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    Remembering Dad on Memorial Day

    This month I’m doing the opposite of what we usually do. Normally if there’s a big holiday coming up we talk about it before it happens to prepare for it, or on that day so we can be timely and relevant. This month I’m neither timely or relevant …

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June, 2016

  • 20 June

    Ackerman sentenced to 10.5 years for manslaughter

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    An alcohol-augmented fight which escalated into a fatal shooting over two years ago in the BlueWater Lagoon neighborhood of Parker, AZ was the center of a court proceeding Monday which saw Sean Ackerman get 10.5 years in prison for manslaughter. Ackerman, 46, who was originally charged with homicide for the shooting death of his older neighbor Daniel Porter, had already pleaded …

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  • 20 June

    120 degrees is uncommon, epic, and dangerous

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    UPDATED to add Monday’s temps. The number is kind of legendary around here. ‘A hundred and twenty degrees’ is one of those numbers that people throw around when they talk about life in the desert. People in the Parker area act like they own it, but the truth is that people talk about 120 degrees in the same reverent tones in …

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  • 16 June

    U.S. Fish & Wildlife withdraws restrictions plan for Lake Havasu

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    The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFW) has suspended its draft proposal to limit recreational boating activities at Havasu National Wildlife Refuge on Lake Havasu, according to Senator John McCain’s office. The formal public comment period ended Monday, and by Thursday morning the federal agency had notified the Arizona senator of its intention to back down after receiving many protests. …

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  • 15 June

    First food served at new China Garden to waiting crowd

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    A popular Parker restaurant that made news when it burned down in late 2014 opened again to the public at lunchtime Wednesday. A line of hungry people queued up outside China Garden ahead of its 11am opening, eager to get back to eating at one of the community’s favorite food spots.  When the restaurant went up in flames, an outpouring …

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  • 15 June

    Tube Float 2016 Recap

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    The Parker Tube Float kicked off Saturday morning with thousands of people pushing off from the shoreline and floating on inflatable tubes together for several hours. It was the second weekend marking the start of summer on the Parker Strip, and packed the river even more than Memorial Day weekend. An estimated 10,000 to 12,000 people joined the party on …

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  • 14 June

    Parker girls heading to state pageant

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    Photo credit: Fenix Arae Greenwood Three Parker girls are competing in the Miss Arizona and Miss Arizona’s Outstanding Teen pageants later this month after winning local pageants earlier this year. Allayzia Brault, Guadalupe Balderrama and Hailey Ferris will compete in private interview, fitness, talent, evening gown, and on stage question categories. Allayzia will be doing a tap dance for her …

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  • 8 June

    Appeals Court judges visit Parker

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    Three judges from the Arizona Court of Appeals visited Parker Friday for an event on Continuing Legal Education, attended by local judges and attorneys. The La Paz County Public Defender’s Office hosted the event with the distinguished presenters, the Hon. Andrew Gould, Hon. Kenton Jones and Hon. Samuel Thumma of the Court of Appeals, Division 1. Attorneys from La Paz …

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  • 8 June

    10 Ways to Avoid Being ‘That Guy’ at Tube Float

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    We all know him. ‘That Guy’ is the one who ruins the Tube Float for everybody else around him while convinced of his own coolness. Don’t want to be him? Follow these 10 guidelines from Parker Live and you’ll have a great time this Saturday! (1) Put a self-imposed limit on the use of your props. Super Soakers, nerf projectiles, …

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  • 7 June

    Supervisors want public support to help challenge Feds

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    The La Paz County Board of Supervisors has sent out a request for immediate input from the public, local environmental organizations, tourism/recreation focused businesses and other stakeholders on the subject of federal government land use in the County. Citing a “multitude of federal actions that continue to deteriorate the County’s limited tax base”, a press release by the Board of …

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  • 4 June

    Officer involved shooting at 100 Homes, one dead

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    UPDATE 6/7: CRIT P.D. has added another detail for the record. According to CRIT Police Chief William Ponce, the knife-wielding subject in this story was advancing on the officer, moving toward him while ignoring repeated instructions to drop the knife. “The individual kept advancing on the officer, and the officer retreated until this individual continued to advance on the officer …

