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Yuma Lettuce Days To Be Held This Weekend


Yuma Lettuce Days will begin on Saturday.
This year's headline chef is two-time Top Chef contestant Chris "CJ" Jacobson. Jacobson will present two live cooking demonstrations each day, backed up by an all-star talent lineup that includes a hometown gal turned cupcake baker, local chefs and even some school cooks who will share their secrets for satisfying more than 22,000 hungry kids every day. Also on tap, "kale gating," a beer garden, Kids' Ag-tivities, cooking contests, a farmers' market, fancy vegetable and ice carving, a salsa cantina where you can mix up a custom blend, plus a tasting event with beers, wines and an array of Read More »

Department Of Homeland Security Awards Contract To Build Security Towers Along Mexican Border In Arizona


The Homeland Security Department has awarded a $145 million dollar contract for a series of border security towers to be built along the Mexican border in Arizona.
Customs and Border Protection spokesman Michael Friel says the contact was given to EFW Incorporated, a government contractor from Fort Worth, Texas. Friel says the integrated fixed towers will detect, track, identify and classify suspicious activity along the Arizona border. The towers will start going up on the border later this year. No other details about the program were released. Homeland Security has been searching for several years for a combination of technology and manpower to secure the two-thousand-mi Read More »

El Centro Border Patrol Agents Arrest Suspected Narcotics Smuggler


On Tuesday, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station arrested a suspected narcotics smuggler with nearly nine-pounds of methamphetamine concealed in a false compartment within an SUV. Border Patrol agents encountered a 21-year-old woman driving a 2000 Mitsubishi Montero as she approached the Highway 86 checkpoint. A Border Patrol Canine Detection team alerted to the SUV and the woman was referred for further inspection. During the inspection, agents discovered nine individually wrapped packages of methamphetamine hidden inside a false compartment located underneath the floorboard behind the back seat. The methamphetamine had a combined weight of eight-point-eight-poun Read More »

Congressman Gosar Co-Sponsors Bill To Permanantly Ban Taxes On Internet


United States Congressman Paul Gosar issued the following statement after announcing his co-sponsorship of the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act, legislation that would amend the Internet Tax Freedom Act to make the current ban on state and local internet access taxes permanent. He said “My position on tax policy is clear: no new taxes. The last thing our nation needs is new taxes, especially on internet access. As the internet becomes an increasingly central part of modern life, Congress must protect the ability of millions of Americans to access online job applications, health care information, online marketplaces and educational platforms through the internet. This commonsense, one-line b Read More »

Safety Of Electronic Cigarretes Still Up For Debate


Electronic cigarettes often are advertised as a safer alternative to tobacco cigarettes, but there are still a lot of questions in Arizona about their safety. E-cigarettes provide users with nicotine through a liquid solution that also contains other substances and flavorings. Because they were invented only a decade ago and are not yet regulated, Thomas Glynn with the American Cancer Society says their safety is unknown.
A bill at the Arizona Legislature this session would have banned the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, prohibited the devices on school property and allowed business owners to prohibit their use. The bill was defeated in committee. A CDC survey found that from 2011 Read More »

Casa Grande Officer Disciplined For Shocking Prisoner


A Casa Grande Police Department has disciplined one of its employees for electronically shocking a handcuffed and shackled prisoner last year. Officer Thomas Anderson says a Police Department transport officer shocked the prisoner three times on May 28th 2013 when the inmate refused to get into a police van. Transport officer Cornelius Riley received a ten-hour suspension. Anderson says officers decide when and how to use force but that department policy discourages use of weapons when a suspect is restrained. The department's transport officers drive prisoners from Casa Grande to the Pinal County jail in Florence. They carry electronic control devices, pepper spray and batons, but not Read More »

Governor Jan Brewer Vetoes
 Religious Freedom Bill


Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has vetoed a bill that set off a national debate over gay rights, religion and discrimination.
The bill backed by Republicans in the Legislature was designed to give added protection from lawsuits to people who assert their religious beliefs in refusing service to gays. But opponents said it invited discrimination. Loud cheers erupted outside the Capitol building immediately after Brewer made her announcement Wednesday evening. Brewer said the bill quote – "could divide Arizona in ways we could not even imagine and no one would ever want." – unquote. Prominent Phoenix business groups said it would be another black eye for the state t Read More »

Arizona House Committee Approves Bill Allowing Classroom Teachers To Have Guns In School


An Arizona House committee has approved a bill allowing classroom teachers to have guns in schools. House Bill 2412 would allow school districts to authorize an unlimited number of teachers and other staff to be armed. They must complete 24-hours of training from approved instructors and yearly re-training. The guns must be kept in lockers and used only in emergencies like school shootings.
The Committee on Appropriations approved the bill seven-to-three on Wednesday. Supporters say the legislation would protect children and staff in the event of a mass shooting. Bill sponsor Representative David Stevens of Sierra Vista introduced a similar proposal last year, but it never received a Read More »

Strong Hearts Native Society Holding Annual Pow Wow This Weekend


The Strong Hearts Native Society will hold their annual Pow Wow this coming weekend in Winterhaven. The 34th Annual Event will be held on Friday , Saturday and Sunday . Lucy Allsup is the Miss San Pasquale High School Princess this year. She says modern pow wows mimic what has been held for generations. The events will begin Friday.

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Somerton Man Wanted For Drug Trafficking And 14 Year Old Boy Apprehend At San Luis Border


A Somerton man wanted on drug trafficking charges and a 14-year-old boy were apprehended over the weekend by United States Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Port of San Luis. Officers first referred 45-year-old Jesus Romero-Serrano for additional questioning when he attempted to enter the United States. During a routine records check, officers learned Romero was wanted on a probation violation for trafficking narcotics. After verifying the active warrant, Romero was arrested and turned over to the San Luis Police Department.
Friday, a local teen was arrested for attempting to bring more than one-half pound of  methamphetamine through the San Luis Port Read More »

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