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.

WATCH: National Guard soliders administer vaccines in Quartzsite

U.S. Army National Guard soldiers helped to prepare and administer COVID-19 vaccines on Wednesday at a La Paz County Health Department site in Quartzsite. Arizona National Guardsmen are scheduled to continue assisting the administering of COVID-19 vaccines, as well as helping to distribute the vaccination to sites throughout Arizona. Press play above for footage by the National Guard. The La …

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Vaccine rollout extends to age 75 and older, 1000 available

The La Paz County COVID-19 vaccine rollout is extending to those age 75 and older, with appointment dates for 1000 vaccines on January 27th and January 28th. 500 vaccines will be available at the Quartzsite clinic on January 27th from 9am until 1pm, and another 500 vaccines available at the Parker clinic on January 28th from 3:30pm until 6:30pm. The …

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Parker 425: Live

There are a few ways to follow today’s action at the BlueWater Resort & Casino Parker 425! (1) Listen to KLPZ’s updates periodically throughout the day from our studio in Parker, with the local morning show team and Parker Live. It’s a different broadcast this year, because we’re staying indoors. When we’re not on-air talking about the race, listen to …

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Man in his 70s falls down mineshaft while riding ATV, airlifted

A man in his 70s fell down a mineshaft while riding an ATV near Bouse, AZ on Saturday. He was airlifted to hospital with serious injuries after a technical rescue. On Saturday morning at around 11:30 am, emergency personnel were dispatched to the ‘Four Peaks’ area off Plomosa Road near Bouse, AZ for a subject that had fallen into an …

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New trail proposed for Lake Havasu that would allow access to the water

The Bureau of Land Management’s Lake Havasu Field Office is seeking public input on a proposed 30-mile trail along the southeastern shore of Lake Havasu. The proposed walking trail would begin at the BLM’s Partners Point facility along the Lake Havasu shoreline and end near Bill Williams National Wildlife Refuge. Public comments will be accepted for 30 days, from January …

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Parker 425: This year’s race

With an alternate course starting and finishing on Bureau of Land Management land, the BlueWater Parker 425 is going to be very different this year. Here’s some info from the Best in the Desert racing association on this year’s big race. There are two race days: Friday, January 15th and Saturday, January 16th. The ‘trick truck’ class is scheduled to …

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First 400 vaccines arrive in La Paz County

The La Paz County Health Department will be beginning to vaccinate people in La Paz County against COVID-19 on Wednesday, January 6th. The first 400 vaccines will be going to medical professionals and first responders in ‘Phase 1A’ of the distribution. They are from Moderna, which was the second vaccination approved by the federal government for use against the coronavirus. …

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Parker 425 changes course after COVID decision by CRIT

ARTICLE UPDATED 12/30/2020 to add CRIT reaction to the race still being on. — The BlueWater Parker 425 off-road race is still on in January, with a slightly different course after a decision by the Colorado River Indian Tribes to cancel the portion of the event that takes place on reservation lands. At 4:26 pm on Tuesday, Parker Live received …

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Parker 425 changed to run outside CRIT land, after COVID decision

UPDATE: Despite the decision by CRIT to cancel the Parker 425, the race will run outside of the CRIT reservation, according to Best in the Desert: “We want to let our racers and fans know that the BlueWater Parker 425 Presented by Jimco Racing is on despite the recent announcement by CRIT,” an announcement by Best in the Desert reads. …

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Is County Administrator Ron Drake getting a ‘golden parachute’?

La Paz County Administrator Ron Drake has resigned. He has been with the County since 2017. District 2 Supervisor Duce Minor said he had objections to the County giving him a “golden parachute”. In a 2 to 1 vote of the Board of Supervisors, Holly Irwin and DL Wilson voted in favor of accepting Drake’s resignation, with his last day …

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