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Vanessa Espinoza

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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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Local residents participate in TV game show, take home money

Game shows have been around for many years. Some of those shows are still around today, like Jeopardy!, Wheel of Fortune, or The Price is Right. But now there’s new TV game shows coming out like Beat Shazam, hosted by Jamie Foxx. Imagine coming from a small town like Kingman and being a participant on this game show? Well for a Kingman father and daughter they had the opportunity to be on this show and meet the famous actor.

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Skin cancer rate is unusually high in Mohave County

If there’s one thing the nation would know about Arizona, besides it being the Grand Canyon state, it would be the number of sunny days we get around here. Sunshine is great for cookouts or enjoying a dip in the pool, but too much sun exposure can be harmful to our skin.

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It's all in a days work for officer Ashley Walker

The life of a police officer is full of interesting encounters. Officers are dispatched to calls that can sound dangerous at first to being something minor, or the complete opposite. Officers are here in this world to make the public feel safe and assure the people that they are there even for the most random of calls.

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School may be out, but food is still in with summer program

School is out and that means the children are home. Most families are lucky to have enough food provided for them at home, but sometimes may come up a bit short. The Summer Food Service Program is providing free meals to families around town.

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‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers’ great show for the family

Being the only woman in a house full of seven rowdy and unmannered men can be tough, especially if you’re married to one of them. Having to do their laundry, cook and clean up after them is all in a days work.

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Kingman Relay For Life supports cancer survivors, caregivers and loved ones

Sandy Skousen, the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life local Kingman leader, has had to deal with her mother, father, and close friend becoming victims of cancer.

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The 2018 graduates of Lee Williams High School

Wednesday night was a special moment for the 2018 senior class of Lee Williams High School.

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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.