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Vanessa Espinoza

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An Ultimate Ambassador: Karista Rose Harris inspires and empowers with her past and future

Karista Rose Harris, born in Kingman, is now the Ultimate Elite International Ambassador. The title is awarded to a queen (pageant) who has done the most during their reign, such as community service, making appearances, and demonstrating entrepreneurship.

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Radiologists find abnormalities one scan at a time

In Mohave County, 29 percent of adults are cigarette smokers, which makes it the second-highest rate in Arizona, right behind La Paz County with 33 percent.

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AZMerit results are in: KAOL improves, KUSD says it still has ‘work to do’

Through the school year teachers prepare students for the next level in their lives, but also prepare them for the AzMerit test. Scores have been released for both Kingman Unified School District and Kingman Academy of Learning schools.

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Fundraiser for boy to walk again

“Kinith is our patient and we’ve been treating him over a year. We’ve done fundraisers before and works really well,” Uldrikson said.

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Broken windows anger vehicle owners

Law enforcement officials give out a few pointers to help prevent becoming a victim

Residents are waking up to find their car windows shattered

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Kingman MVD making the experience effortless

Tim Mahan, the manager for the AZDOT Kingman facility, and his crew have spent their time trying to reduce wait times and make the experience at the MVD a painless experience.

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Kingman Center of the Arts and The Smith Center bringing theater to Kingman elementary schools

Kingman Center for the Arts has received the opportunity from The Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas to participate in the program Disney Musicals in Schools where two Kingman elementary schools will learn what it takes to put on a performance and maintain a sustainable theater program.

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Education a recurring topic at Democratic forum

“Fixing our education problem in Arizona is our number one priority,” Robinson said.

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Kingmanite wins All-American Girl national crown

Arianna Heinze, a 5-year-old natural beauty, just came back from Las Vegas after competing for nationals in the All-American Girl pageant and was crowned National Tiny Miss Princess.

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Praying for a miracle: Mother seeks help to give son a second chance

Imagine being a 6-year-old boy wishing he could just stand from his wheelchair or jump in a bounce house with all the other children at the birthday party

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First Friday fun for everyone

Beale Street between Fifth and Third streets was filled with families for First Friday festivities embracing historic downtown and the 1950s theme.

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UFOs: Have we had visitors?

“You want to keep watching,” Hayes said. “The last thing you want to do is take your eye off of it.”

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First Friday means fun time tonight

The month of August is upon us and that means today is First Friday in downtown Kingman. This month’s First Friday is taking the people back to the 1950s and dressing up in the retro style from back in the day is encouraged.

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KUSD transportation working out the kinks

Tandy Janson, Kingman Unified School District transportation supervisor, said that over the weekend the older buses received some work done to get the AC back up and running. During the first two weeks, bus drivers are still trying to nail down their routes.

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Busing in the Heat: Hot school buses anger parents

Wednesday was back to school for Kingman Unified School District and as children came home from their first day of school, parents noticed their children were “soaked in sweat” and “coming home with issues from the heat.” Parents were concerned about the buses not having air conditioning.

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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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Shumway runs for KUSD school board member

“I feel like I’ve been through all aspects of education,” Shumway said.

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Gubernatorial candidate Ken Bennett is running for the truth

Saturday afternoon was full of Arizona politicians running for office this year, and many of them have stopped in Kingman to greet Kingmanites during their political races.

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Update: Willow the Mohave Wash dog ready for adoption

Willow has been learning how to be a domesticated dog. Just like any household dog, she takes her afternoon naps, goes on walks, gets her head rubbed and chows down on the occasional treat.

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U.S. Senate candidate Abboud talks about ‘issues that matter’

Candidates are traveling across the state before Election Day on Aug. 28 to make certain every corner of Arizona has heard their positions on the topics concerning Arizonans.

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KUSD staff prepares for the upcoming school year

“This week has been pretty busy. It’s registration week and we’ve had a whole bunch of students coming through,” Baker said.

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Members of Kingman High School’s FBLA club spent part of their summer vacation in Baltimore at nationals

“(We learn) how to communicate with each other better and how to get out there,” Gerardo Rodriguez, FBLA treasurer said.

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KUSD welcomes new teachers as school year only days away

As the new school year approaches, students will see some new faces around the halls. Kingman Unified School District inducted its new teachers Wednesday and gave them the rundown of the district and the city of Kingman.

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Beale Street Theater presents 'Dorothy in Wonderland'

The performance premieres at 7 p.m., Thursday, July 19

The Beale Street Theatre is putting on the production of “Dorothy in Wonderland” that will take the citizens of Kingman to Wonderland and have the opportunity to see the two worlds collide.

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Kyrsten Sinema wants to keep families safe, offer better VA healthcare and equal pay for women

Kyrsten Sinema, is a Democrat running for U.S. Senate, and the things she wants to tackle as a senator would be border security, VA healthcare and women’s rights such as equal pay and healthcare.

