• Christmas Gifts Can Come In Unexpected Packages

    It’s that time once again everyone – Christmas is coming soon, whether you like it or are ready for it or not. Most of our Christmases have a lot in common. From year to year we gather with friends and/or family, we eat and possibly drink too much, …

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December, 2016

  • 6 December

    Parker Treasure Hunt: December

    The Parker Treasure Hunt is back! Clues will go out on KLPZ 1380am’s morning show every day, and then on this page (below) one day later. You’re looking for an item, hidden within Parker city limits, which has Lane’s logo on it. You can bring it to Lane’s and trade it for $200 if you find it. Good luck! —– …

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  • 5 December

    Win with KLPZ’s 12 Days of Christmas!

    It’s KLPZ’s 12 Days of Christmas! Santa has come to KLPZ through 12 of our business sponsors, each of which has a gift that’ll be up for grabs a few days before Christmas. Want to win? All you need to do is register your name at the area businesses sponsoring each item, and then wait for our on-air drawings on …

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  • 5 December

    Urgent Care at La Paz Regional to be temporarily closed

    The Urgent Care service at La Paz Regional Hospital is to be closed temporarily due to a provider shortage, according to a press release Monday. “We understand this is an inconvenience during flu season and are working hard to ensure this transition is as quick as possible,” the statement said. “This does not affect the Emergency Room, which is available …

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  • 1 December

    Christmas Gifts Can Come In Unexpected Packages

    It’s that time once again everyone – Christmas is coming soon, whether you like it or are ready for it or not. Most of our Christmases have a lot in common. From year to year we gather with friends and/or family, we eat and possibly drink too much, and of course we exchange gifts as well. The old tradition of …

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November, 2016

  • 30 November

    Suspect found, arrested in Quartzsite knife assault

    A man was arrested Wednesday in connection with a knife assault on Monday in Quartzsite. Quartzsite Police arrested Nathan Montalbano, a transient, on Wednesday after a foot pursuit involving a police K-9 and drone led to a Quartzsite rooftop. On Monday, police had responded to a disturbance call at a store in the 900 block of West Main Street in …

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  • 28 November

    High speeds chase ends in rollover

    A man fled from law enforcement in Mohave County last week and led officers on a high-speed chase south on State Route 95 toward Parker, a pursuit which ended near La Paz Regional Hospital when the suspect rolled his vehicle. The man, Jason Tucker, who is in his thirties, was being investigated for allegedly threatening to kill one or more …

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  • 26 November

    Viewfinder: Winning entry

    Elvis manned the winning entry in the annual lighted boat parade Saturday night. Here it is at sunset!

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  • 22 November

    Public packs boardroom to talk about future of the Parker Tube Float

    Trash and trouble? Or income and opportunity? What the Parker Tube Float represents depends greatly on whether you’re the owner of a home or of a business. Members of the public packed the boardroom at the La Paz County Board of Supervisors Monday afternoon to talk about the future of the Parker Tube Float, the annual floating party that helps …

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  • 17 November

    Viewfinder: Filling up in P-Town

    If you’re in a sedan, you’re outnumbered.

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  • 14 November

    Rogers re-elected as County Attorney, other wins confirmed

    Tony Rogers has been re-elected as the La Paz County Attorney after provisional and ‘late early’ ballots were added to the final election count Monday. Rogers and challenger Kathy Field, who currently serves as the Public Defender, ran a heated campaign that went right up to the wire with less than 300 votes between them in last Tuesday’s count, or …

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  • 10 November

    Suspects arrested in Cynthia Williams case

    UPDATE 11/15: The suspects in the Cynthia Williams case have been named as Sharon Marie Clark and Jeffrey Scott Williams. The defendants are non-Indian. Both defendants were brought before the United States District Court, District of Arizona for their initial appearance Monday. They have been initially charged with killing Cynthia Williams with malice aforethought. Detention hearings are scheduled for November …

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  • 9 November

    Viewfinder: Tranquility

    Some may find this a comforting image this morning. Anyone planning a trip to the river for Thanksgiving?

