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Right before adopting the final budget for fiscal year 2020-2021, the Yuma County Board of Supervisors heard a bit of good news. Sales tax collections have been more than officials projected.


PHOENIX — Conceding he made a mistake in allowing them to reopen, Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday shuttered all bars in the state for at least the next 30 days.

Yuma citizens will decide whether to amend the city charter to align local elections with state law, after the City Council unanimously voted on June 17 to put the issue before voters in a Nov. 3 special election.


The Yuma County Intergovernmental Public Transportation Authority (YCIPTA) is the recipient of $8.2 million in CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act funds, courtesy of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA).

Brandon Stroup, longtime director of the choir program at Cibola High School, founder of the Deseret Chamber Choir and conductor of the Messiah, is moving on but he leaves behind memories of many special moments he helped create in the community.


In response to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, Yuma Regional Medical Center has initiated Tier 3 of its pandemic plan, bringing added staffing support from areas throughout the organization.


To prevent the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office from being inundated with calls on the mask mandate, the Board of Supervisors Chairman Tony Reyes on Friday amended the proclamation he signed on Thursday requiring face covering to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Firefighters from the Somerton/Cocopah Fire Department were forced to pull out the entire ceiling of a home in order to fully extinguish a house fire Sunday morning.


The latest discussion on the “animals disturbing the peace” portion of the city code centered on whether “independent” witnesses to excessive animal noise could be from the same household.

Yuma’s two state parks are welcoming back visitors this week, with the Yuma Territorial Prison reopening today (Monday, June 15) and the Colorado River State Historic Park on Tuesday.


Dr. Robert Cannell chuckles when he’s asked to describe pediatric care in Yuma when he began practicing here.

Yuma officials are not giving up the dream. The city is again applying for a federal grant to convert the historic Hotel Del Sol into a multimodal transportation hub.

While these extra hours spent at home have proven to be idle time for some, that’s not the case for Vincent Lee.

During COVID-19 stay-at-home directives, 566 blood drives were cancelled in the state of Arizona, resulting in the loss of over 17,000 uncollected blood donations, according to blood collection service Vitalant. Paired with medical facilities’ recent resumption of elective surgeries and proc…

As cities across the nation grapple with looting and violence following the death of George Floyd, who died in police custody in Minnesota, some Yuma residents protested peacefully during the weekend, even with a curfew in place.

Doctors at Yuma Regional Medical Center are testing a possible treatment for COVID-19 called convalescent plasma, which could deliver antibodies and counteract the severity of the virus.

Editor’s note: This story is one in an ongoing series celebrating Yuma’s everyday heroes and their contribution to the community’s greater good. To submit a Hometown Hero, send in an email to news@yumasun.com. 


A decision by the U.S. Department of State that led to pause the process that creates H-2A visas is having a direct impact here in Yuma County.

The Yuma County Board of Supervisors held budget hearings May 4 and 5 for the tentative budget for fiscal year 2020-2021, and recommended cutting the property tax rate to provide relief from the economic effects of COVID-19.


The annual Peace Officer Memorial Service, which has been held by the Fraternal Order of Police Yuma Lodge #24 on May 15 for the last 44 years, has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. 

In a “short and sweet” meeting, as Vice Chairman Fred Dammeyer noted on Monday, the Yuma Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved a preliminary plat for the Cielo Verde Units 2B, 4 and 6 Subdivision.

Several Yuma County students were recently recognized for their hard work and artistic talent in the “Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl Poster Contest.” Sponsored on the local level by the Pecan Grove Garden Club, the contest is hosted by the National Garden Clubs and open to first- through fifth-g…

The coronavirus pandemic has hurt businesses throughout Yuma County, and the executive director of Visit Yuma notes it’s also changing the way people spend their time and money. Now, Visit Yuma is hoping some of those changes might one day benefit the region.

Less than a year in the making, Alice Byrne Elementary School’s new special education building is complete and ready to welcome students this fall.

They had a window between them but the sight of her daughter through the glass brought joy and comfort to Cynthia Molphy Marshall’s mother as she convalesced at Yuma Rehabilitation Hospital after a serious illness.

A California man who was jet skiing on the Colorado River over the weekend was killed when he collided with a boat, according to the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office.

Interstate 8 was closed for several hours in both directions  while troopers from the Arizona Department of Public Safety investigated a fatal collision involving a semi truck pulling a trailer filled with cattle.

One of the most highly anticipated events in local education, the 33rd annual Yuma County Teacher of the Year banquet and award ceremony has been canceled due to social distancing directives implemented by the outbreak of COVID-19.

Yuma County leaders concluded during a Friday meeting that the most important thing they can do to prepare for the reopening of the local economy is to “double down” on the social distance message and personal responsibility.

On April 2, H.L. Suverkrup Elementary School Principal Trish Valentin challenged local schools to support healthcare providers by pooling their classrooms’ excess cleaning supplies and donating them to those manning the frontlines of COVID-19. The commission turned into the #GiveBack Challen…

The Humane Society of Yuma is trying to keep up the same level of care for the animals at its shelter despite the challenging circumstances of the current pandemic.


While the Yuma County Justice Center remains open during the coronavirus outbreak, access to the building is now being limited to just the people who have court proceedings or those needing essential services, according to Court Security Manager Cesar Fazz.

Both the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office and the Yuma Police Department have reported receiving multiple inquiries regarding Arizona Governor Doug Ducey’s executive orders relating to essential services and activities, and the “Stay home, Stay healthy, Stay connected” policy.

A social media video depicting a 23-year-old Winterhaven man coughing on a gas pump handle and making references to the spread of COVID-19 solicited “multiple reports” to the Yuma Police Department Saturday evening, according to a YPD press release.


Utilizing Facebook as a means to connect with the community, Hospice of Yuma (HOY) shared a post on Friday asking for donations of hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes if households have any extras to spare.

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