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Ex-California congressman wants to be Arizona superintendent

KINGMAN – Frank Riggs made it clear early on that he’s the most conservative candidate running for Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction when he spoke Monday to the Conservative Republican Club of Kingman.

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City of Kingman vs. Kingman Airport Authority: Attorneys hired in contract, performance dispute

The legal battle is forming between the City of Kingman and Kingman Airport Authority as both sides hired outside attorneys to review the authority’s contract and determine if the city can take control of what some citizens have called its crown jewel.

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Man facing trial for Cranston murder takes medical complaints to court

Al Blanco said he’s getting inadequate medical attention during his 10-month stay at Mohave County Jail

Superior Court Judge Rick Lambert listened to accused murderer Al Blanco tell his story Friday about receiving inadequate medical attention during his 10 months in Mohave County Jail, then accepted five exhibits from the state that proved otherwise.

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Oktoberfest in Kingman: Embrace the German, and don’t forget ‘Prost!’

Put on your dirndl and lederhosen and polka on down to Metcalfe Park today and Saturday for the 10th annual Brews and Brats Oktoberfest presented by Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club.

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City water system needs 18 projects at $60 million

Greg Potter of Sunrise Engineering identified 18 projects to improve the city’s water system at an estimated cost of $60 million, including $40 million to replace about 200,000 feet, or 38 miles, of old water lines that are deteriorating in the Butler area.

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Kmart closes its doors for good

The Kmart blue light specials have burned out with the closing of more than 300 stores across the nation, including the Kingman store at 3340 E. Andy Devine Ave.

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J'aime Morgaine sues Rep. Paul Gosar; claims First Amendment rights infringed

Okay, J’aime Morgaine admits there’s a possibility that she may have inadvertently, in the heat of her political passion, posted a profane term in a comment on Rep. Paul Gosar’s Facebook page.

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Nine years for $1 million embezzler

Diane Maxine Richards, the former city finance worker who embezzled more than $1.1 million, was sentenced Wednesday to the maximum 9.25 years in state prison

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Andy Devine Days provided economic punch for local economy

Attendance at Andy Devine Days was estimated at 3,000 to 5,000 a day, and one motel operator reported a sellout during the weekend that celebrates the town’s western heritage with a parade, rodeo and festival.

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6 votes that came out of the Board of Supervisors’ meeting

KINGMAN – Builders, developers, real estate agents and others affected by Mohave County permit fees will have a chance to express their views about increased fees at a public hearing on Nov. 6.

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Mohave County Supervisors to keep rural libraries open, positions vacant

Two vacant library positions and a part-time position in technical services won’t be filled

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Libraries are being used for more than just checking out books

On any given day, you’re likely to see more people using computers at the Kingman library than checking out hardcover, printed books to take home and read.

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Local church offering a chance to renew vows, create covenant marriage

It’s never a pleasant situation, but it’s fairly easy to get a divorce in Arizona for “irreconcilable differences” without having to show cause in court, which has crumbled the foundation of marriage in millions of American families, said Peter Ernst, senior pastor of Family Bible Church.

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Steps taken to review city with Kingman Airport Authority

City Council learned insider details about deteriorating conditions and poor management at Kingman Airport during a workshop Tuesday with representatives of the Airport Users Association, backed by about 50 supporters in the audience.

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Supervisors to reconsider building fees

Mohave County Supervisors are backtracking on increased fees for services provided through the building department and referring it back to Development Services for review.

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Man pleads guilty to manslaughter in DUI death of his son

Daniel Lynn Stuart agreed to plead guilty Wednesday to two felony counts of manslaughter and aggravated driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol in the Jan. 2 accident on U.S. 93 near Wikieup that killed his 4-year-old son.

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A weekend long alpaca-lypse

Alpacas are cute and furry like a llama, but half the size and without the attitude, said Ron Nyberg owner of Southwest Alpaca Tours, which is having its 12th annual Alpaca Days this weekend.

