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2/6/2013 6:01:00 AM
Mohave officials: Hats at meetings okay; we'll get back to you on guns
BUTCH MERIWETHER/Special to the Miner
Golden Valley residents Jim Kanelos, left, and Rocky Sapp were free to wear hats at the Mohave County Board of Supervisors meeting after an unpopular dress code was voted out. A decision on removing the security checkpoint, top, at the Mohave County Administration Building is pending.
BUTCH MERIWETHER/Special to the Miner
Golden Valley residents Jim Kanelos, left, and Rocky Sapp were free to wear hats at the Mohave County Board of Supervisors meeting after an unpopular dress code was voted out. A decision on removing the security checkpoint, top, at the Mohave County Administration Building is pending.
JC AMBERLYN/Miner
JC AMBERLYN/Miner

Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa
Miner Staff Reporter


Jim Kanelos, a Golden Valley man who was once arrested for wearing a hat in the Mohave County Administration Building, celebrated the repeal of the county's dress code by popping a Stars and Stripes hat on his head after the decision Monday.

However, residents and employees will have to wait another month to find out if they can carry weapons into the building and if the security station at the front doors will disappear.

The Board voted 4 to 1 to replace the code that outlawed hats, flags, signs and clothing with profanity on it with a "no shirt, no shoes, no service" approach.

District 3 Supervisor Buster Johnson voted against the change, saying the previous Board received unspecified complaints from citizens.

He also noted that the county broadcasts meetings on the local cable access channel and said that the previous Board was concerned about Federal Communications Commission regulations.

Kanelos was arrested for trespassing in 2011 after he walked up to the podium during a Board meeting, plopped a hat on his head, waved an American flag and refused to remove his hat when asked. A Yuma County judge later dismissed the charges.

The Board also continued its discussion on the security station and weapons ban for another month with the stipulation that any changes wouldn't go into effect until after April 1, which would be well after a visit from Gov. Jan Brewer that is planned for March.

The county banned weapons from the administration building and installed the security checkpoint in 2010 after a Kingman man was arrested for trespassing while attempting to bring a pitchfork into the building after a protest.

"I'm still gathering information on this," said District 2 Supervisor Hildy Angius. She said she had heard a lot of different opinions on the matter from the various county departments and wanted to make sure she took them all into consideration.

Johnson wants to keep the weapons ban and the security station at the entrance.

He said he had no problem with people carrying guns. In fact, when he was first elected, he supported one local citizen's right to carry a gun to Board meetings.

But after the pitchfork incident, everyone started carrying guns into the building and Johnson said eventually the Board and the different departments could no longer conduct the county's business.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Article comment by: desert dweller

Wouldn't it be ironic if some nutcase was in the courthouse to blow away someone in govt...and a citizen with a concealed weapon saved their butt? Duh..wonder what these idiots that want to steal peoples right of self defense would say then?

Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Article comment by: Al DiCicco

The BOS is doing a great job. Keep it up! We will become the government that we desire.

Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Article comment by: anonymous anonymous

Let the looney tunes bring their guns, wear their cute out of season colonial hats, and when that one with them loose marbles starts shooting guess they will have reaped what they sowed! Me I never attend rallies, conventions, gatherings based on politics, protests, figure my constitutional right to vote is my one thing I use for all of the above, and not going to be in a crowd of dummies waiting for the one idiot to go postal! Murphy's law says if it can happen one day it will happen!

Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Article comment by: Doing Research

@ desert dweller

Have you even seen the Constitution or Bill of Rights? Second amendment doesn't guarantee you the right to self defense - it guarantees the security of a free state. Where are you coming up with this stuff?

@FCC and Cable

You are correct, but the cable company can have its own limitations on what can and can not be shown. You should call Frontier and see what regulations they have.

@Ron Reagan

Yeah, I would bet you that hat was made in China, too.

@Problem not solved

.....too late!


Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Article comment by: Maybe I'm wrong, but .....

If true freedom is practiced here and people can wear what they please, very few will abuse it. There are a few certifiably odd characters around, but it's always been that way, and seeing them practise their version of freedom sort of guarantees us ours, if you can see it that way (if someone shows up at a BOS meeting wearing a Pirate's hat or dressed as a male Cinderella, for example, you are always free to disregard their opinions, and go home knowing that we have true freedom)

Posted: Monday, February 11, 2013
Article comment by: Where's The Screamers Now

@ Ron Regan

Why are you screaming about the front page picture of 11 Feb? Now that is in violation of what you are speaking of!


