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    Living in the present

    “I can’t believe how fast this year is going!” I’ve both heard and said that a number of times lately. I hear people say that about all sorts of things. How fast their kids grow up, how old a certain celebrity is or how long ago a big …

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    School Zone Flashback

    Traffic slowed to an unbearable 15 mph as I listened to Hall & Oates sing “I Can’t Go For That” on my playlist. I typically enjoy driving by my alma mater (Class of ’96!), but this morning I found myself growing impatient as the car in front of me …

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    Top Ten Parker Live Stories of 2015

    Spray-painting, boats sinking and fake skeletons: there’s no place like Parker, Arizona, and nobody covers it the way Parker Live does! Dear readers: The Parker community is huge, and includes a ton of people who come and go from our shores all year long. Most of you don’t …

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April, 2016

  • 28 April

    Jail officer arrested after ‘inappropriate relationship’ with prisoner

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    A former La Paz County Jail detention officer was arrested Wednesday after an investigation revealed that he was having an inappropriate relationship with an inmate at the facility in Parker. La Paz County Sheriff’s Office says that an investigation showed that Bradford Doran had been allegedly providing a female inmate with money, phone cards and other preferential treatment while employed …

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  • 28 April

    Parker High Sophomores in mock trial

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    Is he innocent or guilty? Nobody at this trial knows, including the defendant! Parker High School’s sophomore World History class has been preparing for a while for the mock trial that took place at La Paz County Superior Court Thursday in front of a real judge. Some of the students spent time going over witness statements and other evidence ahead …

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  • 28 April

    To The Editor: Boating restrictions on Lake Havasu?

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    Here’s a question! “John, have you anything to say about the new restrictions on parts of the lake? I know your site is mostly about the Parker area but this affects us boaters a lot. The effect on tourism will be terrible. Thanks for all that you do.” Concerned Boater Thanks for the question, CB, which joins several others we’ve …

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  • 27 April

    Red Cross learn-to-swim program to begin training lifeguards soon

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    The Pop Harvey Aquatic Association will have a four week American Red Cross curriculum training class for teens and adults who are interested in becoming a lifeguard and swim instructor employee this summer. Sponsored yearly by the Town of Parker and the Colorado River Indian Tribes, along with donations from Service Clubs and Individuals, the not-for-profit summer swim program follows …

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  • 22 April

    Road rage incident leads to shooting

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    A road rage incident continued to a motorist’s front yard in Brenda, AZ Thursday, according to La Paz County Sheriff’s Office. At about 3:30pm, Paul George was returning home to his residence at the Desert Gold RV Park in Brenda when he says he passed another driver on Highway 60. The other driver and his daughter then allegedly followed him …

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  • 20 April

    Hualapai tribe commemorates Trail of Tears

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    Photo courtesy Manataba Messenger Ceremonial runners from the Hualapai tribe passed through the Parker area on Wednesday as they commemorate the annual La Paz Trail of Tears, a series of historical events which took place in April 1874. Parker Live received many inquiries throughout the day from curious bypassers who saw the runners and wondered what the occasion is. According …

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  • 20 April

    Triple homicide in Salome, police apprehend suspect after shootout

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    UPDATE 4/22: The victims have been identified as Lester (83 years old) and Ella (76 years old) Lindsay, a married couple from Wenatchee, Washington. The third victim was Alice Boyd (81 years old), from Bingen, Washington. The autopsies were reportedly being completed Friday by the Pima County Medical Examiner. Three people are dead in an apparent triple homicide near Salome, …

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  • 19 April

    Construction begins on B-95 near Miraleste Shores

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    Starting Tuesday, a construction project is underway on Business 95 / Riverside Drive north of Parker that will cause delays for traffic until at least mid-July. The project has already removed the asphalt surface, leaving the dirt underneath. Sewer and storm drain systems will be installed, and then the road will be resurfaced. It affects 1900 feet of roadway between …

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  • 18 April

    ‘Confused’ Japanese lady stopped on I-10 after Sheriff precautions

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    A Japanese national was stopped on I-10 by the La Paz County Sheriff’s Department Sunday night after unusual driving behavior caused some alarm, but the incident – which held up freeway traffic for a good part of an hour – turned out to be simply confusion by a foreigner in a strange land. The incident started when a Sheriff’s deputy …

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  • 17 April

    Boat crashes at drag boat races, driver reportedly ok

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    After a windy day that stopped the races Saturday, the Lucas Oil Drag Boat event resumed on Sunday with some racing on the water, during which this happened: Mike Collins’ boat flipped over multiple times on the water before stopping. Witnesses told Parker Live he seemed shook up but okay. The event continues all day and is open for spectators.

