On November 4, 2017, the Mohave County Board of Supervisors granted approval to rename a portion of Yellowstone Road in Canebeds, Arizona, to LaVoy Finicum Road. The Finicum family were among the first families to settle in the Cane Beds area. They along with other members of the community wished to memorialize Robert “LaVoy” Finicum who died during a standoff with federal officials at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Oregon in January 2016.
Although most individuals who lived along the stretch of road approved of the name change, the request was initially denied by the Mohave County Planning and Zoning Department. The denial was due to concerns that it may lead to confusion for Colorado City Hildale Fire Department emergency responders. Supporters of the measure cleared up the concern, garnering a letter from Mayor Joseph Allred clarifying his position, stating that he did not oppose the measure.
The meeting in Kingman, Arizona was attended by several supporters of the measure, including family, neighbors, and supporters. All the individuals who spoke before the board offered words in support of the measure. Some paid impassioned tribute to Finicum’s memory and cause. The vote came down to a 3-2 decision in favor of the measure. County Supervisors Buster Johnson and Jean Bishop voted against the measure.