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May, 2017

  • 16 May

    LISTEN: Sheriff Risen, Captain Bagby on reduced funding

    Sheriff Bill Risen and Captain Curt Bagby stopped by the studio of KLPZ 1380am Monday to talk about the challenges of operating the La Paz County Sheriff’s Department on reduced funding. Risen, elected in November, told Parker Live‘s John Wright that he has been asked to cut $30,000 per month from the department’s budget, and has not resolved how to …

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  • 15 May

    Department running on “bare minimum”, Sheriff says

    Sheriff Bill Risen is running on the bare minimum in funding, he says, and is worried that it may not be enough. Speaking to the Board of Supervisors on Monday morning, Risen said that his department has handled 1,295 calls in the last 30 days with minimal staff, including: vehicle collision investigations medical calls disturbance calls assistance calls assaults thefts …

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  • 15 May

    Schools locked down as suspect apprehended

    Some Parker schools were locked down while law enforcement arrested a suspect armed with a knife Monday morning. Parker High School, Wallace Junior High School and Wallace Elementary School were placed into lockdown as a precautionary measure, according to Parker Police Department. “Law enforcement received information there was an adult male, possibly armed with a knife, running toward Parker High …

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  • 12 May

    Supervisors not laughing at Goatman intervention

    “You can’t make this stuff up.” So said District 2 Supervisor Duce Minor in a special meeting of the La Paz County Board of Supervisors this past week, addressing an agenda item which came after an online posting by someone purporting to be the legendary ‘Goatman’. Item 2 on Wednesday’s agenda asked the Board to vote to send a ‘cease …

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  • 4 May

    Column: Found On Roadside Dumped

    When I bought my first Ford Ranger (I’m on my second one now) I got some teasing from people telling me that Ford stood for ‘Found On Roadside Dead’, among other things. As it turns out, my two Rangers have been great little trucks, and I’m hanging on to my current one since they don’t make them anymore. All of …

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  • 2 May

    Matt Newman named Superior Court judge by Governor

    Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has announced the appointment of Matthew Newman to the La Paz County Superior Court. Current judge Samuel Vederman announced his retirement at the end of December, saying that he had sent a letter to the Governor’s office about his intention to step down in June. Newman has been an attorney in private practice in the Parker …

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  • 2 May

    $191,000 settlement to family in custody death case

    On a Friday afternoon two summers ago, police stopped a car in the parking lot at Safeway in Parker. Beverly Pool, a passenger in the vehicle, was taken into custody. She died of a morphine overdose in her cell during the night. Now, $191,000 is set to be paid to 8 of Beverly’s family members in a proposed settlement in …

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  • 2 May

    30 pounds of meth discovered in I-10 detail

    A multi-agency interdiction detail has netted approximately 30 pounds of suspected methamphetamine on Interstate 10 in Quartzsite. Last Wednesday the La Paz County Sheriff’s Department hosted an interdiction detail on Interstate 10. The agencies involved were the La Paz County Sheriff’s Department, Narcotics Task Force, Colorado River Indian Tribes Police Department, U.S. Border Patrol and the Quartzsite Police Department. At …

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  • 1 May

    Kathy Field out as Public Defender

    UPDATE 3pm: Added details about supervision of the Public Defender role. — Kathy Field was dismissed Monday as La Paz County’s Public Defender after the Board of Supervisors emerged from an executive session on the topic of her employment. In a 2-1 decision, with dissent from Supervisor Holly Irwin, the majority of the Board voted to let Field go from …

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  • 1 May

    Parker Strip river road to reopen to traffic

    The river road on the Parker Strip is to reopen north of Sundance Saloon after a unanimous decision by the La Paz County Board of Supervisors Monday. Photo by Melissa Wright Photography. The scenic stretch of road has been closed since 2014 when heavy rains led to a rockslide of several large boulders which landed on the narrow two-lane roadway, …

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April, 2017

  • 26 April

    Viewfinder: Sometimes the Desert Does Gross Things

    Like dropping a sudden plague of black beetles over the night sky, where they get attracted to the bright lights of a grocery store or gas station and end up being swept up by the thousands the next morning. Sometimes the desert does gross things.

