BBB Names 2017 Board, Adds Four New Business Leaders

BBB Names 2017 Board, Adds Four New Business Leaders

(Lake Havasu City, Arizona – February 15, 2017) Better Business Bureau Serving Central, Northern and Western Arizona (BBB) welcomes new industry expertise to its 2017 board of directors ranging from law enforcement and security to commercial cleaning and health and wellness.

David Lorenz, vice president and commercial relationship manager with First Fidelity Bank is BBB’s 2017 chairman, while Ken Bonham, partner at Lucid Agency, serves as vice chair. Mike Bontrager with Adolfson & Peterson Construction, Carrie Young with SRP and Gary Sneed with Desert Schools Federal Credit Union complete the board’s executive committee.

“Thanks to strong board leadership, our BBB relocated to a 30,000 foot campus in Central Phoenix last February. In the last year, we’ve become a meeting destination for local businesses and have created nearly 40 new jobs,” BBB President/CEO Matthew Fehling said. “I could not ask for a more engaged group of professions to help BBB ‘move the needle.”

Additionally, four Arizona business leaders join the 33-person, nonprofit board bringing diverse industry expertise. New BBB board directors include: 

  • Kim Anderson-Matich, CEO, Anderson Security Agency, Ltd.

  • Michael Kurtenbach, Executive Assistant Chief, Phoenix Police Department

  • Cheryl Lewis, Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Isagenix

  • Chris Sharfner, Owner, C & J Professional Cleaning Services

Organizations and expertise also represented on BBB’s 2017 board include:

Ashley Furniture Homestores

Beni.fit

Commit Agency

Cox Communications

CRC Broadcasting

Cue Financial Group, Inc.

Dircks Moving Services  

Donley Service Center

Ignite Creative Services  

John’s Refrigeration Heating and Cooling   

JLS Consulting

La Campesina Radio  

Mu Shu Asian Grill

ProCopy  

Reveal Concepts Co.

Shadow Mountain Auto Service  

Shamrock Foods

Snell & Wilmer

Sonora Quest Laboratories    

Sun Devil Auto  

Triad Consulting Corporation   

U.S. Postal Inspection Service

Yates Buick GMC  

Y Scouts

“It is a highlight of my professional career to serve as board chairman for the Greater Arizona Better Business Bureau in 2017.  Matthew Fehling is an empowering leader surrounded by a staff of uniquely talented, hardworking team members. Likewise, BBB is supported by a board of experienced Arizona business leaders who really care to make a difference for consumers and businesses in the community,” Lorenz said.  

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For more information or to schedule an interview with a BBB spokesperson, please contact Elaine Cullen at 928-302-3701 or ecullen@arizonabbb.org.

About Better Business Bureau Serving Central, Northern & Western Arizona

For more than 100 years, Better Business Bureau (BBB) has been helping people find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. In 2016, people turned to BBB more than 172 million times for BBB Business Reviews on more than 5.3 million businesses and 11,000 charities, all available free at bbb.org.  Incorporated locally in 1938, BBB serving Central, Northern and Western Arizona serves 10 counties through its campuses in Phoenix, Lake Havasu City, Prescott and Yuma, supported by over 11,300 BBB Accredited Businesses. Businesses that earn BBB Accreditation contractually agree and adhere to high standards of ethical business practices. BBB provides objective advice, free business reviews and charity reports, and educational information on topics affecting marketplace trust.

SPECIAL MCSO PRESS RELEASE

SPECIAL
MCSO PRESS RELEASE

February 10, 2017

REWARD OFFERED
Mohave Silent Witness is offering up to $750 reward for information in identifying this unknown female subject and/or any suspect information. Anyone with any information is asked to contact Detective John Goodwin at Mohave County Sheriff’s Office at (928) 753-0753 or Silent Witness at (888) 227-8780.


Composite sketches of this unknown person
(Image on the left appears to be younger while the image on the right may be older than this person)

 

The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a Death Investigation/Possible Homicide of an unknown female who was located on north Highway 93 between Kingman, Arizona and the Hoover Dam. The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your assistance in identifying the subject, See below for details:

African/American or Biracial female, black/dark brown hair, between the ages of 13 to 17, approximately 5 ft 7 inches tall, between 105 and 130 lbs, pierced ears, no scars or tattoos were noted.

Due to exposure and decomposition no photo was obtained. The body was discovered on 09-28-16 and estimation of exposure time was one to two weeks. Dental records were obtained and are being uploaded into the National database. DNA samples were obtained and are being processed for profile.

Attached are reconstruction images from the Nation Center for Missing and Exploited Children and a Reconstructionist from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations. These images are reconstructions and may only resemble the true image.

The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating leads with the assistance of NCMEC and agencies from Nevada and California.

At this time, the Mohave County Medical Examiner has been unable to determine cause of death.

If you have any information please contact Det. John Goodwin or the Detective Division at the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office at 928-753-0753 ext. 4288.


ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE ISSUED 9/29/16

DEATH INVESTIGATION – NORTH OF DOLAN SPRINGS

Mohave County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating the death of a female subject located off the roadway of Highway 93 north of Dolan Springs.  Early Wednesday (9/28) evening, at about 5:27 p.m., deputies responded to the scene.  Upon arrival, deputies contacted the reporting party.  The RP advised that he and his wife were hiking in the area when they came across a body in a ravine.

