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July 30, 2014 - 08:32am
New Arizona Laws Take Effect
Home Hunter Promo PHOENIX — Beginning today, pawnbrokers can charge higher interest, bigger prizes will be available at some bars and restaurants, and some cough medicines will be off-limits to minors. State health officials will be able to inspect abortion clinics without first getting a warrant. And anyone who puts a naked photo of you on the Internet without your consent risks going to jail. That's because today is the effective date for most of the 278 laws signed by Gov. Jan Brewer. A few were declared emergencies and took effect on her signature; several others have delayed implementation dates. Right now, pawnbrokers can charge 8 percent interest for the first two months and 6 percent a month beyond that. The new law changes that to an initial rate of 13 percent, dropping to 11 percent after the second month. Critics charged there was no evidence the higher fees are necessary. As a "sweetener'' of sorts, the law requires a pawnbroker to waive any unpaid interest while someone in the service is deployed and for 60 days beyond that. They also cannot dispose of any pledged goods. A separate measure makes several changes in consumer loans, including increasing the permissible origination fee from $75 to $150. That measure on prizes deals with how much people can win at games of skill. The law keeps in place the current $4 limit on the value of prizes or tickets for winning any one game. But it allows people to accumulate enough tickets to walk away with merchandise worth up to $550, up from the current $35. It was pushed through by a lobbyist for Dave and Buster's chain of restaurants which also features various games. But it also would increase the value of prizes available at places like Chuck E. Cheese's and Peter Piper Pizza. The measure on cough medicines deals with products containing dextromethorphan, a commonly used cough suppressant. While generally considered safe at normal doses, lawmakers were told that high doses can cause hallucinations and other psychoactive effects. With that potential for abuse, the law says buyers must be at least 18. Elsewhere on the health front, a new state law prohibits insurance companies from charging higher copays or deductibles for certain cancer-treating drugs that are self-administered than they do for those which are administered by doctors. Physical therapists will be able to practice "dry needling'' without being licensed to perform acupuncture. And naturopaths will be able to practice telemedicine. Legislators also voted to allow unannounced inspections of abortion clinics by health inspectors, the same right they have over all other health facilities. A federal appeals court voided an identical provision in 2004 as unconstitutional. But proponents said changes in other state laws now make a requirement to get a warrant unnecessary. Changes were also made to various criminal laws. For example, one makes it a misdemeanor to point a laser at an occupied aircraft. Prior state laws covered only those who aimed them at police helicopters. There also are changes in laws on human trafficking, including new restrictions on how escort agencies and massage services can advertise. Another makes it a crime to provide someone the means to commit suicide, with other new laws on theft of trade secrets, helping a witness evade a summons and mutilating the genitals of a minor female. And the law on posting naked photos is designed to address "revenge porn,'' where someone may have taken a compromising photo during a relationship that was not meant to be shared with others. The law deals with what happens when the relationship ends, often badly, and the images get placed online. On a separate front, lawmakers voted to block homeowner associations from prohibiting indoor and outdoor political signs, including on the doors, walls and patios. HOAs would still be entitled to bar signs from going up earlier than 71 days before an election and could force their removal four days after the vote. The same law bars cities from requiring developers to form homeowner associations as a condition of getting the necessary building permits or zoning; Lawmakers also spelled out that autopsy photos and similar images produced by the county medical examiner are not public records. That legislation followed the Yarnell Hill Fire and efforts by some media outlets to get more details on the deaths of the 19 firefighters. But a compromise worked out spells out that a judge can release these materials if that is in the public interest. Another new law effective today also lets gamblers place bets by phone. It permits what is called "advance deposit wagering" on horse and dog races. That would allow betting by phone, not only on the handful of races that still occur in Arizona, but on other tracks throughout the country. But officials at the Department of Racing say the system is not quite ready to go yet, with the agency still crafting the necessary rules. That same law also makes changes in dog racing statutes, including requirements for the Department of Racing to make available to the public a list of racing-related injuries and deaths of animals. Other measure of some note include: - Setting up a fund to remove tamarisk and mesquites which otherwise would use water; - Requiring state regulatory agencies to have a "small business bill of rights'' to inform people of how to appeal or complain; - Making changes to laws governing wineries and the days they can have tasting festivals; - Expanding eligibility for a voucher-like program to let certain children use tax dollars to attend private and parochial schools; - Establishing a "silver alert'' system to notify the public of missing or endangered seniors; - Changing existing laws dealing with those who operate watercraft while under the influence of alcohol; - Allowing owners of alternative fuel vehicles to escape emission inspections for the first five years, up from three years; - Creating a new tax credit for investment in renewable energy sources if the power will be used for manufacturing; - Exempting manufacturers and smelters from having to pay state sales taxes on electricity and natural gas they purchase; - Declaring city and town council seats vacant if the council member no longer resides in the community; - Imposing new requirements on commercial trampoline courts; - Requiring counties of at least 150,000 that now have three supervisors to put the question of expanding the board to five on the next general election ballot; - Further limiting the ability of cities to regulate "sign walkers,'' people who advertise businesses by holding signs to attract the attention of passing motorists; - Mandating state emergency officials to prepare recommendations for how people should be ready for an electromagnetic pulse from a nuclear device that would paralyze the power grid; - Allowing golf carts in age-restricted communities in Maricopa County to be driven on the paved shoulder of a road; - Lowering the state taxes on cider made from pears; - Replacing all existing references to "handicapped'' in state law instead to "persons with disabilities.''

