YuCount Community Newsletter FEBRUARY 2017
LEADING THE WAY PROBATION WORKS IN YUMA COUNTY!
Once again we’re reaching out to you on behalf of United Blood Services and citizens in need of your generosity. On February 13, 2017, Yuma County Adult Probation will host its first blood drive for this year. This very worthy event will take place at the American Legion Post #19, located at 2575 South Virginia Drive, from 10:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m., with the last appointment being set for 1:45 p.m.
Since August of 2003, Yuma County Adult Probation has been hosting blood drives, and thanks to your generosity has collected, since inception, more than 430 units of blood. Since each unit has the capability of saving up to 3 lives, we can safely say that your contributions may have saved up to 1, 290 lives. Furthermore, United Blood Services is the primary blood supplier to Yuma Regional Medical Center, so these lives can very well have been residents of Yuma County!
At our last blood drive held in July 2016, we had problems reaching our goal. In fact, for the first time since 2003, we failed to meet our goal by 3 units. This was mostly due to the Zika Virus deferral which disqualified donors who had traveled into Mexico within 30 days of the blood drive. Fortunately, since then there have been a couple of changes that will be favorable to our drive:
ZIKA VIRUS DEFERRAL:
There is no longer a deferral period after traveling to Mexico – we now test donated blood for the Zika Virus. This means that people who travel into Mexico will not be disqualified for this reason.
ARIZONA TATTOO DEFERRAL:
There is no longer a blood donation deferral for individuals who received tattoos from an Arizona retail establishment. If a blood donor is currently on a blood donation deferral, without any other deferral, they may begin the process of removing the deferral by emailing PR@BloodSystems.org. Use “Arizona Tattoo” in the subject line. Please provide full name and either date of birth or Donor ID.
To expedite the process, you can save approximately 20 minutes by completing your Fast Track Health History on your computer, smartphone, or tablet. Go to www.UnitedBloodServices.org on the day of donation. Complete the questionnaire, print your fast track ticket and bring it with you to the donation site. Please remember to enter your first and last name exactly as it appears on your donor card or on your reminder e-mail. Fast Track tickets must have the same date as the day you will be donating. Tickets with any other dates cannot be accepted.
Folks, please help us reach our goal and at the same time, save Yuma County lives by scheduling your appointment to donate. Scheduling is easy, you can e-mail me at FSilva@courts.az.gov, or call me at (928) 373-1690, or Officer Vicky Wiseman at VWiseman@courts.az.gov, telephone number (928) 373-1661, or Mr. Jaime Ibarra at JIbarra@courts.az.gov, telephone number (928) 373-1646.
As always, walk-ins are welcome but there may be a waiting period. YRMC and the citizens of Yuma County are counting on us, so we look forward to seeing you! Probation Works!
Fortunately we have many agencies to help and our Community Emergency Response Team or CERT's! CERT members are specially trained citizens to assist in a response. Recently they teamed up with the Red Cross to learn how to assist in helping set up Red Cross shelters. In the event one shelter is overwhelmed, CERTs can set up and staff other shelters.
Rudy Wallace, CERT Coordinator, explains "It's very important to have community members trained to set up shelters, because most incidents are local. They start local and if it increases in size we call outside agencies."
Currently, your Yuma County Emergency Management Office has two CERT Teams available to help in a response. Sheltering training consist of registering folks who need to use the shelter, medication management, sleeping arrangements and feeding arrangements. Also covered, establishing a "safe environment".
The Team in the Yuma/Foothills area can be mobilized in approximately 25-30 minutes. When a disaster strikes, the entire community needs to be prepared.
Disaster preparation training through CERT is free. If YOU are interested in becoming a CERT, just contact our Emergency Management Office at 928-317-4681.
Recently we talked about how much Yuma County has grown over the last few years and that growth means some of our departments have grown as well.
Historic Downtown Yuma is ready for occupancy. Situated directly across the street from the County's Administrative Building, 197 Main Street's first occupant was the Yuma County Treasurer.
Now, the Yuma County Elections office has moved in and has set up shop.
The move has allowed them a better work space to operate within and helps free up space so other departments can spread out.
Stay tuned, the Yuma County Assessor and Recorder's Offices will be relocating here in the future.
In these tough economic times, many people are looking for ways to make their money stretch and it's no different with your County Government. One of the ways our Public Works Department does this is by implementing cost effective measures while maintaining the roads you drive on.
Sometimes you may notice crews completing crack sealing. These workers pay close attention to two major areas of consideration when doing this. Crack preparation and application.
The crews must prepare cracks to receive sealants. The better the preparation the better chance that the sealant will last and perform.
Santos Guerrero, Public Works Project Crew Leader, explained "Right now we are getting the road prepared for our slurry seal projects that are in March and April. We are basically doing is sealing all the cracks and what that does is prevents any water or moisture from getting in the cracks. Basically a prep before our slurry seal."
As a quick reminder to everyone that uses our roads, when you see a road crew out there please drive carefully; after all, you're driving through their office.
