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July 23, 2014 - 11:51am
Thousands of inner tubes and rafts will flood the Colorado River for the 8th Annual Bullhead City Aloha River Regatta on August 9. This year's tropical Aloha theme will bring the Colorado River to life with the first launch taking place at 7 a.m. from Davis Camp or Community Park. The last launch takes place at 1 p.m. so attendees can reach Rotary Park before the last shuttle bus leaves at 5 p.m. The Regatta is now the Tri-State's biggest event with 30,000+ floating participants. Prizes will be awarded to the person or team with the most decked out float or barge. Judges will also be looking for a home along the river that has the most spirit. Several Laughlin hotels are also offering float parties before and after the day's water festivities. Early registration is $30 through Friday, Aug. 1. For more information, visit When: Saturday, Aug. 9 from 7 a.m. - 1 p.m. Where: Launch Site: Davis Camp 2251 Highway 68 Bullhead City, AZ Launch Site: Community Park 1251 Arizona 95 Bullhead City, AZ

July 23, 2014 - 11:44am
Appeals court panels issue split decision on Obamacare
A divided federal appeals court panel dealt a potentially major blow to President Obama's health care law Tuesday, ruling that participants in health exchanges run by the federal government in 34 states are not eligible for billions of dollars in tax subsidies. But within hours, another court ruled unanimously the opposite way. The 2-1 ruling by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, which will be appealed by the government, threatens the framework of the health care system for about 5 million Americans without employer-provided health plans. Just two hours after that ruling, a separate three-judge federal appeals court panel in Richmond unanimously upheld the law and its system of subsidies and tax credits, putting it in opposition to the D.C. appeals court. That could raise the potential of a Supreme Court showdown. "If there is a split in the circuits, then I think the Supreme Court would have to step in," said Elizabeth Wydra, chief counsel at the liberal Constitutional Accountability Center. The legal case, filed by a coalition of states, employers and individuals, had been considered a long shot effort to derail the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Federal district judges in D.C. and Virginia previously had ruled for the government. Two similar cases remain pending in Indiana and Oklahoma. The D.C. appeals panel ruled that as written, the health care law allows tax credits to be offered to qualified participants only in state-run exchanges. The administration had expected most if not all states to create their own, but only 16 states did so. The court said the Internal Revenue Service went too far in allowing participants in other states served by the federal exchange to qualify for billions of dollars in government assistance. The aid has helped boost enrollment figures to more than 8 million. "We reach this conclusion, frankly, with reluctance," Judge Thomas Griffith said. "At least until states that wish to can set up exchanges, our ruling will likely have significant consequences both for the millions of individuals receiving tax credits through federal exchanges and for health insurance markets more broadly."

July 23, 2014 - 11:25am
Brooklyn Bridge White Flag Mystery Deepens: Cops Don't Know Who Did It
The mystery surrounding two white flags that appeared on top of the Brooklyn Bridge today deepened as the New York City Police Department admitted they don't know who committed the security breach or how they accomplished it. White flags, which are symbols of surrender, flew from poles on the stone supports atop the famed bridge that connects Brooklyn and Manhattan over the East River. "I'm not particularly happy about the event," said NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton. Police officials said this afternoon that they have surveillance video of a group of four or five individuals walking onto the bridge shortly after 3 a.m. "Those people will be of particular interest in this investigation," said NYPD Deputy Commissioner John Miller, who also oversees intelligence and counter terrorism. Authorities said that at around 3:30 a.m., the lights that illuminate the U.S. flags on either side of the bridge could be seen flickering and then going out completely. At 5:30 a.m., construction workers noticed that two seemingly-white flags had replaced the American flags, police said. Bratton said there was a 13-minute gap between the tower lights going out and the white flags going up. When police investigated the scene, they found that the two American flags had been apparently bleached and large aluminum tins had been tied to cover the lights that illuminate the flags. "At this time there is no sign of any particular nexus to terrorism or even politics," Miller said. "It could be someone's art project or a statement, but it's not clear what that statement is." Miller said they are conducting tests on the flag, joking that he was "not sure if this is Betsy Ross' long lost nephew doing extensive work" to make two large flags. Miller said authorities think the perpetrators may have had some experience "climbing in construction or bridgework" or have previously been up to the flag platforms on the Brooklyn Bridge. "When [the NYPD's] Emergency Services went up this morning, the gates were still up and locked," he said. "For someone to go around it and go up to the tower and have right size cover to put over the light, there's some indication of pre-operational planning." The Brooklyn Bridge -- operated by the city's Department of Transportation -- is one of the country's oldest suspension bridges. The span, which was completed in 1883, is also a National Historic Landmark.

