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Governor is expecting fire season to be ‘challenging’

Gov. Doug Ducey is requesting double funding for this year’s wildfire season, seeking to go from $1 million to $2 million in Arizona’s wildfire prevention budget.

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Golden Valley water service takes a hike

The price of water is going up in Golden Valley to cover operating and maintenance costs after the Mohave County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved rate revisions for Golden Valley Improvement District at Tuesday’s regular meeting.

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County preparing to unhitch with 791 tax delinquent properties

Mohave County Treasurer Cindy Landa Cox is targeting January for the sale of 791 tax delinquent properties that continue to be a drag on her department budget.

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Borrelli bill for Industrial Hemp Program passes Arizona Senate

State Sen. Sonny Borrelli, R-Lake Havasu City, is working to create Arizona’s hemp industry with Senate Bill 1098, which was unanimously passed Feb. 15 by the Arizona Senate.

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Kingman Police experience a nearly 10-percent increase of calls in 2017

It was a relatively peaceful 2017 for Kingman Police Department with no homicides, but officers responded to 44,814 calls for service, a 9.2 percent increase from the previous year.

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NACFD board member sentenced, must vacate office

The case is closed on 81-year-old Victor Albert Riccardi Jr., providing he successfully completes three years of probation, pays $1,357 in restitution and vacate his position as board member of Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District.

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Judge to set Rector trial date at next hearing

Last week’s decision by prosecutors to withdraw the death penalty for Justin James Rector, who is accused of child kidnapping, rape and murder wasn’t well received by the public, but it’ll go a long way toward getting the trial started 3½ years after the crime was committed.

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Local crews assist at nearby fires

Yucca Fire District sent a wildland fire engine and three firefighters to help battle the 500-acre Gould Fire in Parker on Feb. 13, with the crew assigned to structure protection.

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Murder suspect's accomplice pleads guilty in Cranston case

William Glen Sanders has agreed to cooperate with Mohave County Attorney’s Office in testifying against his former friend, Alfredo Blanco, accused of first-degree murder of real estate agent Sidney Cranston Jr.

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Three things to do on President's Day

Other than mattress sales and special deals on new cars, President’s Day is probably one of the least celebrated U.S. holidays of the year.

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County withdraws intent to seek death penalty for Rector

The Mohave County Attorney’s Office filed a motion Thursday in Superior Court to withdraw its intent to seek the death penalty for accused kidnapper, rapist and murderer Justin James Rector in hopes of moving the case along.

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UPDATED | Watch: MCSO releases video of KPD shooting; ID's man killed

The man killed Saturday night by Kingman police following a reported domestic dispute at Zuni Village RV Park has been identified as Michael Weber, 63, of Kingman.

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Arizonans for Wildlife seek Democrats help in fight against trophy hunting

Grace Kahler has a few wildlife causes, working with the BLM on a plan to control the burro population in the Black Mountains and now supporting an initiative to protect Arizona’s wild cats.

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Colorado River water levels dropping

Water levels are dropping on the Colorado River and Lake Mead, quite noticeable from the “bathtub ring” at the lake, and it’s going to get worse after a sparse snowfall in the Rockies this winter.

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Man slain by Kingman police was quiet, soft-spoken

The man killed Saturday night by Kingman police at the Zuni Village RV Park was quiet, soft-spoken and always paid his rent on time, manager Kevin McCumber said.

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Tyler Stice disappeared on his way to work

Nearly two years later, he is still missing

It’s going on two years since 20-year-old Tyler Stice was reported missing, his car found abandoned off Hualapai Mountain Road with no trace of him, no phone call to his family and no evidence of foul play.

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Author Barry Webb Webb spoke to the choir on U.S. meddling at Republican Women’s Club

Webb spoke Tuesday at the Republican Women’s Club of Kingman monthly meeting, telling about 50 members and guests what they wanted to hear about U.S. officials meddling in other countries’ affairs.

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More than $100 million to repair crumbling Arizona bridges

Bridges with aging infrastructure are in danger of crumbling across the nation.

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Identities released in Saturday’s lethal helicopter crash

The deceased passengers are Becky Dobson, 27; Jason Hill, 32; and Stuart Hill, 30, all from the United Kingdom.

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Funding for high school freshmen vocational programs may be coming for Kingman students

Arizona legislators have introduced a bill to restore partial funding for high school freshmen taking classes through Joint Technical Education District vocational education programs.

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Will an immunocontraceptive work to control the burro population?

From her home in Miami, Florida, Marybeth Devlin champions wild horses and burros roaming public lands, working independently and voluntarily as an advocate for the animals found mostly in the West.

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Chuckwalla, Kingman’s newest downtown resident, settles in

The 7-foot, 1,831-pound Arizona Chuckwalla lizard sculpture by California artist Solomon Bassoff was unveiled before a handful of people Friday afternoon at the southwest corner of Andy Devine Boulevard and Fourth Street.

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Reducing burro population goal of BLM pilot vaccination program

The burros are being gathered by the BLM, and fertility control will be done by the Humane Society of the United States.

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Teen pregnancies in Arizona are on the decline

Mohave County has rate higher than state, nation

A new report from a pro-choice group shows teen pregnancy and childbearing on the decline in Arizona, saving taxpayers millions of dollars.

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Possible expansion in the works for Kingman Library

There’s no guarantee the Kingman Library will be expanded with new administrative offices

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USDA Regulation change to aid treatment of opioid addiction

The USDA recently changed regulations to boost opioid addiction treatment in rural areas such as Mohave County, where opioid prescriptions outnumber the population.

