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Mohave County leaders call for action to protect rural water supplies

KINGMAN — This tiny Mojave desert city has traded at its crossroads since before the pop singer advised 20th-century travelers to head west on Route 66.

Cities and other parts of Mohave County along this storied route still use their proximity to Las Vegas, Phoenix and Southern California ports to attract manufacturers and distributors to the airport industrial park, where they can Fast access to Interstate 40 and freight rail service. Cabinet makers, for example, employ hundreds of people and pay enough to support their families.

“We get calls every day from site selection people,” said city manager Ron Foggin.

About 35,000 people in the region live in the city, with roughly the same number of homes in the suburbs, with room to grow. But the first question Fukukin asks potential employers is: Are you a big water user?

If so, he suggests, Kingman isn’t the place to get you excited.

To the north of town and beyond industrial parks and warehouses, sprawling farms grow miles of nut trees and alfalfa fields. But there, the locals were powerless to say “thank you, but no thank you”.

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