses, nonprofits and organizations and taking part in their operations for the morning. From left to right: Natalie Nelson (District 2), Salma Gonzales (District 1), Cameron Hansen (County Attorney, behind), Evangelina Penaloza (District 3), Angelina Flores (County Administrator) at the Board of Supervisors boardroom From left to …

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  • 2 May

    Just two out of nine CRIT council members recalled

    A recall effort filed against all 9 members of the Colorado River Indian Tribes Council was largely unsuccessful in a recall election Saturday, with the Council Chairman and one other the only members that were recalled. Chairman Dennis Patch was unseated by only 2 votes in the special election. After canvassing the vote on Sunday and Monday, the results of …

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  • 2 May

    UPDATE: Officer injured by arson suspect, suspect now dead

    The officer-involved shooting that Parker Live broke Wednesday morning involved a man who was suspected of setting fire to two Quartzsite houses, according to the Department of Public Safety. At 10:41 p.m. Tuesday night, Quartzsite Police Department began to receive calls of houses on fire in the area of 110 N Washington Street. Upon arrival to the scene, QPD officers …

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  • 2 May

    Officer shot in Quartzsite, assailant dead

    An officer was reportedly shot in Quartzsite, AZ overnight, and is expected to live. The assailant is reported to be dead. Although Quartzsite Police, the Department of Public Safety, the La Paz County Sheriff’s Department, Parker Police Department, Colorado River Indian Tribes Police and other agencies were involved, no information has been issued from any agency, and more details should …

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  • 1 May

    Yoga and Pilates at Sundance Saloon Thursdays

    Yoga and Pilates classes aim to strengthen and lengthen the body, and address and improve overall health, according to Crystal, a Parker area instructor who is offering classes on the river. “My background is in rehabilitation,” Crystal said. “My certifications include a 5-year yoga certification, 2-year Pilates certification, 3-year fascial certification, body reading certification, so I am able to figure …

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April, 2018

  • 30 April

    Viewfinder: The opposite of ‘shotgun’

    Things seen in Parker, AZ.

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  • 27 April

    LISTEN: This man has been bicycling for the last 6 years

    We often have people coming through Parker, AZ on their travels across America, and often for a cause. In this case, Stephen Swift, an Oregon man, is on the last leg of a 6-year journey across the country. Stephen began his journey in 2012 after losing his wife in a car crash, having his daughter in a coma for 3 …

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  • 27 April

    Youth football in Parker may end, needs volunteers

    Football for young people in Parker may end unless some volunteers come forward, according to one of the league’s organizers. According to Meghan Romanek, there are currently 3 board members but they need 8 board members and coaching staff. The league is formerly Pop Warner but now American Youth Football, which has more than 500,000 participants internationally. “We need people …

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  • 24 April

    Senior Arizona judges visit Parker for appellate update

    Three senior judges from the Arizona Court of Appeals and the Arizona Supreme Court were in Parker for an ‘appellate update’ Friday. Justice Andrew W. Gould of the Arizona Supreme Court was joined by Judges James P. Beene and Kent E. Cattani of the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One. The justices spoke to a courtroom of lawyers and other …

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  • 24 April

    Parker schools will be open Thursday

    Parker Unified School District says its schools will be open Thursday, even while a planned teacher walkout is expected to go ahead. There will be an early release. “After careful consideration of the impact teacher walk-outs would have on our students and schools, Parker Unified School District has made the decision to remain open on Thursday, April 26,” reads a memo …

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  • 18 April

    Ground broken on new industrial facility

    A new business is opening in Parker South, also known as Parker Annex. The Town of Parker and the La Paz Economic Development Corporation broke ground Friday on a new facility for a company called Environmental Waste Solutions. Environmental Waste Solutions services California, Nevada and Arizona, and revolves around recycling of industrial liquids, industrial solids, and California regulated waste. The …

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  • 17 April

    Man arrested near school after standoff with cops

    A man has been arrested in the town of Parker after a standoff with law enforcement officers from various area agencies. The man, who was reportedly wanted for homicide, was barricaded inside an apartment near the intersection of 9th Street and Mohave Avenue in Parker on Monday afternoon. Agencies including La Paz County Sheriff’s Department, Parker Police Department, Colorado River …

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  • 13 April

    Parker kid on TV, cops crash his birthday

    Cristian Alvarado wants to be a cop. His 6th birthday party was ‘crashed’ by members from several local law enforcement agencies, giving him what he told his mom was the best birthday ever. The police gave him his birthday present – a new puppy called Sergeant – and he ended up being featured on multiple state TV news outlets. Cristian’s …

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  • 12 April

    To The Editor: What’s with this road to nowhere?

