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Car club tower complete, overall project inches forward
By GREG MOBERLY TODAY’S NEWS-HERALD
By JAYNE HANSON TODAY’S NEWS-HERALD
A three-sided art tower depicting the collection of car clubs based in Lake Havasu City is the first to be completed for a project that conceptually started about three years ago. The tower is the most forward one of the group of six towers. It also is the only one that won’t be affixed with shade covers. Overall, the volunteer project now is beginning to inch forward. The car club art tower was unveiled during a street scene event Sunday on McCulloch that was hosted by eight local car clubs including Over the Hill Gang, Havasu Classics, Havasu Antique car club, One Summer Night, Outcasts car club, Relics and Rods, Lake Havasu Drag Racing Association, and River Cruisers. Over the Hill Gang car club president Dick
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The car club art tower is the first of six decorative towers to be unveiled at the Lake Havasu Sunrise Rotary Club Pima Wash art center on McCulloch. It was unveiled Sunday at a street scene event Sunday. Raczuk stated in an email to Today’s News-Herald that the unveiled tower was received by a standing ovation Sunday. The tower was a col-
laborative effort of local hotrod enthusiasts. Efforts included Raczuk’s design, Joel Mattice’s art manipulation, Lance Gibbs’ hand-carved
hood ornament and Ed Coyer’s odds-and-ends errands to pull it all together. See TOWER, Page 5
LHUSD approves each school’s Performance Pay Site Based Goals By KIM BURGESS TODAY’S NEWS-HERALD
Vocabulary and math are the two highest priorities for local schools, with teachers striving to boost test scores in those areas during the 2013-2014 academic year. Tuesday, Lake Havasu Unified School District approved each school’s Performance Pay Site Based Goals, which they submitted
after reviewing testing data and discussing the plan with staff. The name refers to the fact that meeting the goals is connected to teachers receiving yearly performance pay. Oro Grande Elementary School, Thunderbolt Middle School and Lake Havasu High School placed vocabulary improvement as the top need. Havasupai Elementary School, Starline Elementary School, Nautilus Elementary
School and Jamaica Elementary School chose math, while Smoketree listed both math and vocabulary. Each school’s submitted goals contain specific quantified targets; for instance, Smoketree Elementary School would like 70 percent of students to “perform at the 70 percent mastery level or See GOALS, Page 5
Police seek information about dead man in Pima Wash By JAYNE HANSON TODAY’S NEWS-HERALD
Lake Havasu City Police Department officials continue to piece together information about an unidentified man whose remains were discovered Saturday in Havasu’s Pima Wash. Body decomposition progression is pegged at about two days the man
had been deceased. The scenario has authorities judging the man’s age to be 20-35 years of age. The body is that of a white male with reddish dyed hair and approximately 5’10” tall and between 160-210 pounds. The male was wearing a pair of white colored board shorts when he was found by police. The male also had the following tat-
toos that may assist in the identification process described as “Aubrey” on the right forearm just below the elbow; “Rose” on the left forearm just below the elbow; “Shaunte” on the outside of the left wrist in cursivestyle writing; a heart with a bloodshot eyeball is just above the word “Shaunte;” and “WADE” across the upper back.
