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Fire Breaks Out In House; Believed To Be Arson


The Yuma Fire and Police Departments are investigating a house fire from last week that has been deemed as arson in nature. Officials say the fire that broke out in the 4800 block of West 21st Street on December 5th damaged several empty rooms. The fire was extinguished quickly, but the damage was already done according to Yuma Fire Department Public Information Officer Mike Efert.
Witnesses reported seeing a person run from the area prior to the discovery of the fire. Due to the criminal nature of the fire, the investigation is being pursued by the Yuma Police Department.

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AARP Arizona Prepares Americans For Retirement 


Only one third of older Americans are saving for retirement health care expenses, according to a recent survey by AARP. Those out of pocket costs could easily top $200,000 dollars for a retired couple. Cynthia Fagyas of AARP Arizona says they have just launched a free online calculator to help people prepare.
She says the calculator was developed using a database that includes $136 billion dollars in costs from actual health care claims.

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Yuma Border Patrol Agents Arrest Ten; Seize 343 Pounds Of Marijuana


United States Border Patrol agents from the Yuma Sector arrested ten Mexican nationals and seized 343 pounds of marijuana Tuesday worth an estimated $170,000.

Agents found footprints near Davidson Canyon located on the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge. With the help of Customs and Border Protection Air Interdiction agents, the prints were tracked to the group of men who had entered the U-S illegally. The men were smuggling backpacks full of marijuana.

The Border Patrol presented the men to the U-S Attorney’s Office for prosecution and seized the marijuana for destruction.

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Arizona Sees Increase In Number Of Residents Enrolled In Online Health Insurance Marketplace


Arizona is seeing an increase in its number of residents who enrolled in the online health insurance marketplace that is a key part of the nation's new health care law.
The U-S Department of Health and Human Services says that 3600 Arizonans have chosen plans through the marketplace from October 1st through November 30th – less than nine-percent of those eligible. An earlier report by the agency said only 739 Arizonans enrolled in the online marketplace from October 1st through November 2nd. Nationally, the new markets have picked up their pace of signups since encountering paltry enrollment in the program's first mont Read More »

Yuma Police Department Holding “Tip-A-Cop” Fundraiser

The Yuma Police Department is continuing efforts to raise money for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics by kicking off a “Tip-A-Cop” event. The event will be held at Chili’s Restaurant in Yuma on December 18th from 11am-to-8pm. Special Olympics is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering individuals with intellectual disabilities. LETR helps bring awareness to Special Olympics and obtain donations for the athletes.  The money and awareness they raise will help the athletes grow and continue to have opportunities to make new friends, learn new skills and discover their independence while participating in the many events Special Olym Read More »

Yuma Turns 100 Years Old Next Year


Yuma will celebrate a huge milestone in 2014. It is the 100th Anniversary of the adoption of the charter establishing Yuma as a city. There is a week-long schedule of events slated for the celebration starting on April 7th 2014. Ricky Rhinehart with the city of Yuma tells us more.
A complete schedule of activities can be found for that week online at

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Governor Jan Brewer Creates C.A.R.E. Team To Oversee Child Abuse Cases


An independent team created by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer to oversee more than 6500 ignored child abuse and neglect reports says they have assigned more than 1200 of those cases to social workers. The so called CARE team also announced Wednesday that they have verified that more than 550 reports from the past four years have now received responses. Nearly 200 children have been visited by police or social workers. Wednesday's report comes as the team created by Brewer ten days ago begins reassessing all the reports. Police in Flagstaff, Scottsdale, Mesa, Tempe and Phoenix are sending officers to see some of the children identified in the reports.

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Wellton Border Patrol Agents Arrest Four Men Carrying Marijuana


United States Border Patrol agents from the Wellton Station arrested four men and seized several bundles of marijuana on Palomas Ranch Road, near Gila Bend on Friday. Agents on patrol responded to a citizen’s report of several men carrying large camouflage packs crossing I-8. Agents located the men, who had illegally entered into the United States, carrying four large makeshift backpacks of marijuana.
The marijuana had a combined weight of 189 pounds with an estimated value of $94,000. All subjects were arrested, transported to the Wellton Station, and later turned over to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

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Cat Gets Its Head Stuck In Dog Food Can; Firefighters Come To The Rescue


On Monday a cat with an unusual problem was brought to Fire Station Number Four in Yuma. The adult gray cat had its head stuck in a dog food can. Two women had seen the cat in the street, walking blind and nearly hit by a car. They picked it up and brought it to the fire station to see if they could get some help. Firefighter Ladd Elwood was able to cut off the can and free the cat. With proper protection, and apparent cooperation from the cat, neither cat nor Firefighter was injured in the rescue. The women thought they had seen it in their neighborhood before, so left with the cat to see if they could find its home.

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Red Cross Reminds You To Be Careful With Space Heaters


As temperatures start to dip across Arizona, the American Red Cross urges families to be cautious when using space heaters and other heating sources, and to make a plan in case of a home fire. Heating sources are the leading cause of winter fires, and increase during the winter months of December, January and February. Over the past 24 hours, Grand Canyon Chapter volunteers have responded to eight home fires.  Six were in Maricopa County, one was in Yuma County and one was in Mohave County. Heat sources such as space heaters, fireplaces or wood and coal stoves can pose a fire hazard. To reduce the risk of heating related fires, the Red Cross recommends keeping anything that can burn such Read More »

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