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  • 25 April

    30 employees laid off at La Paz County, more may come

    Emotions were high at La Paz County when approximately 30 employees were laid off after the Board of Supervisors voted to reduce the County’s workforce with immediate effect. The cuts came in response to an ongoing financial crisis, which the Supervisors have been publicly addressing since their new term began in January. “This is the horrible day we’ve all known …

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  • 19 April

    To The Editor: Does Parker hate tents?

    Here’s an email: “The Parker Strip is awesome and we love to camp on the river. But almost every camp site is for RVs only and tents are not allowed! Even in places that are managed by BLM, like the Parker Dam Road on the California side, we couldn’t find a single tent site, and most of them are day …

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  • 17 April

    County’s 4-day workweek is to stay

    La Paz County’s 4-day workweek will stay, after the Board of Supervisors considered a proposal to change it to 5 days in a public meeting. County employees and members of the public filled the boardroom for Monday’s meeting, which included an agenda item added by Supervisor Duce Minor proposing a return to 5-day opening hours for County offices. Eleven of …

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  • 13 April

    Supervisors to discuss moving to a 5-day workweek

    UPDATE 4/17: Changing to a 5-day workweek has now had its day in front of the Board of Supervisors and failed 2-1. See the update HERE for more. — ORIGINAL STORY: The La Paz County Board of Supervisors is to publicly discuss changing the County’s hours to a 5-day week. The item on the agenda for Monday, April 17th reads: …

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  • 12 April

    Column: The Perils of Persistence

    Last month I talked a little bit about how important persistence is in our lives. Nothing worth doing happens without it, that’s for sure. And, come to think of it, nothing much worth doing gets done without at least some of it either! So persistence is a critical factor in all our lives. But – you knew that big “but” …

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  • 9 April

    Woman barely escapes car fire at river’s edge

    UPDATED to add the woman’s name and other info. A woman escaped with her life after being helped out by a good Samaritan just moments before fire engulfed her car. Early on Sunday afternoon Cathy McClellan, 60 years old from Parker, reportedly lost control while driving a blue Corvette on the winding river road designated as Business-95. Her car ended …

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  • 6 April

    70 federal inmates arrive at La Paz County Jail Thursday

    The inmate population at La Paz County Detention facility doubled on Thursday from just over 70 inmates to over 140. The jail received 70 inmates Thursday from the federal government in response to the closure of a private prison in San Luis, AZ. It is not known how long the arrangement will be in place or if it represents a …

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  • 6 April

    Supervisors terminate Administrator agreement

    The La Paz County Board of Supervisors voted to terminate the agreement they had with the firm that provided Robert Smith as Interim County Administrator, citing the high costs and the necessity of filling the position on a permanent basis. Supervisor Holly Irwin placed the item on Monday’s agenda, saying she “about fell off [her] chair” when she saw the …

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March, 2017

  • 31 March

    SPECIAL REPORT: Inside La Paz County Jail

    UPDATE 4/6: The jail just received 70 federal inmates, less than a week after the below article was written. For more information, go HERE. “Door Seven,” Commander Suffle said into his radio. A few moments later a buzzing sound came from the metal door in front of us, and he opened it and showed us through. It was me, Sheriff …

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  • 30 March

    Man arrested for threat to County

    A man was arrested and taken into custody by the La Paz County Sheriff’s Department on Thursday after he allegedly threatened the County after a visit to the Treasurer’s Office. According to a press release by La Paz County Sheriff’s Department, Rickey Shamblin was arrested at approximately 3 pm after he reportedly became upset with the staff at the County’s …

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  • 24 March

    Juvenile arrested for high school stabbing

    A juvenile has been arrested for the stabbing assault of a custodian at Parker High School. Late on Thursday night, authorities with the Colorado River Indian Tribes Police Department arrested a male juvenile subject in connection with the stabbing of Maria Salcedo. The arrest was made around 11 pm, according to Parker P.D. It is an ongoing investigation and anyone …

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  • 23 March

    Viewfinder: Spring Evening

    Springtime in Parker.

