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.

LISTEN: This man has been bicycling for the last 6 years

We often have people coming through Parker, AZ on their travels across America, and often for a cause. In this case, Stephen Swift, an Oregon man, is on the last leg of a 6-year journey across the country. Stephen began his journey in 2012 after losing his wife in a car crash, having his daughter in a coma for 3 …

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Youth football in Parker may end, needs volunteers

Football for young people in Parker may end unless some volunteers come forward, according to one of the league’s organizers. According to Meghan Romanek, there are currently 3 board members but they need 8 board members and coaching staff. The league is formerly Pop Warner but now American Youth Football, which has more than 500,000 participants internationally. “We need people …

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Senior Arizona judges visit Parker for appellate update

Three senior judges from the Arizona Court of Appeals and the Arizona Supreme Court were in Parker for an ‘appellate update’ Friday. Justice Andrew W. Gould of the Arizona Supreme Court was joined by Judges James P. Beene and Kent E. Cattani of the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One. The justices spoke to a courtroom of lawyers and other …

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Parker schools will be open Thursday

Parker Unified School District says its schools will be open Thursday, even¬†while a planned teacher walkout is expected to go ahead. There will be an early release. “After careful consideration of the impact teacher walk-outs would have on our students and schools, Parker Unified School District has made the decision to remain open on Thursday, April 26,” reads a memo …

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Ground broken on new industrial facility

A new business is opening in Parker South, also known as Parker Annex. The Town of Parker and the La Paz Economic Development Corporation broke ground Friday on a new facility for a company called Environmental Waste Solutions. Environmental Waste Solutions services California, Nevada and Arizona, and revolves around recycling of industrial liquids, industrial solids, and California regulated waste. The …

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Man arrested near school after standoff with cops

A man has been arrested in the town of Parker after a standoff with law enforcement officers from various area agencies. The man, who was reportedly wanted for homicide, was barricaded inside an apartment near the intersection of 9th Street and Mohave Avenue in Parker on Monday afternoon. Agencies including La Paz County Sheriff’s Department, Parker Police Department, Colorado River …

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Parker kid on TV, cops crash his birthday

Cristian Alvarado wants to be a cop. His 6th birthday party was ‘crashed’ by members from several local law enforcement agencies, giving him what he told his mom was the best birthday ever. The police gave him his birthday present – a new puppy called Sergeant – and he ended up being featured on multiple state TV news outlets. Cristian’s …

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To The Editor: What’s with this road to nowhere?

This letter comes from a person wondering why the County is working on a dead-end road: With all the recent publicity surrounding La Paz County finances, employee furloughs, layoffs, lack of funds, why is La Paz County busy building a Road To Nowhere? For the past week or so La Paz County workers and construction vehicles have been busy upriver …

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Parker teachers join statewide movement to increase education funding

Blake Primary School teachers staged a “Walk-In” today to show support for the “Red for Ed” movement in Arizona, showing solidarity with the statewide movement to increase teacher salaries in Arizona. The state’s teachers are among the lowest-paid in the nation. Adjusted for local cost of living, federal figures show Arizona elementary teachers rank 49th in earnings and high school …

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