Alco begins selling off inventory

The parking lot was full Friday, November 21, at the Alco parking lot in Yuma as the Going Out of Business Sale began. (Pioneer Photo)    COPPELL, Texas, Nov. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- After 113 years, Alco Stores (OTC-PINK: ALCSQ), a discount retailer focused on serving consumers in smaller communities with limited access to other regional or national retail chains, is closing its doors forever.     Read More...

Sonnenberg named to head Senate Ag Committee

Jerry SonnenbergColorado state Senator-elect Jerry Sonnenberg (R-Sterling) has been named Chair of the Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources and Energy Committee.     Read More...

Pioneer printing one day early next week

     The Yuma Pioneer will be printed on Tuesday, rather than Wednesday, next week due to Thanksgiving. That way it will be at news stands, and delivered locally in the mail, prior to the holiday weekend.
     The deadline for all ad copy, photos and advertisements is 12 noon Monday.     Read More...

Winter Festival is Saturday

    A fun day of activities is planned for the 2014 Yuma Winter Festival, Saturday all over town.
    The Winter Festival is an offshoot of the Christmas With the Clauses event held last December at the Yuma Community Center. It also included Christmas lights around Lake Yuma. City Manager Sid Fleming explained that as part of the Downtown Colorado, Inc. community assessment and follow-up visits, it encouraged the Yuma Events Committee to focus on an upcoming event and work to improve it, choosing the Christmas event. It was moved to prior to Thanksgiving to tie in with the annual Craft Fair at the community center.     Read More...

Salazar retiring as CO Ag Commissioner

     DENVER — Friday, Nov. 14, 2014 — Gov. John Hickenlooper announced today that Colorado’s Commissioner of Agriculture John Salazar will retire at the beginning of January 2015. He has served in the role since 2011.


Colorado water plan about to be unveiled

      Colorado is looking for 163 billion gallons of water, and a long-awaited state plan for finding it calls for increased conservation, reusing treated wastewater and diverting more water from the Western Slope. Read here     Read More...

Don't forget about Medicare Part D sign up

    Tic Tock, Tic Tock!  There are only three short weeks for Medicare recipients to have their Medicare Part D (Prescription Drug) program reviewed. Enrollment opened October 15 and runs through December 7. The Area Agency on Aging (AAA) and Encore Life have trained counselors to utilize the Medicare website to analyze your prescriptions and your pharmacy of choice to align you with the best possible coverage.     Read More...

Heid a finalist in singing contest

Talli Heid hit a home run singing the National Anthem prior to the high school volleyball championships in the Denver Coliseum, Saturday, November 8, 2014. (Dave Gustafson)    The top four finalists for the second annual National Cattlemen's Beef Association National Anthem Contest are Talli Heid (17) Yuma, Colorado; Cassidy Thompson (16) Limon, Colorado; Mollie Beaver (11) Wichita, Kansas; Hannah Segrist (14) Lubbock, Texas. We need your help in selecting the winner.
     The participant entry videos can be seen on or the NCBA Facebook page.     Read More...

Christmas letters for Pioneer

     Area youth are encouraged to submit letters to Santa and/or a letter about what would Jesus wish for (WWJWF) if he was blowing out candles on His birthday cake, for the special “Christmas Shopping in Yuma County” section the Pioneer will print for the November 27 edition.     Read More...

Cure Land appealing judge's ruling on "Target Zone"

    Cure Land is appealing the federal district court decision upholding the U.S. Department of Agriculture's ruling to not include a “target zone” in the amended Republican River CREP.     Read More...


Care Packages for our soldiers
Yuma District Hospital & Clinics will once again be sending care packages to our soldiers, overseas and stateside. Please email addresses to Gini Adams at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , call her at 848-4602, or drop them off at the Clinic.  Soldiers’ addresses also can be faxed to 848-4955. The staff wants to make Christmas merrier for those serving our country!
Community Thanksgiving planned again
Pate Humphrey will be spearheading the Yuma Community Thanksgiving Dinner again this year at the Yuma Community Center from 1 to 5 p.m. Participants are asked to bring salads or desserts and the rest of the meal is FREE. Watch for the crazy Turkey Donation Boxes at Shop-All (and other locations to be announced later). Organizers will need Shop-All Rewards Points and cash donations to pay for the dinner. Please call 970-597-0717 if you would like a dinner reservation for your family — or to help set-up or serve.

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