🌱 Yuma Orchestra Association Concert + Abandoned Belongings At Border

Welcome back Yuma! Let’s get you all caught up to start this day off on an informed note. Here’s everything you need to know today in town.

First, today’s weather:

sunshine High: 87 Low: 57.

Here are the top three stories in Yuma today:

  1. The Yuma Orchestra Association’s May 14 spring concert will be a bittersweet performance for four young musicians who will be moving on to the next chapter of their lives after graduating from high school this month. These students are examples of the success of the orchestra program’s mission to nurture and cultivate the arts in Yuma through classical string music education and performance. Sharon Garbooshian, Francis “Kiko” Gonzales, Valeria Altamirano and Wesley Fisher have been members of String Ambassadors for several years. Sharon, Kiko and Valeria will graduate from Cibola High School on May 27 while Wesley will graduate from Freedom Christian Academy on May 20. (Imperial Valley Press)
  2. Every day, hundreds of people arrive at gaps in a stretch of the border wall near Yuma to request political asylum from uniformed federal border agents. Most of the migrants arriving to seek asylum are from Cuba, Venezuela, Colombia, Romania, or other eastern European countries. However, to get to the next step in the asylum process, according to Customs and Border Protection, agents in Yuma require migrants to leave everything behind, except for what they can fit into a small plastic Department of Homeland Security-issued bag. This has led to Border residents observing an increasing number of personal belongings left along the US side of the border wall in the last two years, such as clothing and sundries. Today, it’s not uncommon for items such as passports, birth certificates, police reports, and other confidential documents that could be crucial in proving asylum cases to be abandoned, too. (The Guardians)
  3. On Saturday, May 7, the family of Addison (Addie) Malyn Tams held Addie Walks, an event to help raise money for a new playground at McGraw Elementary School. The event took place at Ray Smucker Park in Yuma. Addie appeared to have a heart condition and had 5 open-heart surgeries during her 12 years of life. Her family has stated how Addie’s fighting instincts always shined through in spite of her medical issues. Her family started Addie Packs with the goal of bridging the gap between rural cities and big-city hospitals so that every child can receive the best medical care. (Yuma Daily News)

Today in Yuma:

  • NAU Virtual BSN Information Session At Arizona Western College (1:00 PM)
  • Conversational Spanish At Arizona Western College (5:30 PM)

From my notebook:

  • Missed Friday’s unveiling of “Perpetua,” the new public art sculpture at 224 S. Main Street? Catch up and watch the Facebook Live video recorded and shared by the City of Yuma! (Facebook)
  • This Saturday is Teen Night here in Yuma! The City invites the community’s teenagers to stop by Joe Henry Optimist Center Park on May 14 from 7 to 9 pm for a DJ foam party, tower climbing, basketball, and more. Learn more on the City’s website. (City of Yuma)
  • Humane Society of Yuma is currently registering teams for its 17th annual “Fore! Paws” Golf Scatter Tournament, happening Jun. 3 and 4 at Desert Hills Golf Course. Get the details here. (Facebook)

You’re officially in the loop for today. I’ll catch up with you bright and early tomorrow morning with another update!

Nicole Fallon Peek

About me: Nicole Fallon-Peek is a journalist and copywriter with a degree in Media, Culture and Communication from New York University. She has served as a freelance reporter, managing editor, copy editor, and editorial director for a variety of B2B news outlets. She currently co-owns and operates content creation agency Lightning Media Partners.

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