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Viewfinder: KLPZ’s new transmitter goes live

After several months of broadcasting at reduced power on a temporary transmitter, KLPZ 1380am in Parker went live this morning with its new signal. The transmitter is the beating heart of a radio station’s infrastructure, and is the core of the operation. KLPZ’s old one was destroyed by an electrical surged caused by lightning during a severe thunderstorm back in …

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Viewfinder: Mika Camarena

Ahead of Red Ribbon Week, the Parker area had a visit from Mika Camarena, the widow of Kiki Camarena, a DEA agent who was killed by a drug cartel while he was working undercover in Guadalajara, Mexico. Camarena had been instrumental in the destruction of a massive marijuana crop owned by the cartel and intended for sale in the United …

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Viewfinder: Heavy load passes underneath lifted wires

Piazza Trucking hauls a heavy load slowly through the town of Parker, with bucket trucks lifting power lines and other cables ahead of it as the cargo passes underneath. Seven axles help spread the weight across 84 wheels, with capacity for a load of many tons.

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Viewfinder: T-Mobile doubles capacity

T-Mobile is doubling the capacity of its Parker, AZ tower, upgrading ahead of the winter season when Parker’s resident numbers swell to many times the number of full-time residents. The work has been carried out with a 200-foot crane near the intersection of 8th Street and Desert Avenue in Parker, and affecting the signal for T-Mobile customers for many miles …

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Viewfinder: Half an inch of rain

Parker, AZ received almost half an inch of rain over a 2-day period in several showers that formed as part of a low pressure system over the weekend. The system brought with it overnight minimum temps reaching as low as the upper-50s, with maximum temps around 80 degrees. The forecast calls for an increase in the afternoon temps back to …

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Viewfinder: Marines Touch Down

  A Marine Bell AH-1W Cobra helicopter touches down with mechanical trouble near Stroke’s Steak House north of Parker, AZ, lunchtime Friday. Fixes currently on the way. The unit is with the Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469, a squadron based at Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, California. Marine and army aircraft routinely use the desert airspace above the …

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