KINGMAN - Mohave County's COalition YOuth TEam (COYOTE) participants are learning a variety of job duties while working in the community. These duties include: cleaning trails, picking up trash, handling money, stocking shelves, staking construction sites and testing concrete and asphalt.
At Kingman Airport Authority, COYOTEs Matthew Morse and Anthony Herrera are working with their supervisor, Delbert Plumley. They have been working as ground maintenance, which means they pull weeds, rake, shovel, trim, wash trucks and wash the outside of the buildings.
"Having this job has let me know that if I can do this one I can do any other," Morse said.
At Laron, Inc., Dakota Love-Keys is working with his supervisor, Debbie Spath. He has been helping workers make specialty metal pieces for clients and he works in the shops.
"COYOTE is very interesting and teaches valuable skills," Love-Keys said.
At the Bureau of Land Management, Justin Webb has been working side by side with his supervisor, Melissa Patriquin, as a park ranger assistant. Webb has been helping Patriquin maintain recreational sites and monitor wilderness routes.
"I like this job because I get to work outside and with my hands. Plus the sights are incredible," Webb said.
At Brown Drilling, Ernest Benjamin has been working with his supervisors, Jon Kaufman, Amanda Kaufman and Randy Sleep. Benjamin has been working as a driller's assistant, which means he drills, handles rods and loads rods.
"Hiring the COYOTE participant has freed up a lot of manpower," Jon Kaufman said.
Sara Carpenter, supervisor of Hualapai Crew A, hired six COYOTEs: Brady Dodge, Jahn Johns, Christopher Davis, Jordan Rider, Tabatha Lancaster and Zachary Kramp. They have been widening trails to four feet and cleaning up around the Hualapai cabins.
"My main job is to keep the COYOTEs motivated to do their job," Carpenter said.
Harry Traxler, supervisor of Hualapai Crew B, hired four COYOTEs: Anthony White, Trenton Wilcox, Landon Juntenen and Andy Trujillo.
They have been working on one of the trails in the Hualapais. Their job duty is to widen the trails to four feet. In order to do this, they have to move rocks, clear brush and rake and shovel dirt to fill in any holes and to make the trail smooth.
"It's nice to know that we made a difference, because now when people hike the trails they have less of a chance of getting hurt," Wilcox said.
Supervisors of the Green Team, Hector Mariani and Randy Davis, hired 11 COYOTEs: Cody Caillouette, Jordan Benaitis, Cody Crane, Travis Davis, Nathaniel Grimes, Sebastian Short, Damian Brase, Blaydes Morrison, Michael Brown, Nick Trull and Travis Wilk.
They are learning about the environment and going on field trips to learn about green energy technologies. They also clean yards, pull weeds and pick up trash.
"They have done a really good job," Mariani said.
"It's hard working in the heat sometimes, but the boys are handling it well," Randy Davis said.
At the Mohave County Public Works Fleet Management, COYOTE Chad Glentz has been working with his supervisor, Leticia Tidmore, as an office assistant. He files paperwork, organizes work orders and reviews files to make sure everything is correct.
"This is my first year in COYOTE and I plan on coming back next year," Glentz said.
At Mohave Engineering, Shane Bowen and Kyle Garner are working with their supervisor, David Bruce.
Bowen is working as a rod man, which means he holds the rods level while the surveying crew stakes construction sites.
Garner is working as a material tester/technician trainee, testing the density of concrete and asphalt.
"This program teaches skills that the society was lacking," Bruce said.
Supervisors Brenda Asplin, Leon Cash and Eileen Jacobson from UniSource hired three COYOTEs: Sara Juntenen, Shane Newstrom and Raymond Tapia.
Juntenen is working as a customer care representative, which means she takes payments, directs customers and balances the cash drawers.
"I think the COYOTE program should be all year round," Asplin said.
Newstrom is working as an office assistant, which means he wraps batteries, stocks shelves and does other numerous projects.
"This is a nice, relaxed environment and everyone here has a good sense of humor," Newstrom said.
Tapia is working as an administrative assistant, which means he attends to the customers, handles the money and sends rebate checks. He has also been learning about how UniSource is working with solar electric and wind turbines.