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    The end is just a new beginning

    Louie has reached his goal weight. But he’s not celebrating. Find out why below. In the latter part of July 2015 I reached a goal I’ve been working towards for nearly a year. According to the app I’ve been using it took me 322 days to do it. ...

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  • ...or what.

    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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  • Hualapai Mountain Park. Photo via Melissa Wright Photography

    4 places to cool off this month

      Nine months out of the year, Parker, AZ enjoys beautiful weather. But like other desert cities, it gets really hot here, and it doesn’t cool off until late September. River rats aren’t bothered by this; we love the cool water as a lifestyle and join the thousands ...

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September, 2015

  • 4 September

    Viewfinder: Broncs at Home

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       The Parker Broncs play Mohave Accelerated Patriots tonight at Joe Bush Stadium for their first home game of the season.

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  • 4 September

    DUI patrol this weekend

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    The Parker Police Department will be conducting a DUI Detail this Labor Day holiday weekend, according to a statement from PPD. “We will have extra officers patrolling during peak travel times day and night,” the department says. “The ability to have more officers on patrol is made possible through grant money received from the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.” ...

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  • 4 September

    Parker Livecast #28: One Year Anniversary / Labor Day edition

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    Recorded live at Roadrunner Floating Dock Bar on a beautiful evening this week, the one-year anniversary edition of the Parker Livecast is a lively conversation ahead of Labor Day, always a fun weekend on the river. John Wright, Josh Savino and Joaquin Vences sit around a table on the ‘finger’ dock at Roadrunner, talking about some of the things that ...

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  • 1 September

    Woman who lost house in fire says she is grateful for community support

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    Texas lady fondly remembers her times coming to Parker and reminds us how Bean Pot Hill got its name   The woman who lost her vacation house to a fire on Bean Pot Hill last week says she is grateful to have the support of the Parker community and appreciates the kind messages she has received. Marti Stone Gibson, 71, ...

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August, 2015

  • 31 August

    To The Editor: Whose tattered flag is this?

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    Occasionally, Parker Live readers notice bad flag etiquette in the Parker area, and this one aroused particular attention because it belongs to… the federal Post Office facility in the town of Parker, AZ. I received this photo in my inbox this morning, which immediately called to mind this quote: “The flag, when it is in such condition that it is ...

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  • 28 August

    REPLAY: The latest on the Bean Pot Hill fire

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    Appearing live on KLPZ 1380am Friday morning at 8:15am, Captain Mike Byrd of the Buckskin Fire Department and Lieutenant Curt Bagby of the La Paz County Sheriff’s Office gave updates on last night’s fire in a residential area of the Lakeside 2 community north of Parker, AZ. Watch here: Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream

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  • 27 August

    Fire on Bean Pot Hill

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    A structure fire broke out on Thursday evening in the area of Lakeside known as Bean Pot Hill. The fire spread across brush near some homes and looked set to threaten the homes nearby. Updates to follow. 6:05– Reports that at least 3 houses have been burned as firefighters continue to work the blaze. People are reportedly watering their homes ...

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  • 24 August

    Election a year away, candidates making plans

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    All elected positions in La Paz County are up for election next year, and many potential candidates are making decisions and forming plans already. Three positions are available on the County Board of Supervisors, one from each district. County Attorney, Sheriff, Treasurer, School Superintendent, Recorder and Assessor are also on the ballot, with candidates from various parties and independents open ...

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  • 24 August

    Boy drowns near bridge in Parker, say cops

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    A 15 year old boy drowned on Saturday, August 15th near the bridge in Parker, AZ, according to law enforcement. Deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department responded to the Colorado River near the Riverview Mobile Home Park for a report of a drowning victim who had been submerged and missing for over an hour. Members of the Colorado ...

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  • 20 August

    Parker internet speeds go up again

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    Suddenlink’s $250m investment brings higher speeds Residents of the Parker, AZ area don’t get much choice when it comes to broadband internet providers. But a series of infrastructure improvements and speed boosts in the past few years have made all the difference for those doing business and pleasure in the area, and the latest speed boost will make power users ...

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  • 20 August

    Parker Panthers into 2015 season

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    The Parker Panthers started the 2015 Pop Warner football season at the beginning of this month, with kids from 5 years old involved in the league. Pop Warner football has been around since the inception of the league in 1929 by founder Joseph J. Tomlin in Philadelphia. Since then, participation has steadily increased to today’s record numbers. Well over a ...

