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County building fees increased, Angius only ‘no’ vote

KINGMAN – Supervisor Hildy Angius wasn’t the only one who felt ambushed by an item on Monday’s agenda for the Board of Supervisors that would increase fees for services provided through Mohave County’s building code.

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NACFD conflict of interest case continues

KINGMAN – Vic Riccardi, indicted as a board member of the Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District, made an offer Monday to resolve conflict-of-interest charges, but it was pulled off the table after the state refused to accept the terms.

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104 grandkids ... and counting

Mary Bathauer’s descendants catch ‘The Today Show’s’ attention

Mary Bathauer lived her 15 seconds of fame when she appeared briefly on “The Today Show,” interviewed by co-host Hoda Kotb on the street outside NBC’s New York studios.

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Supervisors to decide Monday how deep county digs into taxpayer’s pockets

The Mohave County Board of Supervisors is facing a tough decision Monday in adopting the final 2018 budget with a proposed property tax increase and modifications to certain funds.

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Small businesses offer 75 percent of jobs, making their success critical

As co-owner of Pawn World, Rosalba Homer knows that it’s the little things that can help her small business thrive.

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Monsoons causing road washouts in Valle Vista

John Danyow is stuck again after the latest rainstorm hit Wednesday night and made a mess of Brooks Boulevard in Valle Vista, so much that he can’t get out of his driveway.

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Mohave County unemployment rises to 6.1 percent

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Mohave County rose to 6.1 percent in June, up from 5.9 percent in May, according to the Office of Economic Opportunity.

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The Lingenfelter Center has spent four consecutive years in the top 100 national nursing homes

Nettie Rankin was upset with her son for taking her from her home where she had all of her collectibles.

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Kingman High School’s criminal justice class dropped due to a loss of grant funding

Like most high school students, Victoria Nowicki had no idea what she wanted to do as a career.

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Five free things to do in Kingman

It may seem like the endless summer when the sun is scorching the desert in the middle of July and your air conditioner is taxed to the max, but summer fun must eventually end.

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City Council and KAA work session raises more questions

There were more questions than answers at Thursday’s special “work session” between Kingman City Council and the Kingman Airport Authority...

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Two new judges pro tem sworn in for Kingman and Cerbat Justice Court

Kevin Nowicki and Loxie Morley were sworn in Thursday as judges pro tem for Kingman and Cerbat Justice Court with dozens of family, friends and court staff attending the ceremony.

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If state drops death penalty, Rector could go to trial next year

They say the wheels of justice turn slowly, and in the case of first-degree murder defendant Justin James Rector, you can hear them screeching.

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Replacement needed for Supervisor Moss, applications open

The Mohave County Board of Supervisors voted 4-0 in special session Friday to accept the resignation of Supervisor Steve Moss effective July 25, and to begin the process of appointing a replacement for the remainder of his term.

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Addie Burdett has plenty pearls of wisdom to share from her 100 years of living life

Addie Burdett survived the Great Depression, worked in the shipyards of Washington during World War II, outlived four husbands, helped found Our Lady of the Desert Roman Catholic church in Dolan Springs and attends mass there every week.

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Land sales highlight today’s Council, KAA workshop

A special work session between the City of Kingman and Kingman Airport Authority is scheduled for 5 p.m. today at Beale Celebrations, 201 N. Fourth St., to provide in-depth discussion about specific concerns with the airport authority’s operations.

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Desert Diamond Distillery wins 2 golds for rum

A reserve rum produced by Desert Diamond Distillery captured the gold medal at the Los Angeles Spirits Competition in May, adding to two other gold medals from competitions in San Francisco.

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It's back to school for KUSD, and the teachers are ready

Word around White Cliffs Middle School is if you’re taking sixth-grade math and science classes, try to get Dan Emborsky as your teacher.

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***UPDATED*** Governor selects Supervisor Steven Moss for Superior Court

KINGMAN – Mohave County Supervisor Steve Moss has been appointed by Gov. Doug Ducey to replace retired Judge Steven Conn on the Mohave County Superior Court, the governor’s office announced Tuesday.

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Supervisor Moss selected by Gov. Ducey to sit on Mohave County Superior Court

Mohave County Supervisor Steve Moss has been appointed by Gov. Doug Ducey to replace retired Judge Steven Conn on the Mohave County Superior Court, the governor’s office announced Tuesday.

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NACFD postpones appointment of fire chief

After nearly 45 minutes in closed session, the Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District Board of Directors voted 4-1 to postpone an item on the possible appointment of a fire chief until the Aug. 17 meeting.

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Rector defense team petitions court for attorney to withdraw

KINGMAN – Murder defendant Justin James Rector has asked the Superior Court to withdraw defense lawyer Gerald Gavin due to an “ethical conflict of interest” that makes further representation impossible, according to a motion filed July 19.

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Kingman Center for the Arts has an open call for 6X6 on Route 66 Art Show

When Pat Evans retired here four years ago, she immediately started looking to get involved in some kind of arts organization, driving to Las Vegas to join the Fabulous Las Vegas Scribes calligraphy club.

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Rector's status conference pushed to July 28

Justin James Rector, charged with the 2014 first-degree murder of 8-year-old Bella Grogan-Cannella, has appeared in Superior Court for 20 hearings in an apparent attempt to stall his murder trial.

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For downtown revitalization to happen, work must begin

Downtown business owners need to communicate with each other, compile a comprehensive directory of shops and restaurants with hours of operation and set a goal of filling buildings with vibrant, like-minded businesses.

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Mohave County hires legal firm for water cases

Protecting groundwater rights of the Hualapai and Sacramento basins has become a top priority for Mohave County officials, and to that end, the Board of Supervisors on Monday voted 3-2 to hire a legal firm for representation in water cases.

