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Saving Arnold Plaza: Work has started on downtown building for a veterans' center

The rear doors of Arnold Plaza are taped with sheets of plastic and sealed off except for flimsy ventilation ducts stretching into the alley. They’re posted with red warning signs to wear respiratory protection and protective clothing.

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Mohave County Board of Supervisors' approval for 11 Chevy Tahoes leads packed agenda

You’ll want to bring either a pillow or a bottle of NoDoz to the Mohave County Board of Supervisors regular meeting Monday where 79 items have been placed on the 11-page agenda.

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KART’s Saturday ridership up, overall numbers are down

Most of the people riding KART buses are between the ages of 35 and 64, and 36 percent of them take the bus to do their shopping, Superintendent Sheri Furr said Friday at the quarterly Transit Advisory Commission meeting.

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Search for City Manager costing over $25K

The City Council unanimously chose Springsted-Waters Thursday as the recruitment firm to find the next city manager to replace John Dougherty, whose contract was not renewed after four years.

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The first Affordable Care Act enrollment period of Trump’s administration runs through Dec. 15

Nobody was rushing to Lisa Beauchamp’s desk on the first day of open enrollment for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, the first enrollment period under President Donald Trump’s administration.

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State Superintendent race looking to be hotly contested in 2018 election

The position of Arizona State Superintendent of Public Instruction is shaping up to be one of the most hotly contested races in next year’s election, with 28-year-old Republican Jonathan Gelbart the latest to announce his run against incumbent Diane Douglas.

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Powerhouse Visitor Center’s remodel complete

The Powerhouse Visitor Center marked its 20th year of operation on Oct. 25 with the completion of a $250,000 remodeling project, said Josh Noble, tourism director for the City of Kingman.

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Life as a tow truck driver can be dangerous

Shawn Michaels knows about the Phoenix tow truck driver who was recently shot dead trying to take a vehicle from an apartment complex.

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Be the belle of the the ball at Muttsquerade

No dog is too proud to beg for food, and neither is Lisa Snyder.

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Manufacturing Day: KAMMA tours give students a look at factory work

Developing an educated and skilled workforce is a challenge for every rural community in Arizona, a tricky balance of providing high school graduates with specialized training and enticing them to stick around for meaningful employment.

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There are a few different options for finding a Halloween costume in Kingman

Between pop culture, superheroes and movie characters, there’s no shortage of ideas for Halloween costumes.

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Cerbat Cliffs' new business plan meant to combat decline in golf play

Levi Pitts, general manager of Cerbat Cliffs Golf Course, submitted a 21-page business plan to the City Council Tuesday with a list of goals and industry trends for 2018.

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Kingman man invents board game to help people understand what police do

Abby, a sixth-grader at White Cliffs Middle School, knows a little about police work from her father, who’s a police officer, but she’s learning more about his profession through “Cop’s Corner,” a board game invented by local resident Paul Martin.

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City Council agenda items’ adds and removes challenged

City Attorney Carl Cooper will change language in the city’s municipal code and handbook to clarify who’s allowed to add or remove items from the regular agenda, following direction given at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

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City Council unanimous: update appraisal for Brunswick parking lot

Werner Fleischmann returned to Switzerland no more certain about the acquisition of a city-owned parking lot crucial to the renovation of Hotel Brunswick than when his $30,000 offer was rejected a few years ago.

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Kingman Crossing Boulevard design plans increase $80K

City Council approved modifications to a contract with AECOM Technical Services for roadway design of Kingman Crossing Boulevard at its regular meeting Tuesday.

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Carnegie science takes flight for students

Taking a field trip to Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh would be a long shot for students at White Cliffs Middle School, so Hayden Ekstrom and Jason Dohoda drove 2,100 miles in three days to bring “Science Takes Flight” to the kids.

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City Council opposes mistreatment of animals, but doesn’t ban circuses

Inhumane treatment of animals comes in many forms, and while the City Council adopted a resolution Tuesday opposed to such treatment, it stopped short of adopting an ordinance prohibiting circuses from coming to town.

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Fairgrounds manager resigns, says his presence is a distraction

James Guillot announced his resignation as manager of Mohave County Fairgrounds at Wednesday’s fair board meeting, effective Dec. 31, after holding the position since 2012.

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Third Street parking lot could be key to Brunswick activity

Nobody holds a greater stake in downtown revitalization than Werner Fleischmann, the Swiss real estate investor who owns the Brunswick Hotel, Beale Celebrations, office bungalows and a couple of small business shops.

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Lead-based paint, asbestos removal beginning for Arnold Plaza

KINGMAN – The removal of asbestos and lead-based paint could begin as early as next week on the Arnold Plaza project with completion expected in November, said Pat Farrell, president of Jerry Ambrose Veterans Council.

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150-acre land donation key piece of economic development

KINGMAN – After a quick discussion about Mohave County paying for an appraisal, the Board of Supervisors on Monday approved a 150-acre donation of land in Dolan Springs that will be key piece of economic development in the area.

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Goodwill’s grand opening at the new location is a huge success

The new Goodwill store opened with the madness of Black Friday with shoppers scrambling for deals and lining up 30 deep at the cash registers.

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WAFD | Strength of message, knowledge gained key to winning poster contest

Hundreds of posters were submitted by K-12 students from Kingman Unified School District and Kingman Academy of Learning as part of the “Walk Away from Drugs” contest sponsored by the Kingman Area Meth Coalition.

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Mohave County supervisors to consider 150 acre donation

The Mohave County Board of Supervisors will discuss and possibly accept an offer from Marvin and Inger Lustiger to donate 150 acres of land in Dolan Springs to be used for county and public purposes, contingent upon the property’s appraisal.

