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Woman Rescued After Being Stranded In Papago Park


A woman has been rescued after being stranded since Wednesday morning on a mountain trail in Phoenix's Papago Park. Phoenix Fire Department officials say the woman in her 30s says she was hiking and got stuck on a 100-foot cliff.
Other hikers noticed her and called 9-1-1. Fire units from Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe deployed technical rescue teams to reach her. They rappelled using ropes and gear and performed a rescue pick-off. Crews reached the hiker Thursday and found she was not injured. After being evaluated, the woman was given a ride home. The name and age of the woman was not immediately released by authorities.

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Governor Brewer Delivers State Of State Address At Arizona Western College


Arizona Governor Janice Brewer arrived in Yuma Wednesday to deliver her State of the State address at Arizona Western College. She focused on several issues involving Arizona and Yuma. One of those issues involved her commitment to the military protecting the border state.
She also is asking lawmakers this session to look to eliminate certain taxes for businesses, encouraging them to relocate or expand in Arizona. Other issues to be addressed includes stabilizing tuition at state colleges to enable more students to attend college. And she is proud to have been instrumental in giving the green light to construct a much needed veteran’s home in Yuma in the coming months.Read More »

Luke Air Force Base Expecting New Planes In The Near Future


Luke Air Force Base expects to get its first F-35 in the near future. Officials say they do not have a specific date but now believe the arrival of the new fighter could be as early as next week. Luke is a pilot-training base that has been selected for F-35 training, while operational units flying the F-35 will be located at other Air Force bases. Luke officials say they will hold a formal ceremony in mid-March to mark the F-35's arrival. F-35’s started arriving at the Marine Core Air Station in Yuma last year.

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Teenage Boy Flown To Phoenix Hospital After Being Beaten With Baseball Bat


A teenage boy was flown to Phoenix for treatment after he was beaten with a baseball bat. The Yuma Police Department says the unnamed victim was walking with another teenager behind the Albertson’s market on West 24th Street Tuesday night, when an unidentified Hispanic male walked up to the pair and struck one of the teens in the head with a baseball bat, then fled the scene on foot. The victim was taken to the Yuma Regional Medical Center and later flown to a Phoenix hospital.  The suspect is described as about 20-years-old, standing 5’10 tall and weighing 135 pounds. He was wearing a dark colored hoodie and tan pants.

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Arizona Ranks Slightly Higher In School Breakfast Scorecard


Arizona is doing slightly better when it comes to getting a nutritious breakfast into the hands of low-income students, according to the School Breakfast Scorecard released by the Food Research and Action Center. The state is ranked 27th, two spots better than the previous year. At the same time, there is an expanding national strategy known as "Community Eligibility," which allows high-poverty schools to offer free meals to all students. It is already increasing the number of children eating at school in the handful of states where it's been tested, and FRAC president Jim Weill says it rolls out nationwide this fall.
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Homeland Security Secretary Tours Arizona Border


Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson took an aerial tour of the southern Arizona border Wednesday. Johnson visited Douglas and Tucson a day after meeting with officials along the border in Texas. In Tucson, Johnson met with state and local law enforcement officials and received briefings on efforts to secure the border at the Tucson Sector headquarters of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. In Douglas, Johnson met with Douglas Mayor Danny Ortega and Sierra Vista Mayor Rick Mueller along with local ranchers and landowners. Johnson underscored the department's commitment to working with local communities to ensure the security of the Southwest border. He spoke in Read More »

Yuma Community Foundation Offering Tuition For High School Grads


It is that time of year again when high school seniors begin weighing options of higher education. The Yuma Community Foundation will help assist several students with getting some much needed money to help pay for college tuition. Director Janelle Johnson says there are several memorial scholarships available for Yuma County high school students.
For a complete list of scholarships available, go to the website at

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El Centro Border Patrol Agents Arrest Dangerous Gang Member


Tuesday, United States Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro station apprehended a dangerous gang member attempting to make an illegal entry into the United States.
Border Patrol agents arrested a 43-year-old Mexican national as he entered the United States illegally from Mexico. Agents arrested him west of the downtown Calexico Port of Entry. The man was transported to the El Centro Border Patrol station where it was revealed he was an active member of the “Street Villians 13” criminal street gang. This gang is out of Los Angeles, California, which pledges allegiance to the “Sureño” street gang. The gang member is an aggravated felon Read More »

Police Release Name Of Victim Killed In Hit And Run Accident


Police have released the name of the victim killed in a recent hit and run accident. 24-year-old Joshua Wesley Wynn of North Carolina was killed on Sunday night after he was hit by a vehicle driven by 42-year-old Margarita Belen of San Luis. Police say Belen’s vehicle struck Wynn as he was alongside Highway 95 just east of Avenue “H”. Police found Belen’s vehicle on Monday and arrested her, charging her in connection with the accident. She has appeared in court where the judge posted bond of nearly $293,000. Another appearance is scheduled for later this week.

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Lack Of Awareness About Financial Assistance Is Biggest Obstacle For Affordable Care Act Consumers


With a little more than two months to go in the open-enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act, community organizers say the biggest obstacle for consumers is not the website but a lack of awareness about financial assistance. Erin Knott of Enroll America says many Arizonans her group has worked with are well aware that "Care" is available under the ACA, but the "Affordable" part takes some convincing.
In a recent Enroll America survey, eight out of ten uninsured respondents did not believe they could afford health insurance. It is estimated that 60-percent of those currently uninsured will qualify for financial assistance to purchase insurance Read More »

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