Also, if you want to know about ongoing, or upcoming, public works projects, just find them on our website at yumacountyaz.gov/currentprojects.
Can you believe that over 2200 children die each year and over three-and-a-half million got to the hospital emergency room for injuries that commonly happen at homes?
That’s why the Yuma County Public Health District’s Injury Prevention division offers courses to help families. Recently, they held a class to work with families on things to do before an accident happens.
Ryan Butcher, Injury Prevention Coordinator, explained "Each year over 2200 kids are injured in the home. In injuries that are very common such as falls, burns and things like that. We are here to talk about common injuries and what you can do to prevent them."
They talk about things that seem obvious. They become easy to forget about until it’s too late.
If you would like more information regarding safety in your home, just contact our Injury Prevention staff at (928) 317-4667.
LIBRARY EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH FOR FEBRUARY 2017
Monica Colorado, Librarian (Yuma County Library – San Luis Branch), has been chosen as the Yuma County Library District’s Employee of the Month for February 2017. This award is to recognize an employee that inspires us with their effort and attitude. Monica received a mounted certificate, a name plate in the book of her choice, an Employee of the Month pin, and her photo will be hung at the San Luis Branch Library during the month of February.
ONE BOOK YUMA 2017
The 2017 One Book Yuma selection is The Cold Dish: A Longmire Mystery by Craig Johnson.
“After twenty-five years as sheriff of Absaroka County, Walt Longmire’s hopes of finishing out his tenure in peace are dashed when Cody Pritchard is found dead near the Northern Cheyenne Reservation. Two years earlier, Cody has been one of four high school boys given suspended sentences for raping a local Cheyenne girl. Somebody, it would seem, is seeking vengeance, and Longmire might be the only thing standing between the three remaining boys and a Sharps .45-70 rifle.
With lifelong friend Henry Standing Bear, Deputy Victoria Moretti, and a cast of characters both tragic and humorous enough to fill in the vast emptiness of the high plains, Walt Longmire attempts to see that revenge, a dish best served cold, is never served at all.”
Make this a true community-wide reading event! Pick up your copy of The Cold Dish and other Longmire books at your local library.
Author Craig Johnson will visit Yuma Thursday, March 9th, to lead two community discussions.
Thursday, March 9, 2017 • 6:00-7:30 p.m.
AZ Western College/Northern AZ University/Schoening Conference Center (inside 3C building)
2020 S. Avenue 8E, Yuma, AZ 85367
Community talk followed by Q&A and book signing
There is no charge to attend any event. Books will be available for purchase courtesy of the Arizona Western College bookstore.
One Book Yuma is brought to you by Arizona Western College/Northern Arizona University-Yuma Academic Library, Arizona Western College Office of Campus Life, Friends of the Foothills Library, Friends of Yuma County Libraries, Inc., Yuma County Library District, and the Yuma Sun.
On December 22, 2016, Aztec High School sent 16 students on to the next level as they received their Graduation diplomas. The Main Library was packed with family, friends, and well-wishers of all sorts. They watched 15 of the smartly dressed Warriors don their blue caps and gowns and, under the sounds of Pomp and Circumstance, march into the hall and assume their place of honor.
Sen. Lynn Pancrazi was the keynote Speaker and spoke to the perseverance required to complete school and be successful. She was followed at the podium by former Aztec Principal Molly Kelly, and our Superintendent Tim Hardy. All echoed the theme of Kids succeeding when there was Hope!
The afternoon closed with the awarding of diplomas and other academic recognition. After the last tassel was flipped and the Graduation certified as per State regulations, the place erupted with cheers.
Congratulations to those successful students and good luck and best wishes to them. We hope they continue on and demonstrate the power of being an Aztec Warrior.
ONLINE SURPLUS EQUIPMENT AUCTION
The next online surplus equipment auction for Yuma County will be held from March 17, 2017 to March 31, 2017, via the online website of Public Surplus at www.PublicSurplus.com Featured items are miscellaneous office furniture, equipment and vehicles.
For more information, please contact Dunia Federico at 928-373-1102.
On February 5, 1913, the Yuma County Board of Supervisors discussed holding *Teachers Institutes. The Superintendent of School had notified the teachers that they are expected to attend Teachers Institutes. The Law expressly states that one session of three days will be held at the beginning of the school term at which all teachers are expected to attend. (Per Arizona Session Laws, 1912, Section 23, Page 375 all schools shall be closed during the sessions of the County Institute. Source: http://azmemory.azlibrary.gov/cdm/search/collection/azsession ) Furthermore each daily session, especially those held in the southern part of the county would cost considerable in salaries. In District No. 1 the salary list amounted to about $93.00 per day. The Superintendent of Schools recommended the Board of Supervisors seek legal counsel as to the legality of these sessions. (*In rural areas, local school boards ran teacher institutes, where their teachers could brush up on academic and pedagogical [The study of how best to teach] subjects. Source: https://www2.ed.gov/admins/tchrqual/learn/preparingteachersconference/ravitch.html )
Board members were: F. E. Elliot, Chairman; B. F. Hopkins, and Ike Proebstel.
Yuma County Administration