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November, 2017

  • 21 November

    129 marijuana plants seized in Big River

    A man has been arrested and 129 marijuana plants seized in Big River, CA under San Bernardino County code. Michael Hall was arrested on numerous charges relating to a stolen firearm and the illegal cultivation of marijuana. On Monday afternoon, San Bernardino County deputies served a search warrant at a residence in the 14000 block of Del Rey Road, where …

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  • 17 November

    Body matching Sandy Giles found just 10 feet from side of the road

    A body matching the description of a woman missing since May 2017 has been found in Earp, CA. According to Sandy Giles’s daughter Kendall, the body was found just 10 feet from the side of Highway 62 only 800 feet from where Sandy’s car was discovered last May. The body was decomposed but matches features including bleached blonde hair, dentures, …

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  • 16 November

    Viewfinder: Owl on the Prowl

    At a house in Bouse.

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  • 15 November

    Chamber cancels Lighted Boat Parade, Sheriff commits boats anyway

    UPDATE: Parker Live has it on good authority that Santa will be out on his waverunner on Christmas Eve from around 10 am until around 2 pm, visiting riverfront communities. Look out for him! — The Parker Regional Chamber of Commerce & Tourism has cancelled the annual Lighted Boat Parade along the Parker Strip, which usually takes place on Thanksgiving …

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  • 7 November

    La Paz County to streamline hiring process, employee travel

    The La Paz County Board of Supervisors has voted to streamline the process of hiring new employees, employee travel for work and authorizing expenditure by staff. As the County recovers from its financial crisis which peaked in early 2017, it has hired a new County Administrator, a new Finance Director and other key administrative positions. During the worst of the …

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  • 7 November

    Man turns himself in for murder of roommate

    A man turned himself in for murder at Quartzsite Police Department on Friday morning, according to law enforcement. On Friday morning at around 9:45 a.m., Enrique Reyes arrived at QPD saying that he had committed murder in Lake Havasu City, where he is a resident. He was in possession of a handgun. Lake Havasu City Police Department was notified, at …

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  • 6 November

    30-minute delays between Parker and Lake Havasu City

    Crews are working on pavement preservation on a 14-mile section of SR 95 between Parker, AZ and Lake Havasu City. Drivers may see delays of “up to 30 minutes” according to ADOT while traffic is guided through the construction zone with a pilot car. Work is scheduled between 6:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Monday, November 6th, and Tuesday, November …

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  • 2 November

    COLUMN: Impossible Possibilities

    So I was checking out the headlines on some of the websites I like to visit when I came to a crashing halt. “Scientists Say the Universe Shouldn’t Exist.” Yeah, that caught my eye. It turns out that, according to the theories and mathematical models developed to try and understand it, the universe should have never formed in the first …

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October, 2017

  • 30 October

    BLM plans controlled burning this winter

    The Bureau of Land Management says it is planning to conduct prescribed burning on the California side of the Parker Strip this winter. The burn area will be around seven miles northeast of the town of Parker, and half a mile west of Parker Dam Road near Crossroads. There may be multiple burns between October and March as weather conditions …

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  • 30 October

    Supervisor’s daughter involved in shooting

    UPDATE 11/7: According to LHCPD the gunshot victim is still in hospital but is expected to recover. The investigation is reportedly ongoing. — UPDATE 4pm: Lake Havasu police have confirmed the investigation, calling the incident a “domestic dispute between a male and a female” and saying that the male “suffered from a gunshot wound during the dispute and was transported …

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  • 25 October

    Hospital awarded Cenpatico grant

    La Paz Regional Hospital was awarded a Community Reinvestment Grant by Cenpatico. The grant is awarded to pay for projects that benefit the health and wellness of the La Paz County community. The hospital is using the money to target health and wellness education through health fairs, town halls and classes. “Funding will be used to facilitate outreach and education …

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  • 24 October

    La Paz County residents to save on taxes

    Arizona Western College District residents in Yuma and La Paz counties will notice a savings on their property taxes this year. Residents will see a onetime cost savings of 44.24 percent on the secondary property tax levy, due to over $2.4 million in reserve funds being applied to tax payer bond obligations. Per regulation, colleges can accumulate 10 percent of …

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  • 19 October

    Viewfinder: Blasting on the River

    Photo by Joy C. Construction work continues at ‘Ski Alley’ on the Parker Strip. The Moonridge area development is set to be a new resort. More info HERE.

