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Drug Tunnel Shut Down Near Nogales Border

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Federal authorities in southern Arizona say they have shut down one of the longest drug tunnels ever discovered in the border city of Nogales. A task force led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations also arrested three men late Monday and seized more than 640 pounds of marijuana and a half-pound of heroin. Authorities say the 481-foot tunnel runs between two private residences accessed by shafts at each end. The tunnel stretches 411-feet from the U.S. entrance to the international border and extends for another 70-feet into Mexico. The passageway is about two-feet wide by three-feet tall and contains wood shoring, electric lighting and fans to circula Read More »

Home Being Built With Granite Mountain Hotshots Firefighter In Mind

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A home going up on a four-acre lot in the Avra Valley northwest of Tucson is being built with one of the Granite Mountain Hotshots in mind. Firefighters, a church and others are raising money and doing the hands-on work to build the 2200 square-foot home for the widow and young daughter of William "Billy" Warneke. The 25-year-old was one of the 19 Hotshots killed June 30th 2013 by the Yarnell Hill Fire in southwestern Yavapai County. Warneke was rebuilding their mobile home. The volunteers then decided to build a new home instead of finishing the remodeling. Crews are now doing electrical and plumbing work, with completion of the home anticipated in May.

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Livestock Bill Moves Forward By Arizona Legislative Committee

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A bill barring local law enforcement from enforcing animal cruelty laws on farms and other livestock operations has been moved forward by an Arizona legislative committee. House Bill 2587 sponsored by Representative Brenda Barton of Payson also requires anyone who has photographic or video evidence of animal cruelty to report to authorities within five days. An amendment added Tuesday allows the state Department of Agriculture to coordinate with local law enforcement but police say that amendment does not do enough to restore power to local officers.

The bill was approved on a six-to-two vote after more than an hour of emotional testimony from supporters, who say it helps free up resources for Read More »

Government By The People Act Introduced

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Backed by government reform groups and a growing list of other organizations, 128 members of the United States House of Representatives have introduced the "Government by the People Act" to encourage citizens to take their government back from free-spending corporations. Representative John Sarbanes of Maryland is the lead sponsor, and explains where the momentum is coming from.
 
Arizona Democrats Ron Barber, Raul Grijalva and Ann Kirkpatrick are among the co-sponsors. The bill creates a tax credit for contributions to Congressional campaigns, and a matching public fund to amplify the impact of regular citizens in Congressional campaigns.

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Yuma Sector Border Patrol Agents Arrest Convicted Sex Offender, 12 Smugglers, And Seize Over 1200 Pounds Of Marijuana During The Weekend

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United States Border Patrol agents from the Yuma Sector arrested a convicted sex offender and 12 smugglers and seized over 1200 pounds of marijuana during the weekend.
 
Yuma Station agents patrolling near San Luis apprehended two people who had entered the U.S. illegally. Further record checks revealed one of the individuals, Mauricio Camacho, was arrested by Vernon Hills Illinois Police and convicted of sexual assault with a minor in April 2010. He was later ordered removed by an immigration judge in May 2012. He is now being processed for prosecution and removal.
 
In another incident, Wellton Station agents patrolling in the Cabeza Prieta National Wildl Read More »

Yuma Police Respond To Single Vehicle Non-Injury Collision This Morning

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Officers with the Yuma Police Department responded to a single vehicle non-injury collision at the intersection of Eighth Street and Dora Avenue Monday morning. A motor vehicle collided with a utility pole causing significant damage to the pole and attached utility wires. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the collision. The driver was identified as 42-year-old Valerie Sharon Tiger. She was arrested and booked in the Yuma County Detention Facility for charges of Aggravated Driving Under the Influence, Driving Under the Influence and Criminal Damage.

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Telegraph Pass Hiker Falls And Goes Unconscious

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An elderly male hiking Telegraph pass fell and went unconscious on Monday morning. The family members that were hiking with him called for help and were assisted in performing bystander CPR. Rural Metro arrived on scene and took over treatment. The Yuma County Sheriff's Office was on scene as well. Due to the location of the area they were hiking in, the Marine Corps Air Station Search and Rescue helicopter was launched. The man went to Yuma Regional Medical Center by helicopter. The unidentified man is between 65 and 70-years-old.

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Arizona Governor And Sonora Governor Met Friday To Discuss International Collaboration

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Arizona Governor Janice Brewer and Sonora Governor Guillermo Padrés Elias met Friday with elected officials and business leaders from Arizona and Sonora at the Arizona-Mexico Commission Plenary Session in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. The semi-annual event serves as a platform for meaningful international collaboration between the two states, with the ultimate goal of strengthening the bilateral partnership and enhancing the economic growth and quality of life in the Arizona-Sonora region. Arizona and Sonora also are continuously working together to invest in and improve the infrastructure at ports of entry to greatly facilitate the flow of cross-border trade and travelers. These investments have p Read More »

Arizona Celebrates 50th Anniversary Of The Wilderness Act

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To celebrate this year’s 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, Arizona Highways is organizing a series of wilderness hikes this summer in some of the state’s most spectacular protected lands. Editor in Chief Robert Stieve says hikers will be joined by representatives of the Forest Service and BLM among others, along with members of the Arizona Wilderness Coalition.
 
Hikes are planned for the Mount Baldy wilderness in the
White Mountains, the Bell Trail near Sedona and Humphrey’s Peak outside of Flagstaff. Arizona Highways photographers also will be along to provide photo tips. Sign-ups will be available in a couple of weeks.
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Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne Likely To Take Stand To Defend Allegations Of Broken Campaign Finance Laws

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Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne is likely to take the stand to testify in his own defense against allegations he broke campaign finance laws. Horne and an aide are facing civil allegations that they worked together to sidestep election laws during his 2010 run for office. A hearing scheduled for three to four days began Monday with an FBI agent testifying that a chain of emails and cellphone records link Horne, aide Kathleen Winn and a campaign consultant. Both deny illegally coordinating spending while she ran an independent committee called Business Leaders for Arizona. Horne could take the stand today (Tuesday 11). Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk brought the charges in October 2013 and ordered Read More »

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