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.


Yuma County News



On Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at approximately 12:00 A.M., Yuma Police Officers responded to a report of shots fired in the 600 Block of South Madison Avenue.


The initial investigation revealed that an unidentified subject opened fire at the residence.


There were no reported injuries. 


There is no further information at this time. 


The Yuma Police Department encourages anyone with any information about this incident to please call the Yuma Police Department at (928) 373-4700 or 78-Crime at (928) 782-7463 to remain anonymous.



On Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at approximately 1:21 A.M. and 1:44 A.M., Yuma Police Officers responded to two armed robbery calls where the suspect brandished a weapon and took an undisclosed amount of money. 


The first armed robbery occurred at 1:21 A.M. at the Circle K, 820 block of West 32nd Street. The second armed robbery occurred at 1:44 A.M. at Circle K, 695 South 4th Avenue.


The two armed robberies appear to have similar suspect information, and similar weapon description.  The suspect was described as male.


There were no reported injuries.  There is no further information at this time. 


The Yuma Police Department encourages anyone with any information about this case to please call the Yuma Police Department at 928-373-4700 or 78-Crime at (928) 782-7463 to remain anonymous.



Yuma Union High School District’s student nutrition department has modified its times for no-cost meal service.


Beginning Thursday, Sept. 24, the following schedule will go into effect:

Cibola, Gila Ridge, Kofa, and Yuma High:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1-1:30 p.m.

Wednesday: 11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.


San Luis:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. and 12:45-1:30 p.m.

Wednesday: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.



Monday through Friday: 11 a.m.-1:45 p.m.


No-cost meals are available for all children 18 years of age or younger. During hybrid-learning days, student nutrition will serve breakfast to students prior to school and will provide grab-and-go lunch at the end of the school day. For seniors who may have “early-out” schedules, lunch will be provided when they are released from school.




Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 211 embarked 10 F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters onboard Her Majesty’s Ship Queen Elizabeth yesterday as part of the squadron’s multi-month deployment for training to the United Kingdom. “The Wake Island Avengers” are proud to represent the United States Marine Corps and United States of America while they serve as part of the UK’s Carrier Strike Group (CSG).


“HMS Queen Elizabeth will be operating with the largest air group of 5th generation fighters assembled anywhere in the world,” said Commodore Steve Moorhouse, Commander UK CSG. “Led by the Royal Navy, and backed by our closest allies, this new Carrier Strike Group puts real muscle back into NATO; and sends a clear signal that the United Kingdom takes its global role seriously”


VMFA-211 joined the UK’s 617 Squadron “The Dambusters” onboard the 65,000-ton carrier as she sailed for exercises with NATO allies in the North Sea. This month’s overarching UK-led Group Exercise will see VMFA-211, 617 Squadron and HMS Queen Elizabeth joined by six Royal Navy destroyers, frigates and auxiliaries, ready to fight in any clime or place.


In addition to these forces, the UK CSG will be joined by warships from the Royal Netherlands Navy and US Navy to form the largest UK-led multi-national force in recent years, which will accompany HMS Queen Elizabeth on her global, inaugural deployment in 2021.


“This is the Special Relationship in action." said Robert Wood Johnson, U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom, "Our forces train, fight, and win - side by side - to protect our two countries.”


Before the deployment, the CSG will be put through its paces off the north east coast of Scotland as part of Joint Warrior, NATO’s largest annual exercise. Joint Warrior will be an opportunity for the CSG to exercise the capabilities of 15 5th generation F-35Bs flown by VMFA-211 and Squadron 617. The F-35B combines next-generation fighter characteristics of radar-evading



stealth, sensor fusion, fighter agility and advanced logistical support with the most powerful and comprehensive integrated sensor package of any fighter aircraft in history, providing unprecedented lethality and access to highly contested environments.



“This deployment demonstrates that our forces are more than interoperable—we are integrated,” said Col. Simon Doran, Senior National Representative to the UK CSG. “During this special partnership, the US Marine Corps and US Navy will conduct carrier strike group operations, training to maritime power projection, and ultimately supporting shared security. Our alliance is stronger because we can deploy and fight together as truly integrated NATO allies”


This exercise is a historic moment for the United Kingdom and the United States which strengthens the special relationship between the two countries. For the UK, it will be the largest air group to operate from a Royal Navy carrier since HMS Hermes in 1983; as well as the next step leading toward HMS Queen Elizabeth’s worldwide deployment this spring. For the United States, it is the first time a squadron of 5th generation aircraft will be deployed aboard a foreign vessel and will prove that the “Wake Island Avengers” are ready to conduct operations in support of NATO.


The “Wake Island Avengers” made history in 2018 when the squadron completed the first F-35B combat deployment, successfully supporting ground operations in Central Command’s area of responsibility.


“The Wake Island Avengers are ready in all respects to work with the British sailors and aircrew onboard HMS Queen Elizabeth,” said Lt. Col. Joseph Freshour, the commanding officer of VMFA-211. “We are looking forward to deploying alongside our British counterparts.”


VMFA-211 deployed for training to Royal Air Force Station (RAF) Marham in the early evening of 03 September 2020. The pilots flew from Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Yuma, Arizona to MCAS Beaufort, South Carolina, and then onto RAF Mahram, a distance of 5500 nautical miles. Since then, VMFA-211 has been conducting realistic, relevant training at RAF Marham with “The Dambusters”.


While serving as part of the UK Carrier Strike Group, VMFA-211 will use innovative techniques to combine efforts and resources while collaborating on complex mission sets to maintain our Nations’ global maritime military advantage. The Navy-Marine Corps team is humbled and proud to represent the United States and continue the special relationship with the United Kingdom in support of shared security.



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