Monday, October 20, 2014   
  • 12 reasons I love Parker, AZ

    12 reasons I love Parker, AZ

    I was working in San Francisco last weekend. When I’m out of town and people ask what part of Arizona I live in, I usually say something like, “West side, a stone’s throw from California.” If they keep talking I add something like, “South of Lake Havasu”, assuming ... Read More »
  • The Magic Circle

    The Magic Circle

    Winter was nearly over in Quartzsite when I received a request from my editor in Idaho where I worked summers as a reporter. ‘Hey – need a pic of a labyrinth for a photo illustration. Mine’s under 4 ft of snow. Heard there might be one in Quartzsite. ... Read More »
  • On the Edge

    On the Edge

    One of the things I like to do to amuse myself is to listen carefully to how people talk. I enjoying hearing new catchphrases come into use and then watch them as they fade away. Some phrases are short-lived, like the long lost “tubular” of the 1980’s, but ... Read More »

Articles in chronological order

Same sex marriage in Arizona: Clerk in Parker ready to issue licenses


11am- With a federal judge’s order agreeing with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and prior decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court, same sex marriage has just become legal in the state of Arizona. After Attorney General Tom Horne made the decision not to appeal the decision Friday morning, Horne’s office sent letters to the court clerks in every county ... Read More »

Parker Livecast #7: John Tuba and Problem Child


This week on the Parker Livecast, the challenges of filming off-road racing as we’re joined by John Tuba of Tuba Art Films. We also chat on the phone with Eddie Knox about setting a new world record in a drag boat last weekend on Lake Havasu, and about the plans to bring the boats to the Parker Strip next spring. ... Read More »

Minor delays possible south of Parker


Motorists traveling between Parker and Parker South should expect minor delays today as workers apply sealant to preserve the roadway from mile posts 138 to 139. Work is scheduled between 6am and 5pm. ADOT says the sealant will help maintain the roadway for several years to come. Drivers should expect short delays as traffic is alternated through the work zone. ... Read More »

Fort Mojave Chairman runs to deliver message to CRIT


UPDATE: “The message was delivered” – Keith Moses (Photos via KM) The Chairman of the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe is running – literally – to deliver a message to the Colorado River Indian Tribes in Parker. Tim Williams was joined by some CRIT Mohave runners Tuesday morning as they ran along Highway 62 toward Parker, AZ. The party was greeted ... Read More »

5th straight win for Broncs

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The Parker Broncs won their fifth straight game and improved to 6-1 overall on the season after thoroughly beating the North Pointe Falcons on October 10 at Joe Bush Stadium in Parker. The Broncs scored on their first play on offense after Ryan Gray ran for a 77-yard TD and they scored two minutes later on their second play of ... Read More »

Parker Livecast #6: China Garden Song and the Desert Challenge


This week on the Parker Livecast, John Wright, Josh Savino and Mike Collins are in the studio and joined by Jimmy Beaver on the phone to talk about this weekend’s big desert race. We recap last weekend, listen to an original song parody, mourn the loss of China Garden and review porta-potties. Listen using the player here! Leave feedback in ... Read More »

Viewfinder: Down & Dirty Show party


Thursday night’s party at The Bar was hosted by Jim Beaver’s Down & Dirty Show with a live webcast from the venue. The packed event happened ahead of this weekend’s big off-road race, the BlueWater Challenge from Best In The Desert, with racing Saturday and Sunday. Read More »

New AWC board member sworn in


La Paz County School Superintendent Janice Shelton has appointed Richard Lamb to complete the term of JoAnne Ehasz on the Arizona Western College District Governing Board. The position to represent La Paz County District 1 on the board was going to be on the November ballot for a six year term. As Lamb was the sole candidate, the election was ... Read More »

On the Edge


One of the things I like to do to amuse myself is to listen carefully to how people talk. I enjoying hearing new catchphrases come into use and then watch them as they fade away. Some phrases are short-lived, like the long lost “tubular” of the 1980’s, but others seem to take on a life of their own. Occasionally, just ... Read More »

Sundance sold to Long Beach bar owner


According to a press release on its Facebook page, the historic Sundance Saloon on the Parker Strip has been sold. Norm Turley, a retired cop from Long Beach Police Department and co-owner of Dogz Bar & Grill in Belmont Shore, bought the property from long-time owner Jim Shubin after Shubin listed it for sale on Craigslist and elsewhere. The 1.5 ... Read More »

Viewfinder: A Gathering for Aly


People from many cities came out Sunday night to say goodbye to Alyson Tozer one last time. It was amazing. Beautiful vibe. Hundreds of people. Balloons released. Tears rolled. Live music. Photos and video. Tributes all around. Laughter and smiling. A true celebration. And at the end of the night, a few of us stood in the river with Aly’s ... Read More »

Broncs pick up the axe


Photo via Bylli E. The 4-1 Parker Broncs traveled to Wickenburg on Friday, October 3rd to take on the Wranglers in the annual “Axe Game” that pits the longtime rivals in a battle over a fireman’s axe that has a long history. That axe will spend the next year hanging in Parker High Principal Paul Olson’s office after the Broncs ... Read More »

Parker Livecast #5: Bird Singing


In this special edition of the Parker Livecast, we chat with a group of Native American Bird Singers, local Parker guys, members of the CRIT (Colorado River Indian Tribes) reservation. Where did these songs come from? How old are they? How many are there? What are they about? Plus they perform some live for us in the studio. This segment ... Read More »

Pro basketball player Shoni Schimmel visits Parker


Renowned Atlanta Dream player Shoni Schimmel stopped in Parker for a 3-day trip last week that included school visits and an appearance at Native Visions Film Festival. Schimmel, a noted Native American sportsperson, had an enthusiastic reception wherever she went, with Parker community kids swarming her at every appearance and some extra security requirements being discussed for her trip. A ... Read More »

Chinese restaurant gone in flames


China Garden, a popular Chinese restaurant in Parker, AZ, went up in flames sometime after 10am Thursday. An employee said he smelled smoke in the kitchen and everybody got out before it was consumed in flames. Agencies responded quickly as employees gathered at the side of the road, some sobbing. The restaurant is next to the busiest intersection in the ... Read More »