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Bridge-blocking case could see additional disclosure

The Henderson, Nevada man arrested for blocking Pat Tillman Bridge in an armored car June 15, Matthew Phillip Wright, appeared before Judge Billy Sipe on Monday for a pretrial conference.

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Human Bean open in Kingman

What better time for Kingman’s first Human Bean to open than on a chilly, rainy day?

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Prop. 413 signage, expenditures under scrutiny

The weather is cooling off, but the climate surrounding the general election and Proposition 413 keeps heating up.

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Council receives Fiscal Year 2018 report

A Fiscal Year 2018 wrap-up report shows that the City of Kingman’s finances are in good shape, with increases in TPT collections, state shared revenues and a steadily-growing local economy.

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Expansion of customer base could lead to rate increases

While the local economy is growing steadily and the City is experiencing customer increases in numerous operating funds, Kingman still has issues to resolve when it comes to its water and sanitation funds.

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Junk, trash, and debris keep City Neighborhood Services Division busy

Property owners have 30 days to correct a violation after hearing from neighborhood services. The case then goes to the City Attorney’s Office where it is reviewed for criminal charges (Class 1 misdemeanor).

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Speed Crafting at Annie’s Art Attic

Space is limited to about 15 people per session, so Fuller encourages anyone interested in participating to contact the attic as soon as possible.

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Service dogs are professionals, not pets

Thanks to a bill signed into law by Gov. Doug Ducey in April, people in Arizona who try to pass their dogs off as service animals without undergoing the necessary training are subject to a $250 fine.

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Planning and Zoning looks to prevent ‘cookie-cutter’ subdivisions in Kingman

“What we’re trying to achieve is a variety of architectural styles that add character and interest to a neighborhood,” Ruggles said.

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Change of plea set for alleged Las Vegas carjacker

According to court documents, Nevitt could be agreeable to a 20-year plea agreement.

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Cases consolidated for Walleck Ranch shooting suspect

Bell was arrested after police responded to a call at about 10:20 p.m. March 22. They arrived at the scene to find a 16-year-old boy with hand and leg wounds resulting from multiple gunshots.

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P&Z expands accessory structure allowances

In the past, property owners in Kingman have hit the wall that is the Kingman Zoning Ordinance when it comes to adding accessory structures on their properties, but the Planning and Zoning Commission is considering text amendments that would expand the allowances for detached structures and accessory dwellings.

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Black Sheep’s fundraiser helps those who help others

Saturday’s earnings will go to the Jerry Ambrose Veterans Council

Those who attend Saturday’s fundraiser will need to pick from Black Sheep’s selection of suicide awareness tattoos.

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Vice mayor advocates for ‘no’ votes on ‘Draconian’ Prop 413

The Home Rule Option (Prop. 412) has been approved by Kingmanites since the 1980s. The option provides cities with an alternative to the state-imposed spending limit for local governments.

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State alleges emotional harm in child molestation case

On Wednesday, prosecuting attorney Gregory McPhillips told the judge that the state is also alleging emotional harm on the part of the victim.

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Confederate Krusaders feel they’ve been ‘discriminated against’

Their parade application for this year was originally accepted, but come the week of the festival, Youngblood received an email from the City informing her that the entry was in violation of parade rule No. 3.

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Jeff Adams announces write-in candidacy

“We’ve got some serious challenges,” Adams said. “We need some serious solutions.”

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Robbery, burglary suspects could be charged in additional cases

Axton appeared before Judge Billy Sipe on Tuesday in relation to five cases.

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Gov. Doug Ducey wants to “secure Arizona’s future”

“In Arizona, under Obamacare, we’ve gone from 24 providers in our state to just one provider in 14 out of our 15 counties. And it’s really that lack of competition that’s causing these price increases in terms of deductions and premiums.”

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Distracted drivers complicate Stockton Hill traffic

Streets Superintendent Jack Plaunty and Kingman Police Department’s David Reif updated Council on the City’s traffic and related safety issues at its meeting Tuesday.

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Downtown revitalization positive but not finished

Downtown Kingman is undergoing a significant revitalization and promotion phase that citizens and entrepreneurs praise, but how is historic downtown Kingman viewed by visitors and businesses considering coming to town?

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Congressional candidate David Brill concerned with state of education in Arizona

David Brill, Democratic congressional candidate running against incumbent Rep. Paul Gosar for Arizona’s 4th Congressional District, gave his take on the state of education in Arizona and its rural areas while in town Monday.

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Kingman must work to realize development potential

Chabin Concepts, City-hired economic development advisers, alongside a DSG site selector, painted their picture of the City of Kingman to a small group of people Wednesday night.

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Tail end of Hurricane Rosa brings needed rain to Mohave County

Finally, the remnants of Hurricane Rosa showed up in Mohave County, dropping 1.24 inches of rain at Kingman Airport and higher levels around other spots in town, the National Weather Service reported Thursday.

