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.

Traffic delays on SR 72

8:30am– Motorists are experiencing some traffic delays on State Route 72 near Bouse today as a wide load is escorted along the route by Arizona Department of Public Safety. The wide load is 365 feet long and weighs around 1.2 million pounds. Drivers are urged to use an alternate route or prepare for delays as the slow-moving cargo makes its …

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Early Bird Cafe open for business

After a fire ravaged a thrift shop next door, the Early Bird Cafe is open for business Wednesday with only minor damage from the fire. The blaze, which was quickly put out by local fire departments, did not burn through the other storefronts in the strip mall, which are all connected wall-to-wall. In addition, nobody was reported to have been …

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Development is a go: town residents vote to sell Alewine

Early unofficial results of Tuesday’s Town of Parker ‘election’ indicate an easy victory for the La Paz County Economic Development Corporation and the town council. According to sources close to the situation, the tally is 260 votes in favor of selling the old Alewine property to an undisclosed developer, and 43 votes against. Over 85 percent of the vote was …

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Parker cafe fire

4:48pm– Reports are emerging that a local cafe known as the Early Bird is on fire. The cafe is located on California Avenue west of Riverside Drive intersection. 4:51pm– The fire may have spread to other storefronts in the mall. 4:56pm– First photographs. Via Cherre Hooper 5:02pm– Fire is almost out, according to observers on scene. 5:05pm– Via Cherre Hooper …

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Why the Town of Parker needs your permission to sell some important property

The story of an old furniture store, turned into a dirt lot, now with the potential to change the face of a community. An important piece of real estate on Riverside Drive, the ‘main drag’ in Parker, Arizona, is the focus of an unusual ‘election’ this coming week. The ‘Alewine property’ has undergone a dramatic change in recent times. It …

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Jackie Nelson fails to settle in fraud case, proceeds to criminal trial in August

A woman accused of multiple counts of financial fraud will have a trial by jury in Parker after settlement offers by the state fell through. Jacqueline Nelson, a former secretary at Bouse Elementary School District, is accused of writing herself checks from District funds totalling more than $49,000. She was released on bond with some conditions attached, and a tentative …

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Alyson Tozer speaks to teen girls after stint in hospital

Former Miss La Paz County Alyson Tozer gave a speech to teenage girls Wednesday morning after a stint in hospital in Phoenix. Alyson received a double lung transplant in 2013 after complications of cystic fibrosis, from which she has suffered from birth. She made an incredible recovery and has been celebrating a new lease on life. Then, at the beginning …

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