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TPT initiative goes to Mohave Superior Court

A random sample of 5 percent of signatures was forwarded to the Recorder’s Office Aug. 2, which found an invalidity rate of 17.44 percent within the random sample. When applied to the total number of signatures, the initiative had 2,460 valid signatures, just 38 less than what was required to move the measure forward.

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Gosar, Arpaio applaud president while in Kingman

As a U.S. senator, Arpaio said he would be a voice for Republicans because he is a “real Republican.”

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Defendant in Las Vegas carjacker case requests new attorney

“I have a high-profile case, and I feel that I don’t have confidence in Ron Gilleo as far as defending me and looking out for my case,” Nevitt told Sipe. “I’d ask that the court grant me effective counsel.”

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Selling tobacco to minors: Attorney General's Office says it’s not worth it

“We want the businesses to be compliant, that’s our goal,” Mansur said. “We’re not trying to trick anybody.”

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Annie’s Art Attic holds open house for expansion

The attic continues to grow and will now open a new annex at 4535 Roosevelt St., which is directly behind the nonprofit’s main building at 2575 Northern Ave. and happens to house the office where the organization began.

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Council candidate Ryan Dooley suspends campaign

“His name will still appear on the ballot, but at this time he is not a valid candidate,” the City Clerk’s Office informed the Daily Miner. “So votes for him will not be counted.”

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Powerhouse performing well, but there’s room for improvement

The City’s Tourism Division presented a comprehensive overview of the Powerhouse Visitor Center’s performance during Council’s July 22 meeting, a presentation that prompted Councilman Travis Lingenfelter’s request that staff return to Tuesday’s meeting to hammer out addition details of Kingman tourism efforts.

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A monumental opportunity for veterans

There’s nothing like reconnecting with an old friend and taking a stroll down memory lane, and for one Kingman man that joyous occasion led to the formation of The Wall Operation Pal Joey, an effort to send veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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Countywide forces join together to fight opioid epidemic

MSTEPP is utilizing a five-step method to combat the opioid epidemic, the first of which is geared toward education and reducing the acquisition and diversion of prescription drugs.

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Experience a “deep history” of the Hualapai Tribe

Hubbs and Craynon said the new faces turning up in Kingman can be largely unaware of the Hualapai Tribe and the influence it has had on the region, and its continued efforts to preserve culture, language and knowledge.

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Walleck Ranch shooting suspect facing additional charge

The prosecution may file a motion for joinder, which would combine the two cases because they relate to the same incident.

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Golden Eagles invites you to soar with flying fun

Local radio control model aircraft club wants to get Kingman flying - and tourists coming

Amidst the sound of propellers, laughter and friendly jesting, members of the Golden Eagles RC Club can be found at their field most mornings

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Kingman addresses local racism head on

The question to ask, Tatem said, is “How do we move forward?” Discussing the issue rather than turning a blind eye is vital, as is listening to the experiences of others who have suffered racial injustices that are foreign to a majority of Kingmanites.

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Build a bed, change a life Saturday with Sleep in Heavenly Peace

Members of the community will come together Saturday to help provide local children with safe, comfortable beds in which to sleep.

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It’s game time at Metcalfe Park

City representatives gathered at Metcalfe Park as First Friday was kicking off to cut the ribbon on the park’s new Game Time Expression Swing, a two-seater that lets users face one another while swinging, and in turn promoting intergeneration play.

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Does Kingman need to have the racism conversation?

Kingman Progressive Alliance for Positive Change, Kingman United Pastoral Association and the NAACP want to find out

The City and its residents have prioritized efforts to get to the bottom of racism within the community ever since the airing of Sacha Baron Cohen’s “Who is America?”

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Cat population explodes, WAHS needs community’s help

“We don’t want anything fancy; it doesn’t have to be a showplace,” Snyder said. “Just a building with some windows, they need light, and some air conditioning for these guys. It would make a world of difference for these animals.”

