Friday, July 25, 2014
  • Holy Monsoon: First rain of the year

    Holy Monsoon: First rain of the year

    Parker receives first proper rainfall of 2014 It’s going to get steamy today! The Arizona monsoon arrived in full force this past week, bringing much-needed rain, excitement and beauty, humid days and its share of damage too. Before I tell you about our rainfall, let’s remember this is ... Read More »
  • Summer 2014: the Parker Strip

    Summer 2014: the Parker Strip

    Summer 2014: Parker Strip Why do thousands each year visit this 11-mile stretch of the Colorado River?Boats, beverages, and bikinis; three things that you’ll find in abundance on the Parker Strip every summer. The Parker Strip is an 11-mile section of the Colorado River between Parker Dam and Headgate ... Read More »
  • The Magic Circle

    The Magic Circle

    Winter was nearly over in Quartzsite when I received a request from my editor in Idaho where I worked summers as a reporter. ‘Hey – need a pic of a labyrinth for a photo illustration. Mine’s under 4 ft of snow. Heard there might be one in Quartzsite. ... Read More »
  • Getting Hot

    Getting Hot

    I was thinking the other day about the different ways that we use the term “hot” and related terms as a metaphor. This odd train of thought left the little station in my brain because I had just come in from doing a few things outside and man, ... Read More »

Articles in chronological order

Fire destroys house at BlueWater Lagoon

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A house at BlueWater Lagoon on the river in Parker, AZ went up in flames just before noon Tuesday. Agencies responded quickly but the flames took hold just as fast, and at this time of writing the extent of the damage to the house and surrounding property is not yet known. Additional photos via Drew C: Read More »

Parker Tourism to lose vital County funding?

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Parker Area Tourism may have to shut down if a tentative move cutting County funding to the office takes effect, according to people familiar with the office finances. Presentations made at the public Board of Supervisors meeting Monday included Parker Area Tourism, La Paz County Economic Development Corporation (which brokered the recent Hampton Inn development deal) and Parker Area Chamber ... Read More »

Parker Tube Float wins state event award

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The Parker Tube Float has been named Arizona Tourism Event of the Year at the Arizona Tourism Awards in Phoenix. Pictured are Parker Area Tourism Coordinator Josh Savino and Parker Chamber Board Member Daniel Tucker accepting the award. The Tube Float is in it’s 37th year and now attracts several thousand people to Parker annually. Read More »

To The Editor: What about us?

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Amid all the attention being paid to the future of the Alewine property on Riverside Drive, we received this comment Thursday: “I’m really happy for the very nice addition to Parker. I personally feel it will bring more people to town and therefore shop, eat and have fun. But hey, how about a shout out to us small mom and ... Read More »

Quartzsite church avoids foreclosure after raising donations

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A Quartzsite church at the center of a tax controversy with the La Paz County Assessor’s Office has raised $68,000, with the help of a national nonprofit, to avoid foreclosure. The Isaiah 58 Project, known for its ministry to the homeless in Quartzsite, had a tax bill due by June 15th, according to the Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian legal ... Read More »

AWC demolishes John Deere building

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Arizona Western College is in the process of demolishing a building used by the college for many years and known as the John Deere Building. The building had been disused for some time. After AWC got estimates for renovating it, it became clear that the cost would be much less to simply demolish and rebuild. The plans for the space ... Read More »

County Attorney reports on child support collections

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La Paz County Attorney Press Release The La Paz County Attorney’s Office Division of Child Support Services has helped custodial parents residing in La Paz County and elsewhere to collect One Million One Hundred Twenty-three Thousand and Eighty-five Dollars ($1,123,085) in child support payments during the 12-month period ending June 30, 2014. The Division currently manages 645 cases involving 1290 ... Read More »

New hotel, dining and retail planned for Alewine property

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Parker is to get a Hampton Inn and Suites with dining and new retail, according to the plans for the Alewine property on Riverside Drive acquired by a hospitality property developer. The plan for the property is in multiple phases, according to La Paz County Economic Development Corporation CEO Skip Becker and Parker Town Mayor Dan Beaver. Phase One is ... Read More »

Viewfinder: Robby prepares for Dakar

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On and off for the past few weeks, regular Parkerite Robby Gordon has been in town, testing and practicing with his team’s Gordini HST Dakar Rally race vehicle. The highly specialized vehicle has been spotted all around the Parker area lately, and represents one of a few vehicles by American teams competing in the race through Argentina, Chile and Bolivia. ... Read More »

Pop Warner seeks sponsorships

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Pop Warner football and cheer season is about to begin in Parker, and the Parker Panthers needs sponsorships and donations from the community. “Our program is awesome but without the community’s help we won’t have enough to continue on next year,” said Meghan Romanek, the program’s sponsorship and fundraising manager. The organization sent the following letter to Parker Live. Registration ... Read More »

Highway 62 closed due to flooding: now open

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UPDATE 7/15: Caltrans says there are no traffic restrictions now. Original: Coming to Parker this weekend? Highway 62 is currently closed due to flood damage caused by the storms this week. Caltrans says the highway is closed from the junction of US 95 (at Vidal Junction) to the state line (at Parker, AZ). Closed: Parker Live recommends that traffic between ... Read More »

Summer 2014: the Parker Strip

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Summer 2014: Parker Strip Why do thousands each year visit this 11-mile stretch of the Colorado River?Boats, beverages, and bikinis; three things that you’ll find in abundance on the Parker Strip every summer. The Parker Strip is an 11-mile section of the Colorado River between Parker Dam and Headgate Rock Dam in Parker, Arizona…but chances are you already know that. It’s ... Read More »

Holy Monsoon: First rain of the year

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Parker receives first proper rainfall of 2014 It’s going to get steamy today! The Arizona monsoon arrived in full force this past week, bringing much-needed rain, excitement and beauty, humid days and its share of damage too. Before I tell you about our rainfall, let’s remember this is an El Niño year, which makes the season forecast wetter than it ... Read More »

Storm hits Parker: power, trees down

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6:15pm– A heavy storm forecast by the National Weather Service just after 5pm hit the Parker area just minutes ago, bringing sheets of rain, lightning, low visibility for traffic and running washes. Trees are down. Power down for some Parker residents, spotty elsewhere. Turn around, don’t drown. 6:37pm– The NWS is extending a flash flood warning through 9pm. Read More »