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Yuma Community Foundation Offering Tuition For High School Grads

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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.

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El Centro Border Patrol Agents Arrest Dangerous Gang Member

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Tuesday, United States Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro station apprehended a dangerous gang member attempting to make an illegal entry into the United States.
 
Border Patrol agents arrested a 43-year-old Mexican national as he entered the United States illegally from Mexico. Agents arrested him west of the downtown Calexico Port of Entry. The man was transported to the El Centro Border Patrol station where it was revealed he was an active member of the “Street Villians 13” criminal street gang. This gang is out of Los Angeles, California, which pledges allegiance to the “Sureño” street gang. The gang member is an aggravated felon Read More »

Police Release Name Of Victim Killed In Hit And Run Accident

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Police have released the name of the victim killed in a recent hit and run accident. 24-year-old Joshua Wesley Wynn of North Carolina was killed on Sunday night after he was hit by a vehicle driven by 42-year-old Margarita Belen of San Luis. Police say Belen’s vehicle struck Wynn as he was alongside Highway 95 just east of Avenue “H”. Police found Belen’s vehicle on Monday and arrested her, charging her in connection with the accident. She has appeared in court where the judge posted bond of nearly $293,000. Another appearance is scheduled for later this week.

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Lack Of Awareness About Financial Assistance Is Biggest Obstacle For Affordable Care Act Consumers

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With a little more than two months to go in the open-enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act, community organizers say the biggest obstacle for consumers is not the Healthcare.gov website but a lack of awareness about financial assistance. Erin Knott of Enroll America says many Arizonans her group has worked with are well aware that "Care" is available under the ACA, but the "Affordable" part takes some convincing.
 
In a recent Enroll America survey, eight out of ten uninsured respondents did not believe they could afford health insurance. It is estimated that 60-percent of those currently uninsured will qualify for financial assistance to purchase insurance Read More »

Yuma Police Department K-9 To Receive Protective Vest


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The Yuma Police Department has been selected to receive a vest for their recently announced new Police Service Dog, Raico. Raico was selected by the Protect Police K-Nine's Organization from Tucson to receive a free of charge protective vest. The Protect Police K-Nine's Organization was started by Michael Valdez when he was a third grade student in Tucson. Michael read a Scholastic magazine article which described law enforcement dogs in Los Angeles, California who were provided with a protective vest to wear as their uniform. Michael solicited assistance from his parents who approached the Tucson Police Department about the need for K-Nine protective vests and the potential costs associated wi Read More »

Sex Offender Relocation Update

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The Yuma Police Department would like to notify the public of a sex offender who has recently relocated.  26-year-old Charles Heuchan now lives at 2175 South Fifth Avenue in Yuma. He is described as standing 5’8, weighing 170-pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes. In March 2012, he was convicted of aggravated assault with sexual motivation in Yuma County Superior Court. A police investigation revealed he had sexual contact with a 16-year-old female victim. Heuchan is considered a level two sex offender with a medium risk to reoffend.

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Governor Brewer To Deliver State Of The State Address In Yuma Today

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Governor Janice Brewer will arrive in Yuma later today to deliver her annual State of the State address.
Governor Brewer has typically traveled the state during her term to deliver the address for persons living outside the state’s capital city, Phoenix. She will arrive on the campus of Arizona Western College this afternoon at 1pm.

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Governor Brewer Calls For State To Set Aside $9.2 Million For Veterans Home In Yuma


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In her Executive Budget released on Friday, Arizona Governor Janice Brewer is calling for the state to set aside more than $9.2 million to build a veterans home in Yuma. The budget still has to pass the legislature, but Dave Hampton with the Arizona Department of Veterans Services is excited to see what this plan can do to help Yuma County's 20,000 military veterans.
 
Hampton says the plans for the building are still in their very earliest stages until the money is officially granted. The plan calls for the state to pay for 35% of construction, with the Federal VA picking up the rest of the bill.

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City Of Prescott Denies Claims From Yarnell Fire


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The city of Prescott has denied more than 100 damage claims seeking a total of $662 million by property owners and relatives of firefighters who died in the Yarnell Hill fire.
 
91 property owners filed claims and 17 additional claims were filed by relatives of Granite Mountain Hotshots who died on June 30th 2013. 19 members of the elite hotshot crew died when winds shifted during the Yarnell Hill Fire and trapped the men in a brush-choked bowl after they left an area already burned.
 
More than 100 homes were destroyed in Yarnell, northwest of Phoenix. A Phoenix law firm representing Prescott says all of the claims are without m Read More »

Yuma Board Of Supervisors Hold Meeting This Morning

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The Yuma County Board of Supervisors held a meeting this morning at 9am at the County offices in downtown Yuma. Items on the agenda included authorizing the Director of the Yuma County Free Library District to enter into an Intergovernmental Agreement between the Arizona Historical Society and Yuma County, for and on behalf of the YCFLD, and to archive, store, and provide access to current and future AHS Rio Colorado Library and Archives Collections at the Heritage Branch Library. This IGA would remain in force until June 30th 2018.

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