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January, 2021

  • 16 January

    Parker 425: Live

    There are a few ways to follow today’s action at the BlueWater Resort & Casino Parker 425! (1) Listen to KLPZ’s updates periodically throughout the day from our studio in Parker, with the local morning show team and Parker Live. It’s a different broadcast this year, because we’re staying indoors. When we’re not on-air talking about the race, listen to …

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  • 11 January

    Man in his 70s falls down mineshaft while riding ATV, airlifted

    A man in his 70s fell down a mineshaft while riding an ATV near Bouse, AZ on Saturday. He was airlifted to hospital with serious injuries after a technical rescue. On Saturday morning at around 11:30 am, emergency personnel were dispatched to the ‘Four Peaks’ area off Plomosa Road near Bouse, AZ for a subject that had fallen into an …

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  • 8 January

    New trail proposed for Lake Havasu that would allow access to the water

    The Bureau of Land Management’s Lake Havasu Field Office is seeking public input on a proposed 30-mile trail along the southeastern shore of Lake Havasu. The proposed walking trail would begin at the BLM’s Partners Point facility along the Lake Havasu shoreline and end near Bill Williams National Wildlife Refuge. Public comments will be accepted for 30 days, from January …

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  • 8 January

    Parker 425: This year’s race

    With an alternate course starting and finishing on Bureau of Land Management land, the BlueWater Parker 425 is going to be very different this year. Here’s some info from the Best in the Desert racing association on this year’s big race. There are two race days: Friday, January 15th and Saturday, January 16th. The ‘trick truck’ class is scheduled to …

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  • 5 January

    First 400 vaccines arrive in La Paz County

    The La Paz County Health Department will be beginning to vaccinate people in La Paz County against COVID-19 on Wednesday, January 6th. The first 400 vaccines will be going to medical professionals and first responders in ‘Phase 1A’ of the distribution. They are from Moderna, which was the second vaccination approved by the federal government for use against the coronavirus. …

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December, 2020

  • 29 December

    Parker 425 changes course after COVID decision by CRIT

    ARTICLE UPDATED 12/30/2020 to add CRIT reaction to the race still being on. — The BlueWater Parker 425 off-road race is still on in January, with a slightly different course after a decision by the Colorado River Indian Tribes to cancel the portion of the event that takes place on reservation lands. At 4:26 pm on Tuesday, Parker Live received …

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  • 29 December

    Parker 425 changed to run outside CRIT land, after COVID decision

    UPDATE: Despite the decision by CRIT to cancel the Parker 425, the race will run outside of the CRIT reservation, according to Best in the Desert: “We want to let our racers and fans know that the BlueWater Parker 425 Presented by Jimco Racing is on despite the recent announcement by CRIT,” an announcement by Best in the Desert reads. …

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  • 29 December

    Is County Administrator Ron Drake getting a ‘golden parachute’?

    La Paz County Administrator Ron Drake has resigned. He has been with the County since 2017. District 2 Supervisor Duce Minor said he had objections to the County giving him a “golden parachute”. In a 2 to 1 vote of the Board of Supervisors, Holly Irwin and DL Wilson voted in favor of accepting Drake’s resignation, with his last day …

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  • 28 December

    Woman arrested at Vidal Junction on Christmas Day with meth and kids in car

    A woman was arrested at Vidal Junction on Christmas Day in possession of methamphetamine with two small children in the car. On December 25th at approximately 9:37 pm, deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station and officers with Needles Police Department responded to a report of a child locked in a running vehicle in the area …

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  • 22 December

    30 people in La Paz County have now died from the coronavirus

    The coronavirus has now taken the lives of 30 people in La Paz County, with 12 deaths this month alone. Several of those infected had no known underlying health conditions. There are 1,196 cases in the county at the time this article was written. The La Paz County Health Department added 6 additional deaths to the tragic tally on Tuesday, …

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  • 9 December

    La Paz County reaches 1000 cases of coronavirus

    Amid a nationwide surge in coronavirus cases, La Paz County has reached its 1000th case, the equivalent of around 1 in 20 people countywide since the pandemic began. Additionally, the county announced its 21st death due to complications of the virus. It can be hard for average people to figure out how to think of the pandemic. On one hand, …

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  • 6 December

    Amelia Flores to be new CRIT Tribal Chairman

    Voters of the Colorado River Indian Tribes (CRIT) have elected Amelia Flores as Tribal Chairwoman and five members to the Tribal Council. The vote was held December 5th. The results are unofficial until the vote is certified Monday, December 7th. In addition to the Chairman’s post, there were four open seats to serve four year terms on the Tribal Council …

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  • 1 December

    KLPZ’s 12 Days of Christmas is back!