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Autism counselor is changing society’s misconceptions one person at a time

The autism spectrum disorders are characterized by social interaction difficulties, communication challenges, and the tendency to repeat while exercising engaging behaviors.

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All-American Girl: Little Kingmanite Arianna is a natural beauty pageant queen

Females of all ages spend their time in beauty pageants to showcase their style, poise and grace.

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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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Schapira talks about wrap-around services, #RedForEd during meet and greet

Educational success requires attention for the needs of all students.

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Nation of Patriots tour: passing the flag to Arizona

Saturday at noon the flag made its way through Kingman stopping at the Elks Lodge #468 as the Las Vegas team passed it onto the Arizona team.

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Pen Pals meet after 39 years of friendship

“I didn’t know what to think. I didn’t know how to act,” Cavanaugh said when she saw Lewis at her door.

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Kingman welcome arch hovers over history

“I have seen Kingman grown. I love it,” Brown said.

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Do you know Kingman has a soap industry?

Local soapmakers emphasize skin care

“Once I got into it, I really enjoyed the process,” Stuart said. “True soap is much gentler and cleansing than store bought products.”

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Coming together over US-Mexico border situation

Mohave County residents gathered at the Trinity Episcopal Church Saturday morning to express their concerns about the situation going on the U.S.-Mexico border as children being away from their parents and put into shelters. Tears were shed and the passion behind the situation was heard.

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Jones-Esposito a one woman show Friday

Friday evening Republican candidates running for Arizona House of Representatives were supposed to have a debate at the Mohave County Board of Supervisors auditorium on 700 W Beale St., which was put on by the Clean Citizens Elections Commission.

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KAOL adding equipment to middle school, teacher raises for the year

During the summer Kingman Academy of Learning is working on maintenance projects to improve its parking lot and to improve the playground equipment at its middle school.

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Arts and crafts to be showcased in the Hualapais Sunday

The fair isn’t just a fun place to see all the neat stuff artists can produce, but it’s to showcase the diversity of the art and crafts industry.

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EMTs, paramedics see so much in society and do much more

“It doesn’t happen very often but that’s truly the rewarding part of it; to see an actual difference with what you’re doing,” Herrera said.

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Lab testing is more than a machine spitting out answers

A lot of doctor appointments include the need to conduct further examinations to determine your condition. The doctor may ask for a blood, urine or stool sample and send it off to the lab for testing. Another scenario may be when you have an organ removed, or just a piece of it, so medical professionals can test to see what is going on inside the body.

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KFD earns safety award from IAFC

“Receiving this award is a testament to the type of people we have at the Kingman Fire Department,” said Jake Rhoades, KFD chief.

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Amateur radio club offering opportunity to learn about being a ham radio operator

The Hualapai Amateur Radio Club is hosting a 24-hour ham radio contest in Kingman, and the public has the opportunity to learn how to use an amateur radio or watch a licensed radio operator in action.

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Remember to take fire prevention measures during drought conditions, monsoon season

With an ongoing drought and monsoon season here, fire prevention awareness is imperative.

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KUSD schools improving security with magnetic lock doors

Student’s not roaming the halls of the schools means the maintenance department has the opportunity to repair, clean and install some new features.

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Chili cook-off first time competitor takes the title

Saturday afternoon didn’t seem like a summer day. It was relatively cool with some breeze blowing. Although it was a cool afternoon, the chili cook-off brought some heat to the mountains. The Hualapai Mountain Resort and the Pine Lake Fire District had its chili cook-off to benefit the fire department. Attendees tasted various chili’s and would donate to their favorite. At the end, the money that was collected went to the fire department and the chili chef with the most donations won the people’s choice award.

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KUSD budget increase led to teacher raises

After the #REDforED mayhem all over the state of Arizona and here locally in Kingman, raises for teachers in the Kingman Unified School District was in the 2018-2019 school budget of $43.7 million that was approved at the school board meeting Tuesday.

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Secretary of State candidates trade barbs, ideas

Polling places were the hot topic at Wednesday’s Mohave Republican Forum when Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan and her opponent, Steve Gaynor, were the keynote speeches for the meeting.

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County’s participation in program designed to keep students tobacco-free

In Mohave County, 28 percent of students in eighth, 10th and 12th grades have smoked at least one cigarette, compared to the statewide average of 23 percent.

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Young country singer to perform Friday

“I love that I can express these things that I value so much through music,” she said.

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Flag Day won’t go unobserved in Kingman

Veteran and Kingman resident Jason Millin says Flag Day, June 14, can sometimes take a backseat when compared to Veterans and Memorial days, but he doesn’t expect that to be the case in Kingman, a city with a long history of supporting veterans and active military personnel.

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STEM career interest declining among male teens; not at Kingman High

Many high school seniors have graduated and are now starting their next steps in life going to college and eventually starting their career. For those still in high school, they have time to think about what they want to do for the rest of their lives.

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