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Arizona Earthquake Drill Held Today

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Today is the Great Arizona Shakeout. The American Red Cross is holding a “Drop, Cover and Hold On” event in which schools and workplaces are urged to practice a drill to help prepare persons for the event of an earthquake. The local Yuma Chapter of the American Red Cross Director Cynthia Snyder says it is not only important to have ... Read More »

No New Reports On Arizona’s Unemployment Numbers

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There is another casualty of the federal government shutdown: Arizona's unemployment numbers. The state Department of Administration was scheduled to announce the jobless rate for September today. But the department's director of economic analysis says the shutdown in Washington has left her staff without numbers to report.   The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics did not release the monthly Employment ... Read More »

Grand Canyon To Remain Open

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Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has said she would use state money to keep the Grand Canyon National Park open an additional nine days. The governor's office announced the decision Wednesday to keep the park open through October 27th if the federal government had remained shut down. Arizona paid $93,000 a day to keep the canyon open during the government shutdown. ... Read More »

Bronze Sculptor Dies From Rare Form Of Kidney Cancer

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Dave McGary, an artist who was known for bringing a sense of realism to his bronze sculptures of Native Americans and life in the West, has died. He was 55. His wife Molly McGary said he passed away last Friday at the couple's home in Paradise Valley after battling a rare form of kidney cancer.   McGary, who had galleries ... Read More »

Teen Arrested In Canada For Threatening Maricopa County Sheriff

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Authorities say a teenager has been arrested in Canada for allegedly threatening Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his family for the second time. Sheriff's officials say the 16-year-old boy was taken into custody Tuesday night by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Alberta. The teen's name was not immediately released. Sheriff's officials say another threat was received Sunday in ... Read More »

Algae Growth In Water Harmful To Habitat


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It is found in lakes, ponds and rivers and can threaten habitat and health – toxic algae is a growing problem across the country, according to a recent report.   The National Wildlife Federation and Resource Media looked at reports of toxic algae this summer and found 21 states issued health advisories and warnings related to harmful algae blooms. The ... Read More »

Fire Breaks Out In Yuma Residence


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A home sustained damage following a fire Tuesday morning. The Yuma Fire Department says the fire broke out shortly after 8am at the residence at 500 and a half South Seventh Avenue. Firefighters were able to keep the fire from spreading to the adjoining main residence on the property, bringing it under control and extinguishing it quickly.   A resident ... Read More »

Border Patrol Agents Arrest Drug Smuggler

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United States Border Patrol agents from the Blythe Station arrested a smuggler with over half a million dollars’ worth of heroin Saturday afternoon. After stopping a suspicious vehicle, agents were able to identify anomalies in the driver’s story, leading to the discovery of over 17 pounds of heroin hidden within the trunk of the car. The driver is a citizen ... Read More »

Sex Offenders Have New Addresses

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The Yuma Police Department says that two sex offenders have recently relocated. 54 year old Joseph Hurtado now lives at 2495 West Fourth Street in Yuma. He is described as a male, standing 5’9 and weighing 218 pounds with black hair. He was convicted of one count of Attempted Sexual Conduct with a Minor in February, 1989 and was incarcerated ... Read More »

Bypass Route To U.S. Highway 89 Opened


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A bypass route to U.S. Highway 89 in northern Arizona is now open day and night. The Arizona Department of Transportation paved Navajo Route 20 between The Gap and Page after a portion of US-89 south of Page buckled earlier this year.   With fencing complete to prevent livestock from crossing the road, it now is open to non-residential traffic ... Read More »

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