Supervisor board agrees with critics
MOHAVE COUNTY – Mohave County Supervisors were apparently unaware of a controversial provision when they approved a package of zoning ordinances earlier this month. At the November 16 Board meeting a number of citizens protested restrictions involving manufactured homes that are more than seven years old. The complaints said the restrictions rub against the grain of private property rights and will have repercussions on local business and the economy. Supervisors agreed with the critics and voted to send the restrictions back to planning and zoning for review and modification. Supervisors Hildy Angius and Gary Watson went so far as to indicate their possible support for eliminating the restrictions altogether. The controversial provisions of the contested ordinance will not be enforced until further board action takes place in December or January.
Bratley reports to Supervisors
MOHAVE COUNTY – Director Bennett Bratley detailed the activities of his one-man Mohave County Economic Development Department during the November 16 Board of Supervisors meeting. Bratley said the department uses its website, advertising and other communication tools to heavily market and promote northwest Arizona for commerce. Bratley used code names to note more than a dozen other prospects he’s been working with who are looking for the proper spot to place their enterprise. In response to Supervisor Hildy Angius, Bratley said landing anyone or two of the projects is possible. Angius also asked what other tools Bratley could use in his effort to secure new business. Bratley said incentives would be helpful. Board Chairman Steve Moss directed staff to brief Supervisors in the future, reminding county officials what might be offered in the incentive arena. Bratley also told the Board that the county will be hosting an Arizona Association for Economic Development luncheon early next year. The Mayors of area communities will detail economic development efforts during the February 18 event on the Hualapai Campus of Kingman Regional Medical Center.
KDMA hosts round 2 in Church CUP
If you have ever asked yourself why our downtown district doesn’t look like those of Williams, Cottonwood, Flagstaff and other revitalized historic downtown areas in our region, look no further than the Kingman City Planners and the City of Kingman for the answer. At last week’s City of Kingman Planning and Zoning meeting the commission avoided a decision to either grant or deny a Conditional Use Permit that would have allowed Central Christian Church to set up digs in the vacant portion of the Central Commercial building located in downtown Kingman at Fourth and Beale Streets. Regardless of the fact that every commissioner expressed respect and admiration for the church and its outreach programs, each of the commissioners further expressed that they did not believe that the downtown venue was a good fit for the church and the downtown business district. “Not wanting to be the bad guys”, the commission ultimately voted to table the vote until December 8, asking that the Kingman Downtown Merchants Association (KDMA), downtown residents, Central Christian Church elders and parishioners along with hired legal counsel hold hands, sing Kumbaya, meet and come to an amicable solution so that the commission won’t have to. The issues that have been mounted on both sides are legitimate and deeply argued; the fact of the matter is that the zoning is correct, the use is permitted, the parking while not ample, is also within the legal needs and the use of the church. The problem is that the city is afraid of a lawsuit. In an after party meeting in a hallway outside the council chambers doors, I spoke with lead counsel for the church and in true legal double-speak, Mr. Lockin spoke out of each corner of his mouth. First, expressing the wish for the downtown area to welcome the church and pledges the church would be a good neighbor, and second, from the other corner of his mouth indicated that his firm was hired to represent the church and was at the ready to fight legally if need be. The city over the years has failed to create a reputation that exhibits strong decision-making sense in the face of opposition. The city routinely waffles if the slightest hint of legal wrangling is in the air. While, I don’t personally believe that any church located dab smack in the middle of the historic business district is a good fit either, Lockin did express that this church would be amicable if any reasonable request to conform to conditions that the city and the merchants of downtown requested. Perhaps over the next week or so the KDMA and the business leaders in downtown can compile a list of conditions that may ease concerns and create an atmosphere whereas both sides can agree to coexist and present them at the meeting. The KDMA has agreed to organize and facilitate the town hall meeting at the Planning and Zoning Commission’s request. The tentative soirée has been set for Wednesday, December 2 at the Central Commercial building at 5:30 pm.
City Manager gets $5,000 raise
KINGMAN – Kingman City Manager John Dougherty is getting a $5,000 raise and a two-year contract extension. Dougherty recently signed a new contract following City Council approval in mid-September. City officials said the raise will increase Dougherty’s annual salary to $127,500. Dougherty started with the City in December 2013 and his new two-year contract runs from December 1, 2015 through November 30, 2017. Like other employees, Dougherty is eligible for cost of living and other salary adjustments during Council approval of the annual budget.
