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.

Board of Supervisors propose property tax increase

UPDATE 4:54pm: According to the County, a mistake was made in the notice put out about how the proposed tax would affect taxpayers. Rather than a $100,000 home costing an extra $132 per year, it would cost an extra $13.20. Article below changed to reflect this. — The Board of Supervisors are moving ahead with a proposal to increase property …

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An apparent murder-suicide is being investigated north of Parker

Sheriff’s detectives have been investigating a triple shooting after an apparent murder-suicide was discovered north of Parker late on Wednesday night. A woman was transported to hospital and two men were found deceased at the scene, which is located not far from Emerald Canyon Golf Course on the Parker Strip, according to La Paz County Sheriff’s Department. It is believed …

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Man barricades in Bouse after alleged attempted sexual assault

A man allegedly committed attempted sexual assault before barricading himself in a house in Bouse, AZ Wednesday night in a stand-off with deputies. La Paz County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived at the residence of Oscar Martinez-Salgado for suspected aggravated assault and attempted sexual assault. While attempting to make contact with Martinez-Salgado, the suspect allegedly avoided contact by running into the residence …

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Vehicle plows into building at car wash, owner deceased

UPDATE 10:30am: Jose Lopez, known as ‘Chuy’, died this morning at his car wash in Parker, AZ when a vehicle driven by his wife Maria accelerated for unknown reasons into a shed where he was at the time, according to Parker Police Department. Police Sergeant Michael Bailey told Parker Live that the investigation is ongoing at this time. An 11 …

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27 year old man drowns over 4th weekend

A 27 year-old man drowned at the beginning of the 4th of July weekend on the Parker Strip. The victim was named as Matthew Bashaw, 27 of Phelan, California, a small unincorporated community not far from Victorville in the high desert of San Bernardino County. Matthew was with friends and family at Echo Lodge on the Parker Strip. On Friday …

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COLUMN: The ingredients of a national news blip

It’s not the most interesting or compelling story of the year from Parker, AZ, but you can never tell what the news outlets are going to find newsworthy. A fireworks show ending in a (not particularly large) brush fire here on Monday night caught the attention of the national press, who reported it with the following headlines after Parker Live …

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Judge Matthew Newman takes over at Superior Court

Matthew Newman put on his robe as the 4th presiding judge at the La Paz County Superior Court in an investiture ceremony held Monday in Parker. Judge Matthew Newman takes the oath of office, read by District 2 Supervisor Duce Minor. Photos by Melissa Wright Photography. Newman has lived and worked in the Parker area for 26 years. His wife …

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Viewfinder: A Parker 4th

A private helicopter takes a pleasure run along the Colorado River, joining the thousands who flocked to the Parker Strip on 4th of July weekend, with the water temperature rising just in time for this classic summer weekend.

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