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YuCount Newsletter JANUARY 2019

Post Date:01/03/2019 2:45 PM

Greetings!  Welcome to 2019! I hope you are as intrigued and excited as I am about what this New Year will bring.  2019 will certainly be a time of fresh beginnings. On the capital projects front, the County will be remodeling the old Elections offices on the first floor of County Administration to provide much needed room for Human Resources and Office of Management and Budget staff. Our Budget Office staff is currently cramped in small offices on the third floor.

The Budget Office has several new faces including the new Director, Tony Struck, who came on board when Jim Flory retired.  Rounding out the new Budget team are Jenny Unterseh and Jessica Power, who are helping Budget Manager Lucia Gomez prepare for the FY 2019-20 budget season.

Another notable capital project is currently in the design phase. The project will complete the buildout of the Administration Annex building at 197 S. Main. Plans include a new, large Board of Supervisors auditorium, offices for Supervisors, as well as offices and potential studio for Communications Division staff.  The Auditorium is planned to be a multi-use room, so chairs will be movable, and there will be a movable wall to divide the space into two large meeting rooms. More details will follow as the design gets finalized. Once the move is made to 197 S. Main, the Auditorium at 198 S. Main can be modified to be more flexible for training and meeting purposes. 

We have some new faces at Development Services. Roger Patterson retired in November after many years as County Engineer. Recruitment for that position is underway. In the meantime, Frank Sanchez, Deputy County Engineer, is serving as acting County Engineer. There are also new individuals in DDS’s administrative and permit sections. With all the new faces, it is good timing that the new County phone directory is being updated and will be coming out soon. You should expect to receive the new Directory in February.

January marks the start of the State’s legislative process. As with previous years, County staff will be watching the legislature to ensure they keep their focus on state matters and not meddle in local affairs, or sweep local funds for their use. Last year we had some success: We received ongoing relief of $183,000 from the State’s DUC Pool payment.  The State also gave one-time relief of $344,900 for the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections. The Counties will be seeking ongoing relief in 2019 and beyond from this unfunded mandate. On the downside, last year the cost of the Elected Officials Retirement Plan increased by $757,000. Counties will be seeking offsets to this expense from the State in the upcoming Legislative session. 

On a positive note, Yuma County has achieved a “first” in our statewide associations. Yuma County Recorder Robyn Pouquette was elected President of the Arizona Association of Counties (AACo) for 2019. Supervisor McCloud was elected President of the County Supervisors Association (CSA) for 2019. These two leaders will ensure Yuma County is well represented at a statewide level for the coming year.

Have a great January and a fantastic 2019! Thank you for your service to Yuma County and the effort you devote to your work every day. Your work truly makes County residents’ lives better. I appreciate you.

Susan K. Thorpe
Yuma County Administrator


Recently counties across the state joined to find out about present and future state issues that will impact every county.  The conference lasted three days, and we had representation from the Yuma County Recorder, Assessor, and Treasurer's offices. 

Some of the topics discussed were Cyber Security for Local Government, Re-Precincting Tool, Health Care Cost Plans for the Retired, and the Political and Legislative issues that were presented at a Roundtable session.
During the Arizona Association of counties (AACo) 2018 Annual Conference, Robyn Stallworth-Pouquette was elected to serve as the 2019 President.  She will represent the fifteen Counties in Arizona. 

AACo represents all County Elected Officials and the County Supervisors Association represents all County Supervisors.  These two organizations work together to represent County issues at state and federal levels.  What is going to make this year special is that both organization presidents are from Yuma County, two individuals who are very dedicated to their work and to their county. 

CONGRATULATIONS to Robyn Pouquette, Yuma County Recorder and Supervisor Russell McCloud!
Human Resources is a department that offers several services not only to our county employees, but to our general public as well. 

Some of these services are:
*Employee Recognition
*Employee Engagement
* and Benefits

You can learn more about Human Resources by visiting

For more than ten years, Yuma County Adult Probation Surveillance Officer Claudia Altamirano has taken on the role as liaison between Yuma County Adult Probation and the Arizona Children’s Association (AzCA), allowing for our department’s participation in AzCA’s “Gifts of Hope” program.
According to Ms. Nancy Lizarraga, Supervisor for AzCA’s Foster Care and Adoption Program, their agency is contracted to assist in the emergency removal of children who are in potential danger.  AzCA will house these children with licensed foster parents until the child is returned to their natural parents, they are adopted, or until they reach age 24.  During this time of year, many agencies, private businesses and citizens participate in the Gifts of Hope program to provide gifts for the more than 60 foster children here in Yuma County.  This year Yuma County Adult Probation sponsored forty (40) foster children.

Here’s how it works:  AzCA provides information for each foster child including a pseudo name, age, gender, clothing/shoe sizes, and three Christmas wishes. Once Officer Altamirano receives the information she provides Adult Probation staff the opportunity to become “Christmas Angels” (sponsors) by selecting as many or as few of the children as they desire and fulfilling each child’s Christmas wishes.  To date, thanks to Officer Altamirano, Yuma County Adult Probation’s Christmas Angels have provided “gifts of hope” to more than 500 of Yuma County’s foster children!