July 10, 2014 - 1:45pm
Craig Powers Hosts This Year's Fiesta Fundraiser on July 11
BULLHEAD CITY — Since 1998, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Colorado River “Fiesta” fundraiser — presented by Western Arizona Regional Medical Center — has become both a fun and unique way to raise funds for the area’s largest nonprofit youth organization. And with literally hundreds of ways to mix a margarita, on July 11 from 6 to 9 p.m., mixologists from Laughlin, Bullhead City, Fort Mohave and Kingman will compete at the Avi Resort & Casino Ballroom for the right to call their libation the best margarita in the Tri-state. Another bonus is a drawing called the “$1K Cash and More Giveaway,” which will give each ticket holder a chance to win $1,000 cash. This year’s event will be hosted by KFLG radio personality Craig Powers, with “DJ Loke” handling the digital-style entertainment. Meanwhile, several new teams are in this year’s competition, along with many who competed last year. They include the Aquarius Casino Resort (winner of the “People’s Choice” margarita for five straight years); Avi Resort & Casino, winner of last year’s “Best Blended” and “Best Booth”; Buffalo Wild Wings of Bullhead City; Colorado Belle/Edgewater; Hooch’s 95 Bar & Grill in Fort Mohave, last year’s “Best Rock’s” margarita; Desert Diamond Distillery of Kingman; the Golden Nugget Laughlin; Mad Dog’s Bar & Grill, Bullhead City; Bumbleberry Flats from the Pioneer Hotel & Gambling Hall; and We Care Cancer Support of Bullhead City, which is submitting the event’s very first non-alcoholic margarita entry. All teams are also encouraged to create a unique theme for their booths, another award that is up for grabs on July 11. Fiesta 2014 trophy winners earn 12 months of bragging rights and will again be awarded for “Best Margies” in the Best Rocks and Best Blended categories, as well as Best Booth, with each winner chosen by a seven-member judging panel. A “People’s Choice” award is chosen by the event’s ticket holders, where money from each team’s “toke box” will be counted at the end of the night. The team garnering the most tip money is awarded “People’s Choice Margarita,” with all funds donated to the Boys & Girls Club. Mohave Valley News

July 10, 2014 - 1:38pm
Rosie O'Donnell Returns To The View
In a move that likely surprised few fans of “The Views,” the talk show announced it was officially bringing back Rosie O’Donnell via its verified Twitter account. The announcement comes after weeks of speculation that the show was going to bring back O’Donnell, who memorably left back in 2007 after just one season. After O’Donnell’s first time in the hot seat, ABC said in a statement that it was unable to agree on a contract to bring her back for a second season. O'Donnell, in her own statement, said "my needs for the future just didn't dovetail with what ABC was able to offer me." "They wanted me three years, I wanted one year and it just didn't work,” she said then. “I'm not sad – I loved it here." As FOX411 first reported, ABC did not renew Jenny McCarthy’s contract for a second season. The network also confirmed that Sherri Shepherd will not be coming back after seven years on the show. Barbara Walters, the show’s founder, retired from television last month. Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who was a co-host on “The View” for 10 years before she joined “Fox & Friends,” called rumors that Rosie O’Donnell had inked a deal to return to the ABC talk show “not surprising.” “I do believe this has been in the works for a long, long time,” Hasselbeck said on Wednesday. She speculated there may be tension between Goldberg and O’Donnell on the set. “Anybody who is going to be in that seat… will have to be fully approved by Rosie,” Hasselbeck said. “Whoopi is not going to let anybody control her… She is the leader on that show. I am going to be very interested to see how that goes.”

