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.

Strong Girls Workshop


Girls in 8th Grade and headed for Parker High School next year were able to attend a free all-day workshop and lunch presented by the P.H.S. ‘S’ Club Wednesday. The workshop focused on various issues facing teen girls today, including do’s and don’ts of high school, alcohol, dating, self-esteem, drugs and more.

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New drug task force to be led by Sheriff’s Office


The La Paz County Sheriff’s Office says Sheriff John Drum and his staff have completed a new intergovernmental agreement (I.G.A.) for the La Paz County Narcotics Task Force that he says will bring a wider array of agencies in to drug enforcement in the area. A Sheriff’s Department press release says Drum is excited about the new agreement, which will ...

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Wallace School locked down as escapee apprehended

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Press Release At approximately 10:45 a.m. this morning, the Parker Police Department was notified that an arrestee had escaped from the custody of DPS while at La Paz Regional Hospital. The suspect was last seen running towards 18th Street and Navajo. As officers arrived in the area they saw the suspect near the Wallace School campus. Wallace School was then ...

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Rare tortoise stolen


This is Taxi, a tortoise. But she’s not the kind of native desert tortoise that you may be more familiar with; she’s an African Spurred Tortoise from the Sahara Desert. And Taxi was taken from the enclosed yard of her owner in Big River, CA last month. Since then, Taxi’s owner Jo has been looking for him. Her picture has ...

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Gazpacho Gringo


Foodie, well maybe The last of my snowbird neighbors left early this morning, cheerfully honking as they flew away. “Welcome to SUMMER!” I bellowed and cranked up the radio. Sometimes snowbirds jettison the contents of their coffers before they migrate to cooler northern climes. Sometimes I am the lucky recipient of their unusual treats. Sometimes the treats are delicacies rare ...

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Murder trial set to start in Parker


The second-degree murder trial of a woman who is accused of causing the death of two children in a crash on I-10 is set to begin in Parker Tuesday. La Paz County Attorney Tony Rogers will prosecute the case in La Paz Superior Court against Rebecca Loya, 57, of Newhall, California. Loya was traveling westbound in her silver Toyota SUV on ...

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Editor’s note: About the ‘drug dealer roundup’


Since last week’s story went out about suspected drug dealers being arrested in a ’roundup’ by the La Paz County Task Force, the reaction has been overwhelmingly in support of law enforcement. The feedback (some of which isn’t visible anymore as a result of a technical update on the new Parker Live site) includes these comments: “Great job, Law Enforcement. ...

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To the Editor: Obituary for Beau Johnston

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Beau passed away unexpectedly while on vacation with his family in Las Vegas due to a genetic defect that affected his heart. In 1980 Beau was born in Phoenix and raised in Parker, where he chose to stay and raise his family. He graduated from Parker High School in 1999. Everyone that knew Beau always noticed his happy disposition and ...

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Fire at Windmill Resort

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A fire broke out Saturday night and was attended by local agencies at Windmill Resort on the California side of the Parker Strip (opposite La Paz County Park). Initial reports are that the fire involves up to 25 storage units and that nobody has been injured. (Photos by Charley Robertson and Pirate’s Den)

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