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Pilot Walks Away From Crop Dusting Helicopter Crash In Somerton

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The pilot of a crop dusting helicopter in Somerton survived and walked away without injuries following an early Saturday morning crash.  The helicopter crashed in the area of Main Street and Avenue “G”.  The pilot, identified as a 35-year-old man, was extricated from his helicopter and was able to walk away from the accident.  The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating ... Read More »

Sequester Cuts Hurt The National Institutes Of Health

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When Congress passed the sequester cuts as part of the Budget Control Act of 2011, across-the-board reductions were imposed on a number of agencies. The National Institutes of Health lost five percent of their budget, about $1.6 billion. Pam Miller of the American Heart Association says those cuts will hurt.  Miller says the cuts take the NIH backward several years. ... Read More »

Board Of Supervisors To Discus Juvenile Court Issues Today

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The Yuma County Board of Supervisors will meet this morning at 8:15am.  Items on the agenda include several issues involving Juvenile Court – including increasing the budget to add a part time CASA coordinator and several other budget related issues.  The meeting will be held at the Yuma County offices in downtown Yuma. Read More »

Yuma Desalting Plant To Conduct Emergency Drill

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An emergency drill is scheduled for Tuesday at the Yuma Desalting Plant on the west side of Yuma.  The Yuma Sun says sirens will be sounded in connection with the drill around 1pm.  The drill will simulate an accidental release of chlorine at the plant.  Such drills are conducted annually.  No action or response by businesses or residents nearby the ... Read More »

Brewer To Attend Memorial Services For Fallen Peace Officers

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Arizona Governor Jan Brewer plans to attend two memorial ceremonies honoring fallen peace officers.  She will speak at the Arizona Department of Public Safety's fallen officer memorial ceremony at DPS headquarters this morning. Then she is scheduled to speak at the annual Arizona Peace Officers Memorial Service at the Capitol tonight.  Two officers who died last year are being honored. Read More »

Giffords Honored With Profile In Courage Award

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Former United States Representative Gabrielle Giffords has received the 2013 Profile in Courage award at the John F. Kennedy Library.  Giffords received the award Sunday in recognition of the political, personal, and physical courage she has demonstrated in her fearless public advocacy for policy reforms aimed at reducing gun violence.  Giffords, who was seriously wounded in a 2011 shooting, and ... Read More »

Orajel Creator Dies

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Family members say David Morris Kern, the creator of Orajel, a medicine aimed at fighting toothaches and later mouth sores, has died.  He was 103.  Kern died peacefully Friday at a group home in Paradise Valley.  Born in 1909 in Manhattan and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Kern worked as a pharmacist before becoming a salesman for Norwich and Warner ... Read More »

Border Patrol Apprehends 21 Drug Smugglers

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United States Border Patrol agents from the Yuma Sector arrested 21 drug smugglers and seized a combined 783 pounds of marijuana in two days valued at more than $390,000. Agents working 20 miles west of Gila Bend Wednesday night apprehended a group of 17 drug smugglers after an agent spotted the group using night vision equipment and guided other agents ... Read More »

C-SPAN’s Special On Yuma Airs This Weekend

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C-SPAN’s Yuma Weekend is here.  Yuma themed programming that will air throughout this weekend on the C-SPAN Networks.  Filming crews spent a week in Yuma back in March in order to get footage and interviews about what is special about Yuma and who makes it special.  In addition to having the pieces sprinkled in throughout the weekend on the respective ... Read More »

Border Patrol Seizes Over 1,200 Pounds Of Marijuana In Two Days

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United States Border Patrol agents from the Yuma Sector arrested 13 drug smugglers and seized over 1,200 pounds of marijuana in two days.  Agents working north of Davidson Canyon, within the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, found a cache of 197 pounds of abandoned marijuana Tuesday.  The drugs were seized for destruction. Wednesday, agents working southeast of Gila Bend with ... Read More »

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