ADOT expands Kingman District
KINGMAN – The Arizona Department of Transportation has merged the eastern part of its Prescott District into the Kingman District. With the mid-October retirement of Kingman District Engineer Mike Kondelis, Prescott Engineer Alvin Stump is overseeing the management of the newly configured and expanded Kingman District. ADOT has made a number of boundary adjustments in some of its other districts around the state, aiming to improve efficiency without any impact on employment.
Hartfield charged with manslaughter
BULLHEAD CITY – Bullhead City Police report the arrest of a man who is alleged to be responsible for a fatal traffic accident Friday. Police spokeswoman Emily Fromelt said Andrew Hartfield, 25, Bullhead City, is charged with manslaughter, aggravated assault and endangerment for the 10:00 p.m. two-vehicle collision on Highway 95 at the intersection with Mohave Drive. Fromelt said Hartfield ran a red light when the Toyota 4Runner he was driving cashed into a Saturn. One of the passengers in the Saturn, Troy Urban, 22, Bullhead City, was dead at the scene of the wreck. Fromelt said the driver of the Saturn was flown to UMC in Las Vegas where he was reported in critical but stable condition. Hartfield was arrested Saturday following treatment at a local hospital. Fromelt said police also determined that Hartfield was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident.
Marching Exhibition to be held
KINGMAN – For the 6th year, the Kingman High School band will be hosting its annual Marching Exhibition. This event is a chance for the bands to get one last performance in before the State Marching Festival and a chance for the community to hear and see the final product of months of hard work by the award winning bands of Northern Arizona. The event will take place Thursday, November 5 at the Kingman High School Stadium. The event will begin at 5:00 p.m. and admission is free and open to the public. This year we have the pleasure of welcoming a few more bands to join the party. The event will include performances by: • Lake Havasu High School Band of Knights • Lee Williams High School Volunteer Marching Band · Mohave High School Thunder Band · Kingman High School Bulldog Marching Band There are some amazing things happening in the marching arts in Kingman and the surrounding areas, please come out, hear some great music and support the bands.
Juror no show hearings held
MOHAVE COUNTY – Many fined others excused or must show for future duty MOHAVE COUNTY – Mohave County is having more and more trouble with jurors failing to report when summoned for jury duty, according to Superior Court Clerk Virlynn Tinnell. More than two-dozen citizens who failed to report for jury duty on at least three occasions were directed to appear for hearings addressing why they should not be held in contempt of court. Judge Billy Sipe conducted nine “order to show cause” hearings on Thursday, October 15. Tinnell said Sipe excused a few of the citizens when they explained why they did not show for jury duty. Tinnell said Judge Sipe found six citizens in contempt of court, a civil rather than criminal offense. Five were fined $250 and another was provided the option of paying the same fine or performing 25 hours of community work service. Judge Steve Conn conducted another 20 hearings on Friday, October 16. Tinnell said eleven citizens were excused for their absences, four were ordered to pay $250 fines and five were advised they would not face sanction provided they obeyed summons to show up for future jury duty.
Dunton ask Council to support Rt. 66
KINGMAN – Businessman Scott Dunton brought passion to the October 20 Kingman City Council meeting. Dunton told Council members that marketing the Mother Road is key to community prosperity. “I’m here to ask you to please support Route 66 for Kingman,” Dunton said. “It’s our best asset. It’s the most important thing that we’ve got going.” Dunton questioned and check listed three Council approved expenditures, arguing the money would have been better spent in support of Route 66 tourism efforts. “That’s a total of $300,000 we could have spent promoting Route 66 every day,” Dunton said. “We’ve got the best, best asset that our community could ever have for free.” The Council did not respond to Dunton, unable to do so given limitations when hearing from citizens speaking during the “Call to the Public” portion of meetings.
