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Students Leaving College With More Debt Than Ever

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The average college student in the United States will graduate owing almost $27,000 in student debt, a 40-percent jump since 2002.  Arizona grads typically owe about $20,000.   Jonathan Fox is a college financial counselor.  He says student loans can be especially troublesome for those who rack up the debt but do not come away with a diploma. Typical student ... Read More »

Water Treatment Plant To Conduct Tests Today

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The City of Yuma will conduct tests of one of its water treatment plants today.  Customers may experience short, temporary fluctuations in water pressure.  The City of Yuma Agua Viva Water Treatment Facility will do some routine backup system testing to ensure proper operations of the plant and that the plant continues to function properly in the event of future emergency ... Read More »

AWC To Offer Industrial Manufacturing Program

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Arizona Western College Construction and the Applied Technology Department in partnership with the Yuma Manufacturing Association and Johnson Controls, Incorporated is enrolling now for the 2013-2014 Industrial Manufacturing Technology program. The program provides students with opportunities to gain valuable skills and knowledge related to industrial manufacturing plant operations required for today's advance systems management.  Students can complete training courses for ... Read More »

Sex Offender Has New Yuma Address

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The Yuma Police Department is notifying the public about a sex offender who has recently relocated.  Steven Thomas Varlea now shows an address of 355 East 20th Street in Yuma.  He is 42-years-old with brown hair, standing 5’5” tall and weighing 185 pounds.  He was sentenced to 14 years in prison after entering a plea agreement for one count of ... Read More »

Driver Charged With Death Of DPS Officer Pleads Not Guilty

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The man facing second-degree murder charges in the death of Arizona Public Safety Officer Tim Huffman is charged with 20 counts altogether.  33-year-old Jorge Espinoza appeared in court Monday and pled not guilty to the charges, which include 13 counts of endangerment and six counts of criminal damage.  Espinoza was arrested and charged following an internal investigation that determined Espinoza was ... Read More »

Unemployment Payouts Cut By Sequestration

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Arizonans who have exhausted their initial 26 weeks of unemployment insurance will see cuts in their weekly benefits of as much as $40 because of across-the-board federal budget cuts known as the sequestration.  The cuts mean the maximum payment available goes to $200 a week from $240 a week beginning Monday for people who are on a 28-week federal extension ... Read More »

County Announces New Emergency Management Director

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Tony Badilla has been announced as the new Yuma County Emergency Management Director for the Office of Emergency Management.  Badilla was formally introduced to the Yuma County Board of Supervisors Monday.  Badilla has over 28 years of experience in law enforcement and public safety.   Badilla retired after serving over twenty years for the City of Yuma Police Department – ... Read More »

Public Voices Disapproval Of House Bill 2338 During Water Rights Meeting

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Over 200 attended a jam packed Yuma City Hall Conference Room Friday to voice their opinion over a House Bill authored by Arizona Speaker of the House Andy Tobin that would of augmented the water of Yuma County to other Arizona communities.  Arizona Common Sense has since that time, voiced total disapproval about House Bill 2338, saying that Yuma County ... Read More »

Importance Of CPR Education Highlighted During Awareness Week

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When it comes to suffering from sudden cardiac arrest, bystander CPR can double or even triple survival rates, but in the majority of such incidents, there is no immediate help. CPR educator Kim Harkins says that is partly due to people not being certain how to perform CPR, or they may be wary of giving mouth-to-mouth.  But she explains that ... Read More »

17 Pounds Of Meth Found In Abandoned Vehicle Off Hwy 95

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The Yuma County Sheriff's Office seized about 17 pounds of methamphetamine with a street value of more than $150,000.  Deputies were investigating a suspicious abandoned vehicle in the area of Highway 95 and First Avenue in Gadsden, when a search of the vehicle resulted in the findings. Arrests in this incident are pending further investigation. There are no suspects at ... Read More »

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