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Study Shows Increase In Visitor Spending At Grand Canyon National Park

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A new study done for the National Park Service shows visitors to the Grand Canyon National Park spent more than $467-million in 2011 and supported nearly 7,400 jobs.  The Michigan State University economic impact study reviewed the spending of visitors to all national parks. Nationally, $13-billion of direct spending was attributed to 279 million national park visitors in 2011.  The ... Read More »

Elementary Students Get A Glimpse Of College Life

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On Thursday just under 150 La Paz and Wellton area fifth graders will be exposed to college life for a day.  Arizona Western College and Northern Arizona University-Yuma Branch Campus continues the semester tradition of inviting elementary school students to campus.    Six classes from elementary schools from Parker, Quartzsite and the Wellton area will experience college life on the ... Read More »

AWC Foundation To Accept Donation From GM

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The Arizona Western College Foundation will be accepting a donation from a well-known automaker on Wednesday.  General Motors plans on donating $5,000 to the foundation.  The event will be taking place at the Automotive Labs Technology Building. Read More »

Theft Reported After Several Mailboxes Found Pried Open

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The Yuma Police Department says they have received several reports recently of theft from mailboxes at three apartment complexes.  Mailboxes were pried open and some mail is reported missing.  Police say they have no suspect at this time, but encourage anyone with information to contact them at 928-373-4700 or 78-CRIME.  Police ask residents to look for any suspicious persons or ... Read More »

New Details On Dead Baby Found At Recycling Plant

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More information has been released concerning the body of a baby found in a dumpster in Somerton.  KYMA-TV says officials determined the body was that of a 20-week-old fetus.  The baby was not carried to full term.  The body was found by workers at the Somerton Recycling Plant in a dumpster.  Anyone with information concerning this incident is urged to ... Read More »

Aquatic Programs Temporarily Moved Due To Maintenance

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Aquatics programs usually held at Marcus Pool have been moved this week to the Valley Aquatic Center on West 18th Street. Minor maintenance is taking place this week at Marcus. The affected programs include Swim for Fitness from 5:30am to 7:30am and from 12noon to 1pm, Water Aerobics from 9:30am to 10:30am, Adapted Aquatics from 11am to 12noon and Adult ... Read More »

Sequestration Threatens Thousands Of Jobs In The Desert Southwest

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As sequestration looms and $85 billion in budget cuts across the board will take effect on Friday, Congress struggles to find a solution.  At risk are several agencies in the Desert Southwest, including Border Patrol, the Yuma Proving Ground, the Marine Corps Air Station among other agencies.  Officials say over 1,000 jobs at the Yuma Proving Grounds may be affected ... Read More »

Lack Of High Voltage Power Lines Holding Back Renewable Energy Growth

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There is a treasure trove of renewable energy in the US, but the obstacles and barriers to getting it on the grid are many.   Johnathan Hladik with the Center for Rural Affairs says the biggest hurdle right now is the lack of high voltage transmission lines.  He says adding to that infrastructure would allow for the use of more ... Read More »

Tucson Mail-Processing Center Closes Its Doors

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U.S. Representative Ron Barber is slamming the U.S. Postal Service's decision to shutter a mail-processing center in Tucson and ship all outgoing mail in southern Arizona to Phoenix.  The Morris K. Udall Post Office processed its final batch of outgoing mail last week. Barber says the decision not only costs 300 jobs but also is the end of Tucson postmarks ... Read More »

Border Patrol Arrests Three Drug Smugglers Near Gila Bend

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U.S. Border Patrol Agents in the Yuma Sector arrested three drug smugglers carrying 252 pounds of marijuana Saturday.  Agents found footprints near Gila Bend and followed them to the trio.  The street value of the marijuana is estimated at $125,000.  Officials say there may have been more smugglers but may have ran away before agents arrived on the scene. Read More »

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