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READ: Arguments for and against an aluminum smelting plant in La Paz County

A proposal to build an aluminum smelting plant along the highway connecting the towns of Wenden and Salome in rural La Paz County have created controversy, with some local residents saying they don’t want the plant and the company arguing it would be great for the local economy. The debate started when the Arizona Republic ran a piece on it …

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COLUMN: One small step

I want to take a moment and talk about something that occurred to me during the recent 50th anniversary of the first moon walk. I was 16 years old when Armstrong first stepped on the moon. I was a huge space program fan, as almost everyone I knew was. I had followed the space program in school as it developed. …

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COLUMN: A Fallen Friend and Hero

Human beings are amazing creatures when you stop to think about it. Our behavior is often amusing, sometimes amazing and always has a consistent quality of inconsistency about it. We don’t like pain yet often seek out activities that we know will cause pain and discomfort. We all want to be happy yet regularly act in ways that all but …

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COLUMN: Arizona just banned cellphones while driving. Here’s why I’ve changed my mind on it

Things I’ve seen people do while driving: Manage kids in the back seat Eat burritos, burgers, sandwiches Put on makeup Put on clothes Hunt for things in the car Hold animated conversations Brush teeth Have arguments Search through radio stations ‘Dance’ to music Read newspapers …and of course, use handheld cellphones. Out of all these things, only one of them …

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COLUMN: Reflections on Notre Dame

I’m writing this on the day after the fire that burned down most of Notre Dame Cathedral. It’s been in the news, of course, and even managed to push some of the usual political dreck out of the news for a little while, which is quite an accomplishment. Of course there’s been a lot of talk about what happened and …

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COLUMN: The desert is beautiful right now

I’m sitting at my laptop still shaking off some of the rain that’s been falling lately. This year we’ve had quite a lot of rain, and I suspect there’s still more to come. Who knows, maybe even later today? But there’s a wonderful benefit to all this rain, and that’s a very green desert. It’s amazing to look at our …

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COLUMN: A funny thing happened on my way to the new year

This is my first column of the new year, or perhaps I should say ‘a’ new year, since they seem to come around quicker and quicker as I get older. But there’s one thing that never seems to get old and that’s the word ‘new’. This makes sense of course, since ‘new’ is the opposite of ‘old’, isn’t it? But …

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Things you may have missed: Parker Live in 2018

We’ve had lots of big-hitting content on Parker Live in the last year. Our audience keeps growing and it was our largest year ever! So, in case you missed anything, these are just some of the things that we covered in 2018. (Text in blue link to the original stories.) — 1. Justice for Cynthia A Parker man and woman …

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COLUMN: A 300-mile pilgrimage

If you’re a long time reader of this column you might remember that in the fall of 2016 I talked about walking the first 200 miles of an ancient Christian pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago. What I didn’t say in that article was that I was nearly positive that I was through with the Camino. I wouldn’t be going back …

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COLUMN: Digital detox

Recently I returned from a trip to South East Asia. I spent two weeks overseas doing some teaching, encouraging and visiting with friends and new acquaintances alike. It was a good trip, but a very soggy one. Now I know what they mean by “rainy season”, and let me tell you, they aren’t kidding around with the rain over there. …

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