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Egg-ceptional: Food processor Almark brings construction, permanent jobs to Yuma

By Matt Harding, Sun Staff Writer,  Apr 9, 2017  (Photo by Matt Harding, Yuma Sun) Almark Foods, the Georgia-based egg processing company that will bring 100 full-time, year-round jobs to Yuma by spring 2018, had plenty of choices for its … read more

Building Boom: Recent Activity Seems To Bode Well For Yuma’s Economy

By Joyce Lobeck, Yuma Biz Mar 18, 2017 Updated Mar 18, 2017 The local economy is humming along — if building activity throughout Yuma County is any indication. “It was a busy year … very busy for inspections and plan reviews,” Randy Crist, … read more

Yuma-Mexicali Manufacturers Forum Bi-National Partnership

Yuma-Mexicali Manufacturers Forum Bi-National Partnership Yuma, Arizona, with strategic logistics and manufacturing processes, is a key location for Mexicali industrial activities, due to its dynamic local economy, quality living standard, tax incentives and labor force of 190,000. Mayor of Yuma, … read more

AWC joins historic alliance, Arizona and Mexico campuses to work together

By Blake Herzog, @BlakeHerzog  Mar 29, 2017 Arizona Western College was the site Wednesday of a “historic” signing of an agreement between AWC, the three Arizona state universities and seven more campuses in the Mexican states of Sonora and Baja … read more

Welcome Almark To Yuma

Land Sale For Food Processing Facility OK’d By Yuma City Council By Matt Harding, Yuma Sun staff writer  Dec 21, 2016 Hard-boiled eggs headlined the Yuma City Council’s Wednesday night meeting. That is, council approved the sale of a property … read more

Make NAFTA Great Again

   Glenn Hamer March 8, 2017 Let’s make the North American Free Trade Agreement great again. NAFTA is already pretty great, but this 23-year-old agreement can be modernized and made even better.  The key will be to find value-adds to … read more

YUHSD college-going rate on par with U.S. average

Feb 11, 2017 Updated Feb 13, 2017 By Amy Crawford, YumaSun Staff Writer Nearly 70 percent of Yuma Union High School District’s seniors are heading to college in the months following graduation, according to data from the Arizona Board of Regents. “It … read more

One small step for man: NASA’s Orion spacecraft has parachutes tested at YPG

By Matt Harding, Sun Staff Writer Mar 8, 2017 It looks a lot like a sci-fi movie UFO. Except we know what it is. And it’s not flying — it’s falling. An Orion model spacecraft was dropped from a C-17 aircraft … read more

Breaking: Yuma To Unveil Conceptual Plan For Downtown University

By Matt Harding, Yuma Sun staff writer Jan 9, 2017 Updated 19 hrs ago Loaned photo This loaned image shows a preliminary design for a university in downtown Yuma.  A conceptual plan that would welcome a four-year university to the downtown Yuma … read more

PIMSA’s New Location: International Industrial Developers, LLC.

by pimsa in News PIMSA Industrial Developers, headquartered in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico, is turning 50 years providing world class buildings and industrial intelligence services to manufacturing companies around the globe, and we are celebrating by expanding our locations to Yuma, Arizona, USA, under the … read more

Greater Yuma EDC Annual Investor Dinner

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT “Greater Yuma EDC recently held our Annual Investor Dinner where we reported our results of the 2015/16 Fiscal Year. We were greatly entertained by our Speaker, Mr. Bill Riggs who dazzled us with magic and wisdom … read more

Yuma Regional Medical Center Becomes Member of Vizient, Inc.

Businesswire.com  July 11, 2016 06:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time IRVING, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Vizient, Inc., today announced Yuma Regional Medical Center, a not-for-profit hospital serving the residents of Yuma and surrounding communities in southwestern Arizona, has become its newest member. Yuma will … read more

Arizona committed to upping trade with Mexico

Monday, Jun 13, 2016 @ 2:36pm By Arizona Business Daily Reports Arizona is working to ensure the state is Mexico’s preferred business partner, according to the Arizona-Mexico Commission (AMC) , the state commission charged with forging trade ties along the border. … read more

Senate Passes SASC Chairman John McCain’s Defense Authorization Bill, Vital For Arizona’s Military Community

Jun 14 2016 Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement on the Senate’s passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2017 and those provisions within it that are of … read more

Railway Dreams: Improving rail service could boost economy

Posted: Sunday, May 8, 2016 1:00 am | Updated: 8:27 am, Mon May 9, 2016. By Matt Harding, Yuma Sun staff writer Yuma is ready for increased commercial and passenger rail services, but local government and business leaders say that while that’s the … read more

Leaving a mark: First Solar makes impact in Yuma County

Posted: Sunday, April 17, 2016 12:45 am | Updated: 8:04 am, Mon Apr 18, 2016. By Matt Harding, Yuma Sun staff writer The White Wing Solar Project, a planned 210-megawatt solar facility in eastern Yuma County, is still in the permitting process, but … read more

Leaders from 24 countries get taste of Yuma agriculture at ACE event

Posted: Wednesday, April 13, 2016 10:18 pm | Updated: 10:20 pm, Wed Apr 13, 2016. By Matt Harding, Yuma Sun staff writer A group of business and government leaders from around the globe stopped in Yuma yesterday to get a taste of area … read more

Yuma Continues to Be a World Leader in UAS Testing

Runway built in Yuma for Shadow squadron Posted: Saturday, April 9, 2016 3:22 pm | Updated: 8:44 am, Mon Apr 11, 2016. By Lance Cpl. Harley Robinson, MCAS Miramar / 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Marine Wing Support Squadrons (MWSS) 371 and 274 supported … read more

San Luis named best small city in Arizona to open a business

Posted: Sunday, April 24, 2016 1:15 am | Updated: 8:33 am, Mon Apr 25, 2016. By Matt Harding, Yuma Sun staff writer and Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services Entrepreneurs looking to start a business in a small Arizona community might want to take … read more

First Solar and this California utility sign agreements for 4 new solar projects, including one in Arizona

Jan 19, 2016, 2:30pm MST Updated Jan 19, 2016, 2:44pm MST  Bizjournals.com First Solar Inc. and Southern California Edison Co. have signed an agreement that will make the California utility the largest single energy buyer in the world from First Solar projects. The signed power … read more

Beam lifting ceremony marks milestone for YRMC progress

Photo by Randy Hoeft/Yuma Sun Placing the beam Jorge Lopez (left), general foreman for McCarthy Building Companies, and Tyler Hunt, project engineer, also for McCarthy, put the final beam in the new Yuma Regional Medical Center Emergency Department into position … read more

Yuma firm LPC Construction chosen to build Somerton City Hall

Posted: Sunday, March 20, 2016 3:29 pm | Updated: 8:01 am, Mon Mar 21, 2016. BY CESAR NEYOY BAJO EL SOL SOMERTON – LPC Construction of Yuma is scheduled to begin building Somerton’s new City Hall next month. By unanimous vote, the Somerton … read more

Construction work in Yuma better than expected last year

Posted: Sunday, March 6, 2016 1:45 am | Updated: 10:23 am, Mon Mar 7, 2016. By Joyce Lobeck, Special to the Yuma Sun Construction activity in the city of Yuma during 2015 was even better than anticipated, confirmed Building Safety Official Randy Crist. … read more

Council approves $5M contract for road widening work

Photo by Randy Hoeft/Yuma Sun A photo of the Fourth Avenue and 16th Street intersection, taken Wednesday, shows many structures removed, a lot of vacant property, and new businesses at the southeast corner of the intersection as the planned widening … read more

Dining around Arizona: 10 great restaurants in Yuma

Roger Naylor, Special for The Republic12:28 p.m. MST March 11, 2016 Yuma knows something about fresh food: Its entire backyard is a garden. (Photo: Paige Lineberry) You just have to look around to see that Yuma knows something about food. The … read more

Who Knew Yuma is THE place to visit

Lettuce Days Yuma Visitors Bureau Yuma, Arizona is quite the destination. One of the first things you’re going to notice is there is water everywhere. Frankly, I didn’t see that coming. But there it is making this town a surprise package … read more

Program aims to keep Yuma teachers employed during breaks

Posted: Monday, February 29, 2016 6:30 pm By Amy Crawford, Yuma Sun staff writer A new movement seeks to provide Yuma County teachers with supplemental income during school breaks to help them stay in the community. Summer Works in Yuma aims … read more

New Border Industrial Park Opens in San Luis, Arizona

Yesterday was a monumental day as the region christened the opening of the Gary Magrino Industrial Park. The border park is a brand-new 250-acre development situated to the east of the City of San Luis. The project will be constructed … read more

Jordan Manufacturing Selects Yuma

We are proud to announce that Jordan Manufacturing will be opening a facility in our region.  The company plans to bring 70 new jobs and over $6 million in new capital investment to Yuma. Jordan, headquartered in Monticello, IN, manufactures and … read more

A Look at the Gold Standard of Border Security

For years the greater Yuma region has been known amongst Homeland Security agencies for the being one of the safest border ports of entry in the U.S. Take a trip with Border Patrol to find out why Yuma is the … read more

Renovation Celebration for AWC’s Industrial Tech & Welding Facilty

With an investment exceeding $4M, last week Arizona Western College unveiled it’s newly designed and renovated Industrial Technology & Welding facility. We are truly fortunate to have an institution of higher learning that is responsive to the ever changing demands … read more

UA Ag Center using drones to survey farmers’ fields

Posted: Sunday, July 12, 2015 1:15 am | Updated: 8:24 am, Mon Jul 13, 2015. By Kevin G. Andrade, Yuma Sun staff writer For two and a half years, the University of Arizona Agricultural Center in Yuma has been hovering on the cutting … read more

F-35 training, logistic systems ready to go

By Sgt. Lillian Stephens, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar / 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing | Posted: Wednesday, July 1, 2015 6:27 pm The U.S. Marine Corps’ F­35 program took another step forward as two key capabilities were delivered to support … read more

Education, business sectors gather at summit

By Sarah Womer, @YSSarahWomer | Posted: Thursday, June 18, 2015 7:21 pm At the discussion Yuma County Superintendent of School Tom Tyree (pictured center) addresses a question posed by Arizona Business and Education Coalition President and CEO Dick Foreman (pictured … read more

San Luis sowing the seeds for a bigger future

  By Kevin G. Andrade Yuma Sun Staff Writer | Posted: Saturday, June 6, 2015 9:03 pm Mayor Jerry Sanchez Mayor Jerry Sanchez of San Luis, Ariz., opens a conference on economic development with a few words on where the city … read more

