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    Parker Stripped: Sticky Wicket

    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 ...

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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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February, 2016

  • 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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  • 2 February

    Man pleads guilty to trying to kill cops

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    A man has pleaded guilty to 3 counts of attempted first-degree murder, according to La Paz County Attorney Tony Rogers. Vincent Marlowe was at the center of a standoff with police at a residence in Ehrenberg, AZ in the summer of 2014. Sheriff’s deputies were responding to a disturbance at the home on August 9th when Marlowe allegedly walked out ...

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  • 1 February

    Viewfinder: Snowy Peaks

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    Crossman Peak north of Parker Dam. A great capture by Isaac Sac Taylor, who hiked around 20 minutes from the roadway to get the shot.

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January, 2016

  • 29 January

    Parker Livecast #32: Interview with Casey Folks

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    With big changes coming at this year’s Parker 425, hear from the man behind the race what to expect, why the format will be different, how we got two races out of one, and why Casey is still excited by off-road racing after all these years. “It’s the smartest thing to do, it’s the safest thing to do, and I ...

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  • 28 January

    Man arrested after spousal argument leads to hours-long standoff with police

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    A 45-year old man barricaded himself in his house for several hours in a standoff with law enforcement in Big River, CA on Wednesday, according to police. The events leading up to the incident began on Monday. Philip Stephen Holsborg, a Big River resident, was involved in an argument with his wife which became physical. When she attempted to call ...

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  • 28 January

    Viewfinder: Winters on the Beach

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    Via Colorado River Adventures.

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  • 20 January

    Groundwater concerns lead to Wenden meeting

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    The Arizona Department of Water Resources will be holding a meeting on January 30th to discuss water conditions in the eastern La Paz County, the area including the McMullen Valley, Vicksburg and other agricultural and residential areas. Concerns over the depleting groundwater in the region were heightened when reports emerged that thirsty crops are being expanded on thousands of acres ...

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  • 20 January

    ‘Last Call’ for Art Hamilton scheduled for January 30th

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    A well-known local man will be remembered by the Parker area community on Saturday, January 30th. Art Hamilton, who opened and ran Dollar Daze, Lazy Daze Steak House and Discount Daze years ago, passed away in September at 68 years old. The husband of current Parker Chamber Director Mary Hamilton, Art was a fixture in the Parker area for many ...

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  • 19 January

    College to pick its next president this week – public forum

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    Arizona Western College is to pick its next president this week, and has flown in three finalists for the position. The final selection process will take several days and portions of it will be open to the public in Parker, San Luis and Yuma. A 15-member search committee was assembled to begin the process of looking for candidates for the ...

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  • 15 January

    First case seen at veterans’ court

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    51 year-old David Munden became the first veteran enrolled in the La Paz County Veterans’ Treatment Court in the court’s first session Thursday. Mr. Munden, a veteran of the United States Coast Guard, was charged with multiple domestic violence offenses for an incident that happened in December 2015. Munden pleaded guilty to a single charge on January 4, 2016. By ...

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  • 15 January

    Firefighter in intensive care after ATV wreck during Parker 250

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    An area firefighter’s condition has slightly improved in a Phoenix hospital after wrecking his ATV during the Parker 250 race last weekend. Steven Parkerson, who works at Quartzsite Fire Department and McMullen Valley Fire Department, has been racing since he was a child, according to his coworker and childhood friend Samantha Hess. “He’s been doing this for a very, very ...

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  • 14 January

    Big River burglary suspects jailed

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    Two suspects of burglary in Big River, CA were pursued and arrested by law enforcement last week. According to court records, the burglary was allegedly committed on Tuesday, January 5th. The following day, Wednesday, January 6th, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department made contact with two suspects, who allegedly escaped from the deputies in a foot pursuit. Other agencies responded ...

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  • 11 January

    Q: What nearby town was larger than Parker in the 1930s?

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    This is basically all that’s left of an entire town that was situated just a few miles from Parker, a town with the larger population during the 1930’s. According to the BLM, this town had 5 grocery stores, 3 restaurants, pool hall, barber shop, beauty shop, mortuary, bowling alley, 3 service stations, 2 used car lots, several garages, post office, ...

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  • 11 January

    Dumped tires found, cleaned up near Bouse

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    Members of the Bouse Ghost Riders and Parker 4-Wheelers off-road clubs have cleaned up a pile of used truck tires that had been dumped near Bouse on public lands. J.C. Sanders, President of the Bouse Ghost Riders OHV club, says he and a member of the club, Ron Riffe, identified a large pile of used truck tires that had been ...

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  • 9 January

    A week of rain: here’s how much we got

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    El Niño-related storms came thick and fast all week long to the entire region, and for desert communities, such prolonged rain is certainly unusual. KLPZ’s weather station faithfully recorded the rainfall all week long, and gave us a total Friday to report. The total rainfall for the week came in at 89 one-hundredths of an inch of rain, considered a ...