July 30, 2014 - 08:29am
Havasu Youth Closing After 35 Years
Havasu for Youth announced Tuesday it will close its doors Aug. 8 after 35 years of service to the community. The program served about 1,000 kids a year through different programs such as Project Graduation, Peer to Peer, the Fus!on teen center, and other after school programs, said Dianna Butler, thr group’s executive director. Butler said the decision was made after a major sponsor, which provided about 40 percent of Havasu for Youth’s budget, cut funding by 70 percent. She said the organization could go on no longer after a long line of funding cuts. “Unfortunately Fus!on isn’t self-sustaining,” she said. “There is a large overhead cost of running the building. It cost about $6,000 a month. That’s a lot of money to pay for an organization with an operating budget of $200,000…It’s responsible to make this decision. We want to exit gracefully after 35 years. We’ve struggled financially for years.” Butler expressed her gratitude to sponsors and volunteers, who have helped over the years. “We thank the community of Lake Havasu City, service groups, local businesses, individual donors, volunteers, River Cities United Way, the City of Lake Havasu and our Platinum Sponsor, Mohave State Bank for all of your support,” Butler said. “Your volunteerism, donations and support have made it possible to reach thousands of youth in our community. “It’s awfully sad,” Butler said. “I’ve had such a great opportunity meeting all the kids. We’ve had a lot of positive outcomes. I still keep in touch with some of these kids who are in college.” Youth organizations are necessary and studies show that kids who attend them are more likely to obtain education after high school, Butler said. “It’s critical to have an organization to support our youth,” Butler said. “They need mentors and positive influences. Maybe another organization will be able to step up and offer something to the kids in this community.” Lake Havasu News Herald

July 30, 2014 - 08:02am
Millions of Android Phones Vulnerable to Data Theft
Bluebox Security, the same outfit that last year identified a worrisome (but thankfully patched) flaw in the Android app-packaging system, has done it again. On Tuesday, the company said it had found a new Android vulnerability that potentially allows the stealthy theft of information from millions of devices. Those with old Android handsets that no longer receive firmware updates are particularly at risk. However, as with the last time round, Android fans should check the details before freaking out – they’re probably not going to get hurt if they only install apps through the Play Store. The “Fake ID” vulnerability lies in the way Android processes the digital signature identities attached to apps from a handful of vendors. The operating system is configured to automatically accept Adobe apps, for example, and those from certain other vendors including device management outfit 3LM.

July 25, 2014 - 4:29pm
MCC PSA-Students Graduate from Practical Nursing Program at MCC
Students graduate from practical nursing program at MCC Fifteen practical nursing students received their professional pins from Mohave Community College during a ceremony conducted at MCC$B!G(Bs Bullhead City campus on July 24. MCC congratulates Bullhead City residents Ryoko Arai, Tracy Davis, and Leticia Prieto. From Lake Havasu City, Carly Ann Burk, Gary Talmadge Kunkel, and Donna Christine Wheeler. Kingman residents Julie Ann Baker, Tanya Maria Blais, Heather Maye Harris, Sylvia M. Hurt, William $B!H(BBilly$B!I(B Fredrik Lonon, Jr., Inez Sanchez, Brittney Ann Schmidt, Rebekah Lee Volker, and Erica L. Vollmer. The practical nursing (PN) program was the first allied health program at MCC when classes began in 1971. Students who complete the PN program must also pass a licensure exam to begin working in their new careers. Graduates of the program can also continue their education to earn registered nursing degrees. Residents who are interested in enrolling into the college and receiving financial aid are encouraged to take the first step of filling out the applications for both MCC and financial aid right away in order to allow time to complete the process. For more information, go to to chat with a live agent or call (866) 644-2832 between 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays or 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends. To learn more about the Mohave Community College Nursing Programs, go to

July 25, 2014 - 4:27pm
Donation Makes Golden Valley Home Safe From Fite
Golden Valley Firefighters install smoke alarms in the home of Golden Valley resident Debra Eaton under the newly developed "Robert P. Davies Memorial Residential Fire Safety Program", budget named after the late Robert Davies. Debra qualified because she is becoming a guardian to three minors, and safety requirements are mandated by the Arizona Children Association, before the guardianship can take place. Prior to his death, Mr. Davies anonymously gave the Fire District $1,000.00 cash for this fund after being awarded the Carnegie Hero Fund award for his part in the rescue of a woman from a house fire in Golden Valley. Following his death, Robert's girlfriend Earlene Mahar and his family partnered with the Golden Valley Fire District to make his anonymous donation public and to establish the fund to help those who requested the smoke alarms who needed the financial assistance from the District to purchase and protect their home. Persons wishing to donate to this perpetual fund are encouraged to call GVFD at 565-3479 or come by the Administrative offices at 3327 N. Mayer Rd.

