A student at McGraw Elementary School pricked herself on a hypodermic needle on Monday and officials are investigating. Our television partner KYMATV broke the story recently and interviewed the parent of the student. Brenda Suarez has spoken with the school in connection with the incident involving her daughter. She was instructed to take her daughter for a blood test. McGraw Elementary School Superintendent Darwin Stiffler says that more procedures have been implemented to prevent another such occurance. No needle was found on campus.Read More »
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Both the U.S. House and Senate are back to work, and the Farm Bill is tops on the "to-do" list. The last five-year Farm Bill expired in September 2013, and although the House and Senate have passed new bills, they have yet to be reconciled. Arizona Farm Bureau President Kevin Rogers says one of the biggest challenges facing farmers is the uncertainly of the Crop Insurance program. He says the political gridlock is delaying planting and financing decisions for major crops such as cotton.
Rogers says Congress needs to finish the Farm Bill within the next couple of weeks to avoid economic disruption, but he believes they are, in his words, "very close to getting this Read More »
The U.S. attorney's office for the District of Arizona has claimed more than $7.7 million from civil and criminal actions in fiscal year 2013.
U.S. Attorney John S. Leonardo announced the amount in a news release Thursday. Leonardo says about $4.8 million came from criminal cases and $2.9 million from civil actions.
His office also raked in an additional $519 million dollars from cases pursuead jointly with other U.S. Attorney's Offices as well as the U.S. Department of Justice.
Gasoline prices around Arizona are slightly higher at the pump this week. Officials with AAA Arizona said Thursday that the average statewide price for unleaded regular gasoline is $3.21 a gallon. That is an increase of more than two-cents from last week. This week's national average is at $3.30 per gallon, down by almost two-cents from last week. Tucson has Arizona's lowest average gasoline price at $3.12 a gallon and Flagstaff has the highest at $3.33. Montana has the lowest average gas prices in the continental U.S. at $3.02 a gallon with Connecticut having the highest at $3.70 a gallon.Read More »
Yuma's Household Hazardous Waste program will hold its next quarterly collection event from 8am to 12noon Saturday at the City of Yuma North Public Works Yard located at 265 West 13th Street. The City only conducts this Household Hazardous Waste day four times a year. Residents are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to dispose of unwanted items that should not be disposed in landfills or sewer systems. It is open to all City residents for no charge.
The Household Hazardous Waste program is the safest way to dispose of products such as unwanted corrosive, flammable, toxic or reactive material used in your home, car or truck, garden and lawn. Addition Read More »
A new flexible art program is open for free this semester to area veterans at the main Arizona Western College campus. The collaboration between the college and Yuma Fine Arts, with support from a private donor, makes it possible for vets and family members to explore their creativity through ceramics in a supportive, small-group format. Professor Steven Dilley, who joined the AWC faculty in August 2013, first created the project at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, California before bringing it to Yuma. The classes will meet Tuesday evenings from 6pm-to-9pm in the Ceramics Lab. The free program is considered a bridge to academic success, especially for those who are not yet ready to Read More »
United States Border Patrol agents from the Yuma Sector seized $236,000 worth of marijuana and arrested seven men in three separate incidents Tuesday near Wellton.
Agents patrolling in the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge apprehended four Mexican nationals who had entered the U.S. illegally and were walking north near the Camino Del Diablo. Agents then back-tracked the group’s footprints and found four bundles of marijuana. The marijuana had a combined weight of 197 pounds, worth an estimated $98,000. The men and marijuana were turned over to the Yuma County Narcotics Task Force.
In another incident, agents on patrol in the same area ar Read More »
The Yuma Police Department says one person is in custody on Attempted Murder charges after a shooting incident on Wednesday morning. Police say they responded to a report of a disturbance involving a gun in the 1300 block of West Eighth Place. Officers discovered a 46-year-old male with gun shot wounds to the foot. He was taken to Yuma Regional Medical Center for treatment. The suspect was identified as 22 year-old Marco Navarrete and was arrested. He was booked into the Yuma County Adult Detention Center for an Attempted Murder charge. The victim has been treated and released from the hospital. Cruz Vidal from the Yuma Police Department says they are looking into the cause of the incident.
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United States Congressman Paul Gosar Wednesday announced his co-sponsorship of the ObamaCare Taxpayer Bailout Prevention Act, legislation that prevents taxpayer bailouts of health insurance companies. This legislation repeals the section of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that grants the Secretary of Health and Human Services unilateral authority to establish a risk corridor program, which could result in taxpayer-funded bailouts of insurance companies. Gosar said quote – “No more taxpayer bailouts. Hardworking taxpayers shouldn’t be on the hook for ObamaCare’s failures. We simply can’t allow this Administration to pass bad policy and then bail itself out to Read More »
The city of San Luis’ Christmas Tree recycling program is underway through the month of January. The drop off site is at the Public Works Yard, located at 13211 North Fourth Avenue in San Luis. The yard will be open Mondays through Fridays from 7am to 3pm. Also, persons can drop off their trees at the Yuma County Landfill on South Avenue One-E. No artificial trees will be accepted, only natural trees. For more information about this program, call 928-341-8577.Read More »