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  • 7 January

    Parker Treasure Hunt: January

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    The Parker Treasure Hunt is back for the month of January. 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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  • 6 January

    To The Editor: Why are fuel prices so high in Parker?

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    Here’s a Parker Live reader with a common question: “I’ve watched fuel prices go up and down like we all have, but over the last year it seems prices nationally have fallen everywhere but here. Even in Bullhead City, the price of fuel seems to be lower. I understand taxes play a role, but with the price at the pump ...

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  • 6 January

    Alyson Tozer’s legacy lives on with vest donation

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      It has been over 15 months since Parker Strip resident Alyson Tozer’s battle with cystic fibrosis ended at 21 years old. She worked hard throughout her young life in aid of cystic fibrosis research, was an advocate of organ donation and a champion for women. She was a bright light in the community and has been greatly missed. Her ...

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  • 6 January

    La Paz County to get new website

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    La Paz County is to get a new government website with improved services after a decision by the Board of Supervisors. “It will actually allow us to have a website that is functional,” said County Administrator Dan Field, who added that the County’s current site (above) is the only one in the state of Arizona to earn an ‘F’ rating ...

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  • 4 January

    On Making Mistakes

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    So it’s another new year and it seems like I’ve seen quite a few of them actually. Given what always happens every year I thought this might be a good starting place for 2016: “I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. 

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, ...

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December, 2015

  • 29 December

    Top Ten Parker Live Stories of 2015

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    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 live here on a permanent, year-round basis, but consider yourselves river people ...

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  • 22 December

    To The Editor: When will the annual river drawdown begin?

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    “Do you know when the Corps of Engineers is lowering the water level on the Parker Strip?” – Nancy I haven’t lived in Parker long enough to remember the 10-foot drawdowns that would happen annually and expose much of the riverbed to the open air. For the past number of years, the annual drawdown has been only about a foot ...

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  • 21 December

    Silva verdict: guilty of first-degree murder

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    A hushed courtroom heard that Victor Silva has been found guilty of first-degree murder in La Paz County Superior Court at 6pm Monday by a jury who had deliberated for around 6 hours. Silva had been accused by the State of Arizona of causing the death of his accomplice, after what authorities described as a crime spree that ended badly. ...

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  • 21 December

    Viewfinder: A Very Parker Christmas

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    Proof that Santa has been spotted going around the river on his waverunner delivering candy canes to children at various subdivisions, parks and resorts. Parker, AZ: Where Santa comes to play! (NOTE: Santa will be out delivering on Christmas Eve from 11am – 2pm.)

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  • 21 December

    Toll-free outages lead to credit card nightmares for Parker businesses

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    Parker area retail businesses have been having issues running credit cards at one of the busiest times in the year, leading to customer frustration and headaches for employees, and it all appears to be due to outages affecting toll-free phone numbers. Parker Live spoke to two area restaurant owners about the issue, which they say has resulted in chaos during ...

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  • 18 December

    To The Editor: Is this property developer littering the river with boulders?

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    In the past couple of weeks, I’ve received more than a few requests to look into a Moonridge-area property development not far from Parker Dam, and some accusations that the contractors grading the hillside are allowing rocks and large boulders to land in the Colorado River. So, the other day I drove up there to see for myself and get some ...

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  • 18 December

    ‘Peace Trail’ in development

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    A new off-highway vehicle trail will traverse 750 miles of Yuma, La Paz and Mohave counties and form a connecting loop, according to organizers. The Arizona Peace Trail will utilize existing trails and dirt roads throughout western Arizona and connect from Bullhead City, AZ in the north to Yuma, AZ in the south. A team of volunteers from several off-road clubs ...

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  • 17 December

    KLPZ’s ‘Elder Tree’ deliveries begin

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    Thousands of pounds of gifts are going out from KLPZ’s studios in Parker, AZ this morning to around 110 elderly citizens around La Paz County for Christmas. The annual ‘Elder Tree’ program, started by KLPZ’s Juanita Learn, brings Christmas to seniors in need, many of whom are housebound. Every year, staff with the Meals on Wheels program ask the seniors in the ...

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  • 15 December

    Petition circulates in support of boat/RV storages in commercial zones

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    Parker, AZ is known for its part-timers: people who spend some or most of their time working or living in another city, state or country and regularly make the trek to the Parker Strip to play. To cater for their needs, storage facilities have multiplied, and can be found everywhere. These storages are often used for keeping boats for the ...

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  • 11 December

    Parker area agencies train for ‘active shooter’ event

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    An ‘active shooter’ drill took place Thursday morning, with area agencies attending to the mock emergency at Parker Indian Health Center. An active shooter is defined as an individual who is actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people. The community drill uses volunteers with special effects makeup as actors to play ‘victims’ for the agencies to respond to. ...