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Dougherty’s performance evaluation shows below-average ratings

The annual performance evaluation for City Manager John Dougherty, released to the Daily Miner on Friday, shows a below-average rating in each category.

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Airport users given opportunity to address Kingman City Council

Members of the Kingman Airport Users Association will go before City Council at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall, 310 N. Fourth Street, to address what they consider “poor management” at Kingman Airport and Industrial Park.

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The community donations can keep the food bank open

Donations to the Kingman Area Food Bank aren’t just needed in November and December, they’re needed all year round

No need to applaud the work going on at Kingman Area Food Bank. Just throw money.

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State Rep. Cobb is on board with two interchanges

City leaders chastised to come up with a plan to take to the Arizona State Legislature

City leaders need to stop quarreling and put together a presentation on the need for an interchange at Rattlesnake Wash to take to the Legislature in November, Rep. Regina Cobb said Friday during a special meeting of City Council.

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Process for next city manager on Oct. 3 council agenda

The recruitment process for a new city manager will be placed on the City Council’s agenda for Oct. 3, with a decision over whether to keep the process in-house or seek a request for proposal from a private recruitment firm.

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Kennecott dismantles drilling rig

Hackberry residents had complained about noise levels

Kennecott Exploration has completed its final drill hole for preliminary surveying work on the Kabba project near Hackberry and has taken the drilling rig down, a manager for the company said in a Sept. 13 letter to residents.

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A country singer who debuted at the 2016 Andy Devine Days Rodeo is back for an encore

Country singer Shari Rowe made her debut at last year’s Andy Devine Days rodeo, and she’s back for an encore performance this year starting with the 100 Club VIP party to be held at 7 p.m. today at Mohave County Fairgrounds.

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City manager isn’t surprised by Council’s decision

It wasn’t easy finding a city manager with John Dougherty’s experience and qualifications, so it was a surprise to some that City Council voted against renewing his contract at Tuesday’s meeting.

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Mohave County superintendent fills MCC District 4 board seat

Susan McAlpine has been appointed District 4 board member for Mohave Community College, filling the remaining vacancy of Jon Longoria, who was arrested for alleged methamphetamine possession in August.

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UniSource’s Bill DeJulio wins ‘Lifetime Achiever’ Andy

Bill DeJulio has spent his career keeping the lights on for 95,000 UniSource customers in Mohave County and has dedicated much of his spare time to community activities, which paid off Monday with the 2017 Andy Award for Lifetime Achiever.

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KFD: Fire safety company’s sale pitch not part of Kingman Fire Department

It’s okay for a fire safety company to solicit customers by inviting them to a dinner presentation at the Dambar restaurant, but there’s no connection with the Kingman Fire Department, Assistant Fire Chief Keith Eaton said Wednesday.

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Mohave County School Superintendent provides options for school districts

There were a few things they didn’t teach Mike File when he studied early childhood education in college, or when he got his master’s degree in educational administration at Northern Arizona University.

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$120K grant accepted for Arnold Plaza

KINGMAN – Renovation of Arnold Plaza got a boost Monday when the Mohave County Board of Supervisors accepted a Brownfields State Response Grant in the amount of $120,000 for asbestos and lead-based paint removal from the building at 313 Oak St.

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Supervisors approve Sheriff's Office funding, 3-2

Sheriff’s deputies will be getting their pay raise this year

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Time for a Cheeseburger: Sept. 18 is National Cheeseburger Day

Life is too short to miss out on the beautiful things, like a double cheeseburger on National Cheeseburger Day

Jimmy Buffett tried to amend his carnivorous habits in “Cheeseburger in Paradise.”

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Garibaldi’s opens for lunch downtown

Ann and Luigi Garibaldi are taking a chance on downtown’s resurging business development, opening Garibaldi’s deli at 311 E. Andy Devine Ave., the former location of an ice cream parlor and Mexican restaurant.

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Supervisors get 2nd chance to increase sheriff’s department budget

Left out of the budget for increased funding, Mohave County Sheriff’s Office gets a second chance Monday when the Board of Supervisors looks at sweeping $1.8 million to the sheriff and other departments.