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Republicans utilize data, grassroots campaigning for midterm elections

Republicans are using a new program called RNC Voter Scores that does not take a one-size-fits-all micro approach to voter communication. Rather, it uses voter files to determine which electors are on the fence about who to vote for, what issues are important to them and how a Republican candidate can best gain their votes.

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A towering proposal: Kingman’s historical control tower may be resuscitated

The first step in securing grant money is to craft a Historic Preservation Plan, which Shilling said has begun with the City looking for a consultant to analyze the radio tower and determine what work needs to be done.

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Additional charge brought against Walleck Ranch shooting suspects

Bravo appeared in Mohave Superior Court before Judge Richard Weiss on Monday.

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Mayoral, Council candidates address tax increase

The 1 percent Transaction Privilege Tax increase and the consequences of losing that additional revenue should the Kingman Citizens for Responsible Taxation initiative pass in November’s general election were the hot ticket items when mayoral and Council candidates gathered to introduce themselves and their platforms to voters Thursday night.

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Crisis management: Mayor Gates goes on television interview tour trying “to set the record straight”

Council wishes it had input in public relations fight

The City of Kingman has been running damage control for close to a week due to Sacha Baron Cohen’s “Who is America?” segment that depicted the city of Kingman as racist, bigoted and small-minded.

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First Flight: Airport Advisory Commission held its first meeting since City took control of the airport

Commissioners sitting on the Airport Advisory Commission were excited at their first meeting Wednesday evening about the opportunity to bring the airport up to the standards of the users, and for the chance, in the words of Commissioner David Amspoker, to “make this the jewel of an airport that it deserves to be.”

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KAMMA hosts meet the candidates forum

Mayoral candidates Mayor Monica Gates and Vice Mayor Jen Miles have confirmed they will be in attendance. Council candidate Ryan Dooley, and write-in candidates Scott Holtry and Councilman Stuart Yocum will also be present.

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City officials respond to Cohen's 'Who is America?'

“Every community has a handful of people that are intolerant,” Gates said. “And often times I find that these people, the only way they can feel good about themselves is to make themselves feel superior to someone.”

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A brand new Fire Station 22 has been 20 years in the making and is finally coming to fruition

The City budgeted $4.5 million from the capital fund in Fiscal Year 2018-2019 for the construction and furnishing of the new facility that will be placed on a 5.4 acre lot on the corner of East Andy Devine and Fairgrounds avenues.

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Investigation continues into alleged cash-filled suitcase theft

Moon told those in the courtroom Monday Peacey denies the suitcase had that much cash inside.

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Clean City Commission recommends halting curbside recycling pilot

Rob Owen, Public Works director, told the Clean City Commission that after months of data accumulation and commission input staff is confident in recommending an end to the curbside recycling pilot program, a notion that was reluctantly but unanimously approved Tuesday.

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Kingman’s Powerhouse Visitor Center is living up to its name

The Powerhouse Visitor Center that houses the City’s Tourism Division is one of the most comprehensive in the state, Tourism Services Manager Josh Noble told Council Tuesday, a statement corroborated by positive feedback from tourists, and the increase in visitation and gift shop revenue the center has seen in the last year.

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Sales tax increase performing better than expected

Construction tax collections improve 22 percent

Part of the data Moline presented excluded the additional 1 percent increase so as to enable the City to accurately compare figures from fiscal years 2016, 2017 and 2018.

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Council takes steps toward joining opioid litigation

Keller Rohrback is one of 12 firms appointed by Ohio federal Judge Dan Polster to represent counties, cities and tribes wanting to bring lawsuits related to the opioid epidemic.

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Humuh Meditation and Dharma Center helps you achieve a peaceful mind

The center is open to anyone who wishes to meditate, learn to meditate, or want to have a quiet place to unwind from the pressures of daily life and relax.