July 10, 2014 - 1:36pm
Tropicana Announces The Sale of The River Palms
Tropicana Entertainment Inc. Announces Sale of River Palms Resort and Casino in Laughlin, Nevada to Nevada Restaurant Services, Inc. and Laughlin Hotel, LLC. LAS VEGAS, July 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Tropicana Entertainment Inc. ("Tropicana") announces that its subsidiary companies Columbia Properties Laughlin, LLC ("CP Laughlin") and CP Laughlin Realty, LLC ("CPL Realty") entered into and simultaneously closed a sale and lease back transaction with Laughlin Hotel, LLC ("Laughlin Hotel") and Nevada Restaurant Services, Inc. ("NRS" and, collectively with Laughlin Hotel, the "Buyers"). Pursuant to the terms of an asset purchase agreement, CP Laughlin and CPL Realty sold substantially all of the assets associated with the operation of the River Palms Casino in Laughlin, Nevada ("River Palms") to the Buyers, in exchange for $6.75 million in cash. Concurrently with the execution and closing of the asset purchase agreement, CP Laughlin leased back River Palms for a period of up to ninety (90) days, subject to an additional thirty (30) day extension, and further subject to earlier termination rights. Tropicana intends to terminate the lease and discontinue its operation of River Palms in September 2014. "We are pleased to announce this transaction today," said Tony Rodio, President and Chief Executive Officer for Tropicana. "We have had River Palms on the market for some time and upon the closing of this transaction and the discontinuance of our operation of River Palms in September 2014, we will be able to focus our Laughlin efforts exclusively on our flagship property - Tropicana Laughlin." "Nevada Restaurant Services is excited about the opportunity to operate the River Palms in the Laughlin market and looks forward to re-opening the facility quickly after a temporary closure while renovations and improvements are made to the property," said Craig Estey, President of Nevada Restaurant Services. Tropicana is a publicly traded company that, through its subsidiaries, owns and operates eight casinos and resorts in Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, Missouri, New Jersey and Aruba. Tropicana properties collectively have approximately 5,500 rooms, 8,000 slot positions and 270 table games. The company is based in Las Vegas, Nevada. Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements. This press release contains statements relating to the Company's plans, objectives, expectations and intentions, events and plans that are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements represent the Company's estimates and assumptions only as of the date of this press release. Such statements include, without limitation, statements regarding the Company's sale and lease-back of its River Palms casino to Nevada Restaurant Services, Inc. and its affiliate, Laughlin Hotel, LLC, the anticipated benefits to the Company of such sale, and the Company's expectation regarding the Laughlin, Nevada gaming market. These forward-looking statements are based upon assumptions made by the Company as of the date of this press release and are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. Such risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, that the Company may not realize the anticipated advantages of the sale, and the additional risk factors described in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company expressly disclaims any duty to provide updates to any forward-looking statements made in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. SOURCE Tropicana Entertainment Inc.

July 10, 2014 - 1:29pm
Live Parrots Hidden in Elmo
Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists at the Port of San Luis discovered two live parrots concealed inside an Elmo doll. Officers referred a California couple for an intensive agriculture inspection when they attempted to enter the United States on July 1. During the inspection, a CBP agriculture specialist located a bag of mangoes with seeds. Another agriculture specialist then asked to inspect the passenger's Elmo doll. An X-ray of the doll revealed an anomaly inside and the doll was cut open, revealing two live conures. The prohibited birds and fruit were seized under the Animal Health Protection Act and the Plant Protection Act. The couple were fined $300, which they agreed to pay by mail, and released without further incident. The birds were placed in a quarantine isolation crate and transferred to a USDA-Veterinary Services bird-holding facility. The seized mangoes were destroyed on site as per United States Department of Agriculture-approved destruction methods. Pet birds are regulated since they can carry viral and bacterial diseases of concern, including avian influenza, Exotic Newcastle Disease and psittacosis.

