Thursday, August 28, 2014
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Sunday Storm Summary: 2.4 inches of rainfall


Traffic delays, power outages and cancelled school: an ordinary Sunday turns to chaos and drama – photos below August’s first Sunday turned out to be an eventful one, with buckets of rain dumping over the deserts of the Parker area within the space of a few hours, leaving chaos in its wake. KLPZ 1380am’s National Weather Service station in the ... Read More »

Parker goes dark after big storm – first day of school cancelled


9am UPDATE Some residents and businesses now have power restored. 4:45am NEW UPDATE The first day of school has been cancelled for every school in Parker Unified School District, including Le Pera. No buses will run Monday, according to Jim Lotts. APS estimate for power now around noon. —– UPDATED WITH NEW INFORMATION 9:15pm APS technicians were reportedly at maximum ... Read More »

Ten arrested in “drug round up”


Wednesday’s arrests come after 9 month investigation On July 30, 2014, the La Paz County Narcotics Task Force, made up of the La Paz County Sheriff’s Office, C.R.I.T. Police Department, U.S. Border Patrol and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office, conducted a “drug round up” in the areas of Ehrenberg, Quartzsite and the Parker Valley. For the past nine months, the ... Read More »

Drug arrest leads to high speed pursuit


Alleged drug dealer leads the La Paz County Task Force and CRIT Police Department on 10 mile chase The La Paz County Narcotics Task Force was led on a high speed pursuit by an alleged drug dealer. On Monday afternoon at around 4:30pm, the Task Force attempted to arrest Phetpraseuth Soukthavone, aka “Chino”, near Poston, AZ. The Task Force, which ... Read More »

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. Additional photos via Drew C: 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 »