Yuma County’s jobless rate for December 2013 was 27.1%. The numbers released by the State Department of Administration is lower from the 28.3% posted in November 2013. The December figure is still higher from the December 2012 unemployment figure of 26.7%. Arizona’s jobless rate was 7.6% in December.Read More »
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Gasoline prices around Arizona are slightly higher again at the pump this week. Officials with AAA Arizona say that the average statewide price for unleaded regular gasoline is $3.24 a gallon. That is an increase of almost a penny from last week. This week's national average is at $3.28 per gallon, down by nearly two-cents from last week. Tucson has Arizona's lowest average gasoline price at $3.17 a gallon and Flagstaff has the highest at $3.34. Missouri has the lowest average gas prices in the continental U.S. at $2.99 a gallon with Connecticut having the highest at $3.66 a gallon.Read More »
The state of Nevada is reaching out to people who may be interested in adopting a wild horse captured in the Virginia Range near Reno. Deniz Bolbol with the California-based "Return To Freedom – American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign," which handles the adoptions, says fifteen of the animals were recently rounded up and are being housed at the Carson City prison. She says owning a horse is a long-term commitment.
Bolbol says several of the horses have been "halter-broke," which means they can be haltered and led around, and at least two of the animals have been saddled. She adds there are several foals and yearlings, and the rest of the animals are prob Read More »
A woman has been rescued after being stranded since Wednesday morning on a mountain trail in Phoenix's Papago Park. Phoenix Fire Department officials say the woman in her 30s says she was hiking and got stuck on a 100-foot cliff.
Other hikers noticed her and called 9-1-1. Fire units from Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe deployed technical rescue teams to reach her. They rappelled using ropes and gear and performed a rescue pick-off. Crews reached the hiker Thursday and found she was not injured. After being evaluated, the woman was given a ride home. The name and age of the woman was not immediately released by authorities.
Arizona Governor Janice Brewer arrived in Yuma Wednesday to deliver her State of the State address at Arizona Western College. She focused on several issues involving Arizona and Yuma. One of those issues involved her commitment to the military protecting the border state.
She also is asking lawmakers this session to look to eliminate certain taxes for businesses, encouraging them to relocate or expand in Arizona. Other issues to be addressed includes stabilizing tuition at state colleges to enable more students to attend college. And she is proud to have been instrumental in giving the green light to construct a much needed veteran’s home in Yuma in the coming months.Read More »
Luke Air Force Base expects to get its first F-35 in the near future. Officials say they do not have a specific date but now believe the arrival of the new fighter could be as early as next week. Luke is a pilot-training base that has been selected for F-35 training, while operational units flying the F-35 will be located at other Air Force bases. Luke officials say they will hold a formal ceremony in mid-March to mark the F-35's arrival. F-35’s started arriving at the Marine Core Air Station in Yuma last year.Read More »
A teenage boy was flown to Phoenix for treatment after he was beaten with a baseball bat. The Yuma Police Department says the unnamed victim was walking with another teenager behind the Albertson’s market on West 24th Street Tuesday night, when an unidentified Hispanic male walked up to the pair and struck one of the teens in the head with a baseball bat, then fled the scene on foot. The victim was taken to the Yuma Regional Medical Center and later flown to a Phoenix hospital. The suspect is described as about 20-years-old, standing 5’10 tall and weighing 135 pounds. He was wearing a dark colored hoodie and tan pants.
The Yuma Police Department encourages anyone wi Read More »
Arizona is doing slightly better when it comes to getting a nutritious breakfast into the hands of low-income students, according to the School Breakfast Scorecard released by the Food Research and Action Center. The state is ranked 27th, two spots better than the previous year. At the same time, there is an expanding national strategy known as "Community Eligibility," which allows high-poverty schools to offer free meals to all students. It is already increasing the number of children eating at school in the handful of states where it's been tested, and FRAC president Jim Weill says it rolls out nationwide this fall.
The FRAC scorecard examined how many Read More »
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson took an aerial tour of the southern Arizona border Wednesday. Johnson visited Douglas and Tucson a day after meeting with officials along the border in Texas. In Tucson, Johnson met with state and local law enforcement officials and received briefings on efforts to secure the border at the Tucson Sector headquarters of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. In Douglas, Johnson met with Douglas Mayor Danny Ortega and Sierra Vista Mayor Rick Mueller along with local ranchers and landowners. Johnson underscored the department's commitment to working with local communities to ensure the security of the Southwest border. He spoke in Read More »
It is that time of year again when high school seniors begin weighing options of higher education. The Yuma Community Foundation will help assist several students with getting some much needed money to help pay for college tuition. Director Janelle Johnson says there are several memorial scholarships available for Yuma County high school students.
For a complete list of scholarships available, go to the website at azfoundation.org.