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40,000 motorcycle riders will be swarming the area this coming weekend

Mother Road Harley Davidson to host a 3-day festival

A good portion of them will bust out of Laughlin and join the party at Mother Road Harley-Davidson dealership at 2501 Beverly Ave. for three days of live music, vendors, food trucks and a beer garden.

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Lewis resigns from NACFD board after appointments

The governing board of Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District filled two vacancies Thursday night, but now has another after Chairwoman Patty Lewis resigned her position.

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Earth Day: Bringing about the end of plastic pollution spearheads the efforts for this year’s celebrations

With her floppy hat blowing in 30 mph wind gusts, Denise Neath led two classes of Hualapai Elementary School third-graders on a tour of Dig It Community Garden Thursday, tying it into Earth Day celebrations Sunday.

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Father’s sentencing delayed in DUI death of 4-year-old son

Sentencing for Daniel Lynn Stuart, charged with aggravated DUI in the death of his 4-year-old son, has been postponed until May 31 to give attorneys time to consider new offers.

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County wants equitable Flood Control monies

The Board of Supervisors voted 4-1, with Supervisor Hildy Angius opposed, to explore potential solutions in collaboration with the cities that would address current trends in Flood Control revenue.

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Bank of America to close Kingman branch in July

The Bank of America branch at 2307 Stockton Hill Road will close July 31, and all employees and customers have been notified, a bank spokeswoman confirmed Wednesday.

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Things to do in the outdoors as the weather turns better

You’ll find 21 mountain ranges with nearly 150 canyons and probably 1,000 washes teeming with vegetation and wildlife, if you know where to go.

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Judge Moss gives Kingman possession of airport, industrial park

Mohave County Superior Court Judge Steve Moss ruled in favor of the City of Kingman Tuesday with an order granting the city immediate possession of Kingman Airport Authority.

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Three dogs perish in home destroyed by Golden Valley fire

The structure was a total loss, and investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing.

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Davis Camp Park 10-year master plan approved

The 10-year master plan for Davis Camp Park was approved Monday by Mohave County supervisors to improve recreational offerings and bring in more money that can be used to spruce up community parks, a county official said.

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5 things to know | BOS: Update on Mohave County’s legal position in water transfer

KINGMAN – Here are five items of interest from the Mohave County Board of Supervisors meeting scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Monday at Mohave County Administration Building, 700 W. Beale St.:

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Corporation Commission candidates talk water, ethics

Two candidates running for Arizona Corporation Commission gave their reasons for why they would be the best choice to oversee the utility regulatory body at Wednesday’s Mohave Republican Forum.

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Community choir takes stage Saturday

Nothing gets the crowd singing like a rousing rendition of our national anthem, and that’s how the Mohave Community Choir will open “Celebrate America” at 2 p.m. Saturday at Grace Lutheran Church, 2101 S. Harrison St.

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Councilman Yocum’s DUI trial delayed for 8th time

The jury trial for City Councilman Stuart Yocum, charged with driving under the influence in May 2017, has been continued until June 7 in Kingman Justice Court, according to a court clerk.

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Agencies express gratitude for their dispatchers

It’s people like Valerie Lester, senior dispatcher for Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, who are the initial point of contact for people in times of crisis and disaster.

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Congress candidate Delina DiSanto outlines campaign strategies for Kingman Democrats

DiSanto wants to preserve funding for the Affordable Care Act, continue to fund and support Planned Parenthood, and provide Medicare for everyone.

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Burro Creek shooter gets 22½ years for firing at kayakers

Button, 68, was found guilty by a jury March 5 on numerous counts of aggravated assault, disorderly conduct involving a weapon and endangerment.

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The Collings Foundation Tour brings WWII history to life at Laughlin-Bullhead City International Airport today through Friday

Reading books and watching movies about World War II doesn’t leave the indelible experience of shaking and rumbling in a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber on the runway or maneuvering the stick on a P-51 Mustang fighter.

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Fire services on a tight budget: Better Kingman Fire responses will come at a price

Firefighters were busy running around town putting out fires and responding to medical emergencies in 2017, according to Kingman Fire Department’s annual report.

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Democrat DiSanto targets ‘uncaring’ Gosar

“Paul Gosar does not advocate for our district and we’re all tired of him not representing us,” DiSanto said in a statement to the Daily Miner.

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5 tips for when buying a home

It’s a seller’s market out there and being prepared for the process is a must if you want to score your dream home

Melissa Ellico is looking for a three-bedroom, two-bathroom home in a nice neighborhood, so one of the first steps she took was enlisting a trustworthy real estate agent who knows the market.

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‘Missing in America’ veterans' remains to get escort to Prescott cemetery

Jamie Zorn was amazed by the thousands of people who lined State Route 89 last year to cheer on Patriot Guard Riders who escorted the unclaimed cremated remains of military veterans to Prescott National Cemetery.

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Airport authority lawyer files motion to end alleged harassment

Andrew Federhar, of Spencer Fane law firm in Phoenix, is asking the court to set the conference “to put an end to this harassing conduct.”

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One million tons of American steel

A manufacturing stalwart in the community since 2010, Nucor Steel shipped out its 1 millionth ton of steel Tuesday following an afternoon ceremony at the plant on Old Highway 66.