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  • 15 April

    A ‘device’ found in Parker, criminal investigation opened

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    A device is being examined by the Arizona Department of Public Safety after an anonymous phone call alerted police to its location Thursday in Parker. At around 8:20am, the Colorado River Indian Tribes Police Department received a call from an anonymous source informing them that there was a suspicious package that had been left at 12055 Kennedy Drive, near the …

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  • 12 April

    Nine-hour BIA power outage coming Wednesday night

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    The Bureau of Indian Affairs says it will be performing a scheduled power outage Wednesday night that will affect most of the CRIT valley. The outage is expected to last from 8pm on Wednesday until 5am on Thursday morning and will affect the following areas: Avi Sequilla Airport (including runway lights) CRIT Realty Office CRIT Game & Fish Running Man …

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  • 6 April

    New pageant to be held Friday night

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    A “Miss Parker Scholarship Pageant” will be held Friday at 7pm, organized just a few weeks after the Miss La Paz County pageant due to the high interest from local girls who want a chance to compete in a preliminary to Miss Arizona. “There are several girls competing at open pageants around the state,” said Aryn Romo, pageant director. “So …

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  • 5 April

    CRIT’s controlled burn seen as far as Havasu

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    A controlled burn is part of a spring brush cleanup today at the Ahakhav Tribal Preserve on the eastern shore of the Colorado River just south of Parker. The smoke can be seen for many miles around and raised questions about the fire throughout the area, including from as far as Lake Havasu City. CRIT Fire, CRIT Environmental Protection Office …

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  • 4 April

    Living in the present

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    “I can’t believe how fast this year is going!” I’ve both heard and said that a number of times lately. I hear people say that about all sorts of things. How fast their kids grow up, how old a certain celebrity is or how long ago a big event in their life happened. I find myself thinking and saying it …

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March, 2016

  • 28 March

    Parker Livecast #37: Catfish Junction live in studio

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    Soroptimist International of Parker brought Catfish Junction to the Parker Strip to play the Blues & Brews festival at La Paz County Park last Saturday. Just before the weekend, the Orange County-based band stopped by KLPZ 1380am and performed live acoustically in the studio. This episode of the Parker Livecast is an edited version of the live broadcast with the …

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  • 28 March

    Local businesses hit by APS scam

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    ADDED: Lawny from Crossroads called the scammer back and played along for a bit, and we taped her doing it. Listen here: —– ORIGINAL: An APS scam has been hitting Parker area businesses hard, according to several local business owners who are filing police reports and warning each other about the issue. “They called Bobby Ds and Crossroads,” said Lawny …

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  • 22 March

    Meet the 9th President of Arizona Western College

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    Parker Live stopped by AWC’s Parker Learning Center to chat for the first time with Dr. Daniel Corr, who will be the 9th President of Arizona Western College in La Paz and Yuma Counties in just a few months. Press play to hear what Dr. Corr thinks the purpose of the college is, and how he thinks it can play …

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  • 21 March

    Viewfinder: Rock Fiesta in pictures

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    All photos via Parker Live media contributor Joaquin Vences. Cafe Tacvba, El Tri, Finde, Mexican Dubwiser and others on the Rock Fiesta stage in Quartzsite, AZ, March 18-19 2016.

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  • 17 March

    Sheriff’s Office: Cynthia Williams not an informant

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    Cynthia Williams was not a confidential informant, according to the La Paz County Sheriff’s Office. Since her death over a week ago, erroneous reports have circulated alleging that Williams, who was found deceased in the Parker Valley on March 9th, was an informant for the county’s narcotics task force. The rumors appear to spring from the fact that Williams was …

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  • 15 March

    Parker Valley murder being investigated by FBI and CRIT

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    Cynthia Williams’s body was found last week in a canal near Poston, AZ. Now her brother and the cops are appealing for information about her killers “We last heard from her on Monday last week. She texted us wanting a ride. She was upriver at the Circle K,” said Raymond. “Then she said she had gotten another ride, but she …

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  • 15 March

    Boat crash injures several near Lost Lake

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    One person is still in critical condition and several others are in various stages of recovery from injuries after their boat collided with an embankment near Lost Lake Resort south of Parker on Saturday. At around 5:30pm, Riverside County Sheriff’s deputies received a call about a boat crash near the 33000 block of US-95 – close to Hidden Valley Resort …