Vice Mayor Wimpee steps down
KINGMAN – There’s a vacancy on the Kingman City Council. Mark Wimpee has relinquished his position as Vice Mayor and resigned from the City Council. Wimpee drew public criticism during the October 13 council meeting regarding the failure of his contracting business and complaints from customers about unfinished projects. Wimpee said he has shut down his First Generation Builders enterprise. Wimpee said he would like to continue serving as Vice Mayor, but he said the “haters” continue to plan to attack him publicly. He said resigning separates the City from the negativity. Wimpee has served the Council for 3 1/2 years and his term expires at the end of November next year. Area municipalities, in instances such as Wimpees, have typically filled vacancies through an application and appointment process.
Inmates indicted, names released
GOLDEN VALLEY – Indicted multiple charges in prison riot Authorities have released the names of the first eleven inmates indicted for unrest that occurred at the state prison in Golden Valley in July. The inmates ranging from 21-to-35 years of age made arraignment-hearing appearances Monday and Tuesday at the Mohave County courthouse. The range of charges include participating in a riot, criminal damage, destruction of a jail facility and aggravated assault. Four inmates are identically charged with rioting and four counts each of aggravated assault. The indicted prisoners are identified as Joe Jones, Mark Boyston, Hakeem Mckaney, Allen Fair, Thomas Lee, Damond Fowler, Daniel Council, Devon Davis, Bobby Hendrix, John Broussard and Michael Anderson.
Fire District merger not happening
MOHAVE COUNTY – There will be no merger of the Northern Arizona and Lake Mohave Ranchos Fire Districts. The board of the Northern Arizona District voted 3-2 Thursday, October 15 to terminate further contemplation of consolidation. Fire Chief Pat Moore said the Lake Mohave Ranchos Fire District is now in the position to call for a spring election to select its own board of directors. That board would hire staff and administer the district serving the Dolan Springs and Meadview area as it wishes.
Prophet’s Prey documentary
MOHAVE COUNTY – A television documentary focused on church leader Warren Jeffs and his abusive reign over a polygamous sect based in Colorado City made its debut over the weekend on Showtime. “Prophet’s Prey” aired Saturday, October 10, including audio clips of some of Jeffs’s teachings and sermons. “You must be filled with the heavenly fire or you will be damned and lose your place,” Jeffs said in one excerpt. “If you’re keeping sweet no matter what you’re a person ready to give up your own will and just obey the priest.” Jeffs is serving a life prison sentence for sex offenses involving underage girls. The marriages of underage girls to adults with many wives is detailed in the documentary along with child labor abuse.
Motorcyclist dies in collision
KINGMAN – A Kingman woman was killed in a weekend traffic accident involving a motorcycle and an SUV. Kingman Police spokeswoman Jennifer Sochocki said the collision on Andy Devine Avenue occurred about 5:40 p.m. Saturday, October 10. Sochocki said Susan Lingenfelter Collins, 54, was operating a 2001 Harley Davidson and was eastbound when the motorcycle slammed into an eastbound Ford Explorer while going up El Trovatore Hill. Collins was not wearing a helmet and was ejected. Sochocki said Collins was transported to Kingman Regional Medical Center where she died of her injuries. She said the uninjured driver of the Explorer was not at fault. Sochocki said excessive speed is a suspected factor in the accident, which remains under investigation.
I-15 bridge reconstruction halfway done
Construction on a major Interstate 15 reconstruction project on Virgin River Bridge No. 6 (milepost 16) is more than halfway complete. After finishing the northbound section of the bridge this summer, crews are now working to construct the new southbound bridge. While the roadway will continue to be narrowed to one lane in each direction at this work zone, motorists should be prepared for additional travel delays up to 20 minutes while crews remove loose rocks near the southbound side of the bridge structure from Monday, Oct. 12 through mid-November. Intermittent traffic breaks will be necessary during work hours, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays. This $27 million improvement project includes the replacement of the bridge’s superstructure (girders, deck and railings), as well as widening the roadway through the narrow passage of the gorge. The project is scheduled for completion in 2016. With limited alternate routes due to the remote location of the I-15 Virgin River Gorge corridor, ADOT urges drivers to plan ahead, allow extra travel time, slow down and drive carefully through the work zone, and be alert for construction equipment and personnel.