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  • 19 August

    Stolen boat found stripped and dumped in desert

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    A boat that made headlines on this site when it sank and was stolen hours later has resurfaced in the desert, partially stripped and dumped there. According to its owner, these photos show the location it was left, on the California side of the Colorado River near Parker, with its tower and sound system gone, one side windshield missing and ...

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  • 18 August

    Arizona’s environment agency says water is good

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    Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) officials announced today it has examined data provided by states upstream of Lake Powell and closer to the Gold King Mine spill. ADEQ’s analysis of data released by the Utah Department of Environmental Quality of samples collected about 100 miles from Lake Powell (closest Utah sample) shows that water quality conditions in the San ...

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  • 18 August

    PAID: “But Judge… I didn’t know!”

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    The courtroom can be a pretty intimidating place. Often, parents representing themselves don’t know where to stand, what to say, or may not even understand what’s actually going on. Given the complexity of the law and court procedure, certainly non-lawyers representing themselves are held to a lesser standard, right? Well, actually, no. Self-represented parents are expected to know how to ...

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  • 14 August

    Viewfinder: Catching air at sunrise

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    What summers in Parker are all about: Kobe, 12, from San Clemente – “He’s been coming here since he was 7 weeks old. The Colorado River is in his blood!”

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  • 12 August

    Town seeking contractors for water line replacement

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    The Town of Parker says it will be replacing approximately 1,200 feet of water lines in the town, and is seeking qualified contractors to do the work. The Town has been awarded a Community Development Block Grant through the State of Arizona Department of Housing, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Responses to the ...

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  • 12 August

    Remember the boat that sank at the weekend? Owner says it’s been stolen

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    Boat sinks on viral video; a few hours later it’s been stolen, according to man who reached out to Parker Live. And it wasn’t insured A boat that drew over 200,000 views when a Facebook video showed it sinking on the Parker Strip has been stolen, according to its owner. The blue and white Tige wakeboard boat went underwater on ...

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  • 11 August

    To The Editor: Will the Colorado mine spill affect the Parker Strip?

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    UPDATE 8/18: Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) officials announced today it has examined data provided by states upstream of Lake Powell and closer to the Gold King Mine spill. ADEQ’s analysis of data released by the Utah Department of Environmental Quality of samples collected about 100 miles from Lake Powell (closest Utah sample) shows that water quality conditions in ...

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  • 10 August

    Infant death in Salome

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    An infant in Salome, AZ – a small town between Parker and Phoenix – has died, according to the La Paz County Sheriff’s Office. On Saturday, August 8th, 2015 at approximately 4pm, deputies responded to a residence on Highway 72 near Salome for a call relating to an infant who was not breathing. Upon arrival, the deputy made contact with ...

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  • 10 August

    Man arrested after fight

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    The La Paz County Sheriff’s Office made a tactical entry into a home in the Lakeside 5 area north of Parker on Sunday evening. The incident began on Saturday when Kevin Foran allegedly left his home to visit a family member a few houses down on Treasure Road, accusing him of breaking into his house. He allegedly struck the family ...

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  • 10 August

    Better Business Bureau open for La Paz and Mohave Counties

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    A nonprofit organization focused on advancing marketplace trust is now operating in La Paz and Mohave counties. The local director of the Better Business Bureau Elaine Cullen paid a visit to the morning show at KLPZ 1380am last week, saying she hopes the BBB presence here will give consumers good resources. “We have some of the best free consumer resources ...

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  • 10 August

    Man who spray-painted landmark rock may be about to hear from law enforcement

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    Bob Garland apologizes on Parker Live – see below. A photo circulating online since last night seems to implicate a Corona, CA man in an act of vandalism on the Parker Strip. The photo was posted to a public Facebook group called ’10 Ways You Know You Grew Up/Live In Corona, CA!’, identifying him by name as a 60-year old ...

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  • 9 August

    Parker firefighters respond to the Willow Fire

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    The ‘Willow Fire’ continues to burn north of Lake Havasu City in an area called Mohave Valley. It began in the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday morning, according to Mohave County Emergency Management, and continues to blaze through willow trees and brush north of I-40. By Saturday night, smoke from the fire could be seen for well over a ...

