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Border Patrol Apprehends 21 Drug Smugglers

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United States Border Patrol agents from the Yuma Sector arrested 21 drug smugglers and seized a combined 783 pounds of marijuana in two days valued at more than $390,000. Agents working 20 miles west of Gila Bend Wednesday night apprehended a group of 17 drug smugglers after an agent spotted the group using night vision equipment and guided other agents ... Read More »

C-SPAN’s Special On Yuma Airs This Weekend

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C-SPAN’s Yuma Weekend is here.  Yuma themed programming that will air throughout this weekend on the C-SPAN Networks.  Filming crews spent a week in Yuma back in March in order to get footage and interviews about what is special about Yuma and who makes it special.  In addition to having the pieces sprinkled in throughout the weekend on the respective ... Read More »

Border Patrol Seizes Over 1,200 Pounds Of Marijuana In Two Days

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United States Border Patrol agents from the Yuma Sector arrested 13 drug smugglers and seized over 1,200 pounds of marijuana in two days.  Agents working north of Davidson Canyon, within the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, found a cache of 197 pounds of abandoned marijuana Tuesday.  The drugs were seized for destruction. Wednesday, agents working southeast of Gila Bend with ... Read More »

Downed Power Lines Cause Mobile Home Fire

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The Yuma Fire Department responded to a mobile home fire Wednesday afternoon at the Chaparral Mobile Home Park on South Avenue “B”.  The department arrived to find power lines down and arcing on approximately six mobile homes.  The arcing lines caused a fire at one home, and a small brush fire.  All occupants were able to safely evacuate the homes.  ... Read More »

Mexican Wolves To Be Released In Arizona And New Mexico

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Two pairs of Mexican wolves are to be released in Arizona and New Mexico, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service announced that a Wildlife Services agent shot and killed a wolf.  The shooting happened back in January, but was not made public at the time.   Michael Robinson, conservation advocate at the Center for Biological Diversity, says while he ... Read More »

Yuma County Under Pressure To Sell Water Rights

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At a conference hosted by Arizona Common Sense Thursday, speakers talked about the pressure Yuma County is under to sell or lease its water rights.  Herb Gunther says it is a hotly contested issue. In January, Arizona house speaker Andy Tobin introduced a bill, which would allow Regional Water Augmentation Authorities to establish and have more access to the river. ... Read More »

Seatbelt Crackdown Planned Along Route 66

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New Mexico is teaming up with other states as part an effort to get drivers along historic Route 66 to wear their seat belts.  The crackdown begins today and will last 24 hours.  The effort started in 2010 with a handful of law enforcement agencies in central Oklahoma.  It has now expanded to include highway patrol troopers, state police officers ... Read More »

Arizona Ranks High In National Suicide Rates

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New government data shows Arizona has one of the highest middle-aged suicide rates in the country.  The 589 suicides in Arizona of people aged 35 to 64 in 2010 marked nearly a 16-percent increase from a decade earlier.  Nationally, the overall middle-aged suicide rate rose by 28-percent from 1999-to-2010.  That is a period that included the recession and the mortgage ... Read More »

Grandmother Arrested After Toddler Dies From Gunshot Wound

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A three-year-old boy is dead due to a gunshot wound and police say his grandmother has been arrested.  The Yuma Police Department says they received a report of a child with a gunshot wound on Wednesday morning in the 1200 block of South Eleventh Avenue.  The child was pronounced dead at Yuma Regional Medical Center.  During the investigation, it was ... Read More »

SIDS Rate Cut In Half Over Last 20 Years

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After dropping for years, the rate of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome in the United States has stayed somewhat level for some time, so experts are again reminding parents and providers about the importance of safe sleep habits.   Child-care educator Cory Woosley says babies always should sleep on a firm mattress with a fitted sheet and on their backs. Since ... Read More »

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