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  • 17 October

    UPDATE: I-10 crash involved fatalities, charges

    UPDATE: An early morning crash along eastbound Interstate 10 left one child dead and several others injured. The driver was arrested and booked into jail for manslaughter and other related charges. On Tuesday, October 17, 2017, at about 6:30 a.m. a Chevrolet Tahoe, driven by Eric C. McMorris, 31, of Litchfield Park, Arizona, was traveling eastbound along I-10. Kodie L. …

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  • 17 October

    Parker local crowned Miss Indian Arizona

    Mariah Sharpe, 19, has been crowned the 56th Miss Indian Arizona. Mariah is a member of the Colorado River Indian Tribes. Mariah went to Parker High School and became Junior Miss CRIT and then Miss CRIT. She is now pursuing her Associate’s Degree in biology with an emphasis in medicine and health and welfare at Paradise Valley Community College. Her …

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  • 16 October

    Truck overturns with 5th-Wheel

    A truck towing a 5th-Wheel overturned east of Parker at around noon Monday near 12 Mile Junction, causing a partial lane blockage. Emergency services were on-scene, according to La Paz County Sheriff’s Department. The conditions of the occupants is unconfirmed at this time.

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  • 12 October

    Parker teen awarded $20,000 by MTV

    A Parker teenager has been awarded a $20,000 scholarship by MTV’s Total Request Live (TRL). Sidney Has No Horses is a senior at Parker High School who submitted a video applying for the scholarship, but says she had no idea it would go anywhere. She ended up becoming the first winner of TRL’s Scholarship Week, appearing on the show Monday. …

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  • 11 October

    WATCH: D.L. Wilson addresses Congressional committee

    La Paz County’s economic challenges were highlighted on Capitol Hill Wednesday when Supervisor D.L. Wilson testified on the County’s behalf. Wilson testified to the United States House Committee on Natural Resources on a bill that would convey over 8000 acres of unused federal land to the County for large-scale economic development. H.R. 2630 was introduced by Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar. …

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  • 11 October

    Evicted CRIT resident’s Supreme Court petition denied

    A legal dispute over the Colorado River Indian Tribes’ western boundary is finally over. Roger French, a non-tribal person, lived on riverfront property north of Blythe, CA for 28 years, paying rent for only 10 of them. His challenge to CRIT’s authority to collect rent on the property has been denied for a final time, this time by the U.S. …

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  • 5 October

    COLUMN: I Just Might Be Doing Something Wrong!

    Sometimes things in life just don’t go as you want them to or thought they would. Here it is early October and I’m just about to leave on vacation. I didn’t originally plan things this way nor did I want to be vacationing this late in the year, but here it is. Due to all kinds of scheduling changes and …

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  • 3 October

    Tenth year for Chili Cook-Off

    Back for a tenth year, the popular annual Chili Cook-Off event at La Paz County Park has been set for Saturday, November 4th, 2017. Approximately 1000 people come to taste up to 25 chilis and salsas, which are judged by a new panel every year. “We do red and green chili and salsa, so in each category there are two …

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September, 2017

  • 29 September

    Railroad to close 11th Street this weekend

    The Arizona & California Railroad Company is to perform repairs on the 11th Street railroad crossing this weekend, meaning a road closure on that thoroughfare until Monday evening. Beginning Friday at 8 a.m., 11th Street will be closed between California Avenue and Hopi Avenue until Monday evening, October 2nd.

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  • 15 September

    Viewfinder: U.S. Marine Exercise Deep Strike II

    Photos from the Defense Video and Imagery Distribution System for both the 1st Marine Division and the 1st Marine Logistics Group. Thanks to 1st Lt. Paul Gainey. Marines conducted a large-scale exercise along the lower Colorado River south of Parker, AZ and Blythe, CA this week. More info HERE.

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  • 14 September

    Marines Exercise Deep Strike II is happening this week in rural La Paz County

    UPDATE: Lots of photos HERE. — A little over an hour south of Parker, AZ, United States Marines from Camp Pendleton and Air Station Miramar are engaged in an exercise codenamed Deep Strike II this week. A bridge built by the Marines can be seen in the background The Marines of 1st Division, 1st Marine Logistic Group, based out of …

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  • 14 September

    Trailer up in flames in Parker, agencies respond

    A trailer went up in flames after 9:30am in the town of Parker near Kofa and Arizona Avenues. Agencies responding. Photos via multiple contributors and Parker Live.

