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.

Parker Community Garden breaks ground

Fruit and vegetable garden space, classes on gardening, cooking and food preservation all part of new project to promote healthy lifestyles Melissa Wright (La Paz Regional Hospital), Jean Golding (Indian Health Service), LeeAnn Anderson (La Paz County Public Health) and George Barcus (Parker United Methodist Church). Local health-minded organizations broke ground on Monday, October 17th for the first community garden …

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To The Editor: Will police arrest clowns this weekend?

“I heard a rumor that Parker Police Department will be arresting anyone that dresses up as a clown for Halloween, do you know if that is true?” Clowns Are Taboo Thanks for the message, CAT. Across the U.S. and the world, stories having been surfacing in the media about people calling police to report being menaced by people in clown …

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Deputy: “It was my first ever call for an emu!”

When you’re a sheriff’s deputy on patrol, you see lots of things. But there’s a first time for everything, and a call about an ‘ostrich’ is definitely a new one. “Initially someone said they saw an ostrich off the Interstate,” Deputy Aviles told Parker Live. “I was in the Bouse area, so I had to drive over to the 10. …

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Motorists with weed flee Border Patrol at I-10 checkpoints

According to multiple reports, U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint operations on Interstate 10 near Ehrenberg this past week have resulted in multiple high speed pursuits as motorists with marijuana in their vehicles try to evade law enforcement. The knowledge that Border Patrol was staging checkpoints on the freeway may also have caused traffic to route around them through Parker. According to …

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Local organizations receive Cenpatico checks

Cenpatico Integrated Care has issued three new ‘big checks’ to La Paz County and the Parker Public Library. The first was to the La Paz County Sheriff’s Department for a new electronic medical records program to be implemented at the County Jail. The grant is for $25,000 and will cover the full costs of implementation plus a server to run …

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Power outage coming Upriver Monday

Two separate planned power outages are scheduled for Monday, October 24th as APS crews do some work on Parker area infrastructure. The outages are expected to last for around 15 minutes each. “It’ll affect the Parker area, basically everybody north of BlueWater Resort & Casino,” an APS spokesperson told Parker Live. The first outage is planned for around 7am, and …

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Parker man convicted of selling meth

Parker man Thomas King was found guilty by jury of Sales of Dangerous Drugs in La Paz County Superior Court Thursday. According to Sheriff’s Lieutenant Curt Bagby, the charge was brought as the result of a 2014 investigation and arrest by the La Paz County Narcotics Task Fore, where he sold methamphetamine to an informant. The jury trial was prosecuted …

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Gary Zak says opponent Holly Irwin should have been at event, Irwin responds

La Paz County District 3 Supervisor candidate Gary “Zak” Zakrajsek thinks his opponent, incumbent Holly Irwin, should have been at last week’s Meet the Candidates event in Parker to debate him. Irwin says she was in Wenden, AZ at the time representing the County on an issue of vital importance – the water table – so she sent her daughter …

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Meet Tuff! The real story behind the names on the Parker bridge

For 44 years now, it’s been there, big and bold, on a concrete column rising from the Colorado River. The column is one of several holding up a railroad bridge that links the states of California and Arizona by train in Parker, AZ. It reads: “KEN, TUFF RIVER RATZ”. You can’t miss it. For over four decades, this inscription has …

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