A man who created a stir a year ago after he posted a picture of himself on Facebook apparently spraying graffiti on a river rock has been formally charged in connection with the incident.
Bob Garland of Corona, CA appeared in La Paz County Superior Court on Monday where he was charged with felony criminal damage for spray-painting the side of well-known river landmark ‘Idiot Rock’ back in August 2015. He appeared with his attorney Michael Frame after receiving a summons to face the charges here in Parker.
The incident drew the outrage of the Parker community on Parker Live, with our Facebook page and original article about it running to thousands of views and broad condemnation of the act. ‘Idiot Rock’ is the name colloquially given to the area on the Parker Strip where people jump off into the river near Sundance Saloon.
To Garland’s credit, someone using his name apologized on Parker Live after the uproar, claiming he coined the name of the rock in 1979 and said it was on his bucket list to paint it. “I’m sorry if I offended anybody,” he wrote, adding, “I’ll never paint anything again.”
According to sources, the Bureau of Land Management is still to determine a cleanup cost for the vandalism. Parker Live was told last year that the cleanup is a specialized process which avoids polluting the river with chemicals.
Recently, some unknown persons covered the white paint with a color that matched the rock, effectively making it less of an eyesore.