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Gary Zak says opponent Holly Irwin should have been at event, Irwin responds

La Paz County District 3 Supervisor candidate Gary “Zak” Zakrajsek thinks his opponent, incumbent Holly Irwin, should have been at last week’s Meet the Candidates event in Parker to debate him. Irwin says she was in Wenden, AZ at the time representing the County on an issue of vital importance – the water table – so she sent her daughter …

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Meet Tuff! The real story behind the names on the Parker bridge

For 44 years now, it’s been there, big and bold, on a concrete column rising from the Colorado River. The column is one of several holding up a railroad bridge that links the states of California and Arizona by train in Parker, AZ. It reads: “KEN, TUFF RIVER RATZ”. You can’t miss it. For over four decades, this inscription has …

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To The Editor: From Karen Hobbs

After last night’s ‘Meet the Candidates’ event, I received this from Karen Hobbs, who is the Chief Deputy County Attorney: Dirty Deeds, Done Dirt Cheap “I never expected the lyrics of an AC/DC song from the 70s to become the background music for my mother’s teachings about making good choices. My mother taught us kids what she considered to be …

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Meet the Candidates: General Election Edition

This is the liveblog for the Parker Area Chamber of Commerce Meet the Candidates event for the General Election in Parker on October 5th, 2016. The below was reported live in real time by John Wright. The election will be held in a little over a month from now on November 8th. The Meet the Candidates event goes back many …

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The Art of Compromise

When do you stand firm and when do you compromise? Always a tough decision and during this election season it’s front and center in our lives. People love to criticize politicians for never taking a unpopular stand, but how many of us can distinguish between what’s really important and what’s trivial in our lives? Consider this quote: “Compromise where you …

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New podiatrist starts Monday

A new podiatrist has started seeing patients in Parker. Dr. Adam Caton, DPM is board-certified by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine, and began at Parker Podiatry on Monday. Dr. Caton was born and raised in Arizona and came to Parker from the East Valley. When asked about moving to a more rural setting he said, “I’m looking forward to …

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EPA accepting public comments on Evoqua facility

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is accepting public comment regarding a proposed hazardous waste management permit for the Evoqua Water Technologies facility near Shea Road in Parker. Evoqua, formerly Siemens, formerly U.S. Filter/Westates, is a carbon regeneration facility that takes used commercial carbon filters and burns off the contaminants that have accumulated in the carbon, purifying the filters and …

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Jury convicts man of Bouse arson

UPDATE 11/9: Satzman has been sentenced to 12 years in prison with credit for 716 days served in the La Paz County Detention Facility. Aggravating factors outweighed mitigating factors for a moderately aggravated sentence. A La Paz County jury has convicted Stacy Lee Satzman of having his friend set fire to the Betty Hunter Realty office in Bouse, AZ two …

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To The Editor: Who is Ken Tuff?

UPDATE: This question has been definitively answered! CLICK HERE for the full story. — Original article: Parker Live received this email recently: “Every time we come to Parker, we pass the river bridge where it says ‘KEN TUFF – RIVER RATZ on the concrete. How long has it been there and who is Ken Tuff? Do you guys know?” What …

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