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  • 1 June

    Candidates for County offices set for elections

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    A deadline for candidates turning in paperwork and signatures to La Paz County was reached late Wednesday, which means that we now know the full list of candidates running for local election this year. The primary election in August is up first, with Republicans and Democrats voting for their nominees to the general election in November. But much will be …

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  • 1 June

    Remembering Dad on Memorial Day

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    This month I’m doing the opposite of what we usually do. Normally if there’s a big holiday coming up we talk about it before it happens to prepare for it, or on that day so we can be timely and relevant. This month I’m neither timely or relevant because I’m going to talk about the Memorial Day holiday that we …

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  • 1 June

    15 year-old boy drowns over Memorial Day weekend

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    It was the first tragic news of its kind in a long time on the Parker Strip: a 15 year-old boy died by drowning in the river at La Paz County Park over Memorial Day weekend. The boy was visiting with his family from the Phoenix, AZ area and was stationed on a riverfront stretch of the park Sunday, where …

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May, 2016

  • 27 May

    10 Things You Need for a Classic Parker Summer Weekend

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    It’s officially the beginning of summer on the Parker Strip! Here are 10 things you may need. 1. Cooler What better place to start? You’ll need a cooler packed with ice so there’s always a cold one nearby. With temps reaching the upper 90s this weekend, it won’t take long before you’ll be reaching for one. 2. Sunglasses For obvious …

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  • 27 May

    Viewfinder: Graduation

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    Yesterday was the last day of school for most in the Parker Unified School District, with the graduation and ‘move up’ ceremonies held Wednesday and Thursday at the schools in the district. Parker High School’s graduation was held at Joe Bush Stadium Thursday night, the bleachers and walkways packed with family and friends as the fireworks marked the end of …

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  • 26 May

    Things learned when returning a desert tortoise to the wild

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    A desert tortoise found itself in a built-up area of the town of Parker Wednesday, where it was found by some people going about their day jobs and returned after consulting with Arizona Game and Fish Department. A few things were learned during the incident: There are two species of desert tortoise, one that is native to the east of …

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  • 17 May

    Suspect named in triple homicide case

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    A man who was a ‘person of interest’ in a triple homicide in rural La Paz County has now been named as a suspect in the murders, according to La Paz County Sheriff’s Office. “We recently completed a preliminary analysis of some of the biological/physical evidence recovered from the crime scene. At this time, we have enough probable cause to …

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  • 17 May

    Elderly woman found after wandering away from camp near Quartzsite

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    An elderly woman is safe after she got lost for several hours in the desert on a hot day last week near Quartzsite, AZ and was quickly rescued by first responders. On Tuesday evening Dwight Barr, 74, drove to the Quartzsite Police Department to report that his wife Elinor, 80, was lost in the desert south of the town. Mr. …

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  • 6 May

    One pedestrian dead, one injured in crash near Parker

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    UPDATE: Added below. According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, two pedestrians were struck late Thursday night on Highway 95 north of Parker, killing one and seriously injuring the other. The two pedestrians were walking in the outside lane of traffic, according to a DPS spokesperson. They were struck by a passenger vehicle at around 10:25pm at milepost 145.6. …

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  • 6 May

    AWC breaks ground on new community center

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    A new 11,200 square-foot facility broke ground Thursday evening on 11th Street in Parker, part of an initiative to put community college dollars into use for the community in the Parker area. Arizona Western College Parker Community Center will be used as classroom space some of the time, with a feature allowing the classrooms to convert into a large meeting …

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  • 5 May

    On being well-rounded

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    If you ask people what kind of age we live in today at some point most people will at least mention the information explosion that’s occurred via the internet. Today we know more than we ever had before. Average human knowledge doubles about every 13 months. Pretty amazing isn’t it? Obviously no one can keep up with this accumulation of …

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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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    UPDATE added at bottom, 5/10/2016. Second UPDATE added at bottom, 6/16/2016. — 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.” …

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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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