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Hotel Beale: The historical downtown building has an uncertain future

Hotel Beale is steeped in history, from the early 1900s when it was owned by Andy Devine’s father to movie stars like Clark Gable and Carol Lombard who spent the night there.

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CEO says KRMC is facing $150 million in Medicare reimbursement cuts

With 80 percent of its customers on some form of government health care, Kingman Regional Medical Center is surviving on thin margins and facing cuts of almost $150 million in Medicare reimbursement, Brian Turney said Wednesday at the Mohave Republican Forum.

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Turney says KRMC rating based on incorrect data

A recent “D” safety rating for Kingman Regional Medical Center is based on erroneous data submitted in 2015, Chief Executive Officer Brian Turney said Tuesday during a meeting of Hospital District Number One of Mohave County.

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Still plenty of work to be done in Texas for Harvey volunteers

It was quite a trip for truck-driving team Shane Isbell and Tracy Langley delivering pet supplies to animal rescue shelters in the Houston area in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

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Kingman Airport Authority Director Dave French announces his retirement

Dave French announced his retirement Tuesday as executive director of Kingman Airport Authority effective Dec. 31, a decision that he said has “absolutely nothing” to do with the pressure KAA is getting from Kingman City Council.

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Mayor Gates discusses interchanges at Kingman and Mohave Manufacturing Association

It’s a critical time to plan for two interchanges on Interstate 40, but the city has to be strategic in selecting between Kingman Crossing and Rancho Santa Fe Parkway, Mayor Monica Gates said Tuesday at the Kingman and Mohave Manufacturing Association monthly meeting.

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Mohave County land has been removed from high hazard flood zones

More than 3,200 land parcels in Mohave County have been removed from FEMA’s high hazard zones since 2009, according to Mohave County Flood District.

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Dave French announced his retirement as executive director of the Kingman Airport Authority

French said this has “absolutely nothing” to do with the pressure KAA is getting from Kingman City Council.

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Five must sees at the Mohave County Fair this weekend

With Thursday the opening day of the Mohave County Fair, here is a list of must sees for the festivities

KINGMAN – You can’t ride the elephants at this year’s 71st annual Mohave County Fair, but there’s always the Ferris wheel for the meek and the Freak Out for bold.

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Medical hearing in Cranston murder case set for Oct. 6

Cranston family hopes accused "finds the Lord"

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NACFD recalls fall to the wayside

The recall petition for Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District board members Mike Collins and Jim Bailey has been pulled due to “voter apathy,” one of the citizens behind the recall said Thursday.

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Little-known Hospital District Number One manages KRMC Stockton Hill property

Hospital District Number One was formed by voter referendum in 1982 to transfer control of the county hospital to the community, and is a completely different legal entity than Kingman Hospital Inc., the nonprofit organization that does business as Kingman Regional Medical Center and oversees its operations.

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Sounds of Kingman: Back at that Monkey Biz’nezz

Monkey Biz’nezz, a favorite hometown band, returns to Metcalfe Park at 5 p.m. Sunday to wrap up the free summer concert season presented by Sounds of Kingman.

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Big hearts, bigger donations: Relief heads to Houston area

Tim Lamoreaux had one 53-foot truck trailer packed to maximum weight Tuesday and another waiting for three pallets of water that would put it close to the limit before sealing the doors and heading to Houston first thing Wednesday morning.

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Brooks Boulevard in Valle Vista gets nod as county highway

Carlos Cella showed a video of floodwaters rushing down Brooks Boulevard in the Valle Vista area following a July monsoon to Mohave County Board of Supervisors Tuesday, suggesting the road be renamed “Brooks Wash.”

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Mohave County Supervisors’ approval saves 3 horses

Mohave County supervisors saved three horses Tuesday with their decision to rezone a property at Adams Street and Sierra Vista Avenue from single-family residential to agricultural residential, overturning the planning commission’s recommendation for denial.