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  • 8 November

    Duce Minor, Bill Risen in decisive wins on Election Night

    Look toward the bottom of this post for the latest. Final numbers coming Monday afternoon. 8:11pm- The polls closed at 7pm and elections officials have been involved in the count. We’ll be finding out the future of La Paz County with at least one new County Supervisor, a new County Sheriff, a new County Assessor and a number of contested …

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  • 8 November

    La Paz County goes to vote

    From the Parker Strip to Parker Town to Bouse to Quartzsite to Salome, La Paz County is out to vote today at 11 precincts. Who will win the highly-contested County Attorney race? We already know we’ll have a new Sheriff; who will it be? We already know we’ll have a new Supervisor in District 2; who will win? Can the …

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  • 5 November

    Viewfinder: 100 Years!

    Parker Motor Company employees on the 100th Year Celebration in Downtown Parker. For our piece on the past 100 years and what they looked like through the years, go HERE. KLPZ’s live broadcast is HERE until 6pm.

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  • 4 November

    Billing issues the big complaint with Brooke Water at forum

    Customers of Brooke Water north of Parker are being heard in an open docket process with the Arizona Corporation Commission. Thursday night’s meeting was lively. Billing issues were the nearly universal complaint from customers who spoke at the community forum, which was hosted by Commissioners Andy Tobin and Bob Burns, two of five commissioners elected by statewide vote. Manager and …

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  • 4 November

    We just make… noise

    We all live with a lot of noise. All the noise of our machines, like trucks, automobiles, motorcycles etc. Then there’s the noise that we constantly choose to listen to, since most of us are almost always connected to something. YouTube videos, streaming music, radio, TV. You name it, it’s there twenty-four hours a day, constantly pumping noise into our …

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  • 2 November

    Parker’s Ford dealership has been around for 100 years

    Before paved roads, air conditioning and Lake Havasu City, there was the railroad, the CRIT reservation… and Parker Motor Company. Parker Live talks to the Beaver family about the changes around their 100 year-old Ford dealership, how its early history unfolded in this dusty little desert town, how they and the Parker area became synonymous with motorsports, and what the …

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  • 1 November

    Judge Vederman to go on assignment at Court of Appeals

    Judge Samuel Vederman of the Superior Court of Arizona has been requested to serve in Division One of the Arizona Court of Appeals later this month. Chief Justice Scott Bales issued an administrative order assigning Vederman to a calendar for November 30th, saying that he was needed to “aid and assist in the consideration and disposition” of the cases at …

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October, 2016

  • 28 October

    Brooke Water issues to be addressed at public forum

    Brooke Water, LLC is to be the big topic on Thursday, November 3rd when the Arizona Corporation Commission will address recent water outages, water quality and customer service issues in a public forum. Manager Robert Hardcastle in front of the Arizona Corporation Commission in September Some of Brooke’s customers have experienced ongoing problems with the utility, which serves about 2,000 …

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  • 27 October

    Salome male arrested for allegedly shooting girlfriend

    A 20 year-old male was arrested and charged with misconduct with a weapon and aggravated assault Tuesday in Salome, AZ. On October 25th at approximately 6pm, La Paz County Deputies responded to a residence in Salome in regards to a victim who had been shot. Upon their arrival, they made contact with a 19 year-old female and 20 year-old Felipe …

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  • 25 October

    Parker Community Garden breaks ground

    Fruit and vegetable garden space, classes on gardening, cooking and food preservation all part of new project to promote healthy lifestyles Melissa Wright (La Paz Regional Hospital), Jean Golding (Indian Health Service), LeeAnn Anderson (La Paz County Public Health) and George Barcus (Parker United Methodist Church). Local health-minded organizations broke ground on Monday, October 17th for the first community garden …

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  • 24 October

    To The Editor: Will police arrest clowns this weekend?

    “I heard a rumor that Parker Police Department will be arresting anyone that dresses up as a clown for Halloween, do you know if that is true?” Clowns Are Taboo Thanks for the message, CAT. Across the U.S. and the world, stories having been surfacing in the media about people calling police to report being menaced by people in clown …

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  • 23 October

    Deputy: “It was my first ever call for an emu!”

