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Morgaine qualifies for state senate ballot

Morgaine, who garnered national media attention last year when she sued Rep. Paul Gosar for blocking her from his Facebook page, posted on her own Facebook page Wednesday that she qualified for the ballot.

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The highway of sorrow

Highway 68 marked by graveyard of crosses for crash victims

Over the past 10 years, more than 40 people have met their maker on State Route Highway 68, a 30-mile east-west travel corridor from U.S. Highway 93 outside of Kingman to Bullhead City on the Colorado River.

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Hays’ airport hangar questioned as fire district residence

Hays used the address as his legal residence to be appointed to the Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District board of directors.

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NACFD board removes fire chief; allegations abound

Amongst audience moans and groans, mumbling and grumbling, the Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District board of directors fired Chief Wayne Eder

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Jones-Esposito files for District 5 state representative

Jones-Esposito, who ran for office in 2016, has been collecting signatures at Republican club meetings, community events, Golden Valley swap meets and when she was out and about.

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NACFD chief complains to AG about board actions

In advance of Wednesday evening’s special meeting of the Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District, Fire Chief Wayne Eder filed a complaint with Arizona’s Attorney General’s Office

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Johnson questions board agenda items from Public Works

Johnson, representing the Lake Havasu City area, is known as a cantankerous supervisor who likes to vote against anything he considers a waste of taxpayers’ money.

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Attorney: No conflict for Wakimoto to vote on water rights

Wakimoto, who represents Mohave Valley, no longer has a vested interested in Wakimoto Farms, a family-owned farming operation that relies on water from the Mohave Valley Irrigation and Drainage District to grow hay.

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‘Zombie’ homes sucking value from local neighborhoods

It’s a problem across the nation, especially in areas depressed by the housing crisis. Good luck if you want to sell your house that’s next to one of these zombie houses, or even a block or two away.

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Industrial land rezoned for RV park, storage units

Supervisor Buster Johnson voted against changing the zoning from heavy industrial land use to general commercial, saying he wanted to preserve land for future industrial development.

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Rector’s defense wants full disclosure of evidence

Julia Cassels filed a motion to compel prosecutors to turn over specific items related to medical examiner records, content of electronic devices and documents from the FBI.

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Ramada, Canyon 66 back in business under receivership

Canyon 66 Restaurant and Lounge will reopen Monday under the receivership of Advance Management and Investment

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NACFD Fire chief feels pressure from board, expects to be fired

Fire Chief Wayne Eder saw the writing on the wall a month ago when two members of the Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District board of directors were forced out over conflict-of-interest charges and the board chairwoman resigned her position

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Hemp farm under development in Golden Valley

A California businessman is developing about 500 acres in Mohave County as a hemp farm for veterans after legislation was passed this year to legalize the product in Arizona.

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Sharpshooter Sarah Schrade can handle her guns

The first time Sarah Schrade took a trip to Mile 7 Hill Range in Golden Valley, she hit only nine of 25 targets from the trap shoot.

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Beale Celebrations has a change of management, opens again

Fleischmann said he recognizes that downtown Kingman is growing and thriving, and that a vacant building is not an asset for continued growth in the community.

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Hilton opens $10 million extended-stay hotel off I-40

There’s always trepidation when investing $10 million, Carnel said, but he’s confident about demand for an extended-stay hotel in the I-40 corridor.

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Snavely fire explosions caused by pressurized cans

The “explosions” heard by neighbors during a fire on Snavely Avenue were the result of pressurized containers becoming overheated.

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Gateway arch under construction on Beale Street

The arch is expected to be finished sometime in June at an estimated cost of $170,000, with a formal unveiling celebration on July 6 in conjunction with downtown’s First Friday event.

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Arpaio won’t shy away from controversy in U.S. Senate run

Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio didn’t come riding into town on his horse and firing off his six-shooter, but if he did, he would have been wildly cheered by at least 80 supporters who packed the room Monday for the Conservative Republican Club of Kingman monthly luncheon.

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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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Former sheriff Joe Arpaio to speak Monday in Kingman

Larry Schiff is taking advantage of the campaign season like a college recruiter, bringing in another blue-chipper to speak to the Conservative Republican Club of Kingman at 11:15 a.m. Monday at DamBar and Steak House, 1960 Andy Devine Ave.

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Mohave County Planning & Zoning commissioner remembered for passion, knowledge

The Mohave County Planning and Zoning Commission celebrated the life of Commissioner Paul Selberg, who was killed April 21 in a boating accident on Lake Havasu, at the start of last week’s meeting.

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Mohave County Planning & Zoning approves fee increases

New fees and increasing others for Mohave County’s Development Services department were unanimously approved Wednesday by the Planning and Zoning Commission, and now will go back before the Board of Supervisors for recommended approval.

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County to lease St. Mary's parking lot for $1,000 a month

Mohave County will pay $1,000 a month for 10 years to use the parking lot of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, which will be needed during construction of the new Mohave County Superior Courthouse, Judge Charles Gurtler said at Monday’s Board of Supervisors meeting.

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Planners recommend Sundance heliport in White Hills

The plan is for 600 to 700 flights a month, or 20 to 30 a day.

