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City Of San Luis Celebrates 5th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Tonight


The City of San Luis will celebrate its Fifth Annual Christmas Tree Lighting tonight at the Cesar Chavez Cultural Center at 1015 North Main Street starting at 6:30pm. The community of San Luis will congregate not simply to light a tree but to honor a tradition. Mayor Gerardo Sanchez says the ceremony is a manifestation of the central message of the holiday season: to love and respect neighbors as ourselves and to help those most in need.
For more information about the Fifth Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, please call the City’s Park and Recreation Department at 928-341-8535.

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Parent In Prison More Common Than Childhood Autism


Having a parent in prison is more common than childhood autism in the United States. That detail was part of a briefing on Capitol Hill Wednesday, where a report was also released that shares experiences and challenges for children whose mothers are in prison. Beth Lovell is the director of Family Strengthening at Volunteers of America – which coordinates programs to help those she calls "innocent bystanders.".
The U.S. Justice Department estimates 1.75 million children age 18 and younger currently have a parent in prison, including more than 20-thousand in Arizona. Millions more have been affected at some point in their lives, and most are children from l Read More »

Educator Says Grattitude Can Improve Health


Gratitude can change your attitude, and maybe even your health. With the season of giving and thankfulness under way, Wickes MacColl is a Strengthening Families educator who points to research that shows people who practice gratefulness are better off physically and mentally.
MacColl says gratefulness is also something that has to be taught to children. She adds that practicing gratitude is more than saying “thank you,” – it needs to be a daily reflection. It can be as simple as “counting your blessings” each night, or starting the day by making a list of people, places or things that you are looking forward to seeing.

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Luke Air Force Base To Host Idaho’s 428th Fighter Squadron


Luke Air Force Base is hosting Idaho's 428th Fighter Squadron and a contingent from the Republic of Singapore for nearly two weeks of flying exercises. Flying will take place at the base and the Barry M. Goldwater Range complex through December 15th. Base officials say the areas around Luke and the range may experience more noise than usual as a result of the increased air activity and the types of aircraft involved. The aircraft will include F-16 Fighting Falcons, F-15E Strike Eagles, CH-47 Chinooks and AH-64 Apache helicopters. There will also be an increased military presence along Highway-85 south of Gila Bend.
Officials say the exercises will provide the Read More »

New Opinion Says Public Agencies Can’t Charge A Copying Fee


A new opinion from the Arizona Attorney General says public agencies cannot charge a copying fee if a person just wants to review records at the agency's office. The opinion released Tuesday also says people can bring their own copying devices to the office and use it to make copies without charge.
The opinion was prompted by a request from the Arizona Ombudsman-Citizens Aide. The agency was following up on a complaint. The new opinion notes that records maintained by a public body are by law open to inspection during business hours.

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Five Employees Of Child Welfare Agency Put On Paid Leave


Arizona's child welfare agency has placed five employees on paid administrative leave as it investigates how more than 6500 child abuse and neglect reports were labeled as not worthy of investigation. Department of Economic Security spokeswoman Tasya Peterson says the suspensions do not mean the Child Protective Services workers are being disciplined, only that they are being investigated for possible wrongdoing. The Arizona Republic first reported the suspensions.
Juvenile Corrections Director Charles Flanagan says he believes those suspended are managers or supervisors. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer on Monday named Flanagan to head a team she created to oversee t Read More »

Police Department Investigating Hit And Run


The Yuma Police Department is investigating a hit and run from Sunday in which a pedestrian sustained minor injuries. Yuma Police Department Officers went to the intersection of 20th Street and Avenue “B” for a report of a vehicle versus pedestrian hit and run. The preliminary investigation revealed a 27-year-old male was crossing westbound in the south crosswalk when he was struck by a black four door passenger car. The car then fled the scene. The suspect vehicle is possibly a 2001 to 2005 black Honda Civic with damage to the right front side and it is missing the passenger side mirror.
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Wellton Border Patrol Arrest 12 Individuals And Seize 535 Pounds Of Marijuana


United States Border Patrol agents from the Yuma Sector’s Wellton Station arrested 12 individuals and seized a combined 535 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $267,000 on Friday. Agents arrested 12 Mexican nationals northeast of Papago Well, located on the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge. All of them were in the U.S. illegally. In close proximity to the apprehension site, agents located eleven large backpacks of marijuana.

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Fort Yuma Health Center To Announce Winner Of Movember Contest


Fort Yuma Health Center’s, participation in the Movember campaign has come to an end. Individual before and after photos were taken and posted for staff to vote on the best mustache. Participants started with a clean-shaven face on November 1st and grew their mustaches for through the month of November. That time is referred to as “Movember,” short for mustache plus November. The winner will be announced today at 11:30am in the Fort Yuma Health Center Multi-Purpose Room. There will be deserts for everyone attending and prizes for the winner.

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