July 24, 2024 12:15 am
CRIT Nation, Parker, AZ
July 24, 2024 12:15 am
CRIT Nation, Parker, AZ


Cheryl McCabe started her career with the Colorado River Indian Tribes on May 17,1994 as a Consultant for CRIT Education.

In 2004, she began her career with CRIT Head Start as the ERSEA Manager/ Family Service Advocate. Cheryl has held many titles at Head Start including ERSEA Data Manager, Family & Community Partnership Specialist, and ERSEA/Data Specialist. In 2014, she was promoted to ERSEA Coordinator, a title she still holds today.

The Tribal Council and Human Resources Department thanked Cheryl for 30 years of continued service to the Colorado River Indian Tribes. Chairwoman Amelia Flores also expressed her appreciation to Cheryl for her dedicated service to CRIT’s Head Start children and to the program.

The Patrick Fire is estimated at 70 acres and about 50% contained. Forward progress has been stopped on the blaze that broke out yesterday near 15th Avenue and Patrick Road on the CRIT reservation.

While the flames came close to a tribal member’s home, crews were able to secure the fire’s edge and save the home. No structures have been lost and no one has been injured.

CRIT Fire was first on scene when the flames broke out late morning on July 19th. They were soon joined by firefighters from CRIT Wildland Fire and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Despite heavy winds, crews were able to establish a fire break using hand tools. Even though the fire pushed towards the Colorado River’s edge, it did not jump across to the California side.

Additional units fighting the fire include Buckskin Fire, Parker Fire, and Arizona Fish and Wildlife.

Today (July 20th) crews are continuing to secure the fire at its north edge as well as at the edge of the Colorado River.

To ensure CRIT tribal members are up to date regarding Colorado River water, the CRIT Tribal Council held an informational meeting for tribal members June 26th at the BlueWater Resort, providing an extensive overview on legislation that gives CRIT the authority to lease a portion of its Colorado River allotment.

Chairwoman Amelia Flores, members of the Tribal Council, and CRIT Water Attorney John Bezdek provided updates and answered questions about the CRIT Water Resiliency Act and recently signed agreements with the State of Arizona and the federal government required by the act. It is important to note the Tribal Council has not approved any proposed agreement to allow CRIT consumptive water to be used off-reservation lands.

Indeed, any potential lease, water storage agreement, or other off-reservation use of CRIT’s Colorado River water can only happen after a public hearing is held and feedback is provided from the membership to the Tribal Council then it can be approved. CRIT is also looking for a topflight ‘Water Broker’ to make sure CRIT gets the best possible price for any leased water.

Chairwoman Amelia Flores said, “We, the Tribal Council want t be transparent, we want to share as much information that we can, information about the federal entities and about the state, which were included in the signing of our agreement.”

The presentation included answers to some frequently asked questions such as:

Q:Has CRIT entered into a leasing agreement?

Q:What was signed at April’s signing ceremony?
A:Two agreements between CRIT, the Secretary of the Interior, and the Governor of Arizona about how to account for water use and water conservation on reservation lands. (more…)

The ‘Blue Water Fire’ has burned 150 acres across the river from the BlueWater Resort and Casino. However, no structures have been damaged and there are no injuries.

During the July 6th fireworks performance at the BlueWater Resort , three small fires started on the California side of the river across from the resort.

Windy and hot weather conditions caused the fires to merge and head towards the Bermuda Palms community. While reports indicate a structure was threatened, crews positioned around the structure and kept the fire at bay and the structure safe.
The fire is 20% contained as firefighters have managed to slow the fire’s progression and growth.

Those fighting the fire include crews from the BIA, the BLM, San Bernardino Fire, Buckskin Fire, CRIT Fire, CRIT Wildland Fire, Parker Fire, Contract Heavy Equipment, and the San Bernadino County Sheriff’s Office.

The official cause of the fire remains under investigation.


Date: June 25, 2024
Location: Desert Avenue and 9th Street (Western Park) Parker, AZ
Incident: Shooting Investigation

On June 24th at approximately 10:16 pm, CRIT Police Department was contacted by La Paz County Central Dispatch to assist Parker Police Department to Desert Ave and 9th Street (Western Park) in reference to shots fired. Officers arrived on scene to find a male juvenile victim with apparent gunshot wounds located in his vehicle. The male juvenile was pronounced deceased on scene.

Officers from CRIT Police, Parker Police, and La Paz County Sheriffs canvassing the area were able to find evidence that indicated the suspect in the shooting fled the scene on foot. At 10:21 pm CRIT Criminal Investigator was called to respond to scene. Several witnesses in the surrounding area described a male subject in the area fleeing on foot. Description was given to all agencies on scene.

A person of interest was taken into custody on unrelated charges pending investigation. This case is being investigated by the CRIT Police Department, Parker Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigations, and Bureau of Indian Affairs. If you have any information regarding this case, please contact CRIT Police Department TIPS Line at 928-669-5341.

Colorado River Indian Tribes Police Department
Acting Chief of Police
Oscar Welch

Parker, AZ – July 8 – The Parker Regional Chamber of Commerce is delighted to announce the grandre-opening of Farm Bureau Financial Services with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, July 25th, at 2:00 PM. This event will take place at their newly renovated office located at 1308 S. California Ave, Parker, AZ 85344.

Join us in celebrating the re-opening of Farm Bureau Financial Services, now led by Alison Warner-Williams and Kimmy Olsen. This occasion marks a significant milestone for the Parker community, as Alison and Kimmy bring a wealth of experience and dedication to providing exceptional financial services and support to our local residents and businesses.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony will feature remarks from Alison Warner-Williams and Kimmy Olsen, highlighting the new enhancements and services offered at Farm Bureau Financial Services. Guests will also have the opportunity to tour the revamped facility, meet the team, and enjoy light refreshments.

Event Details:
Date: Thursday, July 25, 2024
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: 1308 S. California Ave, Parker, AZ 85344

“We are thrilled to welcome the community to the grand re-opening of Farm Bureau Financial Services,” said Erin Uken, Executive Director of the Parker Regional Chamber of Commerce. “Alison and Kimmy have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to our community, and we look forward to seeing the positive impact their services will bring to Parker.”
All community members, business owners, and local officials are invited to join us for this special event. Your presence will make the occasion even more memorable as we unite together to support and celebrate the growth and success of Farm Bureau Financial Services.

For more information, please contact the Parker Regional Chamber of Commerce at (928) 669-2174 or visit our website at www.parkeraz.org. (more…)