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If it’s run by the federal government, local residents probably are wondering how the shutdown could impact a variety of area activities and governmental business that isn’t state or locally managed. Because of the shutdown, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) officials responsible for the Lake Havasu City area weren’t available to conduct their job and return calls for comment Tuesday. But an IRS satellite office in the Interagency Council, 1940 Mesquite Ave., in the heart of town is one noticeable local hit from the shutdown. Michael Eigenbrodt, president/CEO of Interagency Council said he received notice from the IRS that an office that has been set up allowing virtual face-to-face service and interactions with an IRS agent at a remote location has been shut down. The Virtual Service Delivery opened in February at Interagency as a way to help people with questions on their federal tax returns. Interagency has nothing to do with the IRS office’s operations other than providing the office space and technical support when needed. For taxpayers seeking assistance, only automated applications on the regular 1-800-829-1040 website telephone line will remain open, according to the IRS website. The IRS website specifically says its operations are limited during the shutdown, but taxpayers should continue to file and pay taxes as normal. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) which manages the Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge and Havasu National Wildlife Refuge are impacted by Congress’ inability to reach a budget agreement as well. The BLM website doesn’t refer to specific locations, but, in general, the site says recreation areas, including campgrounds, visitor centers and concessions are closed because of the federal government shutdown. Some of the BLM services and programs listed as closed also include: range management restoration, wild horse and burro adoptions, processing of permit applications to drill for oil and gas and work on resource management plans. BLM services and programs that remain open include: law enforcement and emergency response, wild horse and burro holding facilities management and firefighting. See LOCAL, Page 7
Arizonans without insurance can now sign up online By BOB CHRISTIE ASSOCIATED PRESS
PHOENIX — Arizonans without employer-provided health insurance were finally able to shop for policies Tuesday on a federally run website, with nonprofits providing outreach and assistance to potential enrollees trying to navigate the process. The website (http://www.healthcare.gov) lets individuals shop for different levels of insurance and see if they're eligible for subsidies to help pay some of the costs. Gov. Jan Brewer decided Arizona should join the federal exchange rather than run a state marketplace. The website was having problems handling all the traffic, but there was no reason to rush. People can sign up as late as Dec. 15 and still have coverage in place on Jan. 1, said Allen Gjersvig, director of health care innovation at the Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers. The new program is a key part of President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, but many people were struggling to get onto the website and sign up. See HEALTH, Page 7
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Fence donated to Starline Elementary BY KIM BURGESS TODAY’S NEWS-HERALD
Students at Starline Elementary School are safer thanks to a 6-foot security fence made possible by Lake Havasu Sunrise Rotary. The Rotarians funded the project with $1,190 from local members and $3,000 provided by a Rotary district grant, which they applied for last year. On Tuesday, the group and school
administrators celebrated the completion of the roughly 200 feet of new fencing that now surrounds most of the school. Armor Fence Company began the installation on Sept. 6 and finished last week. Many areas had been completely unfenced and open to the public. “We’re very thankful,” said Starline Elementary School administrative assistant Kerry Young. “It has definitely secured our campus. Before,
kids could just go out a door and they would be outside.” John Nygren, head of the foundation for Sunrise Rotary Club, said it was satisfying to see the school get infrastructure that it needs, particularly in tight budget times. “It did some good,” said Nygren, whose daughter teaches fourth grade at Starline. You can contact the reporter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
QUICK READ JUDGE DECIDING DEATH ROW MAN'S CLEMENCY SUIT PHOENIX — A federal judge is considering whether to temporarily block an Arizona execution to give the inmate's lawyers time to prove the state clemency board can't give him a fair hearing because of interference from Gov. Jan Brewer's office. Lawyers for Edward Schad asked U.S. District
Judge Roslyn Silver on Tuesday to postpone his scheduled Oct. 9 execution. Former members of the state clemency board testified they believed they lost their jobs because they voted for clemency in two high-profile cases. They also said Brewer's chief of staff was angry about the requests, which Brewer denied. Assistant Attorney General Kelly GillianGibson urged Silver to
deny the request. She said Schad's lawyers hadn't shown current board members weren't impartial. The 71-year-old Schad was convicted in the 1978 killing of a Bisbee man. FLAGSTAFF WOMAN DIES ON GRAND CANYON RAFTING TRIP GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK — A woman who died while on a private rafting trip in the
Grand Canyon last week has been identified. Grand Canyon National Park officials on Tuesday confirmed that the victim was 67-year-old Mary Simpson. Park spokeswoman Kirby-Lynn Shedlowski says officials were called about the death on the Colorado River last Wednesday. No other details have been released yet. — Associated Press
NM murder trial enters closing argument phase By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN ASSOCIATED PRESS
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Escaped prisoner John McCluskey killed a retired Oklahoma couple in cold blood while he was on the run and should be convicted of capital murder for his 2010 crime spree, the prosecution said in closing arguments Tuesday. "This is a man who was willing to shoot and kill to get what he wants," Assistant U.S. Attorney Linda Mott told an Albuquerque jury. McCluskey is being tried on federal carjacking, murder and other charges in the August 2010 deaths of Gary and Linda Haas of Tecumseh, Okla. The couple's charred remains were found among the wreckage of their burned-out travel trailer on a remote ranch in eastern New Mexico. Mott told the jurors that the only possible verdict after a monthlong trial is guilty on all counts. Among the evidence, she said, are fingerprints and DNA on the murder weapon and inside the Haases' stolen pickup truck. "He did it in cold blood," she said. "He did it to take their stuff. He did it not to leave witnesses and he did it to get away." Closing arguments by the defense were postponed until Wednesday due to an electrical problem that forced the closure of the courthouse. Prosecutors rested their case last week after calling dozens of witnesses, including McCluskey's cousin and girlfriend, Casslyn Welch, and his former prison bunkmate, Tracy Province. Both alleged in testimony that McCluskey was the triggerman. Defense attorneys, without calling any witnesses of their own, tried to discredit Welch and Province. They accused the two of cooperating with prosecutors in exchange for leniency. Welch and Province pleaded guilty last year and face life sentences.
