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Unemployment Numbers In Yuma Increase

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Unemployment in Yuma County for the month of March is at 26 percent.  The Arizona Department of Administration says the number is up from the March, 2012 figure of 22.7 percent.  Figures reveal that 65,591 people were employed in March, down from the 67,237 which were reported employed in February. Read More »

ADOSH Prepares Employees And Employers For Warm Weather To Come

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With warmer temperatures on the horizon, residents of Southwest Arizona are getting ready to be prepared for the extreme heat that is typical of the area.  Jessie Atencio of the Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health says they are ready and able to inform employees and employers alike about heat safety issues. Persons needing more information can call the ... Read More »

Yuma Man Arrested After Discharging Firearm At Apartment Complex

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The Yuma Police Department says one person is in custody following a police standoff Wednesday.  Police say they responded to a report of shots being fired at an apartment complex in the 1800 block of South Third Avenue.  34-year-old Jorge V. Clark reportedly fired a weapon into the air early Wednesday and again later that morning.  Clark refused to leave ... Read More »

City Council Denies Mayor Krieger’s Request For Travel Funds

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The Yuma City Council became upset at Wednesday’s meeting after Mayor Alan Krieger requested more travel money to attend a retirement ceremony in Virginia.  Krieger requested the money from remaining council member’s travel funds to get an additional $1,020 for the May event.  Council members went so far as saying the Mayor was not prioritizing his duties as mayor.  The ... Read More »

Feeling Of Safety Important For Young Children After Recent Tragedy

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In the wake of the Boston tragedy, parents are being reminded how such events can emotionally traumatize young children.   Psychologist Korenna Barto says the images and stories splashed everywhere can have a negative impact on a child’s well-being, and that is why parents need to reinforce their roles as a safe haven and a secure base. Barto says feeling ... Read More »

Ex-Border Patrol Agent, Corrections Officer Face Jail Time For Aiding Drug Smugglers

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A U.S. Border Patrol agent and an Arizona corrections officer face lengthy federal prison terms on allegations that they passed codes to unlock border gates, maps of hidden sensors and other sensitive information to smugglers before losing their jobs.  Ex-agent 29-year-old Ivhan Herrera-Chiang who was stationed in Yuma and former state Corrections officer, 28-year-old Michael Lopez-Garcia who worked at the ... Read More »

Border Patrol Seizes Almost 1,000 Pounds Of Marijuana Over Two Days

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U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Yuma Sector arrested ten drug smugglers and seized 950 pounds of marijuana over a two-day period.  Monday, agents working near the Granite Mountains on the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge found a trail of footprints and discovered two men hiding in brush with backpacks filled with a combined 136 pounds of marijuana.  Tuesday morning, ... Read More »

Suspicious Letter Sent To Senator Flake’s Office Deemed Harmless

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The Postal Inspection Service says tests of suspicious mail sent to the Phoenix office of United States Senator Jeff Flake have found nothing dangerous or harmful.  Authorities evacuated part of the building Wednesday after staff for the Republican senator came across mail that was stained with an oily substance. The letter was tested and found to be harmless.  The situation ... Read More »

Giffords Reacts To Senate Rejection Of Expanded Gun Background Checks

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Former United States Representative Gabrielle Giffords says she is "furious" after senators on Wednesday blocked legislation that would expand background checks for gun buyers.  Giffords is accusing senators who opposed new gun regulations of "cowardice," saying their decisions are "based on political fear and on cold calculations about the money of special interests like the National Rifle Association."  The proposal ... Read More »

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