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  • 14 March

    Police chase through Parker town ends near Vidal Junction

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    A police chase involving a stolen vehicle ended in the desert near Vidal Junction Monday afternoon. The vehicle was reported stolen from a business upriver. La Paz County Sheriff’s Deputies recovered the vehicle and then the suspect reportedly fled when they tried to take him into custody. The chase took law enforcement through the town of Parker, where Parker Police …

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  • 14 March

    Supervisors look at refinancing Yakima bonds

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    A “very efficient opportunity” could reduce County sales tax 11 – 13 years sooner than expected Everybody’s been taking advantage of low interest rates, and La Paz County is no different. The Board of Supervisors held a public hearing on a way to save money and reduce the number of years it will need to pay off a court judgment …

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  • 14 March

    Notes from the Community Workshop

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    As the Town of Parker embarks on a process that will update its General Plan with new policies and ideas, Parker Live stopped by the Community Workshop that forms part of the process. There wasn’t a large number of people in attendance, but those who were there engaged actively and sometimes passionately with the subject of how the one-square-mile town …

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  • 13 March

    Amber Byrd: I’m feeling so incredibly lucky today

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    After a heavy lighting structure fell in high winds mid-pageant, the woman who was injured just feels grateful that nobody was more seriously hurt Photo: Rich Wheatley   Amber Byrd, an auditor at the Miss La Paz pageant, tells Parker Live her leg is bruised and swollen but she’s fine after a lighting rig fell on her Friday night at …

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  • 12 March

    Chaos at the Fair: Some injured as light rig falls at pageant

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    Wind was in the forecast area-wide for Friday night, with 35 mph gusts possible. But nobody expected the conditions to be as bad as they became at the Fair’s outdoor main stage, where the Miss La Paz Pageant was to be held. Earlier parts of the show continued mostly as normal, despite the blowing sand and dust, and the flapping …

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  • 11 March

    Viewfinder: Happening today, the La Paz County Fair

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    Photo: Joe Sena For more on pageants, go HERE.

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  • 9 March

    Free ice cream at Geronimo and 6th

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    UPDATE 12:44pm: It’s all gone! Well, it’s happened again: a semi carrying Baskin Robbins ice cream has rolled over near Parker and Toe Truck is giving it away out of the back of a truck at Geronimo and 6th Street in Parker. Also available: a limited amount of frozen catfish, and boxes of frozen sweet potato fries. Come and get …

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  • 9 March

    The largest Latin rock festival in America is about to hit Quartzsite

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    An estimated 10,000 to 20,000 people are set to descend upon the small desert town of Quartzsite, AZ, and they aren’t the usual customers. A who’s who of rock en español will appear on stage in Quartzsite, AZ at the Rock Fiesta festival on March 18th and 19th. The first-time two-day festival is being called the ‘Coachella of Latin rock’ and brings with …

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  • 8 March

    Viewfinder: On the Edge of Town

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    Can we all agree? Sunsets on the Parker Strip are better than anywhere else?

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  • 7 March

    To The Editor: Cool Texaco sign stolen right off the side of this house

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    “We had someone steel our Texaco sign off our house in Big River, I have a picture to post, would love to make sure this thief is found, would you be willing to post on Parker Live?” -Cool Sign Stolen Damn skippy. Who’s going to find this cool sign and help the owner get it back? San Bernardino County Sheriff’s …

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  • 7 March

    Germpocalypse!

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    So far this has been a pretty weird winter on the River. It seems like a lot of odd things have been happening, especially this flu bug that’s going around. I don’t recall ever seeing so many people catching a bug like this and then keeping it for so long. Not to mention everyone I know who’s gone two or …

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  • 7 March

    Community workshop to be held on future of Parker

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    What will the town of Parker look like in the next 10 to 25 years? A discussion that will help shape the future is on the table at a community workshop to be held later this week. Topics at the workshop will include how to grow a sustainable economy, how to create an enhanced quality of life and how to …

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February, 2016

  • 26 February

    Tribal fuel station pushes Parker gas prices lower

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    A new truck stop fuel station with a convenience store was opened by the Colorado River Indian Tribes Friday in Parker. The station bears the name Running Man Fuel and is the latest addition to one of the Parker area’s key markets, with the large crowd attesting to the importance of fuel and auto-related products and services in Parker’s tourist-driven …

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  • 24 February

    Toasty February packs the Parker Strip

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    If you don’t usually think of February as the month to be on the river, then you may have missed the action the past few weeks. Emerald Cove Resort After 15 straight days with temps above 80 degrees, the Parker Strip has been a hive of activity, with not just snowbirds but visitors of all ages taking to the river. …

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  • 23 February

    Viewfinder: 14 new firefighters begin academy

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    Fourteen new firefighters began a new fire academy yesterday at Buckskin Fire Department north of Parker, AZ. Photo via Buckskin Fire.

