Things learned when returning a desert tortoise to the wild


A desert tortoise found itself in a built-up area of the town of Parker Wednesday, where it was found by some people going about their day jobs and returned after consulting with Arizona Game and Fish Department. A few things were learned during the incident: There are two species of desert tortoise, one that is native to the east of …

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Suspect named in triple homicide case


A man who was a ‘person of interest’ in a triple homicide in rural La Paz County has now been named as a suspect in the murders, according to La Paz County Sheriff’s Office. “We recently completed a preliminary analysis of some of the biological/physical evidence recovered from the crime scene. At this time, we have enough probable cause to …

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Elderly woman found after wandering away from camp near Quartzsite


An elderly woman is safe after she got lost for several hours in the desert on a hot day last week near Quartzsite, AZ and was quickly rescued by first responders. On Tuesday evening Dwight Barr, 74, drove to the Quartzsite Police Department to report that his wife Elinor, 80, was lost in the desert south of the town. Mr. …

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One pedestrian dead, one injured in crash near Parker


UPDATE: Added below. According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, two pedestrians were struck late Thursday night on Highway 95 north of Parker, killing one and seriously injuring the other. The two pedestrians were walking in the outside lane of traffic, according to a DPS spokesperson. They were struck by a passenger vehicle at around 10:25pm at milepost 145.6. …

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AWC breaks ground on new community center

Parker Center Ground Breaking

A new 11,200 square-foot facility broke ground Thursday evening on 11th Street in Parker, part of an initiative to put community college dollars into use for the community in the Parker area. Arizona Western College Parker Community Center will be used as classroom space some of the time, with a feature allowing the classrooms to convert into a large meeting …

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Jail officer arrested after ‘inappropriate relationship’ with prisoner


A former La Paz County Jail detention officer was arrested Wednesday after an investigation revealed that he was having an inappropriate relationship with an inmate at the facility in Parker. La Paz County Sheriff’s Office says that an investigation showed that Bradford Doran had been allegedly providing a female inmate with money, phone cards and other preferential treatment while employed …

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Parker High Sophomores in mock trial


Is he innocent or guilty? Nobody at this trial knows, including the defendant! Parker High School’s sophomore World History class has been preparing for a while for the mock trial that took place at La Paz County Superior Court Thursday in front of a real judge. Some of the students spent time going over witness statements and other evidence ahead …

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Red Cross learn-to-swim program to begin training lifeguards soon


The Pop Harvey Aquatic Association will have a four week American Red Cross curriculum training class for teens and adults who are interested in becoming a lifeguard and swim instructor employee this summer. Sponsored yearly by the Town of Parker and the Colorado River Indian Tribes, along with donations from Service Clubs and Individuals, the not-for-profit summer swim program follows …

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Road rage incident leads to shooting


A road rage incident continued to a motorist’s front yard in Brenda, AZ Thursday, according to La Paz County Sheriff’s Office. At about 3:30pm, Paul George was returning home to his residence at the Desert Gold RV Park in Brenda when he says he passed another driver on Highway 60. The other driver and his daughter then allegedly followed him …

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Hualapai tribe commemorates Trail of Tears


Photo courtesy Manataba Messenger Ceremonial runners from the Hualapai tribe passed through the Parker area on Wednesday as they commemorate the annual La Paz Trail of Tears, a series of historical events which took place in April 1874. Parker Live received many inquiries throughout the day from curious bypassers who saw the runners and wondered what the occasion is. According …

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