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Sedona To Vote On “Dark Skies” Designation

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The Sedona City Council is set to vote on whether to seek an official designation recognizing its dark skies. The council will take up the matter during a meeting Tuesday, August 10. If a designation is sought and approved by the International Dark Sky Association, the city would become just the fifth community in the world to win the honor. ... Read More »

Food Insecurity In Arizona

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The economy may be slowly gaining ground, but new government figures show the battle against hunger is at a standstill. Food insecurity, defined as not always having enough food for regular meals, remains at almost 15% in Arizona and nearly 43% in Yuma County. The state’s figures are the same as the national figure, which has remained steady since the ... Read More »

Trial For Jonathan Ochoa Continues

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The trial for the man accused of being with a convicted murderer the night of the crime continued Thursday.   Jonathan Ochoa is accused of being with Manuel Bustamante the night 34 year old Kendall Smith was killed with a baseball bat. Bustamante was convicted of Smith's murder. Ochoa is charged with First Degree Premeditated Murder among other charges. Our ... Read More »

Emergency Management Director Weighs In On Safety

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September is Emergency Preparedness Month. There is always the chance that an unforeseen event such as an earthquake or storm may make issues for you and your family. Yuma County Office of Emergency Management Director Tony Badilla says it is important to have an emergency kit ready to go in a moment’s notice.   Badilla adds that you can check ... Read More »

Fast Food Workers Fight For Increased Wages

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Fast food workers have been agitating for a raise and some in Congress are pressing to increase the minimum wage. But what would the actual economic impact be of a boost for the Lowest paid workers? Critics have charged that raising the minimum wage would mostly help teenagers, but economists say that is largely a myth. David Cooper with the ... Read More »

Water District Officer Pleads Guilty For Theft

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A former Bard Water District Officer has pled guilty on grand theft charges. The Yuma Sun is reporting that Darla Jean Cofske is to appear in Imperial County Court on October 25th. She originally pled not guilty but then changed her plea in August. Prosecutors say Cofske embezzled more than $70,000 in a five year period from late 2005 to ... Read More »

Accused Child-killer Debra Milke To Be Released 25 Years Later

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More than two decades after she was sent to death row, a Phoenix area woman convicted of having her four year old son killed for an insurance payout could soon be freed while she awaits a retrial. A judge set Debra Milke's bond at $250,000 on Thursday, saying there is no direct evidence linking her with her son's death other ... Read More »

Officer Arrested For Drunk Driving

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Authorities say a Phoenix police detective is on paid administrative leave and facing a possible charge of extreme drunk driving. Police say Detective Lori Demski was arrested August 11th after she was spotted driving near her home. A neighbor alerted authorities that the 36 year old Demski might be driving drunk. The Arizona Republic says Phoenix Municipal Court records show ... Read More »

Gas Prices In Arizona At A Low

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Gasoline prices at the pump around Arizona are lower for the sixth consecutive week. Officials with Triple A Arizona say the average statewide price for unleaded regular gasoline is at $3.39 a gallon. That is down by less than a penny from last week.   This week's national average is at $3.58 per gallon, up by more than two-cents from ... Read More »

City Council Honors Prominent Citizen


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The Yuma City Council voted on Wednesday to honor a prominent citizen who lived in Yuma at the turn of the 20th Century. The Yuma Sun is reporting that a driveway off First Street that leads to Gateway Park will be renamed George Downey Drive. The home where Downey was born was located in the area of the driveway. During ... Read More »

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