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Historical Preservation Commission progresses on downtown vacant window revitalization

Commissioners agree that improving the appearances of vacant windows could bring more business downtown.

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Specialty license plate purchases support charitable causes

“Of that $25, $17 goes to the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services,” said Doug Nick, spokesman for the Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division.

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Volunteers provide young, elderly companionship

Human interaction is important for everyone regardless of age, and volunteer groups in Kingman are making sure children and seniors get the emotional support that comes from speaking with someone who cares.

Council to vote on two separate supermajority ordinances

Some members of Council weren’t comfortable taking action on the supermajority vote agenda item Tuesday because of how the ordinance was presented, with both rededication and tax increases included in what would have been a single vote.

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Councilman puts DUI fiasco in the rearview mirror with guilty plea

Councilman Stuart Yocum said he’s glad to be able to put his drunk driving arrest in the rearview mirror after pleading guilty to driving under the influence to the slightest degree, a class one misdemeanor, Friday

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Hiker from Colorado finds mug that is 750 to 950 years old in Arizona Strip

BLM intends to put the pot in display cases at the BLM visitor center in St. George, Utah.

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California man suspected in shooting teen at Walleck Ranch Park was in court Thursday

The 16-year-old who suffered gunshot wounds was taken to Kingman Regional Medical Center with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

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No green light for red light cameras

“We requested to pull and stop the program due to lack of support,” DeVries said in an email. “We do not intend to bring it back.”

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Council trailblazes its support for expanding Kingman's trails system

Kingman’s weather also puts the City in a unique and favorable position to offer those recreational opportunities.

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Councilwoman Vickie Kress reevaluates her time

Lots of time went into her deciding to fill the vacancy on Council back in March, and her decision not to run is reflective of what she’s learned about Council processes during her time as a councilmember.

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Curbside recycling gets another look from Clean City Commission

The program will continue until a decision is made on how the City will proceed.

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Parks haven’t been adequately funded, but that could be changing

Kingman’s parks may not be in the same state of disrepair as its streets, but they aren’t far off.

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Security manager adds his name to list of Council hopefuls

Conservative candidate Timothy Griepp says he is running for City Council to help Kingman plan for “true growth” in a way that is fiscally responsible.

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Red light cameras lead Council’s agenda for Tuesday’s meeting

City Council returns to its regular session meetings at 5:30 p.m. for its workshop and then 7 p.m. for its regular session Tuesday in Council chambers, 301 N. Fourth St.

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Council hopefuls make their case

One sitting councilman and two council hopefuls explained what they have in mind for Kingman should they be elected to a Council seat in the fall at last week’s Mohave Republican Forum.

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Mayoral candidates talk sales tax

The three declared mayoral candidates for the City of Kingman told those in attendance at last week’s Mohave Republican Forum meeting how they think the City should handle important issues like taxes, infrastructure, sewer fees and economic development.

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Proud parent and an awestruck son: Mother and son graduate together

“We’ve reviewed each other’s essays before submission and helped edit,” she said. “I don’t know how many other people can say ‘before I turn this essay in I need my kid to review it.’”

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Kingman struggling to contain cargo containers

Almost all of the commissioners recognized that neighbors of those using cargo containers may not appreciate the lack of aesthetic appeal.

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Coffee with a candidate for governor

Garcia said putting Kingman and other rural cities on the map requires discussions about opportunities and challenges facing those areas, but that the conversations can’t stop there.

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Not-so tiny steps taken in tiny homes discussion

Tiny homes must meet appearance criteria for both zoning districts in which they can be constructed. To avoid confusion, staff also included a City of Kingman definition for tiny homes.

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Kingman is the first stop for gubernatorial candidate David Garcia

David Garcia, Democratic gubernatorial candidate, will be in Kingman offering residents the chance to learn more about him and his campaign at a meet and greet at 9 a.m. today

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Veterans: Have your healthcare questions answered

“It’s an opportunity for them to get direct answers from the people who have the answers, or who can get the answers for them,” Farrell said.

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Tiny homes, cargo containers return to City Planning and Zoning Commission agenda

Commission expected to receive definition of tiny homes and amended ordinances permitting them

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Council divided on supermajority vote

Decisions regarding taxes continue to divide the City’s elected officials in a manner citizens have come to expect, with Mayor Monica Gates and Councilwoman Vickie Kress advocating for stricter supermajority requirements than the rest of Council.

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Affordable housing: It's a tough market out there

Demand for housing has risen over the last 10 years as people move to Kingman, but supply hasn't kept up

“Since the housing market has improved recently within the last few years, we’re starting to experience increases in rents going up, and less landlords wanting to work with our clients,” Wolf said.

