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U.S. Fish & Wildlife withdraws restrictions plan for Lake Havasu

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFW) has suspended its draft proposal to limit recreational boating activities at Havasu National Wildlife Refuge on Lake Havasu, according to Senator John McCain’s office. The formal public comment period ended Monday, and by Thursday morning the federal agency had notified the Arizona senator of its intention to back down after receiving many protests. …

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First food served at new China Garden to waiting crowd

A popular Parker restaurant that made news when it burned down in late 2014 opened again to the public at lunchtime Wednesday. A line of hungry people queued up outside China Garden ahead of its 11am opening, eager to get back to eating at one of the community’s favorite food spots.  When the restaurant went up in flames, an outpouring …

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Tube Float 2016 Recap

The Parker Tube Float kicked off Saturday morning with thousands of people pushing off from the shoreline and floating on inflatable tubes together for several hours. It was the second weekend marking the start of summer on the Parker Strip, and packed the river even more than Memorial Day weekend. An estimated 10,000 to 12,000 people joined the party on …

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Parker girls heading to state pageant

Photo credit: Fenix Arae Greenwood Three Parker girls are competing in the Miss Arizona and Miss Arizona’s Outstanding Teen pageants later this month after winning local pageants earlier this year. Allayzia Brault, Guadalupe Balderrama and Hailey Ferris will compete in private interview, fitness, talent, evening gown, and on stage question categories. Allayzia will be doing a tap dance for her …

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Appeals Court judges visit Parker

Three judges from the Arizona Court of Appeals visited Parker Friday for an event on Continuing Legal Education, attended by local judges and attorneys. The La Paz County Public Defender’s Office hosted the event with the distinguished presenters, the Hon. Andrew Gould, Hon. Kenton Jones and Hon. Samuel Thumma of the Court of Appeals, Division 1. Attorneys from La Paz …

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Supervisors want public support to help challenge Feds

The La Paz County Board of Supervisors has sent out a request for immediate input from the public, local environmental organizations, tourism/recreation focused businesses and other stakeholders on the subject of federal government land use in the County. Citing a “multitude of federal actions that continue to deteriorate the County’s limited tax base”, a press release by the Board of …

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Officer involved shooting at 100 Homes, one dead

UPDATE 6/7: CRIT P.D. has added another detail for the record. According to CRIT Police Chief William Ponce, the knife-wielding subject in this story was advancing on the officer, moving toward him while ignoring repeated instructions to drop the knife. “The individual kept advancing on the officer, and the officer retreated until this individual continued to advance on the officer …

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Candidates for County offices set for elections

A deadline for candidates turning in paperwork and signatures to La Paz County was reached late Wednesday, which means that we now know the full list of candidates running for local election this year. The primary election in August is up first, with Republicans and Democrats voting for their nominees to the general election in November. But much will be …

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15 year-old boy drowns over Memorial Day weekend

It was the first tragic news of its kind in a long time on the Parker Strip: a 15 year-old boy died by drowning in the river at La Paz County Park over Memorial Day weekend. The boy was visiting with his family from the Phoenix, AZ area and was stationed on a riverfront stretch of the park Sunday, where …

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Things learned when returning a desert tortoise to the wild

A desert tortoise found itself in a built-up area of the town of Parker Wednesday, where it was found by some people going about their day jobs and returned after consulting with Arizona Game and Fish Department. A few things were learned during the incident: There are two species of desert tortoise, one that is native to the east of …

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