Author: Dave Hawkins

Holiday Learning Opportunities

Holiday traditions offer more than fun during this festive season; for young kids, they are a chance to develop skills that will make them successful in kindergarten and beyond. “Research shows that so-called ‘soft skills’ – the ability to communicate, get along well with others, control oneself and delay gratification, among other things – impact various outcomes for kids, including test scores and high school graduation,” said Ginger Sandweg, First Things First Senior Director for Early Learning. “Holiday traditions offer many opportunities to help toddlers and preschoolers develop those skills.” For example: Religious services – in addition to teaching children values, they give kids the opportunity to learn the importance of getting along well with others, to pay attention, and to control themselves. Family gatherings and cultural traditions – especially having a specific role or responsibility in the celebration (setting the table for a family dinner, for example) – give children a sense of security and help them to build self-esteem. Charitable contributions or events – teach children how to consider the needs and feelings of others. Because they are still learning and may have a shorter attention span, Sandweg said young kids need a little extra support from adults to enjoy holiday traditions. “The best way to prepare kids for holiday events is to talk with them beforehand – several times over a few days, if possible – about what is...

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Arson Sentence Pending

Sentencing is scheduled January 2 for a second Kingman woman who pled guilty in the arson of a commercial property. Loretta Minor, 26, will be placed on probation and could get up to a year in the county jail when sentenced by Mohave County Superior Court Judge Steve Conn.  Judge Conn has already imposed a two year prison term for case co-defendant Tamara Douglas, 27. Prosecutors and police believe Douglas was more culpable than Minor in the June, 2013 torching of the Kingman business formerly operated by Douglas’ mother Toni Nogales.  Nogales has not been charged though there’s been plenty of discussion in open court of the investigative theory that an insurance scam was in play when the fire essentially destroyed the catch-N-Rayz beauty salon on Airway...

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Email Litigation Pondered

Having censured her long ago and restricting her communications with staff, the Golden Valley Fire District Board is on the verge of taking Board member Rhonda Brooks to court. Her Board colleagues for months have been asking Brooks to allow her private emails to be reviewed. The new member of the Board, Jack Hommel, at the December 17th Board meeting, said he thinks it’s an invasion of privacy and an unnecessary and expensive consideration. “We were told that if this is pursued in the courts this could run the District $20,000,” Hommel noted. “What benefit derives to this community if it is pursued other than the loss of money to the district?” The reply came from Board member Steve Robinson, the same Board member who has also targeted Brooks for a recall election next spring. Robinson said a review of her emails will prove that Brooks has violated board directives and breached confidentiality dictates. “There was numerous violations both in revealing information and the refusal by Board member Brooks to provide information requested in public,” Robinson said. “She could simply avoid all of the problems by releasing all the emails and letting a computer expert go and pull them off the server. Then it wouldn’t require legal action.” Brooks continues to adamantly refuse an email review. She said she’s done nothing wrong and that the district has no business snooping through what she considers...

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Public Safety Checkpoint

 The Hualapai Nation Police Department will be conducting a Seat Belt and DUI Check Point on East Diamond Bar Road at Quartermaster Road, along with speed enforcement in an effort to deter aggressive, reckless and drunk driving. The Check Point will take place on December 22, 2014 from 5 am to 1030 am. The goal is to deter drivers and passengers who choose to drive while drinking and driving and those who fail to use safety restraints on the Hualapai Nation Tribal Reservation. In 2012 over 54 % of individuals killed in motor vehicle collisions were not wearing seat belts. East Diamond Bar Road is traveled by more than 45000 vehicles a month. In an effort to prevent tragedies from occurring, zero tolerance enforcement will take place during this event. The Hualapai Nation Police Department encourages drivers to slow down and buckle up, the life you save may be your own. For further information, contact Acting Sergeant Brian Frayer at...

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Prison for Jail Assaults

Jailhouse violence back in the spring has resulted in federal prison terms for three inmates from Parker. U.S. District Judge Roslyn O. Silver imposed the sentences earlier this week.  Aaron Keith Drennan, 21, must serve 57 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release. It’s 60 months in prison and three years of supervised release for Mickey Roy Anderson, 21. Judge Silver ordered a 21-month sentence for Joshua Ryan Mike, 22.  According to court documents, on March 9, 2014, Drennan, Anderson, and Mike were being housed as inmates in a community cell at the Colorado River Indian Tribes Adult Detention Center. The victim, a detention officer at the facility, opened their cell door to drop off laundry and was assaulted by Mike.  As Mike assaulted the detention officer, Drennan and Anderson took the victim’s cell phone and the keys to the detention facility, and all three subsequently fled from the facility. According to the plea agreement in Mike’s assault case, on March 1, 2014, Mike assaulted another inmate at the La Paz County Jail by striking him repeatedly in the face causing the victim to sustain serious bodily injury, which included fractures to the cheekbones and...

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