Federal grant funds geologic mapping
A federal grant will fund geologic mapping in Oatman and other areas in La Paz and Graham Counties. The $170,000 grant has been provided to the Arizona Geological Survey (ASGS) by the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program. “Geological mapping is one of the primary functions of the ASGS,” said agency director Lee Allison. “For the past 23 years, we have been aggressive participants in the USGS-run National Cooperative Geological Mapping Program, especially in the Statemap component that matches state and federal funds.” The grant-funded effort will involve identifying, describing and mapping out the distribution of the rock units, while placing them in context from oldest to youngest, according to ASGS Outreach Coordinator Michael Conway. He said this includes mapping geologic structures such as faults and folds. Conway said geologists Charles Ferguson and Phil Pearthree would conduct the Oatman study. Work will begin late this year, be completed by mid-2016 and the mapping will be published by mid-2017. “Charles is mapping the bedrock geology, the rocks comprising the mountains there,” Conway said. “Phil will be mapping the young alluvium, the unconsolidated sediments making up the alluvial fans that skirt the mountain ranges.” Other areas targeted for geological mapping include one location near Quartzite and another northwest of Safford.
Two retire from Board of Directors
MOHAVE COUNTY – State Bank Corp., the holding company for Mohave State Bank, has announced that Dr. William J. Dooley, Jr. and John Marshall have retired from the Board of Directors of State Bank Corp. and Mohave State Bank. “Bill and John were pillars in the success of our organization. They had the vision to create the bank, the courage to invest, and the strength to lead it through the good times and the bad,” said Brian M. Riley, President and CEO. “We thank them for their dedicated service and guidance over the last 24 years.” As previously announced in July 2015, Mark Nexsen was appointed to the Board of Directors of Mohave State Bank, replacing the retiring directors. Mr. Nexsen is serving as the Chairman of the Audit Committee and Corporate Governance Committee. State Bank Corp., headquartered in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, is the parent company of Mohave State Bank, the largest locally owned bank in Mohave County. Mohave State Bank is a full-service bank providing deposit and loan products, and convenient on-line banking to individuals, businesses and professionals. The Bank was established in October 1991, and the holding company was formed in 2004. The Bank has five full-service branches: two in Lake Havasu City, two in Kingman and one in Bullhead City, Arizona. The Company is traded over-the-counter as SBAZ.
KINGMAN – On the heels of the death of Battalion Commander Bill Johnston earlier this summer, the Kingman Fire Department has lost another brother. 16-year department veteran Dave Rivedal died September 24 from ankle surgery complications at a Las Vegas hospital. Rivedal was 46. Chief Jake Rhoades said it’s another tough blow for the department and that Rivedal will be missed. Services were scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Monday, October 5 in the auditorium at Lee Williams High School.
Veterans invited to Town Hall
LAKE HAVASU CITY – All veterans in the Lake Havasu City area are invited to a Town Hall being conducted by the Northern Arizona VA Health Care System. The event is scheduled Thursday, October 8, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. at the VA Lake Havasu City Clinic at 2035 Mesquite, Suite D. “This event will offer Veterans the opportunity to speak with VA leadership, Service Line Managers and Subject Matter Experts in reference to their care at the VA Lake Havasu Clinic,” a news release said. “The Town Hall meeting will have information tables with literature, brochures and personnel ready to answer questions.” A free barbeque will follow the town hall. Anyone with questions can contact Mary Dillinger (928) 717-7587.
New prison operators to be selected in October
GOLDEN VALLEY – Discussions continue as the Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC) continues evaluating five firms that have expressed interest in taking over the operation of the state prison in Golden Valley. ADC is looking to replace MTC, believing the private prison operator has failed to meet the standards of its contract with the state. ADC spokesman Andrew Wilder said the selection of a new operator won’t occur until sometime into October. He said it’s still not clear how much it will cost and how long it will take to repair the prison after hundreds of inmates rioted for four days in early July.
