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Claire Whitley

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It is a piece of American history and culture that lives on to this day right here in Kingman, in the likes of stride jazz pianist Mike Lipskin and jazz vocalist Dinah Lee.

By Claire Whitley March 20, 2019
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She was 8-years-old when she started her first job as a cowboy hats saleswoman.

By Claire Whitley March 16, 2019
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At the first note, the first press of the keys, it fills the room. Energy, vibrance, dancing. Beaded dresses swirling in a colorful array. Clusters of bodies fill the dance floor, feet moving to the striding fingers on the piano.

By Claire Whitley March 16, 2019
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A tree needs strong roots to grow, and people need strong roots to feel connected.

By Claire Whitley March 12, 2019
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Preserving historical maps isn’t easy, and it isn’t cheap.

By Claire Whitley March 6, 2019
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A hidden treasure buried in the desert
A stagecoach robbery, buried treasure, and a legend lost to the sand

Between 1840 and 1910, about $40 million in gold was dug out of the Cerbat Mountains. Prospecting, however, wasn’t a profession for everyone, and some people turned to easier methods for acquiring these golden treasures.

By Claire Whitley March 4, 2019
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I can say with confidence that these women are some of the most extraordinary people I have met. They epitomize why I wanted to be a journalist: Everyone has a story, and everyone can learn from that story.

By Claire Whitley March 3, 2019
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People rarely know they are making history as it happens. It’s especially strange when they are just doing what they love and what they are passionate about.

By Claire Whitley February 28, 2019
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Congratulations are in order for eight women this week who have received the 35th annual Women Making History award.

By Claire Whitley February 26, 2019
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In the past year, Kingman and the surrounding community have been painted as havens for racists and their brand of hatred and discontent.

By Claire Whitley February 14, 2019
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She was murdered in the Bad Lands, and he was hanged in Kingman
Jennie Bauters, one of the wealthiest women of the Arizona Territory, met a grisly end

Murder is often brought about when looking at history. It is an act that is almost always violent and almost always unjustified

By Claire Whitley February 9, 2019
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At the very core of humanity, there exists a connection with nature. Humans are a part of the natural world and are made of nature.

By Claire Whitley February 6, 2019
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The 2017-2018 school year for Kingman Middle School wasn’t the best, at least in terms of a letter grade. The Arizona Department of Education issued the school an “F” based on the AzMerit test results.

By Claire Whitley February 5, 2019
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Mohave County History | A brief history of Palo Christi Elementary
Palo Christi is back in the limelight, but just what makes this historic school so important to Kingman?

Palo Christi currently sits empty, only the echoes of the past haunt its halls.

By Claire Whitley February 5, 2019
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Things to know so you're ready for Super Bowl Sunday
Essentials for Super Bowl party decorations and food, fun

It’s that time of the year when people gather around the TV to watch two teams battle it out to see who will be world champions.

By Claire Whitley, Vanessa Espinoza January 31, 2019
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During the First Friday treasure hunt, these artists will be demonstrating their creative process at the ArtHub, 402 E. Beale St.

By Claire Whitley January 30, 2019
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A glimpse into Kingman's sordid history and it's red light district
As a “wild west” town full of prospectors in the late 1800s, it isn’t surprising that a red-light district would have flourished in Kingman, at least for a while

A glimpse into the sordid past of Kingman, the red-light district that flourished downtown, and the woman who ruled the area like a queen.

By Claire Whitley January 28, 2019
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It’s time for Thin Mints, Samoas and Do-si-dos. The Girl Scouts have begun their annual Girl Scout Cookie Program, when they sell cookies for the next six weeks.

By Claire Whitley January 22, 2019
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Behind the Monument: Engine 3759
The Santa Fe engine and its caboose rest between two major highways, but how did it get there?

It may be a monument in Kingman, but it is also a monument to Kingman. To the heart of the community, the hard-working citizens, the proud families and business owners, it represents the sturdy spirit that makes up those living in the desert.

By Claire Whitley January 19, 2019
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It can be a hobby, a job, a passion, an obsession. It can represent both the best and worst of humanity. It can be large, small, colorful, in shades of gray, visual, audible, tactile or imaginary. Art is all of these and so much more.

By Claire Whitley January 13, 2019
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Lost on the Colorado River: The disappearance of Glen and Bessie Hyde
They went on a honeymoon journey down the Colorado River, never to be heard from again

Legends are almost always based in fact. It starts with a story around a campfire, a teasing old woman, an already mysterious disappearance and turns into something grander, something surreal.

By Claire Whitley January 6, 2019
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“Aug. 31, 1858: This day all who were left alive of Mr. Rose’s party came into our camp, bringing melancholy intelligence.”

By Claire Whitley December 27, 2018
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M31, the Andromeda Galaxy. The nearest galaxy that can be seen in the Northern hemisphere, and now, it can be seen with the nearly seven-foot-tall, high-powered telescope at Mohave Community College.

