KINGMAN - Abigail Atibagos got her wish when Santa Claus brought her a Sky Wolf remote-control helicopter for Christmas, but her joy turned to tears when a 30-mph gust of wind whisked it away when she went outside to play with it.
Sky Wolf down! Sky Wolf down!
The wind had blown the toy onto the roof of the Daily Miner newspaper next to her home. Her heart sunk. She went to her dad for help, but his ladder couldn't reach the two-story roof.
"I asked Santa for this and I lost it on Christmas," the fifth-grader at Manzanita Elementary School said. "I got sad and went to my room."
Fortunately, Daily Miner employee Cody Davis found the helicopter in the parking lot the next day, as continuing strong winds had apparently blown it down from the roof.
The Daily Miner published a Page 1 photograph of the toy on Dec. 27, and a neighbor saw it and contacted the family.
"She was so happy to get it (on Christmas)," said Jennifer Atibagos, the girl's mother. "She opened it and was so surprised."
They also were happy to see the photograph in the newspaper, she said, and contacted newsroom assistant Davis. They brought in the charger and controller to verify ownership.
"My daughter tried it and it worked. That wind was so bad and I'm so glad Cody found it," the mother said.
Abigail said "it's cool" because Ms. (Jamie) Beck, her teacher at Manzanita, collects the Daily Miner and highlights stories for students.
"Now the entire class is going to see me," she said.