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West Nile Virus Found In Yuma County


The West Nile Virus has been found in Yuma County.  The Yuma Sun this weekend reported that four samples this month have tested positive.  The locations where the tests have come from include area swimming pools and along the Colorado River in the East Wetlands area.  West Nile Virus has been in the area since 2003.  The best way to ... Read More »

Prescott Company Faces Fine For Lacking Air Quality Permit


State authorities say a wafer reclaim services company faces a $120,000 fine for not having an air quality permit at its Prescott facility.  Arizona Department of Environmental Quality officials on Friday announced the civil penalties against Pure Wafer Incorporated.  During an inspection last year, ADEQ staff reported seeing an emission from the onsite stack that was determined to be hydrogen fluoride.  ... Read More »

Insurance Data Suggests Climate Change Is Costing Arizona


How much is damaging weather due to climate change costing Arizona?  A look at insurance data suggests it is more than a billion dollars a year and rising.   Opponents of clean-air limits on carbon pollution say the new rules will hurt the coal industry and raise the price of electricity.  But an analysis of insurance claims says bad weather ... Read More »

Friends And Family Gather To Honor Fallen Firefighter Joe Thurston


Firefighters and residents gathered with family and friends in Cedar City, Utah, to honor Joe Thurston, who was among 19 firefighters killed while battling the Yarnell Hill fire last month.   Saturday's event featured speakers who shared memories of the 32-year-old Cedar City native, who died while fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire along with other members of the Granite Mountain ... Read More »

Work Begins on New Home For Environmental Sciences At The University Of Arizona


A parking lot is being cleared in Tucson to make room for the long-awaited construction of a new home for environmental sciences at the University of Arizona.  The $75-million project will result in a resource-efficient building that will resemble a slot canyon.  The Arizona Daily Star reports that the building will house classrooms, conference space, labs and offices for researchers ... Read More »

Yuma Police Arrest Suspects In Recent Armed Robberies


Several armed robbery cases in the city of Yuma have now been solved.  Acting on a phone call from a restaurant worker on Wednesday led to the crack in the case police needed.  A female employee of Mariscos Mar Azul on Fourth Avenue advised police she was being followed home after closing the restaurant.  Police stopped the vehicle in question ... Read More »

Border Patrol Seizes Marijuana Dropped From Ultralight Aircraft


United States Border Patrol agents from the Yuma Station seized 162-pounds of marijuana that had been dropped from an ultra-light aircraft Wednesday morning.  An ultra-light aircraft was seen crossing the Colorado River west of Yuma near County 12th.  Agents tracked the aircraft as it made an incursion into the United States, and then turned around and crossed back into Mexico.  ... Read More »

Man Rescued After Threatening To Jump From Cell Tower


A man threatening to jump from a cell tower was successfully rescued Thursday afternoon.  Police say the male, in his 50s, climbed the tower located in the 15000 block of Avenue “G”.  The Somerton/Cocopah Fire Department responded to the scene and asked for help from other agencies, including the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office.  A ladder truck was brought in to ... Read More »

San Luis Residents Upset Over Purposed Water And Sewer Rate Increase


Several residents of San Luis turned out for a city council meeting this week to ask questions about a proposed sewer rate increase.  Officials claim they are trying to make the utility self-sufficient.  Residents are not happy about the proposed increases.   At the meeting Wednesday, Dan Jackson, managing director of gave a presentation recommending an increase of up ... Read More »

World’s Largest Vertical Wind Tunnel Coming Together At Yuma Proving Ground


The construction of a vertical wind tunnel at the United States Army Yuma Proving Ground, is currently ahead of schedule, with the most visually dramatic aspect taking place next week.  It is the largest such tunnel ever built. Starting Monday the 75-foot tall structure's four reinforced concrete sidewalls will be raised with a massive 150-foot tall crane.   The completed ... Read More »

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