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.

Viewfinder: Winter Sunset

With highs in the low 70s and lows in the mid 40s, it’s been a perfect January in Parker, AZ. Wednesday’s sunset was spectacular as seen here at the Black Pearl restaurant.

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LISTEN: Parker 250 brings UTV racers back to Parker

‘GMZ UTV Winter Nationals Casey Folks Parker 250 Presented By Polaris’ is the full name of the race that kicked off the 2018 Best In The Desert season in Parker, Arizona Saturday. The entry list was 14 pages long and brought racers from across the United States in multiple classes of desert-appropriate vehicle, including bikes, quads and the hugely popular-and-growing-fast …

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This flu season may be the worst ever

A record flu season in Arizona and California has emergency rooms packed, medicine shortages and deaths being reported. Anecdotal reports have circulated since early December about the length of the illnesses being seen and the severity of the symptoms in some cases, but government data confirms that influenza activity levels in the region this year have reached an early peak, …

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Two-week river drawdown begins

The Bureau of Reclamation announced that it will lower the level of the river on the Parker Strip by one foot beginning Tuesday. River drawdown today!   The Bureau said that the level of Lake Moovalya by approximately one foot in elevation for about two weeks beginning in early January 2018. Lake Moovalya is the small body of water behind …

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Wind and freezing temps, warming up for Christmas

The National Weather Service has issued a freeze warning for La Paz County, AZ as a windy, colder front moves over the region. Wind and blowing dust impacted the Parker area on Thursday, with anecdotal reports suggesting that the weather was making driving difficult on the highways in the area and Public Works departments active in clearing debris from the …

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County ballot initiative coming in May

La Paz County intends to hold a ballot initiative in May 2018, when it will ask the voters to approve an increase to the county’s ‘expenditure limitation’. “We’ve never dealt with this in La Paz County,” said District 2 Supervisor Duce Minor, speaking on KLPZ 1380am Wednesday morning. Minor compared the initiative to what is known as ‘home rule’ on …

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KLPZ’s 12 Days of Christmas

UPDATE 12/20: Winners have been announced! You’ll be getting a call from us if you are one of them. If not, thanks for participating and Merry Christmas! — UPDATE 12/19: If you haven’t gotten your name in by now, it’s too late! The boxes have been collected and the drawing for winners will be tomorrow morning on KLPZ 1380am from …

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Obituary: Ray Patrick, 1923-2017

Raymond H. (Ray) Patrick, an eighty-five year resident of Parker, passed on December 1, 2017. Born December 25, 1923 in Globe, Arizona, Ray graduated from Parker High School in 1942 where he participated in all sports. He attended the University of Arizona and later joined the United States Marine Corps as a paratrooper. While serving in the Pacific Theatre, Ray …

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LISTEN: Sheriff’s Bagby almost hit by out of control Corvette

An “explosion” is how Sheriff’s Captain Curt Bagby described the collision of a white Corvette with a guardrail north of Parker last night. The collision happened so close to Bagby that the debris from the crash rained down on his vehicle, he told Parker Live. Part of the car ended up on the other side of the guardrail and embankment, …

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Kathy Field demands $950,000 for wrongful termination from La Paz County

Former La Paz County Public Defender Kathy Field has filed a notice of claim with her former employer demanding $950,000 for wrongful termination. Field was fired on May 1st, 2017 in a 2-1 decision by the Board of Supervisors. No reason was given publicly for her termination, which Field is now challenging in documents sent to the County by two …

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