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YuCount Newsletter OCTOBER 2017

Post Date:10/02/2017 5:00 PM

Administrator's Message

Greetings, and welcome to Fall!
I hope you are enjoying our pleasant (less than 100 degree) weather as much as I am!  Over the last several months, I have been visiting County departments to meet with employees one on one and in small groups. I’m learning more about you and listening to your concerns, questions and ideas. These department visits have been a true pleasure for me. I have been amazed at the years of experience and dedication to Yuma County that have come out of these meetings. Many of you have worked for the County for more than two decades, and others have just started, but what I’m hearing is that you love what you do and you appreciate working for the County. My goal is to hear your concerns, ideas, and suggestions about what the County can do to improve operations and our employees’ lives at work. Many employees expressed their surprise that the County Administrator actually came to visit them. Apparently, this is the first time a County Administrator has ever done this.  Be on the lookout for a future visit to your department, if I haven’t already visited with you. And, be thinking about ideas you have to make Yuma County an even better place to work and to live. If you don’t want to wait, simply send me an email!  Thanks for all you do every day for our Yuma County community.


Susan K. Thorpe
Yuma County Administrator

Over the last couple of months, we have updated you on some programs our Law Library Offers at no charge to the public.

These classes have become very popular and now they are offering "Lawyer in the Library" help.

Many people want to represent themselves when going to court, but just don't have the legal knowledge to do so.  Our Law Library is now presenting a "Lawyer in the Library" clinic.  Anyone can make an appointment to meet with volunteer attorneys who will give only general legal advice and review case papers to ensure they are appropriate and complete.

Jim Marshall, Managing Attorney of Community Legal Service, quoted "We think that everybody understands what we say but, our language does not translate to the average person."  He is correct, therefore, if you are ready to represent yourself, come on over and pay us a visit.

• Appointment only - call in (928) 817-4165
• Space is limited-  call early
• Volunteer Attorneys – Unrepresented Persons
• General Legal Advice Only/Review of paperwork
• Yuma County Law Library – Historic Yuma Courthouse
• 1st & 3rd Wednesdays
• 9am  to 10 am. Sessions are 15 minutes

Interested in meeting with a "Lawyer in the Library", but have more questions?  Just give them a call at (928) 817-4165.

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For our health-conscious viewers we found a simple new app for your cell phone designed to use when exercising outside.

Recently, the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) launched a new Air Yuma app for smartphones.  It is designed to keep you informed about regional air quality conditions.  So before heading outside, you have instant access to real-time outdoor air quality information in an easy to understand format. 

"We just want to make sure that every resident is informed of what the air quality conditions are for the day. It goes along the same lines of Arizona Mission which is, to protect human health and the environment", explained Timothy Franquist, ADEQ, Air Quality Division Director.

You can download the app from the Apple store or Play store for android:
*  ALERTS for ADEQ particle pollution
*  Current  weather, air quality and 2-day forecast for air quality
*  Tips and Suggestions
*  Basic meteorological data:  wind speed, direction and ambient temperature
*  and MORE

Again, just look up Air Yuma under the Apple store or Play store for android devices.  You can also check out the ADEQ website at:
We typically only cover county news; recently we stumbled across a grass roots campaign that touched us, and we believe many of you might relate.

On August 13, 2016, a train operator in Colorado saw a person walking along the railroad tracks he was traveling.  Immediately, the train started breaking and sounding its horn. The woman had no reaction.  Amanda Kirchner died while walking to her job.  The train couldn't stop and she was wearing noise canceling headphones.  Amanda's Step-Father, with a friend Mike Nunez, created this video using friends as volunteers hoping to educate parents and children about safe headphone use.

We encourage all the avid music listeners to stay safe and pull that headphone off of one ear to listen to the world around you. Be aware!

The Imperial National Wildlife Refuge, in conjunction with Arizona River Towns, is sponsoring a clean up of the Colorado River shoreline between Imperial Dam and the north end of Imperial National Wildlife Refuge.

Volunteers with boats are needed to participate.  Volunteers will meet at 7 a.m. on Saturday, October 14, 2017, at Fisher’s Landing for a pre-trip signup and briefing.

At 8 a.m., participants will cruise downriver to Imperial Dam to begin the clean-up, and work upriver to the north end of Imperial National Wildlife Refuge. Volunteers should bring lunch, snacks, and beverages for the day.

