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US Forest Service Changes Fire Fighting Policy


For decades, the US Forest Service let small fires in remote areas burn naturally – in recognition that fire was part of the natural landscape, and that by letting some fires burn, future large fires could be prevented. But last year, every fire was battled unless granted special status. That has been recognized as part of the reason why the ... Read More »

Truck Drivers Taken Off The Road In Interstate 10 Safety Inspection


Nearly 900 commercial truck drivers were pulled off the road in a two-day effort to make driving safer on Interstate-10 in southern Arizona.  In a joint effort between the Arizona Department of Public Safety and the state Department of Transportation, 826 commercial vehicle inspections were conducted late last month.  DPS says most of the 109 drivers were taken out of ... Read More »

Woman Injured In Scooter Collision


A Somerton woman was injured following an accident involving her scooter and a vehicle Wednesday.  The Yuma Sun reports the unidentified woman on the scooter was hit at the intersection of Main Street and Bingham Avenue.  She sustained a possible broken leg.  The driver of the car was not injured. Read More »

Ambulance Service Customers Data Breach


The City of Yuma says there was a breach in their data processing associated with the ambulance service.  In October of last year Advanced Data Processing Incorporated learned that one of their employees had improperly accessed personal information from several ADPI clients, including the City of Yuma.  No City of Yuma employees were involved in the breach of personal information.  ... Read More »

Man Charged With Attempted 2nd Degree Murder Sentenced To Five Years


A man accused of shooting another person in May, 2012 has been sentenced to the Arizona State Prison system for his crime.  Carlos Arellano shot 47-year-old Guss Kasper at the Walnut Avenue Trailer Park in Yuma, paralyzing Kasper.  Arellano appeared in court Wednesday and pled guilty to the shooting.  He was sentenced to five-years on the Attempted Second Degree Murder ... Read More »

B-29 To Land In Yuma


Yuma residents will witness a rare sight today when the Commemorative Air Force’s famous Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber, FIFI – the only remaining flying example of the aircraft in the world – flies into Yuma International Airport accompanied by a P-51 Mustang and B-25 Mitchell.  The aircraft will be on display during the Marine Corps Air Station’s air show on ... Read More »

Drugs Found In Vehicle Transmission, Border Patrol Makes Arrest


El Centro Border Patrol Agents apprehended a suspected narcotics smuggler, seizing over $438,000 worth of illegal narcotics.  Agents stopped a 26-year-old female at the Highway 86 checkpoint on Tuesday between Westmoreland and Salton City.  A canine team alerted officers and the vehicle was searched.  Five packages of cocaine were found in the vehicle’s transmission.  The woman, a citizen of Mexico ... Read More »

Yuma Home Insurance Rates Could Be Dropping


The Yuma City Council heard from City Administrator Greg Wilkinson during Wednesday’s meeting.  Wilkinson had good news to impart.  The city’s Insurance Service’s rating has been lowered from three to two.  Wilkinson explained that the department is able to get to rescue and other emergency calls quickly.  As far as the pocketbook is concerned, insurance rates will be lower for ... Read More »

Controlled Burns Cause Heavy Smoke, Poor Air Quality


Agricultural controlled burns caused heavy smoke to move into the area.  A controlled burn near the Arizona/California border was the cause of heavy smoke on Tuesday.  Air quality will continue to suffer from the burns for the next couple of days.  The burns are now completed, however air quality will remain diminished as the leftovers from those fires disperse. Read More »

Border Patrol Makes Three Arrests In Human Trafficking Operation


U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station stopped a vehicle being used for human trafficking Monday.  Officials say agents received a report that a vehicle possibly being used in a smuggling attempt was travelling through the Chocolate Mountain Aerial Gunnery Range in California.   Responding agents successfully stopped the vehicle by deploying a Controlled Tire Deflation Device.  The vehicle ... Read More »

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