News Briefs: Friday, May 8, 2009

MCSO offers pet spay/neuter vouchers again this year

KINGMAN - In hard economic times, it is often pets that suffer the most. However, help may be on the way for some pets.

Mohave County Animal Control received a $1,300 donation from a staff fundraiser at Kingman Animal Hospital and a $5,000 grant from the Arizona Companion Animal Spay/Neuter Committee.

The funds will provide 300 spay and neuter vouchers worth $45 each to Mohave County residents. The vouchers are good at the majority of veterinarians in the Kingman area.

The vouchers will be issued on a first come, first served basis starting at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Mohave County Animal Shelter, 950 Buchanan St. There is a limit of two vouchers per household, and the vouchers expire after 45 days.

Residents may want to get to the shelter early. Last year, MCAC ran out of vouchers in two hours. The program is dependant on donations from the public and receives no money from the county general fund.

Anyone wishing to make a donation can contact Trish Carter at (928) 753-0755. Residents can also support spay and neuter programs across Arizona by purchasing pet-friendly license plates at www.azpetplates.org or (800) 251-5866.

Register this weekend to fish with the kids on May 16

KINGMAN - Mohave County Sheriff's Office along with Arizona Game and Fish will host this year's annual Kids Fishing Day at D'Ambro pond in Kingman from 6 a.m. to noon May 16.

Pre-register from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Arizona Game and Fish Office, 5325 N. Stockton Hill Road in Kingman.

Free hot dogs and drinks will be provided.

Arizona Game and Fish will supply fishing poles, bait and stock the pond with fish. This event is free for children between the ages of 5 and 16. Donations to D'Ambro pond will be greatly appreciated. Sheriff Tom Sheahan will present trophies for the event. D'Ambro pond is located north on Stockton Hill Road at milepost 26.

Fundraiser at Castlerock goes to Golden Valley Days

GOLDEN VALLEY - The Golden Valley Days Spring Fundraiser is from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Castlerock Bar and Grill, located on the west side of U.S. 93 in Golden Valley.The bands Those Guys, Divided Highway and Rastafire will perform. Admission is a $5 donation, with all proceeds going to the 2009 Golden Valley Days Entertainment Fund. Golden Valley Days is Oct. 2-3.

KRMC presents special speaker during nurse week

KINGMAN - The work of America's 2.9 million registered nurses to save lives and to maintain the health of millions of individuals is the focus of this year's National Nurses Week.

The week began on Wednesday with RN Recognition Day and ends on Tuesday to coincide with the birthday of Florence Nightingale, founder of nursing as a modern profession.

Traditionally, the week is devoted to highlighting the diverse ways in which registered nurses are working to improve health care. On May 13, the nurses at Kingman Regional Medical Center have been invited to attend a special presentation by an internationally known speaker, Diann Uustal. Her topic is "Caring for Yourself - Caring for Others: The Ultimate Balance."

Workshop on caring for Alzheimer's patients today

KINGMAN - Successful Strategies for Alzheimer's Caregiving, a conference for professionals and families caring for Alzheimer's patients, is today at the Hampton Inn, 1791 Sycamore.

Presenters include Charles Bernick, medical director of the Lou Ruvo Brain Institute of Las Vegas, and Karen Strobbe, creator of the "Sometimes You Gotta Laugh" workshop. For more information, contact Cat at (928) 753-6247.

Benefit yard sale for students starts Saturday at White Cliffs

KINGMAN - A benefit yard sale for People to People Ambassadors Austin De Losantos, Kelly Henry and Shey Moser is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at White Cliffs Middle School, 400 Grandview Ave.

The students are raising funds for a trip to Australia.

Mocarski to talk about wildlife

VALLE VISTA - Zen Mocarski of Arizona Game and Fish will discuss Arizona wildlife at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Valle Vista Library, 7264 Concho Drive, Suite B.

The event is sponsored by Friends of the Valle Vista Library.

The public is invited. Refreshments will be served.

Adoptions critical due to overcrowding

GOLDEN VALLEY - The Rescue Unwanted Furry Friends Foundation shelter in Golden Valley is overcrowded and holding pet adoptions after 4 p.m. weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekends to lower the number of animals in its care.

For an appointment and directions, call (928) 565-2275.