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Student pilot lands
MOHAVE COUNTY – A student
pilot was uninjured during an
emergency landing of an airplane
about 20 miles north of Lake
Havasu City. The Mohave County
Sheriff's office said 20-year-old
Keita Kojima, of Goodyear, safely
landed a fixed-wing, single-engine
Diamond aircraft at about 12:50
p.m. Thursday, December 29.
Agency spokeswoman Trish Carter
said the aircraft lost oil pressure
and that Kojima was able to
perform an emergency landing on a
utility road fronting Interstate 40.
The airplane reportedly sustained
BULLHEAD CITY – The Arizona
Game and Fish Department is
seeking information about the
recent death of a bighorn sheep
ram near Bullhead City. The
animal died Jan. 1 in Game
Management Unit 15D, in the
narrows behind the community of
Anyone with information is
encouraged to call the
department’s Operation Game
Thief hotline at (800) 352-0700, or
visit www.azgfd.gov/thief and refer
to case #17-000004. Callers can
remain anonymous upon request.
Kingman City Council
KINGMAN – The newly configured Kingman City Council will be conducting a series of meetings early
this year to address issues that have not been resolved in years. Mayor Monica Gates announced
that the first work session dealing with water concerns is scheduled for 2:00 p.m., January 13, in the
Kingman City Council chambers.
Building community issues will be addressed during a 7:30 a.m., January 19 meeting in the Police
Department training room.
Gates said a January 23 meeting will feature continued discussion of the proposed restructuring of
Economic Development Marketing Commission and the Tourism Development Commission. Another
workshop exploring opportunities and finance mechanisms involving development of the Kingman
Crossing project is calendared for 2:00 p.m., January 31, in the Council chambers.
Mayor Gates is also working to coordinate a joint meeting involving the city council and
representatives of the Kingman Airport Authority.
Council member Jamie Scott-Stehley said a town hall addressing downtown issues is also on the
drawing board. She said the brainstorming session will occur sometime in February, date uncertain.
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KRMC talks moving forward on
KINGMAN – Kingman Regional Medical Center (KRMC), like the newly configured Kingman City
Council, begins the New Year with a commitment to a more aggressive pursuit of the Kingman
Crossing Interstate 40 retail development project. The hospital stepped up its involvement with a
November announcement that it purchased a key 160-acre parcel near its mostly-unused Hualapai
Both the city and the hospital are working to explore finance mechanisms and possible partnerships
to advance the multi-million dollar project that involves retail development centered in the vicinity of
a new interchange east of the Andy Devine Avenue exit.
For more than a decade the question has been how to assemble the project puzzle pieces. The
question remains the same today.
“Clearly it's going to have to be a collaborative effort, but we're not going to wait and see what
happens on the city side,” said KRMC CEO Brian Turney. “We've been in touch with the city
officials, but we do have plans to work with outside entities to at least try to take a closer look at
how this might work."
Turney said the hospital and its governing board view properly focused project involvement as a
means to possibly add a new revenue source for KRMC.
“I think that is one of the hopes. Is it guaranteed? No. Are there risks involved? Yes. But I think the
hope is that at some point in time it has the potential to be a new revenue stream,” Turney said. He
said it's important that KRMC diversify its income potential in the face of fiscal uncertainty in the
health care arena.
“We're in a position to survive, but we'd rather thrive rather than survive and I think it's good for us
and ultimately good for the community and the people that we care for that we have a healthy
institution that isn't just struggling to make ends meat each year, but is able to effectively recruit
professionals and bring in the right kind of caregivers and have the right kind of equipment,” Turney
Turney said the Kingman Crossing project has had a number of starts and stops over the years. He
said hospital officials feel now is the time to re-examine possible project advancement.
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KINGMAN – A second Kingman man has been indicted for his alleged involvement in the burial
of murder victim Sid Cranston. 54-year-old Bill Sanders is charged with concealing a dead body
and tampering with physical evidence.
It was Sanders who provided key information that officially transitioned what had been a missing
persons case into a homicide investigation. Court records indicated that on January 6 Sanders
told authorities that his friend Al Blanco shot and killed the 40 year-old Cranston in the Bishop
ranch house east of Kingman in June 2015.
The court affidavit indicated that Sanders said that Cranston's body was buried near a barn.
Authorities said Sanders led detectives to the location where Cranston's body was recovered on
Sanders is not charged in the homicide but he'll be arraigned on the other criminal counts during
a February 9 appearance before Judge Billy Sipe.
The 61-year-old Blanco is charged with first-degree murder, concealing a dead body and
tampering with physical evidence. Blanco is held in the county jail without bond, pending his next
hearing February 27.