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.

AWC to save taxpayers money by refinancing bonds

The Arizona Western College District Governing Board has unanimously voted to refinance bonds to save taxpayers money. The board “elected to accept a refinance plan of $28.6 million in outstanding college bonds, which is expected to be a cost savings of nearly $1.37 million over the next 7.3 years for Yuma and La Paz County taxpayers.” The refinancing plan was …

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Truck cargo write-off leads to free produce for Parker residents

UPDATE: 40,000 pounds of produce reportedly offloaded in around one hour. A semi truck carrying fruits and vegetables for delivery was involved in an incident and towed to Parker by a local tow truck company where the back of the truck was opened to local residents. The odd occurrence has happened numerous times before in recent years, with truckloads of …

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Viewfinder: Finger Mountain

Via Michael Collins and Ted Sutton Finger Mountain is the name affectionately given to this part of the Whipple Mountain range west of Parker, AZ. The range can be seen from many miles around and is a recognizable landmark, but few will see the protruding rock formation from this angle. The Colorado River can be seen in the background snaking …

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Fire ravages two houses, travel trailer, vehicles

All photos and video via Michael Collins A house fire raged out of control in the early morning hours Friday north of Parker, destroying two homes, a travel trailer, an outhouse and a car. The blaze began sometime around 1 a.m. in the Lakeside 5 subdivision on the Parker Strip. Buckskin Fire Department responded to the incident and extinguished the …

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Quartzsite mayor wants police department disbanded in settlement offer

Quartzsite Mayor Ed Foster has offered a settlement to the Town of Quartzsite in his case against it that involves disbanding the Quartzsite Police Department. The settlement, which the Town Council will discuss Tuesday evening in Executive Session during its regularly scheduled meeting, was offered in a recent letter from Foster’s attorney Julie LaBenz. As reported by the Desert Messenger, …

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Documentary highlights needy seniors in La Paz County

Part one of a new documentary project has been launched with the aim of highlighting the unique need of seniors below the poverty line in La Paz County. Called ‘Alone at the End of the Road’, the project leader is Trudy Schuett, chair of the Regional Council on Aging – Area Agency on Aging Region IV, which is implemented by …

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Mock car accident Friday

Parker Police Department sent out the below message announcing a multi-agency mock fatality drill at Joe Bush Stadium this Friday, April 18th. Within the next couple of months, high school prom, graduation as well as 8th grade promotions and Memorial Day will be upon us. These special occasions, rites of passage and the holiday weekend are usually marked by celebrations. …

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