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YuCount Community Newsletter OCTOBER 2018

Post Date:10/05/2018 4:00 AM
The RUOK Program is designed to contact senior citizens and/or the disabled who live alone and may not have a family member living locally who can check on them every day. It is a service offered free of charge by the Yuma County Sheriff's Office.

To find out the qualifications for this service, take a few minutes to review this video.

For more information on this service, you can contact our volunteer office at (928) 819-2212.

Yuma County Public Works is getting ready for our winter visitors this winter.  They have installed a new traffic signal in the Foothills area at Foothills Blvd and 48th Street.  Click to watch the video to know where exactly the new signal has been placed.

Please visit the Public Works Department website for more information on future road projects.
To find out more about flu shot clinics, schedules, and requirements take a minute to view the video or you can contact the Yuma County Health District-Immunizations at (928) 317-4559.
Did you know that the Yuma County Housing Department has 150 homes to assist low-income county residents?  Not only do we just assist them with a home, but the housing department teaches them to become self-sufficient and set a goal for each one of them to become future homeowners. 

Take a look at this video to find out where the homes are located and how you can qualify for Yuma County Housing.

Please visit the County Housing web site for more information.

It is with great pleasure that I introduce you to Yuma County Adult Probation’s new Deputy Chief, Linsey LaMontagne!  As a team, Chief Adult Probation Officer Sandi Hoppough, Deputy Chief Mike Byrd and Deputy Chief Linsey LaMontagne will continue to work hard to ensure that Yuma County Adult Probation remains a leader in our profession and a GREAT PLACE TO WORK!

Deputy Chief LaMontagne comes to us with very impressive credentials!  Originally from Indiana, she moved to the great State of Michigan, where she began her career in the field of corrections.  For nine years, she worked as a Corrections Officer for the Michigan Department of Corrections, working in both male and female prisons.  Leaving the Department of Corrections for a brief period, she worked with Children’s Protective Services as an investigation specialist.  She then returned to the Department of Corrections and began working within the
Office of Community Corrections, where she worked for another nine years. In this position, she was responsible for a multitude of programs, ranging from residential services, work furlough, and cognitive programming.  She was also responsible for ensuring the use of Evidence-Based Practices throughout Community Corrections and developing alternative program options for probationers who were otherwise considered to be prison-bound.  In addition, she continued her education and will soon be earning her Doctorate in Public Administration. 

On Monday, September 24, 2018, in Superior Court, Division Five, the Honorable Judge Roger Nelson administered the Oath of Office to Deputy Chief LaMontagne and to newly hired Probation Officers Samantha Juvera and Stefani Crecelius.  
So, will this fabulous young lady miss “Motown”?  She says that she will miss the people and the beautiful fall colors, but not the freezing temperatures
Linsey, Stefani, and Samantha, Yuma County welcomes you with open arms!
Probation Works!
When Cesar Figueroa made the decision to retire from the Juvenile Court on May 31, 2018, it truly brought an end to an era.

After 31 years of service, Cesar said his goodbyes at a luncheon in a packed detention training room. There were a lot of reminiscences, each one more unbelievable than the last, followed by a slide show. Apparently, someone had been collecting videos of Cesar falling during firearms training.

Cesar knew for a long time that he wanted a job at the Juvenile Court. Working as an exterminator for a local pest control company during the late 1980’s, Cesar would ask about a job every time he was sent to treat the court buildings.

Finally, on May 18, 1987, Cesar was hired as a Relief Detention Officer. In 1994, he moved to a Deputy Field Supervisor position in the Community Work Service unit. And, in 1996, he was promoted to Surveillance Officer in Intensive Probation, a position that he held throughout the rest of his career.

At that time, the mission of intensive probation was more geared towards enforcing court orders and holding kids accountable for violations.

Over the years, that mission has changed, particularly with the adoption of the Kids at Hope philosophy. And, Cesar easily adapted to his new role.

