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Number Of Flu Related Deaths In Yuma County Increases To Three

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The number of influenza deaths in Yuma County has now increased to three – the latest victim an infant. The other two unidentified victims were adults. Registered Nurse April Parsons of Yuma Regional Medical Center says they have seen an increase in influenza cases.
 
Doctors are urging the community to take the necessary precautions to protect themselves and others. Flu season does not peak until the end of February. Medical professionals are telling people to wash their hands, cover their mouths, stay home if you are sick, and most importantly get a flu shot.

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City Of San Luis Announces Retirement Of Manuel Aranda

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The City of San Luis is announcing the retirement of Manuel Aranda, Friday. Aranda’s leaving marks the end of an era for the City of San Luis. He was the first person in charge of maintenance operations for the City’s Public Works Department. Mayor Gerado Sanchez added the city is indebted to his vision and commitment for propelling the city to their present position as a progressive city. His work has assured an enhanced quality of life for local residents.


The City of San Luis is deeply thankful and honored for Aranda’s dedicated service to the City an Read More »

Yuma Lettuce Days Presents Annual Culinary Celebration At Quartermaster Depot

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Chef Chris "C-J" Jacobson, executive chef at Girasol restaurant in Studio City, California, will be the headline chef for the next Yuma Lettuce Days, set for March 1st and 2nd at the Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park. An annual culinary celebration of Yuma's role as the nation's winter vegetable capital, Lettuce Days earned a Governor's Tourism Award as Arizona's outstanding special event in 2011. Jacobson will do two live cooking demonstrations each day, with some lucky audience members getting a chance to taste what he whips up on stage.

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Arizona Ranks 41st For Overall Financial Security

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Arizona ranks 41st in the nation for overall financial security of its residents, according to a scorecard released today by the Washington, DC based Corporation for Enterprise Development.
 
Arizona Community Action Association director Cynthia Zwick calls the results “disappointing but not surprising,” and says those households are defined as “liquid asset poor.”.
 
Arizona also ranks poorly for state policies that would help low and moderate-income families. Zwick supports lifting asset limits for temporary cash assistance to needy families and implementing a state version of the federal
Earned Income Tax Credit.
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Arizona Legislature Poised To Quickly Approve Millions In Extra CPS Cash

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The Arizona Legislature is poised to quickly approve a special $6.8 million dollar appropriation that will let the state's child welfare agency hiring 192 new workers right away. The Senate and House of Representatives have scheduled votes today on identical bills authorizing the spending. The money is a key part of Governor Jan Brewer's effort to remake the agency. The proposal shifts $1.1 million dollars in the current budget and gives the agency another $5.7 million.
 
Brewer pulled Child Protective Services from its parent agency on January 13th and made it a stand-alone department reporting to her. Also set for votes are a $1.46 million request Read More »

Man Arrested In Arizona After Being Convicted Of Child Pornography Charges

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A man wanted in Michigan after being convicted on child pornography charges has been arrested in Arizona. U.S. Marshals in Tucson say 34-year-old Michael Mazel was arrested Tuesday during a vehicle stop on I-10 near Eloy.
 
Authorities say Mazel was arrested without incident and was possibly headed to Mexico. Mazel was wanted in the Eastern District of Michigan for failure to appear on a February 2013 arrest for receipt, distribution and possession of child pornography. Mazel was released on bond and eventually convicted of the charges. Authorities say he removed his electronic bracelet and fled Michigan the day before his January 21st sentencing. Prosecutors say Mazel i Read More »

Wellton Border Patrol Agents Seize Abandoned Marijuana

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United States Border Patrol agents from the Wellton Station seized $138,000 worth of abandoned marijuana Monday. Agents patrolling near Sentinel received a report of five people carrying large backpacks south of their location. When agents arrived on scene, a search of the area turned up five backpacks of marijuana weighing 277 pounds combined. The marijuana was taken to the Wellton Station for further processing.

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Cocopah Indian Tribe Donates To Crossroads Mission

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The Cocopah Indian Tribe continues its long-standing tradition of helping others. Cocopah Tribal Elder Paul Soto had the honor of presenting the Crossroads Mission with a check of $1000 on Tuesday. The money donated will help the Crossroads Mission continue to feed the hungry and shelter the homeless.

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Sex Offender Relocation Update

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The Yuma Police Department would like to notify the community of the recent relocation of a sex offender.
 
62-year-old Oscar Molina has relocated to 1075 South Magnolia Avenue Number 32 in Yuma. Molina is described as standing 6 feet, weighing 165-pounds with black hair and brown eyes. In August 1992, Molina entered into a plea agreement in Yuma County Superior Court on one count of Attempted Child Molestation and was sentenced to 15-years in prison. Molina was originally charged with four counts of Molestation of a Child and three counts of Sexual Abuse. A police investigation revealed he was having sexual contact with a 13-year-old female victim who was known to him. Molina is co Read More »

Second Flu Related Death In Yuma

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Yuma Regional Medical Center is confirming a second person has died due to influenza. The Yuma Sun is reporting that two persons have died due to complications from flu this month. The hospital did not provide the identifications of those who have died. This year’s most dominant flu strain is identified as H1N1, which is a dangerous strain for young adults and older persons.

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