Young won’t run for another termKINGMAN – Kingman Vice Mayor Carole Young will not seek another term of city office. Young said she generally supports the concept of circulating new blood into local office and believes two four-year terms are sufficient for herself.Young said she’ll continue serving the Kingman Unified School Board once her council term is completed at the end of this year. Terms of office are also expiring for Mayor Richard Anderson and council members Larry Carver and Kenneth Dean.Anderson and Carver are among a group of eight citizens who’ve initiated paperwork at city hall to possibly run for Mayor or council seats in the current election cycle.Early voting starts Early voting started Wednesday for the special election Arizona is conducting on May 17. The ballot is certainly free of clutter.Ballot propositions 123 and 124 are up for statewide decisions and there is only one local matter before a portion of the county electorate. Residents of the Meadview and Dolan Springs area will be elected five members to the Lake Mohave Ranchos Fire District Board, which was disbanded in early 2013.The three early voting locations are:• The Mohave County Library in Lake Havasu City. 1770 N McCulloch Blvd. Room A. 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday April 20-29 and from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday May 2-13.• The Mohave County Library in Bullhead City. 1170 E. Hancock Road. 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday May 2-13.• The Kathryn Heidenreich Senior Center in Kingman. 1776 Airway Avenue, Suite B. 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday April 25-29 and from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday May 2-13.Posted 042316Supervisor race uncertainWhile a number of state and local races are starting to take shape for the August and November election cycle, there’s some uncertainty in the arena involving Mohave County Supervisors. Much of the suspense comes in District 3, where Buster Johnson is the Board’s longest-serving incumbent.Each of Johnson’s board colleagues announced months ago that they would seek another term of office. Asked repeatedly whether he’d retire, run for re-election or seek other office, Johnson continues to maintain that he’s come to no decision as of yet.Each of the Board’s Kingman-based supervisors, Jean Bishop and Gary Watson, have possible challengers circulating nominating petitions to qualify their campaigns. That is not the case with first term incumbents, supervisors Hildy Angius in District 2 and Steve Moss in District 5.The county elections office said no one has initiated the paperwork necessary to launch a campaign challenge to either Moss or Angius.Ordinance will be enforcedCitations will be given for cell phone use while drivingKINGMAN – Kingman police will be stepping up enforcement of an ordinance prohibiting use of hand held electronic devices while driving within the city limits. The City Council approved the ordinance in December, followed by a 90-day grace period during which police have issued warnings rather than citations for violations. The grace period expires April 1.“Officers will now be issuing citations for the violations,” said Kingman traffic enforcement officer Dan Spivey. He said fines can result from infractions of an ordinance designed to promote public safety.Spivey encouraged residents to buy proper equipment allowing hands free communications while driving.“Go ahead and make the purchase. Make the investment and you’re going to make it a whole lot safer for you and other people on the roadways,” Spivey said.Posted 040116
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Kingman to host 29th Annual
Rt. 66 Fun Run
KINGMAN – Celebrate 90 years of Route 66 by joining in on the only rally that travels the longest remaining slice of the Mother Road. The 29thAnnual Historic Route 66 Fun Run® will be held April 29 to May 1, and will take the usual route from Seligman to Topock, but attendance is expected to surge in celebration of the famous highway’s 90th year. “I think people are seeking out Route 66 now while they can still see it for themselves, because the Mother Road is locked into the American Psyche. It’s become part of who we are as Americans.” says Josh Noble of the Kingman Visitor Center.The Fun Run is not a timed race, but a 140-mile pleasure cruise of classic and custom vehicles that traverse the Mother Road from Seligman to Topock/Golden Shores. Things get underway on Friday, April 29, in Seligman with registration, live music and an impromptu car parade through town. Kingman will be hosting the fourth annual Route 66 Drive-in event, featuring Smokey And The Bandit (1977) at Best Western King’s Inn Friday evening starting at 8:00 p.m.The first leg of the journey officially begins at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 30, with a cruise from Seligman to Downtown Kingman. The route takes drivers through the attractions and communities of Grand Canyon Caverns, Peach Springs, Truxton, Valentine, Keepers of the Wild, Hackberry and Valle Vista.Upon arrival in Downtown Kingman, participants line up their cars, trucks, motorcycles, trailers, buses and vans on Route 66 (Andy Devine Ave.) and Beale Street for a show & shine viewing and