Posted: Sunday, February 10, 2013
Article comment by: One More Time

"The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or
Drapery."

I'll say it again since they "deleted" my first response. That statement would be true if they were cutting up American Flags to make hats. Do you "really" think they did? Be real.


Posted: Thursday, February 7, 2013
Article comment by: Guess Who

Arrr! Ahoy matey, its Rocky the pirate.

Posted: Thursday, February 7, 2013
Article comment by: Problem not solved

Yes, it is good the dress code was abolished, but now these individuals can again dress and act like clowns and continue to give Mohave County a humorous reputation. It wasn't all Walker that Mohave County was always looked at as a joke. These individuals should also take some responsibility.

Posted: Thursday, February 7, 2013
Article comment by: Ron Regan

This is to Jim Kanelos, why don't you fight for something that matters, but sense you like to disrespect the American Flag as a hat, here is the law on it. The U.S. Flag Code, section 4-(d)

(d) The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or
Drapery.
Section 8D reads that "The flag should never be used as wearing apparel." Legally there are fines and it
Is punishable under federal law.
The laws relating to the flag of the United States of America are found in detail in the United States Code. Title 4, Chapter 1 pertains to the flag Title 18, Chapter 33, Section 700 regards criminal penalties for flag desecration
The fine is $100.00 or 30 days in jail, and it can be both, so think next time when wearing the American Flag.


Posted: Thursday, February 7, 2013
Article comment by: Joe Mannix

It speaks volumes about your character (or lack thereof) if you don't know how to dress befitting an occasion. Let these people dress how they want, but they won't be taken seriously simply BECAUSE of how they are dressed. If anything, they open themselves up to the scrutiny of their mental facilities . . . in other words "profiling" them would indicate that they are the ones most likely to use a gun in the proceedings! Ironic isn’t it?

Posted: Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Article comment by: ohh really

Really......is this suppose to be news.....is this really what they even need to have a discussion about....stop waisting our time and start reporting things that matter.

Posted: Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Article comment by: just a question

The BOS meeting was held Monday in Kingman. One TUESDAY, the BHC paper had three articles about the meeting. On TUESDAY, LHC paper had one long article. On Tuesday, the Miner had nothing. Now on Wednesday, there is a very abbreviated article which is mostly about the dress code and showing pictures of the two men showing off for the camera.
Why is the Miner not doing their job as well as our neighboring towns? The meeting lasted all day and surely there was more that happened than what the Miner has written about.


Posted: Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Article comment by: just a fact

How childish. Now that the dress code has been abolished, the people with outrageous hats are showing off. As to the t-shirts. I was very offended when pitchfork wore a t-shirt that said f*** the taxes. I hope the public will show more maturity in their dress and behavior. But, alas, they wouldn't get their picture in the paper if they did.

Posted: Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Article comment by: joker wilde

Is KDM a history book or a newspaper? This meeting was held Monday. Why wasn't an account of the key issues posted on the web site Tuesday, followed by a more detailed story Wednesday?
It's good to hear the inane dress code was squelched.


Posted: Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Article comment by: d l

It would be nice if these guys would stop fighting for the right to do stupid things like wearing hats and profanity laced tshirts in public building but instead would stand up and fight for the little people like the animal shelter who's being bullied by the county for not using sand in the animals kennels. Or people like the lady who was relentlessly prosecuted by an over zealous prosecutor and county for stealing a cat.

Why don't you guys do something USEFUL! Why don't you help people who could benefit from your willingness to fight and argue until the county and courts give you your way. I mean this seriously, why don't you help others' who could really use your help?


Posted: Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Article comment by: FCC & Cable

Buster Johnson needs to review FCC regulations. FCC rules regarding profanity pertain to "over the air" broadcast and not cable. You can watch porn anytime you want on cable but Janet Jackson has to stay covered up during the Super Bowl because the Super Bowl is broadcast over the air, not just on cable. Buster speaks as if he has some superior knowlege, he probably doesn't even know who the Chairman of the FCC is.

Posted: Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Article comment by: Good Riddance

Now to get rid of the security at the various county buildings. Some of these employees are downright rude. Seems like added expense to the County, money that can be better spent elsewhere.

Posted: Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Article comment by: desert dweller

So ...let me see now...you are only able to exercise your God given right and your Second Amendment right of self defense if this pathetic little board says so?



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