Arizona Governor Janice Brewer and Sonora Governor Guillermo Padrés Elias met Friday with elected officials and business leaders from Arizona and Sonora at the Arizona-Mexico Commission Plenary Session in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. The semi-annual event serves as a platform for meaningful international collaboration between the two states, with the ultimate goal of strengthening the bilateral partnership and enhancing the economic growth and quality of life in the Arizona-Sonora region. Arizona and Sonora also are continuously working together to invest in and improve the infrastructure at ports of entry to greatly facilitate the flow of cross-border trade and travelers. These investments have p Read More »
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To celebrate this year’s 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, Arizona Highways is organizing a series of wilderness hikes this summer in some of the state’s most spectacular protected lands. Editor in Chief Robert Stieve says hikers will be joined by representatives of the Forest Service and BLM among others, along with members of the Arizona Wilderness Coalition.
Hikes are planned for the Mount Baldy wilderness in the
White Mountains, the Bell Trail near Sedona and Humphrey’s Peak outside of Flagstaff. Arizona Highways photographers also will be along to provide photo tips. Sign-ups will be available in a couple of weeks. Read More »
Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne Likely To Take Stand To Defend Allegations Of Broken Campaign Finance Laws
Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne is likely to take the stand to testify in his own defense against allegations he broke campaign finance laws. Horne and an aide are facing civil allegations that they worked together to sidestep election laws during his 2010 run for office. A hearing scheduled for three to four days began Monday with an FBI agent testifying that a chain of emails and cellphone records link Horne, aide Kathleen Winn and a campaign consultant. Both deny illegally coordinating spending while she ran an independent committee called Business Leaders for Arizona. Horne could take the stand today (Tuesday 11). Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk brought the charges in October 2013 and ordered Read More »
State wildlife officials say a tenth bighorn sheep has died in the Catalina Mountains north of Tucson where 31 bighorns were released late last year. The Arizona Game and Fish Department reports that the ewe's corpse was found Friday and the cause of death is being investigated. Game and Fish officials say most of the previous nine bighorn deaths were caused by mountain lions, including a pregnant adult ewe found January 31st in an area of steep slopes and cliffs. They say an adult ram found November 27th 2013 likely died from a condition that led to heart failure. The 31 bighorns captured in mountains near Yuma were released in the Catalinas last November in an effor Read More »
The Yuma Police Department responded to the 2100 block of West Sixth Street for a report of a robbery on Friday.
The investigation revealed that 21-year-old Brandy Soliz, approached the victim and struck her with a fist. Soliz then took the victims purse and fled east. The victim attempted to take her purse back and was struck again by Soliz with her fist. Soliz fled the scene but was apprehended by officers a short distance away. The victim was transported to the Yuma Regional Medical Center with minor injuries. Brandy Soliz was arrested for Robbery and will be booked into the Yuma County Detention Center. The case is actively under investigation and other charges may be pending.< Read More »
A single vehicle accident has closed an area street intersection. The Yuma Police Department responded to a single vehicle non-injury collision at the intersection of Eighth Street and Dora Avenue this morning. A motor vehicle collided with a utility pole causing significant damage to the pole and attached utility wires. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the collision. Maintenance crews are currently on the scene. The intersection of Eighth Street and Dora Avenue will be closed to all traffic until about 2pm while repairs are made. Motorists are asked to seek alternate routes and avoid this area if possible. If you must drive in this area, please do so with caution.Read More »
The Yuma Police Department is notifying the community of the relocation of a sex offender. 20-year-old Elijah Hernandez is now living at 1923 South Second Avenue Unit Number Ten in Yuma. He is described as standing 6’1 tall, weighing 240-pounds with black hair and brown eyes. In May 2012 Hernandez was convicted of Kidnapping Per Domestic Violence in Yuma County. Hernandez held an 18-year-old victim against her will. He is currently on probation. He is considered a level two sex offender with a medium risk to reoffend.Read More »
The rising costs of college tuition, room and board are not the only financial obstacles to higher learning, according to a new report which finds that soaring textbook prices are keeping some Arizona students from getting the most out of their college education. Ethan Senack of the Public Interest Research Group says the average cost of a college textbook has risen 82-percent in the past decade, to nearly $200 per book – which, for students, can mean $1200 per year.
The report says despite the increased prevalence of rental programs, used books and e-books, 65-percent of students have opted out of purchasing a book for a class, with nearly all reporting they suffered academicall Read More »
After leading local police on a chase across Yuma that involved several shooting incidents earlier last week, 33-year-old Jesse Vasquez was formally charged in Yuma County Justice Court Friday with ten felony counts – two of those counts are for attempted first degree murder. Our television partner KYMATV says state prosecutors decided to combine the multiple cases pending against Vasquez into one formal complaint. According to prosecutors, Vasquez was involved in a series of shootings spanning from February 3rd into February 4th.Read More »
Republican lawmakers in the Arizona House are pushing a measure that would cut income taxes if the state begins collecting sales taxes from online sales. Republicans championed an overhaul of the state's complex business sales tax collection system last year partly to make it possible to collect sales tax on Internet purchases if a proposed federal law passes. Collecting those taxes could be a big windfall for the state, estimated to be at least $100 million a year.
Republicans see the new collections as a tax increase and are pushing for an identical income tax decrease once those collections begin. Democrats argue that closing a reporting loophole is not a tax increase. They accuse Read More »