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.

CRIT largest recipient of federal stimulus funds in County

Parker Live has been taking a look at Recovery Act spending in La Paz County. A total of $17 million in stimulus funds has been allocated within La Paz County (around $855 per capita), much of it going to the Colorado River Indian Tribes in the form of grants. Here are some of the notable checks written as grants to …

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Andy Jones writes himself $50,000 loan from Joint Venture

The Parker Pioneer reported last week that the governing board of the Colorado River Sewage System Joint Venture had been surprised to learn of loans made to employees from its funds for years, and one in particular that caught their eye, made in the amount of $50,000 by its General Manager Andy Jones to himself. The public sewage system is …

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County, Town & CRIT in public meeting

Three local governmental bodies will meet this morning about a proposal to start a Task Force Intergovernmental Agreement and to discuss jurisdictional issues. La Paz County, the Town of Parker and the Colorado River Indian Tribes will be holding a joint worksession, open to the public, at BlueWater Resort & Casino at 11:30am.

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AWC phones, computers down

The system which runs Arizona Western College phones and network connections is down this morning, according to AWC. (Even their internet site is down.) If you need to reach someone at AWC please visit in person at 601 West 11th Street in Parker. ———– 12/14 UPDATE: AWC systems are still down. People visiting in person should go to the AWC …

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Traffic jammed on I-10 to LA

All westbound lanes are blocked at this hour on I-10 west of Parker going toward Orange County/Los Angeles. A semi has turned over with one fatality with a hazardous spill between Palm Springs and Cabazon, blocking all westbound lanes and creating what one driver reporting to KLPZ calls “the worst traffic jam I’ve ever been in”. California Highway Patrol says …

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High Court denies County’s Yakima appeal

The Arizona Supreme Court has denied La Paz County’s petition to review its request for an appeal. The latest in the ongoing legal embroilment with Yakima Compost Company is expected to put the onus back upon the County Board of Supervisors to negotiate a settlement with Jim Willett, Yakima’s owner. Some attempts have been made in the past, but the …

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ADF intervenes in church tax tussle

A Christian organization known for defending church rights around America is intervening in the property tax bill of a Quartzsite church after the church received a bill they claim they do not owe. The Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), founded by well-known conservative Christian leaders like Bill Bright and James Dobson, says the Isaiah 58 Project church should not owe any …

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ADEQ gives money to Parker to clean up asbestos

ADEQ Press Release Arizona Department of Environmental Quality officials announced today that a $56,000 grant has been awarded to the Town of Parker for the cleanup of small quantities of asbestos in three town buildings which the town wants to bring in compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act requirements. The town received a community development block grant for the barrier …

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