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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 »

Lady Matadors Give Eastern Arizona A Double Dose Of Defeat

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The Arizona Western College Lady Matadors won their double header Tuesday against eighth-ranked Eastern Arizona.  The first game was won by a score of three-to-two.  Hayley Miller was the winning pitcher and Jessica Leitner was credited with the save.  The Lady Matadors took the nightcap by a final of two-to-nothing.  Briana VanSickle took the win. Read More »

House Fire Possibly Ignited By Cigarette

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A home sustained heavy damage due to a fire that may have started due to a cigarette in bed.  Officials say they responded to the fire Monday just before 7am in the 900 block of South 12th Avenue.  Heavy smoke was coming out of the residence when they arrived on the scene, but were able to quickly get the fire ... Read More »

Primary Elections In Somerton

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It is Primary Election day in Somerton.  Voters will cast their votes in several city races – for mayor and three city council positions.  Incumbent mayor Martin Porchas is challenged by Vice Mayor Arturo Magana.  Six candidates have filed to run for the three open city council positions.  Polls are now open until 7pm at the Somerton Public Safety Building. Read More »

Libraries Provide Opportunity For Early Childhood Literacy

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President Barack Obama highlighted support for early learning in his State of the Union address.  He should go to the library, according to advocates for using the public library as a key part of the learning process for toddlers to four-year-olds.   Many libraries these days are more than musty book stacks and card catalogs and maybe an occasional story-time ... Read More »

Convicted Felon Among Seven Men Arrested Smuggling Marijuana

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Border Patrol agents in the Yuma Sector arrested a suspected felon and six others over the weekend.  Officials say all seven were taken into custody on Sunday.  One of the men was found to be convicted on manslaughter charges in Los Angeles in 2000.  He was deported back to Mexico in 2006.  The men reportedly were in the possession of ... Read More »

Quechan Housing Authority To Cease Animal Control Services

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The Quechan Housing Authority is shutting down their Animal Control services this week.  The Yuma Sun is reporting that the housing authority is running out of funds to operate and will no longer provide such services as of Friday.  The housing authority in the past has captured an increasing amount of stray animals and taking them to the Humane Society ... Read More »

Arizona Launches “Move Over!” Campaign

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"Move Over!"  That is the message from the Arizona Department of Transportation and the Department of Public Safety in an effort to keep emergency responders, highway crews and stranded motorists safe along highways.  A statewide campaign has been launched to raise awareness about Arizona's "Move Over" law, hoping it will prevent deadly roadside crashes. Arizona's law requires all drivers to ... Read More »

Lady Matadors On The Road Today For Softball Double-Header

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The Arizona Western College Lady Matadors are on the road for a doubleheader today at Eastern Arizona College in Thatcher.  It is a key matchup as Eastern Arizona is second in the conference and the Lady Matadors are third, one game behind the Lady Gila Monsters.  First pitch is set for 12 noon.  Briana VanSickle will take to the mound ... Read More »

Police Search For Yuma Man Considered Armed And Dangerous

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The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office says they are on the lookout for a man who threatened to shoot a victim.  Police say 23-year-old Gary Lynn Smith allegedly assaulted a victim Saturday morning in the eleven­ hundred block of South Palm Avenue.  He was armed with a handgun and forced a person into his car, threatening to kill him, other people ... Read More »

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