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Free AirFest lays out public welcome mat at Kingman Airport

Jill Gernetzke is doing whatever she can to make the inaugural Kingman AirFest fly-in and open house a success, putting up banners around town, tracking down oil for the C-47 and volunteering to work the event.

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Tail end of Hurricane Rosa brings needed rain to Mohave County

Finally, the remnants of Hurricane Rosa showed up in Mohave County, dropping 1.24 inches of rain at Kingman Airport and higher levels around other spots in town, the National Weather Service reported Thursday.

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Hospitals, doctors hope healthcare changes bring better outcome

Mohave County Supervisor Lois Wakimoto led the Arizona Healthcare Accountability Committee meeting Tuesday at Kingman Regional Medical Center

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Homeless dogs looking for new owners at Oktoberfest

Lynn Kannianen, board member for the Western Arizona Humane Society, said the City of Kingman is allowing the first adoption event at the Oktoberfest from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

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Student brings homeless ‘Santa’ into class project, finds him a home

Kaylene Purcell and her classmates at Lee Williams High School interviewed James 'Santa' Zyla on what it's like to be homeless.

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BLM extends comment period on closing 1,630 miles of trails

Specialists evaluate trails for biological, environmental and archaeological concerns, along with safety hazards.

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Treasurer gets $90,000 to process delinquent parcels for tax deed sale

Supervisor Buster Johnson questions spending money on tax abatement without results from first sale.

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Public lands commission would give citizens voice in trail uses

Mohave County Supervisors vote 5-0 to establish commission for public lands and recreation in response to BLM's travel management plan.

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County supervisors to consider forming public lands commission

Outdoor recreation is a huge economic driver for Mohave County, and the Board of Supervisors wants to make sure people have right-of-way access to public lands.

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Sipe enters Superior Court judicial race as write-in candidate

Unhappy with primary election results for Mohave County Superior Court Division 6 judge, Billy Sipe has decided to run for the position as a write-in in the Nov. 6 general election.

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THE LATEST: Testimony from key witness leads to mistrial in Blanco murder case

Mohave County Superior Court Judge Rick Lambert declared a mistrial Thursday, three days into the first-degree murder trial of Alfredo Gerardo Blanco

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UPDATE: Judge declares mistrial in Blanco murder case

Mohave County Superior Court Judge Rick Lambert declared a mistrial Thursday, three days into the first-degree murder trial of Alfredo Gerardo Blanco

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‘Gentleman Doc Holliday’ tells life story for Sounds of Kingman

Great-grandnephew of Wyatt Earp to play the part of legend famous for his role in the shootout at OK Corral.

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Sanders testifies about helping accused murderer bury the body

FBI agents used special interview techniques to pry information from accomplice.

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Wounded veterans and service dogs capture best organization award

Veterans Sportsman Alliance among winners of 41st annual Andy Awards presented by Kingman Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Blanco attorney opens murder trial with questions about key witness

Bill Sanders spilled the beans to FBI agents on where Sid Cranston's body was buried and took a plea agreement to testify.

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Friends remember Cranston as generous, smart and adventurous

The long-awaited trial of murder suspect Alfredo Blanco begins today in Mohave County Superior Court.

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Judge to rule on Blanco motions after trial’s opening statements

Motions to preclude certain evidence from being presented at trial won't affect opening statements.

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Black Bear Diner lists Kingman among upcoming locations

Black Bear Diner has Kingman on its radar for future locations, though no details were released on when the restaurant will open or where it will be located. The Redding, California-based restaurant chain has about 120 locations, primarily in the West. There are 11 locations in Arizona, including Bullhead City and Lake Havasu City.

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MCUHS Class of ’68 invites all classes to 50th reunion

Once the only high school in Mohave County, there was a bit of a rivalry between the "surfer" kids of Lake Havasu City and the "cowboys" of Kingman.

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Library book sale offers treasure chest of books, CDs and movies

Friends of Kingman Library hold four book sales a year to raise funds for library programs, children's events and replacement materials.

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Supervisors choose economic development over public information

Wakimoto says her district is poised for growth, and it's important to have someone focused on areas outside the three main cities.

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Storage, RV park to start construction near Old Highway 95

The project north of Lake Havasu City will cater to off-roaders with amenities such as a general store, laundromat, swimming pool and kid's park.

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Valle Vista residents hoping to improve fire district service

Former NACFD Fire Chief Wayne Eder told about 40 residents what it would take to form their own fire district, including a cost of about $648,000 a year.

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Supervisor Angius wants Mohave County to join national opioid litigation

Like it or not, Mohave County is "ground zero" for the opioid epidemic, the supervisor said at Monday's board meeting.

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With planning, school lunches can be packed with pizzazz

Bashas' grocery store shares some easy tips that will make it easier for parents to pack their kids' lunches and save money too.

