Tuesday, July 22, 2014


Fire destroys house at BlueWater Lagoon


A house at BlueWater Lagoon on the river in Parker, AZ went up in flames just before noon Tuesday. Agencies responded quickly but the flames took hold just as fast, and at this time of writing the extent of the damage to the house and surrounding property is not yet known. Read More »

Parker Tourism to lose vital County funding?


Parker Area Tourism may have to shut down if a tentative move cutting County funding to the office takes effect, according to people familiar with the office finances. Presentations made at the public Board of Supervisors meeting Monday included Parker Area Tourism, La Paz County Economic Development Corporation (which brokered the recent Hampton Inn development deal) and Parker Area Chamber ... Read More »

Parker Tube Float wins state event award


The Parker Tube Float has been named Arizona Tourism Event of the Year at the Arizona Tourism Awards in Phoenix. Pictured are Parker Area Tourism Coordinator Josh Savino and Parker Chamber Board Member Daniel Tucker accepting the award. The Tube Float is in it’s 37th year and now attracts several thousand people to Parker annually. Read More »

Quartzsite church avoids foreclosure after raising donations

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A Quartzsite church at the center of a tax controversy with the La Paz County Assessor’s Office has raised $68,000, with the help of a national nonprofit, to avoid foreclosure. The Isaiah 58 Project, known for its ministry to the homeless in Quartzsite, had a tax bill due by June 15th, according to the Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian legal ... Read More »

AWC demolishes John Deere building


Arizona Western College is in the process of demolishing a building used by the college for many years and known as the John Deere Building. The building had been disused for some time. After AWC got estimates for renovating it, it became clear that the cost would be much less to simply demolish and rebuild. The plans for the space ... Read More »

County Attorney reports on child support collections


La Paz County Attorney Press Release The La Paz County Attorney’s Office Division of Child Support Services has helped custodial parents residing in La Paz County and elsewhere to collect One Million One Hundred Twenty-three Thousand and Eighty-five Dollars ($1,123,085) in child support payments during the 12-month period ending June 30, 2014. The Division currently manages 645 cases involving 1290 ... Read More »

New hotel, dining and retail planned for Alewine property


Parker is to get a Hampton Inn and Suites with dining and new retail, according to the plans for the Alewine property on Riverside Drive acquired by a hospitality property developer. The plan for the property is in multiple phases, according to La Paz County Economic Development Corporation CEO Skip Becker and Parker Town Mayor Dan Beaver. Phase One is ... Read More »

Viewfinder: Robby prepares for Dakar


On and off for the past few weeks, regular Parkerite Robby Gordon has been in town, testing and practicing with his team’s Gordini HST Dakar Rally race vehicle. The highly specialized vehicle has been spotted all around the Parker area lately, and represents one of a few vehicles by American teams competing in the race through Argentina, Chile and Bolivia. ... Read More »

Pop Warner seeks sponsorships


Pop Warner football and cheer season is about to begin in Parker, and the Parker Panthers needs sponsorships and donations from the community. “Our program is awesome but without the community’s help we won’t have enough to continue on next year,” said Meghan Romanek, the program’s sponsorship and fundraising manager. The organization sent the following letter to Parker Live. Registration ... Read More »