Local farmer supplies Subway’s flour

  By Darin Fenger Features Editor | Posted: Saturday, May 2, 2015 4:55 pm Tim Dunn had better prepare himself for some possible applause the next time he walks into a Subway sandwich shop. Some Yumans may already know that … read more

San Luis unveils its business incubator

By Cesar Neyoy, Bajo El Sol | Posted: Friday, April 17, 2015 7:00 pm Business incubator The city of San Luis hopes by offering rental space in the city-owned business incubator (seen here), it can help start-up businesses get established, … read more

Farm fresh: More Yuma locals seek organic produce

By Sarah Womer, @YSSarahWomer | Posted: Sunday, April 12, 2015 2:00 am Closer look at tomatoes An example of the variety of tomatoes sold at Hillside Farms. There’s been a boom in boutique garden companies in Yuma, which small urban … read more

Desert Gardener: Organic vegetables gaining in popularity

By Karen Bowen | Posted: Sunday, April 12, 2015 1:45 am Displaying cucumbers Miguel Crisantes holds English cucumbers grown in one of their greenhouses. Miguel and is wife, Mercedes, grow organic vegetables at Crisantes Ranches, 3780 E. Co. 13. When … read more

High Standards to Remain in Arizona Schools

March 23, 2015 by Expect More Arizona  825  44 Last Friday, Governor Ducey announced the names of the five individuals he has appointed to the Arizona State Board of Education. The board members require approval by the state legislature, but can begin to serve … read more

This Is Where America Gets Almost All Its Winter Lettuce

Posted: 03/04/2015 7:29 pm EST Updated: 03/04/2015 8:59 pm EST Share2241 Tweet289 99 Comment51 Unless you’re a homesteader, a Sunbelt resident who eats only food from your local farmers market, or an extremely devout carnivore, you’ve almost certainly eaten lettuce from Yuma, Arizona, … read more

Yuma mayor’s State of the City speech

By City of Yuma Mayor Doug Nicholls | Posted: Wednesday, February 4, 2015 8:03 pm Mayor Doug Nicholls Looking back over the last year, “it has been very good,” said Mayor Doug Nicholls. “It doesn’t mean we always agree. It does … read more

Teacher, Gowan Science Academy named finalists in STEM awards

By Sarah Womer, Yuma Sun staff writer | Posted: Saturday, November 1, 2014 3:27 pm Cawley Mary Ann P. Cawley, a STEM Teacher and Robotics Coach at Somerton Middle School, was selected as a Most Dedicated STEM Teacher finalist as … read more

Marines to hold disaster relief exercise in Yuma

By James Gilbert @YSJAMESGILBERT | Posted: Wednesday, October 8, 2014 9:19 pm WTI ready U.S. Marines get their gear ready moments before boarding a UH-1 assault/support helicopter on the flight line at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, during a Weapons … read more

Helios grants add up to over $5 million for YUHSD since 2012

By Sarah Womer @YSSarahWomer | Posted: Wednesday, October 8, 2014 9:58 pm Helios Foundation Antonia ‘Toni’ Badone (right), Yuma Union High School District superintendent, addresses the audience gathered in the Gila Ridge High School library in 2012 for the announcement … read more

Job seekers descend on civic center

By Blake Herzog @blakeherzog | Posted: Wednesday, October 8, 2014 11:07 pm Lining up Those attending Wednesday’s Community Job and Education Fair line up outside Yuma Civic Center before the doors to the event opened. About 1,650 job seekers converged … read more

Supervisors OK $9K for GYEDC position

By Blake Herzog Sun Staff Writer | Posted: Monday, October 6, 2014 10:05 pm On Monday, the Yuma County Board of Supervisors voted to spend nearly $9,000 to help pay the salary of a new binational program coordinator for the … read more

$900K grant approval on YUHSD agenda

By Sarah Womer @YSSarahWomer | Posted: Monday, October 6, 2014 6:08 pm The approval of a $900,000 grant will be on the agenda of a Yuma Union High School District meeting Wednesday. Awarded by the Helios Education Foundation, the grant … read more

Mayor elected to League of Cities and Towns board

By Chris McDaniel Yuma Sun Staff Writer | Posted: Saturday, October 4, 2014 8:29 pm Doug Nicholls City of Yuma Mayor Doug Nicholls Yuma Mayor Doug Nicholls has been elected to serve on the League of Arizona Cities and Towns’ … read more

Student seeks berth in national welding competition

From staff reports | Posted: Sunday, October 5, 2014 4:59 pm Isaiah Gaspar Isaiah Gaspar of AWC hopes to advance to a national welding competition in Atlanta in November. Arizona Western College student Isaiah Gaspar is competing for a berth … read more

Walz resigns after 10 years at YRMC

By James Gilbert, Yuma Sun staff writer | Posted: Thursday, October 2, 2014 5:41 pm Pat Walz In this file photo, Pat Walz, former president and chief executive officer at Yuma Regional Medical Center, talks about the multitude of projects … read more

Farmer: Fallow program shows ‘compromise’

BY JOYCE LOBECK @YSJOYCELOBECK | Posted: Monday, September 29, 2014 11:21 pm Burning trees Flames and waves of heat rise from several piles of dried citrus trees set on fire. Nine months into a short-term pilot fallowing program, citrus grower … read more

Yuma Sun bids farewell to Joyce Lobeck

By Blake Herzog Yuma Sun Staff Writer | Posted: Monday, September 29, 2014 8:39 pm 31 years in the making Retiring Yuma Sun reporter Joyce Lobeck (center) is honored Thursday with a Lifetime Achievement Award from Yuma Regional Medical Center. … read more

San Luis teacher honored with statewide award for his dedication

  BY CESAR NEYOY, BAJO EL SOL | Posted: Wednesday, September 24, 2014 8:00 pm Teacher honored Jesus Arrizon is caught off guard Monday as he is presented with the Esperanza award while teaching math to seventh-graders at Southwest Junior … read more

Forum takes in-depth look at local economy

BY JOYCE LOBECK @YSJOYCELOBECK | Posted: Monday, September 22, 2014 6:04 pm Economic Forum Robert Pickels, Yuma County administrator, addresses those attending Friday morning’s Southwest Arizona Futures Forum at the Yuma Main Library. People in Yuma have been very clear … read more

Final portion of old Yuma hospital demolished

BY JOYCE LOBECK @YSJOYCELOBECK | Posted: Monday, September 22, 2014 5:22 pm First whack With Dr. Robet Cannell, interim chief medical officer at Yuma Regional Medical Center, at the controls of a hydraulic excavator, the final demolition project at the … read more

Final portion of old Yuma hospital demolished

BY JOYCE LOBECK @YSJOYCELOBECK | Posted: Monday, September 22, 2014 5:22 pm First whack With Dr. Robet Cannell, interim chief medical officer at Yuma Regional Medical Center, at the controls of a hydraulic excavator, the final demolition project at the … read more

Yuma Sun takes honors in state news/ad contest

By Chris McDaniel Yuma Sun Staff | Posted: Saturday, September 20, 2014 10:45 pm Arizona Newspaper Association Awards The Yuma Sun received 15 first-place awards, including General Excellence overall in its division, during the 2014 Arizona Newspaper Association’s annual meeting … read more

Long-time reporter honored by council

  By Chris McDaniel Yuma Sun Staff Writer | Posted: Wednesday, September 17, 2014 11:12 pm City honors long-time reporter Long-time Yuma Sun reporter Joyce Lobeck (center left) was recognized by the Yuma City Council for her many years of … read more

City administrator says he is retiring

  FROM STAFF REPORTS | Posted: Wednesday, September 17, 2014 4:50 pm RALPH VELEZ RALPH VELEZ San Luis City Administrator Ralph Velez says he is retiring. Velez is scheduled to leave his post next month after five years as the … read more

Firm: Somerton, San Luis among state’s safest cities

  By Cesar Neyoy, Bajo El Sol | Posted: Sunday, September 14, 2014 5:00 pm Safe 1 Somerton, seen here in this photo depicting city’s century-old tower, has ranked for the second time this year as being among Arizona’s safest … read more

Datepac now world’s largest Medjool date processing company

By Joyce Lobeck, Yuma Sun staff writer | Posted: Sunday, September 7, 2014 2:00 am Datepac Dean White, vice president of operations for Datepac LLC, examines dates inside the company’s plant at 2575 E. 23rd Lane. A multiyear expansion of … read more

Moving on: Transit director Andoh resigns

By Joyce Lobeck, Yuma Sun staff writer | Posted: Tuesday, September 2, 2014 5:03 pm John Andoh John Andoh, director of transit services in the Yuma area for the last three years, has resigned to accept a position in Hawaii. … read more

New director takes charge at San Luis Port of Entry

From Bajo El Sol | Posted: Monday, September 1, 2014 6:32 pm JOHN A. SCHWAMM JOHN A. SCHWAMM John Schwamm, a veteran law enforcement officer with nearly 30 years service in the Customs service, has taken the helm as director … read more

Somerton welcomes three new businesses

By Cesar Neyoy, Bajo El Sol | Posted: Monday, September 1, 2014 5:19 pm Open for business Somerton Mini Mart celebrates its grand opening Thursday in a ribbon cutting ceremony. SOMERTON – Three new businesses have opened in Somerton in … read more

2 Yuma Sun workers now co-publishers

By Darin Fenger, Yuma Sun staff writer | Posted: Sunday, August 31, 2014 3:14 pm Co-publishers David Fornof, left, and Lisa Reilly bring to their leadership positions 68 years of experience working at the Yuma Sun. For the interim co-publishers … read more

Funds for STEM clubs awarded to six Yuma schools

By Sarah Womer, Yuma Sun staff writer | Posted: Sunday, August 31, 2014 3:33 pm Six Yuma campuses were recently awarded funds for teacher professional development and to also continue or start up new after-school clubs for the 2014-2015 school … read more

Study: Somerton among cities on the rise in Arizona

By Joyce Lobeck, Yuma Sun staff writer | Posted: Sunday, August 17, 2014 4:20 pm Once the symbol of the nation’s housing crisis, Arizona now is experiencing an impressive spike in residents and overall revival of local economies. Among those … read more

NAU-Yuma Associate VP Gould steps down

By Sarah Womer, Yuma Sun staff writer | Posted: Sunday, August 17, 2014 4:10 pm Larry Gould Larry Gould recently retired for Northern Arizona University – Yuma after a number of years of service to the local university. He retired … read more

Last day ‘bittersweet’ for Yuma Sun Publisher Joni Brooks

By Darin Fenger, Yuma Sun staff writer | Posted: Friday, August 15, 2014 10:30 pm Joni Brooks After spending six years as publisher of the Yuma Sun and its ancillary products, Joni Brooks has taken a publisher position in Oklahoma … read more