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County wants BLM to extend comment deadline before closing trails

BLM's draft travel management plan calls for the closure of 1,622 miles of nearly 5,600 miles of trails on public land in Mohave County.

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Supervisors expected to support Santa Fe Parkway grant application

The proposed Interstate 11 East Kingman Connection Project is on the agenda for discussion and possible action when the Mohave County Board of Supervisors meets at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the County Administration Building, 700 W. Beale St.

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Zanna opens self-defense training center to empower lawful citizens

It’s always best to avoid confrontation, turn the other cheek and walk away from a potentially violent outcome, but when push comes to shove, Luca Zanna wants to give you a fighting chance.

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Johnston hops from Lake Havasu to Kingman as airport manager

The City of Kingman has hired Steven Johnston as manager of Kingman Airport at a salary of $84,000 a year, the City reported Friday.

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Golden Valley mobile home catches fire

It’s been a busy few days for Golden Valley Fire District, having responded to a semi-trailer fire earlier in the week.

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Dig-It Gardens to celebrate Johnny Appleseed Day with games, crafts

The American folklore figure was actually born as John Chapman on Sept. 26, 1774, in Leominster, Massachusetts.

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Tri-State Veterans Honors Trust taking applications for military banners

The nonprofit organization will hold its fourth installation for banners honoring active-duty military personnel on Nov. 10.

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Too young to remember, students honor flag during 9/11 memorial

Kingman Mayor Monica Gates and Fire Chief Jake Rhoades were joined by seven students from Kingman Middle School and 16 Girl Scouts in remembering the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

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Writer’s conference added to KABAM Festival and Poetry Slam

The Sept. 22 conference offers local writers an opportunity to network with other writers, editors and publishers, as well as attend five workshop sessions at Beale Celebrations.

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Arizona Game and Fish Emmy Award-winning wildlife cameras bring you into animals’ natural habitats

Come discover the secret lives of animals

The department recently received five regional Emmy nominations from the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for its television show, “Arizona Wildlife Views.”

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State Democratic chair to attend Mohave County’s open house

The Mohave Democrats will meet at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at Calico’s.

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Musical duo Galaxy to play final Sounds of Kingman park concert

Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and picnic basket to Metcalfe Park for a "space rock" concert by Galaxy presented by Sounds of Kingman.

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County extends time for solar power plant environmental studies

The developer has asked for three time extensions in eight years, primarily because of environmental studies required by federal agencies and changing "economic winds"

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Valle Vista folks unhappy with fire department’s response time

A group of Valle Vista residents met Aug. 15 to discuss service from the Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District and to find out why response time for medical calls can take up to 35 minutes.

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Multi-faceted businessman Patel casting for third movie production

Neel Patel knows a friend or two who struggled through a myriad of obstacles to become citizens of the United States, which inspired the local restaurateur, motel owner and executive producer to make his third movie, “Mr. Deshee.”

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Supervisors to honor McCain’s support of Mohave County

Mohave County Board of Supervisors will likely adopt a resolution honoring the life of U.S. Sen. John McCain at its regular board meeting at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the County Administration Building, 700 W. Beale St. Supervisors normally meet on the first and third Mondays of each month, but will meet Tuesday due to Labor Day.

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Mohave County surplus office equipment up for auction online

From computer monitors and paper shredders to chairs and desks, Mohave County auctions off surplus equipment online in two-week cycles throughout the year with $1 minimum bid on many items.

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Cobb, Biasiucci advance as GOP candidates for state representative

Stay clear of controversy, don't fall into the negative campaigning trap and focus on the agenda at hand. That's how Leo Biasiucci won the Republican primary.

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McSally wants eligibility changed for Mohave County Downwinders

Arizona's Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate wrote a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions asking him to review a study about RECA eligibility criteria.

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Hinckley, Noble promote Kingman at European Route 66 Festival

Kingman set up a booth at the entrance to the festival in Czech Republic, and Kingman resident Jim Hinckley, known internationally as an ambassador for Route 66, spoke at the opening ceremony.

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Judge rules on evidentiary motions in Cranston murder case

More than 20 witnesses are subpoenaed for the Sept. 25 jury trial of Alfredo Blanco, who is charged with first-degree murder and abandonment of a dead body.

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Education group urges voters to get best information on candidates

An education advocacy group has put together an online source for voter information, with an emphasis on key issues dealing with schools, teachers and students.

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Bennett taking Secretary of State’s Office to court

Gubernatorial hopeful Ken Bennett is asking a judge to give him one last chance to qualify for public funding for his campaign.

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Gates promises to work with KRMC on Kingman Crossing interchange

Among her achievements as mayor of Kingman for the last two years, Monica Gates has taken Kingman Crossing interchange off the shelf, worked to repave El Trovatore Hill, reduced the unfunded balance for the Public Safety Retirement System and issued the mayor’s challenge to end veterans’ homelessness.