 

The Medical Examiner responded and conveyed the body.  The deceased subject is a young African American female approximate height 5’05” between 110 to 120 pounds with dark hair.  This investigation continues and autopsy results are pending.

 

Anyone with information on a missing person matching this description is asked to contact the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office at (928) 753-0753 or Silent Witness at (928) 753-1234.

 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Lee Williams High School

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

PRESENTED BY
THE UTAH SHAKESPEARES FESTIVAL’S EDUCATIONAL TOUR
AT LEE WILLIAMS HIGH SCHOOL
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1ST, 2017 7:00 PM
LOBBY OPENS AT 6:30PM
FREE (donations appreciated

sponsored by The Positive Alternative Campus
and
Lee Williams High School

For more information, please contact: Jennifer M. Potter at 928-753-8417
or Debbie Talk/Sarah Kucharek at 928-718-6000

Helpful Tax Information!


If you earned $53,505 or less last year, you could receive a larger refund if you qualify for the EITC. If you have three or more qualifying children, you could get a maximum credit of up to $6,269. Even if you don’t have children, it could mean up to $506 added to your tax refund.

Unlike most deductions and credits, the EITC is refundable. In other words, if you’re eligible, you may get a refund from the IRS even if you don’t owe tax. Last year, more than 27.5 million eligible workers and families received almost $66.7 billion in EITC; with an average EITC amount of more than $2,400.

IRS-certified volunteers at our VITA sites (contact River Cities United Way for details) can help you find out if you quality for EITC and help you prepare your taxes for free. There is also an online tool, the EITC Assistant, available on IRS.gov. You don’t need to guess about your eligibility – use the EITC Assistant to find out for sure. And, when checking your eligibility for EITC, don’t overlook other tax credits for which you may qualify.

Some refunds held until mid-February

A new law approved by Congress requires the IRS to hold refunds claiming the EITC and the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) until February 15. By law, the IRS must hold the entire refund – even the portion not associated with EITC or ACTC. This change helps ensure taxpayers receive the refund they are owed by giving the agency more time to help detect and prevent fraud.

The IRS will begin releasing these refunds on February 15, but you shouldn’t expect to see them deposited into your bank accounts until the week of February 27 – assuming there are no processing issues with the tax return.

You can track the status of your refund with the “Where is my tax refund?” tool available on IRS.gov or the IRS2Go mobile app.

Victory for Lake Havasu: Boating Restrictions Lifted

Victory for Lake Havasu!

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Fully Withdraws Lake Havasu Boating Restrictions.

 

Lake Havasu City resident Ryder Bliss (pictured above) is a ten-year-old who had his favorite wakeboarding spot closed for no legitimate reason in May 2015 due to federal overreach from the Fish and Wildlife Service.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced that beginning on February 1, 2017, the ½ mile backwater no-wake restriction for Lake Havasu that was designated in May 2015 will be lifted:

“After nearly two years of tirelessly fighting back against an arbitrary and overreaching bureaucratic decision, Lake Havasu will once again be open for all users. Lifting the boating restrictions on the ‘Ryde Spot’ marks a complete victory for the countless stakeholders and community leaders who stood shoulder to shoulder with me and spoke out when the very livelihood of Lake Havasu City was threatened. This win sends a clear message to all federal agencies that we the people have real power when united behind a worthwhile cause. We will not stand for lawless, unilateral actions by rogue bureaucrats.

“I applaud the efforts of the many individuals who were instrumental in today’s victory including: Lake Havasu City Mayor Mark Nexsen; the Arizona Game and Fish Department; the Lake Havasu Area Chamber of Commerce; U.S. Senator John McCain; Mohave County Supervisor Buster Johnson; the entire Bliss family including Nick, Jenni and my pal Ryder. Tip of the hat to Director Tuggle for finally seeing the light and listening to local stakeholders.

“As the new Refuge Manager takes over next month, the Lake Havasu community and I will remain vigilant to ensure that any future Compatibility Determination (CD) is enacted lawfully, allows for multiple-use and is developed using a bottom-up approach that keeps Lake Havasu open for business. I couldn’t be more excited about today’s victory and can’t wait to join Ryder Bliss for a day on the Reservoir.”

Congressman Gosar is very appreciative to everyone that played an important role in this effort

Contact Congressman Paul Gosar

Downtown Merchants Beer & Wine Walk Continues

Downtown Merchants Beer & Wine Walk Continues

January 19, 2017 (Kingman, AZ) On Saturday, February 11th, the Kingman Downtown Merchants Association (K.D.M.A) will be holding their fourth Beer & Wine Walk – this time in celebration of Valentine’s Day. The walk will be from 3 to 6pm, starting at The Standard newspaper located at 221 Beale Street. Cost is $20, which includes your souvenir wine glass and map designating the various stations to visit.  You can buy tickets ahead of time at www.kingmandowntownmerchantsassoc.com

The event will focus on building awareness for members of the K.D.M.A. while introducing the citizens of Kingman to the wide variety of businesses in Historic Downtown Kingman. Proceeds will aid in K.D.M.A.’s efforts to revitalize Downtown Kingman.

KDMA has also set dates for future walks – June 17th and October 21st. You’ll want to put those dates on your calendar now so you don’t miss them!

Participating merchants are members of the Kingman Downtown Merchants Association. For information about the event or on how to join K.D.M.A., call 928-715-2394 or visit their website at www.kingmandowntownmerchantsassoc.com