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  • 22 February

    Spelling Bee winners named

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    Adianne Alamban, Champion; Jacque Price, County School Superintendent; Kaitlyn McKean, Runner-Up Adianne Alamban, an eighth grade student at Wallace Jr. High School, is the 2016 La Paz County Spelling Bee Champion. Close competitor, Kaitlyn McKean, an eighth grade student at Salome Elementary School, was the runner-up. Both received trophies for their accomplishments. Adianne also received the traveling La Paz County …

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  • 22 February

    Pageants to crown new titles at County Fair

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    There are 4 contestants vying for the title of Miss La Paz County this year, and 5 contestants competing for the title of Miss La Paz County’s Outstanding Teen. For the first time ever, both pageants will be held on the same night at the same time at the La Paz County Fair, mirroring changes made in the Miss America …

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  • 19 February

    Parker Livecast Special: DUI Workshop at Roadrunner

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    Have you ever wondered what your real alcohol tolerance is, what your blood alcohol content (BAC) may look like after a typical night out at a bar, or how much it’s safe to consume before you get behind the wheel or a car or boat? With the help of the La Paz County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Curt Bagby, we tested that …

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  • 18 February

    Sex trafficking highlighted in Parker meetings

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    The “fastest-growing crime in America”. That’s how Opal Singleton describes the problem of sex trafficking in 2016, which she’s made it her life’s work to talk about, training others in law enforcement, schools, organizations and the general citizenry as she goes. Singleton visited Parker, AZ last week and held several meetings with schools, law enforcement and the Colorado River Regional …

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  • 17 February

    Silva sentenced to life in prison for murder of accomplice

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    UPDATED Feb 18 with quotes from the County Attorney Victor Silva, convicted in late December of the first-degree murder of his accomplice, has received a sentence of life in prison with a minimum of 34 years in La Paz County Superior Court. Judge Samuel Vederman talked mitigating and aggravating factors during the sentencing proceeding, which considered such factors as Silva’s …

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  • 13 February

    Viewfinder: 25th Annual Desert Dash

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    Parker Rotary’s annual Desert Dash went off for the 25th time this morning on Cienega Springs Road, with an estimated 500 walkers, runners and cyclists heading out to the famous Desert Bar.

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  • 10 February

    To The Editor: No turn lane at Desert Bar road as promised?

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    Here’s one: “Why the hell did we just pay almost two million dollars to widen Highway 95 at Cienega Springs Road when the lines are drawn exactly the same way as they were before? Was it a mistake? Or did taxpayers just buy some really expensive shoulders instead of a turn lane as promised?” – The Ultimate Roadway Numbskullery Thanks …

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  • 4 February

    Parker Livecast #33: The Downtown Experience 2016

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    Press play to hear a 6-minute brief about today’s Parker 425 Downtown Experience from Parker Area Chamber of Commerce Director Mary Hamilton, joined by La Paz County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Curt Bagby. The event begins at 1pm and runs until 7pm. Full details below. See you downtown!

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  • 3 February

    Parker Treasure Hunt: February

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    The Parker Treasure Hunt is back for the month of February. Clues will appear 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 real cash if you …

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  • 3 February

    Daniel Corr named as AWC president

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    The District Governing Board of Arizona Western College has unanimously approved Dr. Daniel Corr as the 9th President of AWC after a five-month process to search and approved a new president. Dr. Corr will come to AWC from Scottsdale Community College, where he currently serves as the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs, a position he’s held since 2007. …

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  • 3 February

    Parker Stripped: Sticky Wicket

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    Have you ever wondered where the ideas that pop into your mind come from? I do, quite often in fact, but usually can’t really figure it out. The other day, though, I did manage to remember where I had first encountered an expression that will probably sound odd to you. I was thinking about how difficult it is for most …

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  • 2 February

    Race traffic: what you need to know Saturday in Parker

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    Tap map for more detail For 4 hours on Saturday, a stretch of California Avenue will be closed in Parker, AZ for a new street start at the Parker 425 off-road race beginning at 1:30pm. A detour will keep traffic moving around the closure. 2016 is the first year that the popular street start will happen in the afternoon instead …

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  • 2 February

    Health Department talks Zika virus risk

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    UPDATE: There is now a U.S. case of Zika contraction in Texas. See HERE for info. The La Paz County Health Department says that, at this time, there have been no identified cases of the Zika virus being transmitted in the United States. Zika spreads by the bite of an infected mosquito, causing fever, rash, joint pain and red/swollen eyes. …

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