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YuCount Community Newsletter NOVEMBER 2019

Post Date:11/05/2019 2:30 PM

Kids at Hope (KAH) provides tools to schools, organizations and entire communities to support the success of all children, NO EXCEPTIONS. This year their concert fund-raiser was held at the Colorado River State Historic Park.  It was a pleasant evening where the Yuma community was able to assist KAH and enjoy the music.  Proceeds from the event help benefit kids of Yuma County.

Watch how a simple mistake of creating a lip-syncing video helped form the nucleus of a friendship between Juvenile Justice Court and the Reggae Band "Big Mountain".

Visit our website, if you would like to know more about Kids at Hope.


Americorps is a program supported by the federal government, corporations and public service workers that help fulfill community needs.

Americorps, Yuma County Adult Probation, and the Arizona Supreme Court have been working together since September 17, 2018 to increase community service of probationers.  This service program within the Adult Probation Department has been successful in decreasing recidivism.

View our video to find out how this program has made a difference in the Yuma community.

You can find out more about Americorps by contacting Jennifer Flannery at (602) 452-3177.


The Environmental Health Division consists of two programs: 
The Vector Control Program
  • Tracking mosquitos
  • Determination on how to treat mosquitos
  • Focus on educating the community to prevent mosquito infestation
Environmental Health Section
  • Regulation and inspection of any kind of food service business
  • Pool inspections
  • Food handlers cards
Visit the Yuma County Health District-Environmental Departmen website to learn more about our department.
Constables are elected officials that serve a four-year term, and they are required to undergo training courses within six months of taking office.  Constable duties are to perform executive orders for the justice courts. Below are some of the services that a Constable offers:
  • Summons
  • Subpoenas
  • Orders of Protection
Visit the Yuma County Constable website to learn more about the services offered by each precinct.

Registration is NOW open for the Yuma Territorial Marathon and Half Marathon to be held on January 25, 2020.

FOR THE FIRST TIME, the “Caballeros de Yuma” will be hosting the first annual Caballero 10K Run the same day.

How to register: Log into your HRintouch employee portal, go to Health and Wellness>Fun Runs/Walks.

*Not an active member on the YCEBT Medical Plan?  Get signed up at 



(Left: Pasquale Lamaestra – Construction Instructor AWC, Shanen Aranmor- Owner: Weld Like a Girl, Richard Myers – AZ Game & Fish, Yahayra Franco – Border Patrol Agent, Kathryn Stocking-Tate – Presiding Judge of Yuma County Juvenile Court, Jon Porter – Local artist, LaShaun Charles – U.S. Marine Corps, Daniel Hernandez – Child Safety Social Worker) These people have helped make our "Successful Futures Program" truly a program of the Yuma community.
The Yuma County Juvenile Court’s "Successful Futures Program" is designed to teach youth life skills, engage youth in pro-social activities, goal setting, community engagement, and personal development. Successful Futures is based on the Kids at Hope philosophy and teaches youth to set goals through time traveling and planning for their future in life’s four destinations: Education & Career, Home & Family, Community & Service, and Leisure & Recreation. In June 13 Successful Futures youth along with 3 staff went on a field trip to the Phoenix Science Center. There, youth learned about the science behind our increasingly digital society, medical advancements, mummies, and aeronautics. On the way back, the team was able to take in local Arizona Cuisine at Gila Bend’s Little Italy restaurant. Owner Nino Buccellato made arrangements for a delicious pizza dinner and his staff provided excellent customer service to our hungry teens. All bellies were filled to satisfaction.

The July 18, 2019 Kids at Hope Leisure Mixer brought together local leaders and the Successful Futures Youth to share the importance of having a leisure outlet. Speakers were on hand from the Yuma County Health District, Littlewood Art Co-op, AZ Diamondbacks, and United Dreams Car Club. Topics covered include planning and budgeting for travel, painting, baseball, and working on specialty cars. Youth were able to follow up this event with a painting activity at the Littlewood Art Co-Op, golfing at Desert Hills, and a game day.