Longtime AWC official Lynn La Brie retiring

By Sarah Womer, Yuma Sun staff writer | Posted: Sunday, August 10, 2014 4:24 pm Lynn La Brie Five job titles, five office locations, five college logos, and four college presidents later, Lynn La Brie is retiring as the Dean … read more

Somerton’s budget to increase to $37.2 million

From Bajo El Sol | Posted: Sunday, August 10, 2014 4:13 pm SOMERTON – This city’s budget for the new fiscal year will increase by about $3.4 million to $37.2 million, with most of the additional funds allocated to construction … read more

Somerton’s budget to increase to $37.2 million

From Bajo El Sol | Posted: Sunday, August 10, 2014 4:13 pm SOMERTON – This city’s budget for the new fiscal year will increase by about $3.4 million to $37.2 million, with most of the additional funds allocated to construction … read more

GYEDC touts benefits of local JTED

By Sarah Womer @YSSarahWomer | Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 10:38 pm Talking about JTED Yuma County Superintendent of Schools Tom Tyree (standing center) fields questions on the subject of a JTED (Joint Technical Education District) at Greater Yuma Economic … read more

Planting the seed of good health

By Will Gibbs, Yuma Sun staff writer | Posted: Monday, July 28, 2014 8:47 pm One local agriculture business is proving that taking your work home with you isn’t always a bad thing. JV Smith Companies has a well-established health … read more

Disabled vet earns national award

By Sarah Womer @YSSarahWomer | Posted: Sunday, July 27, 2014 10:26 pm Holly Anderson Holly Anderson, a disabled veteran and a manager at ACHIEVE Human Services, was recognized with the Tom Miller Award for Advocacy at the SourceAmerica National Training … read more

Sanguinetti House upgrades scheduled

BY JOYCE LOBECK @YSJOYCELOBECK | Posted: Sunday, July 27, 2014 10:15 pm Sanguinetti grounds upgrade A major improvement project is coming to the Sanguinetti Family Museum and Gardens. One phase has already been completed with installation of a new fence … read more

Mine-clearing system test at YPG a success

By James Gilbert @YSJAMESGILBERT | Posted: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 9:19 pm MICLIC launch An M58 Mine-Clearing Lineal Detonation Charge, known simply as MICLIC, is launched through the air Wednesday at the Yuma Proving Grounds. The 1,800 pounds of C-4 … read more

Ailing former YC player on the mend

By Sarah Womer @YSSarahWomer | Posted: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 9:14 pm Everett McKinney A 2012 graduate of Yuma Catholic High School, Everett McKinney was in critical condition after his body went into shock due to an infection that was … read more

Yuma sunglasses company now shines worldwide

By Chris McDaniel, Yuma Sun Staff Writer | Posted: Sunday, July 20, 2014 2:00 am Glasses 1 The team of Liquid Eyewear stand inside the factory floor where all the sunglasses are manufactured and shipped out of Yuma. Since starting … read more

Yuma’s centennial celebration honored by state

By Joyce Lobeck, Yuma Sun staff writer | Posted: Friday, July 18, 2014 5:01 pm Special Event Urban Award A delegation from Yuma poses with Gov. Jan Brewer during the Governor’s Conference of Tourism after she presented the Special Event … read more

Cocopah tribe again elects Cordova to top role

From Staff Reports | Posted: Monday, July 14, 2014 10:30 pm Members of the Cocopah Indian Tribe have given their leader yet another vote of confidence, once again electing Sherry Cordova to the post of council chairwoman, a position she … read more

YUHSD students place in top spots at national contest, 1 qualifies for world tryouts

By Sarah Womer @YSSarahWomer | Posted: Monday, July 14, 2014 5:48 pm Isaiah Gaspar A 2014 graduate of Kofa High School, Isaiah Gaspar recently took second place at the 2014 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Mo. … read more

AWC students place 3rd in welding at national contest

By Sarah Womer @YSSarahWomer | Posted: Monday, July 14, 2014 6:08 pm A postsecondary team of students from Arizona Western College also placed third in the category of welding fabrication at the 2014 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. The team … read more

New director appointed for Sanguinetti House Museum

By Joyce Lobeck, Yuma Sun staff writer | Posted: Sunday, July 13, 2014 3:47 pm Yanna Kruse Longtime Yuma resident Yanna Kruse has been appointed by the Arizona Historical Society to manage the Sanguinetti House Museum and Gardens as the … read more

Update on Space capsule parachute test at YPG:

Space capsule parachute success at YPG The parachute designed for NASA’s Orion space capsule passed a complex test this week at Yuma Proving Ground, with more tests still to come. The test took place early in the morning yesterday. At … read more

CNG fueling station being encouraged for Yuma

By Chris McDaniel | Posted: Sunday, June 22, 2014 3:17 pm As an increasing number of long haul semi-trucks convert from diesel engines to power plants fueled by compressed natural gas (CNG), Southwest Gas is encouraging private businesses to construct … read more

Educating employees From baristas to BA-ristas Starbucks treats its workers to a shot of higher education

Jun 21st 2014 | NEW YORK | From the print edition THE youthfulness of the barista serving them has long made it easy for Starbucks customers to console themselves that some of the $5 they are shelling out for a venti frappuccinohelps put a kid through … read more

GYEDC warns of offers to bid on project

By Chris McDaniel | Posted: Friday, June 20, 2014 5:59 pm The Greater Yuma Economic Development Corporation (GYEDC) is encouraging local business owners and investors to be wary of anyone who urges them to bid on a vertically integrated grocer … read more

New YPG commander proud to be base’s new leader

By James Gilbert | Posted: Friday, June 20, 2014 5:30 pm Murray 1 U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground’s new commanding officer, Col. Randy Murray, talks about his new command. Murray assumed command of the test station on Thursday. Col. Randy … read more

YPG welcomes new commander as previous commander’s career comes to an end

By James Gilbert, Yuma Sun staff writer | Posted: Thursday, June 19, 2014 10:00 pm YPG Change of Command U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground’s outgoing commanding officer, Col. Reed Young (left), shakes hands with Monsignor Richard O’Keefe following Thursday morning’s … read more

Retiring Col. Young sees bright future for YPG

By James Gilbert, Yuma Sun staff writer | Posted: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 4:50 pm Young 1 Col. Reed Young talks about his three years spent as commanding officer at U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground. Now that his command at … read more

Students conducting surveys in San Luis, Somerton

BY MARA KNAUB @YSMARAKNAUB | Posted: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 4:00 pm Don’t be surprised if young people come knocking on your door, asking you a few questions. Starting this week, several students are hitting the streets of San Luis, … read more

Yuma-born Brooks oversees Customs operations in Arizona

From Bajo El Sol | Posted: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 5:24 pm William Brooks The man newly named to oversee the Customs operation at airports and ports of entry across Arizona knows all about border issues in the Yuma area. … read more

Yuma legislator named Guardians of Small Business

FROM STAFF REPORTS | Posted: Saturday, June 7, 2014 5:04 pm A Yuma lawmaker has been named Guardian of Small Business for his “perfect” voting records on small-business issues during the 51st Arizona Legislature. Sen. Don Shooter (R-Yuma) will be … read more

Game-changer: Graphic piece helps counties recover funds

By Mara Knaub | Posted: Saturday, June 7, 2014 5:00 pm A piece brainstormed in Yuma became the “game changer” that helped Arizona counties recover part of the swept Highway User Revenue Funds. In presenting a report of the last … read more

Arizona is Ranked First in the Nation

ARIZONA IS RANKED FIRST IN THE NATION in projected job growth and economic growth prospects“Arizona is expected to have the fastest job growth at 3% annually over the next five years, according to Moody’s Analytics… The added jobs also go hand-in-hand with the … read more

New commander takes charge of YPG’s Yuma Test Center

By James Gilbert, Yuma Sun staff writer | Posted: Thursday, June 5, 2014 6:17 pm Test center 1 Under the watchful eyes of a U.S. Army paratrooper manequin, U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground commanding officer Col. Reed Young (center) pins … read more

Air station bids one commander farewell, welcomes another

By James Gilbert, Yuma Sun staff writer | Posted: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 10:00 pm Change of Command U.S. Marine Corps Col. Robet Kuckuk, outgoing commanding officer at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, talks during Wednesday morning’s change of command … read more

Somerton hopes to attract call center

By Cesar Neyoy, Bajo El Sol | Posted: Monday, May 26, 2014 8:30 pm Empty building The Somerton City Council is looking at the possibility of seeking a $900,000 loan to finance improvements to the interior of a building the … read more

Parkview honored, families enjoy film at YRMC ceremony

BY JOYCE LOBECK @YSJOYCELOBECK | Posted: Saturday, May 17, 2014 11:28 pm Here’s the sign Yuma Regional Medical Center officials (from left) Dr. Kirk Minkus, acting chief of staff, Patricia Ware, district board chairman, Jeff Andrews, operating board chairman and … read more

Memorial for fallen DPS Officer Huffman unveiled

By Chris McDaniel, Yuma Sun staff writer | Posted: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 10:30 pm DPS Memorial Memorials to Arizona Department of Public Safety fallen officers (from left) Timothy Huffman, Sgt. Michael Crowe and officer Louis Cochran were dedicated and … read more

AWC’s Mayle to push for funding as board chief

By Sarah Womer | Posted: Sunday, May 4, 2014 5:39 pm Dr. Glenn Mayle Arizona Western College president Dr. Glenn Mayle, pictured here at his office on the college’s Main Campus in Yuma, was recently selected to chair the Arizona … read more

Goodwill Career Center Now Open In New Location

After a fast-track construction project to prepare the space, Goodwill Industries has opened the doors to the new location for its career center in the former Dillard’s store at Southgate Mall. The organization had been located for 10 years at … read more

Yuma, Airport In Focus At Conference

By Joyce Lobeck Yuma and its airport are in the spotlight this week as the host for the Arizona Airports Association spring 2014 conference that brought more than 140 people to the community. And they’re both getting great reviews. “Each … read more

Governor Appoints YRMC Official To State Board

Posted: Sunday, April 27, 2014 5:15 pm | Updated: 10:09 pm, Sun Apr 27, 2014. By Mara Knaub Gov. Jan. Brewer has appointed a local physician to serve on the Arizona Medical Board. Dr. Ed Paul, director of medical education at Yuma Regional … read more

Data Show Hunger Still Crippling Yuma County

Mike Ivers is upset. And he wants everyone else to be upset. The latest statistics on food insecurity in Yuma County show that there’s still a lot of work to be done in the war against hunger. The newly released … read more

