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Arizona Bill Could Expand Program For Private Schools


Arizona legislators will vote on a bill that would expand a state program that allows students to pay for a private education using public funds. Several education advocates who say the program is unconstitutional have sued the state. They also heavily criticized schools chief John Huppenthal last week for releasing automated calls promoting the program and private schools. Huppenthal defended ... Read More »

Child Deaths In Car Crashes Decline 43% Over 10 Years


The CDC says child deaths in car crashes have declined by 43% over ten years, but there is still work to do because for one in three fatalities for kids ages 12 and under, the child was not properly restrained. Arizona strengthened its car seat law two years ago, requiring booster seats for children through age seven or up to ... Read More »

Sex Offender Relocation Update


The Yuma Police Department would like to notify the public about the relocation of a sex offender. 26-year-old Justin Johnson is now residing at 8573 East 25th Street in Yuma. He is described as standing six-feet tall and weighing 170-pounds. He has brown hair and hazel eyes. In September 2009, Johnson was convicted of Annoying or Molesting a child in ... Read More »

Committee Formed To Search For New Northern Arizona University President


The Arizona Board of Regents has announced the formation of a 28-member search committee that will help find a new president for Northern Arizona University. NAU President John Haeger announced in September 2013 that he will retire at the end of his current contract which runs through June 30th, 2015. Haeger was appointed NAU's president in 2001. He oversaw an ... Read More »

Citizen’s Academy Program To Familiarize Locals With Customs And Border Patrol


The Yuma Border Patrol Sector, Port of San Luis, and Office of Air and Marine will join ranks to host an integrated United States Customs and Border Protection Citizen’s Academy presented in the Spanish language, beginning March 13th. The program provides local residents and community leaders an inside look into a wide variety of measures employed to secure – at ... Read More »

El Centro Border Patrol Rescue Distressed Individual In Mountains North Of Jacumba


El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents rescued a distressed illegal alien who was lost in the mountains while making an attempt to illegally enter the United States on Thursday morning. Patrol Radio Dispatch received a call from the California Highway Patrol regarding an individual in distress that was lost in the mountains north of Jacumba, California.   El Centro Sector ... Read More »

Yuma Border Patrol Arrest Five Smugglers; Seize 548 Pounds Of Marijuana


Yuma Border Patrol Sector agents from the Wellton Station arrested five smugglers and seized 548-pounds of marijuana Wednesday. Agents patrolling south of Gila Bend interdicted five men seen earlier walking through the desert carrying backpacks. They admitted entering the United States illegally and to dropping off the backpacks in a wash nearby. Agents searched the wash and located 12 backpacks of ... Read More »

Man Arrested For Attempting To Smuggle 33 Pounds Of Methamphetamine Into The United States


A male Mexican national was arrested Tuesday for attempting to smuggle nearly 33-pounds of methamphetamine into the United States. Customs and Border Protection officers referred 35-year-old Venancio Hau-Flores for an inspection of his Mercury sedan. After a narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs in the vehicle, officers removed 35 packages of crystal meth in a compartment behind ... Read More »

Cocopah Tribe Presents Check To Special Olympics Athletes


Cocopah Tribal Elder Paul Soto presented a check of $5,000 to Special Olympic athletes and Lisa Ball, Director of Youth Programs with the Special Olympics Arizona, Wednesday morning. The money will support adaptive sports training and competitions in Yuma. Sports offered include power lifting, tennis, track and field, basketball, golf, bowling and aquatics. There are currently 250 participants in the ... Read More »

Residents Of Rocky Mountain States To Protect Public Land

Residents of the Rocky Mountain states want their public lands protected, and say candidates’ positions on conservation and land use could decide their votes in this year’s elections. The latest "Conservation in the West" poll from Colorado College shows strong support in Arizona and the Intermountain region for preserving public lands, regardless of a voter's political affiliation. Democratic pollster Dave ... Read More »

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