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.

Skeletal remains found near I-10 east of Quartzsite

The last time skeletal remains were discovered in La Paz County, they turned out to be fake. But this time, the find was no laughing matter, with Quartzsite police making moves to notify next of kin after finding identification near the remains. In the morning hours of Thursday, October 15th, Quartzsite Police Department (QPD) received a call from the Arizona …

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Parker man convicted of aggravated DUI in jury trial

A Parker man has been convicted of Aggravated DUI after a jury trial at La Paz County Superior Court last week. Rick Malin, 67, was arrested in July 2014 for driving under the influence of alcohol by La Paz County Sheriff’s Deputy Roger Rosado in the Lakeside 5 area north of Parker. Malin challenged the traffic stop, arguing in court …

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Focused Future: launch of the ‘Passport to Adventure’

An estimated 175 people representing all of La Paz County, including Bouse, Ehrenberg, McMullen Valley, Quartzsite and elsewhere, came together this week to launch a community development program at BlueWater Resort & Casino. “In late 2011 some of the leaders in our community got together,” said Mary Hamilton, Parker Area Chamber of Commerce Director. “They went to APS and got …

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Viewfinder: Mika Camarena

Ahead of Red Ribbon Week, the Parker area had a visit from Mika Camarena, the widow of Kiki Camarena, a DEA agent who was killed by a drug cartel while he was working undercover in Guadalajara, Mexico. Camarena had been instrumental in the destruction of a massive marijuana crop owned by the cartel and intended for sale in the United …

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Viewfinder: Heavy load passes underneath lifted wires

Piazza Trucking hauls a heavy load slowly through the town of Parker, with bucket trucks lifting power lines and other cables ahead of it as the cargo passes underneath. Seven axles help spread the weight across 84 wheels, with capacity for a load of many tons.

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ADOT to make $334,550 improvements to Port of Entry

The Arizona Department of Transportation will begin a project to renovate the existing Port of Entry facility in Parker, AZ on Tuesday, October 13th. Crews are scheduled to work weekdays from 6am to 5pm. Work is taking place alongside the road and traffic impacts are not anticipated. The $334,550 project consists of updating the existing structure with a new layout, …

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Off-road racing returns with Desert Challenge this weekend

Best In The Desert racing association returns to Parker this weekend with the BlueWater Desert Challenge presented by Polaris, a two-day race for off-road trucks and UTVs in Parker, AZ. The event begins today with Time Trials – qualifying runs for starting position on the course – and the General Tire Appreciation Party at BlueWater Resort Cantina. Registration, Contingency and …

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Viewfinder: T-Mobile doubles capacity

T-Mobile is doubling the capacity of its Parker, AZ tower, upgrading ahead of the winter season when Parker’s resident numbers swell to many times the number of full-time residents. The work has been carried out with a 200-foot crane near the intersection of 8th Street and Desert Avenue in Parker, and affecting the signal for T-Mobile customers for many miles …

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Viewfinder: Half an inch of rain

Parker, AZ received almost half an inch of rain over a 2-day period in several showers that formed as part of a low pressure system over the weekend. The system brought with it overnight minimum temps reaching as low as the upper-50s, with maximum temps around 80 degrees. The forecast calls for an increase in the afternoon temps back to …

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