Stuart Will Head Immigration Reform Task Force

BY MARA KNAUB @YSMARAKNAUB Yuma County Supervisor Lenore Loroña Stuart hopes to nudge forward immigration reform in her new role as chairwoman of the National Association of Counties Immigration Reform Task Force Committee. Stuart accepted the appointment from NACo President … read more

Johnson Controls Wins “Sustainable Product of the Year” Award

Johnson Controls wins “Sustainable Product of the Year” award A battery pack that could revolutionize vehicle energy storage was honored as the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council’s “Sustainable Product of the Year.”   The 48-volt Micro Hybrid battery was developed in … read more

APS Names New Manager For Yuma Area

Posted: Thursday, April 3, 2014 8:00 pm | Updated: 8:37 pm, Thu Apr 3, 2014. By Joyce Lobeck Arizona Public Service Co. has named a new manager for the Yuma area for the electric company. Effective April 8, Lindy Fisker will take over as … read more

Pulse Flow Benefits Area Wetlands

Posted: Thursday, April 3, 2014 9:58 pm | Updated: 10:12 pm, Thu Apr 3, 2014. By Joyce Lobeck, Yuma Sun staff writer Mexico’s Colorado River delta isn’t the only wildlife habitat that is benefiting from a temporary increased flow of water down the … read more

Somerton, San Luis Among State’s Safest Cities, Firm Finds

Posted: Sunday, March 30, 2014 3:57 pm | Updated: 9:02 am, Mon Mar 31, 2014. By Cesar Neyoy SOMERTON – Police had a lot to do with Somerton and San Luis ranking in the top 10 of a list of the state’s safest … read more

County Administrator Pickels To Attend Harvard Kennedy School

Posted: Thursday, March 27, 2014 8:00 pm | Updated: 11:45 pm, Thu Mar 27, 2014. By Mara Knaub, Yuma Sun staff writer Robert Pickels started out as an attorney. Somewhere along the way, he ended up as Yuma County administrator. “Although I feel … read more

Yuma’s Jones Tapped To Serve With Ariz. Power Authority

Posted: Sunday, March 16, 2014 10:30 pm | Updated: 3:12 pm, Mon Mar 17, 2014. By Cesar Neyoy Russ Jones, a Yuma businessman and former state lawmaker, has been named by Gov. Jan Brewer to fill a seat on the commission overseeing the … read more

Report: YCAT Ridership Has Tripled Since 2011

Posted: Sunday, March 16, 2014 10:30 pm | Updated: 3:12 pm, Mon Mar 17, 2014. By Mara Knaub Yuma was listed among the cities with record ridership by the American Public Transportation Association. The number of passengers riding the Yuma County Area Transit … read more

Local Students Earn Grand Canyon Diplomas

Posted: Sunday, March 16, 2014 10:30 pm | Updated: 2:09 pm, Mon Mar 17, 2014. By Sarah Womer Two high school juniors recently earned the honor of being the first two students within the Yuma Union High School District to achieve a Grand … read more

McCain Introduces Bill To Extend Heritage Area For 15 years

Posted: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 10:30 pm | Updated: 3:14 pm, Mon Mar 17, 2014. By Joyce Lobeck, Yuma Sun staff writer U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., introduced legislation Wednesday that would extend congressional authorization of the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area for … read more

Papa-San Changes Hands: Restaurant Gets New Owner

By Joyce Lobeck After 21 years plus one day, Bill and Judy Gresser have sold their longtime restaurant, Papa-San Rice Bowl. New owners Dr. Adalberto Robles and his wife, Maria, took over the restaurant on Saturday. Three days later, “Maria-San” … read more

Supervisors Urge Sen. McCain to Reauthorize Heritage Area

Posted: Saturday, March 1, 2014 10:30 pm | Updated: 1:02 pm, Mon Mar 3, 2014. BY MARA KNAUB @YSMARAKNAUB County supervisors voiced their support of the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area by adopting a resolution calling for its reauthorization for another 15 years. … read more

Local Officials Agree on Unified Approach to Economic Development

Posted: Thursday, February 20, 2014 10:30 pm | Updated: 3:01 pm, Mon Feb 24, 2014. By Cesar Neyoy, Bajo El Sol SAN LUIS RIO COLORADO, Son. – Private and public sector officials from this border city and the Yuma area agreed Thursday to … read more

Dreaming in Motion: New GMC/Buick Showroom Joins Automotive Row

Posted: Sunday, February 16, 2014 5:00 am By Joyce Lobeck Fisher Automotive has an upscale new showroom for GMC and Buick vehicles it showed off to the public last week with a grand opening. The new showroom, which gives GMC and … read more

New Hope for More PILT Funds

Posted: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 10:30 pm By Mara Knaub Legislation unveiled Monday night is giving Yuma County hope that it will continue to receive payments from the federal government to make up for losses in property tax revenues from non-taxable … read more

Loss of Funding Could Cost Yuma County About $3.2M

Posted: Monday, January 27, 2014 10:30 pm | Updated: 11:14 pm, Mon Jan 27, 2014. By Mara Knaub, Yuma Sun Staff Writer The Yuma County Board of Supervisors held a special meeting Friday to adopt a resolution urging Congress to continue full funding … read more

New Council Presents United Front To State Lawmakers

By Joyce Lobeck “It was a great day to build relationships,” Mayor Douglas Nicholls said of the Yuma City Council’s trip last week to the State Capitol to meet with Arizona’s lawmakers. “It was well worth the trip to Phoneix,” … read more

New Vertical Wind Tunnel Dedicated at Yuma Proving Ground

Posted: Friday, January 24, 2014 10:30 pm | Updated: 1:48 pm, Mon Jan 27, 2014. By James Gilbert, Yuma Sun Staff Writer YUMA PROVING GROUND — The U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School (USAJFKSWCS) held a dedication ceremony on … read more

YPG Workload Highest Of All Army Test Organizations

By Chuck Wullenjohn Yuma Proving Ground For over 70 years, U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground has been an important contributor in ensuring our national defense. YPG’s primary mission, as most people in the Yuma area know, is to thoroughly and … read more

YUHSD Construction Students Eligible For National Certification

The Construction Technologies program was recently highlighted at a Yuma Union High School District governing board meeting Wednesday. Through a partnership with Arizona Western College, students in the district have the opportunity to take a National Center for Construction Education … read more

Roll Farmer Honored For Cotton Production, Industry Leadership

Clyde Sharp celebrated his 70th birthday last September — but it wasn’t a traditional birthday with cake and candles, sitting around a table with his family on their farm in Roll. Rather, he sat at a conference table in Jakarta, … read more

Annual Banquet A Tribute To Yuma Commerce

The longtime accounting firm of Shippen and Associates was honored as the Yuma County Chamber of Commerce Member of the Year during the organization’s annual banquet Friday evening. Dr. Jeanne Elnadry was selected as the recipient of the Athena International … read more

New Yuma Mayor, Council Members Sworn In

City of Yuma Mayor Douglas Nicholls and three new council members are eager to work together to shape the future of the community. “Where are we going here in the city of Yuma?” Nicholls asked a large crowd gathered inside … read more

Citizen of Year Recipients Call honor Humbling, Surprising

Dennis Booth said he did not know that he and his wife, Anne, had been chosen to share the 2013 Citizen of Year honor until he received a phone call from a friend Wednesday morning, who wanted to congratulate them. … read more

County Official Recalls A Year Of Accomplishments

Yuma County Administrator Robert Pickels didn’t think the list would be so long when asked to talk about the county’s accomplishments for 2013. But when he started to write down a list, he realized just how much had been achieved … read more

Official: It Was A Good Year For Yuma

Looking back over Yuma’s accomplishments for 2013, City Administrator Greg Wilkinson concluded it was a good year with some notable and long-awaited projects. No doubt at the top of the list for many citizens was the city’s rollout last summer … read more

Ag Impacts State’s Economy To The Tune of $12,4 Billion

Arizona agriculture’s impact on the state’s economy now stands at $12.4 billion. This has been done through innovation, increased productivity and diversity. And, this is a reflection of agriculture production across the United States. According to the U.S. Department of … read more

New Economic Development Coordinator Joins City of Somerton

SOMERTON – This city’s new economic development coordinator, Mike Paredes, predicts Somerton will “rise to a new level” economically in the near future as new businesses see the advantage of locating there. And recruiting commercial prospects will be one of … read more

County Picks Local Vendor For $133,000 Purchase

Yuma County will be buying a 2014 Peterbilt cab and chassis from a local vendor. Greg Ferguson, chairman of the Board of Supervisors, made sure that the public knew that the county was making the purchase from a local dealer, … read more

Vonne Nicklaus Leaves Behind “Tremendous”Impact on Yuma

Saturday, members of Cabelleros de Yuma were ringing bells for the Kettle Drive in the annual holiday-season fund-raising campaign for The Salvation Army. No doubt Vonne Nicklaus would have been pleased. A member of the Cabelleros himself, he had recruited … read more

Mayor-Elect Nicholls Shares Priorities as He Prepares To Take Office

What are you doing?” is a question Yuma Mayor-elect Douglas Nicholls heard a lot when he was thinking of running for office. He shared some answers recently as he readies to take office in two weeks on Jan. 1. First … read more

New Squadron Coming To MCAS Yuma

Although it is still several years from happening, eventually, all of the operational and tactical testing for every type of Marine Corps aircraft, except for one type of large helicopter, will be conducted here at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma. … read more

Renovated Facilities, Degree, Funded Through Grant

Thanks to a $4 million STEM Pipeline grant awarded in 2011, Arizona Western College’s Automotive facilities have been recently renovated and aging equipment replaced. Now, the welding facilities at AWC are next on the remodel list. After completion of the … read more

Despite Bad Economy, Long Border, Shoppers Still Come to Yuma Area From Mexico

Shoppers from Mexico aren’t traveling to the Yuma area as much as they did five years ago, but the variety of products available in stores here, competitive prices and customer services will ultimately bring them back in their former numbers … read more

Predator drone now part of California wildfire battle

By: Associated Press August 29, 2013 06:38 AM EST GROVELAND, Calif. — As crews advanced against a giant wildfire around Yosemite National Park, fire commanders said they would maintain use of a Predator drone to give them early views of any … read more

Yuma Roofing Company Joins ICE’s ‘IMAGE’ Program

  YUMA, Ariz. — A roofing and insulation company became the second Yuma employer to partner with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in a nationwide program designed to strengthen hiring practices and combat the unlawful … read more

