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Yuma City Hall Closed Today And Tomorrow For Christmas

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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 »

Holiday Music In Maricopa County Jails Limited To Two Hours In The Morning And At Night

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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.

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Child Abuse Case Updates

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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 »

City Of Yuma Provides Christmas Tree Drop Off Sites

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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 »

Old West Re-Enactment To Happen At Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park In January

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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 To Be Honored By The Wilderness Society

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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 »

Yuma Police Cracking Down On Thieves During Christmas Holiday

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With only a couple more days left until Christmas, the holiday hustle is in full throttle. And while this may be a favorite time of year, officials say burglars are thinking the exact same thing. Leanne Worthen of the Yuma Police Department says criminals are on a field day at this time of year.
 
Agencies including the Yuma Police Department and the U-S Marshal Service teamed up this past week to crack down on theft, robbery, and burglary. These crimes historically increase during the holiday season. The operation resulted in a total of 161 arrests in Yuma and other surrounding cities. While officials say it is rare that they encounter violence during these operations, Read More »

Arizona Congressman Ron Barber Extends Invitation To The New Secretary Of Homeland Security To Tour International Drug Smuggling And Illegal Border Crossings

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Arizona Congressman Ron Barber is extending an invitation to the new secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to tour an area of the international border that is plagued by drug smuggling and illegal crossings. Barber, a member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, sent his offer Friday, December 20th in a letter to Jeh Johnson, who was confirmed as secretary earlier this week. Barber says the area of the border he represents is porous and continues to have one of the highest rates of apprehension for people who are entering the country illegally. He says touring the area will give Johnson a firsthand look at the conditions. According to figures released this week by Read More »

Somerton Considers Constructing New City Hall Building

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The city of Somerton is considering the purchase of land to construct a new city hall. The Yuma Sun is reporting that the city council recently established $125,000 as the amount the city will offer to Precious Treasurers Mission for a lot located at the corner of State Avenue and Spring Street. The council wants to construct the new city hall in downtown Somerton in keeping with their downtown redevelopment plan. The offer to purchase the property was three-to-nothing at the last Somerton City Council meeting.

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