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Air service granted reprieve in Kingman

KINGMAN – The federal government has granted a one year reprieve, extending the Essential Air Service (EAS) subsidy arrangement that allows Great Lakes Airlines to provide commercial flight service to Kingman. The program was on the chopping block due to low enplanement figures. The U.S. Department of Transportation had intended to end the annual $1.6-million subsidy because an average of 2.7 daily enplanements for the Kingman market was far below the 10 enplanement minimum required. Dave French, the Executive Director of the Kingman Airport Authority, successfully petitioned the DOT for a waiver of its subsidy termination order. “Rural America still needs access to the national airport system, but we can’t compete in the current market without assistance,” French wrote in his July letter to the DOT. French expressed confidence that Great Lakes can put more people on planes with one daily round trip flight to Denver and another to Los Angeles. “This two hub service is the best Kingman has experienced since the early 1980’s and it should be allowed to be cultivated,” French said. He said in a news release that Kingman must increase its use of Great Lakes flights or the service will be lost next fall.

Regatta ‘In the black’ for first time

BULLHEAD CITY – For the first time since its inception, the Bullhead City River Regatta brought in more money than it cost in 2014, but city officials say there is more to crow about than a profit. Bullhead City manager Toby Cotter released the Regatta’s financial report at Tuesday’s city council meeting and it showed the city made a profit of $42,336. With revenues of $1.09 million, the Regatta has established itself as the city’s main attraction and city officials claim it is doing exactly what it was always intended to do and that was to bring visitors to the Tri-State area. Although pleased that the city more than broke even, the fact that August sales tax revenues have increased $87,000 since 2010 to $580,000 this year, is a more important statistic, especially since business has to generate more than $29 million in taxable sales to raise that amount of sales tax. “We have a more clear comparison on how much the Regatta has brought in,” said Councilman Mark Clark. “The event has more than broken even.” Mayor Jack Hakim, who first developed the concept of the Regatta eight years ago, was excited to see the event finally make a profit. Calling it the city’s “signature event,” Hakim said, it’s taken some time for people to realize what the city has actually accomplished and that was to bring in thousands of visitors.

Consignment shop opens in Chloride

CHLORIDE – Chloride Consignments is having its grand opening on October 18 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 4942 Elkhart Ave. Offering something for everyone, the store boasts handcrafted Halloween magnets, kitchen items, knicknacks, children’s items, clothing, party pitcher and margarita glasses, paintings, ladies’ scarves, Disney items and southwestern books. They are accepting consignments, so if you have something you would like to sell, but don’t want to have a garage sale, stop by the store. Fall hours are Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon or by appointment, 928-293-5764.

Applications in to replace Judge Carlisle

MOHAVE COUNTY – Seven people have submitted applications for a Mohave County Commissioner Court judge pro tempore position. The six men and one woman who applied for the job all reside in Mohave County. They each seek the position that Derek Carlisle has held for five years. Carlisle won the primary, is unopposed in the general election and will succeed Randolph Bartlett, the Division 2 Superior Court judge who is retiring at the end of this year. Superior Court Administrator Kip Anderson said a five member committee chaired by Superior Court Judge Steve Conn will screen through the applicant pool.Selected finalists will be invited to interviews tentatively scheduled for October 30. Anderson said the committee will eventually forward a hiring recommendation to Presiding Judge Chuck Gurtler. The appointment decision ultimately rests with Judge Gurtler.

Deceased cyclist was Swedish tourist

SELIGMAN – Authorities have released the name of the European visitor who was fatally injured in an October 3 traffic accident in Seligman. The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office said that Sven Ake Claesson, 77, Goteburg, Sweden, was dead at the scene of the crash on Historic Route 66, near Fort Rock Road. Agency spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn said that Claesson was following an SUV and ran into the back of the rig when he failed to notice it had stopped in front of him. D’Evelyn said Claesson was wearing a helmet and that no charges are anticipated involving the SUV driver.

