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Communities, state face tight budgets as they prepare for centennial

It's closing in on 100 years since veterinarian A.J. Chandler sold plots of his 18,000-acre ranch to establish the city. That was three months after Arizona became a state on Feb. 14, 1912. City leaders are organizing to commemorate both centennials next year. But given the poor economy and tight budget, it's going to require scaling back some and seeking private donations, said Jean Reynolds, Chandler's public history coordinator.

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Failed virtual border fence has politicians pointing to success in Yuma area

As national concern mounts over Arizona’s porous border, the Yuma Sector, its fence and its techniques have received considerable attention from politicians who point to the Border Patrol’s success in securing the region. U.S. Border Patrol agents Robert Loury said the Border Patrol catches virtually every person who attempts to cross border in this sector.

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