Arizona Department of Transportation's Motor Vehicle Division has started posting online updates of wait times for the MVD offices around the state.(It's like Disneyland, minus the fun!)
The last time we heard about Cocopah Police Chief James Spurgeon, he'd left his gun at the Yuma home of an "acquaintance," and that gun was found by a 6-year-old kid.This weekend, Spurgeon was visiting the same woman at the same Yuma apartment complex, when they were confronted by another man. That ... More >>
A motorcycle club called the "Sons of Hell" is suing several Arizona law-enforcement agencies, alleging multiple violations of their constitutional rights.The bikers claim in a federal lawsuit that cops treat them as a gang "based solely on their associations and friendships with the Hells Angels Mo ... More >>
Teabagger and state Senator Don Shooter has been charged with three misdemeanors for barging into a charter school while yelling his name and scolding a teacher. A city prosecutor in Yuma charged the senator with disorderly conduct, disruption of an educational institution, and criminal trespass.
The people who smuggle drugs into the United States from Mexico really have some ingenious ways of getting the goods over the border.There's the old trick of hiding the drugs in fruit; we've even seen piñatas. We've also seen at least one instance of someone trying to drive over a 14-foot border fe ... More >>
For all the "build the dang fence" advocates, or people who like to laugh at idiots, here you go -- someone tried to drive over the border fence near Yuma yesterday, and failed.
A Yuma man found Cocopah Police Chief James Spurgeon's gun last month -- because the man's 6-year-old son was pointing it right at him -- but the police chief won't be charged.The Yuma Police Department had investigated the incident, as a police spokesman said Spurgeon left it at an acquaintance's ... More >>
A Yuma man found Cocopah Police Chief James Spurgeon's gun the other day -- because the man's 6-year-old son was pointing it right at him.The Yuma Police Department is investigating the incident, as a police spokesman says Spurgeon left it at an acquaintance's apartment in the city.
It can be tough to get into rockabilly or psychobilly because, let's face it: a lot of the bands blend together. Yeah, upright bass and horror movies are cool, but watching a guy with a pompadour stand on top of his bass while singing about cars gets a little old. The Koffin Kats aren't your typica ... More >>
Big day for local women's college sports yesterday, specifically fastpitch softball, a sport near and dear to our heart.First, the big-time (i.e. Division I) news: Arizona State moved on to the Super-Regionals as the solar eclipse faded into the night, beating scrappy Syracuse 4-0 in the elimin ... More >>
Frankie Rose and Chandails Rhythm Room Monday, April 16 To all aspiring indie rock mavens: no matter how many blog accolades you acquire (even, yes, the three-pronged hydra of "Best New Music") or how many spine-crushingly cool side-projects bolster your C.V., at some point you will play Phoenix, A ... More >>
Phillip Hanna is recently single and on the prowl. After spending six years with Tempe indie outfit Tugboat, the keyboardist and his longtime collaborative partner, Wayne Jones, have decided to go their separate ways. Musically, that is. The duo and their band will play three final show ... More >>
Former priest/sex offender Juan Guillen Juan Guillen, who was a priest at the Immaculate Conception Church for over 20 years before heading to prison for attempted child molestation, is a wanted man just days after getting released from prison.Guillen was released from an Arizona prison on Octobe ... More >>
Jim Repetto's alive and well -- and chances are he's going to prison.If you're awaiting sentencing after being convicted of ripping off a large-scale cranberry juice manufacturer for more than a million dollars, lost at sea isn't a bad place to be. Assuming you don't want to actually be lost at s ... More >>
Sergeant Jonathan Ferguson is safe and sound -- but he might be in some trouble.Authorities from the Marine Corps Air Station Yuma say a Marine who's been missing for nearly two weeks has returned to the base and turned himself in. The Yuma base says Sergeant Jonathan Kyle Ferguson returned to th ... More >>
democraticunderground.comProposed background for a new Sand Land license plate? It should be...The Cronkite News Service's Rebekah Zemansky recently reported on efforts by several legislators to add more specialized license plates to Arizona's already vast selection.Currently, you can pick ... More >>
Image: http://lonewolftradingco.net/splash.htmlLone Wolf Trading Company, a Glendale gun store, leads a top-12 list by the Washington Post of traced crime-scene guns recovered in Mexico. The Post conducted its own Wikileaks-like expose, apparently, defying a 2003 federal law that's ... More >>
www.century21cnterpoint.comSB 1070 has gone into effect, albeit a neutered version, and the sky didn't come crashing to the ground, the streets didn't fill with blood, and Latinos haven't been rounded up like cattle -- yet, anyway.Despite the world not coming to an end when Arizona's contro ... More >>