    This letter comes from a person wondering why the County is working on a dead-end road: With all the recent publicity surrounding La Paz County finances, employee furloughs, layoffs, lack of funds, why is La Paz County busy building a Road To Nowhere? For the past week or so La Paz County workers and construction vehicles have been busy upriver …

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  • 11 April

    Parker teachers join statewide movement to increase education funding

    Blake Primary School teachers staged a “Walk-In” today to show support for the “Red for Ed” movement in Arizona, showing solidarity with the statewide movement to increase teacher salaries in Arizona. The state’s teachers are among the lowest-paid in the nation. Adjusted for local cost of living, federal figures show Arizona elementary teachers rank 49th in earnings and high school …

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  • 9 April

    COLUMN: Pro wrestling is real?

    In case you didn’t know it, last night – April 8th – was this year’s ‘WrestleMania.’ No, I didn’t watch it, since I’m one cheap guy and refuse to pay for things like that. And no, the results of the matches aren’t important here at all. But there’s just one big point I want to make this month and here …

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  • 6 April

    ‘Mock fatal’ demonstrates risks to students

    A ‘mock fatal’ demonstrated to Parker High School students Friday the risks of drunk driving and distracted driving, and urged that students not get into a vehicle with anyone who has been drinking. The ‘accident’ was staged in front of the bleachers at Joe Bush Stadium for hundreds of Parker High School students who watched as real police, fire, ambulance …

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  • 3 April

    AWC open mic night to provide showcase for artists

    Writers, musicians, dancers, comics and other artists will perform one after another at Arizona Western College in Parker in a few weeks, on an ‘open mic night’ intended to showcase the local arts. Each act will be given a slot of 3 – 5 minutes in which they can share their work, according to organizer David Kern. “I’m a big …

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  • 2 April

    Man arrested for smoking weed in front of Sheriff’s Department

    If you’re going to smoke weed illegally, the worst place to do it may be directly in front of the Sheriff’s Department. A man was arrested Monday morning in Parker, Arizona after deputies discovered him allegedly smoking marijuana directly in front of the La Paz County Sheriff’s Department. Lieutenant Richard Epps said he was sitting in his office when he …

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March, 2018

  • 29 March

    New 911 dispatch center made out of reclaimed office space

    These are the people you will talk to if you ever need to call 911 in the Parker area. And they have new digs, thanks to a decision to clear out an old outdated system of files at the Sheriff’s headquarters in Parker, saving money and creating a larger space. La Paz County Dispatch is the vital link between citizens …

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  • 22 March

    Viewfinder: Rainbow Over P Mountain

    Rainbow over P Mountain, as seen from Avi Sequilla Airport. No filter.

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  • 21 March

    La Paz court decision on medical marijuana upheld

    A decision made in a Parker courtroom regarding medical marijuana across state lines has been upheld by the Arizona Court of Appeals. Stanley Kemmish, a California resident, was stopped by the Arizona Department of Public Safety in La Paz County in 2016 for a headlight violation. When the two officers approached his window, they detected a marijuana odor and a …

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  • 19 March

    Business leader to speak to Parker businesses

    A motivational speaker is to talk to the Parker business community this week on the subjects, ‘Leadership for Business Success’ and ‘Customer Service: Inside and Out’. David Aaker is an internationally recognized motivational keynote speaker, trainer and author in customer service, leadership and communication. He has been invited by the Parker Regional Chamber of Commerce and Tourism to give two …

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  • 15 March

    Bill Williams swells after Army Corps release

    A release of water from Alamo Lake swelled the Bill Williams River this week as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers prepared for maintenance and repairs on the dam.   The maximum flow on the Bill Williams was seen Thursday, with around 5000 cubic feet per second coming through the dam. A sharp drop-off in flow is planned for the …

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  • 6 March

    COLUMN: The value of long time friendships

    We hear a lot now days about the value of family and that’s good. I often think that the more the American family deteriorates, the more we talk about how important family is; as if we can make our families healthy and whole just by wishing! Of course it takes a lot more than that. But I don’t think we …

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  • 5 March

    Alamo Lake to be “flushed” March 12th, says Army Corps Colonel

    Colonel Kirk E. Gibbs of the Army Corps of Engineers was in Parker, AZ on Monday to address the La Paz County Board of Supervisors regarding an upcoming release of water from Alamo Lake which will increase flow in the Bill Williams River downstream. The release is necessary for maintenance of the dam, according to Gibbs, who is the Commander …

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