As the program entered into the Education and Career domain, the youth visited the Yuma Martin Luther King Teen Center to learn about certification opportunities in Yuma, applying for jobs, and resume building. Additionally, Successful Futures youth and their families were invited to a private tour and information session at the Southwest Technical Education District of Yuma (STEDY). Two youth subsequently signed up to begin their certification education with STEDY. In August the Successful Futures team visited AWC to tour the campus and learn about the education available to youth now in high school and after high school. Two Successful Futures youth have registered to begin taking concurrent credits at AWC. On September 12, 2019 the Kids at Hope Career Mixer connected youth with local adults working in their career fields of interest. Presenters included local artist Jon Porter; Weld Like a Girl owner Shanen Aranmor; AWC construction professor Pasquale Lamaestra; AZ Game and Fish Game Warden Richard Myers; AZ Department of Child Safety Social Worker Daniel Hernandez; and Border Patrol Agent Yahayra Franco. Presenters shared their message of hope and career success in individual presentations.

At the end of the mixer youth practiced networking with presenters for one on one discussions. To round out the Education and Career Domain youth met with Martin Torres of The Realty Agency to discuss the importance of financial planning, credit education, and preparing for homeownership.

After four months of education and community attachment building, the Successful Futures youth will spend the final few weeks of the program giving back to the Yuma community.

The highlight of the America Probation and Parole Association's 44th Annual Training Institute in San Francisco was its closing ceremony on August 21, 2019, at which Tim Hardy was sworn in as President of the Association's Board of Directors.

The theme of the four-day institute was Passion, Courage and Endurance: Transforming Community Corrections, as Gavin Newsom, the governor of California said; "APPA's Training Institute provides a forum for education, innovation and brainstorming among a diverse group of probationers and parole."  Featured speakers at the institute included a panel discussion with Van Jones, a leader in the fight for criminal justice reform; and Charles Robinson, a Deputy Chief with federal probation. 

Following the swearing-in, Mr. Hardy made a few comments as he adjourned the institute.  He referred to his belief in the Kids at Hope philosophy, stating: "I want you to make the commitment with me that we are never going to give up on anyone and we are not going to tolerate anyone who does.  It's as simple at that."
Lisa Mendez has been appointed as the new director of the Yuma County Library District, announced by County Administrator Susan Thorpe.

She will be the 10th person to lead the library system since Yuma County library services began in 1921.  Ms. Mendez had been serving as interim director since May 2019 following the retirement of previous director Susan Evans and was selected following a national search.

County Administrator Susan Thorpe said “Lisa has proven her leadership and management abilities in many ways during her service as interim director, as well as deputy director. I look forward to working with Lisa as she and her team continue to bring new ideas and innovative programs to serve the citizens and library patrons of Yuma County.”

Mendez joined the Yuma County Library District in 2010 as an Assistant Circulation Supervisor. She graduated from Oklahoma State University with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration and earned her master's degree in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University.

“Libraries play such an important part of the quality of life in any community and I am excited for the opportunity to serve Yuma County in this position, and to continue to guide the libraries into the future,” said Mendez.

The County's library system includes the Main Library, 7 neighborhood branches, and other services. It is a leading resource center for information, collaboration, learning, and enjoyment.

On March 21, 1955, the Yuma County Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution regarding a new road beginning at Quartzsite and ending at a junction with State Route No. 72, near the east line of the Colorado River Indian Reservation. The newly graded road reduced by approximately 16 miles the distance between Yuma and Parker.

The resolution further stated that for the convenience of the public, the road should be included in the State Highway System. The Board of Supervisors requested that the State Highway Commission designate the new road as State Route 95 and a part of the State Highway System.

Furthermore, the Board asked that the road between Quartzsite and Bouse be removed from the State Highway System and Yuma County would take over the maintenance of the road. Board members were: Glen H. Strohm (Chairman), M. G. Miniken, and Otis Shipp.

Submitted by:
Ginger Hamilton
Yuma County Administration

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