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Doug Ducey Announces Candidacy For Republican Nomination For Governor Of Arizona


Arizona State Treasurer Doug Ducey has officially announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for governor of Arizona. Ducey is the former CEO of Cold Stone Creamery and has been hinting at a run but officially announced his candidacy on Wednesday. He says his campaign will focus on the economy and job creation, education and "solutions-driven" governance. Former Mesa Mayor Scott Smith, Secretary of State Ken Bennett and former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas are also running in the Republican primary. GoDaddy attorney Christine Jones and state Senator Al Melvin are also candidates.
Primary elections will be held August 26th. The general electi Read More »

Class Size Plays Significant Role In How Well Students Do In School


As school districts across Arizona continue to cope with dwindling budgets, new research examines the impact of class size and the role that crowded classrooms can play in students' educational outcomes. In a new policy brief, Associate Professor at Northwestern University Diane Schanzenbach points out that having a manageable class size really does make a difference in how well students do in school.
Her research says student-teacher ratios in public schools fell steadily over the past 40 years, but that trend has changed recently. In the last five years, the average class size in the U.S. has increased 5%, to almost 22 students per classroom. The National Center for Education Read More »

Yuma Aeromodelers Host Model Airplane Show


Several airplanes will be flying this weekend, but it is not at Yuma International Airport or the Marine Corps Air Station Yuma. The Yuma Aeromodelers will host a show that will showcase model airplanes. Dave Bartholomew tells us more about the main day’s events on Saturday.
Anyone can come out on Sunday and fly as well during the open flying session. More information can be found at

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Another Arizona House Committee Approves $500,000 Appropriation To Create A Memorial Site For Granite Mountain Hotshots


Another Arizona House committee has approved a $500,000 appropriation to create a memorial site honoring the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots who died in the Yarnell Hill Fire last year. The House appropriations committee approved House Bill 2624 by a vote of 8-1 on Wednesday. The energy, environment and natural resources committee approved the bill by Republican Representative Karen Fann of Prescott on Monday.
The bill allocates $500,000 to create a memorial site to honor the firefighters and a committee to oversee the memorial and administer the fund. The committee would include relatives of the firefighters killed, as well as state representatives and officials from the state parks bo Read More »

Police Searching For Owner Of Two Wild Horses


The owner of two horses that have been contained by police are still being sought. The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office says the horse were caught on January 20th in the area of Avenue 43E and County Eighth Street. One of the horses was identified with a branding mark and is a Bureau of Land Management Mustang. The other Mustang does not have any such markings. Both are currently under the care of the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office. The freeze-branded Mustang is under the jurisdiction of the BLM.  If unclaimed, the non-branded Mustang will be turned over to an Arizona State Livestock Officer on Friday.
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Victim Of Deadly Vehicle-Pedestrian Collision Has Been Identified


The victim in the recent deadly vehicle/pedestrian collision has been identified. The Yuma Police Department says 62-year-old Leo Koivu was killed on Saturday. The driver of the vehicle has been identified as 21-year-old Danny Polanco. Polanco has been interviewed by police and released. Koivu was riding his bicycle in a crosswalk on Magnolia Avenue near Eighth Street when the accident occurred. The investigation continues and the Yuma Police Department encourages anyone with any information about this case to please call 928-373-4700 or 78-Crime to remain anonymous.

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Yuma City Council Meets Tonight At City Hall


The Yuma City Council is meeting tonight at 5:30pm at the Yuma City Hall. The council will further consider a change in the billing cycle for water and sewer customers. The issue has been delayed while some concerns of the council were considered. Mayor Douglass Nicholls says he is looking forward to moving ahead on the agenda item.
Mayor Nichols adds that there is some newer software that may help smooth out those bill pay options.

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Grijalva Calls For AZ Schools Chief Investigation


Arizona congressman Raul Grijalva has called for a federal investigation into automated calls made by state schools chief John Huppenthal last week. In a letter Monday to Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Grijalva calls for an investigation into whether Huppenthal violated student privacy laws for sending automated calls to 15-thousand Phoenix and Tucson homes in poor-performing school districts. Huppenthal explains Arizona's Empowerment scholarship program in the call. The program offers money to parents who send their children to private schools. Education advocates have legally challenged the constitutionality of the voucher-like program.
Huppenthal says he di Read More »

Arizona Department Of Water Resources Gets New Director


The Arizona Department of Water Resources now has a new director. Michael J. Lacey was appointed to the job Tuesday by Governor Jan Brewer. His appointment fills the vacancy created by the departure of director Sandra Fabritz-Whitney. Brewer says Lacey has three decades of experience in water resource management. Lacey has been the department's deputy director since 2011, serving as the chief operating officer overseeing the protection and administration of water rights and water supplies. Before joining the department, Lacey was a business owner and consulting hydrologist for 22 years. Lacey has a master's degree in physical geography from Arizona State University.Read More »

Arizona State House Approves New System To Alert Public Of Police Killers


The Arizona State House has approved a new system similar to Amber Alerts. It notifies the public when a suspect who has killed or injured a law enforcement officer and who is dangerous and is on the loose. House Bill 2323 creates a "Blue Alert System" which would broadcast over media and highway signs the details of the suspect and his or her car. The House passed the bill unanimously on Tuesday. It will now move to the Senate. 18 other states have adopted the system.

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