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 Livecast #29: Bernie The Skeleton 911 Call

Listen here to the 911 call made to La Paz County Dispatch minutes after a snorkeler discovered “human remains” at the bottom of the Colorado River (aka Bernie The Fake Skeleton). That and more on this episode of the Parker Livecast! We’re joined for this show by Bianca, aka “Bee”, a regular Parker visitor from the Netherlands. Also joining us …

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AWC to search for a new president

UPDATE: A preliminary information session and community feedback forum on the presidential search will be held Monday, September 28th from 2-3pm at the AWC Parker Learning Center, 1109 S Geronimo Avenue, Parker, AZ. “Community members are encouraged to attend and be a part of the discussion. Yuma representatives will be on-hand to discuss the process and answer any questions.” Arizona …

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Resurfacing to begin on Joshua Avenue

The Town of Parker Public Works department has announced that Joshua Avenue will be closed between 12th Street and 14th Street next week for resurfacing work. Pioneer Earthmovers will be doing the work in downtown Parker, which spans the intersection of Joshua and Arizona Avenue and a block either side, beginning at midnight on Monday, September 28th and lasting until …

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Child molester gets 24 years

Sonnett Alexander Williams, 47, has been sentenced to over 24 years in prison after pleading guilty to abusive sexual contact with a minor. The abuse took place between August 1st, 2010 and August 7th, 2011 with a victim who was under the age of 12. Williams pled guilty on April 7th, 2015 after an investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau …

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Heavy rains to soak the desert southwest Monday

UPDATE Tue 8:30am: Parker, AZ received just 0.11 inches between yesterday and this morning, with most of the weather pushing off to the east causing widespread flooding and road closures. Outlying areas of La Paz County to the east most likely got more, but without weather stations couldn’t be measured. A 40-60 percent chance to rain continues today. Parker is …

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Viewfinder: Marines Touch Down

  A Marine Bell AH-1W Cobra helicopter touches down with mechanical trouble near Stroke’s Steak House north of Parker, AZ, lunchtime Friday. Fixes currently on the way. The unit is with the Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469, a squadron based at Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, California. Marine and army aircraft routinely use the desert airspace above the …

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Woman permanently injured in 2011 accident speaks

A woman who became a quadriplegic after being a passenger in a serious car accident which killed two people in 2011 has talked to Parker Live about her experience and her life in the years since. Samantha Owens, 32, was 28 years old at the time of the accident. She had just gotten off work at 10 p.m. on October …

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Alyson Tozer remembered

   The community remembered Alyson Tozer today, who passed away one year ago after a brave battle with the effects of cystic fibrosis. People shared stories and photographs online, and remembered what Aly represented to them. The Parker area community will forever be grateful for who she was and the contribution she made to our lives.

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PAID: “Preppers”

When the economy crashed in 2008, it seemed like the term “prepper” suddenly appeared everywhere. It generally wasn’t a term of endearment, with the media often portraying “preppers” as tin foil hat wearing loonies, yet didn’t sales of ammo and other preparation-related goods increase during the depths of the recent economic crash? Apparently many people decided it was time to …

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