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.

Emergency action taken on Colorado River water, CRIT Chairwoman responds

The Bureau of Reclamation announced two separate urgent drought response actions this week that aim to prop up Lake Powell by nearly 1 million acre-feet of water over the next 12 months. CRIT Chairwoman Amelia Flores responded to the news with support. Lake Powell’s water surface elevation is at 3,522 feet, its lowest level since originally being filled in the …

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Man arrested in Big River while riding stolen ATV

A man was arrested in Big River while riding a stolen ATV. Charles Taylor, 44 of Big River, had an existing warrant for assault. On Thursday, April 28th, at approximately 4:05 p.m., deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Colorado River Station conducted a traffic stop on an ATV at the intersection of Del Rey Drive and Papago Trail in …

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Five arrested for prostitution and drug house in Big River

Five people were arrested for prostitution after deputies served a search warrant at a residence they called a “drug house” in Big River. On Tuesday at about 8 am, Roy Carter, 71 of Big River, Angela Bush, 48 of Parker, Donald “Tim” Hall, 65 of Parker, Anna Mandan, 37 of Parker and Terry Evans, 57 of Parker were arrested when …

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Hartless says Wedemeyer notice of claim “preposterous”

Suspended Town Manager Lori Wedemeyer filed a notice of claim last month against the Town of Parker, Mayor Karen Bonds and Councilman Randy Hartless, the latter of which says he finds the claim “preposterous”. Last October, Wedemeyer was suspended by the Town Council after a search warrant was executed at her home in connection with an investigation by the Yuma …

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Why the Trump census count has already begun to negatively impact La Paz County

According to the U.S. Census, roughly 20 percent of La Paz County’s residents disappeared from towns like Parker and Quartzsite between 2010 and 2020. The idea is “ludicrous”, County Supervisor Duce Minor responded last summer when the numbers were announced. But the Trump administration’s interference for political reasons makes the inaccuracy in the 2020 Census an even bigger issue than …

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Bureau of Reclamation to give presentation on river operations on the Parker Strip

La Paz County District 2 Supervisor Duce Minor has announced he will be hosting a community meeting regarding U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s river operations. Bureau of Reclamation Deputy Chief Mike Bernardo and River Operations Manager Noe Santos from the Boulder Canyon Operations Office, Interior Region 8: Lower Colorado Basin will be sharing a presentation on the operations of their department …

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Wilkins pleads guilty in police chase that led to death of Sergeant Rudd

Mark Joseph Wilkins has pled guilty to all the charges against him after he was accused of leading police officers on a chase that led to the death of La Paz County Sheriff’s Sergeant Mike Rudd last year. Late in the evening of October 11th, 2021, a report went out about an individual who had used a fraudulent credit card …

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BOAT ACCIDENT: Yucaipa man dies after attempt at life-saving measures

A man died earlier this month after falling off his boat. By the time he was pulled to shore, he was unresponsive. Deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station responded to a medical aid call at the 1400 block of Parker Dam on February 9th at around 2:08 pm. A male subject had fallen off his …

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CRIT Chairwoman and Vice Chairman meet with BLM Director over cultural resources

CRIT Chairwoman Amelia Flores and Vice Chairman Dwight Lomayesva met with the Director of the federal Bureau of Land Management Tracy Stone-Manning to discuss the appropriate treatment of cultural resources located on public lands within the ancestral territories of tribal members. The informal meeting on February 8th was facilitated by CRIT’s consultant Sara A. Clark, a partner at Shute, Mihaly …

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