Author: Dave Hawkins

PIPES AND DRUMS FUNDRAISER

 The Kingman Fire Pipes & Drums unit is planning an entertaining evening to help raise funds to promote the preservation of Celtic music and traditions. The contingents of bagpipe and drum players makes public appearances throughout the year and also works in support of Honor Guards for police and fire agencies. The Pipes and Drums unit will be staging Burns Night Dinner Social in Kingman on January 31, 2015. “The evening will be full of pipes an drums, good poetry read poorly, the possibility of bad poetry read well, hapless attempts at humor, pomp and ceremony, a catered dinner, including haggis, more pipes and drums with Celtic music throughout the evening,” a news release stated. “This fundraiser helps us with the cost of uniforms and equipment and musical training opportunities for our growing group.” The unit is soliciting table sponsors to help offset the cost of the event. For more information call...

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COLORADO RIVER WATER CONSERVATION

Faced with the increasing probability of shortage on the Colorado River, municipal water providers in Arizona, California, Nevada and Colorado, and the Bureau of Reclamation are implementing a landmark Colorado River System Conservation program. Reclamation is soliciting water conservation project proposals from Colorado River entitlement holders in Arizona, California, and Nevada. At a later date, water users in the Upper Basin will be invited to participate in this unique agreement. Central Arizona Project, Denver Water, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Southern Nevada Water Authority and Reclamation are providing up to $11 million to fund new Colorado River water conservation projects. The projects are intended to demonstrate the viability of cooperative, voluntary projects to reduce demand for Colorado River water. The program is soliciting project proposals from agriculture, and municipal and industrial Colorado River water entitlement holders. “This partnership demonstrates our commitment to find solutions in meeting the future challenges we face in water supply and demand,” said Reclamation’s Lower Colorado Regional Director Terry Fulp. “Our goal is to put in place a suite of proactive, voluntary measures that will reduce our risk of reaching critical reservoir levels. This pilot program is a good first step toward reaching that goal and, depending upon its success, could be expanded in the future.” For more than a decade, a severe drought unprecedented in the last 100 years has gripped the...

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TEEN RAPIST SENTENCED

 A man who attempted to rape a teenager during a Kingman home invasion ordeal in January has been sentenced to nearly three decades in prison. Mohave County Superior Court Judge Derek Carlisle imposed a 27 year prison term for Matthew BudweiserJackson, the maximum punishment possible under terms of a plea agreement. Jackson, 32, was convicted of sexual assault and sexual abuse of a 13-year-old girl. Prosecutor Jacob Cote said that Jackson knew the victim and her siblings were home alone when he asked to use the telephone as a ruse to force his way into the residence on Lovin Avenue. “He knew there were children in there who were not being supervised by an adult,” Cote said. He said Jackson, 32, Kingman brandished a knife during the home invasion sexual assault. Jackson must register as a sex offender and serve lifetime probation upon his release from...

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HUMAN REMAINS DISCOVERED

Authorities are attempting to identify badly decomposed human remains located last Saturday in Lake Havasu City. Police Captain Richie Sloma said the remains could well be those of a missing teenager but that positive identification may prove difficult. Sloma said dental analysis and forensic work including DNA testing is being used to attempt to positively identify the remains. Sloma said a Search and Rescue team member who was enjoying a personal hike discovered the remains in an area south of Oro Grande Boulevard, near the Chesapeake Wash. He said shoes, a guitar and a backpack that are believed to have belonged to the missing teen were previously located within the same general area, possibly two square miles in size. James Gunnell, 18, was reported missing August 1. Sloma said Gunnell had a history of drug and depression...

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