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Game Time: Local establishments ready for Patriots and Eagles marquee matchup

It’s the team everyone loves to hate, the one with the star quarterback and his model wife, a modern-day coaching legend and bragging rights to five Vince Lombardi Trophies.

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Borrelli, Cobb protect credits for Mohave Electric Cooperative

State Sen. Sonny Borrelli and Rep. Regina Cobb were among several legislators behind the recent Mohave Electric Cooperative rally to start the Arizona legislative session.

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Golden Valley woman pleads not guilty to 17 counts of animal cruelty

A pretrial hearing for Jacquelyn Chevalier, charged with 17 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty, was continued Tuesday to Feb. 27 in Kingman Cerbat Justice Court.

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Proposed law would ensure medical marijuana is untainted

State Sen. Sonny Borrelli, R-Lake Havasu, introduced legislation Monday at the Capitol Rose Garden that would require medical marijuana products to be tested for safety and quality.

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Fostering A Difference: 570 Mohave County children live in state custody, and they need help

They’ve been removed from their home, usually because mom or dad is in jail, addicted to meth or heroin, alcoholic, unemployable or for whatever reason can’t provide a safe and healthy home for their child.

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The chuckwalla lizard statue is almost finished

The chuckwalla lizard sculpture is near completion and scheduled for Feb. 9 delivery at the southwest corner of Fourth Street and Andy Devine Avenue, said Josh Noble, tourism director for the city.

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Trial date moved in Sid Cranston murder case

The trial date for Alfredo Blanco, who is accused of first-degree murder, was moved back one week to May 15

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Kingman’s camel history gets put on display

Sounds of Kingman’s ‘Our Time, Our History’ program presents the unique camel history with ‘Hi Jolly and the Mystery of the U.S. Army Camel Corp’ at Mohave County Museum of History Saturday

When the going gets rough, the camels get going.

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Governor, legislature poised to crackdown on opioids

Gov. Doug Ducey is targeting “bad actors” such as doctors, pharmaceutical manufacturers and drug dealers with new legislation aimed at curbing Arizona’s opioid epidemic.

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NACFD board member accepts plea deal for conflict of interest

Fire chief requests disqualification of county attorney’s office

Board member Sue Ann Wilkin pleaded guilty to one count of conflict of interest, a class 1 misdemeanor, and was fined $150 for her role in repairing a fire truck for the Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District.

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Councilman Yocum found guilty of driving on suspended license

Sentencing Feb. 14 with DUI trial set for March

City Councilman Stuart Yocum was found guilty Wednesday of driving on a suspended license, with sentencing set for Feb. 14 in Kingman Justice Court, with Judge Dave Huerta presiding.

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Seven things to do at the local library

There’s more to the library than just checking out books

The challenge of mastering the Dewey decimal system at the local library has been replaced by the challenge of navigating the internet for most users today.

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Kingman Airport Authority approves $100K legal fee increase

With little discussion and by unanimous vote, Kingman Airport Authority’s board of directors approved $100,000 in additional legal fees.

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Bomb threat locks down Desert Willow Elementary

Students are safe, and Kingman Police Department is investigating

More than 450 students at Desert Willow Elementary School were sent to the gym at nearby White Cliffs Middle School

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City fee increases would add $140,000 to general fund

Fees increases are proposed to cover general administration and services such as building permits, business licenses, fire services, engineering and planning and zoning.

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Golden Valley woman faces 17 charges of animal cruelty

Chevalier said she has 35 years of experience in breeding, selling and training German shepherds.

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Rector’s mental evaluations to be released to prosecutors

Mental evaluation results of accused murderer, kidnapper and rapist Justin James Rector were ordered by Superior Court Judge Lee Jantzen Friday to be released to state prosecutors.

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KAA increases legal fee expenses in fight against City

Kingman Airport Authority raised the stakes by $100,000 in its legal battle against the City’s condemnation filing to take back control of the airport and industrial park.

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Arnold Plaza sold to Jerry Ambrose Veterans Council

After a decade of sitting vacant and turning into a downtown eyesore, Arnold Plaza was given new life Tuesday when county supervisors approved selling it to Jerry Ambrose Veterans Council for renovation as a veterans’ resource center.

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Three options remain for TPT ratification by City Council

City has town hall scheduled for Tuesday

Ratification of the increase in the Transaction Privilege Tax, or sales tax, is going to be a “pretty straightforward process,” city attorney Carl Cooper said at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

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Downwinders: Survivors losing hope of compensation

Eddie Pattillo developed prostate and bladder cancer in 1997, then a few years later doctors removed colon cancer that had metastasized to his liver.

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Bullhead City’s River Regatta restored

Marnell, chairman of Marnell Gaming, which owns the M Resort in Las Vegas and the Colorado Belle and Edgewater hotel casinos in Laughlin, assured Mohave County Board of Supervisors Tuesday he’ll clean up the camp and river before and after the event.

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5 things to know: Jan. 16 Kingman City Council Meeting

Council meets at 5:30 p.m. at the County Administration Building, 700 W. Beale St. The regular meeting is expected to start at 7 p.m.

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Kingman Fire's, Kingman Little League's Oscar Lopez named fire chief for Hualapai Nation

It’s the school kids that Oscar Lopez will miss the most when he takes a new job Jan. 29 as chief director of emergency services for the Hualapai Nation.

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