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12:09 AM Wed, Jan. 23rd

Happy birthday, GVG!

As of this very issue, the GVG has completed its first full year!

Looking back, it's been an eventful 12 months. Some of the headliners included:

• Continuing efforts by committees in Dolan Springs and Golden Valley to incorporate those communities in an effort to provide controls for the growth occurring in both communities.

• Kingman City Council denied incorporation requests from two Golden Valley committees whose proposed incorporation boundaries included land that lays within six miles of the existing city. The denial was based primarily on the failure of the two groups to work together, as the council has instructed.

• Three major developers announced their intentions to build master-planned communities in Golden Valley and the Dolan Springs/Meadview area.

• The developers' strong interest spurred concerns about the availability of water as the smaller communities in the county continue to grow.

• Sustainabiity and "green" building took the limelight as an alternative to traditional, energy-guzzling construction for homes, businesses and schools.

• Colorful community festivals in Golden Valley, Chloride and Dolan Springs.

• Chloride's world-famous muralist, Roy Purcell, returned, spruced up the murals he painted on the mountainside in the 1960s, and opened an art gallery.

• The formation of a group called the Mohave County Minutemen, based primarily in Golden Valley, shone a spotlight on the issue of illegal aliens in this area.

• Golden Valley Medical Center opened and the chambers of commerce in all three communities have welcomed a surprising number of new businesses.

Of course, there's lots more but there's not enough space to mention it all. Starting next week, look for a weekly glanceback at what was happening in GVG land a year earlier.

Now, on to more good news.

The results are in, and the Golden Valley Gazette enters the official ranks of award-winning newspapers!

Western Newspapers Inc. sponsors an annual contest for all of its newspapers across the state, including dailies and non-dailies, which translates locally to the GVG and the Kingman Daily Miner.

I'm happy to say the GVG, in its premiere year of existence and its initial foray in the contest, brought home a third-place award in the page design category.

Three Miner staff members who also contribute to the GVG received honors for their fine work in the past year. JC Amberlyn brought home several awards for both her fabulous photography and even one writing award. Jennifer Bartlett received a third-place award for excellence in writing. And, KDM sports writer Rob Weiler received second-place in column writing.

The GVG readership area benefits from their considerable talents from time to time, and I want to send out both congratulations and thanks to all of them.

Someone who works here at the GVG and who doesn't get nearly the credit she deserves is the advertising representative, Nicky Granniss. Without her valiant day-to-day efforts, the GVG would not be here.

Kudos, crew! My hat comes off to all of you!

And thank you, too, to the GVG readers who have provided so many great ideas for stories, who have graciously pointed out mistakes and who have just let me know they are happy to have the GVG here.

With your encouragement, we'll survive the whirlwind of another year!