Wednesday, July 23, 2014


Former police chief loses certification


Parker’s former Chief of Police Rod Mendoza has lost his certification by POST, the Arizona police officers’ certification authority. Mendoza resigned his position in mid-December almost 4 months after being placed on paid administrative leave in relation to accusations of harassment from the wife of a subordinate police officer. Lorrie Thompson alleged in July 2013 that Mendoza was sexually harassing ... Read More »

Former Quartzsite mayor in plane crash, no injuries


A former mayor of the town of Quartzsite was piloting a plane that crashed near Parker Airport Thursday. Both he and his passenger are not believed to be hurt. Richard Oldham, founding mayor of Quartzsite and the owner of a small air strip on the west side of the town, is reported to have crash landed a small aircraft with ... Read More »

Legendary Parker Strip saloon to reopen Friday after years shut down


A Parker bar legendary for its waterfront parties decades ago is reopening for Memorial Day weekend 2014. Rumors of Sundance Saloon’s reopening have swirled for years, with several false starts over the past year. But according to a tribute Facebook group (HERE), the riverfront saloon was ready to reopen Friday after over a decade shut down, and welcome nostalgic and ... Read More »

Missing man: Quartzsite


This is Eric Stapleton, a 58 year old from Quartzsite, AZ who didn’t show up for work on Wednesday and was declared missing. According to the Desert Messenger, Eric has grey hair, is about 5’10″ or 6 feet tall and has not been seen since Monday morning. His cell phone and car were found at his house with the front ... Read More »

La Paz County nursing staff win immunization award


LPC Health Dept. Press release La Paz County Health Department was the recipient of its seventh Daniel T. Cloud Outstanding Practice Award for exceptional immunization rates in adolescents at the annual Arizona Partnership for Immunizations (TAPI) awards ceremony in Phoenix, April 23, 2014. Since its inception in 2000, The Arizona Partnership for Immunizations (TAPI) has recognized exceptional efforts of individuals, ... Read More »

La Paz County: Infographic


Did you know that La Paz County has more single parent households than any other Arizona county? Or that 34% get no exercise? Us either. That’s why this infographic from the La Paz County Health Department is so… informative. Check out the Department’s Facebook page HERE. Read More »

Traffic delays on SR 72


8:30am– Motorists are experiencing some traffic delays on State Route 72 near Bouse today as a wide load is escorted along the route by Arizona Department of Public Safety. The wide load is 365 feet long and weighs around 1.2 million pounds. Drivers are urged to use an alternate route or prepare for delays as the slow-moving cargo makes its ... Read More »

Early Bird Cafe open for business


After a fire ravaged a thrift shop next door, the Early Bird Cafe is open for business Wednesday with only minor damage from the fire. The blaze, which was quickly put out by local fire departments, did not burn through the other storefronts in the strip mall, which are all connected wall-to-wall. In addition, nobody was reported to have been ... Read More »

Development is a go: town residents vote to sell Alewine


Early unofficial results of Tuesday’s Town of Parker ‘election’ indicate an easy victory for the La Paz County Economic Development Corporation and the town council. According to sources close to the situation, the tally is 260 votes in favor of selling the old Alewine property to an undisclosed developer, and 43 votes against. Over 85 percent of the vote was ... Read More »

Parker cafe fire

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4:48pm– Reports are emerging that a local cafe known as the Early Bird is on fire. The cafe is located on California Avenue west of Riverside Drive intersection. 4:51pm– The fire may have spread to other storefronts in the mall. 4:56pm– First photographs. Via Cherre Hooper 5:02pm– Fire is almost out, according to observers on scene. 5:05pm– Via Cherre Hooper ... Read More »