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.

Former judge Charlene Shontz-Weis dies, memorial Saturday

Charlene Shontz-Weis, age 78 of Parker, passed away on January 2nd surrounded by her family. She was born on October 24th, 1945. Charlene will be remembered as a thoughtful, generous, kind, sassy, and amazing individual, as well as a beloved Parker icon. Charlene is survived by her daughter, Julie Weis, and son, Joe C. Weis II. She is also survived …

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It’s race week in Parker!

This week, off-road racing returns in Parker, Arizona with an all-new version of a classic race: the Parker 400. This year, the race is in new hands, those of Josh and Matt Martelli, best known as founders of Mad Media and promoters of the Mint 400 in Las Vegas. The Martellis are coming into Parker on the friendliest terms possible, …

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Santa visits Keys II before Lighted Boat Parade

Santa made a surprise visit to the Keys II neighborhood beach along the Parker Strip Saturday, just before getting on a pontoon boat prepared by Karen Ward, Dave ‘River Dad’ Judy, Carol Judy and family, and joining the annual Lighted Boat Parade which started just after dark. The parade included a good number of illuminated boats, setting the holiday mood …

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Prescribed burn planned near Parker

Fire managers from the Bureau of Land Management’s Colorado River District will conduct prescribed burning near Parker between December 2023 and March 2024, as weather and fuel conditions allow. The burn area is located seven miles northeast of Parker and one-half mile west of Parker Dam Road near Crossroads, on the California side of the Colorado River. “The removal and …

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