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Parker schools to use distance learning for at least the first 2 weeks

Parker schools will begin the 2020-21 year on August 3rd with at least two weeks of distance learning. The Parker Unified School District Governing Board approved a re-opening plan last Wednesday authorizing Superintendent Brad Sale to proceed with one of three options for learning, depending on the severity of the COVID-19 virus in the community. “Our Number One priority is …

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Man arrested for allegedly holding woman against her will

A man in Big River was arrested by the SWAT team for allegedly holding a woman against her will. On Thursday, July 9th at 6:35 a.m., deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to a residence in the 7000 block of Yakima Trail in Big River for a call of a disturbance. The Department says its investigation …

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Sheriff’s Department gets $325,000 in grants

The La Paz County Sheriff’s Department has been awarded $300,000 by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), a component of the Department of Homeland Security, and another $25,000 by the Arizona Attorney General’s Office. The bigger grant was awarded under Operation Stonegarden, which exists to fund law enforcement agencies in efforts to secure U.S. borders and improve overall border security. …

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LISTEN: Documentary to depict Quartzsite people and politics

A new documentary film by Cyle O’Donnell is set to depict the town of Quartzsite, AZ and its politics, rivalries and melodrama. O’Donnell describes the film like this: “From allegations of corruption, police harassment and embezzlement, to a murder-for-hire scandal between the first two mayors, the tiny, desert town of Quartzsite, Arizona has seen conflict reserved only for major cities. …

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7 COVID-related deaths in County, hospital announces same-day testing

Seven people have now died from complications of the coronavirus in La Paz County. La Paz Regional Hospital has announced COVID-19 tests that will give same-day results. The 6th death was reported June 29th by the Colorado River Indian Tribes, the second tribal member to die in connection with the virus. The 7th death was from the Parker service district, …

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To the Editor: Why are some bars still open after orders to close?

Let’s try to answer this reader question about bars in Parker that are seemingly open during the month of July: “Dear Editor, If all the bars in Arizona were ordered closed, how is it that _________________ is still open?” – Bemused About Rules Thanks for the question, BAR. The answer isn’t as clear as it may seem. On June 29th, …

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FLOG still on, but Tube Float cancelled

The Flog (Baseball Golf) tournament is still on, but the Parker Tube Float has been cancelled for 2020. Flog (‘golf’ spelled backwards) takes place every July, and involves playing 9 holes of golf with baseball bats in fancy dress. The tournament will be held this year on Saturday, July 11th at Emerald Canyon Golf Course as planned. Some changes are …

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CRIT requires face masks in public, Town of Parker rejects similar measure

The Colorado River Indian Tribes has implemented a mandate requiring people to wear face masks in public places, the Town of Parker has rejected a similar measure and the County Board of Supervisors meets Monday to decide County policy. CRIT’s requirement applies to the whole CRIT reservation, including popular stores and fast food outlets like Walmart, Safeway, McDonald’s, Subway and …

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