Preparing for Summit Oct. 13-15
Mohave County officials continue preparing to host the County Supervisors Association (CSA) annual legislative summit in Lake Havasu City. The three day conference is scheduled October 13-15 at the Nautical Beachfront Resort. During a single item special Monday board meeting, Mohave County Supervisors accepted CSA’s offer to host one of the meals to be served at the summit. Board Chairman Steve Moss said the savings could be as high as $10,000. Moss said the summit presents a great opportunity for Mohave County to push its perspective on various matters expected to be addressed in the 2016 state legislative session. “This will be of enormous benefit to Mohave County and Lake Havasu to get all of these elected officials, state representatives and other government officials into Lake Havasu and into Mohave County so that we can actually sit down with them en masse, and actually discuss Mohave County issues,” Moss said. “It’s an ideal opportunity for that.” Supervisor Gary Watson said that CSA Executive Director Craig Sullivan said that pre-registration activity reflects healthy attendance, possibly 300 participants or more.
National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
BULLHEAD CITY – The Bullhead City Police Department will be participating in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) 10th Annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, September 26 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. According to the DEA, Americans turned in approximately 617,000 pounds of pharmaceuticals last year at collection sites. All medications collected will be turned over to the DEA for proper disposal. A prescription drug drop-off site will be set up outside the Bullhead City Police Department, 1255 Marina Blvd, on Saturday, September 26 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. To find other drop-off sites, log on to www.DEA.gov. For more information on prescription drug abuse, log on to www.DrugFreeAZ.org. If you can’t make it, the Bullhead City Police Department has a permanent prescription drop-off box in the lobby during regular business hours.
Drug Take-Back Day in LHC
LAKE HAVASU CITY – On September 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the Lake Havasu City Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to the Lake Havasu City Police Department at 2360 McCulloch Boulevard North. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. In the previous nine Take-Back events nationwide from 2010-2014, 4,823,251 pounds, or 2,411 tons of drugs were collected. The Lake Havasu City Police Department also has a drop box in front of the police department that is available 24-hours a day for disposal of unwanted medication.
Fire destroys home under construction
KINGMAN – A home under construction in north Kingman was destroyed by fire on Tuesday, September 15. The structure in the 4800 block of Famosa Drive was fully involved in flames when personnel from the Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District arrived on scene at 12:39 p.m. “Firefighters were forced to use a defensive operation due to the extent of the fire,” said Fire Chief Pat Moore. “Crews had the fire knocked down in about 15 minutes.” No injuries were reported. The loss is valued at $60,000. The Mohave County Sheriff’s office said deputies were able to contact two male juveniles seen running from the residence at the time of the fire. Agency spokeswoman Trish Carter said the 13 and 17-year-old boys admitted starting the fire. Carter said the teens were referred to juvenile authorities.
Miller, Ware join LHC team
LAKE HAVASU CITY – There’s an infusion of new blood in the Administrative Services Department in Lake Havasu City. City Manager Charlie Cassens introduced Director Tabatha Miller at the September 8 City Council meeting. “Tabatha comes to us from the city of Sedona where she was the finance director,” Cassens said. He told council members that Miller was previously employed by various public entities in Washington State and that she has both CPA credentials and a law degree. Miller succeeds Valerie Fenske who resigned earlier this year. Cassens said Lake Havasu City has also welcomed Trinna Ware to Administrative Services as Finance Manager. “Trinna comes to us from Kingman,” Cassens said. “She has worked in Kingman in a similar capacity for about seven years.” Cassens said he looks forward to a productive working relationship with both Ware and Miller. They both assumed their new positions on September 8.
Cundiff declines Director job
MOHAVE COUNTY – A resident of Connecticut has quietly declined Mohave County’s offer of employment for the position of Risk Management Director. Phillip Cundiff reportedly cited “personal reasons” in his decision. Cundiff was offered the job after an application and interview process. Options going forward include reconsideration of the previous applicant pool and starting the process from scratch. County supervisors will discuss what to do next during their September 21 Board meeting in Kingman. The vacancy occurred when Bob Prince retired in early June.
Delk gets jail time
KINGMAN – The former finance manager of a Kingman automobile dealership has been given extended jail time and placed on probation for abusing his position to steal from customers and the business itself. Robert Delk, 43, was sentenced September 8 by Mohave County Superior Court Judge Steve Conn. Delk entered a plea agreement after being charged with theft of almost $5,000 from the dealership and customers who made down payments for vehicles. Police reports indicated that Delk altered dealership accounting record to try to cover his tracks roughly four years ago. “I’m not proud of things I’ve done and where I’ve ended up,” Delk told Judge Conn. He said confinement helped him understand how much he wants to end his legal ordeal and spend time with family. Judge Conn expressed concern for the repetitive nature of the dealership embezzlement as well as Delk’s prior convictions for vehicle theft and shoplifting. Conn imposed a 250-day jail sentence, crediting Delk with the 71 days already served. Delk was also placed on supervised probation for four years and ordered to pay more than $4900 in restitution.
