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.

“Shocked” judge apologizes for County’s financial “disaster”

An email from Judge Samuel Vederman to Superior Court appointees Wednesday apologized on behalf of La Paz County for its outstanding payments to them. The email, which described the County’s finances as “a disaster”, was sent to appointed counsel, judges, the County Attorney and the Public Defender’s office. Parker Live obtained the email from a third party early on Wednesday …

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County suspends hiring, offers employees voluntary unpaid leave

UPDATE #2: The County’s Finance Director resigned on Tuesday morning, according to La Paz County Human Resources Director Mary Frantz. “Mr. Mancuso resigned from his position this morning. We wish him good luck in his future endeavors,” she said in an email to Parker Live Tuesday. UPDATE #1: “Our most pressing problem is not having enough funds in the bank …

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Parker P.D. awarded new patrol vehicle

The Parker Police Department says it has been awarded a grant for the purchase of a new patrol vehicle. The grant, from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, is to be used for enforcement of Driving Under the Influence (DUI) laws in Parker. “Parker Police Department’s goal is to reduce the incidences of alcohol and drug related driving fatalities and …

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LISTEN: New route, big changes for Parker Tube Float

The Parker Regional Chamber of Commerce and Tourism has announced a new route and big changes for the 2017 Parker Tube Float. Making the announcement live on KLPZ 1380am, event organizer Mary Hamilton said that the Float will be held on June 10th, 2017 on an entirely new stretch of the Colorado River north of Parker. “The route has been …

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Crash kills 22 year old local man

Julio Salcedo, 22 from Parker, AZ has been tragically killed in an auto accident on a stretch of AZ-72 in Parker South on Wednesday afternoon. Julio was driving a white Jeep westbound toward Parker town, according to Parker Police Department Sergeant Michael Bailey, and collided head-on with a tractor-trailer coming the other direction. Julio died at the scene. The semi …

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LISTEN: County officials speak on financial situation

Four officials from La Paz County sat down for over an hour Thursday with Parker Live‘s John Wright live on KLPZ 1380am’s morning show to talk about the financial situation at the County. Recently elected Sheriff Bill Risen, recently promoted Sheriff’s Captain Curt Bagby, recently elected District 2 Supervisor Duce Minor and recently appointed Interim County Administrator Robert Smith spoke …

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Column: The Power of Persistence

Somewhere around 426 B.C. Herodotus published his greatest work, “The Histories.” More than just a history it’s also an inquiry into many things, including what he called “custom” which is what we call “culture.” “One can see by this what custom can do, and Pindar, in my opinion, was right when he called it king of all.” -Herodotus, The Histories, Book 3 …

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Inside the financial crisis at La Paz County

A cash shortage, outstanding accounts payable and a deficit of over $13 million: challenges mount for new Board of Supervisors as they get help to formulate a recovery plan A new review has revealed a “financial crisis” at La Paz County. The findings were detailed in a well-attended public meeting on Tuesday that, for the first time in many years, …

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Viewfinder: Railroad Ties on Fire

A stack of railroad ties went up in flames on Thursday afternoon and multiple people contacted Parker Live with photos, below. No structures were threatened by the fire, according to law enforcement.

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Prosecutor to remain on cases after court challenge

A prosecutor appointed by La Paz County Attorney Tony Rogers is to remain on the job after a court challenge by three defendants who wanted him removed from their cases. James Schilder is the prosecutor on a second-degree murder case currently on trial in the La Paz County Superior Court (Parker Live summarized that case HERE). He is at the …

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