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Bond raised to $1 million for suspect in Hoover Dam standoff

Sipe explained that he would not lower the bond based on the serious charges Wright faces. In fact, he found the $25,000 bond to be “an extremely low bond in these types of cases.”

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Rep. Paul Mosley faces fallout for alleged speeding incident

In an apologetic statement on his Facebook page, Mosley wrote that his “jokes about frequently driving over 100 mile per hour during my 3-hour commute to and from the Capitol were entirely inappropriate and showed extremely bad judgement on my part, for which I am truly sorry.”

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Carjack suspect's prior robbery conviction could play role in sentencing if found guilty

Williams-Gardner’s attorney, Robin Puchek, said Monday that a list of defenses has been filed, which includes a defense of duress of necessity. That defense is applicable when a defendant is forced by natural circumstances to choose between two evils, and the criminal act is the lesser evil.

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Getting down and dirty: 40th annual Mighty Mud Mania

Shawn Bell Sr. has been going to Mighty Mud Mania since 1999 and said he likes to take off work so he can participate. And it’s not just his children who enjoy splashing and racing in the mud, as he plans on taking first again this year.

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Public comment stirs up commission meeting

Commission Chair Gary Fredrickson said that many of Kingman’s streets are 30-feet wide, and two cars being parked on either side of the street makes for a dangerous situation.

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Walleck Ranch Park shooting suspect could face additional charge

The state may also look to add assisting a criminal street gang to Bell’s charges, in addition to charging two others who may have been involved in the incident, one of whom is a minor, with the same.

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David Allen James sentenced to probation

The state dropped the first-degree murder charge after the Mohave County Medical Examiner, Dr. Rexene Worrell, said in an interview that Porter’s fatal head wound could not have been caused by a bare fist as was theorized in the initial charges.

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Kingman soccer players learn the game from European visitors

Playing some footy

Horton said the kids entered the camp to play, so that’s exactly why each day is started with a short scrimmage. Campers also participate in drills and games that help them to develop techniques and skills.

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Youth Advisory Commission to discuss service project

Sleep in Heavenly Peace, its chapters and volunteers build beds for children in the community to ensure they have a safe, comfortable place to sleep rather than on the floor.

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Keeping kids in beds and off of floors

The commission is hoping to complete at least 20 beds at the August build, and if all goes well, Wayt hopes to have another build in December.

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P&Z continues on-street parking deliberations

The Planning and Zoning Commission will continue discussions started at its last meeting regarding on-street parking of recreational and other large vehicles at its meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in Council chambers, 310 N. Fourth St.

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TPT initiative signatures submitted to City Clerk’s office

The Kingman Citizens for Responsible Taxation has submitted its petition to the City Clerk’s office that would require sales tax increases to go before the voters, and would repeal the 1 percent sales tax increases pertaining to capital improvement projects and the general fund.

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Man who blocked bridge appears in court

The grand jury 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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Chamber’s new chairwoman has big plans

Sammeli has been with the chamber since about 1998 and has held numerous roles including director, treasurer, chair elect and ambassador.

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JAVC Operation 6 beneficiary of fundraiser

Donating to a worthy cause is in itself something to get excited about, but Union Home Mortgage’s fundraising efforts for the Jerry Ambrose Veterans Council are providing those who give with another incentive – a pot of cash and a Caribbean cruise.

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This week's First Friday celebrates Kingman's Welcome Arch

“I think it’s going to have an impact,” Noble said of the arch. “You can already see just driving up from I-40 coming down Beale Street that it’s prominent. “It’s a big flag, ‘Hey, we’re here.’”

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Fourth Human Bean begins work to open in Kingman

“A lot of people in Kingman have been requesting us to open a store there for years,” Baumkirchner said.

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New owners, same quality service at Home Style Furniture

Taking control of an already well-established business is still a lot of work, but Dan and Summer Del Monaco, new owners of Home Style Furniture, say the previous owner put them in a position to continue to be successful.