Wednesday, October 1, 2014
  • 12 reasons I love Parker, AZ

    12 reasons I love Parker, AZ

    I was working in San Francisco last weekend. When I’m out of town and people ask what part of Arizona I live in, I usually say something like, “West side, a stone’s throw from California.” If they keep talking I add something like, “South of Lake Havasu”, assuming ... 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 »
  • The power of small changes

    The power of small changes

    September marks the beginning of a seasonal change here on the river as we move into Fall. It used to be marked with school starting as well, but today we do that in August. It does begin a cool down, however long and slow it may be. Change is one of those topics ... Read More »

Articles in chronological order

Parker nonprofit awarded new 5-year grant

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After years of applying, the Parker Area Alliance for Community Empowerment (PAACE) has been awarded the White House’s 5-year Drug-Free Communities (DFC) grant. The DFC program was instituted by an act of the U.S. Congress in 1997 with the aim of providing funding to community-based coalitions that organize to prevent youth substance use. The philosophy behind the program is that ... Read More »

Broncs beat Kingman 25-6

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The Parker Broncs improve to 4-1 after beating the Kingman Tigers 25-6 in Kingman Friday night. The Broncs jumped out to an early lead after Spencer Moore ran for a touchdown to put the Broncs ahead, but then the game was delayed for 30 minutes because of lightning nearby. CJ Markel added another rushing touchdown before the half to put ... Read More »

Parker Livecast #4: “Topless Pizza”


On this week’s edition of the Parker Livecast, John Wright, Josh Savino, Jim Beaver and Michael Collins are joined by Anthony Rothacher, owner of a legendary local pizza joint in Parker called La Piazza. We try to get him angry with a prank phonecall, but he doesn’t buckle. Listener discretion: this episode contains adult language. 00:57 – Introducing Mike Collins ... Read More »

House fire leads to owner being airlifted to hospital


UPDATE: An account has been opened at National Bank of Arizona for donations to the Forbis Family. Donations can be called in at (928) 669-6173 or mailed in to National Bank of Arizona, 1001 Eagle Ave, Parker, AZ, 85344. —– A blaze consumed a house on Bighorn Drive on the Parker Strip Thursday night. The owner of the house was ... Read More »

Event planned in memory of Alyson Tozer


The community is invited to celebrate the life of Alyson Tozer with her family and friends at La Paz County Park. The event will be held Sunday, October 5th starting at 6 p.m. Aly passed away Tuesday, September 16th after a lifelong battle with cystic fibrosis. Her parents Rich and Teresa want to have a time during which people can ... Read More »

Viewfinder: Bridge repaving


Paving and other finishing work takes place at the new four-lane bridge between Parker, AZ and Earp, CA with CalTrans anticipating the opening ceremony on October 1st at 10 a.m. Construction will be wrapping up soon at the bridge, which has been in progress for well over 3 years and was projected to cost around $40 million. Read More »

Summer is Over?

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Suspected Salome burglar arrested


A suspected burglar that allegedly targeted unoccupied homes in the Salome and Wenden areas of La Paz County, AZ has been apprehended by law enforcement. On Thursday September 11th 2014, the La Paz County Sheriff’s Investigative Unit/Task Force, worked in a cooperative effort with surrounding agencies to apprehend Jonathan Pollock, accused of entering unoccupied homes and removing large amounts of ... Read More »

Sundance for sale on Craigslist for $2.9m


Anybody want to buy a famous waterfront saloon? The Sundance Saloon property is for sale on Craigslist with an asking price of $2.9 million. Citing “260 feet of prime, crystal clear, privately owned waterfront property” and the “restaurant/bar/dance hall/building and property”, the listing also includes Sundance’s liquor license, bar decks, dance floors, boat and waverunner slips. Sundance had a heady ... Read More »

Parker Livecast #3: “My neighborhood was flooded”


On this week’s episode of the Parker Livecast, John Wright, Josh Savino, Jimmy Beaver and Melissa Wright engage in a wide-ranging discussion, starting with the extend of flooding in Arizona and taking a detour around Josh’s plan to camp out overnight outside a Parker donut shop. 0:12 – “It’s been a wild week” 0:50 – “My neighborhood was flooded” 3:50 ... Read More »

Viewfinder: Weather Overground


Thunderstorms are in the forecast for the Parker area today with a 50% chance this morning and an 80% chance building after 4pm. Take care with running washes; don’t drive through them if you don’t know how deep they are. Via Michael Collins Read More »

Parker Livecast #2: Trying to Scam a Scammer


In this week’s episode of the Parker Livecast, John Wright, Josh Savino, Jimmy Beaver and Melissa Wright try to call back a scammer who’s been targeting the Parker area. It doesn’t go well. Here’s what you’ll hear on Episode 2: 0:00 – “Rocks Fallin” by Josh Savino 3:30 – Listener feedback 6:27 – John gets propositioned in Las Vegas 16:24 ... Read More »

Police warn of power bill scam


Don’t be caught out A phone scam is being run on Parker area locals today, according to several sources including Parker Police Department. Locals typically receive calls from someone purporting to be a representative of APS (or another power company), saying they have not received payment and will cut the power off today unless the person sends money. The suggestion ... Read More »

Shontz-Weis wins judge race by 2 votes


It’s official! The incumbent in the election for Precinct 6 Justice of the Peace, Charlene Shontz-Weis, has won the race by just 2 votes. The canvass was approved by the La Paz County Board of Supervisors at a Thursday morning meeting. Weis ran against Rich Tozer, former head of the County’s Probation Department. This was Tozer’s second time going up ... Read More »

Parker Treasure Hunt: September


The Parker Treasure Hunt is back for September! We’ll add a clue every day until the prize marker is found, at which point it can be traded for $100 in cold, hard cash at Lane’s Auto Care & Tire Pros. Good luck and happy hunting! —– 9/3 – This place is not like it used to be, I’m fairly close ... Read More »