Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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  • 12 reasons I love Parker, AZ

    12 reasons I love Parker, AZ

    I was working in San Francisco last weekend. When I’m out of town and people ask what part of Arizona I live in, I usually say something like, “West side, a stone’s throw from California.” If they keep talking I add something like, “South of Lake Havasu”, assuming ... 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 »
  • Rediscover the value of working for love

    Rediscover the value of working for love

    One of the things about Parker and the Parker Strip that doesn’t get talked about very often is the romance that goes on around here. By this I do not mean the romance of being under the open sky with the stars shining brightly and the coyotes yip, ... Read More »

Articles in chronological order

To The Editor: Caterpillar Avalanche


“What on earth are all those yellow caterpillars doing all over the roads? It’s like an avalanche of them! An invasion! Please tell us what they are.” - Many On The Highway Well, MOTH, there’s no denying it, these critters are everywhere. Within just a few days, it seems the desert ecosystem is full of yellow caterpillars, all moving, going ... Read More »

Judge to be decided in Tuesday election


Arizona’s primary election comes Tuesday, and with it Parker area voters will decide who their next justice of the peace will be. Each Arizona county has justice courts that are presided over by a judge who is elected for a four year term. Cases include civil lawsuits where the amount in dispute is $10,000 or less, landlord and tenant controversies, ... Read More »

Deputy County Attorney honored for work with children

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La Paz Chief Deputy County Attorney Karen Hobbs was honored by HIDTA for her work in behalf of drug endangered children. The mission of the Arizona High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) is to facilitate, support, and enhance collaborative drug control efforts among law enforcement agencies. The HIDTA awards ceremony was held on July 15, 2014 at the 34th Annual ... Read More »

Parker Broncs beat Yuma 33-26

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What a barnburner! Broncs were up 20-6 at halftime. Yuma came back in the third quarter and by the fourth it was tied 26-26. With 15 seconds remaining QB Cody Esquerra rolled out and hit Roman Robledo in the end zone to put the Broncs up 32-26. Parker added an extra point to win it 33-26! Some great plays by ... Read More »

Viewfinder: RV fire near Roadrunner

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A fifth-wheel motor coach was gutted by flames this weekend near Roadrunner Floating Dock Bar in the RV park. These photos show the damage to the RV, and the final photo shows fire / smoke damage to the RV next to it. Photos via Nick Danger Read More »

CRIT investigator dies

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A criminal investigator with CRIT Police died Friday, according to a letter by CRIT Police Chief William Ponce. David Mills is survived by his wife and five children. The cause of death had not been determined by the time Ponce wrote the letter. Read More »

Viewfinder: Jeep on fire


Wow. A Jeep Grand Cherokee went up in flames suddenly moments after the engine cut out at the corner of 12th Street and California Avenue in Parker. The woman driving got out of the vehicle as she pulled it into this parking spot and had to stand and watch horrified as it burned in front of her. Photos via Josh ... Read More »

Rockslide closes road near famous Sundance Saloon


A rockslide has blocked the two-lane river roadway that connects Sundance Saloon to Buckskin State Park north of Parker, AZ. The boulders fell from the steep mountainside adjacent to the road after a recent storm. The Parker area has received almost three-quarters its average annual rainfall in just two weeks. The County Highway Department Director said the road may be ... Read More »

Street lights, water worries, and other news


Here’s a quick summary of some news you might be interested in: Via Joaquin Vences La Paz County The Board of Supervisors approved a new console (made by Motorola) for 911 Central Dispatch at a cost of over $37,000. They’re dealing with more calls now, according to the Sheriff’s Department. (Example: Last week’s storms overloaded Dispatch.) The Board also approved ... Read More »

V22 Osprey in training exercises at Parker Airport

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This is a Bell Boeing V22 Osprey at Parker Airport, captured Monday by frequent Parker Live media contributor Michael Collins. The V22 Osprey is a military tiltrotor aircraft, acting as both a helicopter (at times) and an airplane (at other times). It was developed as a joint effort by Bell Helicopter and Boeing in 1983, aimed at allowing vertical takeoffs ... Read More »

Man shoots at Sheriff deputies, standoff lasts hours


A standoff lasting hours between cops and a suspect in an Ehrenberg home ended Saturday after a successful “tactical entry”. On Saturday (August 9th), La Paz County Sheriff Deputy Sergeant D. Schlecht and Deputy R. Rosado responded to an Ehrenberg residence in regards to a disturbance. According to the Sheriff’s Office, upon their arrival Vincent Marlowe walked out onto the ... Read More »

Armed robbery suspect arrested


A man suspected of being involved in the June robbery of a ’76′ gas station in Blythe, CA has been arrested in Ehrenberg, AZ. Early Thursday morning (August 7th), La Paz County Task Force and La Paz County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Michael Nopah, who was allegedly involved in the robbery and successfully fled the scene while his suspected accomplice was ... Read More »

To The Editor: Let’s build a trapshooting range!


“I am trying to get La Paz County to build a trapshooting range at the County shooting range in Bouse, AZ. I have been in contact with the Board of Supervisors and presented all the financial information they would need. I laid it out where they could build the facility with grant money. They could get a nice facility at ... Read More »

Parker Treasure Hunt


Lane’s Auto Care & Tire Pros came up with an idea recently: why not hide an item and give clues to where it is every day for a month, and offer a cash prize for finding it? So here it is, the Parker Treasure Hunt. Clues will appear on KLPZ 1380am’s morning show every day, and then on this page (below) one ... Read More »

Sunday Storm Summary: 2.4 inches of rainfall


Traffic delays, power outages and cancelled school: an ordinary Sunday turns to chaos and drama – photos below August’s first Sunday turned out to be an eventful one, with buckets of rain dumping over the deserts of the Parker area within the space of a few hours, leaving chaos in its wake. KLPZ 1380am’s National Weather Service station in the ... Read More »

Parker goes dark after big storm – first day of school cancelled


9am UPDATE Some residents and businesses now have power restored. 4:45am NEW UPDATE The first day of school has been cancelled for every school in Parker Unified School District, including Le Pera. No buses will run Monday, according to Jim Lotts. APS estimate for power now around noon. —– UPDATED WITH NEW INFORMATION 9:15pm APS technicians were reportedly at maximum ... Read More »

Rediscover the value of working for love

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One of the things about Parker and the Parker Strip that doesn’t get talked about very often is the romance that goes on around here. By this I do not mean the romance of being under the open sky with the stars shining brightly and the coyotes yip, yip, yipping under a full moon. Instead I’m talking about romance in ... Read More »

Ten arrested in “drug round up”


Wednesday’s arrests come after 9 month investigation On July 30, 2014, the La Paz County Narcotics Task Force, made up of the La Paz County Sheriff’s Office, C.R.I.T. Police Department, U.S. Border Patrol and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office, conducted a “drug round up” in the areas of Ehrenberg, Quartzsite and the Parker Valley. For the past nine months, the ... Read More »