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  • 7 August

    Parker Rotary Club prepares backpacks for Bouse kids

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    The Parker Rotary Club filled 45 backpacks with school supplies Thursday, sending them to Bouse Elementary School District ahead of their first day of school later this month. With the generous support of Walmart who co-sponsored the drive, the club bought the backpacks and supplies for the kids of the school, who are in a rural area of La Paz ...

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  • 7 August

    Man hit by prop survives, recovering in hospital

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    A man who was hit by a boat propeller on Sunday afternoon is recovering in hospital, according to Sheriff’s Boating Division deputies. The man, who is military and stationed in Twentynine Palms, was apparently a passenger in a boat that was anchored near Headgate Dam, just southwest of BlueWater Resort & Casino. The rocks there are a popular place to ...

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  • 6 August

    Viewfinder: A stormy day

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      A storm passed through the Parker area between around 2:40pm and 3:15pm Thursday, with the potential for more weather on the way later in the afternoon. The town of Quartzsite and Bouse were also hit pretty hard. The weather brought a significant decrease in temps, more than 20 degrees in the center of the storm. Keep up with the ...

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  • 6 August

    Win a set of tickets to Wet ‘n’ Wild Phoenix

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    UPDATE: Thanks all who entered. This contest is now over. Look out for future opportunities to win! KLPZ 1380am/Parker Live is teaming up with Wet ‘n’ Wild Phoenix to give away a set of single day admission tickets to the popular water park. The tickets are good for any time in the 2015 season, so enter to win and potentially ...

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  • 5 August

    Upriver resident dies, law enforcement investigates

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    A report of gunfire and suspicious activity led to an investigation of the death of an upriver resident over the weekend. In the evening hours of Sunday, August 2nd, 2015, deputies from the La Paz County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a residence in Cienega Springs north of Parker in regards to a possible suspicious death. Upon arrival, the emergency ...

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  • 4 August

    Fire at Riverview RV Park

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    UPDATE: Parker Fire and Buckskin Fire also attended, according to members of the public. A fire broke out at Riverview RV Park just north of the main intersection in Earp, CA around 4:45 p.m. Tuesday. CRIT Fire attended the scene, along with River Medical and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. No confirmation on which structures were burned or if ...

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  • 4 August

    DPS to investigate death in La Paz County jail

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    An investigation into a death in custody will be conducted by the Arizona Department of Public Safety. Beverly Pool was arrested on a warrant from Parker Magistrate Court at around 3:20pm on Friday, July 24th, 2015 by Parker Police Department. She was brought in to the La Paz County Detention Facility for booking, and accepted by the jail. She ate, ...

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  • 4 August

    4 places to cool off this month

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      Nine months out of the year, Parker, AZ enjoys beautiful weather. But like other desert cities, it gets really hot here, and it doesn’t cool off until late September. River rats aren’t bothered by this; we love the cool water as a lifestyle and join the thousands of visitors to our own stretch of paradise on many summer weekends. ...

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  • 4 August

    Work at Desert Bar road and Highway 95 begins Monday

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    The Arizona Department of Transportation will start a new project next Monday, August 10th, to improve the intersection of State Route 95 and Cienega Springs Road approximately four miles north of Parker. The $1.9 million project includes widening the roadway to install a center turn-lane, new pavement and irrigation improvements. The intersection can become very busy, especially on winter weekends ...

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  • 3 August

    School Zone Flashback

    ...or what.

    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 came to a complete stop to allow a group of backpacked, smiley faced students ...

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  • 3 August

    The end is just a new beginning

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    Louie has reached his goal weight. But he’s not celebrating. Find out why below. In the latter part of July 2015 I reached a goal I’ve been working towards for nearly a year. According to the app I’ve been using it took me 322 days to do it. If memory serves (and anymore it usually doesn’t!) I didn’t start using ...

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  • 3 August

    First day of school in Parker

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    Most kids enrolled in Parker area schools went back to school this morning for their first day of the new school year. Town was buzzing at 7:45am with parents getting back into a routine of dropping students off, and familiar yellow school buses making their way in from around the sprawling community. The Parker Unified School District’s five schools were ...

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  • 1 August

    Boat runs ashore, operator may be charged

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      A boat was found grounded on Saturday morning at Patria Flats park by a Sheriff’s Deputy with the operator nowhere to be found at first. According to law enforcement there was evidence that someone had been injured and that the operator had lost control, probably in the early morning hours, but nobody reported an accident and nobody was at ...