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Council, citizens act as yellow light in red light camera discussion

Mayor Monica Gates had issues with the contract itself, as well as with the proposed company with which the City would enter into an agreement, American Traffic Solutions.

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Herberta Schroeder runs for mayor

Schroeder says she wants what is best for Kingman.

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TPT, Kingman Crossing project stir up Council

Bacon said that while he believes the current TPT rate is “important for the City,” he doesn’t see a correlation between the rate and the development agreement.

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Splash Pad opens early this year

The pad opened Monday, one day ahead of schedule. The opening is usually scheduled for May 1, but City staff managed to complete the necessary preparations and got it opened early. Staff tested the apparatus Sunday to ensure it was ready to go the next day.

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City ready to get to work at Kingman Airport and Industrial Park

The City of Kingman plans to get straight to work on the airport and industrial park that will be in its possession starting Wednesday, May 2.

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Kiwanis dinner means fun for you, financial assistance for students

Scholarships will be between $1,000 and $1,500 each, and will benefit those entering trade school, community college and universities.

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Some, not all, KUSD students return to class today

After having the last three days off, some Kingman Unified School District students will return to school today.

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Ducey denounces group's behavior after posing with it at Kingman event

Daniel Scarpinato, Governor’s Office spokesman, reportedly said Ducey wasn’t aware he was posing with members of Patriot Movement AZ.

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Current wastewater rates to remain, will fund capital improvements

The Municipal Utilities Commission recommended Council keep wastewater rates at their current levels and use cash reserves for capital improvement projects, a decision Commissioner Toby Orr described as a long-term investment.

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7 things to know | Airport annexation, red light cameras on the agenda

Here are seven items of interest from the Kingman City Council meeting scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Mohave County Administration Building, 700 W. Beale St.

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New mural colorizes downtown Kingman, and showcases local flora, fauna

People passing through downtown may notice a little more color on the side of the Kingman Center for the Arts building between Beale Street and Andy Devine Avenue on Third Street, courtesy of a recently completed mural picturing local flora and fauna.

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Students want more funding for schools, too

A group of about 70 students, teachers and #RedforEd advocates gathered at Locomotive Park Thursday afternoon in support of the movement aiming to make Arizona schools better places to learn and teach.

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Walkout: Teachers get support from staff and students

If you drove along Stockton Hill Road Thursday afternoon, you saw teachers and supporting staff demonstrating in the first day of Arizona’s teacher walkout.

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Stuart Yocum guilty of driving on suspended license

A clerk of the court said driving on a suspended license is a class 1 misdemeanor, and that Yocum was ordered to pay an $800 fine.

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The City has made changes to its water bill and residents aren't happy

“They should have fixed that sewer plant when the cost wasn’t so high,” he said. “If I could get out of Kingman, I would. That’s how mad I am about this.”

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KAA and Kingman staffs to discuss personnel, other transitional items

“Things could always change,” reiterated Bob Riley, director of economic development at the airport.

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KUSD teachers walk in Tuesday, grudgingly ready for Thursday's walkout

Marin also pointed out that sources of funding for the raises in Ducey’s proposal are cause for concern.

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Longfeather Fox to run for Council

Fox is a lifelong Kingman resident, a product of Kingman Unified School District, and he attended Mohave Community College before attaining a political science degree from Arizona State University.

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Wastewater remains on agenda for MUC

About half of the City’s 20,000 customers are connected to the sewer system, and about 90 percent are residential customers.

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Kingman’s Opportunity Zones: What are they? Why will they matter?

Convincing investors that they should bring their business to Kingman because of the opportunities the City provides may be easier than ever now that Opportunity Zone Census tract nominations have been submitted by Gov. Doug Ducey.

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Kingman recycling program remains uncertain

Council addressed that recycling in Kingman isn’t cut and dry at its meeting Tuesday, and noted there are many variables that need to be considered before the program is dropped or expanded.

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Ryan Dooley addresses relation to Councilman David Wayt

What may City Council and the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates have in common? After elections, Council could also be using Sister Sledge’s “We Are Family” as an anthem.

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Airport authority says it will have transition meetings with City

Mohave County Superior Court Judge Steve Moss granted Kingman immediate possession of KAA Tuesday in his ruling in favor of the city.

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Kingman's streets need help

City staff and Bacon recommend increasing pavement management investments to $4.5 million each year, which was important to note because budget discussions will begin in May, Bacon said.

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Ron Foggin officially new city manager

Foggin’s employment agreement includes an annual salary of about $148,000.

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