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City Of Yuma Provides Christmas Tree Drop Off Sites


The City of Yuma will again offer a drop-off site for those who wish to safely dispose of their natural Christmas trees.
Christmas Tree recycling will begin on Thursday, December 26 at 265 West 13th Street. Hours for the Christmas Tree Recycling Program are from 7am to 5pm Thursday and Friday and 7am to 5pm December 30th through January 3rd, 2014 and again during those same hours the week of January 6th through the 10th, 2014. The site will be closed January, 1st 2014 for New Year's Day. Please remove all lights, ornaments, and tinsel before dropping off the tree. Artificial trees will not be accepted. Mat Read More »

Old West Re-Enactment To Happen At Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park In January


More than a dozen Old West re-enactment groups from across the region will ride into town for an old-fashioned showdown at the Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park on January 11th and 12th, 2014. But what will fly at the 16th Annual Gathering of the Gunfighters is not really hot lead – it is fighting words and old-school acting from folks portraying outlaws, lawmen, cowboys, saloon gals, townsfolk and a veritable cornucopia of disreputable characters. For spectators, the fun is seeing Western lore unfold in live-action skits with lots of shouting and shooting – and no doubt, some prolonged and dramatic deaths. While there were not regular gun Read More »

Two Federal Land Managers To Be Honored By The Wilderness Society


Two federal land managers from Arizona are being honored by The Wilderness Society for their work in promoting conservation while balancing multiple uses on Bureau of Land Management lands. The so-called CAPE awards go to Kathy Pedrick of the Arizona State B-L-M office for her work on renewable energy planning, and to Claire Crow, manager of Ironwood Forest National Monument. The Wilderness Society’s Phil Hanceford says Crow stood firm against heavy political pressure to ban target shooting at Ironwood Forest.
Hanceford says the target shooters also left behind large amounts of shot-up trash such as old appliances. He notes that hunting with firearms is still p Read More »

Yuma Police Cracking Down On Thieves During Christmas Holiday


With only a couple more days left until Christmas, the holiday hustle is in full throttle. And while this may be a favorite time of year, officials say burglars are thinking the exact same thing. Leanne Worthen of the Yuma Police Department says criminals are on a field day at this time of year.
Agencies including the Yuma Police Department and the U-S Marshal Service teamed up this past week to crack down on theft, robbery, and burglary. These crimes historically increase during the holiday season. The operation resulted in a total of 161 arrests in Yuma and other surrounding cities. While officials say it is rare that they encounter violence during these operations, Read More »

Arizona Congressman Ron Barber Extends Invitation To The New Secretary Of Homeland Security To Tour International Drug Smuggling And Illegal Border Crossings


Arizona Congressman Ron Barber is extending an invitation to the new secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to tour an area of the international border that is plagued by drug smuggling and illegal crossings. Barber, a member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, sent his offer Friday, December 20th in a letter to Jeh Johnson, who was confirmed as secretary earlier this week. Barber says the area of the border he represents is porous and continues to have one of the highest rates of apprehension for people who are entering the country illegally. He says touring the area will give Johnson a firsthand look at the conditions. According to figures released this week by Read More »

Somerton Considers Constructing New City Hall Building


The city of Somerton is considering the purchase of land to construct a new city hall. The Yuma Sun is reporting that the city council recently established $125,000 as the amount the city will offer to Precious Treasurers Mission for a lot located at the corner of State Avenue and Spring Street. The council wants to construct the new city hall in downtown Somerton in keeping with their downtown redevelopment plan. The offer to purchase the property was three-to-nothing at the last Somerton City Council meeting.

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Lower Health Subsidies Are Expected In 3 Arizona Counties


People living in Pima, Maricopa and Pinal counties are expected to get less in health insurance subsidies than most consumers in the 36 states that use the federal marketplace created under the nation's new health care law. An analysis by The Arizona Republic found that the calculations used to determine the subsidies are driven in Arizona by a single insurer that charges much less than other companies. The difference in the amount Arizonans will get compared with consumers in other states could be significant. According to the consumer-information website Value Penguin, a non-smoking 27 year old Tucson resident who earns $25,000 a year will not get any subsidy. But a person of the same age a Read More »

Target Says 40 Million Credit And Debit Cards May Be Affected By Data Breach


Many people have been affected by the recent security breach with Target. Some 40 million names, information and debit and credit card account numbers were stolen – one of the biggest electronic breaches in history. Now the company is in damage control to try to fix the situation. Our television partner KYMATV spoke the the Yuma Better Business Bureau. Janet Torricellas says there are ways to protect yourself now before another such incident takes place. Target is adding additional security measures as they continue to fix the issue.

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Yuma County’s Unemployment Rate Drops Below 30%


For the first time in several months, Yuma County’s unemployment rate is below 30%. The November unemployment rate is 28.2%. Jobs in Yuma County increased from 61,700 to 63.500 from October to November. Statewide, Arizona’s unemployment rate in November was 7.8% – dropping nearly a half percent from the October figure of 8.2%.

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