A GREAT BIG YUMA COUNTY THANK YOU to everyone at Adult Probation, our families and our friends, who made this year’s Gifts of Hope project such a huge success!

Probation Works!

Submitted by:
Yuma County Adult Probation

On Wednesday, January 16, 2019, Yuma County Adult Probation will host its first blood drive of the year for Vitalant, formerly known as United Blood Services of Arizona.  This life-saving event will take place at the Adult Probation Department’s administrative office located at 410 South Maiden Lane from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. 

The blood drive is open to the public, so everyone is encouraged to participate.  Walk-ins are welcomed, but appointments are preferred.  To schedule an appointment, you can contact Frank Silva at 928-373-1690, or Vicky Wiseman at 928-373-1674. 

You can also visit (Sponsor code: AdultProb) to schedule an appointment.  Please remember that each unit of blood that is collected has the capability of saving up to three lives.  Furthermore, Vitalant is the primary provider of blood products for Yuma Regional Medical Center, so the life you save could be your own or one of your loved ones. 

We hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday season! On behalf of all the citizens of Yuma County, A GREAT BIG YUMA COUNTY THANK YOU to all local, State, and Federal law enforcement professionals, including Yuma County Sheriff’s Office, Department of Public Safety, as well as police officers from Yuma, Somerton, San Luis, and Wellton, who gave up time with their families so that we could enjoy the holiday season with ours. 
JANUARY RIDDLE:  Simultaneously I go up, I go down.  I go up towards the beautiful sky and down toward the green ground.
I am present tense. I am past tense too. Children love me.

DECEMBER RIDDLE:  When does Christmas come before Thanksgiving?   
When does New Years Day come before Christmas Day? 

ANSWER:   In the Dictionary!
Every Year!

Yuma County Public Health can help!
We can help you beat some of the most common obstacles such as:

• Expense – our educational programs are free!
• Location – we can come to you; programs can be scheduled in Yuma County for groups of 10 or more.
• Schedule: We offer a flexible schedule. Please contact us for more information.
• Transportation: Yuma County Area Transportation (YCAT) routes stop at libraries and the Yuma County Public Health building where programs are usually scheduled.
• Language: Classes are available in English and Spanish.
The following programs are open free of charge:
• Diabetes Empowerment and Education Program (D.E.E.P.)
• Healthy Living workshops:      
      Chronic Disease  Self-Management Program
      Chronic Pain Self-Management                                                                             
All programs meet once a week for 2½ hours; total of 6 weeks.
  D.E.E.P. Call (928) 317-4540
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The Pre-Holiday Fitness Challenge was a 5-week challenge.  It began on October 31 and ended on December 4. Four activities required completion in order to be eligible for all incentives. There were three top teams and they all received a Fitbit HR Alta.  The rest of the participants who completed the challenges received portion control containers, resistance bands, and a fitness challenge tee shirt. The most transformed female won a BOSU balance trainer and the most transformed male won a bench press. Congratulations to all the winners!    


Available on-demand beginning January 15, this month’s online seminar, ‘Building Positive Relationships at Work’, provides a focus on seeing destructive patterns in relationships and how to alter your approach to make those relationships work. It can be found on the website under ‘Online Seminars’ in the ‘Centers’ section. All new and archived online seminars are stored here for ease of access.

Guidance, support, and resources are available 24/7/365 by calling SupportLinc at 1-888-881-LINC (5462). The SupportLinc website ( provides additional resources to help you communicate better with the people in your life. It includes articles, eLearning, audio clips and a Mindfulness Toolkit.


Daniel Hernandez, Library Assistant I Rover (Foothills Branch), has been chosen as the Yuma County Library District’s Employee of the Month for January 2019. This award is to recognize an employee that inspires us with their effort and attitude. Daniel received a mounted certificate, a nameplate in the book of his choice, an Employee of the Month pin, and his photo will be hung at the Foothills Branch Library during the month of January.

Congratulations Daniel!

Dorey Conway (Foothills Manager – Left), Daniel Hernandez (Library Assistant I Rover – Right


The 2019 One Book Yuma selection is " Where Have All the Sheep Gone? Sheep Herders and Ranchers in Arizona – A Disappearing Industry" by Dr. Barbara Jaquay. Make this a true community-wide reading event! Pick up your copy of "Where Have All the Sheep Gone?" at your local library.

At one time, more than one million sheep roamed the grassy areas of Arizona. Herding sheep was a critical component of the economy, building Arizona from its early territorial days into statehood. Fortunes were made, and, during economic downturns and other disasters, some lost everything. By the 1890s, sheepherding was a major enterprise in Arizona. Today, just over 180,000 sheep live in the state.
"Where Have All the Sheep Gone?"  details the untold story of the sheep industry in Arizona starting in the 1500s when the Spanish conquistadors began their push northward from Mexico and brought the first sheep as a food source. Arizona’s sheep industry has a rich history that has never been comprehensively told — until now. Author Dr. Barbara G. Jaquay presents a lively, informative story through historical documents and personal interviews with the remaining sheep ranchers and family members.

