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YuCount Community Newsletter JUNE 2019

Post Date:06/04/2019 10:00 AM

Blue Cross Blue Shield has nominated the Body Walk Program for a spotlight award.  Body Walk has been part of Yuma County Health District for over a decade and it still booked solid during the year for all of our third graders in Yuma County to view. 

Take a look at the video to see what other award was given to the Body Walk Program.

Yuma County Emergency Management sponsored two days of Community Cyber Security Essential Training. The training was an intense introduction to participants on cybersecurity vulnerabilities.

You can check out future trainings at management.
Kids at Hope Organization (KAH) teamed up with Arizona State University to sponsor the Youth  Development Master of Institute by presenting a virtual KAH pledge.   
Click on the video to check out what the training was about.
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is responsible for the preparation and the monitoring of the annual Yuma County Budget. 

Strategic Planning-Making decisions and updating the long-term financial plan for Yuma County.
Quarterly Reports-Reports are put together for the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), Construction in Progress and the Financial General Fund.
Training-Training is done for Budget Preparation Materials, Budget Amendments and Oracle Reports.

To find out more about OMB department visit our website at www.yumacountyaz./OMB


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) encourages Public Housing Agencies throughout the country to partner with local agencies to provide a direct service during the STRONG FAMILIES event.  This initiative provides an opportunity to connect fathers, mothers, and children in the community we serve to Education, Health and Economic Empowerment resources.  For the third consecutive year, the Yuma County Housing Department has participated in HUD’s National Strong Families Initiative by hosting the event to celebrate fatherhood and family.
Yuma County Housing Department hosted this year’s event on May 15, 2019, from 10AM-12PM at the Community Building in Somerton, AZ.  We had over 109 participating fathers, mothers and children and 25 representatives from local agencies such as Arizona Western College-Massage Therapy, Regional Border Health, Sunset Community Health Center, Academy Mortgage, The Realty Agency, Andare Salon, Chicanos Por la Causa, Western Arizona Council of  Governments-Head Start (WACOG), Yuma Cancer Center, Yuma County Somerton Library, and Portable, Practical Educational Preparation (PPEP) .  Our participants enjoyed a direct service from these local agencies and a FREE massage, FREE haircut, FREE Gift and lots of raffles.
2019 Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run
Officer Rafael Garcia volunteered to take over as the Torch Run Coordinator for the Juvenile Court.
Thank you Officer Garcia!

On Thursday, May 23, Aztec High School held their Spring 2019 Graduation at the Yuma County Main Library. It was a well-attended event in which 18 Aztec Warriors, graduated with 16 of them actually walking the line.

The guest speaker for the graduation was Arizona Western College Vice President for Learning Services, Dr. Linda Elliott-Nelson. She spoke to the students about how each person has a power inside them and it was up to the student to identify their power and decide how best to use it. She was accompanied at the podium by student Alexis Aguliar who graduated with the highest GPA seen at Aztec for many years, 3.5!  Alexis thanked the Aztec Staff for helping her graduate a year early and for helping her take classes at AWC concurrent with her Aztec classes.

Another special part of the ceremony was the awarding of a special diploma to Mark Olin, a Social Studies teacher at Aztec who is retiring after 18 years of teaching. Mr. Olin was a favorite of the students and impacted many lives during his time as a Warrior.

Representing the County were County Administrator Susan Thorpe, and from the Board of Supervisors Lynn Pancrazi.  We wish many successes for all the graduates in their future endeavors.

une 1st – July 13th

How to Participate

KIDS-Read 5 books and you’ll receive a prize bag and an entry into the drawing for a grand prize. For every additional 5 books you read, you’ll receive an extra entry towards winning a grand prize, and a gift card to Walmart or Barnes & Noble!

TEENS- Read 8 books or complete a combination of reading books and attending library programs. Turn in two completed logs for a prize and an entry into the end of summer raffle. Complete additional logs for multiple chances to win!

ADULTS- Read 5 books and be entered into the drawing for a $25 gift card. Complete additional logs for multiple chances to win!


Elia Juarez, Teen Services Manager (Yuma County Main Library), has been chosen as the Yuma County Library District’s Employee of the Month for June 2019.

This award is to recognize an employee that inspires us with their effort and attitude. Elia 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 Yuma County Main Library during the month of June.


ADOLFO LOPEZ-PUBLIC WORKS-Requests Toolbox Talks to deliver to co-workers on a regular basis (monthly or as needed), He keeps the focus on safety in his work area with his co-workers, by adding fire extinguishers to areas within his shop.

LOUIE RIVERA-PUBLIC WORKS-As one of the Project Leads for the Yuma Road District, he enforces safety at job sites.  When he needs to alter an approach or request an additional control to his work plan, he listens and follows through as needed.  Louie keeps track of the progress of new employees on his crews to be sure safety training and equipment training is accomplished in a timely manner so these employees can perform safely.

County Administrator, Susan Thorpe, announced Adolfo Lopez as the winner of the Safety Excellence Award.

Ms. Thorpe also reported that special circumstances arose during this quarter and presented Valerie Molina and Cyrinda Williams with a newly created Yuma County Lifesaving Award.

VALERIE MOLINA-COUNTY ADMINISTRATION-Valerie became a part of a medical scenario that required quick action.  She knew that performing CPR would give this person a greater chance of survival.  I would qualify that as being exceptionally aware of her surroundings and having an appreciation for the life of another human being.  Without CPR, the victim may have perished. 

CYRINDA WILLIAMS-PUBLIC FIDUCIARY-Ms. Williams' Heimlich maneuver actions showed awareness to an imminent emergency that could have turned fatal.  She was quick to respond in the emergency. 

On July 27, 1981, the Yuma County Board of Supervisors accepted a resolution presented by the Town of San Luis, Arizona and signed by Mayor Josephina C. Rodriquez. The resolution declared the interest and intent to enter into an agreement with Yuma County to acquire the existing park known as “Friendship Park”. The resolution stated the residents of San Luis supported the acquisition of the County Park known as “Friendship Park” and the Town Council recognized that certain conditions and agreements between the Yuma County Board of Supervisors and the Arizona Outdoor Recreation Commission had to be honored. In addition, the resolution requested that the Mayor of San Luis be authorized to execute the necessary documents to transfer the title of the property from the Yuma County Board of Supervisors to the Town of San Luis. The Board directed the County Manager to proceed with negotiations with the Town of San Luis. Board members were: R. Pete Woodard (Chairman), Caryl L. Stanley, J. R. Sanders, Ray Moore, and Robert W. Kennerly.

Submitted by
Ginger Hamilton,
County Administration
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