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ArtHub bids farewell to summer residents with reception, exhibit

ArtHub's new program director plans more outreach to schools, youth groups and adult centers.

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Andy Devine Days Parade entries available through Sept. 14

Parade chairwoman Yvonne Cossio wants to see more floats, and emphasizes that parade entries are free of charge.

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County satisfied with Davis Camp cleanup after River Regatta

Anthony Marnell, president of Marnell Gaming, said floaters were policing themselves about picking up trash.

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Mohave Republican Forum endorses Yee for state treasurer

State Senate majority leader Kimberly Yee says she'll bring fiscally conservative background to the office.

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Facebook video not enough for police to arrest man in park

Kingman Deputy Police Chief Rusty Cooper said there is no law against public intoxication in Arizona.

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New home sales slow as prices creep into “bubble” territory

Home sales have slowed across the nation after a busy spring, and higher prices in certain markets are giving buyers cold feet as they fret about another housing bubble.

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BLM gathering wild burros in Bullhead City for adoption

The Bureau of Land Management is rounding up wild burros in Bullhead City, an effort that began in June, with more gathers planned next week in Cibola and the Parker Strip.

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Free pass from jail: Civil rights groups split over bail reform bill

Bernie Sanders introduces a bill to use computer algorithms to determine jail release conditions.

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Judge candidates appeal to voters on ethics, impartialities

The Mohave Republican Forum heard from Virginia Crews, Eric Gordon and Mohave County Attorney Matt Smith, speaking on behalf of Lenore Knudson.

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Ward calls out McSally for backtracking on border wall, Trump support

U.S. Senate candidate Kelli Ward has launched a website exposing Republican primary opponent Martha McSally for her “phony campaign conservatism.”

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County adopts final 2018-2019 budget with no change in tax rates

Final budget totals $276.2 million, with $88.2 million attributed to the general fund

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Supervisors support water committee, question consultant’s hours

Former Development Services Director Nick Hont working as consultant on behalf of Mohave County.

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Supervisors hold tax rates steady for flood control, library and TV districts

The Mohave County Board of Supervisors approved tax rates for the Flood Control District, Free Library District and Television District for Fiscal Year 2018-2019 that are the same as the rates adopted last year

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From splash pads to pools, here are some ways to beat the heat for the rest of summer

For the next couple weeks, you can beat the heat by jumping into the Centennial or Grandview pools, which will be reducing their hours on Aug. 18 as the lifeguards return to school.

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5 Things to Know | Water, taxes lead Monday’s BOS agenda

Adoption of a resolution supporting the continuance of Amtrak train service to and from Needles, California, and other rural communities, including Kingman.

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New Farmhouse owner focused on showcasing creative talent

After a year and a half of leasing space at The Farmhouse, vendor Serena Patterson purchased the business from former owner Barb Charon and is keeping the home décor theme for the store.

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July rainfall totaled 1.59 inches

A half-hour deluge dumped 0.16 inch of rain Monday evening to bring the total for July to 1.59 inches, the best month of the year for rainfall, but well below the 2.89 inches that fell in July 2017.

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Senate votes for Amtrak funding that will save Southwest Chief

The Senate voted Wednesday to pass a bill that will provide $2.5 billion in funding to Amtrak, including $50 million that will keep the Southwest Chief in operation along its established route, the Rail Passenger Association reported.

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Local contractors feel shortchanged in bidding for public projects

In the past, bidding on all public projects such as schools, fire stations and municipal buildings was strictly competitive, going to the lowest bidder, but that brought on all kinds of problems

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Arizona traffic fatalities rise for third straight year to 1,000

Driver behavior continues to be the leading factor in the deaths, including impairment, speeding and reckless driving and failure to wear a seat belt.

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Dispensary partners have falling out over marijuana licenses

On Dec. 5, 2017, attorney Steve White, presumably on behalf of Harvest, verbally offered $2 million for Mackin’s interests in Apache Junction, or $7.5 million for both dispensaries.

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Murder suspect Wallace’s trial reset for December

Judge rules in favor of defense motion for continuance

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In the midst of a drought, there is no stopping farmers from dipping deep into wells

When she drives by the water wheels irrigating farms in the Red Lake area, Robin Hood wonders why Mohave County officials aren’t taking action to stop the waste.

Jury awards $8 million verdict to Fort Mohave doctor

A Mohave County jury has awarded an $8 million verdict in favor Dr. Arnaldo Trabucco, the largest amount awarded by a jury in Mohave County.

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Arizona group intent on saving Amtrak’s Southwest Chief

While Congress has approved record funding for Amtrak, management refuses to order state-of-the-art equipment that could improve the passenger train service.

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After 4 years, child kidnap, rape and murder case still delayed

Judge may get more aggressive in bringing Rector to trial

Frustration over the delay in bringing accused kidnapper, rapist and murderer Justin James Rector to trial was expressed Monday by attorneys from both sides.

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Route 66 road crew wants your signature for historic trail designation

Roadies from the National Trust for Historic Preservation are scheduled to stop at the Powerhouse Visitor Center today as part of their month-long trip recording stories about the people and landmarks along Route 66.

