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Mayor Alan Kreiger Holds Final Regular City Council Meeting

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It was the final regular Yuma City Council meeting Wednesday for Mayor Alan Kreiger and council members Paul Johnson, Bobbie Lewis and Jerry Stuart and it ended up being a longer meeting than anticipated. A public hearing was held that lasted for about 90 minutes. The Yuma Sun says some 27 persons signed up to complain about a rezoning issue involving changing an agricultural zone east of Avenue “D”. The developer of the property wants to make it a low density residential area. The request was defeated by a three-to-three tie vote. After the meeting, Mayor Kreiger reflected on his past years serving in office.

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Candlewood Suites Opened In Yuma Proving Grounds This Morning

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A new Candlewood Suites is to open this morning at the Yuma Proving Ground. This is the second such hotel that has opened on a military base. The new hotel features a variety of amenities tailored to meet the unique needs of today's military traveler, such as 92 studio and one bedroom suites, fully equipped kitchens, a swimming pool, on-post shuttle service, and complimentary hot breakfast each day. The hotel development is part of the Privatization of Army Lodging program, a U.S. Army-led program established as a means to revitalize on-post lodging facilities for Soldiers, their families and all government travelers.

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New Study Reveals Children Of Low Income Families Have Slower Rates Of Brain Growth

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According to a new study, children of low-income families have slower rates of growth in a number of areas, including two key parts of the brain, the parietal lobe and the frontal lobe. One of the researchers is psychology professor Seth Pollak.
 
Professor Pollak and other researchers studied 400 children from birth to age four. He says there is a distinct difference in the brain scans of children living in poverty. The research indicates they do not develop as rapidly, which Pollak says helps explain behavioral, learning and attention problems.
 
Pollak and his fellow researchers say environmental factors that contribute to slower brain development often come with pove Read More »

Detective Won’t Testify In Child Death Retrial

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The case against an Arizona woman who spent two decades on death row in the murder of her four year old son has been dealt a crushing blow. A judge on Wednesday said a detective does not have to testify at Debra Milke's retrial. Without his testimony on her purported confession, prosecutors cannot use it at her retrial. In other cases, the detective has been accused of lying under oath. If defense attorneys brought that up in the Milke retrial to try to hurt his credibility, he fears he could face prosecution in those cases. Milke was accused of having two men shoot her four-year-old son in 1989. She spent 24-years on death row. An appeals court overturned her conviction in March and she is free o Read More »

City Of Prescott Denies Compensation Claims Filed In Connection To Arizona Wildfire


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The City of Prescott has denied compensation claims filed in connection with a deadly Arizona wildfire. Yarnell property owners and the mother of a Granite Mountain Hotshot who died along with 18 of his crew members have accused public agencies of negligence. An attorney representing Prescott said Wednesday that claims by Marcia McKee, the mother of Grant McKee, are barred under state law. The city says it is not liable to the property owners either, because its actions were not reckless or negligent and did not result in the loss of property or income. The city also notes that it was cleared of wrongdoing in a state worker safety investigation into the June 30th dea Read More »

25 Former Immigrants Become United States Citizens

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25 former immigrants are now United States citizens. The Mexican born persons took oaths at Yuma City Hall on
Tuesday. Angel Ortega was brought to the U.S. by his parents to give him a chance at a better life.
 
A college student set to graduate in May 2014, Ortega hopes to one day become a surgeon and help heal his fellow countrymen.

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Yuma City Council Meeting Tonight

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The Yuma City Council has a very light agenda for Tonight, Wednesday, December 18. This will be the last regular city council meeting for Mayor Alan Kreiger and three council members – Paul Johnson, Bobbie Lewis and Jerry Stuart. Mayor Kreiger has enjoyed his time serving the citizens of Yuma and hopes that some issues have come to light.
 
The meeting starts tonight Wednesday, December 18 at 5:30pm at the Yuma City Hall with the reception to follow.

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Blythe And Wellton Border Patrol Agents Arrest Drug Smugglers

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United States Border Patrol agents from the Blythe Station arrested one smuggler and seized over $329,000 worth of cocaine, while agents from the Wellton Station seized over $95,000 worth of marijuana. Monday, agents stopped a Chevy Impala at I-10 and Lovekin Boulevard. A canine unit alerted to the trunk of the car, leading to the discovery of nearly 14 kilograms of cocaine. The driver, a U.S. citizen was arrested. The subject and cocaine were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
 
In a separate incident, agents tracking footprints of a group of people suspected of entering the country illegally discovered four camouflage wrapped backpacks containing 191 pounds Read More »

San Luis Mayor To Break Ground For New Potable Water Transmission Line Project

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During a recent public meeting of the Board of Directors of the North American Development Bank and the Border Environment Cooperation Commission, officials representing both institutions delivered a ceremonial check to San Luis Mayor Gerardo Sanchez and Vice Mayor Matias Rosales in the amount of $500,000 recently, from NADB’s Community Assistance Program, which aims to assist smaller communities in the border region meet their high-priority infrastructure needs.
 
As a result, Mayor Sanchez and Council Members will break ground today for the new potable water transmission line project that will provide interconnection between San Luis’ two water distribution systems, Read More »

Hospitals In Arizona Ask For Blood Donations

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At hospitals and clinics across the state, the need for blood knows no season, but donations tend to decrease this time of year. That is why officials are urging Arizonans to consider rolling up their sleeves to give a lifesaving gift. Dan Fox of the American Red Cross says between school vacations, inclement weather and busy schedules, the number of donations declines over the holidays, while the need for blood in local hospitals remains constant.
 
The American Red Cross estimates that one in ten people admitted to the hospital will require a blood transfusion. In Arizona, donors must be at least 18 years old, or 17 with a signed parental consent form. Donors must also be in good hea Read More »

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