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City adds safety measures to welcome arch

The Beale Street arch welcoming visitors to historic downtown Kingman has been well-received by the community, however the bump-outs at the base of the $170,000 structure have been cause for concern

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There’s more to domestic violence than physical abuse

Bruce’s Legacy is a non-profit, independent search and rescue organization, named for Wisconsin firefighter Bruce Cormican

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Council bans on-street RV parking

There were two ordinances before Council on Tuesday dealing with parking and storage of large vehicles.

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Brews and brats at Metcalfe Park

Clark said last year’s event raised some $20,000 for the Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club thanks to the approximately 5,000 people who attended.

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Our Daily Bread offers 'free love' with sandwich program

“Everybody needs help at some time in their life,” Hunter said.

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First Art Alley Project mural completed, unveiled at Andy Devine Days

The mural on the rear wall of the Beale Street Theater courtesy of Baltimore, Maryland muralist Kirk Seese is a “depiction of love” the artists hopes resonates with the Kingman community in which he felt so welcome.

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Kingman Municipal Court will see security improvements

Screams, disbelief, confusion and panic; a need to make emotional calls and texts to loved ones who may never be seen again. Those are just some of the emotions that could run through the minds of people caught in the middle of a courthouse shooting.

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Man charged in $170,000 suitcase caper taken into custody

A representative of Affordable Bail Bonds present at Friday’s hearing requested the court revoke the defendant’s bond.

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Candidate for US House of Representatives David Brill comes to Kingman

Brill has been a frequent face in the news recently because six siblings of U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar, who currently holds the congressional seat sought by Brill, have publicly endorsed the Democratic candidate.

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Andy Devine Days Festival ‘Has something for everyone’

“The nice thing about this festival is, unlike any other event in Kingman, it’s got a little bit of everything for everybody,” Noble said.

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Play, shop and dine: Six things to do at the Andy Devine Days Festival

Always a big hit, the Andy Devine Days PRCA Rodeo will be at the Mohave County Fairgrounds from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Saturday and 1 – 4 p.m. Sunday.

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Chloride chamber hosts semi-annual yard sale

The High Desert Drifters gunfight troupe will “take you back to the early days in Chloride” with its noon performance of shootouts in Cyanide Springs.

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City not ordered to pay write-in candidate’s attorney fees

Watkins and his representation called for the City to pay his attorney fees should the judge rule in Watkins’ favor. But Jantzen did not require the City to do so because its interpretation of the statutes was “not unreasonable.”

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Family of hit-and-run victim seeks community’s help

“There’s really no evidence right now, just my brother’s dead,” Castillo said.

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City will wait to acquire rights of way for Rancho interchange

Council voted on Tuesday to hold off on authorizing acquisition of two right-of-ways eyed for Rancho Santa Fe Parkway interchange arterial roads, instead opting to wait until after the City presents its pitch to the Arizona Department of Transportation in October.

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Fire Station 2’s future could depend on general election ballot measures

Tina Moline, City finance director, provided Council on Tuesday with a financial update for Fire Station 2, construction of which could depend on outcomes of general election ballot measures.

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Top 4 write-in candidates advance to November’s ballot

The top four write-in candidates from the primary election are Ken Watkins, Deana Nelson, Scott Holtry and Harley Pettit.

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Andy Awards finalists announced

The Kingman Area Chamber of Commerce has announced its finalists for the 41st annual Andy Awards celebrating local individuals, businesses and organizations making an impact in the community.

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Council approves design-bid-build for Rattlesnake Wash

The design-bid-build is expected to take three to four months to complete designs, whereas CMAR would take four to six months, and design-build seven to nine months.

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Suspect in bridge closure has motion to remand case to grand jury denied

In June, Mohave County grand jurors indicted Wright on felony counts of terrorism, aggravated assault, a Class 2 felony misconduct involving weapons, a Class 6 felony of misconduct involving weapons and unlawful flight from a pursuing law enforcement vehicle.

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City of Kingman files motion to dismiss in candidate case

The issue stems from the allegation that the City used the wrong Arizona Revised Statute in making its determination that those four write-ins would not advance to November’s ballot.

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Beale Street Theater brings “Death of a Salesman” to life

The family’s patriarch has dreams and aspirations for himself and his two sons, Biff and Happy, but those goals for the future don’t quite materialize like he planned.

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Goodwill, Arizona at Work promoting economic development through a trained, skilled workforce

“We can actually spend money to retrain you into a job that is highly sought after around here, or even get you an education if you don’t have your GED,” Millin explained. “So we do that entire spectrum from start to finish to make sure that we’re building a workforce that the community needs.”

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City’s write-in candidacy issue goes to Mohave Superior Court

The verified complaint filed with the court states Watkins is seeking an order that would compel the City to issue certificates of nomination to those top four candidates: Deana Nelson, Scott Holtry, Harley Pettit, and Watkins.

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Dollar General robbery, burglary suspects in court Monday

Francis William Allison was in court for three cases, the first of which pertains to the armed robbery of Dollar General at 4405 Stockton Hill Road on April 12.

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Celebrating the Constitution: A document as important today as it was 200 years ago

The Lewis Kingman Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, and the country as a whole, will spend the week of Sept. 17 – 23 celebrating Constitution Week, a commemoration of what one Daughter of the American Revolution called “about the most important document in U.S. history.”

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