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State Wildlife Officials Report Tenth Bighorn Sheep Death

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State wildlife officials say a tenth bighorn sheep has died in the Catalina Mountains north of Tucson where 31 bighorns were released late last year. The Arizona Game and Fish Department reports that the ewe's corpse was found Friday and the cause of death is being investigated. Game and Fish officials say most of the previous nine bighorn deaths were caused by mountain lions, including a pregnant adult ewe found January 31st in an area of steep slopes and cliffs. They say an adult ram found November 27th 2013 likely died from a condition that led to heart failure. The 31 bighorns captured in mountains near Yuma were released in the Catalinas last November in an effor Read More »

Yuma Police Department Investigating Robbery

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The Yuma Police Department responded to the 2100 block of West Sixth Street for a report of a robbery on Friday.
 
The investigation revealed that 21-year-old Brandy Soliz, approached the victim and struck her with a fist. Soliz then took the victims purse and fled east. The victim attempted to take her purse back and was struck again by Soliz with her fist. Soliz fled the scene but was apprehended by officers a short distance away. The victim was transported to the Yuma Regional Medical Center with minor injuries. Brandy Soliz was arrested for Robbery and will be booked into the Yuma County Detention Center. The case is actively under investigation and other charges may be pending.< Read More »

Accident Closes Street Intersection This Morning

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A single vehicle accident has closed an area street intersection. The Yuma Police Department responded to a single vehicle non-injury collision at the intersection of Eighth Street and Dora Avenue this 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. Maintenance crews are currently on the scene. The intersection of Eighth Street and Dora Avenue will be closed to all traffic until about 2pm while repairs are made.  Motorists are asked to seek alternate routes and avoid this area if possible.  If you must drive in this area, please do so with caution.

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Sex Offender Relocation Alert

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The Yuma Police Department is notifying the community of the relocation of a sex offender. 20-year-old Elijah Hernandez is now living at 1923 South Second Avenue Unit Number Ten in Yuma. He is described as standing 6’1 tall, weighing 240-pounds with black hair and brown eyes. In May 2012 Hernandez was convicted of Kidnapping Per Domestic Violence in Yuma County. Hernandez held an 18-year-old victim against her will. He is currently on probation. He is considered a level two sex offender with a medium risk to reoffend.

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Tuition Costs On The Rise


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The rising costs of college tuition, room and board are not the only financial obstacles to higher learning, according to a new report which finds that soaring textbook prices are keeping some Arizona students from getting the most out of their college education. Ethan Senack of the Public Interest Research Group says the average cost of a college textbook has risen 82-percent in the past decade, to nearly $200 per book – which, for students, can mean $1200 per year.
 
The report says despite the increased prevalence of rental programs, used books and e-books, 65-percent of students have opted out of purchasing a book for a class, with nearly all reporting they suffered academicall Read More »

Shooting Suspect Faces Ten Felony Counts

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After leading local police on a chase across Yuma that involved several shooting incidents earlier last week, 33-year-old Jesse Vasquez was formally charged in Yuma County Justice Court Friday with ten felony counts – two of those counts are for attempted first degree murder. Our television partner KYMATV says state prosecutors decided to combine the multiple cases pending against Vasquez into one formal complaint. According to prosecutors, Vasquez was involved in a series of shootings spanning from February 3rd into February 4th.

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Lawmakers Push Tax Cut If More Tax Collected From Online Sales

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Republican lawmakers in the Arizona House are pushing a measure that would cut income taxes if the state begins collecting sales taxes from online sales. Republicans championed an overhaul of the state's complex business sales tax collection system last year partly to make it possible to collect sales tax on Internet purchases if a proposed federal law passes. Collecting those taxes could be a big windfall for the state, estimated to be at least $100 million a year.
 
Republicans see the new collections as a tax increase and are pushing for an identical income tax decrease once those collections begin. Democrats argue that closing a reporting loophole is not a tax increase. They accuse Read More »

Skin Infection Postpones School Wrestling Matches

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School wrestling teams across Arizona were not hitting the mat this past weekend after reports that several athletes have come down with a skin infection.
 
The Arizona Interscholastic Association postponed all its sectional wrestling tournaments, which were to take place Saturday, as a precautionary measure. AIA officials say when the competition does resume, anyone with a suspicious skin lesion will be prohibited from participating. They have also called for mats to be disinfected between matches. According to AIA, none of the infected wrestlers appear to have MRSA, a highly-contagious bacteria. They say any athletes who discover any kind of skin lesion should see a doctor.
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Gosar Commends FAA’s Decision To Allow More Grand Canyon Flights

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United States Congressman Paul Gosar issued the following statement Thursday commending the Federal Aviation Administration's decision to allow 1721 additional Grand Canyon flights per year utilizing quiet technology. Quote – "I was thrilled to learn that the FAA has allowed additional quiet flights over the Grand Canyon. This commonsense decision will create good-paying jobs and boost economic activity in an extremely rural area.” – unquote. Prior to this legislative victory, Representative Gosar raised awareness of this issue through a series of letters.

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Cocopah Tribe Will Donate Money To Special Olympics

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The Cocopah Indian Tribe will donate $5000 to the Special Olympics Arizona in Yuma. 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. Cocopah Tribal Elder Paul Soto will present a check to Special Olympic athletes and Lisa Ball, Director of Youth Programs with the Special Olympics Arizona Wednesday at 10am at the Achieve Human Services office located on East 40th Street.

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