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MOHAVE COMMUNITY COLLEGE ‘FIRST THURSDAYS’ Mohave Community College is hosting its monthly “First Thursdays” from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3 on each of its campuses. Spring enrollment begins Oct. 28 and new students are encouraged to start the process now to allow enough time to properly process financial aid, if needed, and avoid long waits for class registration that tend to occur at the last minute. The event is designed to make enrollment smooth and easy, and to acquaint everyone with the programs and services offered by the college. At MCC’s Lake Havasu City campus, tours of the campus’ allied health programs, such as physical therapist assistant and surgical technology, will be available, along with representatives from other allied health programs to answer questions about new careers. The campus’ office that assists adults with taking their General Education Development exam (GED) will also extend its hours until 6 p.m. Thursday. Light refreshments will be served. The campus is located at 1977 Acoma Blvd., West. For those students who still need to determine their true career calling, they can visit www.mynextmove.org to start the process. During the spring semester, MCC is offering a new visual communica-
tions program to provide a foundation in art and design for students who wish to continue their education and complete a bachelor’s degree with a design focus in graphics, video game production, industrial, environmental, landscape, urban or interior. The college is also beginning a certified production technician (CPT) program that teaches the necessary skills for various positions within manufacturing industries. Those who aren’t sure which program would suit them best have a great opportunity to find those answers at “First Thursday” from 4-7 p.m. Oct. 3. For more information about MCC, go to www.mohave.edu or call (866) 664-2832. ‘SATURDAYS @ MCC’ Friends, families, community groups and lifelong learners can now register for Mohave Community College Saturday personal enrichment classes. “Saturdays @ MCC” is scheduled to begin Saturday, Oct. 5 and will offer weekly classes until December. The program provides a variety of affordable workshops offered in the morning and afternoon at each of MCC’s three southern campuses. Participants must preregister and pay for their classes to reserve their spaces. The full schedule is located online at calen-
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Pictured (L-R) are Pat Nelson and Marie Smith working on their stones in a jewelry class offered thorough “Saturdays @ MCC” in February 2013. The classes resume this Saturday. dar.mohave.edu. “This program is an ideal way to spend some quality time with family and friends and learn skills that have always interested you,” said Cheryl MacLean, community education manager. “We’ve put together array of classes to satisfy a variety of interests and will also serve as a great way to meet new people.” Some of the Saturday classes to be offered include charcoal and pencil drawing on the Bullhead City campus, the Lake Havasu City campus will offer ballroom dancing and introduction jewelry classes and the Neal CampusKingman will offer book binding, an introduction to DNA-based genealogy research and a “Conservation Experience,” which explores Mohave County’s natural resources. The majority of class
fees range from $15 to $30; the fees include the cost of supplies where applicable. MCC now offers easy online registration for its Community Education courses. Participants should go to calendar.mohave.edu (do not enter “www”) to access the “Community Education Courses” available Saturdays. Once the course is chosen, click on the link to the course name and locate the “Register” icon to complete the enrollment. For more information, go to calendar.mohave.edu. MCC staff is available to assist with online enrollment from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week by calling (866) 664-2832. — Staff Reports
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