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.

Tenth year for Chili Cook-Off

Back for a tenth year, the popular annual Chili Cook-Off event at La Paz County Park has been set for Saturday, November 4th, 2017. Approximately 1000 people come to taste up to 25 chilis and salsas, which are judged by a new panel every year. “We do red and green chili and salsa, so in each category there are two …

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Railroad to close 11th Street this weekend

The Arizona & California Railroad Company is to perform repairs on the 11th Street railroad crossing this weekend, meaning a road closure on that thoroughfare until Monday evening. Beginning Friday at 8 a.m., 11th Street will be closed between California Avenue and Hopi Avenue until Monday evening, October 2nd.

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Viewfinder: U.S. Marine Exercise Deep Strike II

Photos from the Defense Video and Imagery Distribution System for both the 1st Marine Division and the 1st Marine Logistics Group. Thanks to 1st Lt. Paul Gainey. Marines conducted a large-scale exercise along the lower Colorado River south of Parker, AZ and Blythe, CA this week. More info HERE.

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County Administrator wants more authority in hiring

‘Micromanagement’ came under the spotlight as La Paz County’s recently-appointed Administrator Ron Drake told the Board of Supervisors at Tuesday’s meeting that he would like more authority with regard to hiring, renewing contracts and employee travel. The proposal relates to the process of filling vacant County employee positions, where the Board of Supervisors must explicitly authorize departments to advertise for …

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Parker man hospitalized after swimming pool accident

Anthony Chavez, a local man who grew up in Parker and lives in Lake Havasu City, is in hospital after an accident at the swimming pool at the Nautical Inn. The accident happened on August 27th, and left Anthony with a broken C6 vertebrae and a neck held together with pins and screws. His mother Kathy told Parker Live about his …

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The Axe is Back: Parker beats Wickenburg

The Parker Broncs beat the Wickenburg Wranglers on Friday’s “Fireman’s Axe” game, marking a notable win for the Parker team as the two schools renewed an old rivalry. Many years the axe goes to Wickenburg, a bigger school by far with a much larger talent pool than Parker’s. But with tonight’s win, the axe returns to Parker High School for …

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Sheriff Risen scores new patrol vehicles from his former agency

The Monterey Park Police Department has sold 3 patrol cars to the La Paz County Sheriff’s Department for just $200 a piece. Risen worked for Monterey Park, just a few miles east of Los Angeles, for 30 years before retiring in the Parker area several years ago, and says the agency just happened to be rotating out their Crown Victoria …

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