Fess, Graham and Hall re-elected to Water Board
CHLORIDE – Challengers were defeated, as each of the three incumbents have won re-election to their seats on the Chloride Domestic Water Improvement District Board. Only 105 people voted in the August 25 election conducted by mail, though five of those ballots were submitted at a drop-off point. The final, unofficial tally of the balloting shows Bob Fess, Mac Graham and Ron Hall posting easy wins over challengers Damon Grosz and Kelly Fielder. Fess (88), Graham (70), Hall (65), Grosz (42), Fielder (30)
Kingman Day of Caring Clean Up
KINGMAN – Saturday, September 12 marks the 2nd Annual date of Kingman’s “Day of Caring” Citywide Community Clean Up, which starts at 6 a.m. This event is hosted by River Cities United Way, Kingman Clean City Commission and C.A.R.E. also known as Sandbox Beautification Committee. Families, local businesses, civic clubs, churches and other groups are encouraged to get involved in our community by registering volunteer teams to help. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints will be providing breakfast at the conclusion of the event. More than just a community service project, it’s truly a win-win for you and your team. Benefits include giving back to your community, team building, and increased community awareness, networking, and seeing firsthand the impact United Way has on the quality of life in Kingman. Anyone with questions should contact Event Coordinator Laura Hansen at (928) 753-6720 or by emailing Laura@RiverCitiesUnited Way.org - Those interested in volunteering should register online at http://www.RiverCitiesUnitedWay.org
KAA to make first land sale in years
KINGMAN – The Kingman Airport Authority is on the verge of completing its first sale of raw land at the industrial park since January 2010. The Authority has not sold any totally undeveloped land at the park since then, though several properties with structures have changed hands. An unidentified company interested in a near three-acre parcel paid the $3,000 purchase application fee and the property has been appraised. The firm and its plan for the land remain confidential at this point in the process. The transaction is tracking toward possible sale at public auction on September 15.
BULLHEAD CITY – The Bullhead City Police Department is warning the public on a recent phone scam. On Friday, August 21, a woman reported that a man called claiming to be a “Captain” at the Bullhead City Police Department. The “Captain” threatened that she had two warrants for not showing up for jury duty and instructed that she needed to pay $750 in cash for each warrant through an EZ Pay Deposit. Fortunately, the woman did not fall victim to this scam. The Police Department reminds citizens to always be suspicious of calls, emails or mail advising they owe money or have won a prize. NEVER give out personal or bank account information or send money via any method unless YOU initiated the contact with the person or company. Simply hang up and call the number you know to be legitimate.
The weekend death of a Covina, California man at Lake Havasu is under investigation by the Mohave County Sheriff’s office. The victim of the Saturday afternoon, August 22 incident is identified as Rene Recio, 75. Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Trish Carter said Recio jumped from the back of a boat into about five feet of water just north of Cat Tail State Park. Witnesses told deputies that Recio was swimming around before he was discovered floating face down by the boat. Resuscitation efforts failed and Recio was pronounced deceased at the Cat Tail Cove launch ramp. An autopsy and cause of death determination are pending.
GOLDEN VALLEY The Golden Valley Fire District Board voted 4-1 to rescind its previous censure of board member Steve Robinson. Chairman Paul Gorham said he supported the move, believing that Robinson did not deliberately engage in improper conduct in securing reimbursement for cookies served at a district-hosted political event last summer. The lifting of the censure allows Robinson to once again sign checks for the district when necessary.
Arizona Democrats to hold meeting
KINGMAN – Democrats from all over Arizona will be meeting in Kingman early next year. Delegates will be conducting party business. “It’s the Arizona Democratic party state committee meeting,” said Joe Longoria, Chairman of the Mohave County Democratic party central committee. “I would suspect that we will probably have about 300 delegates from throughout the state.” Longoria said an informal reception is planned Friday, January 22. He said morning caucuses and an afternoon business meeting will unfold Saturday, January 23.