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City manager speaks against two interchanges at Republican Forum

City Manager John Dougherty gave a blunt perspective of his view on the inefficient operations of Kingman City Council at Wednesday’s Mohave Republican Forum, perhaps a reflection of his poor performance review that led the Council to not renew his contract.

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County administrator: Water is a critical issue for Kingman

Mohave County Administrator Mike Hendrix went through individual biographies of his top staff Wednesday when he spoke about the county’s focus on customer service at the Mohave Republican Forum.

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First-ever Rude 66 Festival opens its doors Saturday

Lake Havasu City’s got its Rockabilly Reunion, Bullhead City has the Colorado River Bluegrass Festival and Kingman is kicking off its first Rude 66 Festival Saturday at Mohave County Fairgrounds with a dozen bands playing rockabilly, surf, punk and ska-tinged sounds.

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Rep. Gosar unblocks woman on Facebook as lawsuit loomed

It’s a moral victory for political squawker J’aime Morgaine and her First Amendment rights.

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Kingman could have a chance at $500,000 makeover

KINGMAN – City Councilwoman Jamie Scott Stehly is asking citizens to nominate Kingman for a $500,000 makeover from Deluxe company and vote as often as they can until the contest closes Oct. 19.

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WWII convoy is a glimpse of history

KINGMAN – Several hundred people withstood high winds Monday afternoon to show up for the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s 2017 Route 66 Convoy that lined Beale Street at Veteran’s Memorial Park.

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Ex-California congressman wants to be Arizona superintendent

KINGMAN – Frank Riggs made it clear early on that he’s the most conservative candidate running for Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction when he spoke Monday to the Conservative Republican Club of Kingman.

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City of Kingman vs. Kingman Airport Authority: Attorneys hired in contract, performance dispute

The legal battle is forming between the City of Kingman and Kingman Airport Authority as both sides hired outside attorneys to review the authority’s contract and determine if the city can take control of what some citizens have called its crown jewel.

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Man facing trial for Cranston murder takes medical complaints to court

Al Blanco said he’s getting inadequate medical attention during his 10-month stay at Mohave County Jail

Superior Court Judge Rick Lambert listened to accused murderer Al Blanco tell his story Friday about receiving inadequate medical attention during his 10 months in Mohave County Jail, then accepted five exhibits from the state that proved otherwise.

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Oktoberfest in Kingman: Embrace the German, and don’t forget ‘Prost!’

Put on your dirndl and lederhosen and polka on down to Metcalfe Park today and Saturday for the 10th annual Brews and Brats Oktoberfest presented by Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club.

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City water system needs 18 projects at $60 million

Greg Potter of Sunrise Engineering identified 18 projects to improve the city’s water system at an estimated cost of $60 million, including $40 million to replace about 200,000 feet, or 38 miles, of old water lines that are deteriorating in the Butler area.

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Kmart closes its doors for good

The Kmart blue light specials have burned out with the closing of more than 300 stores across the nation, including the Kingman store at 3340 E. Andy Devine Ave.

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J'aime Morgaine sues Rep. Paul Gosar; claims First Amendment rights infringed

Okay, J’aime Morgaine admits there’s a possibility that she may have inadvertently, in the heat of her political passion, posted a profane term in a comment on Rep. Paul Gosar’s Facebook page.

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Nine years for $1 million embezzler

Diane Maxine Richards, the former city finance worker who embezzled more than $1.1 million, was sentenced Wednesday to the maximum 9.25 years in state prison

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Andy Devine Days provided economic punch for local economy

Attendance at Andy Devine Days was estimated at 3,000 to 5,000 a day, and one motel operator reported a sellout during the weekend that celebrates the town’s western heritage with a parade, rodeo and festival.

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6 votes that came out of the Board of Supervisors’ meeting

KINGMAN – Builders, developers, real estate agents and others affected by Mohave County permit fees will have a chance to express their views about increased fees at a public hearing on Nov. 6.

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Mohave County Supervisors to keep rural libraries open, positions vacant

Two vacant library positions and a part-time position in technical services won’t be filled

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Local church offering a chance to renew vows, create covenant marriage

It’s never a pleasant situation, but it’s fairly easy to get a divorce in Arizona for “irreconcilable differences” without having to show cause in court, which has crumbled the foundation of marriage in millions of American families, said Peter Ernst, senior pastor of Family Bible Church.

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Libraries are being used for more than just checking out books

On any given day, you’re likely to see more people using computers at the Kingman library than checking out hardcover, printed books to take home and read.

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Steps taken to review city with Kingman Airport Authority

City Council learned insider details about deteriorating conditions and poor management at Kingman Airport during a workshop Tuesday with representatives of the Airport Users Association, backed by about 50 supporters in the audience.

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Supervisors to reconsider building fees

Mohave County Supervisors are backtracking on increased fees for services provided through the building department and referring it back to Development Services for review.

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Man pleads guilty to manslaughter in DUI death of his son

Daniel Lynn Stuart agreed to plead guilty Wednesday to two felony counts of manslaughter and aggravated driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol in the Jan. 2 accident on U.S. 93 near Wikieup that killed his 4-year-old son.

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A weekend long alpaca-lypse

Alpacas are cute and furry like a llama, but half the size and without the attitude, said Ron Nyberg owner of Southwest Alpaca Tours, which is having its 12th annual Alpaca Days this weekend.

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Dougherty’s performance evaluation shows below-average ratings

The annual performance evaluation for City Manager John Dougherty, released to the Daily Miner on Friday, shows a below-average rating in each category.

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Airport users given opportunity to address Kingman City Council

Members of the Kingman Airport Users Association will go before City Council at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall, 310 N. Fourth Street, to address what they consider “poor management” at Kingman Airport and Industrial Park.