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6/13/2013 6:00:00 AM
Kingman Letters: Citing facts isn't 'hatred'

With all due respect to Mr. Outrider's "Hatred for tribe" [op-ed article of June 7], let's look at the agreement between the federal government, Mohave County, the Hualapai Tribe and Mr. Turner rather than resort to senseless accusations.

Mr. Turner entered into a contract with the above mentioned, was given $750,000 in exchange for very specific details to be followed with a set time limit for the improvements that would benefit all concerned parties.

The tribe ran out of money to complete the project, not Mr. Turner's fault, within the set timeline but expected Mr. Turner to abide by the expired contract (two years expired) to ram through the road but not make the agreed-to improvements at the same time. According to the federal government, they will do the agreed-upon improvements "at a later date." I certainly do not blame Mr. Turner for not trusting not only the feds or the county, but also the tribe to live up to an expired contract that they have not abided by.

A good example for Mr. Turner not trusting the tribe is the Las Vegas contractor who designed and built the glass Skywalk and the Hualapai Tribe claiming eminent domain to avoid paying the contractor his fair share of the proceeds even after the courts had ruled in favor of the contractor.

If, in fact, that the right of way reverts back to Mr. Turner due to the failed execution of the original contract, then Mr. Turner is well within his rights to do as he pleases with his property. There is nothing racist when dealing with the facts.

Sam Wise


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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, June 30, 2013
Article comment by: geez ....

considerig every aspect of this obscene venture, I assume the newly-paved road will be re-named "Rip-Off Road".

Posted: Saturday, June 29, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew


“So the reality is that the feds, meaning the rest of us, are paying for the road to their moneymaking endeavor.’’

Seriously? Diamond Bar road serves no one or any businesses other than the Skywalk? Really? You need to get away from your basement and computer and see what is going on in the real word.

Oh and BTW – the Feds pay (meaning you and me) for or share expenses for roads all over the nation. But I forgot, you are a NOT TAX FOR ANY REASON guy. Silly, short sided and just plain nuts!

Posted: Thursday, June 27, 2013
Article comment by: Frank Lee Speaking

"The federal government is paying to pave Diamond Bar Road."

I have read numerous times how the "tribe" got it done. So the reality is that the feds, meaning the rest of us, are paying for the road to their moneymaking endeavor.

Posted: Saturday, June 15, 2013
Article comment by: Integrity Has No Color

I haven't been to the meetings, but from what I've read in the KDM and listened to on tv, my sentiments are with Mr. Turner so far. If I make a contract with someone ... anyone ... I expect them to keep up their end of the contract, as I expect to keep up my own end of the contract. From many of the comments I've read online about this issue, I sense the writers are blind to promises made.

Posted: Friday, June 14, 2013
Article comment by: the people people

Diamond Bar Road is a county road. The federal government is paying to pave Diamond Bar Road. Once it is done, Mohave County will take over maintenance. Mr. Turner has a beef with the feds and the county, but he took out his frustration on the tribe. I hope the tribe stops buying goods and services in Mohave County. Only if this happens, Mohave County will see the economic benefit of GCW and the Hualapai Tribe.

Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2013
Article comment by: Let The Lawyers and Judges Rule on the Case

Thank you, Mr Wise. Amazing you are so fully versed on all the details of the contract or are you professing to be the ultimate expert having read what was reported in the Miner. You might check the Arizona law that states by allowing a road to become an established road, the land owner relinquishes the right to close a road. I suspect a judge would need to decide if such action is legal regardless of a private contract.

Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2013
Article comment by: We The People{me} Thinking

@San Wise
Had you been at the dolansprings chamber meeting monday you would have found out a lot more to the story and most of your babble answered, I would love to fill you in but after reading your past post I think not perhaps you should have attend more meetings in person and ask more questions.

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