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Resident concerned suspected drug activity continues despite making contact with sheriff's office

Raul Magana watched “kids” come and go with frequent regularity at a home in his Birdland neighborhood, and called the cops to report what he suspected was illegal drug dealing activity.

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City street sweeper to be rebuilt for $90,000

City Council unanimously voted to approve rebuilding a street sweeper at a cost of $90,000 by Norwood Equipment, which will reduce down time and maintenance for the sweeper, said Jack Plaunty of the city’s street division.

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Sales tax can still be ratified by Council despite violation

The sales tax that was approved in August and designated for “capital improvement projects” can still be ratified within the next 30 days despite a violation of the state’s open meeting law, City Attorney Carl Cooper said Wednesday.

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City Council Roundup: website redesign, city code, and appointments

The city’s website will be redesigned to become more photogenic with a format that can be easily updated by each department, information technology director Joe Clos said Tuesday.

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County staff gets raised due to reclassifications

It’s not that Mohave County Supervisor Hildy Angius doesn’t think engineering technicians and specialists in the Public Works department are deserving of pay raises.

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Supervisors agree to a matching K9 grant

Sheriff Doug Schuster had no ponies for his show, but the dogs were impressive enough to convince Mohave County Supervisors to go along with a consent item on their agenda Tuesday for a matching grant for Mohave County K9 Foundation.

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Sid Cranston murder trial set for May 8

Superior Court Judge Rick Lambert set a May 8 trial date for Alfredo Gerardo Blanco, accused of first-degree murder of local real estate agent Sidney Cranston Jr.

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State attorney general's office declares Council's interchange tax increase in violation

The Arizona Attorney General’s Office has found the City Council to be in violation of the state’s open meeting law when it voted for the 0.5 percent sales on Aug. 15.

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The Kingman Daily Miner’s 2017 Year in Review

A gunman opened fire on the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas on the night of Oct. 1, killing 59 people and wounding more than 500 in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

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5 things to know: County Board of Supervisors

Mohave County Board of Supervisors will consider pay increases for several positions within Public Works Department when it meets at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the County Administration Building, 700 W. Beale Street.

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Bringing in the New Year with a bit of Country Fever

Like many country musicians, Lewis Duncan started playing guitar and singing at his church in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

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State law requires Riccardi jailed without bond

Fire district director Vic Riccardi was offered a plea bargain prior to the Dec. 20 Superior Court hearing in which he was handcuffed and jailed without bond over the holidays, the lead prosecutor said Thursday.

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Beale Celebrations to close at the end of March

Beale Celebrations will close at the end of March as owner Werner Fleischmann seeks a more profitable business model for the former JC Penney store at Fourth and Beale streets.

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The Force and ETF, First Lego League teams from Kingman Academy, are engineering our future

It’s mostly fun and games for the First Lego League teams at Kingman Academy Middle School, but it also teaches kids how to work together and come up with alternative solutions.

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Friends share common outlook after each has survived battles against cancer

They met in a roundabout way through an ex-boyfriend in 2006 and have been best friends ever since, surviving cancer and dressing up in matching outfits to spread Christmas cheer as Santa’s elves or Mrs. Claus.

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City tree lighting moving next year

The annual Christmas tree lighting at City Hall will be moved to Locomotive Park next year and will be held on Friday evening instead of following the Very Merry Parade of Lights.

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Bullhead mother thinks missing daughter could be in Kingman

The mother of teen runaway Kayla Coffman is asking the public for any leads in where she may be and to let her know it’s okay to come back home.

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Will you be dashing out the door for last-minute holiday shopping?

’Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a … wait a minute, we forgot to get a present for Aunt Millie and Uncle Willie.

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City manager restructures meetings to save time

James Bacon, recently hired as interim city manager, developed a City Council meeting structure that should shave time off agonizingly long meetings and give Council a heads-up on future agenda items.

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Training wildland firefighters: NACFD seeks to join the fight against wildfires

Fire Chief Wayne Eder is digging for every extra dollar he can bring into Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District and getting certified for wildland fire response is part of his plan.

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City Commissioners to go through General Plan training

After being presented with three options for annual workshops between the city and its nine commissions that meet regularly, City Council voted 7-0 Tuesday for a fourth option put forth by Vice Mayor Jen Miles.

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Supervisors approve lease agreement for BMX track

They’ll be spinning their wheels at the BMX bicycle track in Bullhead City by the middle to end of January, the new track operator told Mohave County Board of Supervisors Monday.

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Attorney for city argues Kingman Airport Authority case can’t be moved to federal court

The condemnation case against Kingman Airport Authority can’t be moved to federal court unless the case arises under federal law

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Board of Supervisors votes for change at Mohave Valley park

It’s a minor amendment to the wording of the contract with Mohave Valley Community Park

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County administrator to become county manager

Call him County Manager Mike Hendrix, not county administrator.

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5 tips to stay healthy over the holidays

It’s easy to blow off your diet and exercise during holiday festivities and dig into the fudge, Christmas cookies and eggnog offered up so prevalently around this time of year.

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KAA files injunction, hearing canceled

The hearing scheduled for the city’s condemnation filing against Kingman Airport Authority was canceled, pre-empted by KAA filing an injunction in U.S. District Court in Phoenix.

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A friendly Red Kettle contest between Kingman police and fire departments

Although donations have yet to be totaled, Kingman Police Department Explorers looked like they had a pot-load more money in their Salvation Army red kettle than their Kingman Fire Department counterparts after three hours Friday outside Walmart.

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5 things to know: County Board of Supervisors

Mohave Valley Community Park is back on the regular agenda for Mohave County Board of Supervisors to look at clarifying an agreement with park developers.

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Another telephone scam making the rounds in Kingman

Burt Kaploe wants to warn local residents about a scam in which an alleged representative from Microsoft Windows technical department calls about security issues with your computer.

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Hualapai Tribe to get 4,000 acre-feet of Colorado River water per year

An agreement to settle the Hualapai Tribe’s water rights claim in northwestern Arizona would bring a rare resolution that creates positive outcomes for everybody, ADWR Director Tom Buschatzke said during a Dec. 6 hearing in Washington, D.C.

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Stealing Christmas Cheer: Porch pirates are being Grinches

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, especially for porch pirates.

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Group pulls recall papers for 6 council members

A new group called Justice for Kingman has launched a recall effort for the mayor and five City Council members, unhappy with the way they’re voting, particularly on the termination of City Manager John Dougherty.

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Mohave County Fairgrounds has a new manager

As the new general manager for Mohave County Fair Association, Tim Woods wants to clean up the fairgrounds and expand the schedule with everything from equine events to motorsports.

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Adopting a pet is a great idea, but maybe not for Christmas

Look before you leap, a dog is for keeps

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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.