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New Documentary Questions Sea World’s Orca Captivity


Should killer whales be kept in captivity and made to perform tricks for humans?  That is a question raised in the documentary called “Blackfish.”  The film opens with the tragic death of a Sea World trainer killed in 2010 by Tilikum the whale, and moves back in time to show orcas being captured as babies from their families in the ... Read More »

Body Found In Colorado River


The United States Border Patrol and the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office say a body was pulled from the Colorado River Friday.  Police say the body is that of a Hispanic male dressed in denim cutoffs and a dark colored t-shirt.  There are no signs of foul play and police continue to investigate. Read More »

Tempe Police Arrest Man Wanted For Crimes Committed In Yuma


Officials say a man was arrested Wednesday in Tempe, wanted for crimes committed in Yuma.  Christopher Martin Young was arrested by Deputy United States Marshals and Task Force Officers.  They say Young was on the state’s wanted list for Aggravated Assault and Burglary.  The Yuma Police Department says Young allegedly committed several wanton acts of domestic violence.  He also allegedly ... Read More »

New Contract Approved For Gasden Elementary School District Supervisor


Raymond Aguilera will serve as superintendent of the Gadsden Elementary School District through 2016 after surviving a close vote on his future.  The Yuma Sun reports that the district's governing board this week approved three-to-two a new contract, which requires Aguilera to be paid $112,000 annually.  The board's president, Luis Marquez, praised Aguilera for his efforts and said student achievement ... Read More »

17 Tons Of Marijuana Found In Tractor Trailer At Border


A record marijuana bust occurred on Thursday at the Calexico port of entry.  17 tons of marijuana were found in a tractor trailer.  2,400 packages of marijuana were hidden inside cardboard boxes behind pallets of computer parts.  The estimated value of the drugs is nearly $10-million. Read More »

Heavy Rains Shutdown 18-Mile Stretch Of Interstate 40


Heavy rains sweeping through parts of northern Arizona forced the closure of a stretch of Interstate-40 Saturday evening and prompted a flash flood watch. The Arizona Department of Transportation says an 18-mile stretch of the roadway was closed west of Flagstaff because the roadway was flooded.  The agency says that the interstate was shut down about 6:30pm and had fully ... Read More »

Golf Tournament To Benefit Families Of Granite Mountain Hot Shot Crew


A Hot Shot Golf Tournament to benefit the victims and families of the 19 firefighters who lost their lives trying to save others last month will be held in August.  The tournament will be played at several golf courses throughout Yuma County.  Event Coordinator Tony Silva says this benefit for the Hot Shot team is being put together with the ... Read More »

Border Patrol Discovers 285 Pounds Of Marijuana After Rescuing Men From River


United States Border Patrol agents from the Yuma Station’s Boat Unit rescued three men Thursday on the Colorado River.  Agents following footprints near the Colorado River and County Eighth Street observed five individuals attempting to swim west toward Mexico from the Arizona side of the river.  The boat unit was dispatched to the area where crewmembers observed two of the ... Read More »

Gosar Emphasizes His Resolution Of No Confidence In Holder


United States Congressman Paul Gosar spoke on the House floor for the second time in two days Thursday to shed light on Attorney General Eric Holder’s failure to seek justice. The speech was the second in a series of speeches listing the violations of the law and other transgressions made by the Attorney General.  Earlier this year, Congressman Gosar re-introduced ... Read More »

Colorado River Day Celebrated, With A Focus On Conservation


Five southwestern cities are celebrating this year’s Colorado River Day, marking the 92nd anniversary of renaming the Grand River as the Colorado River.  Events emphasize the benefits of the river system and the current and growing imbalance between supply and demand due to drought and overuse. At Thursday’s Phoenix observance, Mayor Greg Stanton noted that the Colorado provides half the ... Read More »

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