Please help keep the Colorado River shoreline clean by joining us for this fun event.

For further information, please contact Imperial National Wildlife Refuge at (928)-783-3371.
When you have me not, you want me. But when you have me, you do not know. What am I?

Never resting, never still.  Moving silently from hill to hill.  It does not walk, run or trot.  All is cool where it is not.  What am I?

ANSWER: Sunshine

Human Resources will host the 2017 Health and Wellness Employee Fair on October 25 and 26. All employees are welcome to participate and receive health services and screenings. Family members are welcome to attend. There will be many onsite vendors providing services such as lifestyle coaching, financial wellness, essential oils, fitness training, nutrition and much more. Benefit providers will also be available. Vendors will be providing educational materials and giveaways to all that attend.

Additional services from Mobile onsite Mammography and Prostate on Project will be available by appointment only, please view the flyers.

Adding more activity to your day can boost your energy, reduce your risk of heart attacks and cancer, and improve your mood. By calling 1-888-881-LINC (5462), your employees and their family members can speak with one of SupportLinc’s helpful specialists, who can provide them with resources and information on the physical and mental benefits of exercise.  In addition, the SupportLinc website (located at provides articles and tip sheets on exercises you can do anywhere.
This month’s webinar, ‘improve your health with ergonomics and frequent movement’, will be available on demand starting October 17.  Learn proper ergonomic tips to help ease job stress and reduce chronic injury. The webinar can be found on the website under ‘Online Seminars’ in the ‘Centers’ section.  All new and archived webinars are located in this section for ease of access.


This month we’ll be covering Phishing Emails. Email has become the preferred communication method in both our work and business lives. We use it on a daily basis to communicate and share information with others around the world. When using email, we must remember to be CyberAware because there are those who would seek to exploit this technology for nefarious purposes.

We’ve all heard the term Phishing Email at one point or another. But what is it? A Phishing email is typically an email that appears to be from a trusted source such as your email provider, employer, bank, utility company, or even a close friend. The email message is designed to trick individuals into entering confidential or personal information such as passwords, account numbers, SSN’s, and birth dates into a fake website or online form. This is usually done by providing an embedded web link in the message. Let’s look at a sample email message that was pulled from one of our systems. Can you spot the red flags?

A.      The [From:] field has an external email address that is not from a Yuma County Domain. The sending domain is from Brazil as designated by the .br at the end [].
B.      There is no [To:] field with the recipient's email address.
C.      The term [Account User] is used as a greeting. Typically emails coming from major companies or enterprise systems will address you by name.
D.      Bad grammar. [Kindly follow instruction to renew account.]
E.      Placing your cursor over the web links displays a redirect address to an unknown and unrelated domain. []

                                        How many of these red flags were you able to identify?
Below are a few simple tips to consider when using email or accessing online accounts

 *When in doubt, throw it out:
Links in emails and online posts are often the way cybercriminals compromise your computer. If it looks suspicious even if you know the source, it’s best to delete or, if appropriate, mark it as “junk email.” Contact the company directly (via phone) to be sure the email is legitimate.

 *Think before you act:
Be wary of communications that implore you to act immediately, offer something that sounds too good to be true, or ask for personal information.

 *Use stronger authentication:
Always opt to enable stronger authentication when available, especially for accounts with sensitive information including your email or bank accounts. A stronger authentication helps verify a user has authorized access to an online account. For example, it could be a one-time PIN texted to a mobile device, providing an added layer of security beyond the password and username. Visit www.lockdownyourlogin.comfor more information on stronger authentication.

 *Make passwords long and strong:
Combine capital and lowercase letters with numbers and symbols to create a more secure password.

 *Install and update anti-virus software:
Make sure all of your computers are equipped with regularly updated anti-virus software, firewalls, email filters, and antispyware. Note: All Yuma County owned computer systems have an anti-virus solution running on them.

 *Be wary of hyperlinks:
Avoid clicking on hyperlinks in emails; type the URL directly into the address bar instead. If you choose to click on a link, ensure it is authentic before clicking on it. You can check a hyperlinked word or URL by hovering the cursor over it to reveal the full address.

If you are experiencing a high volume of suspicious or SPAM emails, remember to contact your IT Department for assistance.

