The Yuma Police Department wants everyone to bring in the New Year safely and responsibly. They will be conducting an impaired driving enforcement detail on New Year’s Eve. There will be additional officers working at various times to detect and apprehend impaired drivers. A significant number of fatal accidents in Arizona involve impaired drivers and holiday weekends tend to result in increased numbers of impaired motorists on roadways across the nation. Local and state law enforcement agencies encourage motorists to do their part by making safe transportation arrangements prior to consuming intoxicating beverages, saving numbers of local cab companies in phones prior to going out and reporting Read More »
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Yuma Police Remind The Community That Discharging Fire Arms Into The Air During New Year’s Eve Is Illegal
Every New Year’s Eve the Yuma Police Department responds to numerous reports of “shots fired” within the city limits. Some people discharge a firearm into the air to bring in the New Year. The Yuma Police Department would like to remind the community this is a felony offense and encourage anyone that witnesses this type of criminal activity to call the police department immediately. Per Arizona Revised Statutes about Disorderly conduct, a person commits disorderly conduct if, with intent to disturb the peace or quiet of a neighborhood, family or person, or with knowledge of doing so and recklessly handles, displays or discharges a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument. If guilty o Read More »
This weekend's Seventh Annual Somerton Tamale Festival brought 30,000 folks out to Main Street in Somerton to feast on dozens of varieties of tamales. Organizers told KSWTTV this will generate between $25,000 and $30,000 and it is all going to a good cause. The Somerton Tamale Festival is not just about eating delicious spicy or sweet tamales from a selection of more than 40 vendors. The festival helps raise money so local students can afford tuition at Arizona State University. The event is run by the local El Diablito Alumni Chapter, which is made up of Arizona State University alumni who have returned to work and live in the Southern Yuma County area. An organizer says more than $75,000 tam Read More »
The Yuma City Hall will be closed both today and Wednesday for Christmas. City Hall will be open regular hours, 7am-to-6pm Thursday (26) and 7am to 5pm Friday (27). Residential refuse collection for homes inside the Yuma city limits will not change this week or the week of December 30th despite the holidays. This is because Wednesdays – the day both Christmas and New Year's Day fall on this year – are the days the solid waste division does not run full collection routes. City Hall will be closed Wednesday, January 1st 2014 for New Year's Day. Later that week, City Hall will be closed Friday, January 3rd 2014 as part of its normal customer Read More »
Inmates at Maricopa County jails will no longer be subject to around the clock holiday music this time of year.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio says the change comes after numerous complaints from inmates and detention staff that the music was more irritating than joyful. Beginning in 2005, Arpaio ordered that the music be played throughout all jail facilities to ensure staff and inmates had some holiday cheer. This year, the sheriff says, holiday music from Alvin and The Chipmunks, Elvis and others will only be played at the facilities for two hours in the morning and two hours at night.
A new team assigned to review more than 6500 abuse and neglect reports that were not investigated by Arizona child welfare officials says they have now assigned nearly 2900 of those cases to investigators. The so-called CARE team named nearly three weeks ago by Governor Jan Brewer provided the latest update Monday (23). It said almost 1400 children identified in the reports have now been seen and more than eleven-hundred-and-50 cases have had a response.
The team is led by the head of the state's Juvenile Corrections department, Charles Flanagan. Department of Econo Read More »
The City of Yuma will again offer a drop-off site for those who wish to safely dispose of their natural Christmas trees.
Christmas Tree recycling will begin on Thursday, December 26 at 265 West 13th Street. Hours for the Christmas Tree Recycling Program are from 7am to 5pm Thursday and Friday and 7am to 5pm December 30th through January 3rd, 2014 and again during those same hours the week of January 6th through the 10th, 2014. The site will be closed January, 1st 2014 for New Year's Day. Please remove all lights, ornaments, and tinsel before dropping off the tree. Artificial trees will not be accepted. Mat Read More »
On Tuesday, December 24th, at 10am, Yuma Police Officers and Santa Claus will be visiting the pediatric section of Yuma Regional Medical Center to deliver Christmas stockings filled with candy and toys, which have been donated by local businesses, to brighten the day of those children who are receiving medical care.Read More »
More than a dozen Old West re-enactment groups from across the region will ride into town for an old-fashioned showdown at the Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park on January 11th and 12th, 2014. But what will fly at the 16th Annual Gathering of the Gunfighters is not really hot lead – it is fighting words and old-school acting from folks portraying outlaws, lawmen, cowboys, saloon gals, townsfolk and a veritable cornucopia of disreputable characters. For spectators, the fun is seeing Western lore unfold in live-action skits with lots of shouting and shooting – and no doubt, some prolonged and dramatic deaths. While there were not regular gun Read More »
Two federal land managers from Arizona are being honored by The Wilderness Society for their work in promoting conservation while balancing multiple uses on Bureau of Land Management lands. The so-called CAPE awards go to Kathy Pedrick of the Arizona State B-L-M office for her work on renewable energy planning, and to Claire Crow, manager of Ironwood Forest National Monument. The Wilderness Society’s Phil Hanceford says Crow stood firm against heavy political pressure to ban target shooting at Ironwood Forest.
Hanceford says the target shooters also left behind large amounts of shot-up trash such as old appliances. He notes that hunting with firearms is still p Read More »