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Fire Safety During Halloween

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Halloween is on Thursday and several families are expected to take their children into area neighborhoods to get all the treats they can. Yuma Fire Department Public Information Officer Mike Efert says fire still remains a danger for persons celebrating Halloween, but he adds there are alternatives to placing an open flame inside a jack-o-lantern.   He adds to make ... Read More »

Imperial Irrigation District Board Approves Revisions To District’s Equitable Distribution Plan

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In light of the seriousness of the drought in the Lower Colorado River Basin, and in preparation for water payback requirements to the Colorado River of about 155,000 acre-feet in 2014, the Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors, Monday, approved revisions to the district's Equitable Distribution Plan. In adopting the revised EDP, the board also recently authorized the implementation of ... Read More »

Police Identify Body Found Over The Weekend


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Police have positively identified the body found over the weekend. 19-year old Jazmin Serrano was found Sunday afternoon in the 8200 block of Yavapai Lane. Upon arrival, Yuma County Sheriff’s Deputies and Rural Metro Personnel determined the female to be deceased. The incident is currently under investigation by Sheriff’s Office Investigators. No other information will be released until the Sheriff’s ... Read More »

Balloon Festival To Benefit Non-Profit


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The Annual Colorado River Crossing Balloon Festival is less than one month away and the Caballeros De Yuma are working hard to present another awesome show. During the three-day event, from November 22nd to the 24th, several hot air balloons will dot the skies and take persons on tethered rides. Jeff Kamman the past president of the Caballeros says the ... Read More »

Appeal Denied For Arizona Death-Row Inmate

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A federal appeals court has turned down an Arizona death-row inmate's appeal.   The Ninth United States Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling upholds a trial judge's earlier decision to deny an appeal on behalf of David Gulbrandson. The appeal was based largely on complaints about Gulbrandson's legal defense during his trial in Maricopa County Superior court. Gulbrandson was convicted of ... Read More »

Grand Canyon Receives Refund For Money Used During Government Shutdown


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Arizona has been refunded the money it sent to reopen the Grand Canyon during the partial government shutdown but that was not used. The state paid the National Park Service $651,000 to keep the popular tourist destination open for a week. Federal lawmakers reached an agreement on the budget before those seven days were up. A spokesman for Governor Jan ... Read More »

House Fire Caused By Remote Controlled Car


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A lithium-ion battery is the apparent cause of a fire on East Palo Verde Street in Yuma Saturday morning.   The Yuma Fire Department says a battery used for a remote controlled car became hot and started burning the carpet where the battery was located. The fire was contained to the bedroom and was extinguished quickly once firefighters arrived on ... Read More »

Maricopa County Attorney’s Office Appeals Federal Judge’s Ruling On Immigrant Smuggling

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The Maricopa County Attorney's Office is appealing a federal judge's ruling that it cannot charge immigrants with conspiracy if they arrange to be smuggled into the United States. A brief notice filed Friday in federal court in Phoenix says an appeal is being filed with the San Francisco-based Ninth United States Circuit Court of Appeals. U.S. District Judge Robert Broomfield ... Read More »

Fundraiser Raises Money For Yarnell Fire Victims


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Wives, fiancées and others close to some of the firefighters who perished in the Yarnell Hill Fire are trying to help the community their loved ones died trying to protect.   KPHOTV reports that a fundraising event held Sunday in Prescott raised $18,000 for Yarnell. The community lost more than 100 homes. Those participating in the benefit to raise money ... Read More »

Calexico Border Agents Arrest Two Men For Smuggling Marijuana


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United States Border Patrol agents from the Calexico station arrested two men Saturday attempting to smuggle approximately 96 lbs of marijuana with an estimated value of more than $77,000. Border Patrol agents detected two men walking north from the United States/Mexico International Boundary fence in a remote desert area east of Calexico. Agents responded to the area and encountered the ... Read More »

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