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Vanessa Espinoza

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Fly baby, fly: 28th annual Kite Day Extravaganza

It was a bright sunny day, perfect for flying a kite.

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Lock it or lose it: preventing car theft, burglaries, and damage

It’s Monday morning and you realize your alarm didn’t go off so now you’re late for work. You scurry, trying to get ready and make sure you have everything you need for the day. You may be thinking, “How can this day get any worse?” As you leave your home you notice your car isn’t parked outside where you left it, or it’s been defaced, or there’s your wallet missing from the glove compartment.

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KHS Class of 2018

For the Kingman High School senior class of 2018 Monday night was a big accomplishment full of family, friends, laughs, and tears.

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Doug Barnett coming to Kingman

For the long weekend coming up if pop, folk, bluegrass, western and country music is something you enjoy, then why not go to Diana’s Cellar Door Wine Bar and listen to Doug Barnett perform?

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Kingman Police wants a second deputy chief

Job posting left many wondering if Deputy Chief Cooper was leaving

If you have scrolled through the City of Kingman website you may have noticed there is a job opening for a Deputy Police Chief at the Kingman Police Department. It doesn’t’ meant Rusty Cooper, the current deputy chief, is going anywhere.

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Paco’s Taco Shop building demolished

After sitting at the entrance to Interstate 40 for nearly 40 years when it was first a Pioneer Chicken, the building at 3152 Stockton Hill Road was demolished Monday.

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Kaylee Sass is a superhero just like The Flash: fighting for her life

Children are full of dreams, goals and aspirations. They want to be doctors, lawyers, teachers, or probably the next soccer star. Children can even think about traveling the world when they’re older, or about if they want to have children of their own and get married. Their minds are full of imagination and curiosity.

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Banner installation honors local active military

Serving in the military takes a lot of pride, courage, and strength. A husband being away from his wife and children. A mother having to hug her daughter goodbye as she leaves to serve overseas. Regardless of the circumstances, as a country we are proud of our servicemen and women.

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Run for the Wall drives through Kingman

Between two routes, around 1,000 motorcyclists made their way through Kingman Wednesday afternoon during their Run of the Wall and stopped at the Mother Road Harley Davidson, 2501 Beverly Ave., for some lunch.

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Willow the Mohave Wash dog has found a foster home

Willow had many litters of puppies and some were rescued, but no one is sure what happened to the others. Her home was a den made out of bushes.

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Former Kingman High School students reunite ‘UOB’ for 20 year reunion

Forming a band in high school seems like the dream of teenage boys in a Hollywood movie. It’s hard work. You need to find rehearsal space, instruments and find the time to practice.

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Yard sale preps Relay for Life event; assists cancer patients

One of the most painful things people can see in life is having to watch another family member, friend or neighbor go through cancer. Not only is it hard on the loved ones, but it is equally if not harder for the people themselves having to battle this horrid sickness.

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Snavely Avenue fire destroys one residence, scorches another

A mobile home fire occurred on the 2900 block of East Snavely Avenue late Thursday afternoon

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Howlin’ in the Hualapais shows off the pups

The word around town is that a dog is man’s best friend. Dogs come in all shapes and sizes, they’re big, small, short, tall, fluffy, and give the best kisses ever! If you’re looking for a new canine companion or a companion for your dog, why not take a trip up the hill for Howlin’ in the Hualapais and make it a fun-filled day for the family?

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People eat all year, local food bank needs support

Have you ever wondered if the person next to you at work, school or your neighbor has food to eat? What if they are only able to provide food for themselves and their family for 20 days? What will they do about the rest of the month? But the real question is: What can you do to help?

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KRMC runs for a good cause

Running a 10k race sounds like a great idea to do early in the morning on a Saturday. Especially if it’s going toward a good cause like the Kingman Regional Medical Center Joan and Diana Hospice Home.

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KRMC receives safety rating of C

Kingman Regional Medical Center recently received a “C” grade from the LeapFrog Group, which is a one-grade improvement from the “D” they received back in the spring of 2017.

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Volunteers make a difference at Kingman Regional Medical Center and in the community

Volunteering can be seen as a way to give back to the community. Whether it’s in your local school, food bank, animal shelter, museums or hospital, a volunteer is there to offer their time and courtesy to those from the community or people from out of town. Volunteers provide a lending hand to the employees of the institution.

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‘Fiesty’ Martha McSally runs for Senate

Congresswoman Martha McSally has been going from city to city in the northern part of Arizona. Friday she was in Flagstaff then made her way to Mr. D’z later in the late afternoon for a meet-and-greet.

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2018 Fun Run full of classics, Route 66

When people hear “Route 66,” faces light up with joy. The highway is American’s highway. The younger generation may think of Disney’s Pixar animated film “Cars” but either way, it’s the highway of the hot-rods.

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Local Kia technician wins nationally, goes to South Korea

You’re in a competition competing against some of the top Kia technicians in the nation. You end up placing fourth and have the opportunity to go to South Korea. There you then compete against 58 other technicians from 48 countries. Seems surreal, right?

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RedForEd movement comes to an end, teachers not ‘thrilled’

The #RedForEd movement started making headlines and bringing awareness to the public about the education crisis in the state of Arizona at the end of March.

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Jazz Dinner to benefit Kingman High School band

Jazz is the heart and soul of the New Orleans music scene, just as it was in the 1940s. It’s a rhythmic, upbeat, swinging sound and the Kingman High School Jazz Ensemble is bringing it 6-8 p.m. Tuesday to Rickety Cricket Brewing, 312 Beale St.