July 10, 2014 - 1:12pm
10 Summer Debunked Myths
1. Going In and Out of Air-Conditioned Buildings Can Make You Sick Big temperature swings don't make you vulnerable to colds. If you feel congested or start sniffling, it's likely due to summer allergies, says pulmonologist Neil Schachter, M.D., author of The Good Doctor's Guide to Colds and Flu. "People who have allergies—even small sensitivities—may be affected when moving from a clean-air environment into one that's full of Mother Nature's irritants," he says. 2. Don't Drink from the Garden Hose—It's Filled with Germs "No germs live specifically in garden hoses," says Charles Gerba, Ph.D., a professor of environmental science at the University of Arizona. But run the water for a few minutes anyway, to rinse off the hose nozzle—you never know what it's been sitting in. 3. Ease a Jellyfish Sting by Peeing on It This idea was made popular by a classic episode of Friends. It's just not true. Urine hasn't been proven to curb the hurt. What has: vinegar. "Its acidity is believed to inactivate the stingers and diminish the pain," says Stanford University School of Medicine emergency-medicine doctor Paul Auerbach, M.D., author of Medicine for the Outdoors. Soak a paper towel in white vinegar and hold it on the wound for about 30 minutes. 4. Stop a Wound from Bleeding by Dunking It in Saltwater The sea is actually full of bacteria, which can enter your cut and cause sores and fever. Instead, spit on it. "A digestive enzyme in saliva can clean wounds and kill microorganisms," says dermatology professor Adnan Nasir, M.D., of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Then apply a waterproof or liquid bandage, like New-Skin, to block bacteria. 5. If Water Is Stuck in Your Ear, Shake It Out Congratulations! You've given yourself a headache. Your ear canal is curved, so shaking often isn't enough to release the water, says Michael Seidman, M.D., director of otologic and neurotologic surgery for the Henry Ford Health System, in Michigan. The better approach: After tilting your head so the waterlogged ear faces down, place the tip of your index finger in the cuplike spot at the bottom of your ear, and position your thumb behind the ear on the cartilage above your earlobe. Hold firmly and wiggle your ear to straighten the ear canal and dislodge the water. 6. If Threatened by a Wild Animal, Freeze If running away makes you resemble frightened prey, just standing there says "frozen dinner." Michael Vaughan, Ph.D., a professor of wildlife science at Virginia Tech, advises acting like a big, threatening animal by opening your jacket or slowly waving your arms. Back away, and avoid eye contact. If you are attacked, grab a hefty tree limb and swing for the snout. One exception: Don't get tough with a grizzly. Roll yourself into a ball and play dead, and hope the bear just wants to play soccer. 7. Ignoring a Bug Bite Is the Best Way to Make it Go Away It's true that scratching is the worst thing you can do. This will inflame immune-system messenger proteins at the site, intensifying the itch, says Dr. Nasir. But instead of doing nothing, hold an ice cube on the bite. "Low temperatures slow the body’s chemical reactions and make the skin's itch signals travel sluggishly to the brain," says Dr. Nasir. For nagging bites, use Campho-Phenique antiseptic solution, which calms itches with camphor. 8. Campfire or Grill Smoke Isn’t Dangerous Smoke is smoke. It may smell like barbeque ribs, but that doesn't mean it's safe (neither are the ribs, for that matter). Particulates in smoke—no matter the source—can damage your lungs, says A. James Mamary, M.D., of the Temple Lung Center. Stay upwind and you'll be fine. 9. Running on the Beach Is Good for Your Feet and Legs The benefits of barefoot running don't apply at the beach. Running on soft, uneven sand puts extra strain on the ankle and foot ligaments, which can lead to ankle sprains, stress fractures, and bone bruising, says Timothy Downs, D.P.M., a podiatrist in Chelmsford, Massachusetts. If you can't resist a beach jog, run on the harder, wet sand. 10. Hot Tubs Can Make a Man Sterile Not if you have a normal sperm count, says Neil Baum, M.D., a urologist at the Tulane University school of medicine. However, if your sperm count is low, a hot tub will help keep it there and also make your boys slow swimmers. The fix: Keep the water temp lower than body temperature, about 97°F, or don't stay in longer than 10 minutes at a time.

June 16, 2014 - 11:39am
Mohave County Sheriff’s deputies arrested three Golden Valley residents Friday (6/13) morning. Jesse Clayton Webb, 36, was arrested for burglary, a fugitive from justice warrant issued out of Nevada, both felonies, and a failure to pay fines misdemeanor warrant issued by Kingman Justice Court. Jonathan William Glosch, 25, was arrested for burglary, felony, and a failure to appear misdemeanor warrant issued by Kingman Justice Court. James Patrick Webb, 51, was arrested on a probation violation felony warrant issued by Mohave County Superior Court and a failure to pay fines misdemeanor warrant issued by Kingman Justice Court. At about 3:15 a.m., deputies responded to an alarm call from a security company at a residence in the 6000 block of W Joseph Drive. Upon arrival, deputies observed two sheds on the property had their locks broken off. Deputies observed the front door of the house was unlocked. Deputies entered the residence and observed the place was in disarray. Deputies did not locate anyone inside the house. Deputies contacted the owner via the telephone and advised of the burglary. The following items were reported stolen; a Vizio television, jewelry and loose change. Investigations led deputies to a residence in the 7000 block of Stewart Mountain Road, about half of mile from the burglarized house. As deputies approached the residence, deputies observed individuals attempting to get in a car. Deputies contacted the individuals identified as Jesse Webb, Glosch and James Webb. A records check showed each of them to have active warrants. Jesse Webb, Glosch and James Webb were taken into custody without incident. Jesse Webb’s wallet was booked into evidence as it contained two credit cards belonging to the victim. Further investigations determined Jesse Webb and Glosch burglarized the house. Jesse Webb, Glosch and James Webb were transported and booked into the Mohave County Jail.

