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: Do wakesurfing boats belong on the river?

“John, Parker Live needs to address the controversy over wake / surf boats on the river. Many private docks have been damaged by the huge wakes this summer alone. The river isn’t big enough for what they want to do. Everybody likes to have fun but people are really mad at this point. Can you please talk about this? There …

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Man exposed to mystery substance near courthouse

Avoid the Parker Justice Court, law enforcement say 4:57pm- “At approximately 1400 hours, officers from the Parker Police Department responded to a call of possible exposure to a suspicious substance. The subject was transported by medical to La Paz Regional Hospital as a precaution. Due to the nature and circumstances regarding the incident, Arizona Avenue is closed from Kofa Avenue …

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High temps for Labor Day weekend in Parker

Temps exceeded 120 degrees on Labor Day weekend in the Parker area, something that only happens officially once every few years on average. The heat wave saw records broken across the region. Woodland Hills reached 121 degrees on Sunday afternoon, the highest ever recorded in Los Angeles County. Paso Robles in San Luis Obispo County hit a record 117 degrees. …

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Man struck by vessel on Parker Strip flown to hospital in Goodyear

UPDATED with info from GoFundMe — A man was struck by a vessel on the Parker Strip Saturday. He sustained major injuries and was flown to hospital in Goodyear, AZ. On Saturday, September 5th, 2020 at approximately 5:15 pm, deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station Marine Enforcement Unit responded to a boating collision near the …

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La Paz County passes 500 confirmed cases of COVID-19

Cases are falling, but spreading primarily through families Younger people are spreading it to older family members CRIT has been hit hardest At an average of 100 cases every month for the last 5 months, La Paz County has passed a milestone: the 500th confirmed case of COVID-19. There have been 15 deaths from complications of the virus. The tribal …

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Body found on California Avenue in Parker

A body was discovered in the 500 block of South California Avenue in Parker last week, according to the Colorado River Indian Tribes. The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) was contacted to respond to the location at around 11:53 a.m. on Wednesday, August 19th. A BIA agent arrived an hour later. The body was removed and taken to Parker Funeral …

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Bars can apply for a new grant from Thursday morning

The Governor’s Office is partnering with Local First Arizona Foundation to launch the Arizona Small Business Rent and Mortgage Relief Grant program and distribute $10 million in grants to small businesses who have had to shutter their doors during this pandemic. The partnership leverages the grantmaking experience and small business expertise of Local First Arizona Foundation, which has already distributed …

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Brooke Water to become part of EPCOR this week, new rates

The water utility serving the Upriver area north of Parker, AZ changes ownership officially this week, bringing with it improvements and 25 percent higher rates to match. The Arizona Corporation Commission approved the ownership transition on July 22nd, which means Brooke Water is now part of a much larger corporation, EPCOR. The company already owns many water utilities in the …

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County’s emergency manager Steve Biro has died

Steve Biro, La Paz County Emergency Management Director for the past 18 years, has died. The County released the following obituary. — It is with great sadness that we announce the La Paz County Emergency Management Director, Steve Biro passed away from lung disease on August 9th, 2020. He is survived by his wife, Anita Biro, his daughters, Tiara Biro …

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Supervisor DL Wilson reverses course, decides to run as write-in candidate

La Paz County District 1 Supervisor DL Wilson, who had earlier decided not to run for re-election and will not be on the ballot in November, has reversed course and decided to run for his seat as a write-in candidate. The only candidate actually on the general election ballot is David Plunkett, a well-known local realtor. Wilson, who was first elected …

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