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Walker contract extended

Despite District III Supervisor Buster Johnson's recommendation that an independent investigator look into the county manager's actions, Ron Walker will stay on at the county for another two years and four months.

The Board of Supervisors voted 2-1 Monday to accept Walker's contract, with three changes by Johnson, after a nearly 30-minute executive session with County Attorney Bill Ekstrom and another nearly 30 minutes of discussion of Johnson's changes. Johnson cast the no vote. Walker's contract was due to expire on Feb. 1.

County covers legal fees

Former County Treasurer Lee Fabrizio will have some of his legal fees paid by the county. The Board of Supervisors approved, 2 to 1, the payment of some of the $4,885.80 of legal fees during its meeting on Monday. Board Chairman Tom Sockwell was the only supervisor to vote against the reimbursement.

Armed robber sentenced

A Golden Valley man will serve 21 years in prison for felony armed robbery and two counts of attempted second-degree murder.

Cordon Ree Bauer II, 36, attempted to withdraw his guilty plea Monday morning, saying he felt he was pressured into the agreement.

Superior Court Judge James Chavez did not feel the explanation was enough to negate the plea agreement Bauer had with the County Attorney's Office.

Investments may sting KUSD

The Kingman Unified School District could be facing a shortfall in more than just state funding. The district board was notified Tuesday night of a letter the district office received from the Mohave County Treasurer's Office.

The letter states that the Treasurer's Office has segregated the nearly $5.1 million in Lehman Brothers bonds the county investment pool had into a separate account. Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy last year and the case is currently moving through bankruptcy court.

As part of the county investment pool, the school district had approximately $958,000 in Lehman Brother bonds.

KAOL students off to D.C.

Countless millions worldwide will watch on Tuesday as Barack Obama is sworn in as the 44th president of the United States. But while the vast majority will observe the historic event from the comfort of their homes, a handful of students from the Kingman Academy of Learning will be there in person.

Early this Saturday, 27 eighth- and ninth-graders from the Academy's middle and high school boarded a plane to Washington, where they will spend the next several days touring the town's museums, seeing its monuments and witnessing history being made.

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