Author: Sam Medrano

Fire near Avi may have been arson

LAUGHLIN– Investigators believe a fire near the Avi Hotel and Casino Monday night was intentionally set. Crews with the Mohave Valley and Fort Mojave Mesa Fire Departments were dispatched to the blaze shortly before 7:30. While initial concerns were that the casino, itself, was ablaze, firefighters managed to contain the blaze to an outside linen storage shed before it could spread to the casino or any other facility at the resort. The shed was fully involved in flames when firefighters arrived on scene. It was quickly contained and extinguished. Mohave Valley Fire Marshal Don Gibson believes the fire may have been arson. Two suspects were detained near the scene of the fire– one adult and one juvenile. They were questioned by investigators, but no arrests have been made. The incident remains under...

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EPCOR Announces Consolidation Plan to Lower Sewer Rates in Ft. Mohave

It’s going to take a couple of years, but EPCOR Water will move forward with a new rate case before the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) by the end of the month with the hopes that wastewater customers in Ft. Mohave will have their bills cut nearly in half by 2018. “We have very high rates,” said Shawn Bradford, EPCOR Vice President of Corporate Services, during a special town hall meeting Monday night in Bullhead City. “We’re going to try to change that.” Monday’s announcement is an about-face for EPCOR which won ACC approval last year for a steep, but...

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3.4M Earthquake strikes northern Mohave County

 A 3.4 magnitude earthquake struck the Arizona Strip early Friday morning. It was the latest in a swarm of tremors that have rattled northern Mohave County since Mar. 29. Friday’s earthquake, which hit at 2:23 a.m., was the largest yet. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the epicenter was located 36.7 miles southeast of the Littlefield/Beaver Dam area. There have been 18 other, smaller earthquakes in the region since the end of last month. Until Friday, the strongest earthquake reported during the swarm was a 2.6-magnitude tremor. Most earthquakes under 3.0 magnitude are not felt by those on the...

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Bruck appointed to BHC council by unanimous vote

BULLHEAD CITY—The six remaining members of the city council agreed—former Vice Mayor Kathy Bruck was the most qualified person to replace the late Mickey McClure, at least until November. By unanimous vote during Tuesday’s regularly scheduled meeting, the city council formally appointed Bruck to the vacancy created by McClure’s death earlier this year. Bruck had been ranked as the most qualified applicant for the vacancy by a special nominating committee that had been empaneled to review the eight people vying for the appointment. That ranking was the compelling reason to select Bruck, according to several city council members. “Because Kathy...

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Gary Keith Park plan to go before BHC Council this afternoon

BULLHEAD CITY—It has been nearly 20 years since the corner of Highway 95 and Marina Blvd. was designated and renamed in honor of Gary Keith, a long time businessman and beloved civic-minded resident, who had passed away. Since then, improvements to the Gary Keith Civic Center Park have been few and far between. There is a large sandstone sign, some shrubs and a flag pole, but that’s it. This afternoon, a group of equally civic-minded residents will unveil their plans to the Bullhead City Council in the hopes to spur the development of the park that has eluded local...

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