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The 40th annual Kingman Festival of the Arts takes place at Metcalfe Park this weekend

Local artists will display their paintings, ceramics, photography, jewelry and other crafts from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

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Mohave County closes Deer Canyon Road due to fire threat

South Deer Canyon Road was closed Tuesday from Hualapai Mountain Road due to extremely dry weather conditions

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Mohave County Sheriff gets $75,000 for rifle suppressors

Mohave County Sheriff’s Office was approved Monday for $75,000 to buy rifle suppressors from Proforce Law Enforcement

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Regina Cobb defends vote against #RedforEd amendments

“On #RedforEd, there was no heavy lifting done here in Mohave County,” Morgaine said, adding that Cobb voted against all five amendments in the education funding.

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First marijuana dispensary opens in Kingman city limits

The first medical marijuana dispensary within city limits opened Tuesday between Bashas’ and the former Kmart on Andy Devine Avenue with nothing more than a makeshift banner identifying the place, but customers had no problem sniffing it out.

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County to apply for additional Mohave Valley water rights

Here are five agenda items of interest when the Mohave County Board of Supervisors meets at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the County Administration Building, 700 W. Beale St.

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Main Street group seeks funding for art alleys

The downtown business district is looking better from the streets, and now the grassroots organization Kingman Main Street wants to beautify the alleys.

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Main Street group takes charge of First Friday

Barb Charon baked a batch of thick, chewy brownies and brought them to Kingman Main Street’s meeting Wednesday as a treat for the grassroots organization’s volunteers who are stepping up to boost downtown business.

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Pinion Pine Fire District assists with putting out Tinder Fire

Pinion Pine Fire Department sent a water tender engine and two firefighters to help battle the Tinder Fire southeast of Happy Jack near Payson, gaining experience and bringing in a little extra revenue.

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At Home on the Range: Get your bang for five bucks at Range Days this weekend

The second annual Kingman Range Days to be hosted by Mohave Sportsman Club begins 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Mile 7 Hill Range, 3155 W. Oatman Road, in Golden Valley.

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County wants Route 66 signage at Shinarump exit

Mohave County is asking the Arizona Department of Transportation to revise and replace signage at the Shinarump Drive exit off Interstate 40 to show Route 66 as a “principal destination” served by the interstate highway.

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Route 66 museum brings history to Fun Run

In his four years as a volunteer at Arizona Route 66 Museum, T.R. Srigley probably sees as many foreign tourists coming through the museum as Americans.

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Appeals court denies KAA motion to stop city's possession

The Arizona Court of Appeals in Phoenix declined a motion filed Tuesday by the attorney for Kingman Airport Authority to stop the City of Kingman from taking immediate possession of Kingman Airport and Industrial Park.

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KAOL teachers were back at work Monday

Nearly 1,500 students and 66 teachers went back to school Monday at Kingman Academy of Learning, one of a few Arizona school districts that have ended the #RedForED teacher walkout.

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New Hill Top owners plan 1950s-style motel renovation

As a kid, Makenzie Baker passed by the Hill Top Motel on Route 66 so many times without giving it nary a glance, other than noticing the cool neon sign and view from the pool.

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Route 66 Fun Run features Show and Shine, drive-in movie

The 31st annual Route 66 Fun Run takes place May 4-6, running 140 miles from Seligman to Topock, with participants coming to Kingman for a drive-in movie Friday and Show and Shine car show Saturday.

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Explosion rocks Pearl Street home

Two engines from Kingman Fire Department and medical personnel responded to a house fire in the 3700 block of Pearl Street Thursday afternoon.

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Motorists claiming road work causing damage

Mohave County’s Risk Management has received a number of requests for claim forms related to window chips, oil splashes and other vehicle damage from road work on Stockton Hill Road, Risk Management Director Byron Steward said Thursday.

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Dunkin’ Donuts on track for summer opening

Dunkin’ Donuts, Jersey Mike’s and Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt will be among five tenants occupying a new commercial development at 3535 Stockton Hill Road, the brand director for Dunkin’ Donuts in Phoenix said Thursday.

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Kut-Ups welcome squares and line dancers to jubilee

Put on your dancing shoes for the 38th annual Route 66 Jubilee sponsored by Kingman Kut-Ups square dance club Saturday at St. John’ s United Methodist Church, 1730 Kino Ave.

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American Civil Liberties Union backs J’aime Morgaine in lawsuit against Rep. Paul Gosar

J’aime Morgaine, the woman who sued Rep. Paul Gosar for blocking her from his Facebook page, remains at the center of a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union in federal court.

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Spaghetti dinner to raise funds for Golden Valley fire victim

American Legion Post 22 of Golden Valley and the Golden Paradise Landowners are holding a spaghetti dinner 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at 5505 Highway 68 to raise funds for Shannon Pemberton, who lost her home and three dogs to a fire on April 16.

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Murder trial for real estate agent's death on track for September

The first-degree murder trial for Alfredo Blanco, accused of killing real estate agent Sidney Cranston Jr., remains on track for Sept. 25, with a status conference set for May 29 and final management hearing set for Sept. 10.

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40,000 motorcycle riders will be swarming the area this coming weekend

Mother Road Harley Davidson to host a 3-day festival

A good portion of them will bust out of Laughlin and join the party at Mother Road Harley-Davidson dealership at 2501 Beverly Ave. for three days of live music, vendors, food trucks and a beer garden.

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