Yuma County News





Yuma, AZ –


On Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at approximately 8:13 p.m., officers were dispatched reference a vehicle versus pedestrian collision in the 6000 block of E 32nd Street.


The investigation revealed that a 55 year old female pedestrian was crossing 32nd Street when she was struck by a 2012 Jeep Wrangler driven by a 53 year old male. 


The pedestrian received life threatening injuries and was transported to Yuma Regional Medical Center where she later succumbed to her injuries. 


Alcohol and speed are not being considered as factors in this collision. 


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:  Sergeant Lori Franklin



Mayor of Yuma Douglas Nicholls is hosting a fifth "Community Conversations" neighborhood meeting for residents living on the east side of town, particularly those east of Avenue 3E within the City limits. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Yuma Readiness & Community Center (6550 E. 24th Street). 


This meeting will serve as an opportunity for local residents of all ages and backgrounds to ask their local mayor any question, voice their concerns, engage in dialogue, or simply attend to participate by listening. Meetings are held at an after-hours time to be more accessible.


Translating assistance for Spanish speakers will be available.


“Actively listening to the community’s input is key to being able to serve the community to the best of my ability,” said Mayor Douglas Nicholls. “I appreciate those who email, call, and come to City Council meetings. I hope to reach all parts of the community to connect with residents of all ages, occupations and neighborhoods.”


Comment cards will be available at the neighborhood meetings for residents who would like to ask a question or leave a comment anonymously.


Questions regarding the event can be directed to Intergovernmental Affairs Coordinator Lucy Valencia via email at Lucy.Valencia@YumaAz.gov or by calling her at (928) 373-5016. 



Gila Ridge High School alumna Skylar Kammann has earned the 2019 American Future Farmers of America (FFA) Degree. 


Kammann, a 2018 graduate, received her honor during at the 92nd National FFA Convention and Expo in Indianapolis.  


“We here are Gila Ridge FFA are extremely proud of Skyler and her accomplishment,” Gila Ridge FFA Advisor Buck Pruitt said. “Only 1 percent of all FFA members reach this level. It is truly an honor and a capstone to their FFA careers. The students chosen serve as role models for the younger members and serve as an example of the greatest award an FFA member can achieve. Achieving this award is not an easy task. Over the past five years she has kept detailed financial records of her individualized SAE project, and journaled records of her FFA accomplishments and involvement in community service.”

According to FFA.org, the American FFA Degree is awarded to members who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to FFA and made significant accomplishments in their supervised agricultural experiences (SAEs). An additional requirement is that students be out of high school for at least seven months.


The American FFA Degree is one of the organization’s highest honors. In addition to the degree, each recipient receives a gold American FFA Degree key.


Kammann is the eighth former Gila Ridge FFA member to receive the degree since the 2015-2016 school year. Brett Taylor and Larissa Lopez were awarded in 2016, McKenna Mellon was awarded in 2017, and Taylor Van Why, Fernando Olivas, McKenna Good, and Michayla Martinich earned it in 2018.



H.L. Suverkrup is pleased to announce that it has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for 2019-2020 for its:

  • effective implementation of innovative technology;

  • integration of innovative technology through a variety of the school’s facets; and 

  • for its continued hyper-focus on STEAM curriculum at all levels of its academic hierarchy. 

“Our H.L. Suverkrup family is so excited for this amazing recognition – technology, collaborative-inclusion and innovation are at the forefront of our platform,” said Principal Trish Valentin. “Technology has been an influential ‘game-changer’ at our school – helping us raise the academic bar. iPad, Mac and Beat products and innovative philosophies are blended in all academic areas, but especially in science and math.”

Apple Distinguished Schools are centers of innovation, leadership and educational excellence that use Apple technology to inspire creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking. They showcase innovative uses of technology in learning, teaching, and the school environment and have documented results of academic accomplishment. “Crane School District schools continue to ‘push-the-envelop’ striving towards diverse collaboration and inclusion, creating an equal-playing-field to reach academic excellence through equity and innovation, while strengthening our community earning the recognition of Apple Distinguished School.,” said Superintendent Laurie Doering. “I am so excited for H.L. Suverkrup staff, students and families – they have earned every bit of this recognition and I cannot wait to see where their abilities, imagination and creativity take them.” The selection of H.L. Suverkrup as an Apple Distinguished School highlights our success as an innovative and compelling learning environment that engages students and provides tangible evidence of academic accomplishment. 

Integration of innovative technology such as the iPad, Mac and Beats plays a significant role in how our educators lead, instruct and teach social and emotional intelligence while working with peers and others across the school. Apple professional learning services has provided H.L. Suverkrup with an added layer of value, support and industry leading knowledge and experiences that can be brought to the classroom setting and beyond the classroom walls of H.L. Suverkrup. Across the school, we have seen a significant shift – our students and staff are ‘stepping-outside-of-their-comfort-zones’ and are leveraging new technology such as the iPad, Mac and Beats and other apps to enhance their academic instruction and learning capacities.



The Sunbelt Senior Professional Golf Tour will make its Arizona debut in Yuma November 12-15, 2019.  Besides the PGA Champions Tour, the Sunbelt Senior is the only other professional senior tour in North America.   

The Sunbelt Seniors will play their Tour Championship, a season ending finale with a large field of professionals playing for cash and prestige at Desert Hills Golf Course.  And you can play with them in the Pro-Am November 12 for just $40, proceeds of which benefit Amberly’s Place.  The field of nearly forty registered golf professionals includes Robin Byrd; Tim Conley; Bill Harvey; Randy Kennedy; Bob Kurtz; John Ross; Hugh Royer and Gary Trivisonno.   

The Sunbelt Senior Professional Golf Tour Championship Event Sponsor is Genesis of Yuma.  The Associate Sponsors are Foothills Bank; Brewers Sports Bar; The Quechan Nation; Arizona Employees Association Federal Credit Union; Up To Par Medical Practice; The Gowan Company; Del Outdoor/Sign Pro; Outlaw County/Z93/Monster Media and Coca Cola.     

Admission for the tournament rounds November 13-15 is free.  Please call Drew Smith at 928-373-5220 for further details, a Pro-Am entry form, and sponsorship opportunities information.



The 2019-2020 Seasonal Influenza Vaccine will be available at the Health District, 2200 W. 28th Street, Yuma starting Monday, September 16th. Seasonal flu vaccinations are available for all individuals 6 months of age and older. The cost is $25.00 for adults and $10.00 for individuals 18 years and younger. Medicare Part B, AHCCCS and Private Insurance are accepted upon presentation of card.

All of the 2019-2020 influenza vaccine is made to protect against the following three viruses:

  • an A/Brisbane/02/2018 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus (updated)

  • an A/Kansas/14/2017 (H3N2)-like virus (updated)

  • a B/Colorado/06/2017-like (B/Victoria lineage) virus

Quadrivalent vaccines will include the same viruses plus an additional flu B virus called B/Phuket/3073/2013-like (B/Yamagata lineage) virus.



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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