KYMA KSWT KECY News » Money http://www.yourtvfamily.com News and Weather for Yuma, Arizona and El Centro, California Wed, 30 Sep 2015 20:26:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.3.1 House Republicans summoned for meetings on school funding http://www.yourtvfamily.com/house-republicans-summoned-for-meetings-on-school-funding/ http://www.yourtvfamily.com/house-republicans-summoned-for-meetings-on-school-funding/#comments Mon, 28 Sep 2015 21:03:57 +0000 http://kyma.com/?p=9049   PHOENIX (AP) – Republican members of the Arizona House are being summoned to briefings by their leaders on ongoing discussions to boost funding for K-12 schools. The closed-door meetings are now set for Tuesday and Wednesday as Republican Gov. Doug Ducey presses his plan to tap the state’s permanent land trust fund to add more ...]]>

 

PHOENIX (AP) – Republican members of the Arizona House are being summoned to briefings by their leaders on ongoing discussions to boost funding for K-12 schools.

The closed-door meetings are now set for Tuesday and Wednesday as Republican Gov. Doug Ducey presses his plan to tap the state’s permanent land trust fund to add more than $320 million a year to school funding. Republicans who control the Legislature have a competing plan.

The House meetings come three weeks after initial briefings that followed the breakdown of negotiations to settle a lawsuit brought by schools over the Legislature’s failure to make required inflation increases. A judge has ordered more than $330 million in new yearly funding but the Legislature is appealing.

A special Legislative session is being discussed to deal with school funding.

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A good time to sell home in Yuma study shows http://www.yourtvfamily.com/a-good-time-to-sell-home-in-yuma-study-shows/ http://www.yourtvfamily.com/a-good-time-to-sell-home-in-yuma-study-shows/#comments Sat, 19 Sep 2015 05:14:45 +0000 http://kyma.com/?p=8859 YUMA, Ariz. -Selling a home can be worrisome, but research shows now is a good time if you’re in Yuma. Financial advisers Smart Asset released numbers across Arizona that show the border town ranked third best for homeowners to sell. Local realtors say those who suffered from the recent recession are now bouncing back and ready to buy.
The study was based on how much time the average home spent on the market before it was sold.  Yuma real estate agents say in certain cases they’ve seen lately it’s just been a matter of days. The study also considered affordability and risk of loss.  “We’ve seen homes sell in one or two days, in our office,  so it’s a good time to sell if you’re looking to sell,” said Candice Chavez with The Realty Agency.
Experts say the Yuma market is also ideal for buyers, with the average Yuma home going for $150,000. “We really encourage you to purchase because its so much more affordable and your mortgage payment is going to be so much lower than renting,” said Chavez.
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Elementary schools competing for lowest absences http://www.yourtvfamily.com/elementary-schools-competing-for-lowest-absences/ http://www.yourtvfamily.com/elementary-schools-competing-for-lowest-absences/#comments Fri, 18 Sep 2015 06:09:11 +0000 http://www.kyma.com/?p=8840 YUMA, Ariz. – The United Way of Yuma has partnered with Climatec Building Technologies Group to try and lower chronic absenteeism at Yuma schools. With the support of Climatec, United Way of Yuma has started a competition between several elementary schools in Yuma the winning school gets a $1,000. The school with the highest percentage increase in attendance wins. The marketing director for the United Way of Yuma Karina Jones says, “September is attendance awareness month so what we are doing is starting a competition between a few different elementary schools”.

Chronic absenteeism is defined as missing 10% or more of the school year, which is about 18 days, excused or unexcused. Eula Baumgarner, the principal at Desert Mesa Elementary School says ,“We do have a problem with chronic absences they stay home for their birthday, they stay home to go to Mexico they stay home for almost any reason”. Research shows that constantly being absent can greatly impact a students grades and education, sometimes leading to course failure and eventual dropouts.

