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YuCount Community Newsletter JANUARY 2019

Post Date:01/03/2019 3:15 PM
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ARIZONA ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES (AACo) ANNUAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
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.
 
ROBYN STALLWORTH-POUQUETTE ELECTED TO SERVE AS THE AACo PRESIDENT FOR 2019
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
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:
*Recruitment
*Employee Recognition
*Employee Engagement
* and Benefits

You can learn more about Human Resources by visiting yumacountyaz.gov

 
GIFTS OF HOPE
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

ADULT PROBATION BLOOD DRIVE
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 www.bloodhero.com (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. 


IS YOUR NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION TO MANAGE A CHRONIC ILLNESS, PAIN AND /OR DIABETES?
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
Don’t need support/information?  We welcome your ability to share your experiences with others. Give and receive support from those in attendance.
 


JANUARY YUMA COUNTY LIBRARY EVENT CALENDAR
 
YUMA COUNTY LIBRARY EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH
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



 
ONE BOOK YUMA 2019

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

 

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE...RECYCLE YOUR LIVE CHRISTMAS TREE
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
 
REMOVING CHRISTMAS LIGHTS CAN NOT ONLY BE FRUSTRATING, BUT CAN ALSO BE DANGEROUS.
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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