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Kelli Ward first to file for seat Flake's seat

Dr. Kelli Ward is running for U.S. Senate in Arizona and is the first candidate to formally file for the U.S. Senate in Arizona. Her campaign submitted 11,774 nominating petitions to the Arizona Secretary of State’s office Wednesday.

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Gov. Doug Ducey at Patriots Dinner

The anticipation for Gov. Doug Ducey to arrive was growing stronger Saturday evening at the 2018 Patriots Dinner at the Mohave Fairgrounds.

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Teachers, students stand outside fairgrounds to welcome Ducey

As the event started, about 150 local educators and students started gathering outside of the Mohave Fairgrounds standing tall with their signs and red shirts to welcome Gov. Ducey.

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Walkout: Teachers get support from staff and students

If you drove along Stockton Hill Road Thursday afternoon, you saw teachers and supporting staff demonstrating in the first day of Arizona’s teacher walkout.

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***Update*** 'Screenagers' documentary times changed

The alarm goes off in the morning, you grab your phone to look at the notifications from Facebook, Instagram or Snapchat. You're at the dinner table and you look up from your plate to see your family swiping through various social media accounts or playing Candy Crush instead of engaging in a conversation.

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‘Screenagers’ documentary to be shown to middle schoolers

The alarm goes off in the morning, you grab your phone to look at the notifications from Facebook, Instagram or Snapchat. You're at the dinner table and you look up from your plate to see your family swiping through various social media accounts or playing Candy Crush instead of engaging in a conversation.

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Local educators keep the pressure on for more funding

Educators and students across the state are pushing for more funding for education overall, and educators are planning to walkout today from their classrooms to advocate for properly funded education.

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Free workshops for parents of children with special needs

Mohave County Department of Public Health, Raising Special Kids, and Arizona Center for Disability Law is hosting three different workshops Thursday that talk about bullying prevention, IDEA/504 procedural safeguards for parents and understanding voting rights.

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Western Arizona Council of Governments is dedicated to providing services for low-income families

A plethora of free services and classes

People can often go through their entire lives not knowing how to properly buy a home, or could use financial help, or learn how to reduce energy bills.

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Educators to walk out Thursday if education funding requirements aren’t met

In light of the education crisis going on around the state of Arizona, educators around the state will walk out of their classrooms and schools until education is appropriately funded.

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Learn how to help during an overdose with Sonoran Prevention Works training Saturday

Responding to the opioid crisis outbreak has claimed many lives across the nation, Arizona, Mohave County, and even locally, Sonoran Prevention Works is hosting a training from 3-5 p.m. Saturday at the Mohave County Library- Kingman, 3269 N. Burbank St.

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Chillin’ on Beale Street kicks off another summer of car fun

Grab those lawn chairs, the wife and kids, the keys to the hot rod sitting in the driveway and head down to Beale Street to chill with friends and family.

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Arizona Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics

The Arizona Law Enforcement Torch Run and Public Safety Fair helps benefit the Special Olympics where 100 percent of the proceeds go to the athletes to help them get to their events.

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‘Steel Magnolias’ to steal the night at KHS

Truvy, who owns a hair salon, has a group of friends that comes by to have their hair or nails done. This salon can normally be found in Louisiana, but for three nights it will be onstage at Kingman High School during the production “Steel Magnolias.”

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Students are leading the anti-bullying movement at Cerbat Elementary

Cerbat Elementary is taking a stand against bullying by providing students with the Buddy-Up and Hero-Up clubs, which are about respect and standing up for themselves.

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Keep the beat going at KUSD’s band festival

Kingman Unified School District schools are coming together for a public band festival for everyone to enjoy.

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KRMC hosts open house for cancer center expansion

The Kingman Regional Medical Center is hosting an open house for the expansion of its cancer center, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, 1739 Beverly Ave.

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40th annual Jeep Jamboree to benefit Jerry Ambrose Veteran’s Council

The Walapai 4 Wheelers is hosting the 40th annual Jeep Jamboree Saturday at the Tradewinds RV Park, 152 S. Emery Park Road, in Golden Valley.

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'You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown' to be performed at LWHS

Charles Schulz brought us the bald-headed child we enjoy reading about in the newspaper and have fondly watched on television who is known as Charlie Brown.

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School safety the hot topic at Republican Women’s meeting

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas talked about school safety and how schools need to have the proper facilities to be secure.

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Kingman educators participate in state-wide walk-in movement

Teachers from Lee Williams High School, the Positive Alternative Campus, Manzanita Elementary, Kingman Academy of Learning High School, and other schools in the area represented the #RedforEd movement locally.

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Food isn’t just food in Mexico, it’s a culture, an experience, and a moment with family

When people hear the phrase “South of the border,” food is one of the things that come to mind.

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Data shows elementary teacher pay increase, slightly

New data provided by Expect More Arizona shows that the median elementary teacher pay went up 4.7 percent from 2016 to 2017 in Arizona.

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Actors wanted for web series and western film

Actors are wanted for a sci-fi web series called “Destination,” and the series is directed by Elona Ostrom and co-directed by Kenneth Ostrom. Auditions for the web series will be 2-7 p.m. Saturday at 615 Hall St.

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Watch: Abandoned truck removed from hilltop by chopper

Arizona Off-Road Rescue and Towing did just that, removing a blue 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 from the mountain off of Sierra Vista Avenue and Stockton Hill Road Thursday morning.

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Poetry reading at Kingman library

Bring out your inner Robert Frost, Edgar Allan Poe or Emily Dickinson to the Mohave County Library-Kingman, 3269 N. Burbank St., for a poetry reading from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

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