    When you’re a sheriff’s deputy on patrol, you see lots of things. But there’s a first time for everything, and a call about an ‘ostrich’ is definitely a new one. “Initially someone said they saw an ostrich off the Interstate,” Deputy Aviles told Parker Live. “I was in the Bouse area, so I had to drive over to the 10. …

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  • 22 October

    Motorists with weed flee Border Patrol at I-10 checkpoints

    According to multiple reports, U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint operations on Interstate 10 near Ehrenberg this past week have resulted in multiple high speed pursuits as motorists with marijuana in their vehicles try to evade law enforcement. The knowledge that Border Patrol was staging checkpoints on the freeway may also have caused traffic to route around them through Parker. According to …

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  • 21 October

    Local organizations receive Cenpatico checks

    Cenpatico Integrated Care has issued three new ‘big checks’ to La Paz County and the Parker Public Library. The first was to the La Paz County Sheriff’s Department for a new electronic medical records program to be implemented at the County Jail. The grant is for $25,000 and will cover the full costs of implementation plus a server to run …

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  • 21 October

    Power outage coming Upriver Monday

    Two separate planned power outages are scheduled for Monday, October 24th as APS crews do some work on Parker area infrastructure. The outages are expected to last for around 15 minutes each. “It’ll affect the Parker area, basically everybody north of BlueWater Resort & Casino,” an APS spokesperson told Parker Live. The first outage is planned for around 7am, and …

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  • 13 October

    Parker man convicted of selling meth

    Parker man Thomas King was found guilty by jury of Sales of Dangerous Drugs in La Paz County Superior Court Thursday. According to Sheriff’s Lieutenant Curt Bagby, the charge was brought as the result of a 2014 investigation and arrest by the La Paz County Narcotics Task Fore, where he sold methamphetamine to an informant. The jury trial was prosecuted …

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  • 11 October

    Gary Zak says opponent Holly Irwin should have been at event, Irwin responds

    La Paz County District 3 Supervisor candidate Gary “Zak” Zakrajsek thinks his opponent, incumbent Holly Irwin, should have been at last week’s Meet the Candidates event in Parker to debate him. Irwin says she was in Wenden, AZ at the time representing the County on an issue of vital importance – the water table – so she sent her daughter …

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  • 11 October

    Viewfinder: Tuesday

    A normal weekday in Parker, Arizona.

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  • 10 October

    Meet Tuff! The real story behind the names on the Parker bridge

    For 44 years now, it’s been there, big and bold, on a concrete column rising from the Colorado River. The column is one of several holding up a railroad bridge that links the states of California and Arizona by train in Parker, AZ. It reads: “KEN, TUFF RIVER RATZ”. You can’t miss it. For over four decades, this inscription has …

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  • 6 October

    To The Editor: From Karen Hobbs

    After last night’s ‘Meet the Candidates’ event, I received this from Karen Hobbs, who is the Chief Deputy County Attorney: Dirty Deeds, Done Dirt Cheap “I never expected the lyrics of an AC/DC song from the 70s to become the background music for my mother’s teachings about making good choices. My mother taught us kids what she considered to be …

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  • 5 October

    Meet the Candidates: General Election Edition

    This is the liveblog for the Parker Area Chamber of Commerce Meet the Candidates event for the General Election in Parker on October 5th, 2016. The below was reported live in real time by John Wright. The election will be held in a little over a month from now on November 8th. The Meet the Candidates event goes back many …

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  • 5 October

    The Art of Compromise

    When do you stand firm and when do you compromise? Always a tough decision and during this election season it’s front and center in our lives. People love to criticize politicians for never taking a unpopular stand, but how many of us can distinguish between what’s really important and what’s trivial in our lives? Consider this quote: “Compromise where you …