Highway shooting under investigation

MOHAVE COUNTY – An October 1 shooting along U.S. 93 about 35 miles north of Kingman is the subject of an ongoing investigation being conducted by the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office. Agency spokeswoman Trish Carter said the incident involved a Kingman motorist and a California couple that were hitchhiking together. Carter said Harley Dressler, 57, told deputies he had slowed down to drive around the hitchhikers when one of them tossed a rock at his vehicle. She said Dressler said that the hitchhiker identified as Gilbert Garcia, 34, continued to advance toward him after he warned him to stay away. “Garcia continued to walk toward Dressler and Garcia put his hand in his pocket. Dressler pulled out his handgun and told Garcia to stay away,” Carter said. “Garcia continued toward Dressler at which time Dressler shot Garcia one time in the thigh.” An off duty federal officer who was passing by stopped to detain the combatants. Dressler was released after he was interviewed. Garcia was transported to Kingman Regional Medical Center where he was released following treatment. The case will be forwarded to the County Attorney’s office for review and charging decisions.

Damage caused by severe storm

KINGMAN – A severe storm roared through Kingman last Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. Public Works Director Rob Owen said fierce winds flipped over a couple of heavy steel garbage bins. Owen said city crews were quite been busy cleaning up debris from streets in parts of the community. He said there was also some minor damage to public infrastructure. Owen noted that repairs will be necessary where raging floodwater undercut pavement at the intersection of Kenwood and Eastern Avenue. Public safety concerns had city officials cancel the annual Andy Devine Days parade. It was only the second weather related cancellation in some 20 years for the parade.

Truck explosion sparks investigation

COLORADO CITY – Federal authorities are assisting in a Mohave County Sheriff’s Office investigation of a truck that was blown up on a farm in Colorado City. Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Trish Carter said that ATF and FBI agents are helping with the probe of the incident that occurred sometime between September 19 and September 21. “Investigations thus far have determined a primitive device in the hood area of the truck that blew up,” Carter said. She said the 3/4-ton Dodge truck that was heavily damaged by the blast had been parked on the farm for several days due to a flat tire. No injuries were reported.

Transient struck and killed by locomotive

KINGMAN – A transient was killed when struck by a train in Kingman early Wednesday, September 24. Railroad personnel notified the Kingman police department at 6:00 a.m. following the train-pedestrian collision along the tracks under the bridge at Hualapai Mountain Road. The victim was identified as Ian Christopher Horn, 50. Agency spokeswoman Jennifer Sochocki said Horn’s death is under investigation.

Bank job bungled

KINGMAN – Police report the arrest of a Wisconsin man shortly after a bungled bank robbery in Kingman. The suspect apprehended less than 15 minutes after the September 24 robbery attempt is identified as Shawn William Malmin, 31.Kingman Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Sochocki said Malmin was wearing a disguise over his head and face when he demanded that employees fill a bag with cash, shortly after 12:00 p.m. at Compass Bank, in the 3300 block of Stockton Hill Road. “Malmin did not display any weapons and no one was injured during the incident,” Sochocki said. “The bank teller was unable to assist Malmin with his demand and he left the bank on foot with no money given to him.” Sochocki said Malmin was taken into custody without incident nearby. He wa booked into the Mohave County jail on a robbery related charge.

Annual parade will honor veterans’ families November 8

KINGMAN – The 2014 Kingman Veterans Day Parade has been scheduled for Saturday, November 8 beginning at 11:00 a.m. The parade route will travel down Northern Ave.This year’s theme is the honoring of families that support our veterans and serving military, past, present and future. Residents may nominate anyone meeting the theme for Grand Marshall by entering a brief biography and contact information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Registration is online at www.javc.org/EVENTS and click on Veterans Day parade. Rules and regulations can be reviewed on this page. The parade entry is free but should you wish to donate to help offset the cost of this event you can do so by clicking on the DONATE tab at the bottom of the application. Paper applications can be picked up and returned to the VFW Post 10386 at 3036 John L Ave or the American Legion #14 at 235 Oak St. The VFW will be hosting a breakfast the day of the parade from 7 to 9 a.m. (Donations suggested) with music starting at noon. Vendor spaces are still available. Please call Al at 928-727-4763 or 928-757-4760 for booth availability and information. Registration must be completed by October 24. This event is being facilitated by the Jerry Ambrose Veterans Council and is in cooperation with the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10386.