Dr. Barbara Jaquay has a B.S. in anthropology from Kent State University and a M.S. in geography from Arizona State University, where she specialized in land use. She graduated with her doctoral degree from Texas A&M University in 1997. She is a member of Women Writing the West, Arizona Farming & Ranching Hall of Fame selection and auction committees, Arizona Wool Producers Association, and Arizona Make It With Wool. She has written about Cuba, Costa Rica and Arizona Native Americans in professional journals and an article for Range Magazine about one of the sheep ranchers in Arizona, as well as the book "Where Have All the Sheep Gone? Sheep Herders and Ranchers in Arizona – A Disappearing Industry". Her book recently received the honor of  Award-Winning Finalist in the History: United States category of the 2018 Best Book Awards sponsored by American Book Fest.

Dr. Jaquay will visit Yuma Thursday, February 7, to lead two community discussions.

Thursday, February 7 • 1:00-2:30 p.m.
 Main Library, 1st Floor Meeting Room

Thursday, February 7 • 6:30-8:00 p.m.
 AZ Western College, 3C Building

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, Yuma County Library District, and the Yuma Sun.
By Sarah Wisdom


Adult Probation
Jaime Ibarra-Probation Officer I

Martha Carreno-Office Specialist

County Attorney
Jessica Holzer-Bar Candidate

Briant Fabela-GIS Analyst I

Justice Court #1
Maria Felix-Justice Clerk II

Amy Fischer-Receptionist/Clerk
Samantha May-Receptionist/Clerk
Karla Rodgers-Dispatcher

Public Works
Toribio Contreras-Equipment Operator
Christepher McDonald-Equipment Operator
Juan C. Salcedo-Equipment Operator
Victoria Santiago-Equipment Operator

Superior Court
John Baylor-Data Integrity Specialist

Elizabeth Leonhardt – Registered Sanitarian II

Daniel Marron – Library Facilities Maintenance Supervisor

Public Works
Edgar Ambriz – Equipment Operator

Sarah Howard – Voter Services Coordinator

Adriana Alvarado – Office Supervisor

Superior Court
Donna Shepard - Bailiff/Judicial Specialist
Did you know that the United States has more than 4000 Christmas tree recycling programs and that 93% of real Christmas tree consumers recycle their trees?  Yuma County partners with the City of Yuma to recycle Christmas trees into a usable product for our community.

Yuma County Public Works-North Gila Waste Site, located at 7870 E. County 5th street, will be pitching in by recycling your Christmas trees.  Recycling began December 26, 2018, and
ends January 31, 2019. Please make sure that all decorations have been removed from your tree before it is delivered to the waste location.

The site is open seven days a week from 7:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

All Christmas trees are chipped into small pieces and reused as compost material that is used in many ways throughout the City of Yuma. In previous years, the finished material has been used in the West Wetlands Project.

For more information, you can call Yuma County Public Works at (928) 341-2500
1. Check your weather report. Light drizzle or any wet ladder can cause your ladder to become slippery.

2. Properly inspect your ladder. Before using your ladder, make sure it’s in good working order.
3. Select the appropriate ladder size for the job. Do not stand on the top step.  It is very dangerous and can cause the ladder to become very unstable. One wrong move and you could be in a world of hurt. If you plan on going onto your roof make sure your ladder extends three feet above the roof elevation.

4. Don’t stretch. Stretching or reaching while on a ladder can lead to injury. Over-stretching on a ladder could cause it to kick out from under you and leave you hanging on the gutter.

5. Be cautious near doors. If you are working near a door that can open toward the ladder, inform your family in order to prevent accidents.

6. Make calculated movements. Before making your next move, think about what you want to do and move slowly. Sudden jerks can cause you to lose balance.

On July 12, 1932, the Yuma County Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution for an Application For Permit For Approaches wherein the Metropolitan Water Company District of Los Angeles (California) and vicinity were expending large sums of money on a gigantic water project situated directly across the river from the Town of Parker. There was no highway bridge over the Colorado River at or near said Town of Parker at that time. It was anticipated that the completion of the water project would provide an outlet and market for large amounts of farm products from Arizona, would tend to the immediate revival of mining in said district, and increase and enhance the value of property and products from the Parker Indian Reservation. The resolution respectfully petitioned the United States Indian Service, that pending the erection of a permanent highway bridge over the Colorado River at or near Parker, grant a permit for approaches, for a temporary pontoon bridge as an emergency structure, on each side of the river beginning at the Santa Fe Bridge for a distance downstream of 500 feet. Board members were: M. N. Forman (Chairman), Frank Lucas and Samuel DeCourse.

Submitted by:
Ginger Hamilton
Yuma County Administration

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