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.

LISTEN: County officials speak on financial situation

Four officials from La Paz County sat down for over an hour Thursday with Parker Live‘s John Wright live on KLPZ 1380am’s morning show to talk about the financial situation at the County. Recently elected Sheriff Bill Risen, recently promoted Sheriff’s Captain Curt Bagby, recently elected District 2 Supervisor Duce Minor and recently appointed Interim County Administrator Robert Smith spoke …

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Column: The Power of Persistence

Somewhere around 426 B.C. Herodotus published his greatest work, “The Histories.” More than just a history it’s also an inquiry into many things, including what he called “custom” which is what we call “culture.” “One can see by this what custom can do, and Pindar, in my opinion, was right when he called it king of all.” -Herodotus, The Histories, Book 3 …

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Inside the financial crisis at La Paz County

A cash shortage, outstanding accounts payable and a deficit of over $13 million: challenges mount for new Board of Supervisors as they get help to formulate a recovery plan A new review has revealed a “financial crisis” at La Paz County. The findings were detailed in a well-attended public meeting on Tuesday that, for the first time in many years, …

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Viewfinder: Railroad Ties on Fire

A stack of railroad ties went up in flames on Thursday afternoon and multiple people contacted Parker Live with photos, below. No structures were threatened by the fire, according to law enforcement.

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Prosecutor to remain on cases after court challenge

A prosecutor appointed by La Paz County Attorney Tony Rogers is to remain on the job after a court challenge by three defendants who wanted him removed from their cases. James Schilder is the prosecutor on a second-degree murder case currently on trial in the La Paz County Superior Court (Parker Live summarized that case HERE). He is at the …

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19-year old dies after gunshot

A 19-year old has died after a gunshot in a neighborhood north of Parker. The victim’s father has said that it was an accidental self-inflicted wound and that the family is in a lot of pain. According to the La Paz County Sheriff’s Office, the young man’s name is being withheld for the privacy of the family. The investigation is …

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Reckless driving homicide case in Parker court this week

UPDATE, Feb 18th: Siffert was found guilty of Negligent Homicide in this case. — A man charged with second-degree murder in a reckless driving incident is in court this week in Parker. Levi Siffert of Durango, CO is accused of driving at speeds averaging over 90 miles per hour in a heavy-duty GMC truck while under the influence of alcohol …

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Parker Treasure Hunt: February

The Parker Treasure Hunt is back for February! Clues will go out on KLPZ 1380am’s morning show every day, and then on this page (below) one day later. You’re looking for an item, hidden within Parker city limits, which has Lane’s logo on it. You can bring it to Lane’s and trade it for cash if you find it. Good …

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Arrests made after town vandalism

Arrests have been made after a new concession stand at Western Park’s Aaron Hill Field was tagged with red spray paint along with “numerous other locations and property through the town of Parker”, according to Parker Police Department. It began with the concession stand last Friday and continued the following day at the men’s restroom at the facility. The damage …

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Meet the man who stayed at our jail for 30 days

James Burns is a filmmaker and producer with VICE whose early experiences in solitary confinement led to later concerns and an interest in the practice, which is in widespread use in America today. La Paz County Sheriff’s Department allowed him to film a month-long stay at its detention facility in Parker, beginning in mid-December and lasting until January 10th, two …

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