Lake Havasu bank burglaries solved

LAKE HAVASU CITY – Two California residents have been arrested for a string of bank burglaries in Lake Havasu City. Police began investigating Monday, September 15 when six Lake Havasu City banking institutions reported that their bank drop boxes had been tampered with while the businesses were closed over the weekend. The reports came from Chase Bank at 5691 Highway 95 North, Chase Bank at 1895 McCulloch Boulevard North, Chase Bank at 1799 Kiowa Avenue, Mohave State Bank at 1021 Lake Havasu Avenue North, National Bank of Arizona at 1071 Lake Havasu Avenue North and the Horizon Community Bank at 225 Lake Havasu Avenue North. “Each investigation found that the unknown suspects appeared to have used some type of gadget that was dropped down the bank drop boxes to ‘fish’ out customer deposits,” said police sergeant Troy Stirling. Late on September 15, police responded to an OnStar notification that a stolen Chevrolet Tahoe was parked at a motel in the 2000 block of West Acoma Boulevard. “Responding officers located the stolen vehicle and learned that the suspects associated with the vehicle were in one of the rooms,” Stirling said. “The suspects refused to exit the room until the SWAT team arrived and they opened the door with their hands up and were taken into custody without incident.” A search of their motel room reportedly netted seizure of evidence linking the stolen vehicle suspects to the previously reported bank burglaries. Sean McSparren, 46, and Molly Burkert, were booked into jail on multiple criminal charges.

Citizens for Prosperity loses legal challenge

BULLHEAD CITY – Citizens have lost their legal challenge of the voter information pamphlet prepared by Bullhead City in advance of the November general election. Marc Goldstone and Mike Lipshultz filed suit alleging city officials prepared the pamphlet purposefully shortchanging the revenue restrictive Citizens for Prosperity initiative that they support. During a September 9 hearing before Mohave County Superior Court Judge Lee Jantzen, the plaintiffs argued that the pamphlet language was designed to mislead voters to get them to reject the initiative. They found fault with both the description of the measure and the accompanying text explaining it. “There is nothing in the record that supports the argument that the City Council participated in a concerted effort to mislead the voters,” Jantzen ruled September 10. “While imperfect, the Descriptive Tite, does attempt to do what it should, describe the complex proposition.” Judge Jantzen’s hearing and ruling came in expedited fashion, given tim constraints associated with getting the pamphlets and ballots printed in time for the November election.

The Gunfighters are back in Chloride

CHLORIDE – The Chloride Historical Society presents High Desert Drifters, who are members of the Reenactment Guild of America (RGA) every first and third Saturday of each month at High Noon. The High Desert Drifters will perform skits that are suitable for all ages. So bring the whole family out and enjoy the show. Donations will be accepted at the end of each show.

Maintenance to begin at Hoover Dam

HOOVER DAM – The Bureau of Reclamation has awarded a near $2-million contract to a Henderson, Nevada firm for work at the historic Hoover Dam. Precision Crane earned a $1.94-million bid to modernize and replace the 300-ton powerhouse crane controls on the Arizona and Nevada sides of the Colorado River. “The work involves removing existing control components, installing modern equipment including updated motors on each bridge, and installing additional buss-bar contactors for the supply power to minimize noise,” a Bureau news release stated. The same release outlined two other Bureau contract awards totaling $5.52-million for separate projects in Yuma. “The Lower Colorado Region and Reclamation as a whole supports small businesses whether in a nearby community like Henderson or across the country,” said Deputy Regional Director Jennifer McCloskey. “These large contracts provide us the ability to upgrade and maintain our water delivery and power generation capabilities on the Lower Colorado River.”

Benefit set for family of woman killed in crash

KINGMAN – The Mohave County Sheriff’s office has released the name of a local woman killed in a single vehicle traffic accident in Kingman. Agency spokeswoman Trish Carter said 27-year-old Sylvia Nicole Sutterfield died at University Medical Center Monday, September 1. Sutterfield was critically injured when the vehicle she was driving left the roadway at 6:31 a.m. Sunday, August 31 and struck a utility pole in the area of Patsy Drive and John L Avenue. Carter said the vehicle was traveling at a slow speed, that Sutterfield was not wearing a seatbelt and that alcohol is a suspected factor in the crash. Fundraising activities to benefit Sutterfield’s children and family will be taking place at the Tack Shed Saloon on Saturday, September 20. Interested parties can call the business on Beverly Avenue at 928-377-3726.

