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Yuma Unemployment Rate Highest In The Nation

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Unemployment rates fell in almost all large U.S. cities in April, helped by stronger hiring.  The gains show the job market is improving throughout the country, but Yuma and neighboring Imperial Counties still see high unemployment rates.  Yuma County had the nation’s highest rate, at 30.3 percent, followed by Imperial County with 24-percent.  Both counties have long had the highest ... Read More »

Yuma PD On The Lookout For Armed Robbery Suspect

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The Yuma Police Department is on the lookout for a suspect involved in an armed robbery.  Police say a male walked into the Eighth Street Smoke Shop on Tuesday night with a shotgun.  The suspect fled from the business with an undisclosed amount of money.  The suspect is described as being 5’8” tall, weighing about 180 pounds.  He was wearing ... Read More »

Representatives To Meet With Public Regarding Recent Water Legislation

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Four Members of the Arizona House of Representatives will be visiting Yuma to discuss statewide water issues.  The delegation, appointed by Speaker of the House Republican Andy Tobin, is comprised of State Representatives Republican Brenda Barton, Republician Darin Mitchell, Republican Frank Pratt and Democrat Lisa Otondo.  The visit will be an opportunity for the local community to discuss their understanding ... Read More »

Goodwill Hosts Job Fair

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More than 2,000 attended a job fair Wednesday put on by Goodwill of Central Arizona.  The job fair came on the heels of an unemployment report that shows Yuma County still has the highest unemployment rate at over 30-percent. About 2,800 jobs were being offered at the job fair on Wednesday. Read More »

Seven Arrested Outside Sam’s Club

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The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office says they arrested two persons following an incident at Sam’s Club Wednesday night.  Police say they received a 911 call about two groups of men involved in a disturbance with a weapon involved.  As police were arriving, one of the suspects was seen driving away and two others ran inside the store.  Altogether, seven men ... Read More »

Three Candidates Enter Race For Yuma Mayor

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14 persons have signed up for five city government positions in Yuma’s upcoming primary and general elections.    According to the Yuma Sun, three have filed paperwork for the mayor’s position.  Those include Douglas Nicholls, Raul Mendoza and write-in candidate Jack Kretzer.  Incumbent Mayor Alan Kreiger has announced he will not seek another term.  Nine others are seeking city council ... Read More »

Farming Practices Could Help Reduce Greenhouse Gasses

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America’s farmers could play a key role in altering the path of climate change.   Johnathan Hladik with the Center for Rural Affairs says by implementing certain practices, agricultural soils have the potential to pull carbon out of the air and reduce greenhouse gasses. Hladik says practices his organization recommends include no-till techniques, planting trees, using cover crops and reducing ... Read More »

Police Across Arizona Crackdown On Drunk Driving Over Holiday Weekend

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Authorities say nearly 560 people around Arizona were arrested on suspicion of drunken driving over the long Memorial Day holiday weekend.  According to a report by the Arizona Governor's Office of Highway Safety, officers and deputies made more than 13,000 stops from May 23rd to Tuesday morning.  That is the fewest stops since 2010. Task force officers made 499 DUI ... Read More »

Border Patrol Seizes Nearly 1,000 Lbs. Of Marijuana Over Busy Holiday Weekend

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Yuma Border Patrol Sector agents arrested seven drug smugglers during the holiday weekend and seized 943 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $471,000.  Friday, agents working boat patrol on the Colorado River near Andrade spotted several individuals rafting across the water.  As agents approached the vessel, the individuals fled back to Mexico leaving 66 pounds of marijuana on the U.S. ... Read More »

Deadline Tonight For General Election Paperwork

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Tonight is the deadline for persons wishing to run for a Yuma governmental seat in the November General Election.  All paperwork needs to be submitted by 5pm.  So far, only one mayoral candidate, Douglas Nichols, has filed paperwork.  There are also three Yuma City Council positions open and a Presiding Judge Seat that is up for grabs.  The primary election ... Read More »

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