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Fire Destroys Home On New Year’s Day 
 A home was destroyed by fire just five hours into the new year. The Yuma Fire Department says the fire broke out at 2516 West 25th Street and responded after receiving a report of a fire alarm at that residence Wednesday morning. While in route a second call was received from the alarm company saying that the resident had confirmed there was a fire at the home. Arriving YFD personnel found heavy smoke and flames coming from the structure. Firefighters initially entered the home but the fire had already spread into the attic and they were forced to continue their efforts from the exterior. Fire officials say the resident initially tried to put the fire out himself, but failed and evacuated safely with only one of his dogs. The other dog is believed to have died in the fire.

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A home was destroyed by fire just five hours into the new year. The Yuma Fire Department says the fire broke out at 2516 West 25th Street and responded after receiving a report of a fire alarm at that residence Wednesday morning. While in route a second call was received from the alarm company saying that the resident had confirmed there was a fire at the home. Arriving YFD personnel found heavy smoke and flames coming from the structure. Firefighters initially entered the home but the fire had already spread into the attic and they were forced to continue their efforts from the exterior.
 
Fire officials say the resident initially tried to put the fire out himself, but failed an Read More »

National Wildlife Federation To Campaign Against Land And Gas Development In Remote Areas


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In some of the most remote areas in the country, a battle is brewing to safeguard the land from oil and gas development and timber extraction. Ed Perry with the National Wildlife Federation will be part of that protection effort as he begins work with NWF’s Public Lands Campaign. Perry says roadless areas represent some of the greatest hunting, fishing and camping areas nationwide, enjoyed by thousands of visitors each year from other parts of the country.
 
He says those lands need to be preserved, both for the tourist dollars they bring in and the jobs they create, and for their environmental value, which he sees as priceless.

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El Centro Border Patrol Agent’s Arrests Lead To Conviction Of 13 Illegal Aliens

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El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents’ recent arrests have led to the successful conviction and sentencing of 13 illegal aliens with prior convictions for other crimes. The illegal aliens all were sentenced from 30 to 46-months in federal prison. The apprehensions took place earlier this year near the border cities of Calexico, El Centro, and Indio. The illegal aliens, many of which have extensive criminal histories, were presented for prosecution on federal criminal charges. The illegal aliens will be deported to their country of origin after serving their prison sentences.

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Latest Arizona Child Abuse Report Shows 4200 Assigned To Cases

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A new team assigned to review more than 6500 child abuse and neglect reports that were not investigated by Arizona child welfare officials says they have now assigned more than 4200 of those cases to investigators. The so-called CARE team named about three weeks ago by Governor Jan Brewer provided the latest update Tuesday. It said nearly 2100 children identified in the reports now have been seen and more than 1600 cases have had a response. The team is led by the head of the state's Juvenile Corrections department, Charles Flanagan. Department of Economic Security Director Clarence Carter revealed the uninvestigated reports called into a hotline on November 21st 2013. He Read More »

Arizona Corporation Comission Holds Emergency Meeting Over Dispute With Local Water Company

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A recent disruption of water service to some customers of the Green Acres Water Company caused the Arizona Corporation Commission to hold an emergency meeting this week. The Yuma Sun is reporting the meeting was called on Tuesday after they became aware that the owner of wells in the Green Acres area had shut off the power to those wells. The Green Acres Water Company owner says he disagrees with ACC’s assessment of the water situation. Todd Brandenberger told the Sun that the customers still have water, but the power that is in his name was shut off. He says those customers are in the process of installing new wells on their own property.

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Claims From Yarnell Hill Fire Total $662 Million


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More than 100 damage claims seeking a total of $662 million have been filed by property owners and relatives of firefighters who died in the Yarnell Hill fire. The Daily Courier reports that 91 property owners filed claims and that 17 additional claims were filed by relatives of the Granite Mountain Hotshots who perished June 30th 2013. The claims are precursors to possible lawsuits. They were filed against various entities, including the state and local governments and the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System. The claims allege mistakes by firefighting managers and refer frequently to a workplace safety report that resulted in citations against the State Forest Read More »

Phoenix Woman Accused Of Child Abuse After Leaving Her One Year Old Daughter Inside Apartment To Go Drinking

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Authorities say a Phoenix woman is accused of child abuse for allegedly leaving her infant daughter inside an apartment so she could go out drinking. Police say Lyronda Tsosie's one year old girl was found on a north Phoenix street about 2am Monday. They say the baby was barefoot and in a nightgown in 46 degree weather. Tsosie admitted to drinking prior to leaving her home and told police she wanted to go get some more drinks. When Tsosie returned to the apartment, police say she was extremely intoxicated and had a blood-alcohol level of 0.27%. Police say Tsosie's daughter apparently walked out the unlocked door. Officers searched for several hours for the infant's parents before Tsosie Read More »

Mesa Agrees To Sell 11,000 Acres Of Land To Real Estate Investment Company

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Mesa has announced the sale of about 11,000 acres of land it owns in Pinal County. Officials say the city will sell the land to real estate investment company Pinal Land Holdings LLC, in one of the largest land deals in the city's history. The three phase sale agreement could net Mesa up to $135 million. City officials say the property is comprised of 88 parcels within the city limits of Coolidge and Pinal County. Mesa Mayor Scott Smith says part of the sale and lease proceeds will help pay for economic development projects such as the Chicago Cubs' new training complex and higher education initiatives. Mesa bought the land for about $29 million in 1985 to create a water farm, but the cit Read More »

Yuma Fire Responds To Fire On Christmas Eve

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On Christmas Eve, Yuma Fire Department personnel responded to 48 emergency calls for service. Two of those were residential fires. At approximately 4:20pm YFD responded to a reported fire in the Double D Mobile Home Park at 355 West 18th Street. Arriving personnel found smoke coming from an apartment at that location. Firefighters quickly extinguished an oven fire that had spread to a refrigerator and other items stored near the oven. The apartment’s 79 year old female resident saw flames coming from the oven and was able to safely leave the home without injury.

The fire was determined to have originated in the oven where various kitchen items had been stored. The apartment was n Read More »

Party Prepared Campaign Encourages Safe Sex For The New Year

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Aside from Spring break, New Year’s Eve may be the biggest occasion of the year for risky behavior including unprotected sex. An Arizona campaign to encourage safe sex among holiday partiers is now in its second year. John Welch with the Southwest Center for HIV AIDS says there is a strong connection between substance use and sexually-transmitted infections.

The "Party Prepared" safe sex effort features thousands of condoms disguised as matchbooks, to be handed out during New Year’s Eve parties at bars, restaurants, hotels and nightclubs around metro Phoenix and Tucson.
 

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