The fourth Annual "Polar Plunge" to benefit Special Olympics is scheduled for March 22nd at 9am at the Valley Aquatic Center on West 18th Street. Many states in the United States are participating in Polar Plunges to benefit Special Olympics, with some states setting fundraising records of more than $1 million and have thousands of plungers participating in icy waters. The Yuma Police Department’s theme this year is Villains, so everyone can dress up as your favorite villain and take the plunge. You may plunge as a team or solo. You can register at YumaPlunge2014.kintera.org If you cannot plunge you can also donate at the site. It is simple to make a donation and it is tax Read More »
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The Yuma City Council has moved one step closer to establishing a monthly billing cycle for utilities Wednesday. The Yuma Sun is reporting an ordinance was introduced to change the every two-month billing cycle the city uses now to a monthly billing cycle. The council has been considering the move for several months. The council will reconsider the issue at their March 19th meeting. The new schedule, if approved, would start in effect on May 1st.Read More »
A plan to put an interstate between Las Vegas and Phoenix is gaining steam, but there is still a bumpy road ahead.
Transportation officials in Nevada and Arizona are studying potential routes and hope to put a price tag on the planned stretch of Interstate-Eleven within the next few months. The road already has big-name support from business leaders and the Republican governors of both states. But federal funding for highways is overstretched, and there has been little progress toward upgrading the 20-year-old gas tax formula that feeds the account. Project proponents say they will have to get creative to make the 300-mile stretch a reality. The two cities are linked by a highway that Read More »
The Arizona Senate has killed a bill prohibiting the state from using a set of new educational standards adopted by most of the nation. Senate Bill 1310 by Republican Senator Al Melvin of Tucson would revoke the use of Common Core standards. The standards aim to focus learning on comprehension and real life examples and were designed by a national group of governors and education leaders. Arizona adopted them in 2010 without opposition, and school districts have spent millions implementing them. But some Republicans have denounced the standards, saying they are a poorly conceived federal effort to usurp states' rights. Supporters say eliminating the program would cost Arizona millions in federal f Read More »
The Arizona House has approved a bill giving state police and other Department of Public Safety workers a $40 million dollar raise over the next three years.
House Bill 2691 by Republican House Speaker Andy Tobin originally asked for two-point-nine million dollars for each of the next three years, but amendments to the bill have increased that amount significantly. The bill now allocates $8.1 million dollars in 2014, $13.3 million dollars in 2015 and $18.8 million dollars in 2016. That is $40.3 million dollars in total. The House approved the bill on a 53-5 vote Wednesday and it now moves to the Senate. Tobin says Arizona DPS officers are underpaid and the raises are necessary to retain Read More »
An elderly man reported missing on Tuesday was found safe several hours after the search began. 88-year-old Ramon Villegas was reported missing early Tuesday morning in the area of the 17000 block of Avenue “B” in Somerton. He was found several hours later. Villegas suffers from Alzheimer’s Disease and had walked away from his home. He was taken to Yuma Regional Medical Center for treatment.Read More »
Another person has been arrested in connection with an armed robbery at an area motel in January.
The Yuma Police Department says 21-year-old Angel Ramirez was arrested as he was going through the Algodones Port of Entry on Tuesday. He was interviewed by police and transported to the Imperial County Detention Center awaiting his return to Yuma County. Ramirez is charged with Aggravated Robbery, Theft and Unlawful Use as a means of Transportation. He and another suspect are accused of robbing the Oak Tree Inn at knifepoint.
A subject accused of Attempted Murder appeared in Yuma County Superior Court on Tuesday. 50-year-old Barry Todd was arrested following a Friday night shooting at the LZ Bar and Grill. Todd allegedly shot 33-year-old Ryan Hyatt of Yuma. Hyatt is suffering from a damaged lung, liver and diaphragm following the shooting. Todd’s attorney asked for a reduction in bond.
The court increased the bond to $500,000. Todd will return to court next week.Read More »
The Yuma City Council will meet tonight (Wednesday 5) for their first regular meeting in March. The council will continue discussing the change from once every two month billing of utilities to every month. Yuma Mayor Doug Nicholls says there will be no change in the amount billed, just the way it is billed.
The meeting starts at 5:30pm at the Yuma City Hall.Read More »
It has been nearly three weeks since 73-year-old Troy Schmeltz went missing from the Yuma Lakes R-V Resort. Authorities have searched the area and found his footprints leading up to the Gila Gravity Canal. Officials went as far as to bring detector dogs and divers to the scene, but they found no trace of Schmeltz. There is a chance that the missing man has simply left the area, but officials consider that unlikely, as they have been tracking his credit cards and financial records, and nothing has come up. Alfonso Zavala with the Yuma County Sheriffs Office says they are not giving up hope that he is found.
Schmeltz went missing on Valentine’s Day. He is described as standing six foot tall Read More »