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Desert Heritage Plan Aims To Preserve Wildlife Habitat


An ambitious proposal to protect nearly a million acres of federal public lands in western Maricopa County has received a major award for smart planning.   The Arizona Chapter of the American Planning Association says the Sonoran Desert Heritage Conservation Plan will improve the quality of life for residents, business owners and tourists. Monty Stansbury chairs the awards committee. He ... Read More »

Gold Gross Ambulance Employees End Two Month Strike


Striking Gold Cross Ambulance Service employees have officially ended an over two-month work stoppage. Paramedics have voted to fire their union. Teamsters Local 542 was let go over the weekend in order to end the stalemate. Company Manager John Goodall told KSWTTV off camera that he does not want the striking employees back due to the hostile environment they created. ... Read More »

Health Insurance Available Through Federal Marketplace


This Tuesday, Arizonans who do not get insurance through their jobs and make too much money to qualify for Medicaid can start signing up for insurance in new federal marketplaces.   They will be able to check plans and prices and sign up through the federal government's website. That is because Governor Jan Brewer joined roughly three dozen other ... Read More »

Arizona Receives $1.2 Million For Federal Public Housing


Four public housing authorities in Arizona will share more than $1.2 million in federal grants. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced the grants Friday. In all, the agency awarded $28 million to housing authorities, resident associations, tribes and other nonprofits across the nation.   Officials say the money will be used to hire or retain service coordinators ... Read More »

Illegal Gambling Raid In Flagstaff


An investigation into allegations of illegal gambling has resulted in a raid at a Flagstaff business and two Arizona homes. The Arizona Daily Sun reports law enforcement officials served a search warrant at a Fourth Street business early Thursday. They also searched homes in Phoenix and Parks.   Flagstaff police say investigators found hundreds of computers that were allegedly used ... Read More »

Memorial Service To Be Held For Police Officer Killed In Motorcycle Collision


A Laguna Beach, California Police officer will be laid to rest in Yuma this weekend. 41 year old Jon Coutchie was killed in the line of duty Saturday after his motorcycle was involved in a collision with a pickup truck. A memorial service will be held today in Laguna Beach. His body will then be brought to Yuma and will ... Read More »

Deputy Receives MADD OUI Officer Of The Year Award


According to the United States Coast Guard, alcohol is the leading contributing factor in fatal boating accidents. The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office Boating Safety Officer Deputy Matthew Felix was recently awarded the MADD OUI Officer of the Year award. Deputy Felix has made four arrests for Operating Under the Influence in 2013. In addition, he has made numerous contacts, both ... Read More »

Girls Scouts Place Memorial Crosses Alongside Yuma Proving Grounds


A local Girl Scout troop will placing three memorial crosses alongside the Yuma Proving Ground's Laguna Dam Road on Monday. Over 25 memorial/remembrance sites are located at the Yuma Proving Ground and the three crosses will replace crosses that have deteriorated over time. The scouts and their parents prepared the new crosses on their own. The crosses were originally erected ... Read More »

City Council Debate Held Thursday


Candidates vying for a seat on the Yuma city council participated in a public debate Thursday at the Martin Luther King neighborhood center. About 50 people showed up to listen to the six candidates speak their minds about a wide range of issues affecting city residents. Candidates answered questions in a panel-style forum, where the public was asked to submit ... Read More »

National Public Lands Day


National Public Lands Day is Saturday, the single largest hands-on volunteer effort on behalf of public lands. Last year, an estimated 175,000 volunteers helped at over 2200 locations nationwide. In Arizona, volunteers are building and maintaining trails and camping areas, and improving wildlife habitat. The Safford office of the Bureau of Land Management is using volunteers to clean up an ... Read More »

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