As a quick reminder, October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). During this month we will be discussing different topics ranging from Online Safety to Careers in Cybersecurity. National Cyber Security Awareness Month is brought to you in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and private/public security organizations.

For more information please visit the IT Security Division page under the Information Technology Services Department page at


Yuma County Juvenile Justice Center has made the news again.  The Arizona Capitol Times has taken a look at our Juvenile Justice Center and determined that our approach to assist our juveniles is a model not only for the State of Arizona, but for our whole nation.

Click on the image to view the article where Juvenile Justice Director, Tim Hardy and other teachers and directors  are the heroes to our children when others give up on them. 
Printeron MobilePrint Service

Welcome to our MobilePrint service. Print virtually any document or web page from your Internet-connected PC to one of our Library printers.

There is no additional software required. Select the link corresponding the library branch you want to print from and follow the instructions on that page.

Black and White print jobs are $0.10 cents per page and color print jobs are $0.25 cents per page.

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Main Library
Foothills Branch
San Luis Branch
Heritage Branch
Somerton Branch
Wellton Branch

PrinterOn Mobile App

The PrinterOn mobile app for iOS and Android lets you print from your Apple or Android devices to any PrinterOn-enabled printer worldwide. With the PrinterOn mobile apps, you can locate a printer, print pictures, boarding passes, spreadsheets, documents, email attachments and more, all directly from your mobile device.

Employee of the Month – October 2017
Dorey Conway, Branch Manager (Foothills), has been chosen as the Yuma County Library District’s Employee of the Month for October 2017. This award is to recognize an employee that inspires us with her effort and attitude. Dorey 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 in the Foothills Library during the month of October.
Congratulations Dorey!
Development Services
Cheryl A. Skinner-Permits Technician
Edgar Covarrubias-Civil Engineer Technician Temp.

Clerk of Superior Court
Ana Ruiz-Court Room Clerk II

County Administrator
Status Change/PT/Temp to FT
Christopher Flores-Emergency Management Planner

General Services
Abner Hernandez -Facilities Maint. Worker II
Anahi Rivera -Under filling Office Specialist

Health District
Leonor Montoya -Office Specialist I

Juvenile Court
Mariano Flores-Detention Officer I

Recorder's Office
Diana M. Delgadillo - Office Specialist I

Public Defender
Cynthia Brubaker-Appellate Attorney

Public Works
Dewayne Thomas - Equipment Operator

Superior Court
Everett McKenna-Bailiff/Judicial Specialist
Stephany Mendoza-Admin. Assistant

Adult Probation
Diego Lomeli – Probation Officer II

Development Services
Francisco Sanchez – Deputy County Engineer

Health District
Lynn Harlow-Smith – Administrative Assistant

Justice Court #2
Ofelia Flores – Chief Civil Clerk

Library District
Deanna Moser – Library Assistant II

Sheriff's Office
Ana Duarte – Detention Sergeant
Ashley Guerra – Personnel Supervisor
Jeffrey Ordway – Detention Sergeant
Joshua Farias – Senior Deputy Sheriff

Superior Court
Katie Strom – Judicial Assistant


Registrations are now open for the upcoming Zombie Run and Yuma Territorial Half and Full Marathon Run.

Join us for an evening of fun and fitness as we kick off our Series of Runs at the Zombie Fest (Zombie costumes optional) Enjoy music, food, drinks and Best Zombie Costume Contest after you have completed the course. Runners will earn 5 bonus points and walkers will earn a star for participating in this Non-Timed Event. This event is hosted by City of Yuma Parks and Recreation.

Date: Saturday, October 7
Time: 6:00 pm
Start/Finish Location: West Wetlands Park

January 27, 2018,Yuma Territorial Marathon & Half Marathon Run
*Caballeros de Yuma will be sending race instruction by email

How to register: Log in to your HRintouch portal under Health and wellness>Fun Runs/Walks

Please note: If you are not an active member of the YCEBT Medical Plan, you can still register for the fun walk/runs in one of three ways below:

By Phone: 928-373-5200
In person: at the Parks & Recreation Department inside City Hall.

