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City Council lawyer sends notice of condemnation to Kingman Airport Authority board

The lawyer hired by the City Council to go after Kingman Airport Authority sent a notice of condemnation to the KAA board stating that all airport property would be taken over by the city within 20 days, following up on a Nov. 7 letter of the same intent.

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No more monster trucks at the Mohave County Fairground's grandstand arena

With 68 acres, Mohave County Fairgrounds should have plenty room for everyone to play nicely.

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Human Trafficking: It’s not just a big city problem anymore

Traffickers are targeting rural communities

Sex trafficking has spread beyond Las Vegas, Phoenix, Los Angeles and other big cities into rural parts of Arizona, especially those fed by busy highways such as Interstate 40, an expert and victims’ advocate said Monday.

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KUSD looks to turn Palo Christi into multipurpose community center

School board member Bruce Ricca is taking the lead on turning Palo Christi School into a multipurpose community center and keeping it in the hands of Kingman Unified School District for now.

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In the thick of surgery: Kingman Region Medical Center open house

It’s a bloody job, but somebody has to do it.

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Finding a solution for Palo Christi

A 1988 report by StanTech on the structural condition of Palo Christi School 1988 is still accurate as it stands, though it doesn’t include a cost estimate for asbestos abatement, Fire Chief Jake Rhoades said at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

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Kingman City Council commissions $10,000 chuckwalla lizard

One woman said she doesn’t want Kingman to be known as the “lizard town,” but another said a sculpture of the Arizona chuckwalla lizard would be great complement to the “Running Hare” that’s become a downtown photo opportunity.

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Council members, vice mayor elected to be interchange delegation

City Council moved forward with Kingman Crossing with a unanimous vote Tuesday to approve a preliminary plat for rights-of-way necessary for Kingman Crossing Boulevard to connect with Airway Avenue from the proposed I-40 interchange.

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Continuance sought in NACFD indictment

Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District Chief Wayne Eder and board member Sue Wilkin appeared in Mohave County Superior Court Monday to ask for continuance of a case involving conflict-of-interest charges for a fire truck repair.

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City begins crackdown on Kingman Airport Authority, possible legal battle in the works

City Council launched its first salvo at the Kingman Airport Authority Tuesday with a 7-0 vote to adopt Resolution 5113, declaring that KAA is failing to uphold expectations of its lease agreement and authorizing legal action.

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Mohave County Supervisors approve 11 vehicles for MCSO

Mohave County Board of Supervisors approved the purchase of nine 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe trucks to be rigged as Mohave County Sheriff’s patrol vehicles and two Tahoes to be set up for K-9 units at Monday’s regular meeting.

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Animal adoptions are about more than cats and dogs. Horses and burros need love, too

Thousands of wild burros and mustangs are roaming the mountains and deserts of northwest Arizona, and rounding them up for adoption and fertilization has become a focal point for governmental agencies, ranchers and environmentalists.

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Community support flowed at Muttsquerade

Wine and Whiskers Muttsquerade drew in a crowd Saturday

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Alfredo Blanco pretrial hearing set for Jan. 2

Blanco is accused of killing local real estate agent Sidney Cranston

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Supervisor Buster Johnson drags his feet regarding Fort Mohave Community Park

Buster Johnson votes no to submitting accounting of funds for Fort Mohave Community Park

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Saving Arnold Plaza: Work has started on downtown building for a veterans' center

The rear doors of Arnold Plaza are taped with sheets of plastic and sealed off except for flimsy ventilation ducts stretching into the alley. They’re posted with red warning signs to wear respiratory protection and protective clothing.

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Mohave County Board of Supervisors' approval for 11 Chevy Tahoes leads packed agenda

You’ll want to bring either a pillow or a bottle of NoDoz to the Mohave County Board of Supervisors regular meeting Monday where 79 items have been placed on the 11-page agenda.

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KART’s Saturday ridership up, overall numbers are down

Most of the people riding KART buses are between the ages of 35 and 64, and 36 percent of them take the bus to do their shopping, Superintendent Sheri Furr said Friday at the quarterly Transit Advisory Commission meeting.

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Search for City Manager costing over $25K

The City Council unanimously chose Springsted-Waters Thursday as the recruitment firm to find the next city manager to replace John Dougherty, whose contract was not renewed after four years.

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The first Affordable Care Act enrollment period of Trump’s administration runs through Dec. 15

Nobody was rushing to Lisa Beauchamp’s desk on the first day of open enrollment for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, the first enrollment period under President Donald Trump’s administration.

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State Superintendent race looking to be hotly contested in 2018 election

The position of Arizona State Superintendent of Public Instruction is shaping up to be one of the most hotly contested races in next year’s election, with 28-year-old Republican Jonathan Gelbart the latest to announce his run against incumbent Diane Douglas.

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Powerhouse Visitor Center’s remodel complete

The Powerhouse Visitor Center marked its 20th year of operation on Oct. 25 with the completion of a $250,000 remodeling project, said Josh Noble, tourism director for the City of Kingman.

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Life as a tow truck driver can be dangerous

Shawn Michaels knows about the Phoenix tow truck driver who was recently shot dead trying to take a vehicle from an apartment complex.

