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‘Star Wars’ fan shares the force

Scott Preston wants the force to be with a couple hundred kids in Kingman

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Donating for the future: A donation of reference materials to Kingman High School library by the Charles Bodden Jr. Family

Several books have been donated to Kingman High School in memory of KHS graduate Paul Kalanithi

As a 1995 classmate of the late Dr. Paul Kalanithi, Melissa Caton remembers a Kingman High School valedictorian who was outstanding in his achievements, yet humble and friendly, and someone who went out of his way to be a kind human being.

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Mohave County resists water rights transfer to Central Arizona Project

Central Arizona Project’s proposed purchase of farms within the Mohave Valley Irrigation and Drainage District has raised a few eyebrows among local officials.

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Mohave County Sheriff looking for progress

Mohave County Sheriff Doug Schuster has a laundry list of goals for 2018 including pay raises and dog patrols

After a year in office, Mohave County Sheriff Doug Schuster can point to a few accomplishments and occasional setbacks, but overall he’s making progress in restoring the public’s faith in the sheriff’s department and boosting deputies’ morale.

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Who is Julie Gragg?

From teaching at Kingman Middle School to directing the Kingman Concert Band, Julie Gragg keeps her life full of music

Julie Gragg was busy on the computer in her cramped music room office at Kingman Middle School Monday night, preparing for the Kingman Concert Band’s rehearsal for Saturday’s “Musical Christmas Card.”

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Flying J approved for repair shop

Flying J truck stop will be allowed to build a 10,000-square-foot truck repair shop at 3300 Andy Devine Ave., contingent upon a traffic impact analysis, under a conditional use permit approved by City Council Tuesday.

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Supreme Court reviewing landmark sports betting case

Arizona stands to make anywhere from $35.8 million to $178.9 million in sports betting revenue by 2023 if it was legalized by the U.S. Supreme Court, according to Global Market Advisors.

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The Beale Street arch has lost some luster

Once envisioned as the grand welcome to historic downtown Kingman, the proposed arch over Beale Street has lost a little luster after a major sign company came back with a $260,000 price tag to build it.

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City of Kingman has filed case against KAA, hearing set for Dec. 15

The City of Kingman has filed a case in Mohave County Superior Court against the Kingman Airport Authority, with a hearing set for 8:30 a.m. Dec. 15 before newly appointed Judge Steve Moss in Lake Havasu City.

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Mohave County Public Works ‘hot jobs’ getting a 15.8 percent pay raise

Supervisor Hildy Angius of Bullhead City was the lone dissenter in the Mohave County Board of Supervisors’ 4-1 vote Monday to approve the salary increases

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North Country HealthCare loses funding for free breast and cervical cancer diagnosis, treatment

An end to the $150,00 donation for breast cancer treatment

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Kingman Airport roads brought into Mohave County’s regular road maintenance system

Mohave County Supervisors voted 4-1 Monday (Buster Johnson opposed) to accept the airport roads into the county’s regular maintenance system

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Light the Night: The Prestons’ annual light display sparkles atop Shadow Mountain Drive

Look toward the Cerbat Mountains around Gordon Avenue and you’ll see David and Marilyn Preston’s powerful display of Christmas lights that were featured on national television last year.

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I-11 project brought to Governor Ducey's office

A delegation of City Council members, department heads and state representatives presented a report on the proposed I-11 East Kingman Connection Project to staff from Gov. Doug Ducey’s office on Nov. 27.

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Vocational education seeking to secure state funding

The superintendent of Western Arizona Vocational Education, or WAVE, is asking industry leaders to help secure state funding to train employees for the local workforce.

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City responds to state AG’s open meeting complaint investigation

City Attorney Carl Cooper has sent a letter to Arizona Attorney General’s Office stating that the city has committed no violations of open meeting laws that were alleged in a Nov. 9 letter.

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Mohave County Board of Supervisors: Public comment schedule about fees on Monday’s agenda

Building permit fees are back on the regular agenda of the Mohave County Board of Supervisors with possible action to approve public outreach and participation in determining fees.

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The 22nd Very Merry Parade of Lights kicks off the Christmas season Saturday

Gather up the kids, a few lawn chairs and some blankets and head downtown Saturday evening for the spectacular Very Merry Parade of Lights that kicks off the Christmas holiday season.