For the marathon run:

Q- Have you ever come upon a scene that you are certain is hazardous but you don’t know how to report it?
A - Use an Incident Report Form

Q - Do you want to request safety training such as FA/CPR, SafePersonnel On-line Training or other safety/security training for your staff?
A - Use a Safety Training Request Form
   - Use the SafePersonnel On-line Training Form

Q - Do you work with someone and know they went “above and beyond” with safety or security that prevented someone else from injury?
A – Use the Safety Excellence Award Nomination Form

Q - Are you experiencing repetitive motion pain while sitting at your computer workstation?
A – Use the Ergonomics Assessment Request Form

Yuma County Department Safety Officer Forms:
-New Employee Safety Orientation
-Safety Inspection Form
-Fire Drill & Evacuation Form

These safety forms can be easily obtained on the Human Resources website under the “Safety” tab on the left of the page

Diane Robinson
Safety Compliance Officer
Yuma County Human Resources

We all deserve to work in a safe environment. Unfortunately, there are situations where violence is present in the workplace.  Workplace violence can occur at or outside of the workplace and can range from threats and verbal abuse to physical assaults and homicide. It is one of the leading causes of job-related deaths.  Incidents could be triggered by stress, increased workloads, financial problems, firing, disciplinary actions, relationship concerns and dealing with the public. 

We all want to feel safe at work. If you notice odd behavior or think the safety of your coworkers could be at risk, report it to your supervisor, manager or security.

Remember - - - If you see something, say something!

Dare to dream big…Registrations are now open for the Yuma Territorial Marathon and Half Marathon.  Take part in the next upcoming run that will be held on January 27, 2018.  Get your “Finisher” medal out of all the awards you receive in your life. The Marathon Finisher medal will be the one you want to keep around your neck forever. Last year, we had a total of 23 county employees participate from various departments who started and crossed the finish line.

Upcoming Runs hosted by the City of Yuma Parks and Recreation – Registrations will be posted soon.

October 7,  Zombie Run (untimed, no 10k) –West Wetlands
November 11, Turkey Trot -Gateway Park
December 16, Reindeer Roundup -West Wetlands Park
January 6,  New Year’s Resolutions -West Wetlands Park
February 10, Great Yuma Road Race – Start at 16th Street end in Gateway Park
March 3, March On City Finals - West Wetlands Park


As part of our Corporate Cup challenge, three(3) philanthropic activities can be done during the summer months. Each activity is worth 50 points.  By completing all three(3) activities Yuma County is eligible to receive 150 extra points. The first event was held on June 8 – the Health District conducted a Blood Drive.

The second event, Human Resources and Health District hosted a water bottle drive.  All proceeds collected went to the Crossroads Mission. Participating departments were: Health District, ITS, Superior Court, Public Fiduciary, County Administration, Finance, Human Resources, Housing, County Attorney, Library and Adult Probation.  A total of 236 cases of water were collected and the top departments were Housing, Superior Court and County Attorney.

In the fall, ghost stories are popular as October brings Halloween and tales of things that go bump in the night. On September 23, 1909, the Yuma County Board of Supervisors instructed the clerk to publish a notice of proposal in the Yuma Examiner for the construction of a courthouse and jail at Second Street and Second Avenue, Yuma. Proposals were to adhere to the specifications and plans prepared by R. B. Young & Son, Architects, from Los Angeles, California. The plans were for 27 rooms, 2 halls, and 5 vaults, and the materials of the walls called for concrete, common red brick, and pressed brick.  All framing, wooden joists, studding and floors were to be of Oregon Pine. The jail would include four chrome steel cells, 6 feet by 8 feet with one chrome steel corridor, 5 feet by 24 feet. The construction was to be completed by March 1, 1910.

* In 1995 an article was published in the Tucson Citizen newspaper about strange happenings at the courthouse. Cecil Roach, maintenance worker stated that he had never seen anything, but one night he heard keys jingling and whistling right behind him that lasted for 15 minutes. Some people believe it is the spirit of a bailiff named Adolph Phillips Teichman who lived in the loft above the second floor. Mr. Teichman died on Christmas morning in 1949 and had been a bailiff for Superior Court Judge Henry Kelly. Apparently, he took his duties very seriously as his spirit is still lingering at the old courthouse. In 1909, Board members were: J. H. Shanssey (Chairman), W. E. Marvin and A. H. Kent.


Submitted by:
Ginger Hamilton
Yuma County Administration

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