Yuma County News




6/15/21 UPDATE:  The deceased driver has been identified as 84 year old Kenneth Stevenson. On Wednesday, June 9th, 2021, at approximately 5:23 p.m., Yuma Police Officers responded to a report of a collision with injuries in the 4300 block of E 32nd Street.


The initial investigation revealed a 2019 Honda Accord was traveling westbound on 32nd street when a 2001 Toyota Camry failed to yield while making a left turn from a private drive. Due to the failure to yield, the Honda Accord collided with the Toyota Camry.


Two individuals occupied the Toyota Camry. The driver was transported to Yuma Regional Medical Center, where he was later pronounced deceased. The front-seat passenger was transported to YRMC with serious injuries. Additionally, the 47-year-old female driver of the Honda Accord was transported to YRMC with serious injuries.


Travelers can expect 32nd Street from Avenue 4E to 5E to remain closed for approximately 2 to 3 hours while officers investigate.


This case is still under investigation.


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.


Information Released By: Lieutenant Robert Conley




Agents Find Two Deceased Individuals in Desert Tuesday


YUMA, Ariz. – Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents found two deceased individuals in separate locations in the desert southeast of the Foothills Tuesday.  


An agent assigned to the Wellton station was tracking a group of migrants through the Barry M. Goldwater bombing range on Monday morning when he encountered a deceased male. The migrant, later identified as a 40-year-old Mexican national, was only a couple miles away from a rescue beacon. It is believed that the migrant had been deceased for approximately two weeks.


On Tuesday afternoon, Yuma Sector radio fielded a 911 call from C5, which is Mexico’s 911 equivalent, about a group in need of help south of the Yuma foothills. The caller stated that a female member of the group collapsed and was deceased.


Yuma Air Interdiction agents responded to the area and located the group, including the deceased female. Agents took the migrants into custody and the deceased female, a 20-year-old Guatemalan national, was turned over to the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office coroner. One of the members of the group was a 16-year-old guide from San Luis, Mexico.


“It doesn’t take much,” said Lenin Padilla, a Border Patrol agent and program manager assigned to the Yuma Sector Foreign Operations Branch. “Proof of that is the woman. She was only a couple miles north of the border. It’s hot out there.”


Yuma Sector Chief Patrol Agent Chris T. Clem said this is a tragic example of how smugglers exploit migrants.


“The smugglers have no regard for human life,” Chief Clem said. “Border Patrol agents will continue to do their best to mitigate entries and rescue migrants who need their help.”


Padilla, who is also the coordinator for Yuma Sector’s Missing Migrant Program, said Border Patrol is working with the Mexican government and other non-government organizations to try to prevent incidents like this from occurring. By putting out public service announcements in Mexico, they hope that migrants will avoid crossing the border in barren areas of the desert, especially during the summer.


“The most important thing is prevention,” Padilla said. “We are trying to prevent people from crossing the desert, especially in the summer months.”

Padilla also works closely with consulates, medical examiners, and coroners to help locate missing migrants and identify deceased migrants for the purpose of notifying family members.


For those who choose to ignore the warnings, rescue beacons and 911 placards are situated throughout the desert so migrants can summon help if they need to. During the month of May, Yuma Sector agents responded to 47 911 calls and rescued 126 migrants. Five dead bodies were recovered, three of whom were identified and two whose identities are unknown.


In addition, Padilla said there are two migrants who are unaccounted for. Their families reported them missing to their respective consulates after they planned to cross the desert into the U.S. and haven’t been heard from since.


“These were people who were in the desert and were never found,” Padilla said.


Padilla said so far in the first three days of June, the two bodies previously mentioned have been recovered and agents have responded to three 911 calls. Padilla expects those numbers to continue to rise.


“Unfortunately, we are expecting the number of 911 calls to increase as the summer months come,” he said.







The City’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular returns to the City’s Ray Kroc Sports Complex this Independence Day.

Grounds will be open 7 to 10 p.m. Sunday, July 4, at the complex, located off Avenue A and 36th Street.

The free event will begin with a color guard presentation, followed by Miss Yuma County Gabriella Heinz singing the national anthem. While waiting for the main event, visitors can enjoy music provided by a DJ and visit vendors offering snacks and beverages.

Mayor Doug Nicholls will welcome visitors and give a countdown to the fireworks, estimated to start at 8:45 p.m.

Outside food and drink will not be permitted inside the complex. Attendees should not bring their own fireworks.

The ceremony returns to the Ray Kroc Complex after one year as a drive-up event due to COVID-19.




Today, Yuma County announced it is working to help build consumer awareness about the Emergency Broadband Benefit, a new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program.  The temporary benefit will help to lower the cost of broadband service for eligible households during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The $3.2 billion Emergency Broadband Benefit program provides a discount of up to a $50 per month toward broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for qualifying households on qualifying Tribal lands.  The program also provides up to a $100 discount toward a one-time purchase of a computer, laptop, or tablet[IM1] .

A household is eligible if one member of the household meets at least one of the criteria below: 

  • Has an income that is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or participates in certain assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid or the FCC’s Lifeline program;

  • Approved to receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision, in the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 school year;

  • Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year;

  • Experienced a substantial loss of income through job loss or furlough since February 29, 2020 and the household had a total income in 2020 at or below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers; or

  • Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider’s existing low-income or COVID-19 program.

Emergency Broadband Benefit enrollment will open on May 12. Eligible households can enroll through a participating broadband provider or directly with the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) using an online or mail-in application.  Additional information about the Emergency Broadband Benefit is available at  https://getemergencybroadband.org/ or by calling 833-511-0311 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. any day of the week.



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.