Working primarily out of the satellite probation office in San Luis, Cesar engaged as a treasure hunter and made sure that the youth with whom he worked were exposed to the KAH cultural framework.

Cesar participated in a number of activities at the Juvenile Court, including Community Advisory Board retreats, youth summits, parent forums on truancy, job fairs and other community events, particularly with Spanish speaking parents.

He also worked side-by-side with youth in a community service project with Arizona Game and Fish and was a facilitator for the new Four Destinations life skills program.

But, who would have guessed that Cesar would have found his real calling as a kickball player.  Cesar, you will be missed.  Enjoy your retirement!

Susan Taylor retired from her teaching position in the detention education program on April 28, after nearly 12 years of service.

Susan started her career here at Yuma County Juvenile Court as a probation officer in November of 2006. But, only eight months later, she transitioned to detention education as a teacher, where she could exercise her real passion - making sure that kids used their time wisely and improved their reading skills.

One of the things that Susan has always tried to implement with her students was to never feel threatened and to always be positive. She understood that some of them were going through some stressful times while they were in detention. She always tried to build them up and give them the courage and motivation that they could complete school, despite their circumstances.

Among her many accomplishments, Susan helped to develop a plan of action when detention education was reduced from five to two teachers. She also created a new HOPE class and served as the coordinator for AIMS and AzMerit testing.

Susan will be taking away a lot of memories with her as she retires. One of her favorite moments was when her students were finally able to walk the line and graduate. Especially those who had felt that it was not an option for them. It always brought tears to her eyes and joy in her heart.

Susan felt that her students were her own children and she wanted the best for them.

She plans on spending more time with her family, visiting her daughter and mother. One thing Susan is looking forward to is sleeping in and not waking up at 5 a.m. anymore.

What Susan will miss most, though, are the people she worked with and the students she had the pleasure of teaching.
On July 20, Debra “Debbie” Ullery brought her long and distinguished career at the Juvenile Court to an end.

After several years as an instructional aide for the Crane School District, Debbie was hired on July 17, 1990, as a juvenile detention officer. Six years later, after a year as a community service officer, on October 6, 1996, she started her career at the recently opened Aztec High School as a Vocational/Life Skills instructor.

Debra also continued her education, completing her Bachelor of Science degree in Career and Technical Education. She was reclassified as a Teacher in 2008.

Over the years, Debbie demonstrated hard work and perseverance as a classroom teacher, proving to be the backbone of Aztec High School. She taught most of the electives, including health, crafts and culinary arts, which she expanded from a class on nutrition. In her cooking classes, using the kitchen in the detention center, she used multiple forms of engagement to stimulate learning.

Debbie was also in charge of the Student Council, where she planned and implemented meaningful activities, using the platform to involve students in community service projects, school-wide educational activities and field trips. She played an important role in Aztec’s phenomenal success over the last several years in the Relay for Life fundraiser.

Debbie was seen as a campus leader, fully embracing the Kids at Hope philosophy. She accomplished her goal of being a vital part of the overall vision of Aztec High School.

Now, after 27 years in education, she is looking forward to traveling and spending time with her family.
In addition to eBooks and eAudio Books, the Yuma County Library District is pleased to offer access to Digital Magazines! RBdigital magazines (formerly Zinio) are available through the library’s website. With your YCFLD library card, nearly 100 magazine titles are available for anytime, anywhere reading on desktops, mobile devices, and apps. RBdigital features include:

Current Issues – New issues are released simultaneously with print editions, and many are available for immediate download before print editions arrive at the library.

Always-Available Backlist – As collections grow, so does the digital backlist for anytime checkout and reading.

Collection Management – Using your personal account, you can check out magazines and read them online through browsers or download them on the RBdigital app.

No-Limit Permanent Checkouts – Check out as many issues as you want and keep them in your account as long as you’d like!