Ordinance draft available for review
MOHAVE COUNTY – A committee has prepared a revamped Mohave County Zoning Ordinance for public review and possible adoption by the Board of Supervisors. The effort aims to update the ordinance, make it more user friendly and to reduce requirements and restrictions on citizens, developers and businesses. Citizens can review an ordinance draft by going to the county website www.mohavecounty.us and clicking Development Services under the “Departments” tab. The draft ordinance will be heard by the Planning and Zoning Commission on September 9.
Council agenda ordinance issues
KINGMAN – Kingman City Council member Stuart Yocum has asked for a clarification of an ordinance dealing with preparation of agendas for Council meetings. Yocum expressed concern that items placed on agendas by Council members have been removed. City attorney Carl Cooper said the Mayor and City Manager are responsible for agenda preparation. Cooper said items placed on the agenda by council members shall not be removed unless the council member who placed the item asks that it be withdrawn. Vice Mayor Mark Wimpee said council-placed items have been taken off the agenda and he said that should not happen. “I don’t think any council member should be able to remove anything off the agenda that another council member put on,” Wimpee said during the August 4 Council meeting. Cooper said there is no need to change or add clarifying text to the ordinance because the Council, by consensus, agrees and understand that the agenda meddling shall not occur.
Borrelli is weighing his options
MOHAVE COUNTY – State representative Sonny Borrelli has visited the Mohave County Elections office as he ponders his political future. The Lake Havasu City republican completing his second state legislative term said he wants to keep all options on the table. Borrelli said he’s considering running for re-election. He said he is also interested in running for the state senate and also for the Board of Supervisors. Borrelli said he feels he has become an effective lawmaker, but he also thinks that he could do a good job at the county level. He said he has not set any particular date for a formal campaign decision.
Will he try for another term?
MOHAVE COUNTY – Four Mohave County Supervisors say they’ll try to keep their seats in the August-November, 2016 election cycle. Gary Watson, Hildy Angius, Steve Moss and Jean Bishop have each confirmed they’ll pursue four-year terms next year. Buster Johnson, the senior member of the current board, is the only supervisor who has not made a decision regarding his prospective political future. Johnson said he has public and private sector opportunities to ponder before making a determination sometime next month. Watson will be pursuing his third term as supervisor. Angius and Moss said their pursuit of a second term is consistent with statements they made during the early portion of their first campaign. Moss, a lawyer, disclosed that his planned pathway is to serve another term as supervisor before considering judicial opportunities. He said he is also interested in serving the state legislature later in life.
Council workshop shined light on Kingman Crossing issues
KINGMAN – Kingman City Council members focused on multiple topics during their July 27 workshop. Council member Jen Miles said discussion of the Kingman Crossing project shined light on some of the issues and challenges associated with the Interstate 40 interchange development that is envisioned as an economic engine for the community. Miles said a public town hall regarding the Kingman Crossing effort will be held on one of three option dates in August. Miles said the workshop also covered revenue generation options including the possibility of a property tax or fire district in Kingman’s future.
Gaming up in June
LAUGHLIN – Laughlin casinos enjoyed a minor gaming up tick in June. The Nevada Gaming Control Board reported that properties along the Colorado River totaled $38.8-million in gaming revenue in June. That’s a 1.55% increase, or about $600,000 more than the same clubs earned in June 2014. Statewide gaming revenue for Nevada was up 3.3% in June.
Man torches his estranged wife’s home
After she was granted a restraining order against him
The studs are all that’s left as firefighters arrive immediately upon on scene. The front porch is visible, although ready to collapse.
GOLDEN VALLEY – A Golden Valley man allegedly torched his wife’s home on Saturday, July 25. 60-year-old Robert Damiano is charged with arson of an occupied structure, criminal damage and aggravated harassment. Mohave County Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Trish Carter said the suspect’s estranged wife was granted a restraining order Friday after Damiano threatened that he would burn her home on Concho Drive. The woman reportedly safely fled the residence when Damiano set the place on fire just before 9:00 p.m. Chief Thomas O’Donohue said the home was a total loss but that Golden Valley Fire District personnel were able to prevent spread of fire to the garage, a workshop and a propane tank. No one was injured. Carter said Damiano fled the scene after setting the fire but turned himself in Sunday and admitted his involvement.
