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Supervisor Johnson wants truthful information on board's agenda

The Mohave County Board of Supervisors took no action Monday regarding the withholding of information

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Senate candidate Ward tired of same results in Washington

More than 20 people wearing yellow Kelli Ward T-shirts showed up for the early morning rally and asked her about a number of issues.

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County Democratic leader Luna-Wolfe dies at 75

Ed Pyrzynski, secretary of Mohave County Democratic Party, said Luna-Wolfe had a true concern and passion for people. She felt the need for cooperation and organization to get things done.

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Attorney complaint relates to LDS reporting of child abuse

Mohave County Attorney’s Office sent a complaint to the State Bar of Arizona alleging that attorney Joseph Osmond of the Utah-based law firm Kirton and McConkie has engaged in unauthorized practice of law in Arizona by failing to report child abuse.

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Pitzer’s to expand heating and air conditioning business

Larry Thornton believes as much in Kingman’s future as he does in Jesus Christ, having purchased a little over 2 acres on Hualapai Mountain Road under the name Joshua 1:8 Investments LLC to expand his heating, plumbing and air conditioning business.

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County to hire Hualapai Mountain Park ranger, superintendent

The Board of Supervisors on Monday unanimously approved hiring a park ranger and eliminating a facility grounds worker at an estimated additional cost of $9,776.

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Ward rallying troops on her march to U.S. Senate

Kelli Ward is making the rounds in her campaign for U.S. Senate, coming to town Wednesday for an hour rally at Martin Swanty auto dealership and returning June 12 for the Kingman Republican Women’s Club monthly meeting.

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Desert almond farmers are staking out water rights in Mohave County

Three different almond tree farmers have shown interest in the Valle Vista area.

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Constables may see reduced salaries based on workload

Kingman Constable Mike Cobb said salaries were last increased four years ago by 2.5 percent, and then showed a video of filthy, cockroach-infested homes where constables serve notices.

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Target of recall, Collins refutes claims in NACFD petition

The petition filed to recall two Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District board directors is a “smoke screen” for the public

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Courtin’ on a budget: Cheap dates don’t have to feel that way

It’s nice to impress a first date by taking her (or him) to a gourmet restaurant

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Mustang enthusiasts wait it out for Legend Lives Tour

Rich and Sharon Melson of Meadview had nothing else to do on Wednesday afternoon

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Former fire district board member leads drive to recall current board members

Former Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District board member Sue Wilkin took out a petition May 22 to recall board members Mike Collins and Jim Bailey

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State, county candidates ready for campaign season

Secretary of State Michele Reagan reported that Biasiucci submitted 1,005 signatures, Cobb 875, Mosley 745, and Jones 660. State Sen. Sonny Borrelli, R-Lake Havasu City, turned in 763 signatures.

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Starbucks closes for employee ‘implicit bias’ training

Starbucks closed more than 8,000 coffee shops Tuesday afternoon, including its freestanding store at 3765 Stockton Hill Road

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Witness interviews holding up Blanco murder trial

The first-degree murder trial for suspected killer Alfredo Gerardo Blanco is on schedule for Sept. 25

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Legal validity of candidate petition signatures up to courts

“The validity of the signatures are left to the public to investigate and allow them a legal avenue, a petition challenge, if they feel that the candidate was not following the law of gathering signatures,” Tempert said.

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Remember the fallen: American Legion, Vietnam Veterans holding Memorial Day services

American Legion Post 14 Commander Dusty Pederson will lead a Memorial Day ceremony at 11 a.m. today at Mountain View Cemetery

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Morgaine qualifies for state senate ballot

Morgaine, who garnered national media attention last year when she sued Rep. Paul Gosar for blocking her from his Facebook page, posted on her own Facebook page Wednesday that she qualified for the ballot.

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The highway of sorrow

Highway 68 marked by graveyard of crosses for crash victims

Over the past 10 years, more than 40 people have met their maker on State Route Highway 68, a 30-mile east-west travel corridor from U.S. Highway 93 outside of Kingman to Bullhead City on the Colorado River.

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Hays’ airport hangar questioned as fire district residence

Hays used the address as his legal residence to be appointed to the Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District board of directors.

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NACFD board removes fire chief; allegations abound

Amongst audience moans and groans, mumbling and grumbling, the Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District board of directors fired Chief Wayne Eder

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Jones-Esposito files for District 5 state representative

Jones-Esposito, who ran for office in 2016, has been collecting signatures at Republican club meetings, community events, Golden Valley swap meets and when she was out and about.

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NACFD chief complains to AG about board actions

In advance of Wednesday evening’s special meeting of the Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District, Fire Chief Wayne Eder filed a complaint with Arizona’s Attorney General’s Office

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Johnson questions board agenda items from Public Works

Johnson, representing the Lake Havasu City area, is known as a cantankerous supervisor who likes to vote against anything he considers a waste of taxpayers’ money.

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Attorney: No conflict for Wakimoto to vote on water rights

Wakimoto, who represents Mohave Valley, no longer has a vested interested in Wakimoto Farms, a family-owned farming operation that relies on water from the Mohave Valley Irrigation and Drainage District to grow hay.

