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Shawn Byrne

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Prep Football: Big plays sink Lee Williams in season opener

Lake Havasu scores 3 TDs of at least 68 yards in 34-14 win

A new cliché making the rounds in sports circles is you either “win or learn.”

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Governor confident voters will judge record with four more years

“We were able to do all that, and everyone is saying ‘we need more,’” Ducey said. “I agree we need more, but I want to make sure that these dollars flow to the right places and are getting to the teachers. We’re focused on results and outcomes in our classrooms.”

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Secrets revealed: Longtime Kingman resident speaks and shows photos of the most difficult day in Kingman’s history: July 5, 1973

Jim Mc Milon was busy on this day 45 years ago when 13 people, including 11 volunteer firefighters, perished in the Doxol explosion.

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United Pentecostal Church changes name to First Pentecostal Church

A former member of United Pentecostal Church was unhappy with the church at 2498 E. Northern Ave. continuing to use that name after it dropped its membership in February 2017 from the state and international associations.

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Steven Madrid’s family in Iowa wants answers about his death

His family will be the first to say their son and brother wasn’t living the best life. He was struggling with the demon of addiction and most likely was acting out in order to feed his dependency.

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He isn’t Superman. He’s a Dad.

He’s loving, encouraging, and sometimes, even fair

“I knew I wanted to be a dad.” And that is exactly what Gabe Otero, 37, has become. While the single father of four does everything for the sake of his kids, he’s the first to acknowledge he couldn’t do it without them.

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Column | ‘When it’s gone, it’s gone’

Somewhere along the trip of more than 53 laps around the bright yellow orb in the sky, I’ve been taught that “when it’s gone, it’s gone.”

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Column | When you hear them roar, it’s time to run

I was working for an amenities company when the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino opened in Las Vegas in 1993.

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New conflict of interest accusations fly at NACFD meeting

Amid one board member pleading guilty, and another with the fire chief facing misuse of public funds and conflict of interest charges, more accusations flew at Thursday’s Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District Board of Directors meeting.

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We the People: Marshall-Brennan Club at Lee Williams High competes constitutionally

Ava is a transgender high school girl, who has yet to have any of the necessary surgeries.

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Kingman's First Baby: Based on events leading to Adlee May’s birth, she may already have a chosen career

Don’t be surprised if we hear about the dancing exploits of Adlee May Anderson sometime in the future.

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Column | A Merry Christmas from jail

My golden age of television isn’t the same as the mid-1950s through early 1960s era.

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ACLU blisters the Arizona charter school system

The ACLU of Arizona concluded that “many Arizona charter schools have unlawful or discriminatory enrollment policies” in a report the civil rights organization released Dec. 14.

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Golden Valley and Kingman Cactus Cleaners are making progress helping the desert reclaim its beauty

Finding trash dumped in the desert around Golden Valley and Kingman is becoming more and more difficult because of one fateful day during the late summer of 2014.

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Column | Too much democracy is like too much honey

It was one of the hardest lessons I ever learned.

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Column | Repealing net neutrality will have us stuck in traffic like Stockton Hill Road

There are times during the day when the short drive from Detroit to Airway avenues on Stockton Hill Road reminds me of Southern California (from sunrise to sunset mostly), but other than that there aren’t many triggers to bring me back there from here in lovely Kingman.

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Column | We can’t let fear paralyze us from moving into the future

It was one of the hardest decisions he ever made.

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Get to know a neighbor: Love’em or hate’em, we have to live with coyotes

Live in this part of the world long enough, people are going to have some sort of run in with Canis latrans, or coyote.

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Column | Conspiracy theories remain alive and well

He was of Cuban descent with connections to Italian friends in New York City.

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Does your school meet the grade?

State issues report cards on local schools. KAOL test scores creep up; KUSD stays steady

Kingman Academy of Learning had two of its three schools drop a letter grade since the last time the Arizona State Board of Education issued them in 2014, and Kingman Unified School District had seven of nine drop a mark.

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Historic World War II convoy to pass through Kingman

Military Vehicle Preservation Association convoy is preserving history for future generations, traveling to Los Angeles along Route 66

When the Military Vehicle Preservation Association 2017 Route 66 Convoy from Chicago to Los Angeles rumbles through Kingman Monday, don’t be alarmed. It’s not a time warp or a “Twilight Zone” episode.

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Column | Roads and water system issues means it’s time to get busy

Many years ago I had the pleasure of reading one of my all-time favorite books, Studs Terkel’s “Hard Times.”