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  • 23 March

    Court of Appeals sides with La Paz court in Silva case

    The Arizona Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction of a man who was found guilty of the murder of his accomplice while fleeing from cops on a crime spree two years ago. A La Paz County jury convicted Victor Silva after a unique and interesting trial in December 2015. Silva then filed motions for mistrial and judgment of acquittal, …

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  • 23 March

    Attendance down at Parker schools on first day after assault

    UPDATE: A juvenile suspect was arrested late Thursday, March 23rd. UPDATE: Parker Police Department Sergeant Michael Bailey tells Parker Live the department does not believe there is an active ongoing threat to students, and says there are school resource officers and patrol officers allocated to schools by both Parker P.D. and CRIT P.D. for security. “We don’t know the reason …

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  • 22 March

    Stabbing suspect still wanted by police, victim stable

    UPDATE: A juvenile suspect was arrested late Thursday, March 23rd. — ORIGINAL STORY: The suspect in the stabbing assault of a Parker High School employee on Tuesday night is still not in custody and is wanted by police. The victim, Maria Salcedo, was stabbed in the neck several times and was transported to La Paz Regional Hospital and then Lake …

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  • 21 March

    Parker High School staff member stabbed

    UPDATE: A juvenile suspect was arrested late Thursday, March 23rd. UPDATE: Parker schools are closed Wednesday due to this incident, according to emails from PUSD. ORIGINAL STORY: A member of staff at Parker High School was stabbed late on Tuesday evening, according to police. A white male with dark hair, believed to be a student, is the primary suspect in …

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  • 15 March

    “Shocked” judge apologizes for County’s financial “disaster”

    An email from Judge Samuel Vederman to Superior Court appointees Wednesday apologized on behalf of La Paz County for its outstanding payments to them. The email, which described the County’s finances as “a disaster”, was sent to appointed counsel, judges, the County Attorney and the Public Defender’s office. Parker Live obtained the email from a third party early on Wednesday …

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  • 13 March

    County suspends hiring, offers employees voluntary unpaid leave

    UPDATE #2: The County’s Finance Director resigned on Tuesday morning, according to La Paz County Human Resources Director Mary Frantz. “Mr. Mancuso resigned from his position this morning. We wish him good luck in his future endeavors,” she said in an email to Parker Live Tuesday. UPDATE #1: “Our most pressing problem is not having enough funds in the bank …

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  • 10 March

    Parker P.D. awarded new patrol vehicle

    The Parker Police Department says it has been awarded a grant for the purchase of a new patrol vehicle. The grant, from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, is to be used for enforcement of Driving Under the Influence (DUI) laws in Parker. “Parker Police Department’s goal is to reduce the incidences of alcohol and drug related driving fatalities and …

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  • 9 March

    LISTEN: New route, big changes for Parker Tube Float

    The Parker Regional Chamber of Commerce and Tourism has announced a new route and big changes for the 2017 Parker Tube Float. Making the announcement live on KLPZ 1380am, event organizer Mary Hamilton said that the Float will be held on June 10th, 2017 on an entirely new stretch of the Colorado River north of Parker. “The route has been …

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  • 9 March

    Crash kills 22 year old local man

    Julio Salcedo, 22 from Parker, AZ has been tragically killed in an auto accident on a stretch of AZ-72 in Parker South on Wednesday afternoon. Julio was driving a white Jeep westbound toward Parker town, according to Parker Police Department Sergeant Michael Bailey, and collided head-on with a tractor-trailer coming the other direction. Julio died at the scene. The semi …

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  • 2 March

    LISTEN: County officials speak on financial situation

    Four officials from La Paz County sat down for over an hour Thursday with Parker Live‘s John Wright live on KLPZ 1380am’s morning show to talk about the financial situation at the County. Recently elected Sheriff Bill Risen, recently promoted Sheriff’s Captain Curt Bagby, recently elected District 2 Supervisor Duce Minor and recently appointed Interim County Administrator Robert Smith spoke …

