Category: Mohave County

The Federal Government Is Not Required to Notify Americans of Security Breaches 

Lake Havasu City, AZ – In today’s technological world, intelligence officials are saying cybersecurity now trumps terrorism as the number 1 threat to the American people.  According to a report done by the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, an agency that tracks cyber incidents at all levels of government, since 2006 more than 87 million sensitive or private federal agency records have been compromised.  U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team found that for every data breach, the federal government will spend roughly $201 per compromised record.  “What makes these threats so terrifying is that there is no requirement that the federal government publicize these breaches or notify anyone that their personal information has been hacked,” Supervisor Buster Johnson, 1st Vice President of the National Association of Counties Cybersecurity Task Force, stated. As millions of Americans sign up for health insurance during this year’s open enrollment period on healthcare.gov, several cybersecurity experts are concerned for the taxpayer’s privacy.  Lamar Smith, chair of a congressional committee looking after the security of the website, told Fox news that the website is unsecure and very easy to hack.  “The federal healthcare website is one of the largest federal databases of personal information,” Supervisor Johnson stated.  Healthcare.gov collects personal information such as first and last names, home addresses, social security numbers and payment information.  “When data breaches occur at Home Depot or Target, there are requirements in...

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Election canvass triggers first-ever congressional race recount

PHOENIX – The certification of this year’s general election results Monday officially triggered the state’s first-ever recount in a congressional race. Gov. Jan Brewer, Attorney General Tom Horne and Chief Justice Scott Bales were on hand to sign the canvass detailed by Secretary of State Ken Bennett. It showed U.S. Rep. Ron Barber, D-Tucson, trailing Republican Martha McSally by 161 votes in the 2nd Congressional District. By Arizona law, a margin of 200 votes or fewer automatically triggers a recount. “This is the first time, that I know, that we have a congressional race at the general election within the automatic recount threshold of 200 votes or less,” Bennett said. The canvass showed that 48 percent of Arizona’s 3.2 million voters cast ballots. “Voter turnout was down, but there’s always usually an explanation, and this was the first year in many years where we didn’t have a U.S. Senate race on the ballot,” Bennett said. Turnout was 57 percent in the 2nd Congressional District, which includes much of Tucson and all of Cochise County. The result won’t be official until all 219,000 ballots are counted again, Bennett said. A Superior Court judge to must authorize the recount based on the canvass. Bennett said his office and the Attorney General’s Office decided to set the deadline for Dec. 16. The last recount at the state level was 2010, when Proposition...

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Bill Williams River Water Settlement Act of 2014

Lake Havasu City, AZ – Mohave County Supervisor Buster Johnson is deeply disappointed with the actions of Congress and the Arizona delegation for their approval of the Bill Williams River Water Settlement Act of 2014, HR 4924 and S 2503, which are supposed to design a fair and equitable settlement of numerous claims within the Bill Williams River Watershed.  Among the parties involved are the Hualapai Tribe, U.S. Dept. of Interior (acting for themselves and the Tribe), Arizona Game and Fish, and Freeport McMoRan Minerals Corporation. “This is an extremely complicated issue in which HR 4924 attempts to conjoin two separate settlement agreements in an attempt to satisfy various interests in the Big Sandy River/Planet Ranch Water Rights settlement agreement and the Hualapai Tribe/Bill Williams River Water Rights settlement agreement,” Johnson said Friday.  “It is unfortunate that our Congressional delegation, including the sponsors Senator Jeff Flake and   Congressman Paul Gosar, who represent Mohave County in Congress, ignored local concerns in favor of single constituent legislation which will benefit a special interest group.”  Gosar has hailed the passage of HR 4924 as a trigger for good paying jobs and additional tax revenue associated with continued use of the Bagdad Mine.  Gosar also claimed that his legislation was scored by the Congressional Budget Office as revenue neutral for the federal government.  It’s absolutely mindboggling that Congressman Gosar did not heed the...

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Constable Heaton Stepping Down

The man who serves as Constable in north Mohave County intends to resign. Word of the intended office exit of North Canyon Constable Travis Heaton came at Monday’s Mohave County Board of Supervisors meeting.    Supervisors have been frustrated over Heaton’s failure to provide reports that document his work activity and demonstrate his fulfillment of training requirements.    Deputy County attorney Bill Ekstrom told supervisors that Heaton doesn’t wish to serve as Constable any longer.    “I guess the job changed,” Ekstrom explained. “It’s something that he used to enjoy. He doesn’t any longer. He’s just basically happy to get out of the position.”    Ekstrom further state that a mix of church and community politics has Heaton planning to tender his resignation by December 8.    “He says the difficulty since the split in Colorado City has been that people aren’t cooperating with him. Law enforcement is not cooperating with him, so he feels that he is outcast in the community by virtue of his position as Constable,” Ekstrom said. He said the county can take action to force Heaton from office if the resignation is not submitted as...

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Sipe Claims Bench Post

A prominent Kingman defense attorney has been selected to serve as Mohave County Commissioner Court judge pro tem. Presiding Judge Charles Gurtler has appointed Sipe to the post after reviewing recommendations of a screening and interview panel. Other finalists who interviewed for the position include Mohave County Legal Defender Ron Gileo and deputy county attorneys Doug Camacho and Rod Albright. Court Administrator Kip Anderson said Sipe accepted the job offer Tuesday morning. He’ll start his new job January 5th, taking charge of a mostly criminal caseload. Sipe succeeds Derek Carlisle who served as Commissioner for five years. By virtue of his primary election win in August Carlisle succeeds retiring Mohave County Superior Court Judge Randolph Bartlett at the start of the new...

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