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  • 3 October

    New podiatrist starts Monday

    A new podiatrist has started seeing patients in Parker. Dr. Adam Caton, DPM is board-certified by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine, and began at Parker Podiatry on Monday. Dr. Caton was born and raised in Arizona and came to Parker from the East Valley. When asked about moving to a more rural setting he said, “I’m looking forward to …

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  • 3 October

    EPA accepting public comments on Evoqua facility

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is accepting public comment regarding a proposed hazardous waste management permit for the Evoqua Water Technologies facility near Shea Road in Parker. Evoqua, formerly Siemens, formerly U.S. Filter/Westates, is a carbon regeneration facility that takes used commercial carbon filters and burns off the contaminants that have accumulated in the carbon, purifying the filters and …

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September, 2016

  • 30 September

    Jury convicts man of Bouse arson

    UPDATE 11/9: Satzman has been sentenced to 12 years in prison with credit for 716 days served in the La Paz County Detention Facility. Aggravating factors outweighed mitigating factors for a moderately aggravated sentence. A La Paz County jury has convicted Stacy Lee Satzman of having his friend set fire to the Betty Hunter Realty office in Bouse, AZ two …

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  • 27 September

    To The Editor: Who is Ken Tuff?

    UPDATE: This question has been definitively answered! CLICK HERE for the full story. — Original article: Parker Live received this email recently: “Every time we come to Parker, we pass the river bridge where it says ‘KEN TUFF – RIVER RATZ on the concrete. How long has it been there and who is Ken Tuff? Do you guys know?” What …

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  • 26 September

    Sheriff alleges misconduct, Deputy County Attorney says it’s political

    UPDATED 9/27 to add County Attorney’s comments La Paz County Sheriff John Drum issued a statement Friday alleging misconduct by the County Attorney’s Office during the Ackerman murder case, an allegation that Chief Deputy County Attorney Karen Hobbs described as “dirty politics”. According to the statement, Drum submitted an ethics complaint with the Arizona State Bar against Hobbs and her …

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  • 25 September

    Viewfinder: Semi Fire Near Bouse

    Photo: Anthony N. A semi burned on Highway 72 south of Bouse Sunday evening. Occupants got out safely according to eyewitnesses, and no other vehicles were involved. The Sheriff’s Office, Department of Public Safety and Bouse Fire Department were on scene. The highway was closed for a short time before reopening.

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  • 23 September

    Viewfinder: Pole down, power outage

    A forklift inadvertently dragged down a power pole around 11:57am on Friday, putting KLPZ radio off the air and leaving an outage between 6th and 18th Streets. A transformer caught fire, according to Parker Police Department. Power is now restored in at least some of the area.

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  • 21 September

    The Bullhead Regatta is Dead: Long Live the Parker Tube Float?

    The Bullhead City Council has voted to end the annual ‘River Regatta’, the annual event that had more than 30,000 people floating the Colorado River 70 miles north of Parker, AZ every August. After this year’s event, social media was filled with photographs showing heaping mounds of trash and debris left in the river and washing up on shores as …

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  • 21 September

    First veteran admitted to special court graduates

    The La Paz County Veterans Court celebrated its first graduate Tuesday. David Munden, a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, successfully completed the court’s requirements over the course of 9 months and was free of any further obligations as of Tuesday’s graduation ceremony. Proceedings began when the American Legion posted colors in the Justice of the Peace Court in Parker. …

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  • 19 September

    Keep on Walking!

    Believe it or not this month’s column is deliberately late. Its lateness has even been approved by the editor. How cool is that? I, the guy who hates being late and almost always early, am now officially late! The reason it’s late is because I wanted to write about what I did on my Fall vacation. When I was a …

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  • 19 September

    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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  • 15 September

    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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  • 14 September

    Viewfinder: Beach Yoga at Pirate’s

    As temperatures drop, Crystal Bartos heads to the beach at Pirate’s Den on the Parker Strip every weekend starting this Saturday at 9am. If you’d like to join her, whatever your level, bring a yoga mat or beach towel and $12.

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  • 12 September

    ‘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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  • 7 September

    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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  • 6 September

    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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