By Claire Whitley December 18, 2018
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There are many types of language. Humans communicate verbally, non-verbally, by “giving vibes” and even by staying silent. There is a language of images, emotions and actions. With so many ways to give and receive messages means there are so many opportunities to connect with each other.

By Claire Whitley December 1, 2018
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The holidays are a time of year for family, and for plenty of people that means traveling. It’s important to keep safety the top priority as families gear up to hit the road.

By Claire Whitley November 19, 2018
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The event will feature an excellent assortment of alcoholic and non-alcoholic wines and beer, various cheeses, fine foods and a silent auction.

By Claire Whitley October 31, 2018
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Over 136 years of history rests in the streets of Kingman. Some of the history is mild. Miners and ranchers who went about their everyday life, military men traipsing through on camels, Charles Lindbergh staying at the Hotel Beale.

By Claire Whitley October 24, 2018
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Family. A short, simple word that can contain so much complexity.

By Claire Whitley October 23, 2018
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It’s time to break out the controllers and pack a bag of pet food.

By Claire Whitley October 16, 2018
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A mile can make all the difference. Especially after surviving cancer.

By Claire Whitley October 14, 2018
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Tournaments don’t have to be regulated to be held at the end of a sports season.

By Claire Whitley October 10, 2018
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In the 1870s, it wasn’t unusual to find gold, silver and turquoise in northwestern Arizona.

By Claire Whitley October 8, 2018
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The holidays are quickly approaching, especially for the Kingman Area Food Bank. “Oct. 22 is the first day we start handing out Thanksgiving meals,” said Cathy Walker, executive director.

By Claire Whitley October 8, 2018
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The Air methods helicopter made an impressive figure in the Home Depot parking lot at 3860 Stockton Hill Rd. Wednesday evening.

By Claire Whitley, Vanessa Espinoza October 4, 2018
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Just who is Andy Devine?
The man behind the street name, the festival, the rodeo and the “dual-tone wheeze”

A series of questions is often asked by visitors to Kingman: Was Andy Devine a person? Why is there a street named after him? There’s a festival and rodeo named after him, too? Who was he? And the answers are generally given: Yes. He was from here. Yes, every September. He was an actor.

By Claire Whitley September 23, 2018
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“Next time we’ll invite our friends to visit us,” Emmanuel said.

By Claire Whitley August 29, 2018
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The food bank is always accepting food and cash donations and looking for reliable volunteers.

By Claire Whitley August 29, 2018
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The first quarterly meeting for the Community Health Improvement Plan Wednesday, Aug. 22, provided updates on the three main priorities laid out in the CHIP: mental health, substance abuse and healthy living.

By Claire Whitley August 23, 2018
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The Battle of Salt River Canyon, known as the Skeleton Cave Massacre, was the first principal engagement during the Tonto Basin Campaign under the command of Lieutenant Colonel George Crook of the United States 5th Cavalry.

By Claire Whitley August 22, 2018
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Obesity is a problem that faces most of the United States, and Kingman is no different.

By Claire Whitley August 21, 2018
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Shai Weaver has dreamed of being on Broadway, and now she can say she’s done it, and she plans to do it again. Lee Williams’ Weaver has returned for her senior year after spending two weeks in New York City working with the best Broadway has to offer.

By Claire Whitley August 19, 2018
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There is something about this area and something about Kingman. That something is immortalized in films dating back nearly a century.

By Claire Whitley July 25, 2018
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The last five minute segment of the episode, which had Dick Cheney signing a supposed waterboarding kit, was called “Healing the Divide” and featured Kingman

By Claire Whitley July 23, 2018
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From the street, it looks like any other house downtown.

By Claire Whitley July 20, 2018
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According to data gathered by the Community Health Assessment, Mohave County ranks worse than peer counties for most kinds of substance abuse.

By Claire Whitley July 16, 2018
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In its most basic form, a DUI is driving under the influence of anything. Whether it is alcohol from a party or sleeping medication that hasn’t quite worn off yet, impaired driving can be lethal. “Impairment is impairment,” said Rusty Cooper, deputy chief of Kingman Police Department. “It can lead to being hurt or killed.”

By Claire Whitley July 15, 2018
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Mental health is, by and large, the biggest concern of the Kingman community. It’s a need that cannot be ignored.

By Claire Whitley July 10, 2018
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Arizona Corporation Commission hopeful Rodney Glassman cannot stress the importance of integrity enough. Glassman said the lack of integrity is one of the biggest issues the ACC currently faces. “Most of what people see is the indictment, drugs in hotel rooms and rate increases,” Glassman said.

By Claire Whitley June 24, 2018
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Born in Kansas in 1918, Statler moved to Kingman in 1928 to be with her mother, Lena Ussery Hickman. Statler went to school in the Little Red Schoolhouse here in Kingman, before she left in 1932 to finish her schooling in Prescott.

By Claire Whitley May 31, 2018
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It was a bright sunny day, perfect for flying a kite.

By Claire Whitley, Vanessa Espinoza May 24, 2018

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