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Inked: Tattoos no longer represent the delinquents, the rockstars or the felons

Beth Robbins settles into the “Simpsons” chair at Black Sheep Ink to have a wolf added to the pine trees tattooed on her upper right arm, symbolizing her comfort in the forest and callings of the wild.

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Valle Vista, Hualapai Mountain communities suffer 12-hour blackout

Power went on the blink for 2,435 customers of Mohave Electric Co-op starting around 2 p.m. Tuesday and lasting until 3:15 a.m. Wednesday, a company official said.

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Driver in fatal accident offered plea agreement

Daniel Lynn Stuart has been offered a plea agreement that finds him guilty of manslaughter and driving under the influence of alcohol in a Jan. 2 crash that resulted in the death of his 4-year-old son.

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Monsoon wave could end after recent activity

It’s not the monsoon rain we’ve seen in the past, but a scattering of thunderstorms brought light to moderate rainfall to Mohave County with potential for heavy rainfall and flash flooding in some areas, the National Weather Service said Wednesday.

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Without consensus, BOS has headache of a budget

With little consensus on how to deal with the county’s $2.8 million budget deficit, supervisors can expect a contentious hearing on Aug. 7 when the final budget has to approved.

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Two parties interested in opening BMX track in BHC

The Mohave County Board of Supervisors on Monday postponed any action on approving a lease agreement for a BMX bicycle track on a portion of land in Bullhead City that the county leases from the BLM.

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Go in armed with knowledge when buying a used car

Being aware of your budget and financing terms can make the trips down the road easier to handle

A lot of factors go into buying a used car, starting with the price, the year make and model and mileage, and today’s consumers are increasingly looking for sophisticated technology offered in vehicles.

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NACFD's Eder,Riccardi plead not guilty to misusing public funds

Two board members and the fire chief of Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District pleaded not guilty to charges of conflict of interest and misuse of public funds during their arraignment Monday before Superior Court Judge Rick Lambert, with the next hearing set for Aug. 7.

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Mohave County quarter-cent sales tax increase fails to get needed vote

The “T” word is considered not just dirty, but filthy in this heavily Republican county, and yet Mohave County Supervisor Buster Johnson drew a round of groans Monday when he voted in lone opposition to a proposed quarter-cent increase in the sales tax.

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New law gives workers paid sick time

Workers in minimum-wage jobs such as restaurants and retail have begun accruing paid sick time based on the company’s size effective July 1, part of Proposition 206 that raised Arizona’s minimum wage to $10 an hour this year.

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Mohave County's Environmental Health fund could be ‘swept’

The Mohave County Health Department’s $9.3 million budget for expenditures in 2018 includes about $500,000 in extra funds for Environmental Health that could be “swept” by the Board of Supervisors, director Patty Mead said Thursday.

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Mohave County Board of Supervisors present plans to balance budget

The Mohave County Board of Supervisors will discuss proposals to cover the $2.8 million projected shortfall in the 2018 budget when it meets at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the County Administration Building, 700 W. Beale St.

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Health Department, Disease Control searching for cause of E. coli outbreak

Mohave County Health Department is assisting the Centers for Disease Control in identifying the cause of an E. coli outbreak that has claimed the lives of two children in the Colorado City area, county epidemiologist Anna Scherzer said Thursday.

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Republican team reflects on legislative session

It was a “team effort” by Mohave County’s three representatives to get anything accomplished at the 2017 legislative session, where they were up against 30 elected officials from Maricopa County, state Sen. Sonny Borrelli said Wednesday at the Mohave Republican Forum.

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State Rep. Mosley champions taxpayers

As a freshman in the state House of Representatives, Paul Mosley, R-Lake Havasu City, made it a point to become a champion of the taxpayer.

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Renters be aware, do research

College-educated and working for the Mohave County Attorney’s Office, Lisa Samstag is not the easy prey most scammers on Craigslist are targeting.

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Superior Court Judge interviews continued in Phoenix

The governor’s judicial interview panel conducted follow-up interviews Wednesday in Phoenix with three applicants for Mohave County Superior Court judge.

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Powerhouse's Route 66 Electric Vehicle Museum adds 6 vehicles

The collection of cars at the Route 66 Electric Vehicle Museum grew larger Wednesday with the addition of six new vehicles that played a significant part in electric car history.

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Supervisor Moss would rather increase taxes than pay interest

Playing upon the no-tax policy of conservative Republicans, Mohave County Supervisor Steve Moss said both of his grandfathers would have taken him behind the woodshed for the very thought of increasing taxes to balance the county budget.

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Governor's panel hears from 3 candidates to replace Judge Conn

If it were a popularity contest, Mohave County Supervisor Steve Moss would be the clear choice to be appointed Mohave County Superior Court Judge, replacing Judge Steven Conn who was forced to retire June 30 due to age limitations.

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Blanco case over 700 pages of evidence, next hearing Sept. 11

Murder defendant Alfredo Gerardo Blanco appeared before Mohave County Superior Court Judge Rick Lambert Monday looking much older than the 61-year-old man who was arrested in January for the death of real estate agent Sidney Cranston Jr.

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Social Security dollars get stretched further in Kingman

Contemplating where to spend your retirement years?

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NACFD finds way to give 2 percent raise to employees

The Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District board of directors got along well enough Thursday to approve a $3.1 million budget that includes staffing Station 33 on Stockton Hill Road 24 hours a day by October or November.

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Mohave County Supervisors discuss options to alleviate $2.8 million deficit

There’s three ways to balance the $2.8 million shortfall in Mohave County’s 2018 budget, and Mohave County Supervisor Hildy Angius believes it can be done by budget cuts and digging into savings.