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Petition against the increased city sales tax circulating

Hearing threats that people would drive to Bullhead City and Las Vegas to buy their automobiles and other expensive purchases, local car dealer Cody Swanty has launched a petition to squash an increase in the city’s sales tax.

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Arizona among worst at maximizing earnings

A new study ranks Arizona among the worst five states in the West at maximizing workers’ earnings, with Yuma as the only city in the state with above-average discretionary income.

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Getting help from a Red Kettle: The Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle drive has begun

Money raised goes toward the Salvation Army’s food program, utility program, clothing and emergency assistance

The giving season has begun

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Local businesses see increased traffic for Shop Small Saturday

Shop Small Saturday was a success

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Kennecott Exploration Company plans to drill in the area around the Kabba mine

The company plans to drill one or two new holes by the end of the year, and will take additional steps to reduce and limit noise from the drilling operation, said Amanda Miller, communities coordinator for Kennecott.

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Cyber Monday: The Web of Holiday Shopping

The online shopping day, Cyber Monday, has similar doorbuster deals as Black Friday, from the comfort of your home

Black Friday attracts big crowds and gets all the headlines, but Cyber Monday racks up close to $7 billion in sales and you can shop in your pajamas at home. Or from your computer at work.

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Kingman city attorney confident, will resolve open meeting law complaint

City Attorney Carl Cooper is pretty confident he’ll resolve a complaint with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office over reported violations of the state’s open meeting law.

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Kingman Rotary member completes trip to Mexico, it was an ‘eye opener’

Jo Ann Oxsen recently returned from a trip to Mexico with the Rotary Los Amigos Project and said it was an “eye opener” to see the pressing needs of Mexican communities.

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Meeting the man behind the chuckwalla statue

Controversy is raging around the approved $10,000 chuckwalla lizard statue, but the artist behind it all wasn’t simply looking for a price tag.

Solomon Bassoff uses his artistic talent to raise awareness of nature, specializing in wildlife sculptures like the Arizona chuckwalla lizard that he’s creating for Kingman’s Art in Public Places.

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Council hires interim city manager

James Bacon will be stepping in as interim city manager from Nov. 1 until March 1, at which time a permanent city manager is expected to be hired to replace John Dougherty.

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The biggest sales of the year - Black Friday kicks off the holiday sales season

Black Friday kicks off the holiday sales season

The shopping frenzy known as Black Friday created by the nation’s major retailers drives people out of their homes and into malls and shopping centers before Thanksgiving dishes have been washed and dried.

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Paving project for El Trovatore Hill set to begin

The rough drive up and down El Trovatore Hill will be smoothed out with a paving project that could begin as early as next week, the head of Public Works said Tuesday.

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Supervisor Johnson votes against Skipper Boulevard

Mohave County Supervisor Buster Johnson has voted against funding for libraries and parks in the past, and on Monday he took a stance against improving county roads.

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Mohave County Supervisors approve $500 reward for turning in illegal dumpers

The "wildcat" dumpers are being investigated

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Mayor Monica Gates attends a town hall in Mesa: ‘We must repair and maintain our failing facilities’

People talked about improving education in Arizona by recruiting and retaining highly qualified teachers

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Mohave County Board of Supervisors voted 4-0 to table water system rates

The increase would be anywhere from 30 percent to 85 percent, and establish a $5,000 fee for water meter connections, among other revisions

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Kingman Photo | 105 years down, several more to go

Celebrating her 105th birthday

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Bus Stop Hero: This local fourth-grader saved his friend after remembering a YouTube video he had seen

Brennon McKinney and Evan Bond have been best buddies since first grade, and they have a friendship story to share for their lifetime.

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Donating a Thanksgiving: It’s the season for giving and local charities need help to help others

It’s the season of the year for giving, and you don’t have to look far to find a charity that needs help to help those who are less fortunate.

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Supervisors to address desert trash dumpers, GVID water rates Monday

County supervisors are not giving up on prosecuting desert litterbugs, or “wildcat” dumpers who take their trash and old mattresses to places in the desert for disposal.

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Discovery process in Grogan-Cannella murder case slow going

The discovery process of gathering and sharing evidence in the case of accused murderer Justin James Rector is ongoing, and attorneys for both sides on Friday said the case is moving forward.

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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.