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Bowling leagues foster friendly competition, chance to refine your game

It's all about having a good time with your pals, but in the end, there's money on the line.

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Arnold Plaza making progress toward veterans’ resource center

The project by Jerry Ambrose Veterans Council will bridge the transition from military to civilian life for homeless vets.

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Biasiucci honored to be elected, ready to work for district constituents

Lake Havasu City business owner wins in his first run for state House of Representatives as a Republican.

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Johnston sees huge potential for Kingman Airport and Industrial Park

New general manager has fielded calls from several companies looking to bring their business to the airport.

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Donations of rare electric vehicles keep coming, despite lack of space

Donations exceed space

Tucked away in a warehouse at the airport and a former church downtown are revolutionary electric cars awaiting exhibit space at the Route 66 Electric Car Museum, established during the 2014 International Route 66 and believed to be the first in the world.

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Gilbert felt calling of the sea, only to be drafted into US Army

As a kid growing up in the era of black-and-white TV, Keith Gilbert watched a lot of World War II movies and almost every episode of the TV series, “Victory at Sea.”

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World War II veteran proud of liberating Dachau prisoners

Traipsing through southern Germany in April 1945, U.S. Army Private Gilbert De la O saw from a distance what looked to be piles of wood stocked for the coming winter.

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Desert Church of Christ welcomes community to Thanksgiving feast

Desert Church of Christ will celebrate its 10th annual Community Feast with a free Thanksgiving dinner at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at the church, 2345 Gordon Drive.

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Kingdom of God congregation brings the heat for Pastor Peet

'Heartburn in a bowl' among chili recipes served in appreciation of pastor's six years of service.

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Veterans Day Parade takes work to honor America’s military forces

Everybody wants to be in the parade, but nobody wants to run it, chairman Dave Stafford said.

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Cobb, Biasiucci ride Republican ticket to state representative victory

Kingman politician grabs 45 percent of vote to serve third term as district representative.

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Borrelli cruises to second-term election with 75 percent of votes

Republican from Lake Havasu City was also elected as Arizona's senate majority whip.

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County fairgrounds to receive kitchen equipment from old jail

Supervisor Johnson wants to know the value of the equipment, and whether it's any good after 20 years of not being used.

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Sheriff identifies man who allegedly shot woman bringing kid home

The man who allegedly fired the shot that killed Jessica Mae Orozco on the night of Oct. 27 has been identified and the investigation is ongoing, Mohave County Sheriff’s Office reported Tuesday.

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Ducey, McSally take last shots during ‘Victory Tour’ stop in Kingman

Republican candidates on a “Victory Tour” were greeted by more than 100 cheering supporters at the brewery’s outdoor stage, shaking hands with voters wearing candidate buttons and posing for photographs before taking the stage for a 30-minute rally.

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Supervisors ratify action to amend Mohave Valley Park agreement

With nearly $1 million in private money, time and materials invested in Mohave Valley-Fort Mohave Community Park, supporters of the park were pleased that Mohave County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 Monday to ratify action to go forward with a lease agreement for 25 years.

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Mohave County ranked No. 4 in state for economic growth

Dot Foods opened a $30 million distribution facility in Bullhead City, Hilton Hotels built the $10 million Home 2 Suites in Kingman and Scot Industries is progressing on a $12 million pipe production plant in Golden Valley, all contributing to significant economic growth in Mohave County.

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BOS needs ratification after AG rules supervisors violated open meeting laws

The Arizona Attorney General’s Office has determined that the vote by Mohave County Board of Supervisors on Dec. 18, 2017 amending an agreement with Fort Mohave Community Park Committee was in violation of open meeting laws.

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Birdland resident thankful for grants available for home remodeling

Arizona Department of Housing provides $700,000 in funding for elderly, disabled and low-income families.

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Republican ‘Victory Tour’ coming to Black Bridge Brewery

Some of the state's high-profile candidates, including Gov. Doug Ducey, will rally in Kingman as part of a state tour.

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Orozco described as witty and wonderful, took custody of her nephew

Sheriff's office confirms woman was killed by single shot fired in the 3100 block of Concho Drive.

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Mohave Arms Collectors commemorate ending of ‘Great War’

About 25 members brought World War I rifles and military items to their October meeting, including the 1903 Springfield rifle.

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Racketeering claim against airport authority board members dismissed

Judge calls claim "frivolous" and gives defendants 10 days to file motion for sanctions.

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Kingman families get into Halloween spirit with decorated houses

They’re creepy and they’re spooky

Celebrating Halloween has been a tradition for the Preston family throughout the years, and it’s grown into a festive party atmosphere, he said. Preston bought a coffin last year, puts on a mask and scares kids when they pass by him.

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Lessons from past could help deal with some of today’s problems

It’s time to take those past lessons and apply them to today’s problems, said Terry Anderson, a Kingman retiree.

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Biasiucci stands for constitutional rights, fiscal conservatism

As a family business owner in Lake Havasu City, Republican state representative candidate Leo Biasiucci doesn’t believe regulating water use for agricultural purposes is the answer to protecting water rights in Mohave and La Paz counties.

