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.

Sheriff Risen scores new patrol vehicles from his former agency

The Monterey Park Police Department has sold 3 patrol cars to the La Paz County Sheriff’s Department for just $200 a piece. Risen worked for Monterey Park, just a few miles east of Los Angeles, for 30 years before retiring in the Parker area several years ago, and says the agency just happened to be rotating out their Crown Victoria …

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Peugeot Dakar race vehicle spotted in Parker, Arizona

Parker, AZ continues to be a hub for racing activity. A vehicle developed by French car manufacturer Peugeot has been spotted in the town as it undergoes extensive testing ahead of the 2018 Dakar Rally in January. Peugeot unveiled the 3008 DKR Maxi in July as the next generation of the vehicle that won the 2016 and 2016 Dakar races …

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Homeland Security arrests suspected child molester in Ehrenberg

An Ehrenberg man made his initial appearance in state court Friday after his arrest by special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) for allegedly sexually exploiting at least one 13 year-old girl. Alejandro Ledesma, 20, will remain in custody on 4 counts of sexually exploiting a minor. These criminal charges resulted from an investigation …

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PAID: Parker’s Hampton Inn is now open!

Famous for introducing a free continental breakfast and a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee, the Hampton by Hilton brand is open for guests in Parker, AZ just minutes from the Colorado River. First proposed in 2014, the new hotel broke ground several months ago opposite the La Paz campus of Arizona Western College at the corner of Geronimo Avenue and 11th …

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Viewfinder: Seaweed on the Lake

Conditions have been perfect for this prospering mass to take over a large area near Bill Williams National Wildlife Refuge just east of Parker Dam. And yes, seaweed is still called seaweed even when it’s a freshwater variety!

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To The Editor: Is Rose Acre Farms being taxed at the correct rate?

From a reader: “I’ve heard that Rose Acre Farms is being taxed at the agricultural tax rate when it should be at the commercial level which is a higher rate. Can you look into this? That’s a big operation to have the wrong tax rate.” – Educator Gently Gesturing Thanks for the question, EGG. It’s true that the Rose Acre …

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The eclipse from Parker, AZ

UPDATE: This is as good as Parker Live could do today, without any real planning. Any other photos? Get in touch and let us see them! — Cloud obscures most of the sky this morning in Parker, AZ during the partial solar eclipse here. The peak of today’s partial eclipse is at 10:28 am, with the sun slowly emerging again …

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County supports removal of power lines from Parker Strip

La Paz County has sent a letter to the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) in support of a proposal re-routing 60 year-old power transmission lines that would finally take them away from the Parker Strip. The current power lines were constructed in the 1950s to bring 161 kilovolts of power from the hydroelectric plant at Parker Dam to a substation …

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Boat sinks, one fatality near Big River

UPDATE: Some further tragic details were revealed by NBC Los Angeles HERE. They include: Tasha was in the Parker area for her 30th birthday celebration Her boyfriend had an engagement ring in his pocket and was planning to propose while out on the river She handed her 8 year-old daughter to a man on a wave runner before being pulled …

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