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Estimated $900,000 marijuana grow-op found in Wenden

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After executing a search warrant, Sheriff’s detectives have found an “elaborate illegal indoor [marijuana] cultivation operation” within a building in Wenden, AZ. One arrest was made and the operation was disassembled. The investigation began Tuesday when the Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force received a tip regarding ‘suspicious activity’ at and around a residence in Wenden. When the detectives responded to the ... Read More »

Spanky’s breaks ground on Riverside Drive in Parker

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A new retail store broke ground on the main street in Parker, AZ Thursday morning, with representatives of lots of agencies and organizations in attendance to celebrate the occasion. It marks the first step toward re-developing the old Alewine property, which has a storied history. Spanky’s RV & Marine is a business with a longstanding reputation for meeting the needs ... Read More »

First superior court judge passes away

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A former judge at La Paz County Superior Court in Parker has died after a bicycle accident near Lake Tahoe, CA. Michael Irwin, 70, was an avid bicyclist and was hit by a vehicle while training for a triathon. He was taken to hospital in Reno, NV in critical condition and subsequently passed away from his injuries. According to California ... Read More »

Race Across America hits Parker in heat wave

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The “world’s toughest bicycle race” began Tuesday in Oceanside, CA and some of the cyclists are already showing up in Parker, AZ in the middle of a heat wave. The Race Across America is a highly competitive endurance event which began in 1982. The route takes cyclists 3,000 miles from Oceanside to Annapolis, MD, crossing 12 states and climbing over ... Read More »

Tube Float 2015 by the numbers: “a big success”

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With an estimated 10,000 people and over 4500 registered floaters, this year’s Parker Tube Float was heralded as a big success for the Parker Area Chamber of Commerce, Parker Area Tourism and law enforcement. According to vehicle counts at Vidal Junction Inspection Station, on CA-62 as it approaches Parker, the traffic into the area on Tube Float weekend vastly exceeded ... Read More »

AWC great value for money, says President Mayle

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Arizona Western College President Dr. Glenn Mayle says the college’s impact on the local economy by educating the workforce makes it worth the $216-per-$100,000 property tax you’ll pay next year for it. As the state of Arizona continues to pull funding out of education statewide, AWC is recommending its maximum allowed 2% tax increase for the first time in years to compensate. ... Read More »

Sheriff’s Department adds helicopter and K-9 programs

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The La Paz County Sheriff’s Office has recently added some new programs to its law enforcement efforts, which include a new helicopter program and K-9 unit. According to statements by Sheriff’s Lieutenant Curt Bagby, the helicopter program depends on R.I.C.O funds (“Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations”), the process of using money seized from organized crime operations to aid in enforcement ... Read More »

Sisters headed to compete at Miss Arizona

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Miss La Paz County Hailey Ferris and Miss La Paz County Outstanding Teen Victoria Ferris will be heading to the Miss Arizona competition in Mesa, AZ later this month. The sisters, aged 18 and 16, will compete in interview, fitness, talent, evening gown and on-stage question against others from around the state of Arizona. Hailey’s talent will be a character ... Read More »

$1000 reward available for information about burglary

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The victim of a burglary is offering $1000 reward to whoever can provide information about the theft. On Memorial Day weekend, a residence in the Parker Valley was burglarized with a “large amount of cash” taken, along with two electric guitars and some jewelry, according to an investigator with CRIT Police Department. The owner of the residence, at 24125 Indian ... Read More »

Lifeguards on duty: kids learn to swim thanks to Pop Harvey program

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The Pop Harvey Aquatics Association held an event Thursday to honor young people who chose to be trained as lifeguards in this years Red Cross Learn to Swim program in Parker. Program organizer Buni Hooper said the 4-week program, which teaches children to swim and emphasizes safety, may be extended to 6 weeks this time, if the funding allows. Lifeguards ... Read More »