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Yuma County News

ARSON

On Tuesday, January 24, 2023 at approximately 8:11 p.m., Yuma Police Department officers responded to the Aquatic Center, located at 4381 West 18th Street in reference to a possible arson.

 

The initial investigation showed an unknown subject(s) started a fire in the men’s restroom. Yuma Fire Department responded and were able to extinguish the fire. Damages were estimated at over $1000.00. 

 

There were no reported injuries in reference to this case.

 

The Yuma Police Department encourages anyone with any information about this case to please call the Yuma Police Department at (928) 783-4421 or 78-CRIME at (928) 782-7463 to remain anonymous.

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NOW ENROLLING: CAMP INFERNO

The goal of Camp Inferno is to offer a real-world experience where young ladies are encouraged to challenge themselves on numerous physical and mental firefighter tasks in a controlled setting. Participants will develop fellowship, respect for others, self-assurance, and leadership skills over the course of one full day and two evenings.

Live firefighting, repelling and ladder climbing are just a few of the fun activities planned in a tightly controlled setting to ensure safety.

Camp Inferno will provide T-shirts and gift bags for campers and will issue turnout gear for their use. Snacks will be provided. On Friday participants will enjoy a pizza dinner with a campfire and s’mores, and hamburgers for lunch on Saturday.

Participants must commit to attending for the duration of the program. All Camp Inferno activities will take place at the Public Safety Training Facility, 3575 S. Avenue 4E on the following days and times:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 15 – 4 to 7 p.m.

  • Friday, Feb. 17– 4 to 8 p.m. (Dinner will be provided).

  • Saturday, Feb. 18– 9 a.m. (sharp) to 6 p.m. (Lunch will be provided).

Registration is available here for women and girls ages 14-19 and enrolled in school. Cost is $30 per student. Space is limited. Parents must fill out and sign the official form, which is also available at the Parks and Recreation office at City Hall, 1 City Plaza in downtown Yuma.

For more information, please contact:

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DEMOLITION WORK TO BEGIN 

 Visitors to downtown Yuma will soon notice some changes as Pilkington Construction prepares for the demolition of buildings at 185 and 197 S. Main Street to make way for the new Yuma County Administration Services building. The building will enable County residents and others to obtain multiple services in one convenient downtown location.

Over the coming weeks, fencing will be going up around the location complete with a walk-through tunnel between the Legacy Building (185 S. Main St.) and Regency Main Street Cinemas. For enhanced pedestrian safety, a crosswalk will be added mid-block between Cafecito and the northwest corner of the construction project site.

There will be sidewalk closures along the front of the project site (along a portion of Main St.), the south side of the project site (north side of 2nd Street from Maiden Lane to Main St.) as well as a partial closure of Maiden Lane along the east side of the project. The southern portion of the parking lot east of the construction site will be closed as well.

Pilkington anticipates construction of the new County building will take approximately two years to complete. Once finished, it will be home to the Yuma County Board of Supervisors and Board of Supervisors auditorium, County Administration, Human Resources, and Financial Services, as well as the offices of the County Treasurer, Recorder, Voter and Election Services, Assessor and School Superintendent.

As demolition and construction begins in the coming weeks, a project update webpage will become available complete with a live stream of the construction site to allow residents to monitor the progress. Anyone will be able to navigate to www.yumacountyaz.gov/constructionupdate to check on the progress of the project.  This webpage release date will be announced soon. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns regarding the construction project, please email 197project@yumacountyaz.gov.

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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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