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Mohave Community Orchestra concert Saturday

Admission to the concert is free, though donations are greatly appreciated.

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Supervisors say no to joining opioid lawsuit

Hundreds, if not thousands, of municipalities will join the lawsuit.

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Supervisors set public hearing for proposed increase in building fees

Mohave County appears to be “kind of schizophrenic” about wanting to attract more residents, while at the same time scaring off developers with increased building and permit fees, Supervisor Hildy Angius said Monday.

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Tax Refunds: Spend ’em or save ’em?

Learn ways to get the most out of your tax refunds

When you’re scraping along on a monthly budget tighter than a new pair of shoes, getting that IRS refund check in the mail or deposited to your account can feel like a windfall worth celebrating.

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County to buy land in fight for water rights

Mohave County will move forward with the acquisition of about 15 acres of agricultural land in the Fort Mohave area for the “public purpose” of stopping the transfer of water rights

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Governor signs bill to extend school funding

A key legislative bill for funding public education was signed by the governor last week, a big step toward finding long-term solutions to support student success, said Christine Thompson, chief executive officer and president of Expect More Arizona.

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The 64-year-old Hill Top Motel has an unknown future

The picturesque view of the Hualapai Mountains from the Hill Top Motel pool will take away your breath, even as the motel has slipped into a dilapidated state of disrepair since its heyday as a popular Route 66 rest stop.

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*Update* - Canyon 66 Restaurant and Lounge closed

Canyon 66 Restaurant and Lounge closed Monday for “emergency maintenance,” according to a notice posted on the door, and a bartender said she hasn’t been paid in about a month.

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A little research can go a long way to make sure consumers are shopping with companies that share their values

As a consumer, you’ve got an abundance of wireless communication providers, all clamoring for your business with special offers and slick advertising.

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Blanco interviewed without reading of Miranda rights

Kingman Police Department Detective Dennis Gilbert and FBI Special Agent Desirae Tolhurst grilled Blanco on the details surrounding the disappearance of Sidney Cranston Jr. in June 2015.

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James Rector trial date delayed, discovery process continues

The discovery process for evidence continues to delay the trial date for James Justin Rector, accused of kidnapping, raping and strangling to death an 8-year-old Bullhead City girl in September 2014.

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City, KAA lawyers argue over airport condemnation

Between breaks handling other cases, Mohave Superior Court Judge Steve Moss heard nearly seven hours of evidence and testimony Wednesday on the City’s attempt to take immediate possession of the Kingman Airport and Industrial Park through condemnation.

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Every 25 minutes a baby is born who is addicted to opioids

Two babies are born every day in Arizona craving something with a little more punch than mother’s milk.

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Bishop praises project for honoring veterans’ remains

County Supervisor Jean Bishop took a moment to recognize the Missing in America Project with the final item on Monday’s Board of Supervisors regular agenda.

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Supervisor Angius goes to Washington

You can feel the major changes made by the Trump Administration in Washington, D.C.

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Mohave County Sheriff's Office hires Mortensen as PIO

Mohave County Sheriff’s Office has hired Anita Mortensen as its new public information officer with a promise of more transparency and communication with the media in getting information to the public on arrests and criminal activity.

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Kennecott ends drilling exploration at Kabba project

Residents around Hackberry can breathe a sigh of relief, at least for now, as Kennecott Exploration Company announced Monday it would not continue its drilling exploration

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BOS gives sheriff OK to transfer $590K

On behalf of her constituents who called or emailed, Supervisor Jean Bishop thoroughly questioned Mohave County Sheriff Doug Schuster about his vehicle replacement fund and nearly $600,000 he’s requesting for capital expenditures.

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To rent or to own? Millennials still see value in owning a home

The dilemma over whether to rent a home or buy one entails lengthy evaluations of your financial status, lifestyle, family plans and handyman abilities.

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Judge declines special action from Kingman Airport Authority lawyer

The attorney representing Kingman Airport Authority filed a special action Thursday in the Court of Appeals against Mohave County Superior Court Judge Moss and the City of Kingman.

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Chairman survey: Why are they Republican?

The Republican leader said he’s got a great plan for Arizona, including hiring someone in each district to localize voter registration efforts.

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July murder trial set for Buddy Wallace

Buddy O’Brian Wallace, charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing of an elderly man in Yucca, did not appear at Monday’s pretrial conference, with his final pretrial conference set for July 9.

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Wells Fargo to close Beale Street branch

The Wells Fargo Bank branch at 302 E. Beale St. is closing at noon June 13, the manager confirmed Tuesday afternoon.

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Husband dies a week after Golden Valley fire claims his wife

A second victim has succumbed to smoke inhalation and other injuries from a March 4 mobile home fire in the 3000 block of McConnico Road.

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Judge allows more time for Daniel Stuart’s plea agreement

D’Arcy Downs-Vollbracht, representing Stuart, said she will meet with the prosecutor to review the facts and evidence.

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Candidates Gelbart, Branch lay out views on public education

Gelbart and Branch each gave a quick presentation on their backgrounds and qualifications in running for state school superintendent at Monday’s luncheon meeting of the Conservative Republican Club of Kingman, then took questions from the audience.

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