For more information, check out the RBdigital FAQs or call (928) 782-1871.
Carmen Spaniard, LA I – Spanish Outreach (San Luis branch Library), has been chosen as the Yuma County Library District’s Employee of the Month for October 2018. This award is to recognize an employee that inspires us with their effort and attitude. Carmen received a mounted certificate, a nameplate in the book of her choice, an Employee of the Month pin, and her photo will be hung at the San Luis Library during the month of October.

Congratulations Carmen!
The Yuma County Law Library recently completed a re-design of the back area to dedicate a space that better serves self-represented litigants in our county.

The project was a collaborative effort with the Arizona Administrative Office of the Court and the Arizona Foundation for Legal Information and Services and Education (AZCourtHelp) to join Coconino County and serve as a hub for expanded services to Self-Represented Litigants through Legal Clinics and Informational Talks.

The AZ AOC offered to provide financial support for technology if we could re-purpose our existing space and create an additional hub to film the clinics with the goal of posting to the web. The project was fully completed within two months. Because of this accomplishment, we are the recipient of the 2018 Strategic Agenda Award in the General Jurisdiction category for Improving Court Processes to Better Serve the Public.

Registrations for the City Fun walk/runs series is open. Log into your HRintouch portal to register for the runs. Sign up for all the runs at one time or sign up for a specific month. Registrations are due by Monday, the week of run by noon.

Five Star Walkers who participate in five out of the six fun walks will receive a certificate at the end of the series.

2018/19 City Champions Plaque winners will be determined by points awarded to participants who successfully complete at least three of the City sponsored series of 5K or 10K runs. Runners may not transfer their points from a 5K or 10K.
NEW Location
Date: Saturday, October 13
Time: 6:00 PM
Start/Finish: Desert Sun Stadium
Prizes awarded to the best zombie costumes.  Enjoy a free movie in the park after the run.

The 2020 U.S. Census is less than two years away.  But Yuma County and local governments are getting ready now because every person counts!  On August 20, 2018, Yuma County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution establishing the 2020 Complete Count Committee.  Census information is used for representation, federal funding, and community planning.

The Complete Counts Committee named Supervisor Martin Porchas as its chair.  It is forming subcommittees and developing an outreach plan to reach organizations and industry about how the census is important to them.  The subcommittees will plan how to reach people in Yuma County who historically have been undercounted including young children, young adults, elderly, immigrants, migrants, non-English speakers, and homeless people. 

If you are INTERESTED IN HELPING the next meeting will be held on October 4th, 4:00 pm at San Luis City Hall, 1090 E. Union Street Yuma County will host the October 25th meeting at 4:00 pm at the Heritage Library.

Census Facts:
  • The United States Constitution requires a Census of the population of our nation every ten years.
  • Census information is used to determine how many state and federal representatives Yuma County and Arizona will have.
  • Census information has been used in the past to help get Arizona $1,979 of federal funding per person.
  • Individual Census records are confidential and protected by federal law and cannot be shared with any other agency for 72 years; and
  • Only one question needs to be answered to be counted.  “How many people live at this residence?”

On December 15, 1930, the Yuma County Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution naming a bridge that had been recently constructed across the Gila River near Kinter as “McPhaul Bridge”.

The land where the bridge had been constructed was owned for several years by Henry H. McPhaul, commonly known as Harry McPhaul, and Mrs. Leon Jacobs. Mr. McPhaul had been living on the land for many years near where the new bridge was constructed.

He served as a deputy sheriff in different counties during territorial days and since statehood. In addition, he served as a militiaman during territorial days and as a Park Ranger under Thomas Ryning. In recognition of the services rendered by Mr. McPhaul to the State of Arizona, and especially Yuma County, and for the purpose of perpetuating the name of an honored pioneer, the bridge was so named. Supervisors were: George Downy (Chairman), M. N. Forman, and Frank Lucas.

Submitted by
Ginger Hamilton,
County Administration

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