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.

Earthquake felt in Parker Thursday morning AND Friday evening

UPDATE Fri PM: Another earthquake, this one much larger, hit on Friday evening. It was also felt in the Parker area. Info HERE. — ORIGINAL STORY THURSDAY: A 6.4 magnitude earthquake which struck near Ridgecrest, CA on Thursday morning was felt over 270 miles away in Parker, AZ. Some Parker area residents along the Colorado River reported feeling the rumble …

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Laws to be enforced by multiple agencies over 4th weekend

Multiple agencies will be out on the Colorado River and surrounding roads over the holiday weekend, with special enforcement patrols aiming to keep the river safe, according to both Arizona and California law. Officers from the La Paz County Sheriff’s Department, the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department and other agencies will be present on the water as thousands of people enjoy …

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Where and when to see fireworks in Parker this holiday weekend

There’ll be lots of fireworks to be seen in the Parker area this 4th of July weekend. On Thursday, July 4th at dusk, the Colorado River Indian Tribes will have its annual fireworks at Manataba Park, in the valley just southwest of the town of Parker. The annual BBQ starts at 4 pm under the tin shed. Also on Thursday, July …

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Murder-suicide in Ehrenberg

A man allegedly shot his wife and then himself in Ehrenberg Wednesday night, according to law enforcement. Santos left, Mejia right “Upon arrival, we learned that Francisco Rodriguez Santos had allegedly shot his wife and then committed suicide by way of a self-inflicted gunshot wound,” said La Paz County Sheriff’s Captain Curt Bagby. “The victim was immediately transported to a …

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Deputy attacked on I-10

A deputy was attacked by a man walking along Interstate 10 over the weekend, according to the La paz County Sheriff’s Department. “One of our Deputies was attempting to check the welfare of an individual who was walking along Interstate 10,” said Captain Curt Bagby in a press release. “Upon contact, the subject allegedly attacked the Deputy and attempted to …

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Man dies after being hit by boat prop

A man was killed after his boat propeller hit him on Lake Havasu Sunday. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Colorado River Marine Enforcement Unit responded to the fatal boating accident in California Bay on the lake at approximately 12:49 pm. The operator and 4 passengers left the Bridgewater Channel and headed south on Lake Havasu when the operator, Ismael …

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Biggest day on the river coming Saturday

The biggest day on the Parker Strip calendar is coming this weekend. The 42nd Annual Parker Tube Float will attract thousands of floaters who will run from Buckskin Mountain State Park to La Paz County Park on the Colorado River. The 2019 theme is Float Town, USA. Changes in recent years have established a new float, and this year’s event …

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Man’s body recovered from Headgate Dam

UPDATE: The body of a man who drowned in the Colorado River in Parker last weekend has been recovered from Headgate Dam. The man’s body was found at the dam at around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday after a weekend of recovery attempts by divers. – ORIGINAL STORY: A man who disappeared into the river and did not resurface was being searched …

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12 year old suffers “major injuries” from boat prop in tubing accident

Bottom story updated to clarify witness statements. — A 12 year-old boy suffered “major injuries” from a boat propeller on the Parker Strip Saturday and was flown to Phoenix. Reportedly the child was with his family near Emerald Cove Resort tubing late Saturday and was in the water when the boat, driven by his father, moved toward him and the …

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