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  • 2 March

    Column: The Power of Persistence

    Somewhere around 426 B.C. Herodotus published his greatest work, “The Histories.” More than just a history it’s also an inquiry into many things, including what he called “custom” which is what we call “culture.” “One can see by this what custom can do, and Pindar, in my opinion, was right when he called it king of all.” -Herodotus, The Histories, Book 3 …

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February, 2017

  • 27 February

    Inside the financial crisis at La Paz County

    A cash shortage, outstanding accounts payable and a deficit of over $13 million: challenges mount for new Board of Supervisors as they get help to formulate a recovery plan A new review has revealed a “financial crisis” at La Paz County. The findings were detailed in a well-attended public meeting on Tuesday that, for the first time in many years, …

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  • 16 February

    Viewfinder: Railroad Ties on Fire

    A stack of railroad ties went up in flames on Thursday afternoon and multiple people contacted Parker Live with photos, below. No structures were threatened by the fire, according to law enforcement.

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  • 14 February

    Prosecutor to remain on cases after court challenge

    A prosecutor appointed by La Paz County Attorney Tony Rogers is to remain on the job after a court challenge by three defendants who wanted him removed from their cases. James Schilder is the prosecutor on a second-degree murder case currently on trial in the La Paz County Superior Court (Parker Live summarized that case HERE). He is at the …

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  • 7 February

    19-year old dies after gunshot

    A 19-year old has died after a gunshot in a neighborhood north of Parker. The victim’s father has said that it was an accidental self-inflicted wound and that the family is in a lot of pain. According to the La Paz County Sheriff’s Office, the young man’s name is being withheld for the privacy of the family. The investigation is …

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  • 7 February

    Reckless driving homicide case in Parker court this week

    UPDATE, Feb 18th: Siffert was found guilty of Negligent Homicide in this case. — A man charged with second-degree murder in a reckless driving incident is in court this week in Parker. Levi Siffert of Durango, CO is accused of driving at speeds averaging over 90 miles per hour in a heavy-duty GMC truck while under the influence of alcohol …

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  • 6 February

    Parker Treasure Hunt: February

    The Parker Treasure Hunt is back for February! 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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  • 2 February

    Column: Motivate Yourself

    As we enter into February a lot of us have settled back into what passes for normal in our lives. The hype of the holiday season is long gone and so is the newness of this year. Not that the year is all that old, mind you, but by now it sure doesn’t feel very new either. So we are …

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January, 2017

  • 25 January

    Arrests made after town vandalism

    Arrests have been made after a new concession stand at Western Park’s Aaron Hill Field was tagged with red spray paint along with “numerous other locations and property through the town of Parker”, according to Parker Police Department. It began with the concession stand last Friday and continued the following day at the men’s restroom at the facility. The damage …

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  • 24 January

    Paid Article: Registration for Fair Pageants starting soon

    2017 Miss La Paz County titleholders shall soon relinquish their titles on stage at the La Paz County Fair. This is an activity enjoyed by young ladies in our community yearly. On hand for the festivities to name the new titleholders will be ‘Tiny Miss La Paz County’ Aubrey Bushre, ‘Little Miss La Paz County’ Fallon Bowlin, ‘Junior Miss La …

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  • 24 January

    Meet the man who stayed at our jail for 30 days

    James Burns is a filmmaker and producer with VICE whose early experiences in solitary confinement led to later concerns and an interest in the practice, which is in widespread use in America today. La Paz County Sheriff’s Department allowed him to film a month-long stay at its detention facility in Parker, beginning in mid-December and lasting until January 10th, two …

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  • 23 January

    Timmy’s surprise: a new home!

    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 cerebral palsy, 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

    UPDATE: There will be a celebration of life for Casey on February 12th at 2pm at The Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada with room for 6000 people. Details HERE. — ORIGINAL STORY: 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, …

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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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