On Thursday afternoon the United Way of Yuma held an assembly at Desert Mesa to kick off the competition and bring awareness to the issue of chronic absenteeism. Even though $1,000 is offered to the winning school the stakes are much higher as Mrs. Baumgarner explains, “A thousand dollars is down here on my radar, getting you in school and not absent is my focus it is so important we can’t help you with what you need to work on if you are not here every single day.” At the assembly the United Way of Yuma had a special guest renowned artist Jonni Cheatwood. With the help of the Target in Yuma he brought with school supplies made by Yoobi, a product curated by award winning music artist Usher that features the artistic designs made by Cheatwood. Many of these Yoobi school supplies were raffled off to students at the assembly.

The United Way of Yuma will be holding another assembly at O.C. Johnson Elementary on Friday afternoon.

 

 

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Cocopah Tribe donates to Somerton after school program http://www.yourtvfamily.com/cocopah-tribe-donates-to-somerton-after-school-program/ http://www.yourtvfamily.com/cocopah-tribe-donates-to-somerton-after-school-program/#comments Thu, 17 Sep 2015 05:19:55 +0000 http://kyma.com/?p=8810 SOMERTON, Ariz. – Cocopah Tribal members donated $1,000 to Somerton-based non-profit Precious Treasures. The after school program provides homework help and food boxes to families in need. Organizers say as a non-profit they rely on community support through donated items and monetary donations to keep services going at no cost. “It will help us continue ...]]>

SOMERTON, Ariz. – Cocopah Tribal members donated $1,000 to Somerton-based non-profit Precious Treasures. The after school program provides homework help and food boxes to families in need. Organizers say as a non-profit they rely on community support through donated items and monetary donations to keep services going at no cost.

“It will help us continue our after school program the cost that we have daily is gasoline cost to transport kids from school to our program also to home. And we provide snacks for them daily also. And provide special field trips throughout the year as well,” said Natalie Galaviz, Director of Precious Treasures.

Precious Treasures has been serving Yuma County for more than 25-years. They are located on 492 E. Main St. in Somerton.

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Cocopah gets almost half a million dollars for Head Start program upgrades http://www.yourtvfamily.com/cocopah-gets-almost-half-a-million-dollars-for-head-start-program-upgrades/ http://www.yourtvfamily.com/cocopah-gets-almost-half-a-million-dollars-for-head-start-program-upgrades/#comments Thu, 17 Sep 2015 05:19:01 +0000 http://kyma.com/?p=8808 SOMERTON, Ariz. – The Cocopah community’s children started up their school year with new additions to their Head Start facility. Kids three to five-years-old got to ride int heir new school bus. Then later they set foot in a newly renovated space. Funding of $417,000 came from the Head Start Program National Headquarters in Washington ...]]>

SOMERTON, Ariz. – The Cocopah community’s children started up their school year with new additions to their Head Start facility. Kids three to five-years-old got to ride int heir new school bus. Then later they set foot in a newly renovated space. Funding of $417,000 came from the Head Start Program National Headquarters in Washington D.C. The grant covered the cost of the new school bus, renovations for the center, restrooms and kitchens.

 

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Billion-dollar agriculture industry negatively impacted by heavy rain http://www.yourtvfamily.com/billion-dollar-agriculture-industry-negatively-impacted-by-heavy-rain/ http://www.yourtvfamily.com/billion-dollar-agriculture-industry-negatively-impacted-by-heavy-rain/#comments Thu, 10 Sep 2015 05:19:00 +0000 http://kyma.com/?p=8680 YUMA, Ariz. – Parts of the Yuma Valley saw four to six inches of rain in just a few hours Tuesday night.  “You probably won’t see something like this again in your lifetime. They’re calling this a one in 200 year event,” said owner of L&R Corporation Ted Johnson.

The unexpected flooding will cost the agriculture industry millions, as current and future crops are compromised. Cotton and dates are some of those that will lose quality and value after the down pour. Field workers now scramble to harvest the dates before damage worsens. Newly planted seeds are a total loss, drowned in the excessive water, forcing growers to start all over, and harvest later in the season.

“Typically this time of year growers are planting, seeds and transplants so a field like the one we have behind us, it may take weeks before that field is dry enough to prepare it or plant it,” said Kurt Nolte, Director of the University of Arizona’s  Yuma Agricultural Center.