Phone Scam Warning issued
BULLHEAD CITY – The Bullhead City Police Department is warning the public about a tax scam. Victims nationwide have reported receiving a phone call from someone claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and stating they owe taxes. Victims are then instructed to pay using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. The scammers threaten those who refuse to pay with arrest, deportation or loss of a business or driver’s license. According to the Treasury Inspector General for Taxpayer Administration, the IRS usually first contacts people by mail - not by phone - about unpaid taxes. And, the IRS won’t ask for payment using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer and does not ask for a credit card number over the phone. The Bullhead City Police Department would like to remind residents to NEVER give out personal or bank information over the phone, internet or by mail unless YOU initiated the contact with the person or company. Simply hang up and call the number you know to be legitimate. Also be aware of ‘phishing’ scams, where someone pretends to be from a legitimate organization and asks for personal information for verification purposes.
La Quinta Inn under construction
KINGMAN – Construction is underway where another motel property is being developed off Stockton Hill Road in Kingman. Crews are busy with site preparation for a La Quinta Inn that is going up adjacent to the Mohave Mental Health administrative building west of McDonald’s restaurant. Gallup, New Mexico businessman Mohammed Aysheh said the four-story, 94-unit motel should be ready for occupancy before the end of the year. Aysheh plans to build a second hotel project on an adjacent parcel next year.
National Bank of Arizona Robber
Bill Keller The Standard
GOLDEN VALLEY – San Bernardino County California Sheriff’s Deputies recognized an All Points Bulletin (APB) photo of John Harris Graham Jr., 52, of Golden Valley, as the wanted person for a recent robbery of the National Bank of Arizona in Golden Valley, and in turn informed Mohave County Sheriff’s Department. THE STANDARD published a photo of the robbery suspect entering the bank, in its Wednesday, July 15, edition. According to Mohave County Sheriff spokesperson Trish Carter, on Thursday, July 16 San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office contacted Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, identifying Graham as the man in photos taken by a surveillance camera during the robbery. It turns out Graham is the same man the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office is investigating for burglaries of two Automated Teller Machines in the Big River, California area. Mohave County Sheriff Detectives immediately went to a residence in the 4400 Block of Cibola Drive, a house Graham shared with his girlfriend. During a conversation with Graham, he confessed to the National Bank robbery. Detectives placed Graham under arrest without incident, then transported and booked him into the Mohave County jail.
River Medical ambulance service will continue
GOLDEN VALLEY – The question of who will be providing ground transport ambulance service in Golden Valley going forward has been answered. River Medical will continue serving the community as it has for more than 30 years. The Golden Valley Fire District (GVFD) mounted a strong challenge of that monopoly through its five yearlong effort to earn state certification to initiate an ambulance enterprise as well. This officially ended July 16 when the fire district governing board voted not to pursue the matter any further. The decision came roughly one month after the Director of the Arizona Department of Health Services rejected the fire district’s certification application. The fire district board voted against taking the matter to court. Fire Chief Thomas O’Donohue said a final tabulation has not been calculated, but he said district expenditures associated with the ambulance pursuit should be in the vicinity of $600,000. Board Chairman Paul Gorham said the calculation is a difficult exercise since expenses stretched over such a long period, but that his best estimate is $768,000 in ambulance enterprise related district expenditures.
Pedestrian was struck by semi
LAKE HAVASU CITY – The Lake Havasu City police department has concluded its investigation of the death of a pedestrian. The probe began after police were notified of the discovery of a deceased person lying along the roadway of Highway 95 just south of the Mulberry Avenue intersection at 3:45 a.m. on June 2. The victim who was dead at the scene was identified as Christopher Berg, 22, Lake Havasu City. Police sergeant Kirk Cesena said witnesses told officers they saw Berg walking along the highway about 3:00 a.m. “The investigation revealed that Mr. Berg’s death was a result of being struck by a semi-truck and trailer,” Cesena said. “The Crash Investigation Team also determined through its investigation that Mr. Berg’s death was accidental and that no criminal charges would be brought against the driver of the semi-truck.”