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San Diego County Wildfire Forces Evacuations, Destroys Several Structures


A wildfire has destroyed two lodges and burned six other structures in mountain camps in rural San Diego County. State fire officials say the wildfire near Julian had surged by sunset Monday to more than seven square miles.  Campgrounds, buildings and the few occupied mountain cabins in the area have been evacuated.  Lodges at the Al Bahr Shrine Camp at ... Read More »

Yuma Firefighters Help Battle Yarnell Fire


Several firefighters and some equipment from the Yuma Fire Department are helping with firefighting efforts near Prescott at the Yarnell Hill fire.  On Saturday, one fire engine and three fire department members went to assist the Prescott Fire Department and will take on normal response duties at the Prescott station.  Battalion Chief Steve Irr is in Prescott on assignment with ... Read More »

Krieger Attends Bi-National Mayors Meeting


Yuma Mayor Alan Krieger was among the mayors of more than 20 U.S.-Mexico border cities in attendance at the fourth bi-national meeting of the U.S.-Mexico Border Mayors Association, held on May 24th in Mexico.  The primary themes of the conference included improving the flow of commercial traffic along the border, and reducing border crossing times for both commercial and individual travel. Read More »

Rural Americans Feel Ignored By Government After Farm Bill Defeat


After a federal Farm Bill died in the United States House of Representatives for the second time in two years, a new survey shows discontent in rural areas of the nation.   A poll commissioned by the Center for Rural Affairs shows rural residents believe the federal government is ignoring their communities’ needs.  Rural Affairs Executive Director Chuck Hassebrook says ... Read More »

City Of San Luis Looks To Claim Franchise Money From APS


The Yuma Sun is reporting that the city of San Luis has retained a law firm out of Phoenix to try to help the city secure over $1.2 million they believe Arizona Public Service owes them.  The report says the city believes that money is due from APS in unpaid franchise fees for an area, which was annexed by the ... Read More »

Giffords Meets With Former President Bush On Gun Control Tour


Former Arizona United States Representative Gabby Giffords has met with former President George H.W. Bush during her national tour to push for gun control.  Giffords and her husband, former Navy pilot and astronaut Mark Kelly, visited the former Republican president at his Kennebunkport estate on Saturday.  Former first lady Barbara Bush also attended the lunch meeting.  Kelly, who previously lived ... Read More »

Farmers Concerned With How Immigration Bills Will Affect Their Workforce


The immigration debate is focused on border security and people in the country illegally, but the nation's farmers are hoping for legislation that makes it easier for them to hire workers.  Producers of cherries, apples and other fruits in Michigan say the immigration crackdown is leaving them short of laborers to harvest their crops.  The same complaint is heard from ... Read More »

Trial Date Set For Sen. Shooter


A trial date has been set for Senator Don Shooter of Yuma.  The Yuma Sun and KYMA-TV are both reporting the date is September 24th.  Shooter was formally charged last week with three misdemeanor counts in connection with a visit he made to his grandson’s charter school in March.  Those charges include Criminal Trespass, Disorderly Conduct and Interference with or ... Read More »

Local Firefighters Join In Effort To Contain Yarnell Hill Fire


Several from our area are helping to fight the Yarnell Hill fire and to help rebuild lives.  Salvation Army Captain Randy Hartt is one of those near the fire lines.  He says he cannot think of a better way to spend the holiday weekend. The fire at last report was nearly contained and full containment is expected sometime today. Read More »

Teens Arrested On Burglary Charges


Two suspects are in custody after police found the pair allegedly leave a residence with someone’s belongings.   The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office says 18-year-old Giovanni Cinquemani and a 16-year-old female were seen by a patrol officer Wednesday morning entering and then exiting a home by jumping a fence in the 11000 block of East Via Salida in the foothills.  Both ... Read More »

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