    Win a mountain bike, a 55-inch TV, a karaoke machine, some cash, or one of the other great gifts at this year’s 12 Days of Christmas! Just go into one of the participating locations listed below and register your name, or a child’s name. Then, on December 22nd and 23rd, live on KLPZ 1380am, drawings will be made and winners …

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November, 2020

  • 29 November

    “Someone shot at me in Parker, oh my God”: Victim’s account, suspects in custody

    Three people suspected of a series of shootings across three states are in custody after an officer-involved shooting near Bouse, AZ on Thanksgiving Day. Below, one of the victims, Christine Curry, tells Parker Live what happened as she was passing the Osborne Wash area of Highway 95 north of Parker, when a bullet came through her window 5 inches from …

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  • 25 November

    As COVID surges in La Paz County, hospital implements new measures

    La Paz County is experiencing a surge in cases of COVID-19 in recent days, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 771 and the total number of related deaths to 19. In response, La Paz Regional Hospital is implementing new measures around safety. 1. The only public entry to the main hospital is through the front lobby. The surgery …

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  • 24 November

    Boater airlifted to hospital after high-speed crash

    A boater was airlifted to hospital for injuries suffered during a high-speed crash on the Parker Strip. On Monday, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Marine Enforcement Unit responded to a boating accident that occurred near Echo Lodge Resort. At approximately 1:50 pm, a Cole flat bottom was being operated southbound on the river at a high rate of speed. For …

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  • 9 November

    Local woman still waterskis 3 times a week, at 92 years young

    A boat pulls up at a private dock on the Parker Strip. Longtime Parker resident Reta Bunge comes out, ready to go with her suit on and ski in hand. Her neighbor and friend John Croteau smiles from the driver’s seat when he sees her; she is an inspiration to everyone. Reta is 92 years old and still waterskis 3 …

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  • 6 November

    Plunkett, Ponce and Garcia win, La Paz turnout not high

    David Plunkett, William Ponce and Richard Garcia are local election winners in the unofficial vote count in La Paz County. None of the results were close. Voter turnout was on the lower side of normal. Plunkett ran for District 1 Supervisor after DL Wilson announced he was not going to seek re-election for his seat. Wilson later decided to mount …

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  • 3 November

    Tribes take issue with Town of Parker directive over business taxes

    The Chairman of the Colorado River Indian Tribes (CRIT) has written a public letter to the Town of Parker over a recent directive telling businesses within Town limits that they do not need to pay taxes to the Tribes. The letter, which says that the Tribes are “deeply concerned” about the Town’s “grave error”, cites various cases that amount to …

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October, 2020

  • 29 October

    Missing woman found dead north of Parker

    La Paz County Sheriff’s Department Press Release: On Thursday, October 22nd, 2020, the La Paz County Sheriff’s Office was notified of an alleged Missing Person that lived in the unincorporated area of the Parker Strip. Deputies responded to the initial call for service and then requested the investigative unit to respond when they found suspicious circumstances. During the Investigation, the …

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  • 29 October

    USDA to invest millions in Bouse water system

    The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is to invest millions in the Bouse Domestic Water Improvement District, according to a letter from the agency to the La Paz County Board of Supervisors. The investment will use a $400,000 loan and a $2,985,000 grant to make improvements that will being it up to Arizona Department of Environmental Quality standards. “The …

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  • 27 October

    La Paz County gears up for unusual election

    An incumbent who changed his mind and will be running for his own seat despite not being on the ballot; a Sheriff’s race with a prominent independent candidate after the incumbent lost re-election; and a County Attorney seat left unopposed because of a court challenge. This year’s general election on Tuesday has some oddities to talk about in La Paz …

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  • 25 October

    PAID: Duce Minor supports David Plunkett

    Endorsed by Duce Minor, Randy Hartless, Anna Camacho. Paid for by the Committee to Elect David Plunkett Supervisor District 1.