Yuma students excel in welding contest

BY SARAH WOMER – @YSSARAHWOMER 2013-11-17 19:42:29 Three teams of students from Yuma recently earned some of the top spots in a statewide team fabrication welding contest. Hosted by Mingus High School at the Verde Valley Fairgrounds in Cottonwood, Ariz.; … read more

Ready Now Yuma Website Showcased to YUHSD Board

BY SARAH WOMER – @YSSARAHWOMER 2013-11-13 23:46:30 A website all about Ready Now Yuma was recently launched with the purpose of highlighting the ins and outs of the Yuma Union High School District initiative. The website, built in partnership with … read more

Forum’s Message: ‘Think regionally’

BY MARA KNAUB @YSMaraKnaub 2013-11-13 22:21:14 “Think regionally.” That is the message that attendees took away from this week’s regional economic forum organized by the Yuma Metropolitan Planning Organization. The forum’s purpose was part of an effort to promote collaboration … read more

Seminars Aim to Help Families Save for College

BY SARAH WOMER – @YSSARAHWOMER 2013-11-12 23:57:28 Mohave State Bank will be holding free seminars geared toward family members looking to save for their student’s college education. The event will provide Arizona residents with an avenue to plan for future … read more

Trading spaces: Vacant Yuma Buildings Being Repurposed

BY JOYCE LOBECK @YSJoyceLobeck 2013-11-07 22:45:34 The former Target building is now home to Convey Health Solutions Call Center and a store space at the Big Curve Shopping Center now houses the Veterans Clinic while an historic retail building downtown is … read more

Marines Celebrate Corps’ 238th Birthday

Marines Celebrate Corps’ 238th Birthday BY JAMES GILBERT @YSJamesGilbert 2013-11-07 19:42:41 Marines and sailors from across Marine Corps Air Station Yuma joined a large crowd of area residents on Thursday to celebrate the U.S. Marine Corps’ 238th birthday, which recalled … read more

Report: Knight, Craft, Wright Win Yuma Council Seats

FROM STAFF REPORTS 2013-11-07 19:32:53 Gary Knight, William Craft and Gary Wright have won the three open seats on the Yuma City Council, according to final unofficial voting results released Thursday. Results will become official once canvassed by the current … read more

Supercharged: Yuma Becoming a Charging Hub For Electronic Vehicles

BY MARA KNAUB @YSMaraKnaub 2013-11-01 18:42:01 n early 2012, Yuman Steve Shadle became the first Arizona resident to register a Fisker Karma, an all-electric vehicle. “It’s a rocket. It looks like a Lamborghini. It catches the eye,” Shadle said. The … read more

Townsends, others honored at Yuma awards ceremony

BY MARA KNAUB @YSMaraKnaub 2013-10-30 00:42:58 The community honored a Yuma couple for their strong support of 4-H kids at the 14th Annual Heart of Yuma awards ceremony Tuesday evening. Phil and Debbie Townsend were named Philanthropists of the Year … read more

One-Day Training: Build a Sales and Marketing Plan for Your Business

  Good morning!   The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) is partnering with the experts at Infusionsoft to conduct a sales and marketing seminar for small business. This one-day, hands-on workshop will introduce proven ideas and innovative strategies designed to grow the customer … read more

Pancrazis Observe 90 years of Entrepreneurship

BY JOYCE LOBECK @YSJoyceLobeck 2013-10-26 23:37:17 Not many companies survive for 90 years, and especially not under the reins of the same family throughout its history. A.T. Pancrazi Companies can lay claim to both. A.T. Pancrazi Insurance and A.T. Pancrazi … read more

Sale of San Luis Home Provides Funds for Veterans

BY CESAR NEYOY – BAJO EL SOL 2013-10-22 19:08:44 SAN LUIS, Ariz. – A fund set up to benefit military veterans around Yuma County has taken in more than $100,000, thanks to the efforts and generosity of a group of … read more

Supervisors Choose Local Dealer Over Lowest Bidder

BY MARA KNAUB @YSMaraKnaub 2013-10-21 17:32:49 Deciding that it’s “more advantageous,” the Yuma County Board of Supervisors awarded the bid for 10 new trucks to a local dealer over the lowest – but out-of-town – bidder. The county will be … read more

NAU-Yuma Holds STEM Conference for Teachers Oct. 26

October 21, 2013 10:30 PM As part of a $2 million grant it received in 2012, Northern Arizona University-Yuma is holding a free STEM Conference for K-12 teachers to assist the college with further integrating math and engineering strategies into … read more

Solar Zone: More Schools, Business Become Generating Plants

BY JOYCE LOBECK @YSJoyceLobeck 2013-10-19 16:49:42 BY JOYCE LOBECK @YSJOYCELOBECK Yuma is considered one of the sunniest places in the world, so why not put some of that sunshine to good use, reasoned one businessman who installed one solar system … read more

WTI Exercises Friday

FROM STAFF REPORTS 2013-10-16 21:46:51 Marines will take to the skies Friday as part of the annual Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course held each year at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma. This year, simulated exercises will be held at four … read more

New AWC Engineering Building Unveiled

BY SARAH WOMER – @YSSARAHWOMER 2013-10-15 22:54:38 The new Engineering Technology building at Arizona Western College’s main campus was recently unveiled to the community, allowing for the public to tour the inner-workings of the high-tech facility. The grand opening of … read more

High School Students Learn About Financial Literacy

BY SARAH WOMER @YSSarahWomer 2013-10-15 18:09:02 Seniors in Mrs. Hunold’s Free Enterprise classes at Yuma Catholic High School recently heard a financial presentation “worth a minimum of $100,000.” “I’m going to tell you how you can save at least $100,000 by having … read more

San Luis to Ask Government to Open Commercial Border Crossing to All Vehicles

SAN LUIS, Ariz. – San Luis wants to let private vehicles enter and leave Mexico through the city’s commercial port of entry as a way to ease congestion to reduce traffic lines in the city’s downtown. The San Luis City … read more

GYEDC Part of Collaboration Awarded Manufacturing Grant

October 08, 2013 10:36 PM ShareThis| Print Story | E-Mail Story BY JOYCE LOBECK @YSJoyceLobeck The Yuma-area’s efforts to create more jobs is getting help through a half-million-dollar federal grant awarded to a regional collaboration to develop a strategic plan for manufacturing in … read more

Majority of Government Employees Returning to Work

BY JAMES GILBERT @YSJamesGilbert 2013-10-07 17:31:38 Most of the civilian employees at Yuma Proving Ground and Marine Corps Air Station Yuma who were sent home without pay after last week’s partial government shutdown finally got the call they had been … read more

County Announces New Chief Deputy County Administrator

BY MARA KNAUB @YSMaraKnaub 2013-10-07 17:01:49 Yuma County has a new chief deputy county administrator, a position that has been dormant for the last few years. Paul Melcher is formally stepping into the new role the week of Oct. 27. … read more

Next Mayor Weighs Balance Between Public Office, Business

BY JOYCE LOBECK @YSJoyceLobeck 2013-10-05 14:52:54 Becoming mayor is something Doug Nicholls never aspired to as a college student. But today, he’s marking off the days until he takes office on Jan. 1 as the next mayor for the city … read more

Growing Pains: Winter Produce Season Underway

BY JOYCE LOBECK @YSJoyceLobeck 2013-10-03 23:42:30 This year’s winter produce season got off to a soggy start with several days of rain and high humidity that delayed planting in some areas and washed out tender seedlings in others. Other crops … read more

Growing Pains: Winter Produce Season Underway

BY JOYCE LOBECK @YSJoyceLobeck 2013-10-03 23:42:30 This year’s winter produce season got off to a soggy start with several days of rain and high humidity that delayed planting in some areas and washed out tender seedlings in others. Other crops … read more

City of San Luis EDA Business Incubator

The City of San Luis, AZ is currently working on an EDA funded Business Incubator to assist small, local, start up and expanding businesses focus in producing jobs for local residents through encouraging and supporting businesses. The 20,000 sq. ft … read more

Google’s Hummingbird Takes Flight: SEOs Give Insight On Google’s New Algorithm

Sep 30, 2013 at 8:05am ET by Amy Gesenhues On the eve of its 15th birthday last week, Google revealed a new search algorithm namedHummingbird. Designed to be more precise and provide faster query results, the algorithm is based on semantic search, focusing … read more

County Moves Forward in Search for Park Consultant

BY MARA KNAUB @YSMaraKnaub 2013-09-28 21:16:07 Yuma County took another step in the process of hiring a consultant to prepare a business plan for development of the 240-acre Magrino Industrial Park adjacent to the San Luis Commercial Port of Entry. … read more

Arizona, Texas Head List Of Best States For Expected Job Growth

The Great Recession had devastating effects across the U.S. and few places were as hard hit as Arizona. The state was booming on the strength of its tourism and real estate markets during the 2000s. Median home prices jumped 70% … read more

OBAMA ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS ANNOUNCE $7M IN GRANTS AND INVESTMENTS TO REVITALIZE AMERICAN MANUFACTURING

Departments of Commerce and Agriculture, along with the Environmental Protection Agency and Small Business Administration, release first round of “Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership” funding  WASHINGTON—U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, along with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, U.S. … read more

1st BANK YUMA EMPOWERS LOCAL STUDENTS TO MAKE INFORMED FINANCIAL DECISIONS THROUGH INNOVATIVE WEB-BASED PROGRAM

Moving into the second year, 1st Bank Yuma has partnered with EverFi, Inc., a  leading education technology company, to bring an interactive, web-based financial management program to the Yuma Union High Schools at no cost to the schools or taxpayers.  The sponsorship also … read more

NAU-Yuma, AWC rededicate partnership

BY SARAH WOMER – @YSSARAHWOMER 2013-09-17 22:32:59 When Arizona Western College President Glenn Mayle asked a room full of people, who among them had either taken a class from or graduated from either AWC or Northern Arizona University – Yuma, … read more

Agency still looking to hire additional 265 people

BY JOYCE LOBECK @YSJoyceLobeck 2013-09-17 18:05:11 A year after opening a call center in Yuma in a temporary location, Convey Health Solutions showed off its new home in the former Target that has been transformed into a beautiful work place … read more

Yuma Mesa Farmers Enter into Fallowing Pact with CAP

BY JOYCE LOBECK @YSJoyceLobeck 2013-09-16 18:23:04 Yuma Mesa Irrigation and Drainage District has entered into an agreement with the Central Arizona Groundwater Replenishment District for a short-term pilot fallowing program. It is not a water transfer, emphasize board members of … read more

High school district speakers featured at Know Yuma

FROM STAFF REPORTS 2013-09-16 17:31:21 Representatives of the Yuma Union High School District will be the featured speakers during this week’s Know Yuma: Inside and Out. The event will be held from 7 to 8 a.m. Thursday in the council chambers … read more