Fifty-five years in the industry, Johnson says he has never seen rainfall like this before. “We lost a field of romaine we just planted and wind an drain wiped that all out. In farming somebody’s loss is somebody else’s gain,” said Johnson. Growers say insurance will not cover an event like this. They’ll just have to take the loss brought on by mother nature.

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STEM grants for local schools http://www.yourtvfamily.com/stem-grants-for-local-schools/ http://www.yourtvfamily.com/stem-grants-for-local-schools/#comments Tue, 01 Sep 2015 00:03:23 +0000 http://kyma.com/?p=8476 YUMA, Ariz. – Arizona Public Service (APS) and the Phoenix Suns are teaming up to help schools K-12 state-wide and Yuma County is no exception. $50,000 in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) grant money will be awarded to schools throughout the Grand Canyon State.

“We’ve seen students go out and do ecology projects, we’ve seen elementary students do roller coaster projects to learn about physics. So, it’s a great opportunity for teachers to get that money into their individual classrooms for projects,” said Anna Chaulk, Community Affairs Manager for APS.

Grants awarded can amount to as much as $2,500 according to APS officials. School officials say grants like these always come in handy.

“These grants always come in to support us and to allow us to deepen our educational opportunities for our kids in our community,” said Duane Sheppard, Associate Superintendent Yuma Elementary School District 1.

APS officials say this is a way for them to invest in the community and the future of thousands of kids throughout the state.

“We are growing our future workforce and when those kids come out of school on the other side of that we have a stronger workforce to choose from,” said Chaulk.

Schools interested in a chance at a STEM grant have until October 7th to submit their application.

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Veteran Assisted Living: Quality care for struggling veterans http://www.yourtvfamily.com/veteran-assisted-living-quality-care-for-struggling-veterans/ http://www.yourtvfamily.com/veteran-assisted-living-quality-care-for-struggling-veterans/#comments Wed, 19 Aug 2015 01:03:46 +0000 http://kyma.com/?p=8253 YUMA, Ariz. – An assisted living space new to Yuma hopes to ensure the quality of life for elderly veterans and veteran families. Their team says they’ll do this by providing a home at the lowest cost possible.  Deric Millis with Veteran Assisted Living said, “We have about 15 to 16,000 vets living in Yuma County ...]]>

YUMA, Ariz. – An assisted living space new to Yuma hopes to ensure the quality of life for elderly veterans and veteran families. Their team says they’ll do this by providing a home at the lowest cost possible.  Deric Millis with Veteran Assisted Living said, “We have about 15 to 16,000 vets living in Yuma County as of the last census. so it’s definitely a great place and in Phoenix and in Tucson they have a lot of VA benefits here there’s not a whole lot.”

Non-profit owned Veterans Assisted Living opens its doors next month. They already have a waiting list of more than 100 people. “A lot of people, they’re not nursing home yet but they can’t live safely at home. And they’re falling through the cracks, and they’re falling through the cracks because they can’t afford it. But just because they don’t have the money to afford it does not mean that they should not get those services,” said Millis.

Staff at VA Living say they’re different because they strive to provide a cozy environment for vets that need an extra hand physically but also financially.  “The vast majority of the people living here will not be paying the $2,950 [a month] they will be paying in the hundreds out of their pocket and it will be supplemented with the benefits they are eligible for,” said Millis. 

A coordinator works for free with each individual to track down state and federal benefits veterans and families qualify for. This brings down monthly cost without compromising care. Veterans Resource Coordinator Sergio Sarabia said, “Giving them that time is kind of a personal satisfaction to know that I’m doing something great for somebody and that they’re not being turned away without any help that’s kind of priceless on its own.” 

Veterans Assisted Living is privately owned, but organizers say this helps them move quicker and establish a more homely setting without the red tape. To qualify you must be a veteran, a veteran spouse, or have a veteran parent plus require medical care. VA Living is located at 2600 S. 4th Ave. Yuma, AZ. You can call (928) 580-5281 for more information.

