Sunday, April 20, 2014

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  • Let’s gear up for a great weekend!

    Let’s gear up for a great weekend!

    This’ll be a busy weekend! The BlueWater Parker 425 Presented by Impact begins as I write this on Thursday morning, with qualifying today by Best In The Desert and the awesome Downtown Experience by the Parker Area Chamber of Commerce this afternoon/evening. The action continues tomorrow with Contingency ... Read More »
  • Boats, Inner Tubes, and Flip Flops! Oh my!

    Boats, Inner Tubes, and Flip Flops! Oh my!

    This summer we could see a record number of visitors to our area. The Colorado River continues to offer a reprieve from not only the triple digit temperatures, but also the traffic-jammed roadways and pollution-filled skies of the big city. The task of continually attracting an increasing number ... Read More »
  • The Magic Circle

    The Magic Circle

    Winter was nearly over in Quartzsite when I received a request from my editor in Idaho where I worked summers as a reporter. ‘Hey – need a pic of a labyrinth for a photo illustration. Mine’s under 4 ft of snow. Heard there might be one in Quartzsite. ... Read More »
  • A Visit to Myanmar

    A Visit to Myanmar

    Let me start off with a quick apology. I had an idea for a column and thought I could get it done before I left for Myanmar. But, as I often do, I over-estimated how much I could get done in that short span of time. So instead ... Read More »

Articles in chronological order

Mock car accident this Friday

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Parker Police Department sent out the below message announcing a multi-agency mock fatality drill at Joe Bush Stadium this Friday, April 18th. Within the next couple of months, high school prom, graduation as well as 8th grade promotions and Memorial Day will be upon us. These special occasions, rites of passage and the holiday weekend are usually marked by celebrations. ... Read More »

Arizona Prosecuting Attorneys recognizes La Paz prosecutor

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From the website of the Arizona Prosecuting Attorneys’ Advisory Council, in recognition of Rachael Shackelford, Prosecutors Spotlight for April 2014: Attorney Rachael Shackelford far exceeds expectations of the La Paz County Attorney’s Office. As the primary attorney for felony victim cases, she routinely faces demands and pressures beyond the norm even for prosecutors, yet Rachel maintains the serenity to deal ... Read More »

Boats, Inner Tubes, and Flip Flops! Oh my!

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This summer we could see a record number of visitors to our area. The Colorado River continues to offer a reprieve from not only the triple digit temperatures, but also the traffic-jammed roadways and pollution-filled skies of the big city. The task of continually attracting an increasing number of visitors to the Parker area will only be assisted by a ... Read More »

A Visit to Myanmar

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Let me start off with a quick apology. I had an idea for a column and thought I could get it done before I left for Myanmar. But, as I often do, I over-estimated how much I could get done in that short span of time. So instead of that column you’re seeing this one which is being written in ... Read More »

21 year old Ehrenberg man arrested for sex with minor

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La Paz County Sheriff’s Department says it has arrested a man on suspicion of having sex with a 13 year old girl. On April 7th, 2014 at approximately 8:30 pm, Brandon Jones was arrested for Sexual Conduct with a Minor. On April 4th, 2014, La Paz County Deputies were dispatched to an undisclosed location in regards to an alleged sexual ... Read More »

37th Annual Parker Tube Float

The 37th Annual Parker Tube Float is June 7, 2014 ! Float-aritaville: It’s always 5 o’clock in Parker Arizona! Grab those islander tubes, castaway hats, sunscreen and a bunch of friends and head out to La Paz County Park for the Annual Parker Tube Float! This is the biggest fundraiser for the Parker Area Chamber of Commerce and has become a ... Read More »

Town of Parker to change trash collection

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The Town of Parker The Town of Parker is making a change in trash collection services. The Town has been assisting our community with the collection and disposal of solid waste for many years. The Town of Parker intends to increase opportunities for commercial and industrial property owners in acquiring solid waste collection and disposal services. Effective August 1, 2014, ... Read More »

Town looks for public input on federal funds usage

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Town of Parker The Town of Parker is expected to receive approximately $179,655.00 in FY 2014, from federal CDBG funds from the Arizona Department of Housing Regional Account (RA). The Town of Parker also intends to apply for $179,655 in FY 2014 CDBG funds from the State special projects (SSP) account. CDBG funds must be used to benefit low-income persons ... Read More »

Cenpatico gives $46,000 to four La Paz County orgs

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The Regional Behavioral Health Authority for La Paz County, Cenpatico, has announced it is giving over $46,000 to four La Paz County organizations. The funds will help support community programs and purchase equipment and supplies. The grant awards are part of $422,000 that Cenpatico is giving throughout Arizona to help improve the communities it serves. “Cenpatico believes in investing in ... Read More »

Rock removal scheduled between Ehrenberg and Quartzsite next week

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The Arizona Department of Transportation is scheduled to begin a project to remove large rocks alongside Interstate 10 between Ehrenberg and Quartzsite next week. Starting Monday, March 24th, I-10 will be narrowed to one lane in each direction between mileposts 10 and 11 for the next three weeks. In addition to the lane restrictions: Westbound I-10 will be closed up ... Read More »

Soroptimist honors Neola “Sis” Voegtli

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The below is a speech given by the Soroptimists’ Sheri Newman honoring Neola “Sis” Voegtli with the organization’s ‘Making a Difference for Women Award’. It is my honor today to present to you our honoree for our “Making a Difference for Women Award” winner, Neola “Sis” Voegtli. The award honors women who, through their professional or personal efforts have made ... Read More »

It’s coming…

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Josh’s desk has changed – it now resides at Parker Area Tourism – and here’s a brief trailer for one of the biggest events on the organization’s calendar. Get ready! It’s coming… the 37th Annual Parker Tube Float: Read More »

Ehrenberg I-10 exit to be closed Monday

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The Arizona Department of Transportation is in the process of improving the Interstate 10 Ehrenberg traffic interchange (Exit 1) and will need to close the eastbound on- and off-ramps for several hours early Monday, March 24th. The eastbound off-ramp will be closed from midnight to 2 a.m. The eastbound on-ramp will be closed from 2 to 4 a.m. Motorists are ... Read More »

Can you identify these people?

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The people pictured here on security camera are accused of robbing Teri’s Health & Water, a long-term business on Joshua Avenue in Parker. Authorities are currently asking for any information anyone may have on the identities of the people pictured. The vehicle in the footage is described as an older, all-black car with black rims with a white sticker on ... Read More »

Highway 95: Traffic flowing again after accident

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A single vehicle rollover collision just north of Bill Williams Bridge closed Highway 95 for a time during this morning’s commute. The highway is now open again after the Arizona Department of Public Safety attended the scene. The accident involved a single passenger car with injuries to the driver. No fatalities are being reported at this time. Traffic was stopped ... Read More »

Viewfinder: C-130 at Parker Airport

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A C-130 Hercules full of U.S. Marines on training exercises spends the day at Parker Airport while the high winds ground the plane. Photo via Melissa Wright Photography. (Thanks to Andy Jones and Kyle Conlon for the correction on the plane model.) Read More »

Power outage scheduled for Wednesday morning

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APS is to take a second scheduled power outage Wednesday morning at around 9:30 a.m, according to APS Energy Delivery Section Leader John Croteau. The areas affected will be from Rio Lindo Shores though Lakeside and Highland Estates north of Parker. The outage is expected to last around 10 minutes. Earlier this month APS said it was performing routine maintenance ... Read More »