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Memorial Service For DPS Officer Tim Huffman To Be Held Wednesday

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Memorial services for fallen Department of Public Safety Officer Tim Huffman are scheduled for Wednesday morning at 9am at the Yuma Civic Center.  Huffman was killed last week while investigating an accident on Interstate-Eight near Wellton.  33-year-old Jorge Espinoza was arrested and charged on 21 counts.  He posted a $200,000 bond and was released.  He is expected to appear in ... Read More »

Arizonans Are Driving Less

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Arizona’s driving boom is over.  A new report from the Arizona PIRG Education Fund says total vehicle travel miles peaked in 2007.   PIRG’s Serena Unrein says driving is likely to decline further because of demographic changes involving the millennial generation – those born between 1983 and 2000. Unrein says Millennials are more likely to live in walkable neighborhoods and ... Read More »

Walk And Roll 2K To Benefit Homeless Veterans

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The Yuma Community based Outpatient Clinic will hold a Veteran’s Administration 2K Walk and Roll on Wednesday morning with registration starting at 6:45am. VA employees are asked to donate personal hygiene items for the homeless such as underwear, socks, foot care items, boots, backpacks, reusable water bottles and reading glasses.  The walk is open to the public and is free ... Read More »

Border Patrol Arrests 12 Smugglers Over The Weekend

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United States Border Patrol agents from the Yuma Sector arrested 12 drug smugglers and seized a combined 564 pounds of marijuana over the weekend.  The drugs have an estimated street value of $282,000.  Agents working southeast of Gila Bend apprehended a group of six drug smugglers carrying 219-pounds of marijuana Friday night after an agent spotted the group using night ... Read More »

Brewer’s Proposed Medicaid Expansion May Hinge On House Speaker Tobin

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Governor Jan Brewer's proposal to expand the state's Medicaid program to 300,000 more poor Arizonans may pass or fail based on just one person in the Legislature.  That person is Republican House Speaker Andy Tobin of Paulden.  Tobin has talked repeatedly about making sure hospitals do not pass on to insurers a new tax that will pay for the state's ... Read More »

Delivery Of Recycling Containers Begins Today

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The new curbside recycling service in Yuma will begin today with the delivery of the first wave of blue containers.  The first containers will be delivered to homes along Lorenzo Lane in the Tamarack subdivision.  It will take about 14 weeks to roll out all of the containers.  Once residents get their containers, pickup service will start the following week.  ... Read More »

Report Shows Paying Rent Can Be A Severe Burden For Many Arizonans

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Just because you have a job does not mean you can pay the rent in Arizona.  A new report from the nonprofit Center for Housing Policy, shows an increasing number of renters are spending more than half their income on housing.   Report co-author Maya Brennan says about one in four working renters in the state are dealing with what ... Read More »

United Way Helps Yuma Tax Payers Maximize Their Refund

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Over $2.5 million in tax refunds were obtained for taxpayers in Yuma County by the United Way of Yuma County.  The Yuma Sun reports that IRS certified volunteers assisted over 1,000 residents for taxpayers earning 51,000 or less per year.  The volunteers also helped taxpayers save $1.5 million in Earned Income Tax Credits and more than $550,000 in Child Tax ... Read More »

Truck Driver Responsible For Crashing Into DPS Officer Makes Court Appearance

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A commercial truck driver accused of killing a public safety officer appeared in court on Saturday.  33-year-old Jorge Espinoza was arrested the day before and faces multiple charges in the crash that killed DPS Officer Tim Huffman – including one count of reckless manslaughter, 13 counts of endangerment, and seven counts of criminal damage and defacing property.  Director Robert Halliday ... Read More »

Medical Marijuana Dispensary Set To Open In Yavapai County

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The first medical marijuana dispensary in Yavapai County is set to open this week in Chino Valley.  Organica Patient Group President R.J. Alarcon tells the Prescott Daily Courier that the dispensary could open as early as Wednesday.  More than 35,000 people in Arizona have medical marijuana cards. Yavapai County has more than 2,400 cardholders.  A marijuana growing facility already is ... Read More »

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