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‘Zombie’ homes sucking value from local neighborhoods

It’s a problem across the nation, especially in areas depressed by the housing crisis. Good luck if you want to sell your house that’s next to one of these zombie houses, or even a block or two away.

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Industrial land rezoned for RV park, storage units

Supervisor Buster Johnson voted against changing the zoning from heavy industrial land use to general commercial, saying he wanted to preserve land for future industrial development.

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Rector’s defense wants full disclosure of evidence

Julia Cassels filed a motion to compel prosecutors to turn over specific items related to medical examiner records, content of electronic devices and documents from the FBI.

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Ramada, Canyon 66 back in business under receivership

Canyon 66 Restaurant and Lounge will reopen Monday under the receivership of Advance Management and Investment

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NACFD Fire chief feels pressure from board, expects to be fired

Fire Chief Wayne Eder saw the writing on the wall a month ago when two members of the Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District board of directors were forced out over conflict-of-interest charges and the board chairwoman resigned her position

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Hemp farm under development in Golden Valley

A California businessman is developing about 500 acres in Mohave County as a hemp farm for veterans after legislation was passed this year to legalize the product in Arizona.

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Sharpshooter Sarah Schrade can handle her guns

The first time Sarah Schrade took a trip to Mile 7 Hill Range in Golden Valley, she hit only nine of 25 targets from the trap shoot.

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Beale Celebrations has a change of management, opens again

Fleischmann said he recognizes that downtown Kingman is growing and thriving, and that a vacant building is not an asset for continued growth in the community.

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Hilton opens $10 million extended-stay hotel off I-40

There’s always trepidation when investing $10 million, Carnel said, but he’s confident about demand for an extended-stay hotel in the I-40 corridor.

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Snavely fire explosions caused by pressurized cans

The “explosions” heard by neighbors during a fire on Snavely Avenue were the result of pressurized containers becoming overheated.

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Gateway arch under construction on Beale Street

The arch is expected to be finished sometime in June at an estimated cost of $170,000, with a formal unveiling celebration on July 6 in conjunction with downtown’s First Friday event.

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Arpaio won’t shy away from controversy in U.S. Senate run

Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio didn’t come riding into town on his horse and firing off his six-shooter, but if he did, he would have been wildly cheered by at least 80 supporters who packed the room Monday for the Conservative Republican Club of Kingman monthly luncheon.

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World War II veteran proud of liberating Dachau prisoners

Traipsing through southern Germany in April 1945, U.S. Army Private Gilbert De la O saw from a distance what looked to be piles of wood stocked for the coming winter.

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Former sheriff Joe Arpaio to speak Monday in Kingman

Larry Schiff is taking advantage of the campaign season like a college recruiter, bringing in another blue-chipper to speak to the Conservative Republican Club of Kingman at 11:15 a.m. Monday at DamBar and Steak House, 1960 Andy Devine Ave.

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Mohave County Planning & Zoning commissioner remembered for passion, knowledge

The Mohave County Planning and Zoning Commission celebrated the life of Commissioner Paul Selberg, who was killed April 21 in a boating accident on Lake Havasu, at the start of last week’s meeting.

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Mohave County Planning & Zoning approves fee increases

New fees and increasing others for Mohave County’s Development Services department were unanimously approved Wednesday by the Planning and Zoning Commission, and now will go back before the Board of Supervisors for recommended approval.

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County to lease St. Mary's parking lot for $1,000 a month

Mohave County will pay $1,000 a month for 10 years to use the parking lot of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, which will be needed during construction of the new Mohave County Superior Courthouse, Judge Charles Gurtler said at Monday’s Board of Supervisors meeting.

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Planners recommend Sundance heliport in White Hills

The plan is for 600 to 700 flights a month, or 20 to 30 a day.

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The 40th annual Kingman Festival of the Arts takes place at Metcalfe Park this weekend

Local artists will display their paintings, ceramics, photography, jewelry and other crafts from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

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Mohave County closes Deer Canyon Road due to fire threat

South Deer Canyon Road was closed Tuesday from Hualapai Mountain Road due to extremely dry weather conditions

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Mohave County Sheriff gets $75,000 for rifle suppressors

Mohave County Sheriff’s Office was approved Monday for $75,000 to buy rifle suppressors from Proforce Law Enforcement

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Regina Cobb defends vote against #RedforEd amendments

“On #RedforEd, there was no heavy lifting done here in Mohave County,” Morgaine said, adding that Cobb voted against all five amendments in the education funding.

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First marijuana dispensary opens in Kingman city limits

The first medical marijuana dispensary within city limits opened Tuesday between Bashas’ and the former Kmart on Andy Devine Avenue with nothing more than a makeshift banner identifying the place, but customers had no problem sniffing it out.

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County to apply for additional Mohave Valley water rights

Here are five agenda items of interest when the Mohave County Board of Supervisors meets at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the County Administration Building, 700 W. Beale St.