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Arizona Failed To Use Available Federal Money To Help Struggling Homeowners


Arizona has failed to pass along millions of dollars given to the state from Washington to help struggling homeowners avoid foreclosure.  The Arizona Republic reports that Arizona spent only six-percent of $268-million allocated to help Arizona homeowners from mid-2011 through the end of 2012, despite being one of the states hit hardest by the housing bust. By comparison, the most ... Read More »

Fallen Granite Mountain Hotshot Honored In Southern California Hometown


One of the 19 firefighters killed when a windblown wildfire overcame them in Arizona has been eulogized in a memorial service in his Southern California hometown. The Riverside Press-Enterprise reports about two-thousand people gathered in Hemet's Ramona Bowl to remember 30-year-old Chris MacKenzie.  He was one of the members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots who were killed fighting a wildfire ... Read More »

Three-Year-Old Drowns In Backyard Pool


A child died after an apparent drowning.  The Yuma Fire Department responded to a home in the 1100 block of Brahma Lane Wednesday after receiving a report of a three-year-old child who was unresponsive after being found in a backyard pool.  The child may have been underwater for up to ten minutes.  He was transported to Yuma Regional Medical Center ... Read More »

Marine Attack Squadron Deactivated After 69 Years


The Marine Attack Squadron 513 is no longer around.  On Thursday members of the Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma met one last time.  Captain Tommy Ragsdale was a part of 513 for a major part of its 69 years in existence – including the Korean conflict. An open house was held at the Marine Air Corps Station in Yuma. Read More »

Pair Arrested After Crashing Into Roadside Fence


Two persons were arrested following an accident Wednesday.  The Yuma Police Department says the accident involved a vehicle crashing into a fence on 16th Street.  Sophia Jimenez drove a vehicle through a fast food restaurant drive through lane, ordered food then brandished a weapon to the employee at the drive through window.  After leaving the restaurant, Jimenez crashed her vehicle ... Read More »

Health and Human Services Secretary Holds Discussion On Health Reform In Arizona


As part of her Wednesday visit to Phoenix, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius held a roundtable discussion with some two dozen community leaders and health care providers about the impact of health reform on Arizona.   Those in attendance emphasized the importance of community clinics and health centers for enrollment, service expansion and preventive care.  Planned Parenthood CEO ... Read More »

Shorter Workweek Ahead For Many At Yuma Proving Ground


Recent Federal budget cuts are affecting persons close to home.  Furloughs at the Yuma Proving Ground are now going into effect.  Those changes will have an effect on the economy since work weeks will be shorter for several workers.  Chuck Wullenjohn says there has not been a firm identification on which services will be cut in the military in the ... Read More »

Somerton Man Arrested With 38 Pounds Of Meth In Gas Tank


United States Customs and Border Protection officers busted a Somerton man with more than 38 pounds of methamphetamine at the San Luis port.  37-year-old Victor Manuel Navarro's Ford truck was stopped after a drug-sniffing dog alerted officers of the possible presence of drugs.  30 packages of methamphetamine were stashed inside the vehicle’s gas tank, valued at more than $595,000.  Navarro ... Read More »

Mother In Custody After Abducting Toddler From Daycare


Authorities say an Amber Alert issued Thursday afternoon was canceled after a 21-month-old boy allegedly abducted by his mother from a daycare facility in Tempe was found.  Tempe police say 34-year-old Olivia Mosley was in custody Thursday evening and the boy was found safe. Mosely allegedly removed her child with force from the Sunrise Preschool after learning Child Protective Services ... Read More »

Governor Brewer Appoints Andrew Wilder As New Spokesman


Former Senator Jon Kyl's communications director and spokesman is taking on the same role for Arizona Governor Jan Brewer as the governor's current spokesman departs for a private industry job.  Andrew Wilder worked for Kyl as press secretary and communications director from 1999 until last year.  He worked on the 2012 campaign of Senator Jeff Flake and joined the state ... Read More »

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