Yuma County News



Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents responded to a request for assistance from Yuma County Sheriff’s deputies following a bailout from a vehicle stop early Tuesday morning.

At approximately 3:30 a.m., deputies attempted to conduct a vehicle stop on a Ford Explorer with a non-working headlight. As the vehicle came to a stop, all occupants except for the driver bailed out and ran from the area. Agents from Yuma station’s boat unit and target and enforcement unit responded to the area and tracked the group. Agents located and arrested all six passengers from the vehicle. They were all determined to be Mexican nationals who were illegally present in the United States.


The U.S. citizen driver was detained by deputies and turned over to agents. Agents arrested Felix Omar Alonzo, of Yuma, and seized his vehicle. Record checks conducted on Alonzo, 27, revealed a felony conviction for aggravated assault. He now faces charges for alien smuggling.

Yuma Sector Border Patrol continually works closely and in conjunction with YCSO and other local law enforcement agencies toward the common goal of safeguarding our community and protecting its citizens.




Yuma County has announced its partnership with the Western Arizona Council of Governments (WACOG) to launch a new Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) to provide financial assistance and housing stability to residents throughout Yuma County. Funding will be used for rent and utility relief for renters and landlords including direct payments for rent, rental arrears, utilities, utility arrears, and other expenses related to housing stability caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Yuma County Board of Supervisors approved the program February 1. The U.S. Treasury provided $6,504,589 to Yuma County from the federal Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 passed by Congress to provide relief to households impacted by COVID-19.  Program information is available on the County’s Emergency Rental Assistance webpage

The Yuma County ERAP will serve renters in Yuma County only.  Renters affected by the pandemic will be able to apply for up to a total of $3,500 in rental and utility assistance per month for up to fifteen (15) months of assistance. Payments will be issued directly to landlords and/or utility companies on the renter’s behalf.

Eligibility Requirements:

Eligibility is based on the renter’s ability to meet the following criteria:

  • The renter has a risk of homelessness, housing instability, or unsafe living conditions demonstrated by any of the following:

    • Eviction notice

    • Utility shutoff notice

    • Past due rent notice

    • Past due utility notice

    • Any other evidence of unsafe or unhealthy living conditions or housing instability

  • The renter or member of the renter’s household is eligible for unemployment insurance benefit or has experienced a financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic

  • The renter’s household income is less than or equal to 80% of the Area Median Income.

  • Landlord agrees to provide necessary information for payment and guarantee no eviction of the renter after payment.

Assistance priority will be given to renters with household incomes under 50% of the Area Median Income and to those who have been unemployed 90 days or longer.

County residents will be able to submit applications through WACOG’s Emergency Rental Assistance website https://www.wacog.com/ycerap/    beginning March 16, 2021, or call the WACOG office at 928-217-7144.  Paper copies of the application are available at the following locations: 

  • WACOG office - 1235 S. Redondo Center Drive, Yuma

  • Yuma County Administration building - 198 S. Main Street, Yuma

  • All Yuma County Library locations

  • Neighborhood Services, Yuma City Hall, 2nd Floor

  • Somerton City Hall-143 N. State Avenue, Somerton

  • San Luis City Hall- 1090 E. Union Street, San Luis

Wellton Town Hall- 28364 Oakland Avenue, Wellton




Reclamation Announces the Permanent Removal of the Cocopah Canal Through Truss Bridge

Imperial County, California – The Bureau of Reclamation’s Yuma Area Office announced today the permanent removal of the Cocopah Canal Through Truss Bridge (bridge) following recent closure of the facility for safety reasons.  The Bridge will be removed after April 16th.


The bridge located along the Cocopah Canal maintenance road approximately one-half-mile northeast of Ross Road in Imperial County, California, has historically provided access for Bard Water District personnel and motorists to cross the Cocopah Canal.


Due to dilapidated condition of the bridge and support structure, Reclamation has permanently closed the bridge to all traffic.


Motorists should use alternate routes when traveling through this area. Questions or comments about the Cocopah Canal Through Truss Bridge closure should be directed to Nicholas Bahr, General Manager, Bard Water District, at (760) 572-0704 or via email at Nbahr@bardwaterdistrict.com.



ABOUT JENNIFER: Jennifer Blackwell hails from Safford, AZ!  In 1993, Jennifer relocated to Yuma to be with her husband, Jeff (a native Yuman!) The two have been married since 1994 and they have a son, Jace, who is a college student.

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