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.

Lifeguards on duty: kids learn to swim thanks to Pop Harvey program

The Pop Harvey Aquatics Association held an event Thursday to honor young people who chose to be trained as lifeguards in this years Red Cross Learn to Swim program in Parker. Program organizer Buni Hooper said the 4-week program, which teaches children to swim and emphasizes safety, may be extended to 6 weeks this time, if the funding allows. Lifeguards …

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Parker Livecast #26: Tube Float!

It’s a week everybody looks forward to – Parker Tube Float is Saturday and this episode of the Livecast covers it by chatting with event organizer Mary Hamilton and Sheriff’s Lieutenants Curt Bagby and Donald Schlecht. On this week’s edition: Josh Savino spent an unexpected 5 nights in a Phoenix hospital and is still recovering after 2 surgeries, drunk-driving may …

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Heat arrives in time for Tube Float

The temps shot up last weekend to 106 degrees on Saturday after a cool May, signaling the start of summer here in Parker just in time for Tube Float. The average afternoon high in the month of May 2015 was just 87 degrees in the Parker area, compared with an average of 96 degrees in May the previous year. The …

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Top 10 Ways to Master the Parker Tube Float

The 2015 Parker Tube Float is just around the corner. It’s a giant, annual floating party on the river south of Lake Havasu, and is now in its 38th year! Here are Parker Live’s top ten tips for mastering the event and getting the most out of it. 1. Decide whether you feel like winning or just floating. The Tube …

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PAID: Speaking from the Grave – Julie LaBenz

Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. Certainly, no one could have predicted that Parker would be the center of a worldwide media story centered around fake skeletons at the bottom of the river. I’m not sure if it was the unexpected nature of the story in that it was strange to find a fake skeleton tea party at the bottom …

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Early Bird burglarized, police say

Parker Police Department confirms that the Early Bird Cafe on California Avenue in Parker was burglarized Thursday morning, probably around 5am. Information collected suggests that a suspect or suspects gained entry into the restaurant and damaged several items and stole money. PPD asks that anyone with information related to the crime is encouraged to contact them at (928) 669-2264.

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Repairs to Bill Williams pier

Visitors to Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge north of Parker will have a new fishing pier soon, replacing one that was overturned by a “microburst wind event” in 2013. Contractors are expected to begin repairing the damaged pier beginning Thursday. The repairs will take place in the lower parking lot next to the canoe launch. The work is not …

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Suspected meth dealer arrested in Ehrenberg on way to Parker

Over the weekend, the La Paz County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Task Force arrested a woman in Ehrenberg for transportation of dangerous drugs for sale. The Task Force was assisting patrol officers Sunday on a special detail for Memorial Day weekend when a traffic stop by a sheriff’s sergeant on patrol in Ehrenberg led to the arrest. At approximately 3pm, detectives …

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