County News Briefs: Tuesday, August 4, 2009

CHLORIDE - The last of three donkeys to call Grasshopper Junction home has died. Sissy the donkey died July 27 from apparent old age. Those who frequent the iconic convenience store at the Chloride turnoff say Sissy was at least 37 years old. The donkeys were inherited by each of the new owners to operate Grasshopper Junction throughout the years, said employee Susan Reynolds. Animal Control was called several times to check on the donkey's welfare, but found the animals were well cared for. Sissy had been kept behind a fence to prevent tourists from feeding her human food, which the donkey had developed a taste for over the years. "They used to give them beer, Miller Genuine Draft, and the donkeys would drink it and then give it back," Reynolds said.

CEDAR HILLS - The Mohave County Sheriff's Office announced Monday it is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for criminal damage at the Cedar Hills Elementary School in Cedar Hills.

Sometime between Saturday and Monday morning, someone shot a school bus on the property numerous times, causing damage to the interior and a flat tire.No dollar estimate was available on the amount of damage caused by the vandalism.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Mohave County Sheriff's Office at (928) 753-0753 or Silent Witness at (888) 227-8780. \

BULLHEAD CITY -The third annual Bullhead City River Regatta, Aug. 28-29, will take participants on an 8-mile journey down the Colorado River.

Kick things off with the Ye Gotta Regatta Party from 5-10 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Community Park in Bullhead City. Cocktail hustlers will strut their drink delivery prowess in hopes of claiming the title of "Best Bartender on the River."

River Regatta floats will hit the water at 8:30 a.m. on Aug. 29, from staging areas along the Nevada and Arizona sides of the Colorado River. Kayak and canoe races will launch from Davis Camp at 8 a.m. This year's theme is Birthday Bash.

Call (702) 298-0630 for more information.