• Column: Course corrections

    I was going to write a column about how important it is to be on time in the new year but decided that would be a bad idea given I’m late on this column! Okay, not really, but I am late. Even when you factor Parker Time into …

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January, 2017

  • 23 January

    Volunteers surprise Timmy with a new home at Roadrunner

    Timmy Green has lived in his current trailer since 2002. It was purchased by his grandmother soon after he graduated from college. Timmy, who was born with multiple sclerosis, lives on a fixed income and makes extra money in the summer months as a DJ at Roadrunner, where he has lived for 8 years. Erica Jones, a bartender at the …

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  • 12 January

    Race promoter Casey Folks passes away after stroke

    The man who ran a legendary off-road desert racing series has passed away in Las Vegas after a stroke he had on Saturday in Parker. Casey Folks, Director of the Best In The Desert racing association, was between stages of the GMZ Winter Nationals Parker 250 on Saturday when he had what BITD described as a “medical emergency” and was …

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  • 12 January

    New CEO announced at La Paz Regional Hospital

    Kevin Brown has been named CEO of La Paz Regional Hospital by the hospital’s Board of Directors effective January 1st, 2017. Brown has been employed with La Paz Regional Hospital (LPRH) since 2009 and has an extensive background in both Information Technology and Technical Project Management. He is a long-time Parker resident of 28 years with six years of military …

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  • 11 January

    To The Editor: Concerns over Buckskin Fire Board

    Here’s a letter from John Mihelich, owner of J.A. Johnny’s and candidate for Buckskin Fire Board in the 2016 election: “Just over 2 years ago the BFD board pushed the boundaries of the spirit of the open meeting laws. They tried to fire the chief without cause. Constituents rallied and the one business person on the board finally recognized a …

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  • 10 January

    James Burns leaves jail after 30 days in voluntary lockup

    VICE filmmaker James Burns left the La Paz County Jail on Tuesday morning after 30 days in lockup, being whisked away by producers at the end of his period of self-imposed exile. The project was an experiment in the experience of solitary confinement, being documented by VICE as a way to shine a light on a practice that is used …

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  • 4 January

    Column: Course corrections

    I was going to write a column about how important it is to be on time in the new year but decided that would be a bad idea given I’m late on this column! Okay, not really, but I am late. Even when you factor Parker Time into the equation I’m still late. There’s a very good reason for that …

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  • 3 January

    Fresh faces sworn into elected office in Parker courtroom

    There’s a new Sheriff in town, along with a new County Supervisor and County Assessor. It’s a time of change for La Paz County, with a swearing-in ceremony held at the Superior Court Tuesday morning as Judge Samuel Vederman led the oath of office for 9 officials who were elected or re-elected in November. This is the first election for …

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  • 3 January

    Parker Treasure Hunt: January

    The Parker Treasure Hunt is back for January! 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 cash if you find it. Good …

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  • 1 January

    Happy New Year!

    2017 in Parker began in a beautiful way.

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December, 2016

  • 30 December

    Sam Vederman to retire as Superior Court Judge

    Judge Samuel Vederman has notified state and county officials that he will be retiring from the La Paz County Superior Court on June 30th, 2017. Vederman sent a letter to Governor Doug Ducey announcing his intentions to step down from the bench and shortly thereafter informed others, saying he needed to give the governor’s office ample time to field and …

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  • 27 December

    Top Ten Parker Live Stories of 2016

    Chaos at the fair, future of the Float and the identity of Ken and Tuff: there’s no place like Parker, Arizona, and nobody covers it the way Parker Live does! Dear readers: Parker, AZ is a small town. But unlike most small towns, the community of people who come and go from our beaches is pretty vast, when you add …

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  • 23 December

    Viewfinder: Santa getting gas

    Photo via Carissa H

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  • 19 December

    Dan Field out as County Administrator

    Dan Field is done as La Paz County Administrator after the last Board of Supervisors meeting of the current term. Officially he is to be ‘terminated for no cause’ at the end of a 3-month paid administrative leave. Field’s role as Administrator had been a topic of the 2016 election season, with District 2 Supervisor-Elect Duce Minor stating his intentions …

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  • 15 December

    Dan Field on agenda for second time in 14 months

    Evaluating the job of County Administrator Dan Field is on the agenda at the La Paz County Board of Supervisors meeting next Monday. His employment has been one of many election-defining issues this year, with District 2 Supervisor-Elect Duce Minor publicly promising to vote to terminate Field’s contract as County Administrator. Toward the end of Monday’s regularly scheduled meeting, the …

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  • 13 December

    WATCH LIVE: James Burns in a Parker jail cell

    This is a live feed from the inside of a cell at the La Paz County Jail in Parker, AZ. The inmate is James Burns, a volunteer and VICE filmmaker who wanted to document the experience of being in solitary confinement. Cameras from VICE will be broadcasting from his cell live, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. He …

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  • 12 December

    New community center opens at AWC

    Construction is just about completed and the doors have been thrown open at Arizona Western College’s new community center next to its La Paz Learning Center in Parker. On Monday afternoon, the ribbon was cut and speeches by dignitaries were made outside the new building on 11th Street in Parker. It’s an area of town in transformation, with the AWC …

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  • 12 December

    New film highlights Tribes’ water and land protection efforts

    Senior water rights and ancestral lands are at the heart of a new documentary film about the Colorado River Indian Tribes to be screened Thursday night in Parker. The new film was commissioned by the CRIT Tribal Council to examine two big challenges for the Tribes in the present day: the effort to assert its rights to Colorado River water, …

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  • 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!

    WINNERS: We’ve announced the winners, and they are Shannon T, John M, Marsha C, Joe E, Russ B, Gayle P, Mason V, KC, Nick P, Terry L, Junior S, Janie M and John B. Congrats winners, and Merry Christmas to everyone. It’s KLPZ’s 12 Days of Christmas! Santa has come to KLPZ through 12 of our business sponsors, each of …

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  • 5 December

    Urgent Care at La Paz Regional to open again Dec 26

    UPDATE 12/21: Urgent Care is to open again on December 26th. ORIGINAL STORY 12/5: 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 …

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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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