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School staff’s paid holidays depend on how many months they work

Some support staff at Kingman Unified School District complained to Rep. Gina Cobb that they hadn’t been paid for the Labor Day and Memorial Day holidays after receiving a 4 percent pay raise earlier this year, essentially negating their raises.

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Nearly 2,000 join together for Walk Away From Drugs event

Somewhere between 1,700 and 2,000 anti-drug activists took part in the 12th annual Walk Away From Drugs on Wednesday, starting at Firefighters Memorial Park, Mother Road Harley-Davidson and Smith’s Food and Drug and walking about half a mile to Centennial Park.

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Judge grants more money for Rector’s defense, ignores motion to stay

Judge Lee Jantzen granted a motion Friday to authorize additional funding for the defense in the first-degree murder case of Justin James Rector, which has already cost the state an estimated $800,000 in legal fees.

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Classic car restoration takes time and patience, but mostly money

Everybody's got their dream car, and for many, it dates back to the 1950s and '60s, the eara of classic American muscle cars.

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Political newcomer McCord Robinson won’t accept ‘status quo’

She's making her first run at political office with water, education and health care as her platform.

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County forms public lands commission to focus on off-road trails

Each supervisor will appoint two members, and Hildy Angius was voted to lead the commission.

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Rattler mountain bike race rescheduled following washout of trails

The date for the fifth annual Route 66 Rattler Race has been changed from Saturday to Nov. 17 after most of the trails were washed out from the recent storm, the chairman of the organizing group said Tuesday.

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Supervisors decide to join opioid litigation with conditions on money

Mohave County Supervisor Hildy Angius agreed that nobody likes the national lawsuit against manufacturers of opioid-based medications, but it’s going to happen and the county needs to join the litigation if it wants a share of any potential settlement.

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CD music format appears to be on death bed, but still showing a pulse

They get scratched, broken and trashed, but old records never die. Vinyl recordings end up in the hands of collectors, on shelves at used record stores and vintage shops, and listed on eBay, often selling for multiples of the original price.

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Democrats making noise with candidates who speak to the issues

It’s far from an uprising, but voter by voter, the Mohave County Democratic Central Committee is making headway into turning northwest Arizona’s deep Republican territory into a paler shade of red.

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Supervisors expected to approve public lands commission

Mohave County Board of Supervisors is expected to approve a resolution to establish the Mohave County Public Lands and Recreation Commission when it meets at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the County Administration Building, 700 W. Beale St.

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Homeless ‘Santa’ playing keyboard in exchange for room at the inn

James “Santa” Zyla entertained a few guests Thursday at Canyon 66 Restaurant and Lounge

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ADWR to begin water ‘sweeps’ to collect data on well levels

Hydrologists collect data on select wells to determine pumping discharge amounts and produce reports on groundwater conditions.

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Borrelli touts voting record on veterans, water, education

Incumbent senator seeks second term with promise of keeping Mohave County and La Paz County relevant in Phoenix.

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Senate challenger Morgaine feels voters’ voices aren’t being heard

Protecting Mohave County water rights is a top priority for the Democratic candidate, even if it means changing state law.

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Sounds of Kingman presents program on Navajo code talkers

About 100 members of the Navajo nation enlisted in the Marines during World War II and devised a secret code using their native language.

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Burley hired as Mohave County Public Health director

New health director understands budgetary challenges and was in charge of grants and funding programs in Coconino County.

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Legislative candidates on same page for water, divided on education

State Sen. Sonny Borrelli supports expansion of the Empowerment Scholarship Account, while challenger J'aime Morgaine says it will siphon money from public education.

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Poster contest reveals powerful messages from young kids

Second-grader writes that his anti-drug is to stay away from mom when she's 'drunk.'

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Hundreds to march in 12th annual Walk Away From Drugs

With the spread of the opioid epidemic and teen heroin use jumping 80 percent, it’s especially important to get the message to kids that drugs are harmful, socially unacceptable and can ruin their life, said Annie Meredith, chairwoman of the 12th annual Walk Away From Drugs march.

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Rancho Santa Fe right-of-way critical to mixed-use development

The Rattlesnake Wash interchange off Interstate 40 has been in the planning stages for 30 years, and Bill Lenhart wants to bring it back as a priority for Arizona Department of Transportation by contributing right-of-way land for Rancho Santa Fe Parkway and water and sewer infrastructure.

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Rattler mountain bike race special permit approved by Supervisors

Mohave County Public Works will issue a special event permit to the Colorado River Area Trail Alliance to put on the fifth annual Route 66 Rattler Race at Monolith Gardens on Oct. 20.

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Free AirFest lays out public welcome mat at Kingman Airport

Jill Gernetzke is doing whatever she can to make the inaugural Kingman AirFest fly-in and open house a success, putting up banners around town, tracking down oil for the C-47 and volunteering to work the event.

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Tail end of Hurricane Rosa brings needed rain to Mohave County

Finally, the remnants of Hurricane Rosa showed up in Mohave County, dropping 1.24 inches of rain at Kingman Airport and higher levels around other spots in town, the National Weather Service reported Thursday.

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