The Cocopah Indian Tribe has donated over $13,000 to the City of Somerton to benefit the Somerton Senior Center and Somerton youth. Each year, the Cocopah Indian Tribe donates money to local community agencies and organizations as part of the casino gaming compact approved by voters under Proposition 202. The money is to be used to benefit the general public including safety, promotion of commerce and economic development.Read More »
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Yuma Mayor Douglas Nicholls and the city council have scheduled to bring back the citizens forum. The forum is a half hour slot before council work sessions, where citizens can request time in front of the council for discussion. Nicholls is excited the forum is making a comeback.
Citizens will need to submit their requests at least two weeks ahead of time, and a person will only be allowed to address the council once a quarter. Each half hour slot would be split into two 15 minute segments, so two topics would be discussed at each session. The mayor adds he is always looking for feedback from the public, and believes this will give everyone an equal chance to speak.Read More »
The open enrollment deadline to obtain health insurance under the Affordable Care Act is now only a month away. More than 600 members of the nonprofit "Cover Arizona" coalition are holding a statewide “Day of Action” Saturday, kicking off a final push throughout March to get people enrolled.
Arizona PIRG Education Fund director Diane Brown says information, education and enrollment assistance will be provided Saturday at more than 23 locations in Maricopa, Pima, Yuma and Coconino counties.
Brown says people should allow at least an hour for the process. They should bring ID and if they are working, a pay stub. More Read More »
The Yuma Police Department says one person is in custody following the alleged theft of a vehicle. Police say they received word of the stolen Honda Civic on Thursday morning. The initial investigation revealed a passenger in the car was dropped off near the victim’s residence. The suspect then entered the Chevrolet Tahoe in the 100 block of West 22nd Place. The suspects were later located at the El Rancho Motel. 38-year-old Jose Carrasco was arrested. A second person, 23-year-old Luis Arellano was questioned and released pending a long form complaint for unlawful use of a means of transportation. A third unidentified subject was detained and then later released. Carrasco is charged Read More »
Phoenix is among the eight finalists to host the Republicans' presidential nominating convention in 2016. Party leaders will consider the Republican National Committee's list of potential host cities in the coming months. The cities are Las Vegas, Nevada, Denver, Colorado, Phoenix, Dallas, Texas, Kansas City, Missouri and three in Ohio – Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati. The finalists largely represent swing states that will help decide the 2016 presidential election. The RNC already is considering several changes to its presidential selection process. GOP officials expect to hold their convention in the early summer of 2016, roughly two months sooner than has become the norm. Democrats Read More »
Area firefighters are banding together this weekend to help Fill The Boot. The annual campaign will help benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. John Randle appeared on our Eye on the Desert Southwest program explaining why the firefighters want to help MDA.
They will be taking donations in the roundabout at Yuma Palms on Saturday and then at Sam’s Club on Sunday.
Yuma Lettuce Days will begin on Saturday.
This year's headline chef is two-time Top Chef contestant Chris "CJ" Jacobson. Jacobson will present two live cooking demonstrations each day, backed up by an all-star talent lineup that includes a hometown gal turned cupcake baker, local chefs and even some school cooks who will share their secrets for satisfying more than 22,000 hungry kids every day. Also on tap, "kale gating," a beer garden, Kids' Ag-tivities, cooking contests, a farmers' market, fancy vegetable and ice carving, a salsa cantina where you can mix up a custom blend, plus a tasting event with beers, wines and an array of Read More »
Department Of Homeland Security Awards Contract To Build Security Towers Along Mexican Border In Arizona
The Homeland Security Department has awarded a $145 million dollar contract for a series of border security towers to be built along the Mexican border in Arizona.
Customs and Border Protection spokesman Michael Friel says the contact was given to EFW Incorporated, a government contractor from Fort Worth, Texas. Friel says the integrated fixed towers will detect, track, identify and classify suspicious activity along the Arizona border. The towers will start going up on the border later this year. No other details about the program were released. Homeland Security has been searching for several years for a combination of technology and manpower to secure the two-thousand-mi Read More »
On Tuesday, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station arrested a suspected narcotics smuggler with nearly nine-pounds of methamphetamine concealed in a false compartment within an SUV. Border Patrol agents encountered a 21-year-old woman driving a 2000 Mitsubishi Montero as she approached the Highway 86 checkpoint. A Border Patrol Canine Detection team alerted to the SUV and the woman was referred for further inspection. During the inspection, agents discovered nine individually wrapped packages of methamphetamine hidden inside a false compartment located underneath the floorboard behind the back seat. The methamphetamine had a combined weight of eight-point-eight-poun Read More »
United States Congressman Paul Gosar issued the following statement after announcing his co-sponsorship of the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act, legislation that would amend the Internet Tax Freedom Act to make the current ban on state and local internet access taxes permanent. He said “My position on tax policy is clear: no new taxes. The last thing our nation needs is new taxes, especially on internet access. As the internet becomes an increasingly central part of modern life, Congress must protect the ability of millions of Americans to access online job applications, health care information, online marketplaces and educational platforms through the internet. This commonsense, one-line b Read More »