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.

Parker Treasure Hunt: December

The Parker Treasure Hunt is back for the month of December. Clues will appear 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 real cash if you …

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KLPZ’s 12 Days of Christmas

KLPZ’s 12 Days of Christmas is back! Register at Parker area businesses for a chance to win one of the below gifts in partnership with these business locations: Electrohome Wellington Stereo System – Ocotillo Lodge Prairie Wagon with Cover – Stroke’s Steakhouse Lionel Polar Express Train Set – Davis Hardware Craftsman 104-piece Mechanics Tool Set – JA Johnnys Space Saver …

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Care Flight veteran retires

Photo: MWP A veteran helicopter pilot with 50 years of experience is retiring from Tristate Care Flight in Parker, AZ. Randy West has been with the medical helicopter service since it opened here 12.5 years ago, flying patients in and out of the Parker area from the base at La Paz Regional Hospital. Growing up on a small farm, Randy …

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La Paz courtroom gets modernizing makeover

After many years, the La Paz County Superior Court got a modernizing makeover this month, with new flooring, new furniture and audiovisual systems. Clerk of the Court Megan Spielman told Parker Live that the improvements would be very helpful to juries, members of the public, attorneys, judges and others, bringing the Parker courtroom into line with other modern courtrooms in …

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La Paz Regional Hospital among most financially healthy in the nation

The National Organization of State Office of Rural Health has announced that, as of September 2015, La Paz Regional Hospital in Parker, AZ is in the top quartile of all acute care hospitals in America. For National Rural Health Day, which was November 19th, NOSORH says it is recognizing La Paz Regional for “overall excellence in Financial Strength, reflecting top …

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Parker Livecast #31: Who is living in this cave near Parker?

Warning: Contains some adult language. This entire episode of the Parker Livecast was recorded ‘live’ from a truck in the middle of the desert, traveling out to an old mineshaft where we believe someone is living, in an attempt to interview them. It didn’t work out quite like that, as you’ll hear by listening here. But we were able to …

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Beachcombers to open beside Spankys in Parker

A second set of 3 lots of Alewine frontage has been sold on Riverside Drive in Parker, this time to Beachcombers Ski & Sport, which will open next to Spankys RV & Marine on the main drag in town. According to a press release by the La Paz Economic Development Corporation, which has been handling the development of the property …

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Reporter sets off worry about La Paz County water table

A Saudi Arabian company is growing hay using water wells between Parker and Phoenix and then shipping it to feed cows back home. And, get this: their water usage is unrestricted in Arizona law, which means they can use as much as their wells can pump. Anybody see any problems? A reporter for an NPR program set alarm bells ringing …

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Veterans Court to start in January

The new La Paz County Veterans Treatment Court will begin on January 14th, 2016, according to Superior Court Judge Sam Vederman. The special court will be a post-conviction court tailored for the needs of military veterans, many of whom come out of military service with specific issues that can be addressed in unique ways. “It’s pretty involved. Twice a month …

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Attorney connected with Quartzsite conflict may be disbarred

UPDATE ADDED AT BOTTOM. An attorney who was involved in a political conflict in Quartzsite, AZ is at risk of being disbarred, according to a column at Forbes.com. Elmer “Stewart” Rhodes, founder of an organization associated with the patriot movement called Oath Keepers, represented Quartzsite residents Michael Roth, Jennifer ‘Jade’ Jones and Mayor Ed Foster in civil suits in federal …

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