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Governor Brewer Calls For State To Set Aside $9.2 Million For Veterans Home In Yuma


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In her Executive Budget released on Friday, Arizona Governor Janice Brewer is calling for the state to set aside more than $9.2 million to build a veterans home in Yuma. The budget still has to pass the legislature, but Dave Hampton with the Arizona Department of Veterans Services is excited to see what this plan can do to help Yuma County's 20,000 military veterans.
 
Hampton says the plans for the building are still in their very earliest stages until the money is officially granted. The plan calls for the state to pay for 35% of construction, with the Federal VA picking up the rest of the bill.

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City Of Prescott Denies Claims From Yarnell Fire


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The city of Prescott has denied more than 100 damage claims seeking a total of $662 million by property owners and relatives of firefighters who died in the Yarnell Hill fire.
 
91 property owners filed claims and 17 additional claims were filed by relatives of Granite Mountain Hotshots who died on June 30th 2013. 19 members of the elite hotshot crew died when winds shifted during the Yarnell Hill Fire and trapped the men in a brush-choked bowl after they left an area already burned.
 
More than 100 homes were destroyed in Yarnell, northwest of Phoenix. A Phoenix law firm representing Prescott says all of the claims are without m Read More »

Yuma Board Of Supervisors Hold Meeting This Morning

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The Yuma County Board of Supervisors held a meeting this morning at 9am at the County offices in downtown Yuma. Items on the agenda included authorizing the Director of the Yuma County Free Library District to enter into an Intergovernmental Agreement between the Arizona Historical Society and Yuma County, for and on behalf of the YCFLD, and to archive, store, and provide access to current and future AHS Rio Colorado Library and Archives Collections at the Heritage Branch Library. This IGA would remain in force until June 30th 2018.

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San Luis Woman Accused Of Hit And Run

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A San Luis woman is accused of hitting a man with her SUV Sunday night and leaving the scene where he died. 42-year-old Margarita Belen appeared in court Monday to hear charges she may be facing. The Yuma County Sheriff's Office says they received a report of a possible man down on Highway 95 and Avenue “H”. Alfonso Zavala of the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office says the report came from a witness who saw a red Chevrolet strike a pedestrian walking on the south side of the Highway.
 
Detectives interviewed Belen because she was registered to the license. She was then arrested and booked into the Yuma County Jail. The judge posted the bond at nearly $293,000. She wi Read More »

Study From The U.S. Geological Survey Finds Tree’s Growth Rates Do Not Slow As They Age

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A long-held belief about old trees has been uprooted. A new study from the U.S. Geological Survey finds that trees' growth rates do not slow as they get older and larger – instead, they keep putting on mass along with their years. Study lead author Nate Stephenson is a forest ecologist with the USGS. He says if people did the same, we would weigh well over a ton by retirement. For trees, the finding changes what we know about how they store carbon, and has implications for forest management.
 
Stephenson says old, large trees are better at storing and absorbing carbon from the atmosphere.

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Deliberations Set To Resume For Temple Slayings Retrial

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Deliberations are set to resume in the third trial of a man charged with killing nine people at a suburban Phoenix Buddhist temple in 1991. Johnathan A. Doody was found guilty in 1993 and sentenced to 281 years in prison. But an appeals court threw out his conviction in 2011, ruling that investigators improperly obtained his confession. His second trial ended in a mistrial in October after jurors deadlocked. Doody's third trial began December 4th 2013. Jurors got the case on January 13th. They resume deliberations this morning.

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Yuma Territorial Marathon And Half Marathon

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Runners are gearing up for the annual Yuma Territorial Marathon this weekend. The Caballeros de Yuma are sponsoring the run once again this year and hope for a good turnout for the 26.2 mile race Saturday.
 
The race will start at 7am Saturday at Cocopah Casino and will head south along Highway 95 to near San Luis before it turns around and heads back to Cocopah.

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Parents Busted For Growing Pot

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A Kingman mother and father are facing numerous charges after authorities found drug paraphernalia in their home. The Kingman Daily Miner reports the two parents were accused of growing marijuana and using drugs in front of their two children, ages five and three. Authorities say 24-year-old Jessica Berry and 25-year-old Thomas Ogden were taken into custody after agents with Child Protective Services were called to their home. The home had been without running water for the last several months. According to court records, a search turned up drug paraphernalia on the floor in reach of the children. Berry and Ogden are facing drug charges in addition to felony charges of child abuse and misconduct wit Read More »

African American Leaders Fear Their Political Presence In Arizona Is Fading

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African-American leaders in Arizona fear their political presence is fading. The impending retirement of State Senator Leah Landrum Taylor could leave Arizona as one of a handful of states with no African-Americans in the Legislature. The Arizona Republic reports Landrum Taylor is marking the beginning of her final legislative session today. Since 1950, there has been at least one African-American in either the state House or the Senate.
 
African-Americans trying to build political clout face several challenges, such as a lack of candidates and a small voting population across the state. While Landrum Taylor says she will run for secretary of state, no black candid Read More »

One Person In Custody In Connection With Arson

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Officials say one person is in custody in connection with several fires intentionally set on Friday night. The Yuma Fire Department and the Yuma Police Department responded to several fires in the south end of Yuma. There were at least 12 fires set within one hour. During this time period Yuma County Sheriff’s Office and United States Border Patrol personnel assisted with the search for the suspect.
 
A Yuma Police Department Officer responding to a fire in the area of First Avenue and Catalina Drive saw a male subject nearby and stopped him. The subject was identified as 27-year-old Antonio Salazar Junior and was taken into custody.

Detectives responded and bega Read More »

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