A man who fired a weapon in April 2013 at an area apartment complex began serving a prison sentence for the crime. 34-year-old Jorge V. Clark of Yuma was sentenced to 30 months in jail on misconduct with a weapon charges – with credit for 53 days previously served. Clark was arrested after firing the gun at the Pepperwood Studios apartment complex in the 1800 block on South Third Avenue.Read More »
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United States Border Patrol agents from Yuma Sector’s Wellton Station arrested six individuals and seized 152 pounds of marijuana Sunday worth an estimated $76,000.
Agents arrested six Mexican nationals near the Granite Mountains, located on the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge – all of whom were in the U.S. illegally. In close proximity to the apprehension site, agents located three burlap backpacks of marijuana.
The Arizona Western College Music Department and the AWC 50th Anniversary committee is in search of an Alma Mater. AWC is offering this unique opportunity to the community. The school is in need of an official anthem and the 50th Anniversary committee decided this is a perfect time to conduct that search. This is the time to showcase your compositional talent by composing the music and lyrics for Arizona Western College’s Alma Mater. The winning composition will be premiered during the Spring Choral Concert and performed again at the 2014 Commencement Ceremony. For more information, please contact the AWC Music Department at 928-344-7743 or email at almamater Read More »
United States Congressman Paul Gosar released a statement after the U.S. Supreme Court decided not to review the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling that held unconstitutional an Arizona law protecting the lives of babies 20 weeks and older, effectively striking down the law. He said quote – "The spurious legacy of Roe continues unabated. This is more than a legal issue; it’s an issue of life or death for unborn babies. This law struck a balance that protected women who wanted to terminate their babies' lives, while also keeping older babies from feeling the excruciating pain of death by abortion. As a father of three and a health care provider, I am appalled and disma Read More »
A leading insurance industry analyst upgraded its rating for the City of Yuma’s building code effectiveness to a level shared previously by only one other jurisdiction in Arizona and only one-percent of jurisdictions nationwide. The Insurance Services Office Incorporated, which supplies data and analytics for the insurance industry, upgraded the City’s rating in the Building Code Effectiveness Grading Schedule to a grade of two for one-and-two-family residential properties and also for commercial and industrial properties. The grading scale is one to ten, with one being highest; however, few achieve a one rating. No Arizona jurisdictions earned a BCEGS of one in 2013. The resulti Read More »
A new team assigned to review more than 6500 child abuse and neglect reports that were not investigated by Arizona child welfare officials says they have now assigned nearly 6,000 of those cases to investigators. The so-called CARE team named on December 2nd 2013 by Governor Jan Brewer provided the latest update Monday. It said more than 3300 children identified in the reports now have been seen and almost 2900 cases have had a response. The team is led by the head of the state's Juvenile Corrections department, Charles Flanagan. Department of Economic Security Director Clarence Carter revealed the uninvestigated reports called into a hotline on November 21st 20 Read More »
The federal government says nearly 28,000 Arizonans have picked plans under the Affordable Care Act health care exchange in the first three months of open enrollment. The figures were released Monday by the United States Department of Health and Human Services. More than $2 million people have signed up nationally. Most of those signing up for coverage in Arizona are older. The department says that 36% of those that have chosen plans are between ages 55 and 64. At 53%, slightly more women have chosen plans than men in Arizona. 68% are getting financial help to pay their monthly premium.Read More »
A judge has set a March 17th trial date to decide whether Jodi Arias should be sentenced to life in prison or the death penalty. The 33-year-old Arias was convicted of murder last year, but the jury deadlocked on her punishment. A new penalty phase must be held in which lawyers are expected to bring evidence and call witnesses. The Maricopa County court system announced the date Monday after a closed-door hearing in the case. The first trial became an international sensation as it revealed violent and tawdry details about the crime and people followed the case on live video streams. But the judge will limit video in the courtroom for the next trial.Read More »
The federal government's cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP and food stamps, are being felt in Arizona. A 5% cut in SNAP benefits took effect in November 2013, amounting to about $36 per month for a family of four. Jerry Brown with Saint Mary's Food Bank Alliance says the reduction can mean many lost meals for those living on the edge of hunger.
Brown says the food bank gets busier at the end of the month when people start to run low on SNAP benefits and rely more on emergency food boxes.
United States Congressman Paul Gosar voted in favor of the Health Exchange Security and Transparency Act Friday, legislation that requires the Department of Health and Human Services to notify within two business days any individual whose personal information was stolen or unlawfully accessed through an ObamaCare exchange. The bill passed the House of Representatives by a bipartisan vote of 291-to-122. After the vote, Representative Gosar stated quote – "Millions of Americans were required to enter their personal information on a website that the Obama Administration knew was insecure and was not fully tested. Now these people are at risk for identity theft. While I will contin Read More »