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News Briefs: Wednesday, March 3, 2010

KINGMAN

The woman found dead in a garage last week in 3000 block of Butler Avenue has been identified as Alicia Marie Viamonte.

Viamonte, 43, was discovered in the garage of a vacant home for sale by a prospective buyer Feb. 23. Her age was previously given as 33 by law enforcement. She is described as a local transient.

The Mohave County Sheriff's Office said it does not suspect foul play in her death, and a medical examiner's report is pending.

KINGMAN

The Board of Supervisors approved the new Planned Area Development zoning during Monday's meeting.

The new zoning would allow developers of projects of 100 acres or more to submit a concept plan of what the development would look like. If the developer received approval and later found that it needed to make minor changes to the plan, such as slightly increasing the size of a commercial zone within the project, it could do so with the approval of P&Z staff.

Normally, such an action would require the developer to appear before the commission and then the Board of Supervisors for approval of the change. Larger changes would require action by the commission and the Board of Supervisors.

Hunting, fishing licenses now online

PHOENIX - They're back: Arizona hunting and fishing licenses are available online once again.

Just visit the Arizona Game and Fish Department's Web site at www.azgfd.gov to decide what license or license package suits you or your family best, and make the online purchase using your Visa or MasterCard from the convenience of your own home or office.

"It's been a long time coming, but the timing is superb for hunting and fishing conditions," said Game and Fish Deputy Director Bob Broscheid. "Our interior lakes are filling and spilling. There's a lush green-up in the desert low lands. Plus we have a tremendous snowpack in the high country."

A $1.50 Internet fee will be charged for buying a license online, which will pay for the service expense. Be sure to have a printer hooked up; you must print out the license you purchase online.

Mortalities used to expand efforts

PHOENIX - After three years without a confirmed mortality from lead poisoning, three California condors have recently died from the biggest challenge to the species' recovery. The condors, including a female and her chick from the previous year, were recovered by The Peregrine Fund.

Testing confirmed the presence of lead fragments in the digestive tracts of all three birds. Lead shuts down the condors' digestive system, which leads to starvation, weakness and death.

"While the deaths of a breeding female and her wild-hatched chick are a significant loss, condor conservation has been gaining ground since lead poisoning was first identified as a leading cause of mortality and we began to educate hunters about the effects of spent lead on condors," said biologist Chris Parish, head of The Peregrine Fund's condor recovery operation in Arizona. "But, as the condor recovery program progresses, new challenges have been identified."

To aid condor conservation, the Game and Fish started a non-lead ammunition outreach program in 2003 to hunters drawn for hunts in the condor's core range. Surveys show that 85 percent of hunters took voluntary measures in 2009 to reduce the amount of available spent lead ammunition in the condor's core range.