John Wright

In defense of the 4-day workweek

UPDATE, March 2017: I’m completely perplexed that this issue is coming up now that the County is widely regarded as being in a financial crisis. Why would people respond to a cash shortage at the County by saying that employees should go back to a 5-day workweek? In the middle of this crisis, and voluntary unpaid leave for some employees, …

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120 degrees is uncommon, epic, and dangerous

UPDATED to add Monday’s temps. The number is kind of legendary around here. ‘A hundred and twenty degrees’ is one of those numbers that people throw around when they talk about life in the desert. People in the Parker area act like they own it, but the truth is that people talk about 120 degrees in the same reverent tones in …

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10 Ways to Avoid Being ‘That Guy’ at Tube Float

We all know him. ‘That Guy’ is the one who ruins the Tube Float for everybody else around him while convinced of his own coolness. Don’t want to be him? Follow these 10 guidelines from Parker Live and you’ll have a great time this Saturday! (1) Put a self-imposed limit on the use of your props. Super Soakers, nerf projectiles, …

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10 Things You Need for a Classic Parker Summer Weekend

It’s officially the beginning of summer on the Parker Strip! Here are 10 things you may need. 1. Cooler What better place to start? You’ll need a cooler packed with ice so there’s always a cold one nearby. With temps reaching the upper 90s this weekend, it won’t take long before you’ll be reaching for one. 2. Sunglasses For obvious …

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Top Ten Parker Live Stories of 2015

Spray-painting, boats sinking and fake skeletons: there’s no place like Parker, Arizona, and nobody covers it the way Parker Live does! Dear readers: The Parker community is huge, and includes a ton of people who come and go from our shores all year long. Most of you don’t live here on a permanent, year-round basis, but consider yourselves river people …

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4 places to cool off this month

  Nine months out of the year, Parker, AZ enjoys beautiful weather. But like other desert cities, it gets really hot here, and it doesn’t cool off until late September. River rats aren’t bothered by this; we love the cool water as a lifestyle and join the thousands of visitors to our own stretch of paradise on many summer weekends. …

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Water Grab?

Here on the Parker Strip, we’re Arizonans and we’re Californians. The river we call home straddles the state line joining these two great states. Our diverse community lives on both sides of the river and holds many connections to the metropolitan areas on either side of us: to Los Angeles, Orange County, the Inland Empire and San Diego to our …

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“Topless Pizza”

Press play to hear ‘Nick DeMarco’ call Anthony at La Piazza in Parker, AZ with an obnoxious business proposal. (Prank call. Contains adult language.)

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Top 10 Ways to Master the Parker Tube Float

The 2015 Parker Tube Float is just around the corner. It’s a giant, annual floating party on the river south of Lake Havasu, and is now in its 38th year! Here are Parker Live’s top ten tips for mastering the event and getting the most out of it. 1. Decide whether you feel like winning or just floating. The Tube …

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In response to the messages about Gonzales

Over the weekend, I was contacted by several of the family members of Alexander Ezekial Gonzales, who was the subject of a news article on this website Friday announcing his 11 year prison sentence for child abuse. The family have since asked me repeatedly, in multiple ways via multiple channels, to take the article down. This has taken the form …

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