Yuma Sun Wins Top News, Advertising Honors

BY JOYCE LOBECK @YSJoyceLobeck 2013-09-14 18:41:26 The Yuma Sun staff earned a total of 29 accolades, including nine first-place awards, during the 74th annual Arizona News Association conference Saturday in Tempe. To maintain impartiality, the Nevada Press Association judged the … read more

Hospital CEO Volunteers as a Parking Shuttle Driver

BY JOYCE LOBECK @YSJoyceLobeck 2013-09-13 17:23:48 Leading by example, Chief Executive Officer Pat Walz, gets out of his office once a week and takes a shift behind the wheel of a shuttle cart at Yuma Regional Medical Center. It’s a nice … read more

Airport Board Announces New Director

BY JOYCE LOBECK @YSJoyceLobeck 2013-09-13 17:17:45 After a short stint as interim director of the Yuma International Airport, Gladys Wiggins has been selected for the position permanently. Her selection was announced Friday by the Yuma County Airport Authority after conducting … read more

Duncan talks Education at MCAS Yuma

BY JAMES GILBERT @YSJamesGilbert 2013-09-12 23:32:54 The nation’s top education leader, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, also paid a visit to Marine Corps Air Station Yuma on Thursday to talk with military leaders, service members, and military parents about … read more

Yuma School Offers Truck Driving Training

BY MARA KNAUB @YSMaraKnaub 2013-09-12 18:58:20 After leaving the Army in 2012, veteran Matthew Federico found himself looking for a new career. Federico went back to school but needed a summer job, so he went to a job fair at … read more

Airport Dedicates its New Hangar

BY JOYCE LOBECK @YSJoyceLobeck 2013-09-12 00:00:31 Wednesday was a momentous occasion for the Yuma International Airport as it hosted a dedication ceremony for its new $5 million Aviation Industrial Center on the west side of the airport within the Defense … read more

Future of Higher Education in Arizona Discussed at Outreach Program

BY SARAH WOMER @YSSarahWomer 2013-09-11 20:32:15 Is higher education ready for Arizona’s future? That was the question posed at a Yuma Community Outreach Program on Wednesday, which featured presentations and discussion on recommendations from the 102nd Arizona Town Hall on … read more

U.S. Secretary of Education to Visit Yuma Thursday

BY SARAH WOMER @YSSarahWomer 2013-09-11 18:14:59 U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will visit Yuma on Thursday as part of his ”Strong Start, Bright Future” back-to-school bus tour. With stops in New Mexico, Texas, California and Arizona, the five-day tour’s layover … read more

Engineering Classes Begin Prior to Grand Opening

BY SARAH WOMER – @YSSARAHWOMER 2013-09-08 16:03:22 Although the grand opening for the renovated Engineering Technology (ET) building at Arizona Western College won’t be held until October, classes are in session and work is being done now with local businesses … read more

Yuma Doctor Escorts Governor to Hometown in India

BY MARA KNAUB @YSMaraKnaub 2013-09-07 16:20:42 Dr. Ram Krishna said he is “still glowing with the honor” of escorting Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer around his hometown of Bangalore, India. The Yuma orthopedic surgeon was born in that nation and earned … read more

On the Same Plane: Board Fosters Partnership with Somerton Airport

BY JOYCE LOBECK @YSJoyceLobeck 2013-09-07 15:58:42 When Charles Saltzer talks about the Somerton Airport he purchased a decade ago, he uses the pronoun “we” a lot. That’s because as far as he’s concerned, his little privately-owned airport really is everyone’s … read more

Yuma Regional Cancer Center – Big dreams Underway

BY JOYCE LOBECK @YSJoyceLobeck 2013-09-06 20:09:16 Dirt – large quantities of it – is being moved around with excavation now underway for the 40,000-square-foot Yuma Regional Cancer Center. It’s a welcome sight to Pat Walz, chief executive officer of Yuma … read more

Nissan Announces an Autonomous Car by 2020

Nissan announced this week that it plans to offer an autonomous by 2020. The announcement was made by the CEO of Nissan, Carlos Ghosn, at the US headquarters of Nissan in Irving, California. Charles JolicoeurAutoGOPublished on 2013/09/01 Self-driving cars seem … read more

YPG Viewed as a Hotbed of Sensor Testing

BY CHUCK WULLENJOHN, YPG 2013-08-30 23:34:57 Sensors are all around us and have been a part of nature since the dawn of living organisms. Plant and animal life of all types recognize and measure light, motion, temperature, vibration, sound, and … read more

Wiggins Named Interim Airport Director

BY JOYCE LOBECK @YSJoyceLobeck 2013-08-28 22:40:05 Gladys Wiggins, deputy director of the Yuma International Airport, will take the reins as the interim airport director while a nationwide search continues for a replacement for Craig Williams, who recently retired. The announcement … read more

YRMC Welcomes New Chief Financial Officer

BY JOYCE LOBECK @YSJoyceLobeck 2013-08-26 18:06:33 Yuma Regional Medical Center welcomes David Willie, who took over as the hospital’s new chief financial officer this month. Originally from Utah, Willie is a certified public accountant and holds a master of business … read more

Know Yuma Spotlights YRMC Healthy Living Push

BY SARAH WOMER @YSSarahWomer 2013-08-15 17:52:14 With the inflation of health care costs and a rise in the mortality rate in the U.S. happening simultaneously over the past few decades, Pat Walz, CEO of Yuma Regional Medical Center, said the … read more

County Nets $80K Grant for Border Business Park

BY CHRIS McDANIEL – @YS_CMCDANIEL 2013-08-09 22:57:26 Yuma County has received an $80,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Business Enterprise Grant that will be used to create a comprehensive business plan to develop the 240-acre Magrino Industrial Park adjacent to … read more

GE Shifts PV Strategy, Invests in First Solar

Robert Brooks Thu, 2013-08-08 00:33 Commercial partnership centers on GE’s new choice in thin-film solar cell technology General Electric has shifted its strategy in solar technology, discontinuing a venture to build thin-film photovoltaic (PV, or solar) panel manufacturing center in … read more

Funding to Maintain Yuma East Wetlands Secured

BY SARAH WOMER – @YSSARAHWOMER 2013-08-06 18:40:49 Maintenance funding for the Yuma East Wetlands has been secured for the next 50 years. At a celebration Tuesday, project partners shared that the Yuma East Wetlands joined the Bureau of Reclamation’s Lower Colorado … read more

Long-term Maintenance Agreement for Yuma East Wetlands to be Celebrated

BY JOYCE LOBECK @YSJoyceLobeck 2013-08-04 17:58:00 The Yuma East Wetlands is considered a model for wetlands restoration in the desert Southwest that transformed the “forgotten land” along the Colorado River into an inviting haven for humans and wildlife. Now the … read more

Culp Enshrined in Pro Football Hall of Fame

BY JESSE SEVERSON @YSJesseSeverson 2013-08-03 23:48:01 It’s not every day that a sign for the Yuma High Criminals can be seen at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. But the unusual sighting is fitting, considering the unorthodox route … read more

McCloskey Promoted to Regional Position with Reclamation

BY JOYCE LOBECK @YSJoyceLobeck 2013-07-29 17:48:01 Jennifer McCloskey, manager for the Bureau of Reclamation’s Yuma Area Office for several years, has been selected as the assistant regional director for the agency’s Lower Colorado Region headquartered in Boulder City, Nev. The … read more

Solar Group Funds Field Trip for Dateland Students

BY SARAH WOMER – @YSSARAHWOMER 2013-07-28 18:08:01 For some Dateland Elementary School students, their recent out-of-town class trip was the first time they had ever stepped foot outside of their hometown. Thanks to a sponsorship by First Solar, Inc.; a … read more

YCAT Celebrates 15 Years of Public Transit Service

BY MARA KNAUB @YSMaraKnaub 2013-07-24 22:38:02 Yuma County Area Transit celebrated 15 years of public bus service with a bang, or in this case, a dunk. The Yuma County Intergovernmental Public Transportation Authority, which runs YCAT, hosted a Yuma County … read more

NASA Successfully Conducts Highest Parachute Test Ever at YPG

BY JAMES GILBERT @YSJamesGilbert 2013-07-24 17:58:01 YUMA PROVING GROUND — During a high-altitude drop test conducted early Wednesday morning at Yuma Proving Ground, NASA engineers demonstrated that the space agency’s Orion space capsule can land safely on its return from … read more

Water Remains Critical Issue for Yuma Area

BY JOYCE LOBECK @YSJoyceLobeck 2013-07-24 16:28:00 Matt Molenar’s 6-year-old daughter really thinks there needs to be a change in the use of water in the family’s home, so he now turns off the faucet while he’s brushing his teeth. Does … read more

ERA Matt Fischer Realtor Hosts MDA Benefit at Water Park

BY JOYCE LOBECK @YSJoyceLobeck 2013-07-23 17:38:00 Last year, ERA Matt Fischer Realtor raised more than $10,000 to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association by holding a walkathon. This year the local real estate agency is doing something way cooler. And the … read more

Construction of Wind Tunnel at YPG Going Vertical

BY JAMES GILBERT @YSJamesGilbert 2013-07-22 20:38:02 YUMA PROVING GROUND — Construction crews on Monday began the process of erecting the support walls for a new vertical wind tunnel being built at Yuma Proving Ground, which when completed will not only … read more

Mayors Want 24-Hour SENTRI Lane at San Luis

BY CESAR NEYOY – BAJO EL SOL 2013-07-21 15:28:01 SAN LUIS, Ariz. — A reserved car lane that allows pre-approved travelers to make faster border crossings from Mexico could one day be open 24 hours, the mayor of this city … read more

Master Plan Proposes Changes to Yuma’s State Parks

BY JOYCE LOBECK @YSJoyceLobeck 2013-07-21 14:58:00 The stories of Yuma Territorial Prison and Quartermaster Depot reflect the historic interplay of the federal, state and local governments during the westward expansion and development over the past nearly 200 years. An equally … read more

NASA Invites Public to ‘Hangout’ During Orion Parachute Test

BY JAMES GILBERT @YSJamesGilbert 2013-07-20 18:38:00 The world is going to be able to watch from computers and mobile devices as NASA performs a major test next week at the U.S. Army’s Yuma Proving Ground. NASA plans to host a … read more

GM Facility Reliable for Testing in Heat

By Chuck Wullenjohn 2013-07-13 22:18:06 General Motors located its hot weather test center at Yuma Proving Ground four years ago, a time which has seen the relationship between the Army and GM grow and, more importantly, has resulted in a … read more