June 16, 2014 - 05:29am
Aquarius Casino Resort Team Members Bowl to Raise Money for Meals on Wheels
Aquarius Casino Resort team members and many individuals from the tri-state community, donned their bowling gear to participate in the 13th annual Silver Rider Bowling Tournament on Sunday, May 18, which benefitted the Southern Nevada Transit Coalition – Silver Rider Transit Meals on Wheels program. Over 100 bowlers participated in this year’s Silver Rider Bowling Tournament, which took place at the Riverside Lanes in Laughlin, and together raised an exciting $3,786. Forty Aquarius bowlers and one virtual bowler participated in this year’s event, raising a total of $820 for the cause. One hundred percent of the proceeds raised from the tournament go to support the Meals on Wheels programs for Laughlin and Searchlight, NV. “This fun event raises funds for an essential community program and we were extremely proud that we were able to participate again this year,” said Aquarius Casino Resort General Manager Sean Hammond. “The commitment our Aquarius team members have to making our community a better place for all is nothing short of inspiring.”Silver Rider Laughlin is a 501(c)(3) organization that provides public transportation in Laughlin and 12 other southern Nevada rural communities. Silver Rider also offers Meals on Wheels, which is an important nonprofit community program that provides nutritious meals to homebound seniors in Laughlin and Searchlight. In 2013 Silver Rider delivered an average of 70 meals a week. In addition to bowling, the fundraiser also included a silent auction, 50/50 drawing, raffle, and cash prizes for the top finishers. PHOTO: Aquarius Casino Resort team members participated in the 13th annual Silver Rider Bowling Tournament on Sunday, May 18, 2014. The tournament raises funds for the Southern Nevada Transit Coalition – Silver Rider Meals on Wheels program. Forty Aquarius bowlers and one virtual bowler participated in this year’s event, raising $820 for the cause.

June 12, 2014 - 10:59am
Mobile veteran services unit to visit MCC
Mohave County veterans will have the opportunity to receive benefits assistance on Tuesday, June 17 when the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) mobile service office travels to Mohave Community College’s Neal Campus-Kingman. “This is an excellent opportunity for veterans who live in rural areas to access face-to-face services and support regarding all of the benefits they are entitled to,” said Keith Sensing, MCC veteran services coordinator. “MCC is fortunate to be able to host the DAV for this special service activity.” The DAV mobile service office travels to designated stops throughout Arizona, California, Nevada and Oregon twice a year. MCC is one of four scheduled stops in northern Arizona in June and the only one in Mohave County. The DAV can assist veterans, retirees and their families. DAV professionals will be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, June 17 at Building 200 on MCC’s Neal Campus-Kingman at 1971 Jagerson Ave. Interested veterans are encouraged to visit and will be assisted on a first-come, first-served basis. The DAV is a nonprofit organization that works closely with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to ensure veterans are receiving all the benefits they earned through their military service, including benefits to assist with higher education expenses. MCC is approved by the VA to enroll eligible veterans, widows and dependents. The VA will only approve funding for veterans who are taking classes toward a certificate or an associate degree.The VA offers seven different educational benefits to veterans, including the Post-9/11 GI Bill available to veterans who received an honorable discharge after serving at least 90 days of active duty after Sept. 10, 2001. Other veteran benefit programs, like the Montgomery GI Bill, cover education expenses for eligible veterans who served prior to Sept. 11, 2001. MCC has agreements with 19 four-year colleges and universities nationwide to seamlessly transfer students’ MCC credits to those institutions toward a bachelor’s degree. For more information on MCC, go to or call (866) 664-2832 between 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends. The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) mobile service office will visit Mohave Community College’s Neal Campus-Kingman on June 17 to assist veterans with their benefits.

June 10, 2014 - 10:59am
Mohave County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Brenda Kay Dawson, 45, of Henderson, NV, early Tuesday (6/9) evening for possession of dangerous drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia, felonies. At about 6:08 p.m., deputies were dispatched to south of Desert Springs, Littlefield, in reference to a stuck vehicle on a road blocking traffic. Upon arrival, deputies observed a semi-truck that was stuck in the dirt on a 4-wheeler trail and blocking the entrance and exit of the roadway. Deputies contacted the driver identified as Dawson. Dawson advised that she was traveling from Henderson and decided to stop in Littlefield to go by the river. Dawson further advised that her semi-truck got stuck as she was driving down the road that leads to the river. A consent search of the vehicle revealed 7 syringes containing liquid. A syringe was field tested positive for methamphetamine. Dawson was taken into custody without incident. She was transported and booked into the Mesquite Jail in Nevada. The tow company had to use multiple tow trucks to get the semi-truck unstuck from the sand.