John Wright

John is Editor of Parker Live. He is also the host of a daily afternoon radio show on KLPZ 1380am and a documentary filmmaker.

La Paz County’s General Fund is $3.4m underwater

La Paz County’s General Fund is $3.4 million in the red, according to a new report by financial consultants, and is poised to get even worse. A presentation by outside accountants Jay Parke and Karen Ziegler paints a grim picture: a negative balance in the General Fund, “virtually no unrestricted cash”, “insolvent” accounts, and banks walking away from the County. …

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Boat accident near Emerald Cove leaves operator in intensive care

On April 16, 2021 at approximately 10:23 pm, the San Bernardino County Sheriff Department’s Boat Accident Investigation Team was dispatched to a major injury boat collision that occurred on the California shoreline at Bass Point on the Parker Strip. Through investigation and interviews, it was determined Mark Thene was operating a 19-foot SeaRay southbound on the Colorado River at a …

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Darla Tilley OUT at Senior Center after dust-up at Town Hall

Darla Tilley is no longer running the Parker Senior Center after a dust-up at Town Hall led to her resignation “under duress.” Town Manager Lori Wedemeyer says there were valid complaints against Tilley, but Councilman Randy Hartless says Tilley was doing “an incredible job” and thinks it’s Wedemeyer who should be fired. Tilley’s last day at the Senior Center, which …

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Fatal boating collision north of I-40 being investigated

A fatal boating collision on Monday is now being investigated north of the I-40 bridge over the Colorado River near Topock. A juvenile male operator of a personal watercraft is okay, but his 45-year-old male passenger died at the scene. On Monday, March 29th at approximately 3:37 pm, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station Marine Enforcement Unit …

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Rare-earth minerals mining project moves forward

A company called Western Rare Earths, based in Phoenix, is moving forward with plans to drill into the ground for a set of 17 minerals on public lands near Bouse, Arizona in rural La Paz County. The prize: 17 elements known as ‘rare-earth elements’, which include 15 lanthanides plus scandium and yttrium. These elements are necessary components of more than …

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CRIT eases restrictions as COVID numbers decrease

Thanks to a decline in new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, the CRIT Tribal Council voted Friday to reinstate its ‘Safer At Home’ resolution, which eases some restrictions resulting from the pandemic. The more restrictive ‘Stay At Home’ resolution has been in place since late December. Over the past 14 days there have been only 8 newly reported coronavirus cases on …

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Accounting error leads to delayed tax filings for County employees

Employees of La Paz County have had to delay filing their taxes due to an accounting error, which has now been fixed for most employees. According to District 2 Supervisor Duce Minor, the error was made in the process of issuing employees’ initial W2 forms from the County, leading to a review and a process of correction which took around …

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Nomadland features Quartzsite, real people

It’s the best drama film of the year, according to the Golden Globes, and it was made right on our doorstep. Nomadland features real people in Quartzsite, Arizona among other places, including one last, brief on-screen stint for Quartzsite’s Paul Winer. Nomadland – directed, written and edited by Chlo√© Zhao – is the story of a woman who sets off …

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Famous waterfront Sundance Saloon for sale

Anybody want to buy a famous bar? The Sundance Saloon on the Parker Strip is for sale with a listing price of $4.5 million. Sundance was best-known for being ‘the’ epic party spot on the river back in the 70s and 80s, with years of successive river rats pulling up their boats and packing it out for drinks, live music, …

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