Firefighters are battling a 500-acre blaze along the Arizona side of the Colorado River. The area is known as Island Lake. Authorities say the fire is 5 percent contained as of Monday morning. The fire is near Norton's Landing a private inholding on the Imperial National Wildlife Refuge. Check back for more details on YumaSun.com throughout the
SAN LUIS, Ariz. — A consultant is recommending a sewer rate increase of up to 30 percent and a smaller water rate hike to fund improvements to this city’s utility systems and to make the services pay for themselves.
The increases would take effect in July and would be followed by additional hikes through 201
Little by little, piece by piece, Timmy Reese has been progressing as a dirt track racer.Ever since coming on the scene during the inaugural Cocopah Speedway season in 2010, Reese has driven hard, sometimes too hard, and paid the price. He's endured crashes, including a rollover, and heartaches, having come close to tasting victory o
In the words of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons: “See You in September” — actually, it'll be August. I have enjoyed writing this past year, mainly because of the responses I get from wonderful readers of the Yuma Sun. Your emails and letters more than make up for the lack of salary the Sun pays me.Bef
A wildfire north of Picacho Peak had consumed about 300 acres as of Sunday night. Smoke could be seen from Yuma.The Island Lake Fire is burning completely inside Arizona and was zero percent contained as of about 9:30 p.m., according to the Rural/Metro Fire Department. The blaze is burning mostly to the north, following the river, an
An American flag measuring 65 feet in height and 112 feet in length was unfurled for all of the drivers and crew at Cocopah Speedway to hold in honor of Armed Forces Night Saturday. Yuma resident Bob Tuffly commissioned the flag in honor of the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks nearly a decade ago, and it was constructed by Sew
SAN LUIS, Ariz. — Youth groups were the first beneficiaries of a new fund set up to finance arts, culture and community service programs in this city.In what are the first distributions from the San Luis Community Fund, $5,000 in grants has been divided among five organizations over the past year.The most recent all
The field of potential candidates for Yuma city mayor has grown with Karen Watts recently taking out a nomination packet for the position.
Incumbent Mayor Al Krieger has announced he will not run for re-election.
Others who have taken out nomination packets to run for mayor include Douglas Nicholls, Jack Kretzer
Yuma is well-supplied with manufactured homes.
According to a U.S. Census Bureau report, 29 percent of housing units in the Yuma metro area are mobile homes. That’s plentiful enough for second in the nation, not too far behind Farmington, N.M. (where 32 percent of homes are mobile) and just ahead of another western Arizona
Nine high school seniors have been nominated by their school counselors or teachers to be recognized by the Yuma Sun Scholars program for outstanding achievements in the field of career/technical. They are among nearly 50 students chosen to be honored this year. Every area high school can nominate one student for each category: technical studies
Yuma police are looking for a shotgun-wielding mugger that they say robbed a pedestrian Friday night.According to the Yuma Police Department, the robbery happened at about 10:50 p.m. in the 2000 block of South 3rd Avenue. The victim was walking down the street when a white Ford Explorer with multiple people inside pulled alongside th
Both speakers for the recent 2013 commencement at Arizona Western College and Northern Arizona University-Yuma share a love for higher education and the possibilities it provides. AWC commencement speaker Stephanie Rivas had her start at the local community college at the age of 5 in the original Child Development Learning Lab, as th
The Marine Corps, as the smallest branch of service, prides itself on having a high percentage of service members who are considered "force multipliers." They often handle the responsibilities of two or more Marines of equal or higher grade and set an extraordinary example for their peers to follow.
A select few of these Marine&
The mayoral campaign seemed to capture the attention of Somerton voters this year, to the exclusion of the city council seats that were also being contested.
Given that the mayoral race was decided in the primary back in March, the runoffs for two remaining council seats in this Tuesday’s general election may seem anti-cli
On Thursday evening, George and Barbara Rouff accepted an award at Arizona Western College for instilling the importance of pursuing a higher education in the lives of their 11 children.
With 19 and a half years separating the youngest and oldest of the Rouff children, all followed the family tradition of first graduating from Y
In an effort to speed up the boarding process, American Airlines is testing out something new. Passengers who can fit their items under the seat (thus not using the overhead bin space) get to board first.Got a bag that you planned on carrying on in order to avoid paying baggage fees? They will let you check it for free at the gate.
The Yuma City Council will begin work on the 2013-14 budget with a special work session and roundtable at 4:30 p.m. Monday in the council chambers, Yuma City Hall, One City Plaza.During the special meeting, the council will hear an overview of the recommendations for funding of outside agencies, the mayor and council budget and propo
Seed Dynamics to host symposiumSeed Dynamics Inc. will host an educational symposium Thursday at the Pivot Point Conference Center on vegetable seed science and technology for seed dealers, producers and growers.Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the meeting will be from 9 to 11:45 a.m., with lunch to follow. Advance rese
Firehouse Subs is coming to Yuma with plans to open a restaurant at 1630 S. Pacific Ave. in Yuma Plaza Shops A. The company anticipates opening in early fall.The sandwich shop was founded in 1994 in Jacksonville, Fla., by brothers Chris Sorensen and Robin Sorensen, who had both been firefighters. Today, it is a 618-unit casual restau
A U.S. citizen residing in Mexico and a Somerton man were arrested after allegedly attempting to smuggle more than 25 pounds of methamphetamine and about 34 pounds of cocaine through the San Luis Port of Entry during two separate incidents Wednesday and Thursday.The combined estimated worth of the drugs is $699,000.On Wed
Decision by Disney to modify character doesn't make senseStep back, Disney.That was the message from parents after the children's entertainment powerhouse decided to revamp the image of Merida, the animated princess from “Brave.”Merida's makeover included a slimmer figure, fuller bust, more exposed
One man wakes in the dead of night, when the bugs are most active, to round them up by hand. Another spends hours on the phone every week, calling inspectors and lawyers and regulators and advocates. And yet another sprays insecticide directly onto his mattress, right about where he'd lay his head.These men are neighbors at the San C
Some towns are just plain better at making headlines than others. That’s why Eugene, Ore., ought to win some kind of award.
Their latest newsmaking ditty is one that I kinda enjoy. A funeral home there has a new hearse. Not newsworthy, you think, until you read that it’s three wheeled and pedal powered.
After Glenn Mayle's parents were killed when he was 13 years old, his sister Pearl Garcia took him into her home even though she was raising three children at the time. “I could never repay her and her husband for all they did for me,” said Mayle, the president of Arizona Western College.Mayle said that in add
8th Avenue, 24th to 32nd streetsA contractor working for the city has begun work on the 8th Avenue improvements project: 8th Avenue will be closed to through traffic between the southern edge of 24th Street to Westridge Drive. Local traffic is available for business access and some residential access. Through traffic should detour u