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6/16/2013 6:00:00 AM
Supervisors asked to abandon portion of road that leads to Skywalk
Move seen as way to get tourists to Skywalk without paying toll

Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - The Board of Supervisors will wade into the Diamond Bar Road dispute during their meeting Monday.

The County Public Works Department is asking the Board to formally abandon "any and all (county) interest over a public easement underlying the existing alignment of Diamond Bar Road" that crosses Grand Canyon Ranch.

Diamond Bar Road is the best route from Las Vegas to the Hualapai Tribe's Grand Canyon West and Skywalk tourism attraction. The tribe is building a new road that will eliminate some of the old dirt road's dangerous curves and provide a smoother ride to visitors.

The old road crosses Grand Canyon Ranch, which is owned by Nigel Turner. Turner put up a roadblock on the old road, which is still in use, at the end of May and started charging motorists an activity fee to cross his property. He claims that according to a 2007 settlement agreement between him and the county and the federal government, the old road alignment reverted back to him after four years. He also claims that the Hualapai Tribal Council is not following the 2007 agreement's environmental protection requirements for the construction of the new road.

According to the County Attorney's Office, it is not clear from the 2007 settlement agreement if the county has to formally give the road and all of its rights of way back to Turner or if it automatically reverts without having to do a lot of paperwork. The attorney's office is recommending the Board sign a formal agreement, just in case.

District 5 Supervisor Steven Moss also asked the Board to discuss how the Skywalk and Grand Canyon West impact the county's transportation program and possible alternatives to Diamond Bar Road.

The Board will also consider:

• Approving a $71,745 bid to install bulletproof glass and wall panels in the County Attorney's, Community Services and Public Health offices.

• Approving a $59,292 bid to demolish an auxiliary building to the Cerbat Justice Court.

• Approving a $500,000 transfer of funds from savings in the legal services salary line item and $400,000 from the county's general fund to cover nearly $900,000 in expenditures over the Indigent Defense Services budget. The expenditures are mainly due to the Darrell Ketchner case, which cost the county $370,000 this year and a total of $850,000.

• Authorizing Board Chairman Gary Watson to sign a letter protesting the federal government's plan to limit grazing on federal lands in the Arizona Strip area in order to protect the desert tortoise.

• Adopting a resolution supporting Arizona's claim that the federal government should turn over all federal lands to the state as promised when Arizona became a state.

The Board meets at 9:30 a.m. Monday in the County Administration Building, 700 W. Beale St.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Article comment by: anonymous anonymous

Karma is a funny thing, time will tell how bad karma comes to those with them sad skin tone issues! The Chinese fellow who got into a dispute over this issue with the tribe is no longer on this earth, his wife and heirs can sue but my best guess is law suits usually bankrupt the foolish who have no legal leg to stand on in the end, the land is owned by the tribe, any contract is only as legitimate as the conditions and who breached what is going to be up to a judge!

Posted: Monday, June 17, 2013
Article comment by: Say What?

"Approving a $71,745 bid to install bulletproof glass and wall panels in the County Attorney's, Community Services and Public Health offices."

Was there a threat? Did we miss something? Does this mean that every window in all county buildings will need bullet proof glass now? If there was a threat, do us normal folk have anything to worry about? Should we all bullet proof our houses?

Posted: Monday, June 17, 2013
Article comment by: Try to Remember You Represent All People of the County

So now Gary is to sign a letter for the cattleman. Let the cattleman write their own letters stating their views. The BOS should represent the views of the majority of citizens and there are more wanting to protect the desert tortoise than a few rich cattleman. However we know good o' Gary will snap to the wishes of the big boy cattlemen.

Posted: Monday, June 17, 2013
Article comment by: Look At It From Both Sides

No on the bulletproof walls and glass. Everyone now in Mohave County packs heat so why deny those in the offices their right to shoot wildlife while sitting at their desks. After all it is their right.

Posted: Sunday, June 16, 2013
Article comment by: H Q

The BOS approves guns, but want to spend $71plus K. For bullet proof glass? So much for the "fiscal" conservative members of the board. But I guess it's no different than Brotherton telling the folks in Golden Valley she would look into there road conditions or Waston telling people in his district there no money for proper road maintenance because he spent the $ on a new County building and now there considering pay raises instead of
Repairing our roads.

Posted: Sunday, June 16, 2013
Article comment by: Why not install bulletproof glass and panels in ALL county buildings?

Why are just these three buildings being considered for bulletproof glass and panels? Why not all of the county's departments building?

Posted: Sunday, June 16, 2013
Article comment by: Thai Mai Shu

@ R.

I'm not too sure Eminent Domain law applies since the County and The Hualapai Nation had a legal contract with Mr. Turner and the County handed over 3/4 of a million dollars to him.

Posted: Sunday, June 16, 2013
Article comment by: R .

Don't Imminent Domain laws apply out here? Back in Chicago, Imminent Domain was used for all kinds of public projects and even many private projects including Comiskey Parks replacement, US Cellular Field. Why isn't anyone exploring that option?

Posted: Sunday, June 16, 2013
Article comment by: gun owner 000

Good deal. Get out of this quagmire before it gets any worse. Let 'ol Nigel choke on his own greed.

As far as the other items...
$71,745 bid to install bulletproof glass and wall panels in the County Attorney's, Community Services and Public Health offices.
What? Since when do we need bulletproof glass in these offices? Don't tell me a little "King Ronnie" is creeping in there. $71,745 would buy a lot of bulletproof vests and deputies with K-9 partners.

Posted: Sunday, June 16, 2013
Article comment by: concerned citizen

"Approving a $71,745 bid to install bulletproof glass and wall panels in the County Attorney's, Community Services and Public Health offices."

Great! Now, not only do we have to contend with some people carrying guns...Now, we have to pay extra to protect the people that work in our public buildings!
Everyone should understand that this is just the beginning. There will be more expenditures to protect the other employees. It's coming!

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