Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

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Sex Offender Relocates To New Address

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The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office would like to notify the community that 40-year-old Peter Borquez is now residing at 1013 North Hidalgo Avenue in San Luis. He is described as standing 5’8, weighing 146 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes. In July 1992, Borquez entered a plea of Guilty/No contest to the charge of sexual conduct with a minor. The victim was a 15-year-old female. He was sentenced to two years probation by the Yuma County Superior Court. In May 1994 his probation was revoked for violation of the conditions of his probation and he was sentenced to one-and-a-half-years in prison. Borquez is a considered a Level three sex offender with a high risk to reoffend.< Read More »

American Red Cross And Cibola High School Volunteers To Educate People On Preventing House Fires

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American Red Cross volunteers and Cibola High School volunteers on Saturday will go door to door in Yuma talking to people about how to prevent home fires and how to escape safely should a fire occur.
 
The event, which honors the Martin Luther King Day of Service, will run from 9am-to-12noon. Fires represent the greatest threat to Arizona families. Nationally, the Red Cross responds to a disaster on average every eight minutes, and the vast majority of them are home fires. Fire prevention tips include checking smoke alarms once a month and batteries replaced at least once a year. Everyone in the family should recognize the alarm and know what to do when it sounds. Volunteers will Read More »

Advocates For Internet Freedom Say Appeals Court Strikes “Huge Blow”


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It is being called a "huge blow to all Internet users." A federal court ruled this week in favor of Verizon, striking down FCC rules that regulate the Web. The ruling means broadband providers like Verizon could charge content providers such as Netflix or ESPN higher prices for faster download speeds, creating Internet “fast lanes.” Josh Levy of the watchdog group Free Press says in its court arguments in the case against the FCC, Verizon revealed a broader goal.
 
The FCC’s new commissioner, Tom Wheeler, said the agency might appeal the ruling. Levy says the court’s decision opens the door to the FCC drafting new and different rules. He a Read More »

Congressman Paul Gosar Votes Against Omnibus Spending Bill

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United States Congressman Paul Gosar voted against House Bill 3547 Wednesday – known as the Omnibus Spending Bill. He spoke about the bill during Eye on the Desert Southwest Wednesday.
 
This bill would also decrease Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s budget by almost $160 million dollars from Fiscal Year 2013.

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Man Hospitalized After His Golf Cart Collides With An SUV


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Authorities say a 97-year-old man is hospitalized in critical condition after his golf cart collided with a vehicle in Sun City. Maricopa County Sheriff's officials say the man was driving a golf cart when he possibly ran a stop sign Wednesday. The golf cart then was struck by an SUV near 99th Avenue and Cameo Drive. Sheriff's officials say the man was wearing his seat belt, but sustained a head wound and other life-threatening injuries. The man's name has not been released yet.

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Yuma City Council Meeting Tonight

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The Yuma City Council will meet tonight at 5:30pm at the Yuma City Hall. There is a full agenda the council will consider. Mayor Doug Nicholss says the second phase of the development of the Pivot Point area will be considered.
 
The council will also meet in Executive Session to deal with instructions for legal counsel about a radio tower that was recently constructed at the East Main Canal near 16th and 24th Streets.

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Leading Children’s Advocate Says Tough Work Just Beginning For CPS

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Although Governor Jan Brewer has ordered replacement of Child Protective Services with a new, cabinet-level state agency, a leading children’s advocate says the tough work is just beginning.
 
Children’s Action Alliance President Dana Wolfe Naimark says CPS is a complex, multi-layered system of overlapping responsibilities.
 
Naimark says CPS also interacts with other parts of state government, such as behavioral health and juvenile justice. She hopes the reform effort will start by assembling a team of national and Arizona-based experts on child welfare, abuse and neglect to oversee the complicated process.

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San Luis Mexico Hikes Taxes By Five Percent

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San Luis' businesses rake in plenty of sales from Mexican nationals crossing the border just to shop. However, the city might see a spike in sales due to a recent decision of the Mexican congress. Local businesses in San Luis gathered together at City Hall Tuesday night to learn about projects coming up in 2014. But projects may not be the only changes coming. The Mexican congress passed a bill that went into effect this month. That bill raised the sales tax of Mexico's border states by 5%. Businesses in San Luis as well as other U.S. Border towns are expected to benefit. One issue for San Luis however still remains. Mayor Gerardo Sanchez says border crossing delays are still a constant issue.
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Nearly 6,000 Child Abuse And Neglect Cases Assigned To Investigators

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A new team assigned to review more than 6500 child abuse and neglect reports that weren't investigated by Arizona child welfare officials says they have now assigned nearly 6,000 of those cases to investigators. The so-called CARE team named on December 2nd 2013 by Governor Jan Brewer provided the latest update Tuesday. It said more than 3600 children identified in the reports now have been seen and almost 3100 cases have had a response.a

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Lawmaker Seeks To Allow Cuts in Public Pensions

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An Arizona lawmaker wants the state Constitution amended to allow cuts to public employee pension payouts and increases in employee contributions if the systems are badly underfunded.

Republican Representative John Kavanagh introduced a bill that if passed would refer the proposal to the voters. He says he is targeting automatic cost of living increases but nothing in his proposal would prevent cuts to existing pensions. Kavanagh said payouts from the state's pension plans would have to be trimmed and contributions from employees and employers raised if reasonable accounting practices found cuts were needed. Just how badly underfunded a plan must be to trigger cuts is not defined. Democra Read More »

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