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Committee Formed To Search For New Northern Arizona University President

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The Arizona Board of Regents has announced the formation of a 28-member search committee that will help find a new president for Northern Arizona University. NAU President John Haeger announced in September 2013 that he will retire at the end of his current contract which runs through June 30th, 2015.

Haeger was appointed NAU's president in 2001. He oversaw an aggressive rebuilding of the aging Flagstaff campus and opened NAU-Yavapai in Prescott Valley that that offers bachelor's degrees in three years. The member of the presidential search committee includes representatives from the regents along with NAU administration, faculty, student and alumn Read More »

Citizen’s Academy Program To Familiarize Locals With Customs And Border Patrol

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The Yuma Border Patrol Sector, Port of San Luis, and Office of Air and Marine will join ranks to host an integrated United States Customs and Border Protection Citizen’s Academy presented in the Spanish language, beginning March 13th. The program provides local residents and community leaders an inside look into a wide variety of measures employed to secure – at and between the ports of entry – in southwestern Arizona. Throughout the course, attendees are familiarized with CBP’s mission and participate in interactive demonstrations.
 
The hands on classes include defensive tactics, tracking, and inspections for prohibited items. Participants Read More »

El Centro Border Patrol Rescue Distressed Individual In Mountains North Of Jacumba

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El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents rescued a distressed illegal alien who was lost in the mountains while making an attempt to illegally enter the United States on Thursday morning. Patrol Radio Dispatch received a call from the California Highway Patrol regarding an individual in distress that was lost in the mountains north of Jacumba, California.
 
El Centro Sector Border Search Trauma and Rescue agents responded to the man’s last reported location and conducted a systematic search of the area. Border Patrol agents located a man in the rugged mountainous terrain who confirmed that he was the caller in distress. Agents then performed a medical evaluation of the man wh Read More »

Yuma Border Patrol Arrest Five Smugglers; Seize 548 Pounds Of Marijuana

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Yuma Border Patrol Sector agents from the Wellton Station arrested five smugglers and seized 548-pounds of marijuana Wednesday. Agents patrolling south of Gila Bend interdicted five men seen earlier walking through the desert carrying backpacks. They admitted entering the United States illegally and to dropping off the backpacks in a wash nearby. Agents searched the wash and located 12 backpacks of marijuana, with a combined weight of 505-pounds, valued at $227,000. Three of the men and the marijuana were turned over to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. The other two were juveniles and will be processed for removal.
 
In another incident, agents p Read More »

Man Arrested For Attempting To Smuggle 33 Pounds Of Methamphetamine Into The United States

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A male Mexican national was arrested Tuesday for attempting to smuggle nearly 33-pounds of methamphetamine into the United States. Customs and Border Protection officers referred 35-year-old Venancio Hau-Flores for an inspection of his Mercury sedan. After a narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs in the vehicle, officers removed 35 packages of crystal meth in a compartment behind the rear seat. The drugs and vehicle were seized. Hau was turned over to United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

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Cocopah Tribe Presents Check To Special Olympics Athletes

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Cocopah Tribal Elder Paul Soto presented a check of $5,000 to Special Olympic athletes and Lisa Ball, Director of Youth Programs with the Special Olympics Arizona, Wednesday morning. The money will support adaptive sports training and competitions in Yuma. Sports offered include power lifting, tennis, track and field, basketball, golf, bowling and aquatics. There are currently 250 participants in the Yuma area.

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Residents Of Rocky Mountain States To Protect Public Land

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Residents of the Rocky Mountain states want their public lands protected, and say candidates’ positions on conservation and land use could decide their votes in this year’s elections. The latest "Conservation in the West" poll from Colorado College shows strong support in Arizona and the Intermountain region for preserving public lands, regardless of a voter's political affiliation. Democratic pollster Dave Metz says opposition to selling public lands to pay down the national debt is even higher this year than last.
 
The bipartisan survey of 2400 registered voters found 85% agreement that closing national parks, as happened last year, hurts communities and Read More »

Petition Started Against Bill That Would Pay Glendale Police And Fire Expenses During Next Years Super Bowl

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A Surprise man has started a petition against a bill in the Legislature that would pay the city of Glendale for its police and fire expenses during next year's Super Bowl.
 
House Bill 2547 by Republican Majority Leader David Gowan would require the state to reimburse cities for public safety costs of hosting major sporting events. Gowan says the whole state benefits from such events. The bill would reimburse cities up to $4 million for major events like the Super Bowl and national college football championships. The online petition created by Earl Clarke has nearly 700 signatures. He says the bill is unfair to non-Glendale residents. A House committee scheduled to hear the bill thi Read More »

Representative Gosar Spearheads Arizona GOP Delegation Letter To FAA

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United States Congressman Paul Gosar spearheaded an Arizona Republican Delegation letter to the Federal Aviation Administration commending its decision to move forward with construction of the new control tower at Tucson International Airport under a competitive bidding process. Every Republican member of Arizona’s Delegation signed the letter, including Representatives Trent Franks, Matt Salmon, and David Schweikert as well as Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake. Previously, every Democrat in Arizona’s Delegation signed a letter to the FAA requesting that it impose a Project Labor Agreement on contractors building the facility.

As stated in the letter spearheaded by Representat Read More »

CVS Plans To End All Tobacco Sales

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Arizonans who smoke may have another inspiration when thinking about quitting, now that CVS Caremark plans on ending all tobacco sales. That is according to Sandra Adondakis with the American Cancer Society. She says CVS customers struggling to kick the habit will have less tobacco temptation when at the store.
 
CVS Caremark plans to cease all tobacco sales by October 1st at all of its 7600 stores. The company reportedly says selling cigarettes is no longer compatible while its expanding in-store health-care services.        

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