John Wright

John is Editor of Parker Live. He is also the host of a daily afternoon radio show on KLPZ 1380am and a documentary filmmaker.

To The Editor: Does Parker hate tents?

Here’s an email: “The Parker Strip is awesome and we love to camp on the river. But almost every camp site is for RVs only and tents are not allowed! Even in places that are managed by BLM, like the Parker Dam Road on the California side, we couldn’t find a single tent site, and most of them are day …

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County’s 4-day workweek is to stay

La Paz County’s 4-day workweek will stay, after the Board of Supervisors considered a proposal to change it to 5 days in a public meeting. County employees and members of the public filled the boardroom for Monday’s meeting, which included an agenda item added by Supervisor Duce Minor proposing a return to 5-day opening hours for County offices. Eleven of …

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Supervisors to discuss moving to a 5-day workweek

UPDATE 4/17: Changing to a 5-day workweek has now had its day in front of the Board of Supervisors and failed 2-1. See the update HERE for more. — ORIGINAL STORY: The La Paz County Board of Supervisors is to publicly discuss changing the County’s hours to a 5-day week. The item on the agenda for Monday, April 17th reads: …

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Column: The Perils of Persistence

Last month I talked a little bit about how important persistence is in our lives. Nothing worth doing happens without it, that’s for sure. And, come to think of it, nothing much worth doing gets done without at least some of it either! So persistence is a critical factor in all our lives. But – you knew that big “but” …

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Woman barely escapes car fire at river’s edge

UPDATED to add the woman’s name and other info. A woman escaped with her life after being helped out by a good Samaritan just moments before fire engulfed her car. Early on Sunday afternoon Cathy McClellan, 60 years old from Parker, reportedly lost control while driving a blue Corvette on the winding river road designated as Business-95. Her car ended …

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70 federal inmates arrive at La Paz County Jail Thursday

The inmate population at La Paz County Detention facility doubled on Thursday from just over 70 inmates to over 140. The jail received 70 inmates Thursday from the federal government in response to the closure of a private prison in San Luis, AZ. It is not known how long the arrangement will be in place or if it represents a …

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Supervisors terminate Administrator agreement

The La Paz County Board of Supervisors voted to terminate the agreement they had with the firm that provided Robert Smith as Interim County Administrator, citing the high costs and the necessity of filling the position on a permanent basis. Supervisor Holly Irwin placed the item on Monday’s agenda, saying she “about fell off [her] chair” when she saw the …

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SPECIAL REPORT: Inside La Paz County Jail

UPDATE 4/6: The jail just received 70 federal inmates, less than a week after the below article was written. For more information, go HERE. “Door Seven,” Commander Suffle said into his radio. A few moments later a buzzing sound came from the metal door in front of us, and he opened it and showed us through. It was me, Sheriff …

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Man arrested for threat to County

A man was arrested and taken into custody by the La Paz County Sheriff’s Department on Thursday after he allegedly threatened the County after a visit to the Treasurer’s Office. According to a press release by La Paz County Sheriff’s Department, Rickey Shamblin was arrested at approximately 3 pm after he reportedly became upset with the staff at the County’s …

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Juvenile arrested for high school stabbing

A juvenile has been arrested for the stabbing assault of a custodian at Parker High School. Late on Thursday night, authorities with the Colorado River Indian Tribes Police Department arrested a male juvenile subject in connection with the stabbing of Maria Salcedo. The arrest was made around 11 pm, according to Parker P.D. It is an ongoing investigation and anyone …

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