 
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American-born kids of illegal immigrants adjust to life in Mexico http://www.yourtvfamily.com/rosarito-blues-fest-coming-up-win-tickets-and-support-kids/ http://www.yourtvfamily.com/rosarito-blues-fest-coming-up-win-tickets-and-support-kids/#comments Fri, 14 Aug 2015 05:16:49 +0000 http://www.kyma.com/?p=8138 ROSARITO, B.C. Mex–  Alejandra Martinez loves her small Mexican schoolhouse.  She says she wants to be a doctor after she graduates high school on the Baja California, Mexico coast.  If only life were that simple. Martinez is apart of what some refer to as the Lost Generation.  American-born students who were forced back to Mexico ...]]>

ROSARITO, B.C. Mex–  Alejandra Martinez loves her small Mexican schoolhouse.  She says she wants to be a doctor after she graduates high school on the Baja California, Mexico coast.  If only life were that simple.

Martinez is apart of what some refer to as the Lost Generation.  American-born students who were forced back to Mexico because their parents lived and worked in the United States illegally.

As a little girl she remembers going to the park in Los Angeles and having fun with her family.  She says re-establishing life in Mexico was a challenge because she barely spoke Spanish.  She depended on a local teacher who was willing to teach her how to speak what should have been her native language.

Her mother Rita says they had to return after 9-11.  Work was more difficult to find for those living in the United States without proper documentation.  With three children they were forced to go back to Mexico to survive not knowing it would also affect the future of their kids education.

The kids, although dual U.S.-Mexican citizens, weren’t properly documented in Mexico.  After the eldest got to high school school officials said she couldn’t continue.  Her father who knew Jim Hawkins, an American citizen living on the Baja coast, asked for help so that his kids could continue to go to school.

Hawkins, one of 14,000 Americans living on the coast according to the tourism authority, is a board member of the Baja Blues Fest Organization.  The American non-profit holds a festival in Rosarito, Mexico to raise money for kids– like Martinez- who are in need.

“With the larger number of deportations in the U.S. there’s any number– we don’t know the number– of families that are in the same situation as Rita and her family,” said Hawkins.

The blues fest money doesn’t just go to undocumented kids in Mexico.  They also support the local library and orphanages.  He says by ensuring the kids education more are graduating with professional skills like doctors and veterinarians– making life more sustainable in Mexico.

The 4th Annual Baja Blues Fest is coming at the Rosarito Beach Resort & Hotel August 21-23.   They are hosting seven bands this year.  Organizers say the festival is ranked 6th in the world for best blues festivals by American Blues Magazine.

Win tickets for two to the festival by clicking on the promotions tab!

For more information: http://www.bajabluesfest.org/

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Computer’s being held for ransom http://www.yourtvfamily.com/computers-being-held-for-ransom/ http://www.yourtvfamily.com/computers-being-held-for-ransom/#comments Wed, 12 Aug 2015 05:50:31 +0000 http://kyma.com/?p=8053 YUMA, Ariz. – The Yuma Police Department is urging residents to be aware of a computer scam they are calling “ransomware”. Like criminals holding a person hostage and demanding money from their loved ones to set them free unharmed but this scheme involves your computer and its data. Experts say it usually starts with a pop-up alert saying that something is wrong with your computer and that you must hit yes to fix it as Sunil Chopra, the owner of Sunny Computer Services in Yuma  explains, “So usually 99 percent of users hit yes then spyware enters your pc”. Once you hit yes the criminal will get what he needs and the ransom process begins, “And they’ll be a message saying your computer is being taken over and you’ll need to pay such
and such to get it resolved” Chopra says.

This issue is affecting many consumers in Yuma. Experts say the elderly are more likely to fall victim to it. We spoke to Best Buy’s Geeksquad to learn more, and it is something they see often. “I’m going to say one out of three that come into the store have this issue”, says Geeksquad service agent Johnathan Howard. If you think paying up will fix the issue Chopra says “When people have started paying and start calling the number that is given in that nobody gets back no one is connected to that number”

Prosecuting these thieves also seems to be a nearly impossible task as Officer Joe Franklin with YPD explains, “This is a criminal matter but sadly most of these things originate overseas” Little can be done to retrieve lost finances but luckily there are ways of fixing your computer, “We do what we call a factory reset basically go in and put it back to factory settings” says Howard. To stop it before it begins, Chopra recommends paying closer attention “First of all read what you’re clicking on nobody reads them that’s the problem”.

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