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Las Vegas survivor wants people to hope

KINGMAN – Hundreds, if not thousands, of bullets can’t make them give up hope.

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Vice Mayor calls special session to put city manager on paid leave

A request for a special meeting of the Kingman City Council to place City Manager John Dougherty on paid administrative leave is scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday in the Council Chambers, 310 N. Fourth St.

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A Vigil for Orphan Pets Without a Home

Deuce, like millions of others, wants a forever home

Deuce currently resides at the Western Arizona Humane Society, and like millions of other animals around the country, he just wants to go home.

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Valle Vista residents concerned about ballot legality

A group of residents is concerned about a Valle Vista Property Owner’s Association ballot that has a Friday due date for absentee voters.

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Column | Today’s scapegoating not so different from ancient societies’

Societies across the world have used scapegoats for centuries.

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*Update* - City Council votes not to renew city manager’s contract

After returning from executive session to discuss city manager John Dougherty’s annual performance evaluation, Kingman City Council voted not to renew Dougherty’s contract at Tuesday’s regular meeting.

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Column | Emotional maturity is a requirement for leadership

I’ve recently had the pleasure of some engaging reading on Facebook, which has pointed me toward getting an understanding of what ambassadorship is – honorable ambassadorship.

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Column | Harvey teaches us to be nice to one another

It’s been one of the most heart-wrenching weeks we’ve witnessed (not first-hand, but witnessed nonetheless) in some time.

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Prep Football: Tigers pull away in 48-6 win over Bulldogs

The Kingman Academy High School football team shook off a slow start, scored 24 points in the final two-and-a-half minutes of the first half, and left Kingman High in the rearview mirror en route to a 48-6 win Friday night at KHS.

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Column | Let’s Unite Against Hate

The Klu Klux Klan, Neo-Nazis and white supremacists have no place in our society.

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Column | It’s Rubber Meets The Road Time For County Supervisors

When the Mohave County Board of Supervisors meet Monday, the Fiscal Year 2018 budget will be decided upon.

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Column | Internet trolls: They’re not worth the time

It’s the start of another school year and that makes it as good a time as any to bring up cyberbullying and internet trolls.

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Column: Feeling grateful for law enforcement this week

When it registered with me this week that the ringleader, Omar Antonio Sanchez-Burgos, in MAGNET’s nine-person, multi-location raid Monday reportedly has connections to the Sinoloa cartel, I was stunned.

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Local newspaper’s donation to Kingman Cancer Care Unit helps secure its future

Each and every person has had, or knows someone who has had, to fight cancer.

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Fire victim picks up the pieces after July 2 Butler blaze

Christy Brown was never promised that life would be fair.

A favorite place is better than a favorite memory

It’s always been one of my favorite places to go no matter where I’m at. I’ve been to and lived in a good amount of cities and towns in my life, and I can still tell you where to find it.

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Being crafty in the Hualapai Mountains

The Arts, Crafts and Antiques Fair at Hualapai Mountain Park Sunday (June 4) had a steady crowd enjoying the day’s mountain climate.

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Editorial: Leadership: Without sensationalizing, it is important

We spend our lives looking for it.

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Column: Getting It Right Versus Being Right

It’s never easy being told you’re doing a lousy job, and it’s even worse when it’s done in public.

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Editorial: Pride, lies and hypocrisy

It was a fun-filled Friday (Thursday for us) learning all about the Women Making History this year.

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Editorial: Hang on to your wallet, they’re coming back for more

I shook my head in disbelief months ago when the Arizona Education Finance Amendment was passed by the voters last May.

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A New Weapon in the War on Varmints

You’re allowed to when your livestock is in danger, and you’re allowed to when your life is in danger.

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Column: Am I liking the governor?

I’m not supposed to like this guy. He’s done some things that have made me squint with concentration wondering what, exactly, was the catch.

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Column: It’s a dog-eat-dog world, and I’m not wearing Milk-Bone underwear

First of all, my apologies to Norm for hijacking one of his best quotes.

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Here’s to drinking ‘Cool Water’ for years to come

I’ve walked this earth the past 42 years with a peculiar habit going on in between my years.

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Column: Hanging our hats on the good things

We learned there is a lot we can hang our hats on here in Kingman. It’s one thing when we feel good about ourselves and where we live.

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Don’t let a good start go to the dogs

It’s a good start, and the expectation should be placed on those in leadership to keep it going.

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