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  • 21 October

    Two dead after a boat ran into a dock near Fox’s

    UPDATED 10/22 to add names of the deceased: Ethel Fisher and Walter Fouts. — Two people are dead after a boat accident on the Parker Strip on Tuesday morning. It is the deadliest such incident in some time. A 21-foot open bow jet boat with 6 occupants was traveling south on the river in front of Fox’s Resort & RV …

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  • 6 October

    PAID: If you’re not growing, you’re dying – David Plunkett

    Hello Neighbors- My name is David Plunkett and I’m your candidate for District 1 Supervisor. I want to thank everyone who voted for me at the Primary Election in August! I committed to running for District 1 Supervisor back in No- vember 2019… and I haven’t looked back. You most likely know me from my business, David Plunkett Re- alty. …

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September, 2020

  • 24 September

    1 person injured, 2 homes destroyed in accidental Hillcrest Bay fire

    One person was seriously injured and two homes were completely destroyed in a fire last evening in the Hillcrest Bay neighborhood north of Parker. 20 firefighters fought back the blaze. Gasoline exploded in a garage accidentally and was determined to be the cause. Picture: La Paz County Sheriff’s Department “We were pretty concerned when we first got there that we …

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  • 21 September

    To The Editor: Do wakesurfing boats belong on the river?

    “John, Parker Live needs to address the controversy over wake / surf boats on the river. Many private docks have been damaged by the huge wakes this summer alone. The river isn’t big enough for what they want to do. Everybody likes to have fun but people are really mad at this point. Can you please talk about this? There …

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  • 14 September

    Man exposed to mystery substance near courthouse

    Avoid the Parker Justice Court, law enforcement say 4:57pm- “At approximately 1400 hours, officers from the Parker Police Department responded to a call of possible exposure to a suspicious substance. The subject was transported by medical to La Paz Regional Hospital as a precaution. Due to the nature and circumstances regarding the incident, Arizona Avenue is closed from Kofa Avenue …

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  • 6 September

    High temps for Labor Day weekend in Parker

    Temps exceeded 120 degrees on Labor Day weekend in the Parker area, something that only happens officially once every few years on average. The heat wave saw records broken across the region. Woodland Hills reached 121 degrees on Sunday afternoon, the highest ever recorded in Los Angeles County. Paso Robles in San Luis Obispo County hit a record 117 degrees. …

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  • 6 September

    Man struck by vessel on Parker Strip flown to hospital in Goodyear

    UPDATED with info from GoFundMe — A man was struck by a vessel on the Parker Strip Saturday. He sustained major injuries and was flown to hospital in Goodyear, AZ. On Saturday, September 5th, 2020 at approximately 5:15 pm, deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station Marine Enforcement Unit responded to a boating collision near the …

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  • 3 September

    La Paz County passes 500 confirmed cases of COVID-19

    Cases are falling, but spreading primarily through families Younger people are spreading it to older family members CRIT has been hit hardest At an average of 100 cases every month for the last 5 months, La Paz County has passed a milestone: the 500th confirmed case of COVID-19. There have been 15 deaths from complications of the virus. The tribal …

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August, 2020

  • 29 August

    Body found on California Avenue in Parker

    A body was discovered in the 500 block of South California Avenue in Parker last week, according to the Colorado River Indian Tribes. The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) was contacted to respond to the location at around 11:53 a.m. on Wednesday, August 19th. A BIA agent arrived an hour later. The body was removed and taken to Parker Funeral …

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  • 20 August

    Bars can apply for a new grant from Thursday morning

    The Governor’s Office is partnering with Local First Arizona Foundation to launch the Arizona Small Business Rent and Mortgage Relief Grant program and distribute $10 million in grants to small businesses who have had to shutter their doors during this pandemic. The partnership leverages the grantmaking experience and small business expertise of Local First Arizona Foundation, which has already distributed …

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  • 17 August

    Brooke Water to become part of EPCOR this week, new rates

    The water utility serving the Upriver area north of Parker, AZ changes ownership officially this week, bringing with it improvements and 25 percent higher rates to match. The Arizona Corporation Commission approved the ownership transition on July 22nd, which means Brooke Water is now part of a much larger corporation, EPCOR. The company already owns many water utilities in the …

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  • 13 August

    County’s emergency manager Steve Biro has died

    Steve Biro, La Paz County Emergency Management Director for the past 18 years, has died. The County released the following obituary. — It is with great sadness that we announce the La Paz County Emergency Management Director, Steve Biro passed away from lung disease on August 9th, 2020. He is survived by his wife, Anita Biro, his daughters, Tiara Biro …

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  • 11 August

    Supervisor DL Wilson reverses course, decides to run as write-in candidate

    La Paz County District 1 Supervisor DL Wilson, who had earlier decided not to run for re-election and will not be on the ballot in November, has reversed course and decided to run for his seat as a write-in candidate. The only candidate actually on the general election ballot is David Plunkett, a well-known local realtor. Wilson, who was first elected …

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  • 5 August

    Primary election upset for Sheriff Risen

    UPDATED to correct the general election sheriff candidates for November. — The voters have chosen to replace Bill Risen as Sheriff after primary challenger William Ponce got more votes in Tuesday’s election. According to the unofficial election results posted by La Paz County, Ponce received 934 votes, Sheriff Risen had 582 and Frank Vidrine had 248. The results mean that …