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Center for Arts preparing for 6x6 canvas Route 66 fundraiser

Pat Evans received entries from as far away as Vichy, France, for last year’s debut 6x6 on Route 66 canvas art show that benefits Kingman Center for the Arts studio and gallery, though most of the 437 pieces came from talented local artists. The fundraiser netted nearly $5,000 for the nonprofit Beale Street Theater organization last year, and gallery manager Evans is hoping to raise at least that amount again this year.

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Improvements being made to reduce U.S. 93 fatalities at Pierce Ferry Road

The 200-mile stretch from Wickenburg to the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge near Hoover Dam has accounted for 70 fatalities from 2010-2016.

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Murder suspect Wallace’s trial delayed until July 31

The Daily Miner was told that Wallace never waived his right to a speedy trial.

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Rhodes’ land investment group files bankruptcy plan

A land investment group managed by developer and farming operator Jim Rhodes has filed for bankruptcy in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Las Vegas.

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NACFD looks at renovating storage building for new fire station

A few issues will have to be ironed out to renovate the metal building at 2600 Northern Ave., but nothing that would prevent it from being turned into a fire station for the Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District, interim Fire Chief Tim King said Thursday.

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Trump’s trade tariffs could threaten Arizona’s core economy

It’s far too early to determine how much of a trickle-down effect the tariffs on China and Canada will have on the local economy, but Mother Road Harley-Davidson Vice President of Operations Tony Campbell isn’t fearful of a steep fall-off in revenue.

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Legionnaires’ disease reported at Harrah’s Laughlin

Two cases of Legionnaires’ disease were reported in guests who stayed at Harrah’s Laughlin hotel and casino in November and March, the Southern Nevada Health District reported Thursday.

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U.S. Senate candidate Abboud to meet and greet county Democrats

Deedra Abboud, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, will speak at 5 p.m. today during a meet-and-greet hosted by Mohave County Democrats at Calico’s restaurant, 418 W. Beale St.

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ADOT launches mobile-device version of bicycle user map

Working at the City of Kingman’s visitor center at the Powerhouse, Tim Wilson sees a lot of bicyclists riding through town, like the woman he met recently with a prosthetic leg who was bicycling coast to coast.

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Local Route 66 ambassador to sign Mother Road bucket list book at Chillin’ on Beale Saturday

Noted author and Route 66 ambassador Jim Hinckley will be signing his latest book, “100 Things To Do on Route 66 Before You Die,” during Saturday’s Chillin’ on Beale Street car show in downtown Kingman from 4-7 p.m.

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‘Christmas in July’ car show to benefit AZ Claus Cause

What started as an Andy Devine Days parade entry as Santa and Mrs. Claus riding in their 1927 Ford T-Bucket “Santa Sleigh” has evolved into the nonprofit AZ Claus Cause that brings Christmas gifts to underprivileged children and the elderly.

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Judge orders City to pay KAA legal fees for now

Mohave County Superior Court Judge Steven Moss ruled Monday that the City of Kingman must pay attorney fees and other costs pending final judgment in the case, which has not been entered.

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Embattled kennel owner calls out county supervisor on his ‘facts’

Johnson said the photographs he showed were from public records, along with descriptions of the property, and veterinarians testified to the animal abuse.

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Billionaire Mercer throws $500K at Ward’s US Senate campaign

Zachery Henry, press secretary for Ward, said the radio ad is unrelated to the PAC, and he did not know how the Mercer contribution would be spent.

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Mohave County burdened by unpaid public records requests

“We’ve heard people claim we’re not quick enough on getting FOIA back,” said Supervisor Buster Johnson, who placed the item on the regular agenda.

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City streamlines process for downtown business development

Wesley and Niki Tillmann see downtown Kingman as the land of opportunity, having opened their apparel and printing store on Beale Street in March. They do silk screen printing for their own clothing brand, as well as custom orders for direct-to-garment printing, banners, business cards and flyers.

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American Woodmark recognized for employee health program

American Woodmark employees are putting together a health and wellness program after attending a workshop in May presented by Healthy Arizona Worksites Program in Phoenix.

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House candidates in favor of building border wall

Build it, and they won’t come.

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Riptides sure to have crowd on its feet at Concert in the Park

Ramon Torres has been banging the drums for more than 50 years, playing with touring bands in Southern California before moving to Kingman in 1991 where he’s shared his talent with a number of local bands, most recently The Riptides.

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NACFD appoints Bryant to board, chooses recruiting firm

John Bryant, a former facilities manager and engineer in Southern California, was appointed Tuesday to fill the vacancy for the Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District governing board by a unanimous 4-0 vote.

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Bond reduced for woman charged in Vegas carjacking

Her bond was reduced to $200,000 Tuesday, a fair amount based on the seriousness of the charges, Mohave County Superior Court Judge Billy Sipe said.

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Buddy Wallace on track for July 24 trial

Wallace allegedly admitted to the crime and was offered a plea agreement to second-degree murder with a maximum sentence of 25 years. He opted for a jury trial, originally set for October 2016, and faces life in prison if convicted.

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Mighty Mud Mania perfect for filthy summertime fun

Mighty Casey has struck out, but there’s still plenty of joy in Mudville, or in this case Firefighter’s Memorial Park, where mud runners will slosh their way through an obstacle course Thursday in the 40th annual Mighty Mud Mania presented by Kingman Parks and Recreation.