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  • 7 September

    County Administrator wants more authority in hiring

    ‘Micromanagement’ came under the spotlight as La Paz County’s recently-appointed Administrator Ron Drake told the Board of Supervisors at Tuesday’s meeting that he would like more authority with regard to hiring, renewing contracts and employee travel. The proposal relates to the process of filling vacant County employee positions, where the Board of Supervisors must explicitly authorize departments to advertise for …

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  • 7 September

    Parker man hospitalized after swimming pool accident

    Anthony Chavez, a local man who grew up in Parker and lives in Lake Havasu City, is in hospital after an accident at the swimming pool at the Nautical Inn. The accident happened on August 27th, and left Anthony with a broken C6 vertebrae and a neck held together with pins and screws. His mother Kathy told Parker Live about his …

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  • 6 September

    15 Things Overheard in Parker

    Here are 15 things overheard in Parker, Arizona. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. Have any of your own? JW

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  • 5 September

    COLUMN: Change

    Everything is changing. Some people like it, some don’t. As you get older (which unfortunately I seem to be doing despite my best efforts to the contrary) change is something that often gets more difficult to accept. But never mind, because whether you approve of or accept change or not, it’s always happening and always will, long after you and …

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  • 1 September

    The Axe is Back: Parker beats Wickenburg

    The Parker Broncs beat the Wickenburg Wranglers on Friday’s “Fireman’s Axe” game, marking a notable win for the Parker team as the two schools renewed an old rivalry. Many years the axe goes to Wickenburg, a bigger school by far with a much larger talent pool than Parker’s. But with tonight’s win, the axe returns to Parker High School for …

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August, 2017

  • 30 August

    Sheriff Risen scores new patrol vehicles from his former agency

    The Monterey Park Police Department has sold 3 patrol cars to the La Paz County Sheriff’s Department for just $200 a piece. Risen worked for Monterey Park, just a few miles east of Los Angeles, for 30 years before retiring in the Parker area several years ago, and says the agency just happened to be rotating out their Crown Victoria …

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  • 28 August

    Peugeot Dakar race vehicle spotted in Parker, Arizona

    Parker, AZ continues to be a hub for racing activity. A vehicle developed by French car manufacturer Peugeot has been spotted in the town as it undergoes extensive testing ahead of the 2018 Dakar Rally in January. Peugeot unveiled the 3008 DKR Maxi in July as the next generation of the vehicle that won the 2016 and 2016 Dakar races …

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  • 28 August

    Homeland Security arrests suspected child molester in Ehrenberg

    An Ehrenberg man made his initial appearance in state court Friday after his arrest by special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) for allegedly sexually exploiting at least one 13 year-old girl. Alejandro Ledesma, 20, will remain in custody on 4 counts of sexually exploiting a minor. These criminal charges resulted from an investigation …

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  • 25 August

    PAID: Parker’s Hampton Inn is now open!

    Famous for introducing a free continental breakfast and a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee, the Hampton by Hilton brand is open for guests in Parker, AZ just minutes from the Colorado River. First proposed in 2014, the new hotel broke ground several months ago opposite the La Paz campus of Arizona Western College at the corner of Geronimo Avenue and 11th …

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  • 24 August

    Viewfinder: Seaweed on the Lake

    Conditions have been perfect for this prospering mass to take over a large area near Bill Williams National Wildlife Refuge just east of Parker Dam. And yes, seaweed is still called seaweed even when it’s a freshwater variety!

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  • 23 August

    To The Editor: Is Rose Acre Farms being taxed at the correct rate?

    From a reader: “I’ve heard that Rose Acre Farms is being taxed at the agricultural tax rate when it should be at the commercial level which is a higher rate. Can you look into this? That’s a big operation to have the wrong tax rate.” – Educator Gently Gesturing Thanks for the question, EGG. It’s true that the Rose Acre …

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  • 21 August

    The eclipse from Parker, AZ

    UPDATE: This is as good as Parker Live could do today, without any real planning. Any other photos? Get in touch and let us see them! — Cloud obscures most of the sky this morning in Parker, AZ during the partial solar eclipse here. The peak of today’s partial eclipse is at 10:28 am, with the sun slowly emerging again …

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  • 15 August

    County supports removal of power lines from Parker Strip

    La Paz County has sent a letter to the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) in support of a proposal re-routing 60 year-old power transmission lines that would finally take them away from the Parker Strip. The current power lines were constructed in the 1950s to bring 161 kilovolts of power from the hydroelectric plant at Parker Dam to a substation …

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  • 11 August

    Viewfinder: Monsoon Sunset

    Parker area residents and visitors have been treated to some beautiful colors lately.