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  • 10 December

    Blake School lockdown: suspect in custody

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    1:45pm- Blake Primary School has been on lockdown for over 30 minutes now, according to reports. Parker Live is awaiting contact from law enforcement for an official statement, but here’s what we know so far: Officers with Parker Police Department are reportedly at Blake school looking for a male subject who was chased to the school grounds. The school was placed on lockdown while ...

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  • 8 December

    Murder trial begins: man accused of fleeing police and causing death of accomplice

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    A man accused of felony murder is in court for his Arizona jury trial this week. The state’s case against Victor Silva, 27, reads like a Bonnie and Clyde story involving multiple thefts, a long police chase, drive-by shootings and the death-by-cop of Silva’s newlywed wife Stephanie Hill in the Arizona desert. The events at stake in the trial began early this year, according ...

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  • 2 December

    Parker Stripped: A Judgmental Christmas

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    One of the odd things about language is how certain words start out one way and end up another and do so in a fairly short period of time. How and why that happens fascinates me and I want to talk about one such word this month. The word for the month is “judge”, or “judgmental”. When I was young, ...

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  • 2 December

    Parker Treasure Hunt: December

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    The Parker Treasure Hunt is back for the month of December. 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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  • 2 December

    KLPZ’s 12 Days of Christmas

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    KLPZ’s 12 Days of Christmas is back! Register at Parker area businesses for a chance to win one of the below gifts in partnership with these business locations: Electrohome Wellington Stereo System – Ocotillo Lodge Prairie Wagon with Cover – Stroke’s Steakhouse Lionel Polar Express Train Set – Davis Hardware Craftsman 104-piece Mechanics Tool Set – JA Johnnys Space Saver ...

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  • 1 December

    Care Flight veteran retires

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    Photo: MWP A veteran helicopter pilot with 50 years of experience is retiring from Tristate Care Flight in Parker, AZ. Randy West has been with the medical helicopter service since it opened here 12.5 years ago, flying patients in and out of the Parker area from the base at La Paz Regional Hospital. Growing up on a small farm, Randy ...

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  • 1 December

    La Paz courtroom gets modernizing makeover

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    After many years, the La Paz County Superior Court got a modernizing makeover this month, with new flooring, new furniture and audiovisual systems. Clerk of the Court Megan Spielman told Parker Live that the improvements would be very helpful to juries, members of the public, attorneys, judges and others, bringing the Parker courtroom into line with other modern courtrooms in ...

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November, 2015

  • 20 November

    La Paz Regional Hospital among most financially healthy in the nation

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    The National Organization of State Office of Rural Health has announced that, as of September 2015, La Paz Regional Hospital in Parker, AZ is in the top quartile of all acute care hospitals in America. For National Rural Health Day, which was November 19th, NOSORH says it is recognizing La Paz Regional for “overall excellence in Financial Strength, reflecting top ...

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  • 13 November

    Parker Livecast #31: Who is living in this cave near Parker?

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    Warning: Contains some adult language. This entire episode of the Parker Livecast was recorded ‘live’ from a truck in the middle of the desert, traveling out to an old mineshaft where we believe someone is living, in an attempt to interview them. It didn’t work out quite like that, as you’ll hear by listening here. But we were able to ...

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  • 11 November

    Beachcombers to open beside Spankys in Parker

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    A second set of 3 lots of Alewine frontage has been sold on Riverside Drive in Parker, this time to Beachcombers Ski & Sport, which will open next to Spankys RV & Marine on the main drag in town. According to a press release by the La Paz Economic Development Corporation, which has been handling the development of the property ...

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  • 10 November

    Reporter sets off worry about La Paz County water table

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    A Saudi Arabian company is growing hay using water wells between Parker and Phoenix and then shipping it to feed cows back home. And, get this: their water usage is unrestricted in Arizona law, which means they can use as much as their wells can pump. Anybody see any problems? A reporter for an NPR program set alarm bells ringing ...

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  • 10 November

    Veterans Court to start in January

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    The new La Paz County Veterans Treatment Court will begin on January 14th, 2016, according to Superior Court Judge Sam Vederman. The special court will be a post-conviction court tailored for the needs of military veterans, many of whom come out of military service with specific issues that can be addressed in unique ways. “It’s pretty involved. Twice a month ...

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  • 6 November

    Attorney connected with Quartzsite conflict may be disbarred

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    UPDATE ADDED AT BOTTOM. An attorney who was involved in a political conflict in Quartzsite, AZ is at risk of being disbarred, according to a column at Forbes.com. Elmer “Stewart” Rhodes, founder of an organization associated with the patriot movement called Oath Keepers, represented Quartzsite residents Michael Roth, Jennifer ‘Jade’ Jones and Mayor Ed Foster in civil suits in federal ...

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