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Woman Smuggling Cocaine Across Border Arrested


Customs and Border Protection Officers say a woman was arrested at the San Luis Border crossing after trying to smuggle cocaine into the United States. Officials say 23-year-old Diana Salazar of San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora, Mexico was found with 26 pounds of the drug after a canine alerted police.  Salzar was turned over to U.S. Immigration authorities. Read More »

Husband And Wife Sentenced For Smuggling Marijuana


An Arizona couple has been sentenced to at least 10 years in prison each for leading a $3 million marijuana smuggling plot.  59-year-old Jose Valenzuela and his wife, 56-year-old Beatriz Valenzuela, both of Nogales, were sentenced to eleven years and ten years respectively on Monday in federal court in Greenbelt. The couple was also ordered to forfeit $970,000 in cash ... Read More »

Science Links Obesity To Chemicals In Everyday Products


It is common knowledge that eating healthy and exercise can help people maintain a healthy weight, but there is another factor at play of which many people are unaware – chemicals in the products we buy and use. Kathleen Schuler with the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy says an emerging body of science links an increased risk of obesity ... Read More »

Meeting Scheduled Tonight For Concerned AmeriSchools Parents


A meeting is scheduled for tonight for parents and others to address their concerns about what they feel is a lapse of good judgment on the part of a charter school. It was discovered last week that AmeriSchools Academy-North received a letter from a neighbor, referencing “bloody children”.  A search of the home of neighbor Robert Purro also turned up ... Read More »

New Documentary Questions Sea World’s Orca Captivity


Should killer whales be kept in captivity and made to perform tricks for humans?  That is a question raised in the documentary called “Blackfish.”  The film opens with the tragic death of a Sea World trainer killed in 2010 by Tilikum the whale, and moves back in time to show orcas being captured as babies from their families in the ... Read More »

Body Found In Colorado River


The United States Border Patrol and the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office say a body was pulled from the Colorado River Friday.  Police say the body is that of a Hispanic male dressed in denim cutoffs and a dark colored t-shirt.  There are no signs of foul play and police continue to investigate. Read More »

Tempe Police Arrest Man Wanted For Crimes Committed In Yuma


Officials say a man was arrested Wednesday in Tempe, wanted for crimes committed in Yuma.  Christopher Martin Young was arrested by Deputy United States Marshals and Task Force Officers.  They say Young was on the state’s wanted list for Aggravated Assault and Burglary.  The Yuma Police Department says Young allegedly committed several wanton acts of domestic violence.  He also allegedly ... Read More »

New Contract Approved For Gasden Elementary School District Supervisor


Raymond Aguilera will serve as superintendent of the Gadsden Elementary School District through 2016 after surviving a close vote on his future.  The Yuma Sun reports that the district's governing board this week approved three-to-two a new contract, which requires Aguilera to be paid $112,000 annually.  The board's president, Luis Marquez, praised Aguilera for his efforts and said student achievement ... Read More »

17 Tons Of Marijuana Found In Tractor Trailer At Border


A record marijuana bust occurred on Thursday at the Calexico port of entry.  17 tons of marijuana were found in a tractor trailer.  2,400 packages of marijuana were hidden inside cardboard boxes behind pallets of computer parts.  The estimated value of the drugs is nearly $10-million. Read More »

Heavy Rains Shutdown 18-Mile Stretch Of Interstate 40


Heavy rains sweeping through parts of northern Arizona forced the closure of a stretch of Interstate-40 Saturday evening and prompted a flash flood watch. The Arizona Department of Transportation says an 18-mile stretch of the roadway was closed west of Flagstaff because the roadway was flooded.  The agency says that the interstate was shut down about 6:30pm and had fully ... Read More »

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