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Incumbents Find Success In Somerton Primary Election

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Voters in Somerton favored the incumbents during Tuesday’s primary election.  Mayor Martin Porchas won his re-election bid and led Vice-Mayor Arturo Magana with over 60-percent of the vote.  In city council races, incumbent Geraldo Anaya led with 24-percent of the vote, followed by Carlos Gonzalez with 21-percent and Miguel Villalpando just under 20-percent.  Patricia Miranda garnered 14-percent, Arturo Vargas took 13-percent of ... Read More »

Wellton City Election

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Only about 30-percent of voters turned out for the Wellton City elections.  They Yuma Sun reports that the city council incumbents led in the primary Tuesday.  City council member James Derrmer led with 36-percent of the vote and incumbent Cecilia McCollough had just under 26-percent of the vote.  Their opponents Lisa Smith had over 24-percent of the vote and Victor ... Read More »

Expectant Mothers Encouraged To Buckle Up

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Expectant mothers worry that having a seat belt buckled can damage their unborn child in a crash, but a new study finds that not wearing a seat belt actually increases the chances of losing the pregnancy than if the mother is restrained.  Brandi Thompson with Safe Kids USA says the best way to protect the unborn child is to protect ... Read More »

Collision Causes Chain Reaction On I-8

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Five persons sustained injuries in an accident at the 172 Mile exit in Winterhaven.  The California Highway Patrol says five vehicles were involved in the Tuesday morning accident.  The accident happened after the rear most driver rear-ended the vehicle in front of him, causing a chain reaction in the westbound lanes of Interstate-Eight.  17 persons were involved in the accident, ... Read More »

Purposed Bill Could Mean Lower Property Taxes For Religious Groups

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Religious groups would pay fewer property taxes if a measure backed by the Arizona House of Representatives becomes law.  The Republican-led House voted 35-to-24 along party lines to advance the measure Tuesday.  The amended bill passed after some compromise between local property tax assessors and conservative leaders.  The bill that passed the House no longer specifies that student dormitories and ... Read More »

Lady Matadors Give Eastern Arizona A Double Dose Of Defeat

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The Arizona Western College Lady Matadors won their double header Tuesday against eighth-ranked Eastern Arizona.  The first game was won by a score of three-to-two.  Hayley Miller was the winning pitcher and Jessica Leitner was credited with the save.  The Lady Matadors took the nightcap by a final of two-to-nothing.  Briana VanSickle took the win. Read More »

House Fire Possibly Ignited By Cigarette

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A home sustained heavy damage due to a fire that may have started due to a cigarette in bed.  Officials say they responded to the fire Monday just before 7am in the 900 block of South 12th Avenue.  Heavy smoke was coming out of the residence when they arrived on the scene, but were able to quickly get the fire ... Read More »

Primary Elections In Somerton

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It is Primary Election day in Somerton.  Voters will cast their votes in several city races – for mayor and three city council positions.  Incumbent mayor Martin Porchas is challenged by Vice Mayor Arturo Magana.  Six candidates have filed to run for the three open city council positions.  Polls are now open until 7pm at the Somerton Public Safety Building. Read More »

Libraries Provide Opportunity For Early Childhood Literacy

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President Barack Obama highlighted support for early learning in his State of the Union address.  He should go to the library, according to advocates for using the public library as a key part of the learning process for toddlers to four-year-olds.   Many libraries these days are more than musty book stacks and card catalogs and maybe an occasional story-time ... Read More »

Convicted Felon Among Seven Men Arrested Smuggling Marijuana

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Border Patrol agents in the Yuma Sector arrested a suspected felon and six others over the weekend.  Officials say all seven were taken into custody on Sunday.  One of the men was found to be convicted on manslaughter charges in Los Angeles in 2000.  He was deported back to Mexico in 2006.  The men reportedly were in the possession of ... Read More »

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