An Arizona House committee has approved a new fund and committee to create a memorial site honoring the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots who died in the Yarnell Hill Fire. The committee approved House Bill 2624 unanimously Monday. It would allocate $500,000 to create a memorial site to honor the firefighters. It also creates a committee to oversee the memorial and administer the fund. The committee would include relatives of the firefighters killed, as well as state representatives and officials from the state parks board. The bill also would establish a fund of appropriated and donated money for maintaining the memorial. All but one of the 20 Hotshots on the Prescott-based crew perished June 30, 2013 when f Read More »
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An Arizona House panel has given initial approval to a plan to spend $30 million dollars to install 350 miles of "virtual fence' along the state's southern border with Mexico. The House Government and Environment Committee on Monday approved the proposal from Republican Senator Bob Worsley of Mesa for 300 towers along 350 miles of the border. Worsley told committee members he wants to verify that the federal government is securing the border. The bill was amended to move the new high-technology sensors from 20 miles away from the border to just one mile. Senate Bill 1106 passed on a 4-3 party-line vote with Republicans in support. The vote came despite worries from GOP members abou Read More »
Scottsdale officials will unveil plans for various events the city has planned in conjunction with the Cactus League's spring training season. City representatives today will preview the game schedule for the San Francisco Giants, who will be playing at Scottsdale Stadium.
The city will also announce plans for the 2014 Spring Training Festival, scheduled for next week. Officials say the festival will include interactive exhibits, a Cactus League hot dog challenge and a sports memorabilia and card show.
The Yuma Police Department is investigating a vehicle-pedestrian accident in which the pedestrian was killed. On Saturday night, officers responded to an accident at the corner of Eighth Street and Magnolia Avenue. The vehicle left the scene of the accident before officers arrived. It is described as an older model flatbed truck. The yet unidentified driver was located on Sunday. The driver was interviewed and released. The investigation is continuing.Read More »
Several were injured following a two-car collision on Friday morning. The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office says the accident occurred on Avenue 3E and East Highway-95. A vehicle traveling westbound on Highway-95 failed to stop at a red light and collided with another vehicle traveling northbound on Avenue 3E. 22-year-old Corey Milburn, 48-year-old James Pollison and 46-year-old Angela Eklund were all transported to Yuma Regional Medical Center with life threatening injuries. A fourth person – 35-year-oldBernardo Reyes-Martinez, was also transported to the hospital with minor injuries.Read More »
The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office is on the lookout for a missing person. 73-year-old Troy Smeltz went missing Friday and was reported missing the next day. He was last seen at the Yuma Lakes R-V Resort Friday about 5:30pm. He stands six-feet tall and weighs about 215-pounds. He has grey hair and blue eyes. If you have any information, call police at 928-783-4427.Read More »
Motorists travelling through the Port of San Luis may experience traffic delays this week due to some construction.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection port officials have worked with the City of San Luis, the Arizona Department of Transportation and the Mexican government to perform removal of an existing canopy, which may cause delays to outbound traffic through the port, while the work is being done. The work is to begin Tuesday and is expected to continue through Thursday. The work will affect outbound traffic, which will be re-routed through the west exit lane. Recreational vehicles or vehicles towing trailers are being urged to avoid any travel through the area during Read More »
Yuma Border Patrol Sector agents from the Yuma Station arrested 51-year-old Jose Chicas-Argeta, a previously removed felon with multiple convictions on Friday (14). Agents patrolling near Andrade (On-Dra-Day) arrested a group of five people for illegally entering the United States. Further record checks confirmed that one of the men, had been convicted of multiple felonies, including attempted second degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated robbery and narcotics possession for sale. Chicas is a citizen of El Salvador and was previously removed through San Ysidro, California. He is now being processed for prosecution and removal.Read More »
Arizona legislators will vote on a bill that would expand a state program that allows students to pay for a private education using public funds. Several education advocates who say the program is unconstitutional have sued the state. They also heavily criticized schools chief John Huppenthal last week for releasing automated calls promoting the program and private schools. Huppenthal defended the calls, which went out to 15,000 homes in poor-performing school districts in Phoenix and Tucson. Legislators expanded the Arizona Empowerment Scholarship Accounts last year to children from schools that have received a poor grade from the state and to those with active military parents. Now Republican bill spo Read More »
The CDC says child deaths in car crashes have declined by 43% over ten years, but there is still work to do because for one in three fatalities for kids ages 12 and under, the child was not properly restrained. Arizona strengthened its car seat law two years ago, requiring booster seats for children through age seven or up to four-feet nine-inches tall.
Doctor Erin Sauber-Schatz at the CDC says parent education and car seat distribution help make sure more children are buckled up properly, but Arizona could do more with an even stricter law.
The recommendation is a law to require child safety-seat use through age eight. Only two states have that law on the bo Read More »