judging. Thousands of spectators enjoy vendors, entertainment, food and the museums in Kingman’s Historic District all afternoon until 5:00 p.m. After the show & shine, participants can attend a live auction dinner at Beale Celebrations Event Center, the Kickin’ it on Route 66 Diner & Showat the Ramada Kingman, or simply enjoy Saturday night at one of Kingman’s eclectic restaurants.The second leg of the journey begins Sunday morning, May 1. Departing from Kingman, participants head to Topock/Golden Shores for the final gathering and awards ceremony at 1:00 p.m. This scenic back-road winds past Cool Springs, Gold Road, Sitgreave’s Pass and Oatman before heading down the backside of the Black Mountains for the shores of the Colorado River.Registration for the event costs $50 per vehicle ($55 per vehicle after April 15). The fee includes a T-shirt, dash plaque, commemorative license plate, Mother Road Buck and entrance to the Kingman show-n-shine and Topock/Golden Shores award ceremony. For more information or to register, visit www.azrt66.com or call (928) 753-5001.Posted: 042816
There are literally hundreds of car clubs and businesses that include the world famous Route 66 logo in their names, signage and advertising. Local, state and national non-profit associations have popped up in virtually every locale and city that the Historic Route 66 passes through. In the Kingman area, there are many such non-profit organizations and service groups.To that fact, however, there seems to be some confusion and perhaps even some conflict when it comes to the two Kingman Route 66 associations; especially when it comes to membership, fundraisers and the Route 66 Annual Fun Run.These organizations share similar names, each whose namesake includes the famous badge and logo. This fact seems to be at the root of some recent confusion and the point of this column. I will try and shed some light on this confusing matter.The first or “Official”, at least the eldest, “The Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona” was established in July of 1988. The current officers include Angel Delgadillo, President; Thomas Spear, Vice-President; Krystal Burge, Director and Kerry Pritchard, Director. The organization’s EIN is 74-2547861.The latter, “Route 66 Association of Kingman, Arizona, Inc.” was incorporated in April of 2003 some 13 years later. The current officers are Scott Dunton, President/CEO and Director; Keith Walker, Secretary and Director and Craig Graves, Treasurer and Director. A request for the EIN was unanswered as of press-time.The “Route 66 Annual Fun Run’ is owned and hosted by the first, “Official”, “The Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona” which organized the event and filed for the Trade Name on November 4, 1987.The annual event, begins with a Friday night (April 29), meet-n-great social and parade registration in Seligman, Arizona. A classic car show and shine takes place in Downtown Kingman on Saturday morning. The event continues on Sunday with many of the Route 66 enthusiasts traveling to Oatman and Needles, Calif., on the Historic highway. It is because the Saturday events generally end in front of Dunton Motors and at the Locomotive Park across from Mr. D’s (Mr. Dunton’s) that the presumption is made that the event belongs to Scott Dunton and the “Route 66 Association of Kingman, Arizona, Inc.” for which Dunton is the President.Some Kingmanites have even suggested that Dunton himself owns the “Route 66 Annual Fun Run”; nothing could be farther from the truth.The fact of the matter is the “Original”, “The Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona” has worked very hard (as has many associations and organizations have) throughout the last 29 years, logging countless volunteer hours to promote and organize all facets of the internationally visited “Route 66 Annual Fun Run” for the benefit of all of Kingman and Historic Route 66.It is only fair to give credit where credit is due. As “The Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona” has worked hard, so has Dunton and the “Route 66 Association of Kingman, Arizona, Inc.”. Dunton Motors has opened their doors to visitors and car buffs, to shade, to bathroom facilities and countless bottles of water and perhaps a once in a lifetime glimpse of old auto relics perhaps never again to be seen by the onlookers.It is however, the Official “The Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona” that literally breathed life into the waning ribbon of asphalt. In 1987 the Official, “The Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona” petitioned the State of Arizona to designate the ‘longest stretch of existing U.S. Highway Route 66’ as an official historic route.The Arizona Secretary of State approved the trade name “Route 66 Annual Fun Run” in November of 1987 and the Arizona Corporation Commission approved “The Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona” articles of incorporation on January 27, 1988. The 29 year old ‘Route 66 Annual Fun Run’, is among one of the oldest running events in Kingman, second to only perhaps the City of Kingman’s Andy Devine Day’s celebration.Posted: 042816
Confusion and conflict surround Rt. 66 Associations
Kingman welcomes classic cars as they pass through the Rt. 66 sign.