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Construction On I-8 Narrows Traffic Down To One Lane

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Interstate-Eight in California between El Centro and Winterhaven is down to one lane through this week.  Cal-Trans says the construction work affects both eastbound and westbound lanes.  Construction crews will be paving the roadway Monday through Saturday from 7am to 6pm.  Construction is to be completed by next week. Read More »

Customers Asked To Verify City Utility Bills

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Yuma City service bills being mailed this week will alert customers to upcoming changes in their account numbers that will take effect in mid-May.    City water, sewer and residential solid waste customers will be asked to be sure their account numbers on their bills from May thereafter match the account numbers on file with any automated payment service they ... Read More »

Renewable Energy Bill To Introduce Competitive Leasing

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A bill being considered by a pair of Congressional committees would require wind and solar developers to compete for public land leases, bidding on the places they want to site their projects.   Once those projects were up and running, they would have to pay royalties.  The money would be split between the state, counties, and the Bureau of Land ... Read More »

Man Wanted For Domestic Violence Surrenders Himself To Police

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The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office says they arrested a person allegedly involved in a domestic violence situation last week.   Police say Gary Smith was found Tuesday morning walking in an area near the Yuma Justice Center on West Second Street.  Officers later found Smith inside his attorney’s office, where he surrendered.  Smith is charged with aggravated assault, kidnapping and ... Read More »

Yuma Air Show Attendance Down From Last Year

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Even though organizers have called the recent air show a success, they are trying to figure out why attendance fell by 35,000 people.  The Yuma Sun is reporting that only 25,000 attended Saturday’s air show at the Marine Corps Air Station.  Last year’s figures show 60,000 came for the event in 2012.  Officials say the issue of sequestration maybe one of ... Read More »

Incumbents Find Success In Somerton Primary Election

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Voters in Somerton favored the incumbents during Tuesday’s primary election.  Mayor Martin Porchas won his re-election bid and led Vice-Mayor Arturo Magana with over 60-percent of the vote.  In city council races, incumbent Geraldo Anaya led with 24-percent of the vote, followed by Carlos Gonzalez with 21-percent and Miguel Villalpando just under 20-percent.  Patricia Miranda garnered 14-percent, Arturo Vargas took 13-percent of ... Read More »

Wellton City Election

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Only about 30-percent of voters turned out for the Wellton City elections.  They Yuma Sun reports that the city council incumbents led in the primary Tuesday.  City council member James Derrmer led with 36-percent of the vote and incumbent Cecilia McCollough had just under 26-percent of the vote.  Their opponents Lisa Smith had over 24-percent of the vote and Victor ... Read More »

Expectant Mothers Encouraged To Buckle Up

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Expectant mothers worry that having a seat belt buckled can damage their unborn child in a crash, but a new study finds that not wearing a seat belt actually increases the chances of losing the pregnancy than if the mother is restrained.  Brandi Thompson with Safe Kids USA says the best way to protect the unborn child is to protect ... Read More »

Collision Causes Chain Reaction On I-8

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Five persons sustained injuries in an accident at the 172 Mile exit in Winterhaven.  The California Highway Patrol says five vehicles were involved in the Tuesday morning accident.  The accident happened after the rear most driver rear-ended the vehicle in front of him, causing a chain reaction in the westbound lanes of Interstate-Eight.  17 persons were involved in the accident, ... Read More »

Purposed Bill Could Mean Lower Property Taxes For Religious Groups

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Religious groups would pay fewer property taxes if a measure backed by the Arizona House of Representatives becomes law.  The Republican-led House voted 35-to-24 along party lines to advance the measure Tuesday.  The amended bill passed after some compromise between local property tax assessors and conservative leaders.  The bill that passed the House no longer specifies that student dormitories and ... Read More »

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