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‘Mock fatal’ demonstrates risks to students

A ‘mock fatal’ demonstrated to Parker High School students Friday the risks of drunk driving and distracted driving, and urged that students not get into a vehicle with anyone who has been drinking. The ‘accident’ was staged in front of the bleachers at Joe Bush Stadium for hundreds of Parker High School students who watched as real police, fire, ambulance …

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AWC open mic night to provide showcase for artists

Writers, musicians, dancers, comics and other artists will perform one after another at Arizona Western College in Parker in a few weeks, on an ‘open mic night’ intended to showcase the local arts. Each act will be given a slot of 3 – 5 minutes in which they can share their work, according to organizer David Kern. “I’m a big …

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Man arrested for smoking weed in front of Sheriff’s Department

If you’re going to smoke weed illegally, the worst place to do it may be directly in front of the Sheriff’s Department. A man was arrested Monday morning in Parker, Arizona after deputies discovered him allegedly smoking marijuana directly in front of the La Paz County Sheriff’s Department. Lieutenant Richard Epps said he was sitting in his office when he …

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New 911 dispatch center made out of reclaimed office space

These are the people you will talk to if you ever need to call 911 in the Parker area. And they have new digs, thanks to a decision to clear out an old outdated system of files at the Sheriff’s headquarters in Parker, saving money and creating a larger space. La Paz County Dispatch is the vital link between citizens …

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La Paz court decision on medical marijuana upheld

A decision made in a Parker courtroom regarding medical marijuana across state lines has been upheld by the Arizona Court of Appeals. Stanley Kemmish, a California resident, was stopped by the Arizona Department of Public Safety in La Paz County in 2016 for a headlight violation. When the two officers approached his window, they detected a marijuana odor and a …

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Business leader to speak to Parker businesses

A motivational speaker is to talk to the Parker business community this week on the subjects, ‘Leadership for Business Success’ and ‘Customer Service: Inside and Out’. David Aaker is an internationally recognized motivational keynote speaker, trainer and author in customer service, leadership and communication. He has been invited by the Parker Regional Chamber of Commerce and Tourism to give two …

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Bill Williams swells after Army Corps release

A release of water from Alamo Lake swelled the Bill Williams River this week as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers prepared for maintenance and repairs on the dam.   The maximum flow on the Bill Williams was seen Thursday, with around 5000 cubic feet per second coming through the dam. A sharp drop-off in flow is planned for the …

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Alamo Lake to be “flushed” March 12th, says Army Corps Colonel

Colonel Kirk E. Gibbs of the Army Corps of Engineers was in Parker, AZ on Monday to address the La Paz County Board of Supervisors regarding an upcoming release of water from Alamo Lake which will increase flow in the Bill Williams River downstream. The release is necessary for maintenance of the dam, according to Gibbs, who is the Commander …

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Matthew Newman will not seek re-election as judge

Matt Newman will not seek re-election as Presiding Judge of the La Paz County Superior Court, he told his staff Monday. Newman was appointed by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey last year after the retirement of former judge Samuel Vederman, who now has his own law practice in the area. He took the bench as the 4th judge of the court …

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CRIT recall is about water rights, council responses

Tribal water rights are at the center of an effort by two members of the Colorado River Indian Tribes (CRIT) to recall the entire CRIT Tribal Council. Tim Stevens-Welsh and Amber Van Fleet took out recall petitions and gathered enough signatures to trigger the special election, which will be held April 28th. They say the Tribal Council should not be …

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