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July, 2015

  • 31 July

    Parker Livecast #27: Mid-Summer Catchup & Parker Broncs

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    It’s the middle of the Parker summer, and we’ve come back from vacations and the river to catch up with the semi-regular cast and crew of the Parker Livecast! This week’s edition also includes a great segment with the Parker Broncs football team and Coach Jeston Lotts ahead of their season opener in August. After last year’s encouraging season, the ...

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  • 29 July

    Detours & Downpours

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    Detours & Downpours Mid-Summer Storm Gives Motorists Best Detour Ever Showers and thunderstorms dumped 6.7 inches of rain in the drought-stricken region of Desert Center Sunday, July 19th. The storm produced 1.5 inches of rain an hour resulting in flash flooding that lead to the collapse of the Tex Wash bridge in the eastbound lane of Interstate 10. Detours were ...

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  • 29 July

    Veterans needs being addressed like never before

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    The needs of military veterans are being addressed in La Paz County in unprecedented ways this year, including the formation of a special court for qualifying veterans who get in trouble with the legal system and new efforts in offering health care to veterans in Parker. There are an estimated 3,500 veterans living in La Paz County at any given ...

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  • 29 July

    Woman dies in custody in Parker

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    An woman has died in jail in Parker, according to a statement by La Paz County Sheriff’s Office. On Saturday morning (July 25th, 2015) an officer performing routine security checks at the La Paz County Detention Facility found Beverly Pool, 54, unresponsive in her cell. She was later pronounced deceased by emergency responders. Pool, a resident of Parker, AZ, had ...

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  • 27 July

    To The Editor: Who is blocking desert trails?

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    Here’s an email from a mountain biker. “For the last few winters I’ve been biking on the trails around the Mineral Mine Road — just past where Shea Road turns into the Bill Williams Highway. This is a popular area with ATVs and motorcycles, although it is not part of the main off-road area. It is all a long way ...

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  • 25 July

    Arizona DPS to get a new look. What do you think?

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    The Arizona state police agency, the Department of Public Safety, is to get a re-branding with new colors, according to the Arizona Capitol Times. Officers with the department are no longer being called ‘officers’ either and will now be referred to as ‘troopers’. DPS will be getting 90 new vehicles soon, so it was a good time to update the ...

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  • 23 July

    Water Grab?

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    Here on the Parker Strip, we’re Arizonans and we’re Californians. The river we call home straddles the state line joining these two great states. Our diverse community lives on both sides of the river and holds many connections to the metropolitan areas on either side of us: to Los Angeles, Orange County, the Inland Empire and San Diego to our ...

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  • 20 July

    I-10 closure: here’s what you need to know

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    UPDATE 2: I-10 is to be reopened on Friday, according to Caltrans, using the westbound lanes for two-way traffic. This will provide one lane in each direction while construction work continues on the bridge on the eastbound lanes. UPDATE: Traffic in Parker has become heavy and slow due to the detour, but relief is coming. CA-177 has been reopened, which ...

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  • 17 July

    Parker weather: Storm rolls in

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    UPDATE 3:48pm – Highway 72 near Bouse, AZ is reportedly already closed after flash flooding across the desert. One to two inches of rain are possible this weekend as more moisture moves into the Parker area and across the region. Clear skies in Parker gave way to dramatic cloud cover by early Friday afternoon, with wind picking up along the ...

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  • 11 July

    Viewfinder: FLOG 2015

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    KLPZ’s annual FLOG tournament, aka Baseball Golf, took place Saturday morning at Emerald Canyon Golf Course. The wacky 9-hole scramble is in its 15th year, and brought the usual hilarity, costumes, competition and insanity. Each July the tournament offers players the chance to swing baseball bats at a golf course, and to use them like pool cues on the greens. ...

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  • 7 July

    Viewfinder: Healthy La Paz County

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    A local cycling club hits the open road early mornings and late nights, cycling up to 40 or 50 miles at a time. Runners are often seen on Parker’s roads too, especially on the river roads north of town. When kayaks, paddle boards and desert hikes are added, motorless recreation in Parker has never been so prevalent.

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  • 7 July

    Bomb threat at CRIT building a hoax, CRIT PD says

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    11am– The offices of the Colorado River Indian Tribes have reportedly been evacuated at this hour after an alleged security alert or threat. The Sheriff’s Office is reportedly on standby as things develop. Parker Live will pass along any official information about the situation we get. UPDATE 7/10/2015 3pm- The evacuation on July 7th was due to a bomb threat received ...

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