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Container Wars Selective enforcement at center of civil Brew Ha Ha  A cargo container controversy breaking out across Kingman has put City Hall between two downtown business rivals who’ve been given different interpretations of the applicable ordinance. The City, through city manager John Dougherty, has told Tim Schritter he can use the two conex boxes placed on the back of his Black Bridge Brewery business on Beale Street in downtown Kingman. Terry Thomson, co-owner of the Kingman Club LLC, has been told two conex boxes placed on his property about 100 yards away must be removed. A relevant backdrop to this mix is that trial is pending in May as the City attempts to force former Kingman Council member Pat McBrayer to remove a cargo container placed on his property just south of the post office and west of Walgreen’s. Attorney Bryan Whitney months ago said McBrayer’s defense would involve private property rights and an assertion that the city has engaged in selective enforcement against him. That is Thomson’s point as well. Thomson recently placed two conex boxes just east of the House of Hops where he plans to construct Monkey Fist Brewing, a business that will offer beer brewed on-site, pizza and more. Thomson argues he should be able to use two boxes on his property since Schritter has been authorized to use two boxes on his. Schritter's boxes have been converted into walk-in coolers from which beer is poured in the back patio area of his business. Thomson said his are being used in support of his business ventures as well. Dougherty concedes he ended up in the middle of this "brew ha ha". The Schritter decision came first. Dougherty said he visited Schritter and addressed the boxes after viewing them on the rear of his property. “He said 'you know I put a lot of money into these conex boxes and now the Council has decided to ban them”, Dougherty said. “I couldn't even tell they were conex boxes until he pointed them out.” Dougherty said he communicated with council members and the decision was that Schritter's boxes could stay. Thomson was aware of the Schritter scenario when he recently asked Dougherty for the same latitude. “Terry came down wanting conex boxes and I told him put them behind your building behind a fence and I will talk to the council or put it on the council agenda and you can ask for a waiver of that ordinance. He said 'well, no. I'm going to put them on Beale Street' and I said 'no, you're not’”, Dougherty said. “And he said 'yeah I am unless you make Schritter remove his. I said 'well, there's a big difference between the two. So if you put them on Beale St. they will be removed." Thomson had one box dropped on his lot March 25 and another on March 26. Dougherty directed police chief Bob Devries on March 28 to send a code enforcement officer to visit the Thomson property. Thomson said officer Tomas Silva directed him to remove the boxes. Thomson said he refuses to do so, unless Schritter is directed to do the same. “What is happening is he's throwing a fit," Dougherty said of Thomson. “This is a personal beef between him and Tim Schritter." Dougherty said visibility is the key distinction in the equation. He said Schritter's boxes are mostly hidden to the rear of his property and that Thomson's are in plain view of the general public. Thomson charged that Dougherty has overstepped his authority by involving himself in enforcement minutia. Thomson said that Dougherty is essentially undermining and confusing staff by directing enforcement action against one business but not another. Conceding a strained relationship between he and Thomson, Schritter defended Thomson's right to use his boxes in support of his business venture, at least temporarily. Schritter said use of his boxes is key to his business success and he said Thomson is entitled to the same consideration. Schritter said the conex box squabble is just one glimpse at a much bigger picture. He said there are hundreds of boxes that are used in all different manners all over town. “You'll be amazed how many you'll see if you take a hard look," Schritter said. “They are everywhere." Schritter and Thomson both said they believe the City needs to take a step back and review the cargo container and enforcement related controversies. Dave Hawkins - Posted 040116 The City tries to force former Kingman Council member Pat McBrayer to remove his cargo container.
Young won’t run for another term KINGMAN – 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 042316 Supervisor race uncertain While 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 enforced Citations will be given for cell phone use while driving KINGMAN – 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
Submit your Breaking News by email: Prostitution Bust    LAKE HAVASU CITY – A housekeeper who allegedly moonlights as a hooker faces a prostitution charge following an investigation by the Lake Havasu City police department. A silent witness tip regarding massage services offered online prompted an early April investigation of Angela Ficklin, 51, Yucca. Police reports indicate an officer initiated text message communication with Ficklin after taking the phone number from Ficklin's Craigslist ad. Reports feature excerpts of increasingly sexually explicit communications that led to Ficklin's arrest when she arrived at a meeting point for a hookup on April 11. Ficklin also faces prosecution for an outstanding misdemeanor arrest warrant and for driving while her license is suspended. Posted 042316  Ficklin arrested after Craigslist ad investigation The David and Gladys Wright house will be temporarily halting tours after May 7. Wright house to stop tours (AP) – A Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home in Phoenix will close to the public starting next month. The foundation that oversees the David and Gladys Wright House announced that it will temporarily cease hosting daily tours and special events after May 7, according to the architect's great great granddaughter. Sarah Levi, who has also been living in the house, said operators want to focus on finding organizations to collaborate on preservation and operations plans. Between a hot summer and a pending vote on historic-landmark status in December, Levi said it felt like an opportune time to stop and renew those efforts. A wedding scheduled for November will be the only exception to the hiatus. “Our goal is to be educational and cultural destinations and so we want to home in on those creative outlets and really focus on what the project is going to look like and what we can show the city it's going to look like,” Levi said. Representatives have been in talks with various institutions such as Arizona State University. The Phoenix City Council is scheduled to decide Dec. 7 on whether to grant the designation, which would ensure against the threat of demolition. “Having the house saved and open, a place where people can come experience it how I did as a child for my whole childhood is something that's pretty bittersweet and really special to me,” Levi said. “It's something that I've put my all into. It'll be really rewarding to have it get to the stages it needs to be in.” The hope is to resume tours after that. Frank Lloyd Wright built the home for his son and daughter-in-law in 1952. David and Gladys Wright lived on the then 10-acre property until they died in 1997 and 2008, respectively. As a child, Levi, 33, visited there regularly. She would often go swimming or play flashlight tag amid the orange groves. Family members sold the house after Gladys Wright's passing. According to Levi, her grandparents - David Wright's son and daughter-in-law - never looked into getting historic designation. A developer bought the house in 2012 with plans to tear it down. Their plans immediately drew an outcry from architects and historical-preservation advocates. It was spared the wrecking ball when Zach Rawling, an attorney and developer, bought it with the intent of preserving it. For the past year, the property has held tours, workshops, weddings and even yoga classes. But Rawling's proposal to expand the home with a garden pavilion and underground museum has been an ongoing point of contention from residents of the surrounding Arcadia neighborhood. The opposition from residents had no bearing on the decision to halt tours and events, Levi said. Terry Tang/Associated Press Posted 042316 Mission Bank donates to Rt. 66 Run Run Scholarship Mission Bank makes a $1,000.00 scholarship donation to the Route 66 Fun Run Scholarship dinner and auction so a student can attend Mohave Community College. Mission Bank has been a major supporter of the event since the beginning and has helped several students complete their education and join Kingman’s work force. From left to right: Kerry Raymond, Event Chairman, Alyssa Grimes, MCC scholarship student, Bryanna Grimes, MCC scholarship student, Debbie Catt, Assistant Vice President of Mission Bank, Austyn Bailey, MCC scholarship student, and Darrell Lauterett, President of Mission Bank. Posted 042316
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   29 th    Annual   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 90 th  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 &   Show    at   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  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.