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  • 7 August

    Boat sinks, one fatality near Big River

    UPDATE: Some further tragic details were revealed by NBC Los Angeles HERE. They include: Tasha was in the Parker area for her 30th birthday celebration Her boyfriend had an engagement ring in his pocket and was planning to propose while out on the river She handed her 8 year-old daughter to a man on a wave runner before being pulled …

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July, 2017

  • 26 July

    Viewfinder: Oversized loads arrive in Parker

    UPDATE 2: More definitive information from the Orange County Register about the final destination of the dome, a Chevron gasoline refinery on the coast, can be found HERE. UPDATE: According to CRIT council member Johnny Hill Jr., the round device is a cap for an electrical plant in California, being shipped through Parker and transferring to another trailer to comply …

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  • 26 July

    Board of Supervisors propose property tax increase

    UPDATE 4:54pm: According to the County, a mistake was made in the notice put out about how the proposed tax would affect taxpayers. Rather than a $100,000 home costing an extra $132 per year, it would cost an extra $13.20. Article below changed to reflect this. — The Board of Supervisors are moving ahead with a proposal to increase property …

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  • 21 July

    Viewfinder: Another Perfect Sunset

    Photo via Isaac Sac Taylor.

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  • 20 July

    An apparent murder-suicide is being investigated north of Parker

    Sheriff’s detectives have been investigating a triple shooting after an apparent murder-suicide was discovered north of Parker late on Wednesday night. A woman was transported to hospital and two men were found deceased at the scene, which is located not far from Emerald Canyon Golf Course on the Parker Strip, according to La Paz County Sheriff’s Department. It is believed …

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  • 20 July

    Man barricades in Bouse after alleged attempted sexual assault

    A man allegedly committed attempted sexual assault before barricading himself in a house in Bouse, AZ Wednesday night in a stand-off with deputies. La Paz County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived at the residence of Oscar Martinez-Salgado for suspected aggravated assault and attempted sexual assault. While attempting to make contact with Martinez-Salgado, the suspect allegedly avoided contact by running into the residence …

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  • 20 July

    Vehicle plows into building at car wash, owner deceased

    UPDATE 10:30am: Jose Lopez, known as ‘Chuy’, died this morning at his car wash in Parker, AZ when a vehicle driven by his wife Maria accelerated for unknown reasons into a shed where he was at the time, according to Parker Police Department. Police Sergeant Michael Bailey told Parker Live that the investigation is ongoing at this time. An 11 …

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  • 13 July

    COLUMN: Somewhere Between Up and Down

    One of life’s great joys are those moments when something unexpected and wonderful happens to us. These high points usually carry with them great excitement and leave in their wake hopeful expectation that it’ll keep happening to us. Of course, they usually don’t. At least not for a long while, at any rate. Notice that I said usually. Sometimes one …

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  • 10 July

    PAID: Sam Vederman opens new law office

    Sam Vederman, who recently retired as presiding Judge of the Superior Court in La Paz County, has started his own law practice as a private attorney and is now open for new clients. Sam moved to Arizona in 1999 after graduating from the Michigan State University College of Law and is intimately familiar with all aspects of the legal system …

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  • 7 July

    27 year old man drowns over 4th weekend

    A 27 year-old man drowned at the beginning of the 4th of July weekend on the Parker Strip. The victim was named as Matthew Bashaw, 27 of Phelan, California, a small unincorporated community not far from Victorville in the high desert of San Bernardino County. Matthew was with friends and family at Echo Lodge on the Parker Strip. On Friday …

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  • 5 July

    COLUMN: The ingredients of a national news blip

    It’s not the most interesting or compelling story of the year from Parker, AZ, but you can never tell what the news outlets are going to find newsworthy. A fireworks show ending in a (not particularly large) brush fire here on Monday night caught the attention of the national press, who reported it with the following headlines after Parker Live …

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