July 25, 2014 - 07:14am
Gas Prices Making a Slide Downwards
Phoenix, July 24, 2014. Gas prices slipped this week, despite the violence overseas. The price of a gallon of gas in Arizona fell almost 2 cents to $3.553, while the national average dropped 4 cents to $3.55. ā€œAbundant refinery production has trumped geopolitical tensions for now,ā€¯ said Linda Gorman, director of communications and public affairs. ā€œEven with crude prices continuing to trade above $100, weā€™re anticipating gas prices to continue to slide.ā€¯ Tucson and Flagstaff hold the low and high state fuel averages at $3.373 and $3.792 per gallon, respectively. South Carolina and California hold the lowest and highest average prices for the lower 48 states at $3.287 and $4.023 per gallon, respectively. Statewide $3.553 -1.7 From Last Week and -0.8 Change From Last Year $3.578 National $3.550 -4.0 From Last Week and -13.1 Change From Last Year $3.660

July 25, 2014 - 05:27am
News To Correct Story On Havasu's London Bridge
LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. -- A British tabloid will issue a correction Monday for a story stating Arizona's own London Bridge could be bulldozed to make way for drug tourism, Lake Havasu City officials said. Philippa Kennedy, ombudsman for The Sun, said in a letter sent to city officials that the correction will be printed on page two of the newspaper, the Today's News-Herald ( reported. Lake Havasu City Convention and Visitors Bureau CEO Doug Traub, who received the letter, said The Sun also plans to send a reporter to the city for a follow-up piece. The Sun had reported the bridge was cracking, and Lake Havasu City planned to demolish it and turn the area into a haven for marijuana users called Hemped in Havasu. Marijuana is illegal in Arizona, except for the treatment of certain medical conditions. Lake Havasu City officials heard about the story in The Sun after a local resident from a London suburb showed them a copy of the tabloid. They say it was a slap in the face, particularly when more than $600,000 in bridge improvements is planned for this summer. "It's one of the most preposterous and inflammatory articles ever written about our city, and we will respond in kind," Traub said at the time before demanding a retraction and an apology from the newspaper. The online edition of the article has since been retracted. The bridge, which spans a channel between the shoreline and an island in Lake Havasu City, was sold by the British government in 1968 to Robert P. McCullouch, the city's founder. The bridge was dismantled in London, transported to Lake Havasu and reassembled during a three-year period. It is the only bridge leading to the island where boats launch on Lake Havasu and one of the state's major tourist attractions. Some 12,000 vehicles cross it daily. The improvements planned this summer — to drain water from one of the support piers and to create an entryway into the bridge to ensure workers' safety — would extend the life of the bridge by at least another 40 years, city officials said. Read more here:

July 25, 2014 - 05:23am
Sleep - The Best Way To Lose Weight
If you want to lose weight, be sure to get enough sleep. Most people know they should cut calories and exercise more to trim down, but there's now significant scientific evidence that another critical component to weight control is avoiding sleep deprivation, sleep scientists say. "There is no doubt that insufficient sleep promotes hunger and appetite, which can cause excessive food intake resulting in weight gain," says Eve Van Cauter, director of the Sleep, Metabolism and Health Center at the University of Chicago. She has spent 15 years studying the topic. Sleep deprivation probably affects every process in the body, she says. "Our body is not wired for sleep deprivation. The human is the only mammal that does this." Her research and that of others may help explain why so many people who are chronically sleep-deprived also are overweight, and it could be part of the reason sleepy college students, new parents and shift workers pack on pounds. Studies have shown that when people don't get enough sleep they: * Have increased levels of a hunger hormone called ghrelin and decreased levels of the satiety/fullness hormone called leptin, which could lead to overeating and weight gain. * Consume about 300 calories a day more than when they are well-rested. Overall, most of the extra calories came from high-fat foods. * Snack more and do less physical activity. * Eat more than what is needed to cover the energy cost of staying awake longer, especially at night, which can lead to significant weight gain. Research has showed that when study participants didn't get enough sleep for five days, they consumed more carbohydrates and gained nearly 2 pounds in that time. "When people are sleepy, they make poor food choices and are more likely to eat more than they need," says Kenneth Wright, director of sleep and chronobiology laboratoryat the University of Colorado in Boulder.

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