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Be the belle of the the ball at Muttsquerade

No dog is too proud to beg for food, and neither is Lisa Snyder.

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Manufacturing Day: KAMMA tours give students a look at factory work

Developing an educated and skilled workforce is a challenge for every rural community in Arizona, a tricky balance of providing high school graduates with specialized training and enticing them to stick around for meaningful employment.

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There are a few different options for finding a Halloween costume in Kingman

Between pop culture, superheroes and movie characters, there’s no shortage of ideas for Halloween costumes.

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Cerbat Cliffs' new business plan meant to combat decline in golf play

Levi Pitts, general manager of Cerbat Cliffs Golf Course, submitted a 21-page business plan to the City Council Tuesday with a list of goals and industry trends for 2018.

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Kingman man invents board game to help people understand what police do

Abby, a sixth-grader at White Cliffs Middle School, knows a little about police work from her father, who’s a police officer, but she’s learning more about his profession through “Cop’s Corner,” a board game invented by local resident Paul Martin.

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City Council agenda items’ adds and removes challenged

City Attorney Carl Cooper will change language in the city’s municipal code and handbook to clarify who’s allowed to add or remove items from the regular agenda, following direction given at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

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City Council unanimous: update appraisal for Brunswick parking lot

Werner Fleischmann returned to Switzerland no more certain about the acquisition of a city-owned parking lot crucial to the renovation of Hotel Brunswick than when his $30,000 offer was rejected a few years ago.

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Kingman Crossing Boulevard design plans increase $80K

City Council approved modifications to a contract with AECOM Technical Services for roadway design of Kingman Crossing Boulevard at its regular meeting Tuesday.

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Carnegie science takes flight for students

Taking a field trip to Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh would be a long shot for students at White Cliffs Middle School, so Hayden Ekstrom and Jason Dohoda drove 2,100 miles in three days to bring “Science Takes Flight” to the kids.

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City Council opposes mistreatment of animals, but doesn’t ban circuses

Inhumane treatment of animals comes in many forms, and while the City Council adopted a resolution Tuesday opposed to such treatment, it stopped short of adopting an ordinance prohibiting circuses from coming to town.

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Fairgrounds manager resigns, says his presence is a distraction

James Guillot announced his resignation as manager of Mohave County Fairgrounds at Wednesday’s fair board meeting, effective Dec. 31, after holding the position since 2012.

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Third Street parking lot could be key to Brunswick activity

Nobody holds a greater stake in downtown revitalization than Werner Fleischmann, the Swiss real estate investor who owns the Brunswick Hotel, Beale Celebrations, office bungalows and a couple of small business shops.

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Lead-based paint, asbestos removal beginning for Arnold Plaza

KINGMAN – The removal of asbestos and lead-based paint could begin as early as next week on the Arnold Plaza project with completion expected in November, said Pat Farrell, president of Jerry Ambrose Veterans Council.

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150-acre land donation key piece of economic development

KINGMAN – After a quick discussion about Mohave County paying for an appraisal, the Board of Supervisors on Monday approved a 150-acre donation of land in Dolan Springs that will be key piece of economic development in the area.

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Goodwill’s grand opening at the new location is a huge success

The new Goodwill store opened with the madness of Black Friday with shoppers scrambling for deals and lining up 30 deep at the cash registers.

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WAFD | Strength of message, knowledge gained key to winning poster contest

Hundreds of posters were submitted by K-12 students from Kingman Unified School District and Kingman Academy of Learning as part of the “Walk Away from Drugs” contest sponsored by the Kingman Area Meth Coalition.

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Mohave County supervisors to consider 150 acre donation

The Mohave County Board of Supervisors will discuss and possibly accept an offer from Marvin and Inger Lustiger to donate 150 acres of land in Dolan Springs to be used for county and public purposes, contingent upon the property’s appraisal.

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City manager speaks against two interchanges at Republican Forum

City Manager John Dougherty gave a blunt perspective of his view on the inefficient operations of Kingman City Council at Wednesday’s Mohave Republican Forum, perhaps a reflection of his poor performance review that led the Council to not renew his contract.

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County administrator: Water is a critical issue for Kingman

Mohave County Administrator Mike Hendrix went through individual biographies of his top staff Wednesday when he spoke about the county’s focus on customer service at the Mohave Republican Forum.

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First-ever Rude 66 Festival opens its doors Saturday

Lake Havasu City’s got its Rockabilly Reunion, Bullhead City has the Colorado River Bluegrass Festival and Kingman is kicking off its first Rude 66 Festival Saturday at Mohave County Fairgrounds with a dozen bands playing rockabilly, surf, punk and ska-tinged sounds.

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Rep. Gosar unblocks woman on Facebook as lawsuit loomed

It’s a moral victory for political squawker J’aime Morgaine and her First Amendment rights.

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Kingman could have a chance at $500,000 makeover

KINGMAN – City Councilwoman Jamie Scott Stehly is asking citizens to nominate Kingman for a $500,000 makeover from Deluxe company and vote as often as they can until the contest closes Oct. 19.

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WWII convoy is a glimpse of history

KINGMAN – Several hundred people withstood high winds Monday afternoon to show up for the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s 2017 Route 66 Convoy that lined Beale Street at Veteran’s Memorial Park.

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