County RoundUp: Tuesday, December 7,2010

From Today's News Herald

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is teaming up with other state and federal agencies to combat the spread of quagga mussels in Lake Havasu. Game and Fish Invasive Species Coordinator Tom McMahon spoke at a public meeting Nov. 30 in Lake Havasu City. The mussels first showed up in Lake Havasu in 2007. Since then, multiple attempts to stop the spread of the non-native creatures have failed, he said. The mussels aren't the only non-native species that has the department worried. The department is also trying to control the spread of rusty catfish, red claw crayfish, New Zealand mud snails, giant salvinia and didymo. The state is teaming up with other departments to create a draft Arizona Aquatic Invasive Species Management Plan and updating series of regulations, called Director's Orders, to prevent the spread of non-native species to other Arizona waterways. Right now, the draft Director's Orders, which will go into effect on March 1, require boaters to clean, drain and completely dry out their boat before moving it to another waterway. McMahon said the departments are trying to keep the regulations simple and clear in order to avoid confusion. A copy of the draft invasive species plan is available online at www.azgfd.gov/mussels. Written comments on the plan can be e-mailed to AIScomments@azgfd.gov. A similar meeting will be held in Kingman at 6 p.m. on Dec. 16 at the Game and Fish Office, 5325 N. Stockton Hill Road.

Lake Havasu City firefighters responded to a report of smoke at the city's post office Nov. 30. Firefighters found that a heating unit had malfunctioned and pumped smoke into the lobby. Employees were safely evacuated from the building and the heat has been turned off until a technician can fix the problem.

From the Mohave Daily News

The Arizona Supreme Court has continued a hearing to Dec. 30 to determine when a Lake Havasu man's death sentence will be set. Daniel Wayne Cook, 49, was convicted and sentenced to death in August 1988 for beating, torturing and killing two men in Lake Havasu City in 1987. The court denied setting an execution date for Cook in 2009 after receiving a petition from the Arizona Attorney General. Jeffrey Landrigan was the last man to be executed in Arizona. He was executed in October after the U.S. Supreme Court determined that the state could use a non-approved drug in the lethal injection process.

It looks as if Bullhead City Council members Sam Medrano and Kathy Bruck may have an opponent next year. Mike Sirchia, a retired Bullhead City businessman, is trying to collect 157 signatures by Dec. 8. No one has offered to run against Bullhead City Mayor Jack Hakim yet.