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Conflict at Town Hall continues over Town Manager

Conflict continues to swirl around the actions of Parker Town Manager Lori Wedemeyer, with some in the council supporting her and others wanting her out. A dustup involving a recent employee resignation and, now, Wedemeyer’s contract, continue to divide the council. Parker Town Hall is a peaceful place most of the time. As you would expect in a small town …

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Viewfinder: Wildfire scorches several acres on Parker Strip, fireworks suspected

A wildfire scorched several acres of riverfront land on Parker Strip opposite Fox’s and Sundance resorts over the weekend. Buckskin Fire Department and San Bernardino Fire responded with both land-based fire engines and a fire boat. Buckskin was called just before 1 a.m. early on Sunday morning. Less than 10 acres of desert brush, mesquite and salt cedar trees were …

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Local man dies of fatal gunshot, Sheriff’s Department investigating

UPDATE: A suspect has been identified as Brian Douglas Dunann, who is wanted for questioning but is still not located. More info HERE. — A local man died last week of a fatal gunshot in the Upriver area north of Parker, AZ. La Paz County Sheriff William Ponce says the Department is investigating. The matter is currently assigned to the …

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Man in critical condition after boating incident near Needles, alcohol involved

A man is in critical condition after a boating incident over the holiday weekend involving alcohol. He was later arrested for operating a boat under the influence. On Saturday, July 3rd at approximately 5:51 p.m., deputies with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station Marine Enforcement Unit responded to a report of a boating collision on the Colorado …

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Mike Burke retired as Judge 10 years ago, reflects on his career

Although it seems like only yesterday, Michael Burke retired as the La Paz County Superior Court Judge almost ten years ago. Parker Live sat down with Burke, a pioneer in the La Paz County legal system, to find out how he is doing in retirement and reflect upon his time as judge. Burke grew up in California and ultimately became …

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Planet Ranch Fire burning in Bill Williams Refuge

A wildfire in the area of the Bill Williams National Wildlife Refuge, the Planet Ranch Fire, is continuing to burn, according to Buckskin Fire District. The fuels that are burning are Salt Cedars, Mesquites, Cottonwoods and brush. According to the District, these types of fuels will produce light ashes but not large embers, which means that the closest communities, in …

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Man dead after his jetski exploded, throwing him into the river

A Moreno Valley man is dead after his jetski exploded, throwing him into the river. He died in hospital after being transported from the scene. On Friday afternoon at 12:39 p.m., deputies from the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department responded to a call for a boating incident at River Shore Estates in Earp. On arrival, medical staff from the Buckskin Fire …

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Viewfinder: Boat sinks at Fox’s

In photos: A boat sank at Fox’s bar on the Parker Strip on Saturday. A group of around 30 people tried to use ropes to pull the boat toward the shore, tug-of-war style, but the boat didn’t move much. No word on what happened later (perhaps some of our readers know?). Memorial Day weekend, 2021.

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Man saved from drowning on Lake Havasu

A man’s life was saved after he nearly drowned on Lake Havasu Saturday. Deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff Colorado River Station Marine Enforcement Unit were flagged down by subjects on a boat, on Lake Havasu near Havasu Landing Casino. Deputies were told a male victim fell off his personal watercraft and was drowning in the water. Some good …

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Tom Simmons retires after 38 years at La Paz County, longest-serving employee

On February 11th, 2021, the longest serving employee in La Paz County history retired. Tom Simmons, who began his career when the county was first formed in 1983, ended a remarkable 38 years working in the County Public Works Department. When Tom started his career with the county, Ronald Reagan was the President, gas was 96 cents a gallon, the …

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