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Yuma Fire Department Responds To House Fire


Members of the Yuma Fire Department responded to a house fire on North 12th Avenue on Sunday. Officials say the house suffered extensive damage. The American Red Cross is assisting the family. Four adults were displaced following the blaze.

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Gosar Co-Sponsors Bill To Hold Obama Accountable For Constitutional Violations


United States Congressman Paul Gosar released the following statement after announcing his co-sponsorship Friday of the Stop This Overreaching Presidency Resolution. It would direct the House to institute legal action to require the President to comply with the law. He said quote – “The fact that we were forced to introduce legislation to judicially force the President to comply with the laws of the land is incredibly sad. One expects imperial behavior in countries ruled by dictators but not in the United States of America, which was once known worldwide as a beacon of freedom and hope. From President Obama’s capricious one-year delay in the ObamaCare employer mandate to his arbitrary Read More »

Rep. Grijalva Visits Yuma; Wants Unemployment Benefits Extended


United States Representative Raul Grijalva talked about two key issues during a press conference at his district office in Somerton Saturday – unemployment benefits and raising the minimum wage to ten-ten an hour. Grijalva says federal unemployment benefits ran out on December 28th 2013 and he hopes to see those extended.
Grijalva says he wants economic change for Yuma County. He adds that he sees major growth potential in the transportation, manufacturing, and trade sectors.

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Free Tax Help Available Throughout Arizona


It is tax time again, and no matter how you file, it can be an expensive and complicated process. But thanks to the AARP Foundation, free tax help is now available to Arizonans at locations statewide. Frank Perazelli, the state coordinator for Tax-Aide, says the program is aimed mainly at seniors and lower and middle income people, but everyone is welcome.
Both the tax preparation and filing are free. Last year, Tax-Aide volunteer counselors helped 88,000 Arizonans file their state and federal income tax returns.

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On-Duty University Of Arizona Police Sergeant Arrested For DUI


A University of Arizona Police Department sergeant has been arrested after crashing a department vehicle while on duty.

The Arizona Daily Star reports Tucson police cited and released 27 year old Sergeant John McGrath on Saturday night for DUI and other charges. Sergeant Pete Dugan says McGrath crashed the marked SUV into a traffic sign and then struck a cement wall on an I-10 frontage road, near Speedway Boulevard. Dugan says no one was injured.
Authorities say McGrath is accused of several offenses including super extreme DUI, having a blood alcohol content of 0.20 or greater and criminal damage. A UA police spokesman says McGrath has been with the depart Read More »

Arizona Game And Fish Offering $30,000 In Grants


Arizona wildlife officials are seeking ideas on how to spend $30,000 in grant money. The Arizona Game and Fish Department has announced it is seeking grant proposals through mid-March for its Heritage Grant awards.

The agency says it can award grants in two categories, environmental education and outdoor education. Applicants are urged to review the eligibility application forms at the agency's website to see the goals and objectives for the categories. The grants are financed by revenue from

Arizona Lottery sales. The Heritage Fund was established by voters in 1990 to help with conservation efforts. Game and Fish is accepting proposals electronically and by mail through
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Deadline Nears On Gila River Decision


New Mexico officials are facing a looming deadline on how to manage the state's last free-flowing river. The state has rights to some of the Gila River and one of its tributaries under a 2004 settlement with Arizona but must decide by the end of the year what to do with the water. If New Mexico does not use the water, it could forgo millions of dollars in federal funds available for construction of a diversion project.
Environmentalists and sportsmen say any dams or diversions would harm the area's wildlife and limit opportunities for recreation.

But farmers throughout the region say the Gila would offer a backup source of water as dry conditions persist. Two state s Read More »

Yuma Border Patrol Agents Seize 831 Pounds Of Marijuana; $675,000 In U.S. Currency


United States Border Patrol agents from the Yuma Sector seized 831 pounds of marijuana, seized $675,000 in currency, and arrested 15 people in three separate incidents Wednesday. In the initial incident, agents patrolling near Gila Bend apprehended nine male Mexican nationals south of I-8, who had entered the U.S. illegally with seven backpacks of marijuana. The marijuana, with a combined weight of 328 pounds, was worth an estimated $164,000. The men and marijuana were turned over to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.
In another incident, agents also patrolling near Gila Bend tracked a group of people who had entered the country illegally and eventually located and Read More »

U.S. Customs And Border Protection Office Release 2013 Year End Review


After another year of protecting the Yuma sector, the United States Customs and Border Protection office has released their 2013 year end review. Supervisory Border Patrol Agent Thomas Lines says the number of arrests made last year decreased.
Lines says this is a step forward, as it means less people are trying to cross into the U-S illegally.

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Skydive Yuma To Get Blessing Ritual From Cocopah Tribal Councilman


Skydive Yuma is the only commercial Sky Diving center in Southwest Arizona. The company’s headquarters are at the Somerton Airport and its drop zone is located on the Cocopah East Reservation.

Cocopah Tribal Councilman Neil White will perform a blessing ritual of the aircraft and drop zone February 8th at 10am, during Skydive Yuma’s unveiling. As the ceremony ends Cocopah Tribal Administrator Christopher Nuñez will skydive to the drop zone. Nunez is a former Army Ranger. Jumpmaster, Mike Marthaller, is retired Army and Air Force and Kurt Douge, the owner of Skydive Yuma is a current Air Force survival instructor stationed in the Republic of Korea.

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