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Local Police Departments To Participate In Prescription Drug “Take Back” This Saturday

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Several area police agencies are participating in a program designed to help persons dispose of unwanted or expired controlled drugs. The “Take Back” initiative will be held in Yuma on Saturday from 10am to 2pm at the Yuma Police Department, 1500 South First Avenue.  Also, the Wellton Police Department will conduct such a program on Saturday from 10am to 2pm, ... Read More »

Border Patrol Agents Discover Marijuana Growing Operation

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Border Patrol Agents from the El Centro Sector are seeking answers behind a marijuana growing operation.  On Wednesday, agents utilizing all-terrain vehicles met with a Bureau of Land Management Ranger within the area.  After reviewing maps and discussing area information, agents began a systematic search of the area and discovered irrigation tubing leading out of the Whitewater River.  Agents followed ... Read More »

Gas Prices Reach 10-Week Low

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Gas prices at the pump around Arizona are lower for the seventh consecutive week and now are at a ten-week low. The average statewide price for unleaded regular gasoline is $3.49 a gallon.  That is a decrease of nearly seven-cents from last week.  This week's national average is $3.51 per gallon, which is unchanged from last week.  Tucson has the ... Read More »

Child Advocates Concerned With Lack Of “VOCA” Funding In Purposed Budget

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Congress is getting visits from people concerned that funding for child abuse survivors and investigators is falling by the wayside in federal budget negotiations.  The Victims of Child Abuse Act or "VOCA" has been "zeroed out" in President Obama's 2014 budget proposal.   The same thing happened for the 2013 budget year, and the funding was restored only after an ... Read More »

Biden And McCain To Speak At Forum In Sedona

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Vice President Joe Biden and Arizona Senator John McCain will be in Sedona today to talk about how to promote democracy and freedom.  The forum is part of the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University.  Biden and McCain will speak during the opening dinner of the annual forum, which is not open to the public. Read More »

Senator Reagan Considers Run At AZ Secretary Of State

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Arizona District 23 Senator Michele Reagan says she is exploring the possibility of running for Arizona Secretary of State.  She appeared on our Eye on the Desert Southwest Program on Thursday to discuss several election related issues, and when asked, said she is looking to the future. Reagan’s district comprises a portion of the highest population center in the state ... Read More »

School Staff And Students Plan To Pursue Charges Against Senator Shooter

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Things could get sticky for Arizona Senator Don Shooter of Yuma.  The Yuma Sun is reporting that several are planning to file charges against Shooter, relating to an incident that occurred last month at a charter school.  Police reports indicate that Shooter went to the EOC Charter School on March 22nd, demanding to see his grandson’s teacher since he was ... Read More »

Yuma Police Department Graduates Class Of Informed Citizens

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On Tuesday the Yuma Police Department 16th Citizens Police Academy Class graduated.  The students attended classes at the Yuma Police Department every Tuesday evening for eight weeks.  The Citizens Police Academy is part of a continuing program to develop citizen awareness and understanding of the role of law enforcement. The Citizens Police Academy is designed for citizens of all backgrounds ... Read More »

San Luis PD Accepting Applications For Citizens’ Police Academy

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The San Luis Police Department and the Arizona Department of Public Safety have joined forces to offer a Citizens’ Police Academy to the Spanish speaking community.  Academy organizers are currently accepting applications at the San Luis Police Station at 1030 East Union Street in San Luis.  The Citizens’ Academy is an eight week program designed to give members of the ... Read More »

Border Patrol Apprehends Drug Smugglers Near Gila Bend

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United States Border Patrol agents from the Yuma Sector arrested three drug smugglers southeast of Gila Bend Tuesday.  Using night vision equipment, agents spotted a group of backpackers walking through the open desert.  As agents approached, the group attempted to hide under a tree.  Agents apprehended the group, all Mexican nationals, and recovered 243 pounds of marijuana they were carrying. ... Read More »

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