Representative Raul GrijalvaThe old bullet-through-the-window trick is likely what shut down the Yuma office of Congressman Raul Grijalva just a day after he called off his controversial request for outside businesses to boycott Arizona in protest of SB 1070.Ruben Reyes, the district director in ... More >>
Legendary slide guitarist Ry Cooder (he's played on records by everyone from Randy Newman to the Rolling Stones) has recorded an anti-SB 1070 song called "Quick Sand." Cooder is one of those country(ish) guys the lefties love -- not only is that track available exclusively from NPR until tom ... More >>
Spring Eselgroth Plate of food from the 2nd Annual Combined Raw Mega Potluck The 2nd Annual Combined Raw Mega Potluck was held at South Mountain Park last night, bringing together food adventurers from as far away as Yuma, Flagstaff and Tucson. More than 100 Raw Foodies were in ... More >>
Some counties in Arizona have turned to cremating the indigent. Citing budget woes, lack of space, and the high cost of burials, Yavapai, Navajo, and Yuma counties have begun cremating the indigent rather than burying them in paupers' graves. Indigents are still buried in Maricopa County, but off ... More >>
Anthony AvalosFor about four months, Yuma resident Anthony Avalos was your typical high school student. He went to class, chased some tail, and played basketball. So, when Yuma Union High School District officials found out that Avalos was actually a 22-year-old man, not a 17- or 18-ye ... More >>
A traffic stop in Surprise ended in suicide Tuesday when the driver slit his throat. According to police, George Lajeunesse, 43, was stopped because he was wanted for questioning in a domestic-violence call. Lajeunesse reportedly wielded a large knife at the traffic stop, and slit his throat ... More >>
Yesterday I stopped by Lisa G for lunch and got a taste of some delicious ice cream made just a few doors down on 7th Street. Salted caramel with almonds, fresh mint with chocolate, and chocolate with cocoa nibs . . . all delish. Crave Artisan Ice Cream is now operating out of the space fo ... More >>
Watch this, and tell me truthfully, who do you feel for, these two guys, or the nudnik operating the camera? Look, I'm no fan of the U.S. Border Patrol. Or of checkpoints. Or of police power in general. I think anyone familiar with this blog knows that. But it's a tribute to both Obama- ... More >>
Pot is one hot commodity this year -- at least, judging by the insanely large loads the U.S. Border Patrol have seized this summer. During the month of July alone, Tucson seized more than 100,000 pounds of pot -- bringing the total poundage to 1,065,325 this year. That's well above the 722,0 ... More >>
Lead-contaminated glass at the Yuma location of Dlubak Glass recycling company is being shipped to South Korea, not the Philippines, the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality now reports. Mark Shaffer, spokesman for the agency, tells us state officials named the wrong ... More >>
Incoming Arizona Board of Regents president Ernest Calderon is proposing a plan that would cut the cost of four-year degrees. The proposal would allow students to attend community college for three years, and then an Arizona university their final year...A Mesa woman reportedly shot two home inv ... More >>
A local Baptist pastor who was left bloodied and indignant Tuesday night after a stop at the Border Patrol's checkpoint on eastbound Interstate 8 wonders in a recent video, "Why is this happening in the United States of America?" New Times readers who remember our February 2008 ... More >>
Since 2002, the Herberger's Lunch Time Theater program has been a place for emerging companies and artists to stretch their wings and give downtowners a mental mini-break in the work week. Every season, several quite different troupes present a short play for two or three weeks each. Writers, in pa ... More >>
A West Valley Justice of the Peace says he issued a court order declaring photo enforcement invalid because the fines are much lower than a regular speeding ticket. It's doubtful he'd love the system much more if the fines were raised, though. The government's findings on last year's news chopper cr ... More >>
A Yuma deputy prosecutor and Lil Wayne's co-counsel confirmed for New Times today that the rap star was present for a court hearing in his drug possession case, despite Internet rumors that he had died.
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From the week of 28, 2001
Crop dusters spray pesticides on homes, animals and people while the Arizona Department of Agriculture does little to stop them
Why isn't DEQ cracking down on an alleged law breaker?
Exhuming Arizona's most notorious prostitute
Legal aid to farmworkers and Indians slashed as Congress seeks end to mass lawsuits
GOP leaders want local governments to run social programs and charities to assume more of the burden. Neither idea is working in Kingman, where no good deed goes unpunished.
FARMERS IN THE GILA RIVER BASIN HAVE ALREADY SUCKED DOWN $500 MILLION IN GOVERNMENT PORK. NOW THEY WANT ANOTHER $20 MILLION FOR A SENSELESS FLOOD-CONTROL PROJECT.
THERE ARE 34 SPECIES OF SCORPIONS IN ARIZONA. ONE OF THEM IS IN YOUR SHOE.