County-wide voter turnout just 25%

MOHAVE COUNTY – Mohave County primary election results are official. None of the outcomes of any races changed as the Board of Supervisors approved the final vote tally during a Tuesday canvas. County-wide voter turnout was just above 25%. The Board also appointed Republican primary winner Ray Cullison as Cerbat Constable. The position has been vacant since former Constable Jean Bishop resigned to fill the seat left vacant by the death of former District 4 Mohave County supervisor Joy Brotherton. Cullison is unopposed in the November general election and is near lock to win the four year Constable term. The Board appointment fills the Constable slot and gives Cullison a few more months in office.

Seven-week-old infant in hospital; father jailed

GOLDEN VALLEY – A Golden Valley man has been arrested after his seven week old infant was rushed to the hospital early Saturday, September 6. Robert Peter Jacobsen, his wife and their baby were staying with friends in the 600 block of Metcalfe Road when people in the home awoke to the sounds of the baby crying and Jacobsen screaming. “At about 5:00 a.m. the infant was found on the floor in medical distress,” said deputy Kingman Police Chief Rusty Cooper. “Initial reports are that Jacobsen appeared to be hallucinating.” Cooper said methamphetamine and marijuana was located in the home. Jacobsen was jailed for child abuse and aggravated assault. Cooper said the baby sustained serious head injuries and was flown to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

Annual Wag & Wine fundraiser slated

BULLHEAD CITY – On Saturday, September 13 from 6 to 8:30 p.m., SAINT (Saving Animals In Need Together) will be hosting their annual Wag & Wine fundraiser catered by Mohave Steakhouse and featuring wines from around the world. There will be door prizes and a silent auction. The fundraiser will be held at Vista Del Sol, formerly Sun Mission Resort, located off of the Bullhead City Parkway at 3249 Felipe Dr. Tickets are $25 per person, with $14 of each ticket sold going to help improve the lives of animals in our community. Tickets can be purchased at Donn Williams Jewelers, located at 1788 Hwy 95 or by calling 928-763-4400. SAINT, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, improves the lives of animals through a low-cost spay and neuter voucher program and low-cost vaccination clinics. SAINT has a Saving Lives Foster Program to rehabilitate and re-home unwanted pets. For more information call SAINT at 928-704-0800 or go to www.facebook.com/hope.saints.

Cavity search nets heroin, meth, more

LAKE HAVASU CITY – Illegal drugs concealed within her body cavity were confiscated as a Lake Havasu City woman was being processed at the Mohave County jail following her August 25 arrest. Police said discovery of a heroin-loaded syringe during the search of a motel room led to the arrest of 35-year-old Crystal Pearson. Pearson was in a holding cell at the jail in Kingman when she removed a package of drugs from a body orifice and gave it to a detective. “The plastic container held approximately 5 grams of heroin, approximately 1.3 grams of methamphetamine and one oxymorphone pill,” said police sergeant Troy Stirling. Pearson faces charges including with possession of narcotic drugs, possession of narcotic drugs for sale, possession of dangerous drugs for sale and promoting prison contraband.

Concert band prepares for season

KINGMAN – The Kingman Concert Band will be hitting many high notes as it prepares for its 2014-2015 season. Celebrating 15 years of community music, the volunteer group welcomes musicians of all levels over the age of 18 years who play band instruments to join its ranks. The band puts on free concerts around Kingman throughout the year thanks in part to community and patron sponsorships. Under the direction of Julie Gragg, Conductor, and Art Swanson, Associate Conductor, the band’s 2014-2015 season will feature a musical blend of traditional concert band music, marches, jazz, popular, show tunes and classical arrangements. The Kingman Concert Band will be showcased on September 28, 2014 in Metcalfe Park at the Sounds of Kingman’s Concert in the Park Series. Ringing in the holidays, the group will perform at the Kingman Presbyterian Church on December 20, 2014 7:00p Concerts are also scheduled for the Mohave County Library on March 7, 2015 7:00p and on May 9, 2015 7:00p location to be determined. All performances are free and open to the public. Dust off your horn and join the band! The Kingman Concert Band is seeking new members throughout the year. The season’s first rehearsal of the Kingman Concert Band will be Monday, August 11, 2014 at 7:00 P.M. in the band room of Kingman Middle School (1969 Detroit Avenue). Contact Julie Gragg at (928)853-3846 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information.

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