John Wright

SPECIAL REPORT: Inside La Paz County Jail

UPDATE 4/6: The jail just received 70 federal inmates, less than a week after the below article was written. For more information, go HERE. “Door Seven,” Commander Suffle said into his radio. A few moments later a buzzing sound came from the metal door in front of us, and he opened it and showed us through. It was me, Sheriff …

Read More »

In defense of the 4-day workweek

2nd UPDATE, April 2017: Changing to a 5-day workweek has now had its day in front of the Board of Supervisors and failed 2-1. See the update HERE for more. Now what about the rest of us? 😉 — UPDATE, March 2017: I’m completely perplexed that this issue is coming up now that the County is widely regarded as being …

Read More »

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 …

Read More »

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, …

Read More »

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 …

Read More »

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 …

Read More »

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. …

Read More »

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 …

Read More »

“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.)

Read More »

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 …

Read More »