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July, 2020

  • 30 July

    CRIT extends stay-at-home order, casino closure until end of August

    UPDATE: Parker schools Superintendent Brad Sale responded to a question by Parker Live about how this would affect schools, saying: “We are currently working with tribal officials to determine how the stay-at-home order affects our schools and the ability to attend school in person. We will also be following the benchmarks that AZDHS will release next week. These benchmarks will have schools …

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  • 20 July

    COLUMN: Reaching the breaking point

    I’ve been thinking about writing this column for quite a while now. But I’ve kept putting it off. In fact I actively looked for reasons not to write it. But it keeps coming up in many of my conversations and I see it all over the place, nearly everywhere I look in fact. So, for better or worse, I decided …

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  • 20 July

    $20,000 reward for hay bale arsonist

    UPDATED to reflect doubled amount (original $10,000). — A $20,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for burning down several stacks of hay bales in the valley south of Parker last week. Eight stacks in total were burned on July 14th at four locations in the valley, the product of months …

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  • 16 July

    Viewfinder: FLOG 2020

    Photos by Michael Collins.

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  • 13 July

    Parker schools to use distance learning for at least the first 2 weeks

    Parker schools will begin the 2020-21 year on August 3rd with at least two weeks of distance learning. The Parker Unified School District Governing Board approved a re-opening plan last Wednesday authorizing Superintendent Brad Sale to proceed with one of three options for learning, depending on the severity of the COVID-19 virus in the community. “Our Number One priority is …

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  • 13 July

    Man arrested for allegedly holding woman against her will

    A man in Big River was arrested by the SWAT team for allegedly holding a woman against her will. On Thursday, July 9th at 6:35 a.m., deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to a residence in the 7000 block of Yakima Trail in Big River for a call of a disturbance. The Department says its investigation …

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  • 8 July

    Sheriff’s Department gets $325,000 in grants

    The La Paz County Sheriff’s Department has been awarded $300,000 by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), a component of the Department of Homeland Security, and another $25,000 by the Arizona Attorney General’s Office. The bigger grant was awarded under Operation Stonegarden, which exists to fund law enforcement agencies in efforts to secure U.S. borders and improve overall border security. …

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  • 8 July

    LISTEN: Documentary to depict Quartzsite people and politics

    A new documentary film by Cyle O’Donnell is set to depict the town of Quartzsite, AZ and its politics, rivalries and melodrama. O’Donnell describes the film like this: “From allegations of corruption, police harassment and embezzlement, to a murder-for-hire scandal between the first two mayors, the tiny, desert town of Quartzsite, Arizona has seen conflict reserved only for major cities. …

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  • 8 July

    7 COVID-related deaths in County, hospital announces same-day testing

    Seven people have now died from complications of the coronavirus in La Paz County. La Paz Regional Hospital has announced COVID-19 tests that will give same-day results. The 6th death was reported June 29th by the Colorado River Indian Tribes, the second tribal member to die in connection with the virus. The 7th death was from the Parker service district, …

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  • 2 July

    To the Editor: Why are some bars still open after orders to close?

    Let’s try to answer this reader question about bars in Parker that are seemingly open during the month of July: “Dear Editor, If all the bars in Arizona were ordered closed, how is it that _________________ is still open?” – Bemused About Rules Thanks for the question, BAR. The answer isn’t as clear as it may seem. On June 29th, …

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June, 2020

  • 30 June

    FLOG still on, but Tube Float cancelled

    The Flog (Baseball Golf) tournament is still on, but the Parker Tube Float has been cancelled for 2020. Flog (‘golf’ spelled backwards) takes place every July, and involves playing 9 holes of golf with baseball bats in fancy dress. The tournament will be held this year on Saturday, July 11th at Emerald Canyon Golf Course as planned. Some changes are …

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  • 29 June

    Bars ordered to close again, school delayed, County cases quadruple during June

    Amid a spike in cases of coronavirus, bars are being ordered to close again by state order. A look at the data for La Paz County tells a sobering story: cases quadrupled in the County during the month of June. Total cases of coronavirus in La Paz County over time   At first, La Paz County got off relatively lightly. …

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  • 24 June

    WATCH: ‘Meet the Candidates’ live from Parker, AZ

        The Parker Regional Chamber of Commerce & Tourism presented ‘Meet the Candidates’ in Parker, AZ Wednesday night. This event was streamed by the Chamber live, and the video replay is available.

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