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Water contamination closes Le Pera School

Le Pera Elementary School is closed Monday and Tuesday after receiving an E. coli notice and boil advisory from the Colorado River Indian Tribes. CRIT Water Utilities informed school officials late Friday that a routine sample taken from a water tower at the school had tested positive for E. coli. A water line from the tower was re-routed, and multiple …

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Robby Gordon’s father and stepmother found dead

UPDATE: Robby has spoken about the death of his father and stepmom, according to ABC 7 Eyewitness News, who caught up with him at the front gates of the house this morning. “I’m so sad and I can’t believe it,” Robby Gordon told media gathered near the gated house. “I’d like everybody to understand that this is very, very tough, …

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‘Idiot Rock’ tagger pleads guilty in court, to pay restitution

The man who was accused of spray-painting the outcropping of rock known as ‘Idiot Rock’ on the Parker Strip has pleaded guilty to criminal damage, a class six felony, in La Paz County Superior Court. Bob Garland appeared with his attorney Michael Frame to make the change of plea, in which he acknowledged responsibility for the graffiti which drew outrage …

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CRIT PD’s Will Ponce heads to be Chief of Police in Quartzsite

CRIT Police Chief William Ponce is seen giving words of wisdom to Detention Officer Yvette Brenner about her upcoming acadamy as Officers from the Juvenile Detention Center and the Adult Women’s Detention Center line up for one final uniform inspection from Chief Ponce before he leaves to begin the next chapter of his life as Chief of Police for the …

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Second drowning at same stretch of river in less than a month

A second young man has drowned in the Ehrenberg area of the Colorado River in less than a month. According to the La Paz County Sheriff’s Office, on Sunday evening a male subject was reportedly swimming with two of his friends under the Interstate 10 Bridge in Ehrenberg. According to witnesses, the subject lost his footing and was pulled into …

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Parker area tribal members head to protest in North Dakota

Photo credit: Seattle Times Members of the Colorado River Indian Tribes are headed to Cannon Ball, North Dakota to participate with other tribes from across the nation in a protest in opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline. CRIT is “choosing to stand in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe” in spiritual gatherings on the north side of their reservation, …

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Sheriff Drum and Assessor Schuler ousted in primary

La Paz County is to get a new Sheriff and a new Assessor after local Republicans voted for change in the primary election Tuesday. New final totals confirm Tuesday night’s results: Anna Camacho is to be the new County Assessor, and Bill Risen is the Republican pick in November’s election for Sheriff. No incumbent ran in the race for District …

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Election: Duce Minor, Bill Risen and Anna Camacho lead in establishment upset

UPDATE: The below tentative results have been confirmed. See HERE for an updated article with final results. See the initial unofficial La Paz County Primary Election Results at the bottom of this article, which was liveblogged on Election Night. 7pm- The polls are now closed. First results expected within 1-3 hours. 7:41pm- Three key races on the Republican ballot will …

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Kidnapper gets 18 years in prison

A Parker man has been sentenced to nearly 18 years in prison for a kidnapping on the Colorado River Indian Tribes reservation in 2014. Federal prosecutors say 22-year-old William James Gilchrist on Monday received a 213-month prison term, followed by five years of supervised release. Gilchrist had previously pleaded guilty to kidnapping. Prosecutors say Gilchrist unlawfully entered the home where …

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