Helios Grant to YUHSD Increases to $4.34 Million

  BY SARAH WOMER – @YSSARAHWOMER 2013-07-10 20:58:01 The Yuma Union High School District recently received an additional $440,000 from the Helios Education Foundation, which will be tacked on to the existing $3.9 million Ready Now Yuma Implementation Grant awarded … read more

Cibola Ag Program Nationally Certified

BY SARAH WOMER – @YSSARAHWOMER 2013-07-06 21:38:03 The Agriculture program at Cibola High School recently received a national certification from the Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) Institute. Cibola will now be one of six high schools in Arizona to … read more

Switching Gears: GYEDC Requesting Change to Per Capita Funding from Public Agencies

BY MARA KNAUB @YSMaraKnaub 2013-07-06 23:38:05 A rising tide lifts all boats. Vic Smith, board member of the Greater Yuma Economic Development Corporation, used this phrase to illustrate his belief that any investment that creates new jobs –– whether in … read more

Ready Now Yuma Looking Ahead to 2nd Year

BY SARAH WOMER – @YSSARAHWOMER 2013-06-29 18:28:01 With the first, official implementation year of Ready Now Yuma behind them, Yuma Union High School District administrators and staff are already looking forward to year two. While school is technically “out for … read more

Yuma Among Top Places for Vacation Home

BY JOYCE LOBECK @YSJoyceLobeck 2013-06-29 21:58:01 The summer season has started and what better time to check out some “under the radar” vacation markets? With the National Association of Realtors reporting that vacation home buyer activity is on the rise, … read more

Arizona Is Fertile Ground for New York Matzo

By FERNANDA SANTOS YUMA, Ariz. — Here, on a Christian farmer’s land five miles from the Mexican border, lies the holiest of fields for some of New York’s most observant Orthodox Jewish communities. Wheat harvested on these 40 acres is destined to become … read more

Arizona Targets New Data Centers with Tax Incentives

Jun 28, 2013, 2:30pm MST UPDATED: Jun 28, 2013, 3:07pm MST  Data center operators in Arizona, such as CyrusOne will benefit from new tax incentives signed into law by Gov. Jan Brewer. Hayley Ringle Reporter-Phoenix Business Journal   Arizona has a new … read more

Yuma Stands United Behind Its Ag Industry

BY JOYCE LOBECK @YSJoyceLobeck 2013-05-31 17:28:01 “Yuma really opposes HB 2338,” observed local water attorney Wade Noble as a legislative ad hoc committee meeting held in Yuma Friday wound down. HB 2338, introduced in the Legislature by House Speaker Andy … read more

Thank you, Nightmares, For Your Service

        2013-06-09 16:08:01   Thank you, Nightmares. After nearly seven decades of service, Marine Attack Squadron 513 — better known as the VMA-513 Flying Nightmares — wrapped up its final mission Monday. The squadron, which is based … read more

University of Arizona Sees Growth in Demand, Opportunities for Agriculture Grads

BY THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA – SPECIAL TO YUMA SUN 2013-06-07 15:08:02 Agriculture is a critical component in Arizona’s economy. The movement of goods and services related to agriculture and food products feeds millions, is worth billions and makes up … read more

AWC Now Offering New Industrial Degree

BY SARAH WOMER – @YSSARAHWOMER 2013-06-15 20:20:59 Thanks to a partnership between the Yuma Manufacturing Association and Johnson Controls, Inc., Arizona Western College is now enrolling students for the 2013-2014 Industrial Manufacturing Technology program. “The program provides students with opportunities … read more

YRMC Preps for Major Construction

BY JOYCE LOBECK @YSJoyceLobeck 2013-06-22 20:18:02 Some major changes are coming to Yuma Regional Medical Center very soon as the hospital embarks on several construction projects at the same time that include building a patient parking garage and continuing efforts … read more

San Luis City Spokeswoman Moves to the Arizona-Mexico Commission

FROM BAJO EL SOL 2013-06-23 16:58:01 Karin Jimenez, the spokeswoman for City Hall in San Luis, Ariz., is leaving for a post with the Arizona-Mexico Commission. Jimenez, the city’s public information officer and assistant to the city council since September … read more

New Businesses Coming to Somerton

BY CESAR NEYOY – BAJO EL SOL 2013-06-23 15:58:01 SOMERTON — Four new businesses are expected to open their doors in Somerton in the coming months in what the mayor hopes is a sign of an improving economy in the … read more

Campesinos serves as model for health outreach program

  by Cesar Neyoy – Bajo El Sol 2013-06-25 22:28:00 SAN LUIS, Ariz. — Campesinos Sin Fronteras, a San Luis, Ariz.-based non-profit organization, is serving as a model for a program that will make use of health workers in the … read more

Senate Introduces SECTORS Act.

June 26, 2013  By: Josh Spaulding       Connect with me at @Joshmsu This week, Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced bipartisan legislation, theStrengthening Employment Clusters to Organize Regional Success (SECTORS) Act of 2013, which would provide federal grants to states … read more

FDA Offers Sweeping Rules to Stop Food Contamination

By JOYCE LOBECK – @YSJOYCELOBECK 2013-01-04 17:18:00 The Food and Drug Administration has proposed new food safety rules requiring farmers and food companies to be more vigilant in the wake of deadly outbreaks in peanuts, cantaloupe and leafy greens. While … read more

Legislative Panel to Meet with Yuma Water Stakeholders

BY JOYCE LOBECK @YSJoyceLobeck 2013-05-28 21:18:02 After the uproar caused earlier this year by a bill introduced in the Legislature that would have authorized the establishment of authorities to buy and sell water, an ad hoc committee is hitting the … read more

Convey Health Solutions Seeking 600 New Employees

BY JOYCE LOBECK @YSJoyceLobeck 2013-05-24 16:58:00 Convey Health Solutions is actively recruiting 600 new employees to keep up with the growing need for health insurance agents in the call center the company opened in Yuma in September 2012. And to … read more

YMPO OKs Routes for Overweight Trucks

BY MARA KNAUB @YSMaraKnaub 2013-05-10 18:38:00 Deciding not to add more routes, the Yuma Metropolitan Planning Organization Executive Board approved a list of designated corridors for overweight trucks traveling from Mexico. The approved routes will allow overweight trucks to travel … read more

Experts Say Farming Next Best Use for Drones

BY MARY SHINN – CRONKITE NEWS SERVICE 2013-05-11 15:38:00 WASHINGTON — Drones numbering in the tens of thousands will be in the skies by 2030, the Federal Aviation Administration predicts. But where some may fear precision weapons or flying spy … read more

Growing Farm-Fresh Physicians

BY MARA KNAUB @YSMaraKnaub 2013-05-09 21:48:02 In a time of national doctor shortages, Yuma Regional Medical Center is taking steps to “grow farm-fresh family physicians.” Six newly graduated physicians – five women and one man – will begin their postgraduate … read more

States More Aggressive in Competing With One Another

  Texas leads the way while Florida edges closer; Arizona and Nevada move up while California sinks lower in CEOs’ estimation. Business leaders see states moving on pro-growth policies faster than Washington. – See more at: http://chiefexecutive.net/best-worst-states-for-business-2013#sthash.uOiwgO8w.dpuf

Agriculture Defines Yuma

BY MARA KNAUB @YSMaraKnaub 2013-04-27 23:28:06 Yuma’s agriculture and the Colorado River go hand in hand. Take the water away and agriculture would likely dry up. What would be the impact to Yuma County if locally grown crops died out? … read more

Overall winner: Women’s Health Specialists

FROM STAFF REPORTS 2013-04-15 18:18:02 Imagine yourself saying goodbye each the morning to your family so you can go to work, where … You are greeted by your family. Okay, the people who work at Women’s Health Specialists don’t all … read more

Colorado River tops 2013 Endangered Waterways List

By KEN RITTER | Associated Press – Wed, Apr 17, 2013 LAS VEGAS (AP) — Drought and demand are pushing the Colorado River beyond its limits — with the needs of more than 40 million people in seven Western states projected to outstrip dwindling supply over the … read more

Group Awards Yuma Finalists $1,000 Each

BY SARAH WOMER – @YSSARAHWOMER 2013-04-11 21:38:01 In the first stop on its statewide tour, Expect More Arizona partnered with the Yuma Chamber of Commerce to spotlight “educational excellence” happening in the Yuma area. After accepting nominations from across the … read more

2012 A Good Year for Building Activity

BY JOYCE LOBECK @YSJoyceLobeck 2013-02-01 14:58:01 Yuma’s city building officials and inspectors are busy and they figure that’s a very good thing for the community. It means that construction activity in the city is starting to pick up and showing … read more

Kofa High Robotics Team Seeks Funding

BY SARAH WOMER – @YSSARAHWOMER 2013-02-03 23:28:00 After placing in the top half of the competition in last year’s 2012 Arizona Regional FIRST Robotics Competition, the Kofa High School “Decepta-Kings” are looking to compete again in March. With 18 students … read more

Gresser Turns Over Community Foundation Reins

BY CHRIS McDANIEL – @YS_CMCDANIEL 2013-03-29 00:28:01 The Yuma Community Foundation is under new management. Judy Gresser, regional manager for 11 years, retired on Friday. Her position has been taken over by Janell Johnson. YCF is a 19-year-old permanent philanthropic … read more

GYEDC: Firms Investing Millions in Yuma

BY JOYCE LOBECK @YSJoyceLobeck 2013-03-19 20:48:00 Five companies are investing millions of dollars in capital improvements in Yuma this fiscal year, the Yuma City Council was informed during its work session Tuesday evening. Their investments not only are good news … read more

Somerton Plant Wins Statewide Nod

BY CESAR NEYOY – BAJO EL SOL 2013-03-17 19:38:00 SOMERTON — This city’s wastewater treatment plant has been recognized as the most environmentally friendly public works project among any in a small Arizona community. The wastewater plant, which in recent … read more

Yuma Union High District May Get New Accreditation

BY SARAH WOMER – @YSSARAHWOMER 2013-02-18 20:38:01 An evaluation team will recommend Yuma Union High School District be accredited through AdvancEd. A team of evaluators, who have spent many years in education and evaluation around the world, announced the news … read more

Rolle Air Field Grant may be Cancelled

BY JOYCE LOBECK @YSJoyceLobeck 2013-02-17 20:58:00 Rolle Air Field, located about 11 miles southwest of Yuma, is seen as a “critical component” to the future growth of Yuma International Airport and its efforts to serve the nation’s defense industry. That’s … read more

