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Motorists May Experience Traffic Delays Travelling Through Port Of San Luis


Motorists travelling through the Port of San Luis may experience traffic delays this week due to some construction.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection port officials have worked with the City of San Luis, the Arizona Department of Transportation and the Mexican government to perform removal of an existing canopy, which may cause delays to outbound traffic through the port, while the work is being done. The work is to begin Tuesday and is expected to continue through Thursday. The work will affect outbound traffic, which will be re-routed through the west exit lane. Recreational vehicles or vehicles towing trailers are being urged to avoid any travel through the area during Read More »

Yuma Border Patrol Agents Arrest Felon With Multiple Convictions


Yuma Border Patrol Sector agents from the Yuma Station arrested 51-year-old Jose Chicas-Argeta, a previously removed felon with multiple convictions on Friday (14). Agents patrolling near Andrade (On-Dra-Day) arrested a group of five people for illegally entering the United States.  Further record checks confirmed that one of the men, had been convicted of multiple felonies, including attempted second degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated robbery and narcotics possession for sale.  Chicas is a citizen of El Salvador and was previously removed through San Ysidro, California. He is now being processed for prosecution and removal.

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Arizona Bill Could Expand Program For Private Schools


Arizona legislators will vote on a bill that would expand a state program that allows students to pay for a private education using public funds. Several education advocates who say the program is unconstitutional have sued the state. They also heavily criticized schools chief John Huppenthal last week for releasing automated calls promoting the program and private schools. Huppenthal defended the calls, which went out to 15,000 homes in poor-performing school districts in Phoenix and Tucson. Legislators expanded the Arizona Empowerment Scholarship Accounts last year to children from schools that have received a poor grade from the state and to those with active military parents. Now Republican bill spo Read More »

Child Deaths In Car Crashes Decline 43% Over 10 Years


The CDC says child deaths in car crashes have declined by 43% over ten years, but there is still work to do because for one in three fatalities for kids ages 12 and under, the child was not properly restrained. Arizona strengthened its car seat law two years ago, requiring booster seats for children through age seven or up to four-feet nine-inches tall.
Doctor Erin Sauber-Schatz at the CDC says parent education and car seat distribution help make sure more children are buckled up properly, but Arizona could do more with an even stricter law.
The recommendation is a law to require child safety-seat use through age eight. Only two states have that law on the bo Read More »

Committee Formed To Search For New Northern Arizona University President


The Arizona Board of Regents has announced the formation of a 28-member search committee that will help find a new president for Northern Arizona University. NAU President John Haeger announced in September 2013 that he will retire at the end of his current contract which runs through June 30th, 2015.

Haeger was appointed NAU's president in 2001. He oversaw an aggressive rebuilding of the aging Flagstaff campus and opened NAU-Yavapai in Prescott Valley that that offers bachelor's degrees in three years. The member of the presidential search committee includes representatives from the regents along with NAU administration, faculty, student and alumn Read More »

Citizen’s Academy Program To Familiarize Locals With Customs And Border Patrol


The Yuma Border Patrol Sector, Port of San Luis, and Office of Air and Marine will join ranks to host an integrated United States Customs and Border Protection Citizen’s Academy presented in the Spanish language, beginning March 13th. The program provides local residents and community leaders an inside look into a wide variety of measures employed to secure – at and between the ports of entry – in southwestern Arizona. Throughout the course, attendees are familiarized with CBP’s mission and participate in interactive demonstrations.
The hands on classes include defensive tactics, tracking, and inspections for prohibited items. Participants Read More »

El Centro Border Patrol Rescue Distressed Individual In Mountains North Of Jacumba


El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents rescued a distressed illegal alien who was lost in the mountains while making an attempt to illegally enter the United States on Thursday morning. Patrol Radio Dispatch received a call from the California Highway Patrol regarding an individual in distress that was lost in the mountains north of Jacumba, California.
El Centro Sector Border Search Trauma and Rescue agents responded to the man’s last reported location and conducted a systematic search of the area. Border Patrol agents located a man in the rugged mountainous terrain who confirmed that he was the caller in distress. Agents then performed a medical evaluation of the man wh Read More »

Yuma Border Patrol Arrest Five Smugglers; Seize 548 Pounds Of Marijuana


Yuma Border Patrol Sector agents from the Wellton Station arrested five smugglers and seized 548-pounds of marijuana Wednesday. Agents patrolling south of Gila Bend interdicted five men seen earlier walking through the desert carrying backpacks. They admitted entering the United States illegally and to dropping off the backpacks in a wash nearby. Agents searched the wash and located 12 backpacks of marijuana, with a combined weight of 505-pounds, valued at $227,000. Three of the men and the marijuana were turned over to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. The other two were juveniles and will be processed for removal.
In another incident, agents p Read More »

Man Arrested For Attempting To Smuggle 33 Pounds Of Methamphetamine Into The United States


A male Mexican national was arrested Tuesday for attempting to smuggle nearly 33-pounds of methamphetamine into the United States. Customs and Border Protection officers referred 35-year-old Venancio Hau-Flores for an inspection of his Mercury sedan. After a narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs in the vehicle, officers removed 35 packages of crystal meth in a compartment behind the rear seat. The drugs and vehicle were seized. Hau was turned over to United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

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Cocopah Tribe Presents Check To Special Olympics Athletes


Cocopah Tribal Elder Paul Soto presented a check of $5,000 to Special Olympic athletes and Lisa Ball, Director of Youth Programs with the Special Olympics Arizona, Wednesday morning. The money will support adaptive sports training and competitions in Yuma. Sports offered include power lifting, tennis, track and field, basketball, golf, bowling and aquatics. There are currently 250 participants in the Yuma area.

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