Unit Lifts F-35B to New Heights

BY LANCE CPL. ZACHARY SCANLON – SPECIAL TO YUMA SUN 2013-02-15 21:38:00 With the arrival of the F-35B to Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121, Marine Aircraft Group 13 must run through a gauntlet of tests, … read more

GYEDC Asks Community for Help in Locating Economic Prospects

BY JOYCE LOBECK @YSJoyceLobeck 2013-02-06 16:18:00 Having an existing relationship with a company is the greatest formula for success in convincing that company to relocate here, says Yuma’s lead economic developer. “In our efforts to solicit companies from California, we … read more

Speaker’s Advice to Yuma: Market Uniqueness

BY JOYCE LOBECK @YSJoyceLobeck 2013-01-22 20:58:00 The former mayor of Tempe had some words to the wise for Yuma as it seeks to encourage economic development and create jobs. At the top of his list is advice that the community … read more

Hospital Execs Back Brewer Medicaid Expansion Plan

JANUARY 17, 2013 5:00 AM  •  HOWARD FISCHER CAPITOL MEDIA SERVICES PHOENIX — Saying they are being crushed by the cost of patients unable to pay, hospital executives rallied Wednesday to back a plan by Gov. Jan Brewer to expand the state’s … read more

YPG Starts Year as the Army’s Busiest Test Site

BY CHUCK WULLENJOHN – YUMA PROVING GROUND 2013-01-03 21:38:00 With all of the talk of economic calamity resulting from our nation falling over a fiscal cliff, one of the unique realities of Yuma County’s economic life is that it is … read more

Mayo Clinic Bringing Particle Technology to Southwest

BY JOYCE LOBECK @YSJoyceLobeck 2013-01-03 20:58:00 PHOENIX — A new era in radiation therapy for cancer patients is coming to the desert Southwest, including Yuma-area residents, through a major construction project at the Phoenix campus of Mayo Clinic. With an … read more

GYEDC Seeks Solutions to Need for Industrial

Dec. 3rd, 2012 Joyce Lobeck Finding the right building for a prospective industrial client is a challenge, one that too often has resulted in Yuma losing out on a new business that would have brought economic growth and jobs to … read more

Airport Additions Bring Jobs to Yuma

Even as the military has been investing millions of dollars at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma in preparation for the F-35, there’s been a bustle of activity across the runway on the civilian side of the airport. Since 2007, more … read more

Vic Smith on ‘Soapbox’ for Yuma Ag, School Children

Sep. 29th, 2012 Joyce Lobeck Not only is Vic Smith a busy farmer and agribusinessman as part owner of several produce coolers, he believes strongly in giving back whether serving on the local hospital board or as a tireless advocate … read more

GYEDC Awarded Grant to Enhance Economic Development Efforts

Yuma is the beneficiary of a new grant program launched by the Arizona Commerce Authority to expand economic development infrastructure in rural regions of the state. Greater Yuma Economic Development Corp. was awarded a $50,000 grant through the new program, … read more

Selling to Uncle Same

Jul. 21st, 2012 Mara Knaub In a tough economy, two agencies are there to help businesses improve their bottom line. The Small Business Development Corporation’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center and the Yuma Private Industry Council can help companies land government … read more

Community Rolls Out Carpet for Insultech

Jul. 12th, 2012 Mara Knaub Tom Bercaw had no intention of moving his company from California to Yuma. The owner of InsulTech, a company that makes high-tech thermal and acoustic insulation, would “pass right through Yuma” on the way to … read more

GYEDC Presents Ways to Improve Bottom Line

Jul. 10th, 2012 Mara Knaub GYEDC presents ways to improve bottom line July 10, 2012 6:43 PM ShareThis| Print Story | E-Mail Story BY MARA KNAUB @YSMaraKnaub Businesses can still improve their bottom line even tough economic times — with … read more

Pentagon awards $10 million contract to Yuma builder

Jun. 22nd, 2012 Mara Knaub The Pentagon has awarded a $10.03 million contract for construction of a new Special Operations Forces free fall simulator facility to a local builder. Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva announced Friday that the contract had been … read more

Airport, partners vie to be unmanned aircraft site

Jun. 16th, 2012 Joyce Lobeck As the next epoch of air travel in pilotless craft gains momentum, two pieces of federal legislation have mandated six test ranges to integrate unmanned aircraft systems safely into the national airspace system. And the … read more

San Luis Rio Colorado tries to spur maquila industry

Jun. 16th, 2012 Cesar Neyoy SAN LUIS RIO COLORADO, Son. — This border city across from Yuma County is trying to regain thousands of factory jobs that it lost to the globalized economy of the past decade. The economic benefits … read more

CBP Air and Marine dedicates new aviation center

Jun. 7th, 2012 James Gilbert The Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Air and Marine Branch cut the ribbon to officially open its new $8 million Aviation Maintenance and Operations Center during a ceremony inside its hangar Thursday. Not only … read more

GYEDC official wins distinguished award

May. 27th, 2012 Joyce Lobeck Julie Engel, head of the Greater Yuma Economic Development Corporation, has been recognized for her leadership in economic development statewide and her efforts to bring jobs to the Yuma area. Engel was named the Economic … read more

Construction for F-35′s on Aggressive Time Frame

May. 1st, 2012 Joyce Lobeck Marine Corps Air Station Yuma is bustling with activity as it prepares for the November or December arrival of the first F-35B Joint Strike Fighter jets that will be based here. The first six projects … read more

Yuma Truck Driving School Receives Praise for Helping Military Veterans Find Jobs

Apr. 19th, 2012 David Pittman Yuma, Ariz. – While the unemployment rate for military veterans has dipped recently after months of riding significantly higher than the national average, analysts caution it’s too early to tell if there is real progress … read more

Sen. Hutchinson Directs GAO to Study U.S.-Mexico Border Crossing Wait Times

Apr. 17th, 2012 Kay Hutchinson WASHINGTON –Today, U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) sent a letter to U.S. Comptroller General Gene L. Dodaro directing the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) to conduct a study on how to reduce wait times … read more

Two Yuma businesses receive rural grants.

Apr. 13th, 2012 Joyce Lobeck Once again Yuma is receiving the lion’s share of funding awarded by the Arizona Commerce Authority through its Rural Economic Development Grant Program. The $1.5 million awarded to eight recipients will be leveraged to create … read more

Solar project planned at Foothills-area site

Apr. 4th, 2012 Joyce Lobeck A site in the Yuma area will become home to the first solar plant on state trust land in Arizona. When completed, the 35-megawatt Foothills Solar Plant will serve Yuma-area customers, generating enough power for … read more

MCAS Yuma to get new F-35 auxiliary landing field

Apr. 2nd, 2012 James Gilbert In continued preparation for arrival of the new F-35B Joint Strike Fighters later this year, a new training facility that will help prepare pilots to land on the flight decks of carriers will be built … read more

Experts say Yuma poised for commercial boom

Mar. 31st, 2012 Mark Knaub Investing in commercial real estate is becoming safe for Yuma investors, according to Michael Hall, broker of ERA Matt Fischer. “It’s a safe investment compared to the stock market. We’re seeing people who are transferring … read more

Hospitality tax collection up 11.5 percent

Mar. 31st, 2012 JOYCE LOBECK Things are looking up for the city of Yuma’s revenue from the 2 percent hospitality sales tax, reported City Administrator Greg Wilkinson. In February, $438,744 was collected from the special tax levied on sales by … read more

MCAS Yuma getting two more F-35 hangars

Mar. 24th, 2012 Joyce Lobeck San Diego-based Harper Construction Co. has been awarded Navy contracts worth nearly $70 million to build two aircraft maintenance hangars at Yuma Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, the Defense Department announced last week. The contract … read more

The Best and the Worst States for Business Taxes

Mar. 2nd, 2012 Karen Kroll Corporate finance folks who are debating where to locate a new plant or call center will be interested in the latest report from the Tax Foundation. Entitled “Location Matters: A Comparative Analysis of State Tax … read more

Grijalva sees bright future at Dateland solar plant

Mar. 14th, 2012 Mara Knaub As Rep. Raul Grijalva stood on a viewing tower overlooking five million solar panels, each one installed by hand, he expressed surprise at the magnitude of the 2,400-acre Agua Caliente solar facility. “I’m very impressed. … read more

Asurion to hire 200 customer service reps in Yuma

Mar. 14th, 2012 Joyce Lobeck Asurion, a global leader in technology protection services, announced this week that it hopes to hire more than 200 people in the Yuma area over the coming months to work as customer service representatives. They … read more

Plant CEO; Yuma on verge of economic boom

Feb. 25th, 2012 Mark Knaub Yuma is on the verge of an economic development boom. That is one of the messages shared at a recent Greater Yuma Economic Development Corp. Quarterly Investors Luncheon. “We’re sitting on the verge of economic … read more

JSF Construction Progresses at MCAS

Feb. 21st, 2012 Cpl. Jakob Schultz Work on the new F-35B Joint Strike Fighter hangars is progressing at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, featuring several improvements over the AV-8B Harrier hangars currently in use. Designed to handle 16 aircraft and … read more

APS Doubling Electrical Capacity at San Luis Substation

Feb. 20th, 2012 Cesar Neyoy SAN LUIS, Ariz. — Arizona Public Service is doubling the capacity of one of the substations that serves this border city, in a project that utility officials say should reduce the likelihood and duration of … read more

F-35 Fighter Jet is a Game Changer for Yuma

Feb. 18th, 2012 Julie Engel As the debate in Washington rages over spending cuts to a variety of military and civilian programs, I am growing increasingly concerned over how these cuts will affect Yuma County and our 23 percent unemployment … read more

Trucks Help Drive Yuma’s Agriculture Economy

Feb. 11th, 2012 James Gilbert Getting all the fresh vegetables grown during the winter growing season in Yuma-area fields to tables across the country couldn’t be done without the hundreds of trucks that come to the 23 cooling plants in … read more

What is Site Selection

Feb. 4th, 2012 Julie Engel Generally speaking, to find the most appropriate site for a business from an economic and operational perspective. Varying approaches range from holistic analysis that considers the best region for a firm to locate based from … read more

Advanced Energy Markets

Jan. 14th, 2012 DON SCHJELDAHL There are few among us who would dispute that the debate surrounding renewable energy’s role in how we produce, distribute and use energy is unfocused. Largely lost in the swirling debate are public and private … read more

Insulation Manufacturer Expanding to Yuma

Jan. 12th, 2012 Joyce Lobeck First-year plans are for 61 employees Yuma’s manufacturing sector is getting a welcome addition, with the announcement that a California-based manufacturer of insulation products is in the process of expanding here. The manufacturer, InsulTech, makes … read more